Tuesday , September 25 2018


Earnest social-issue drama – Visa-motivated courtship in ‘Charmer’

The visa-motivated courtship of convenience has been the subject of many a romantic comedy, though when you consider the bleak reality of the situation, it’s hardly a laughing matter: For one’s life and location to hang in the balance, determined by cold governmental paperwork and the fickle whims of a …

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Soulchild doubles down on love – Martin packs love, humor in Album

Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers, “The Long-Awaited Album” (Rounder Records). There’s a lot of excellent music on Steve Martin’s new bluegrass album with the Steep Canyon Rangers, which is good news considering five of the collection’s 14 tracks are instrumentals. Sometimes, though, to quote Gloria Estefan, words get …

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Bollywood’s ‘Deadly Dutt’ back on screens after jail time – Hanks to star in remake of ‘A Man Called Ove’

MUMBAI, Sept 23, (Agencies): Bollywood actor Sanjay Dutt returned to Indian cinema screens Friday in his first film since serving four years in prison for possessing weapons supplied by gangsters behind the 1993 Mumbai bomb blasts. The disgraced star, 58, plays the role of a father who seeks revenge for …

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Worlds of Islam, MJ collide in film – ‘Journey’ goes inside the mind of suicide bomber

CAIRO, Sept 23, (Agencies): An Egyptian ultraconservative Muslim preacher hears on his car radio news of the death of Michael Jackson, the pop singer he idolized in his teens, and he becomes so distraught he crashes his car. The news of the passing of the King of Pop is the …

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‘Kingsman’ aggressively stylish – ‘Golden Circle’ takes absurdity to new high

As if the original “Kingsman” weren’t cartoony enough, with its blade-legged lady assassin and gratuitous exploding-heads finale, the sequel has gone and pushed the franchise’s cheeky brand of absurdity even farther. The goofiness begins with the resurrection of two important characters, whose unequivocal deaths we witnessed in the first movie. …

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There’s lot of soul in Wide – Rhett debuts atop chart

Michael McDonald, “Wide Open” (BMG) There’s lot of soul in Michael McDonald’s latest album, “Wide Open,” and this time most it is his own. After three records of Motown covers and modern standards, as well as a Christmas album, McDonald has crafted a superior collection of his own songwriting collaborations, …

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‘Three Billboards’ wins at Toronto fest – ‘Operation Mekong’ bags China’s Golden Rooster Prize

TORONTO, Canada, Sept 18, (Agencies): Martin McDonagh’s darkly hilarious drama “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” won the Toronto Film Festival’s audience prize for best picture on Sunday, giving it a leg up in the race for the Oscars. The rage-fueled film stars Frances McDormand as a frustrated and grieving mother, …

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‘Lies’, ‘Tale’ and ‘SNL’ dominate Emmys – Diversity reigns over Trump

LOS ANGELES, Sept 18, (Agencies): Against the backdrop of President Donald Trump’s assaults on the media, women, and people of color, two feminist dramas and America’s most powerful platform for political satire dominated at the 69th Primetime Emmy Awards. HBO’s “Big Little Lies” took the award for best limited series …

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Metallics, feathers ‘galore’ at Emmys – ‘Big trend’

LOS ANGELES, Sept 18, (Agencies): A force of red, a wealth of metallics and a strong show of feathers took the carpet at the 69th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards, led by Nicole Kidman, Tessa Thompson and Tracee Ellis Ross. And what’s a dress without hair and makeup? The winners in …

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Ayouch’s ‘Razzia’ Morocco’s foreign-language Oscar entry – ‘Saawan’ selected by Pakistan for Oscar contention

LOS ANGELES, Sept 17, (RTRS): Nabil Ayouch’s kaleidoscopic social drama “Razzia” which world premiered at the Toronto Festival, has been chosen as Morocco’s candidate in the foreign-language category of the 2018 Academy Awards. The film was chosen by an independent commission nominated by the Moroccan Cinema Center (CCM), composed of …

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