Entertainment

Rare Kabul exhibition brings taste of Mughal art back home

KABUL, April 1, (RTRS): An exhibition that reproduces the precious treasures of Mughal art in their original setting in Kabul’s Babur Garden opened this weekend, bringing a rare moment of cultural relief to a city pounded by war for decades. “King Babur’s Kabul: Cradle of the Mughal Empire” displays a …

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‘Elizabeth’ a sci-fi melodrama – Nurture vs nature in ‘Birthmarked’

During its first 10 minutes, “Elizabeth Harvest” is so tediously mannered, and lead player Abbey Lee’s performance is so listlessly affected, that an urge to bail is well-nigh irresistible. But then writer-director Sebastian Gutierrez pulls the rug and the floorboards right out from under you, and his impudently oddball gothic …

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‘Journeyman’ heartbreaking boxing drama – Henson gets revenge in ‘Acrimony’

On the face of it, “Journeyman” seems a misnomer of a title for a film about a championship boxer who faces the most grueling challenge of his life after defending his world title at the denouement of his career. A scrappy, up-from-nothing underdog drama it is not. As Paddy Considine’s …

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Sorrentino’s Berlusconi biopic tipped for Cannes Film Fest – Scorsese to get Golden Coach Award

ROME, March 31, (Agencies): The hotly-awaited biopic about Italy’s former premier Silvio Berlusconi, from directing star Paolo Sorrentino, is tipped to appear at the Cannes Film Festival, according to Italian media. The two-part film, which will hit Italian cinemas on April 24, is expected to delve into the private life …

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Weeknd releases emotional album – ‘Melancholy’ appears to be about Gomez

WASHINGTON, March 31, (Agencies): The R&B sensation known as The Weeknd has released a new album, his label said Friday. Republic Records announced the surprise drop of a six-track record entitled “My Dear Melancholy.” The profile of the Grammy-winning Toronto singer has quickly grown in the past few years, with …

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Abu Dhabi Fest honors late AbdulRedha

KUWAIT CITY, March 29: Abu Dhabi Festival 2018 honored the late artiste Abdul Hussein AbdulReda, who was known as ‘Abu Adnan’, reports Al-Seyassah daily. The late artiste’s son, Bashar Abdul Hussein, received the award from the sponsor of Abu Dhabi Culture and Arts Group — Minister of Tolerance Sheikh Nahyan …

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Slick ‘Gemini’ stays surface level – ‘Wilderness’ examines King’s challenging final yrs

Writer-director Aaron Katz’s “Gemini” is a very stylishly executed and well-cast attempt at a Lynchian neo-noir that doesn’t really work. Glum and meandering, the Los Angeles-set mystery about a Hollywood starlet and her assistant starts off promising enough but trudges along aimlessly to a deeply silly and maddening end. Heather …

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Spielberg finds fun in ‘Ready Player One’ – ‘Captain Marvel’ adds Gregg, Hounsou

‘Why can’t we go backward for once?’ wonders the protagonist of “Ready Player One” shortly before gunning his “Back to the Future” DeLorean in reverse. “Really put the pedal to the metal.” Pressing rewind is, if anything, an understandable desire these days. But in today’s reboot, remake-mad movies, it’s not …

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Watts eyes action movie ‘Boss Level’ with Mel Gibson – Goldberg joins Haddish in Perry’s ‘List’

LOS ANGELES, March 27, (RTRS): Naomi Watts is in negotiations to join Frank Grillo and Mel Gibson in the Joe Carnahan action pic “Boss Level,” sources tell Variety. Carnahan is directing from a script penned by the Borey Brothers. Will Sasso is also joining the cast. Grillo will play a …

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‘Edgeland’ invites a deeper listen – Arcade Fire, Mendes win big at Juno Awards

Kim Richey, “Edgeland” (Yep Roc Records) Kim Richey has been winning over critics for years, but music buyers have been slower to catch on. On her eighth album, “Edgeland,” she once again demonstrates the range of her talent. From the delicious opening guitar lick on “The Red Line,” a deceptively …

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