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Heaven Without People

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  The setting for this family drama is the home of a Lebanese Christian family who for the first time have managed to get their entire clan together for an Easter lunch.  The matriarch Josephine (Samira Sarkis) is nominally in charge, but very soon as the lively conversation gets going with several family members talking … Continue reading



The Judge

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  Erika Cohn’s very sympathetic profile on Khoulud Al-Faqih who became the first woman appointed to be a Judge in a Palestinian Shari’a Court in the West Bank bravely attempts to uncover some of the mystique and secrecy that cloaks this Islamic culture.  Most of the time she succeeds exceptionally well, but on some occasions, … Continue reading



Sollars Point

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24-year-old Keith (MacCaul Lombardi) may actually be out of jail after serving time for drug dealing but as he still has to wear a police monitoring ankle bracelet and live at home with his father, he feels that his punishment is not over yet.  There is no real connection at all between him and his father Carol (Jim … Continue reading



Let Yourself Go

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This is one of those old-fashioned screwball comedies that Hollywood may have given up on, but seemingly is still a film genre that has a place in Italian cinema This is the tale of a 60-ish-year-old Jewish psychoanalyst  Elio (Toni Servillo) who is so bored with most of his patients that he is quietly tucking into pastries … Continue reading




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