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A conventional review of the film Ahlaam is almost impossible. Ahlaam is more than just a movie; it is an anatomy of an open wound. It is about the ongoing pain of a nation and made by a film crew that has been shot at, injured, imprisoned, kidnapped, and tortured. Amazingly, the struggles endured by the filmmakers parallel those plaguing the Iraqi people. How could I complain about the filmmaking issues in Ahlaam when the creation and completion of the film is a feat within itself? A comparison makes it a lot easier to understand: Michael Moore created Fahrenheit 911…

Produced by “Seinfeld” producer Larry Charles and starring Golden Globe Winner Sacha Baron Cohen who takes his character Borat Sagdiyev, a Kazakh journalist on the road headed to America. This mockumentary begins in Borat’s homeland of Kazakhstan where Borat welcomes us with, “Jak sie masz? My name-a Borat. I like you. I like sex. Is nice!” Filmed actually in regions of Romania (along with unsuspecting Romanians) due to the government of Kazakhstan publicly denouncing the film content, Borat takes us on a tour of his quaint little village and introduces us to the people in his life: his mother who…

“The truth will set you free and drive you madder.” <br>Imagine your young child being involved with the death of a playmate. An innocent game that went awry. That is what UNDER THE ICE (Unter dem eis) touches upon.<br>A solemn study into how covering up truths can lead to more damage. Especially when the people involved are essentially good. The film begins with a young couple, Michael and Jenny (Dirk Borchardt and Bibiana Beglu) living in one the suburbs of Berlin, Germany. Things are looking up and Michael is on the eve of getting a promotion to become a detective.…

Based on author Milan Trenc’s children’s story entitled, “The Night at the Museum”, Ben Stiller plays Larry Daley a divorced dad with a ten year old son who seemingly is down on his luck in many respects. Having had several attempts at redeeming his self esteem and impressing his boy (Jake Cherry- who’d rather be a bond trader like his mom’s new mate), Daley’s calling comes in the form of a night security watchman job at the Museum of Natural History. The “What if” scenario for this film would be-“what if all the museum exhibits magically came to life at…

Little Miss Sunshine is one of the most honest and genuine films, about a dysfunctional family that takes a cross-country trip to California to have their daughter join a beauty pageant. Olive is a sweet girl who dreams to win the Little Miss Sunshine beauty pageant. Her father, Richard, is an unsuccessful motivational speaker; no one in the family can stand his obsession with being a winner. Sheryl, Olive’s chain-smoking mother, tries her best to pull the family together and keep them grounded. Frank, Sheryl’s brother, is a Proust scholar and has attempted suicide after a failed relationship with his…

Directed by Gabriele Muccino, “The Pursuit of Happyness” is more than a movie, it’s a lesson on the indomitable spirit; an inspirational tale of one man’s trials and tribulations. Will Smith plays Chris Gardner in 1981, a real man with real problems who rose from the darkened ashes of despair with his then five year old son Christopher (played adorably by Jaden Christopher Syre Smith). Gardner suffered a copious amount of hardships and went from being an unpaid broker intern at Dean Witter to becoming a millionaire with his own brokerage company- Gardner Rich. Many of us seek happiness yet…

Bond 21. There’s a new Bond in town. Despite all the talks and doubts about Daniel Craig transforming into the newest Bond, this Bond is with an edge as sharp as a razor. In fact, Craig’s portrayal of 007 comes closest to Ian Fleming’s original formulation of the British Agent. A Bond devoid of campy one liners, funky gadgets and perpetual rolling in the sack with Bond-girls, Daniel Craig delivers a taurine Bond that is extremely battle hardened (and it shows), a down right dirty unarmed combat exponent (with well executed martial arts techniques). This is Bond in his rawest…

Director Stefen Fangmeier’s stylistic adaptation of novelist Christopher Paolini’s tale of Eragon, the tale of a young farmer boy who discovers he is destined for greatness as a Dragon Rider is a refreshing look at the bond humankind has with the dragon realm. At the start of our tale, Eragon discovers what appears to be a blue stone in the forest during a hunt mysteriously transported by a young maiden. Young Eragon contemplates that this find will bring untold prosperity to his family. However, unbeknownst to him this blue stone is actually a dragon egg in need of its rider.…

What if there was a way to go back ever so slightly in time to right a wrong and rescue an impossible love worth more than your lonely life? Agent Doug Carlin falls at first sight for a beautiful dead woman killed in an act of civil war rivaling the Oklahoma City bombing in scope and terror. Entering into the high tech realm of super physics, territory commonly reserved for mad men and magicians, Carlin is visually escorted by several eccentric young government scientists, armed with well researched string theory jargon and an array of complex viewing screens, into a…

One bullet. One bullet is the sole catalyst which propels the theme of miscommunication and dire consequences in Director Alejandro González Iñárritu’s, “Babel”. The third installment following Inarritu’s “Amores Perros” and “21 Grams”, follows four seemingly unrelated stories which start in a remote mountain village in Morocco. A goat herder purchases a high powered rifle to ward off predatory jackals gets more than he bargains for when his two sons experiment with the shooting range of the rifle. In a test of sibling rivalry, the bullet which is fired on a lone road at a touring bus, connects with our…

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