Film Review: ‘We Are the Giant’

★★☆☆☆ There has been an influx of documentaries recently that have focused on the so called “Arab Spring”. Some, like Wiam Bedirxan & Ossama Mohammed’s Silvered Water, Syria Self­-Portrait (2014), Jehane Noujaim’s The Square (2013) and Talal Derki’s The Return To Homs (2013), offer no niceties or homilies. Rather, they Continue Reading

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Film Review: ‘The Drop’

★★★☆☆ The Drop (2014), Michael R. Roskam’s respectable follow-up to 2011’s Bullhead, finds the Belgian director on different shores, working from a Dennis Lehane script and aiming to recreate the dramatic richness of James Gray’s auteurist Brooklyn crime dramas. A familiar story of families, criminality and blue collar angst, it’s Continue Reading