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Saturday , November 17 2018


‘Paddington 2’ near-pawfect thriller – Bond’s film remains a resolutely British creation

‘Bears always fall on their feet.’ So goes a running punchline in Michael Bond’s series of “Paddington” books, and so it proves in the second big-screen outing for one of Britain’s two most beloved literary bears — the one that subsides on marmalade rather than honey. Having already aced a …

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Jessie Ware shows her range – Downie’s farewell album intimately universal

Jessie Ware, “Glasshouse” (Interscope Records) No doubt about it, Jessie Ware can sing. The London-born singer-songwriter has a versatile voice that can whisper and soar against a musical palette drawing from soul, R&B, jazz and pop. “Glasshouse,” her third album, finds that powerful voice in search of a distinctive sound. …

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notes … & nationalism – music in the matrix of political, historical challenges – Congress of arabic music in cairo, 1932

Dr Jean Lambert presented a lecture centred around the Congress of Arabic Music in Cairo, 1932, looking into the local and global impact of the sound recordings at the Yarmouk Cultural Centre on Monday evening, as part of the Dar Al Athar Al Islamiyyah’s 23rd cultural season. Dr Lambert is …

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‘Thank You’ ultimate tribute to vets – Hall’s film an engrossing eye-opener

The men and women who survive war and live to come home have had experiences a million miles removed from most of us. That’s why we’ve often depended on the movies to bring those traumas close. Yet the drama of the returning soldier has generated an image of the veteran …

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Police arrest 7 at Moscow premiere of tsar biopic – Pixar’s ‘Coco’ celebrates Mexico in times of Trump

MOSCOW, Oct 25, (AFP): Seven people were arrested Tuesday at a protest at the Moscow premiere of “Matilda”, a controversial biopic of the last tsar that has drawn threats from religious extremists, police said. Alexei Uchitel’s film has outraged hardline Orthodox believers, who view Tsar Nicholas II as a saint …

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DIFF 365 presents acclaimed Egyptian drama ‘Withered Green’ -Ramallah scraps Lebanese film over Israel ‘normalisation’

RAMALLAH, Palestinian Territories, Oct 23, (Agencies): A Palestinian city on Sunday cancelled the planned screening of a Lebanese film after activists called for a boycott over the director’s “normalisation” with Israel. “The Insult”, which deals with the Lebanese civil war, was scheduled to be screened Monday in Ramallah, in the …

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DIFF to showcase regional creativity – Dubai fest to honor Egyptian writer Hamed

DUBAI, Oct 23: The innovative Muhr Gulf Short section returns to the Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) with a diverse selection of creative short films from across the region, providing a crucial opportunity for filmmakers to premiere their unique projects on the world stage. The 2017 lineup of inspiring short …

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Carney pushes religious weepy genre closer to art – ‘Same Kind’ empathetic family drama

In 1998, millionaire art dealer Ron Hall, a Fort Worth father of two and an adulterer, promised he’d do anything to win back his wife Debbie, a “girl with a heart so big that all of Texas couldn’t hold it.” Debbie gave him a challenge: help her feed the homeless …

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Saudis crave revival of movie night – ‘Cinemas make us human’

RIYADH, Oct 22, (Agencies): The lights go out, the projector whirls and entertainment-starved Saudis sink into plush seats to soak up an experience they have been denied for decades — a trip to the cinema. The rare movie night this week in Riyadh was a precursor to an expected formal …

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Play on ‘Syria’s war’ gets closest to home – Real-life story

BEIRUT, Oct 22, (Agencies): A play about Syria’s war, told through one family’s tragedy, made its Lebanon debut on Friday, the closest it will ever get to being staged on home soil, its Syrian director said. “It would be impossible to perform it in Syria. There are red lines, and …

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