Daily Archives: November 25, 2022

Netflixable? Syrian Refugees try to make it to the West, and the Olympics — “The Swimmers”

“The Swimmers” is an old-fashioned against-all-odds sports drama set against the dramatic backdrop of Europe’s Middle Eastern refugee crisis. Director and co-writer Sally El Hosaini makes this conventionally unconventional “feel good” story of the Mardini sisters‘ trials and triumphs entertaining, … Continue reading

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Movie Review: Serbia’s bid for an Oscar? Claiming Bosnian War victimhood in “Darkling”

“Darkling” is a grimly disturbing drama about grief, psychotic stubbornness and paranoia set in the murderous ethnic strife of the 1990s Bosnian War. A Serbian farmer (Slavko Stivac) is hole- up on his rural Kosovo farm, barring the doors and … Continue reading

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Movie Review: A Quebecoise killer? “Confessions of a Hitman”

Hollywood turned serial killers into urbane sophisticates, monsters who appreciate a good “chianti” with their murders, or geniuses who enjoy making a “game” out of their crimes to toy with the cops. Fact — most serial killers, the vast majority … Continue reading

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Netflixable? Aimee Garcia and Freddie Prinze Jr. consider “Christmas with You”

Any rom-com with “Christmas” in the title is bound by law to have a stale whiff of “Hallmark” about it, and Netflix hasn’t been shy about trying to grab that audience. So any cute or touching moments in “Christmas With … Continue reading

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