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Gary Oldman Disappears Into Churchill in ‘Darkest Hour’

Gary Oldman Disappears Into Churchill in ‘Darkest Hour’

By Ali Hassan, Contributing Writer

November 29, 2017


Filed under Arts, Film

"The Darkest Hour" is Joe Wright's newest film detailing Winston Churchill's decision making during World War II.

‘Sweet Virginia’ is a Tense Western Thriller

‘Sweet Virginia’ is a Tense Western Thriller

By Ali Hassan, Contributing Writer

November 17, 2017


Filed under Arts, Film

Jamie Dagg's newest film "Sweet Virginia" is a meticulous combination of genres.

‘Bugs’ Is Surprisingly Appetizing

‘Bugs’ Is Surprisingly Appetizing

By Ali Hassan, Contributing Writer

September 25, 2017


Filed under Arts, Film

"Bugs" is a documentary about the "edible insects movement," and makes the argument that insects should be considered as an alternative to meat.

‘Sand Castle’ Shows Fraught Relationship Between Occupier and Occupied

‘Sand Castle’ Shows Fraught Relationship Between Occupier and Occupied

By Ali Hassan, Contributing Writer

April 19, 2017


Filed under Arts, Film

"Sand Castle" is one of the few films about the Iraqi War that gives voice and screen time to Iraqis civilians — not just American soldiers — in an exploration of one of the war's frequently complex interactions between the two sides.

‘The Settlers’ Discusses Israel

‘The Settlers’ Discusses Israel

By Ali Hassan, Contributing Writer

February 27, 2017


Filed under Arts, Film

NYU professor Shimon Dotan's new documentary "The Settlers" brings the virulent controversy of settlements along the West Bank between Israel and Palestine to light, finding hope and moderation in a world often cast as radical and irreconcilable.

“I Don’t Feel At Home” Makes a Name Among the Greats

“I Don’t Feel At Home” Makes a Name Among the Greats

By Ali Hassan, Staff Writer

February 24, 2017


Filed under Arts, Film

In his directorial debut, Macon Blair fills the large shoes of his predecessors while taking steps that are uniquely his own in "I Don't Feel At Home In This World Anymore."

“A Good American” Fails to Skewer the NSA

“A Good American” Fails to Skewer the NSA

By Ali Hassan, Contributing Writer

February 1, 2017


Filed under Arts, Film, Top Stories

Though a fascinatingly in-depth look at one of the most contentious issues since, well, Edward Snowden, "A Good American" is still disappointingly biased.

Mifune Doc Details Legendary Career

Mifune Doc Details Legendary Career

By Ali Hassan, Contributing Writer

November 21, 2016


Filed under Arts, Film

One of the greatest acting legends to have come out of Japan finally gets his time to shine in "Mifune: The Last Samurai."

Culture in the Context of Chinese Communism

Culture in the Context of Chinese Communism

By Ali Hassan, Contributing Writer

October 13, 2016


Filed under Arts, Film

In the wake of the end of the Cultural Revolution's end in China, visual artist Cai-Guo Qiang began to grow his career, culminating in his most impressive work that led to Kevin MacDonald's documentary of the same title, "Sky Ladder."