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Saïd Taghmaoui Grabs A Coffee At Kings Road Cafe

Saïd Taghmaoui - French American actor and screenwriter, Saïd Taghmaoui grabs a coffee at Kings Road Cafe in Hollywood - Los Angeles, California, United States - Wednesday 16th September 2015

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My Brother The Devil Trailer


Mo and Rashid are the sons of two Egyptian immigrants growing up in a cultured household. However, living in the unpredictable town of Hackney in East London has had its effect on them as they have grown older, with Rashid getting involved in a local gang and Mo unhealthily admiring him. Rashid feels guilty about the life his brother is destined to lead and attempts to save for his college fees through dealing drugs. It isn't long before Rashid gets a taste of a life without violence or drug-dealing as he meets an affluent photographer who also forces Rashid to question much more about himself. Unbeknownst to him at first, Mo is becoming more involved with the world Rashid left behind which threatens to tear apart the bond between these once close siblings.

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2013 Pre-Oscar Week Brunch For French Artists

Jimmy Jean Louis, Said Taghmaoui and Sam Bobino - 2013 Pre-Oscar Week Brunch for French Artists hosted by Nicolas Feuillatte Champagne held at a private residence - Los Angeles, California, United States - Wednesday 20th February 2013

Jimmy Jean Louis, Said Taghmaoui and Sam Bobino
Jimmy Jean Louis and Said Taghmaoui
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Jimmy Jean Louis, Said Taghmaoui and Sam Bobino
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Jimmy Jean Louis, Said Taghmaoui and Sam Bobino

My Brother The Devil Review


Excellent

Sharply well-observed, this punchy British drama is packed with rising-star talent, including its gifted first-time writer-director, an engaging young cast and skilled cinematographer David Raedeker. The film also daringly tackles hot potato issues without ever getting preachy about them: this is an intimate, deeply involving story that can't help but make us think.

It's set in Hackney, where the British-born Mo (Elsayed) lives with his Egyptian parents. Mo is a sharp kid who has just finished his exams and has a bright future, but he idolises his cool big brother Rash (Floyd) and wants to join his drug gang. To protect Mo, Rash quits the gang and takes a proper job as assistant to a French-Arabic photographer (Taghmaoui). But when Mo discovers that Rash might be gay, he freaks out, offering to run drugs for the gang leader (Hamdouchi) and letting everyone think that Rash is actually a terrorist.

Instead of the usual urban London melodrama, this story is told through the relationships, which makes it hugely involving right from the start. This also lets the actors shine with transparent, honest performances that draw out the complexity in every situation. At the centre, Floyd creates wonderful textures in his protective interaction with the expressive, likeable Elfayed. As things begin to shift, their reactions are gripping. And this extends to scenes with side characters like Rash's best pal Izzi (Welsh) and Mo's tentative girlfriend Aisha (Wright).

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Conan The Barbarian Review


Weak
With a complete lack of self-awareness, this po-faced remake looks more like a trash-TV series (a la Spartacus or Camelot) than a proper movie. Mainly because the filmmakers continually opt for gratuitous gore rather than actual storytelling.

Born in battle, Conan (Howard, then Momoa) is set on vengeance. His people, the Cimmerians, were slaughtered by the evil Khalar Zym (Lang), who was looking for the barbarian-held pieces to a mythical all-powerful mask. Once the mask is reassembled, Khalar Zym and his fiendish daughter Marique (McGowan) need a pure-blood of Acheron to activate it and, as luck would have it, the last one is hot babe Tamara (Nichols). So of course Conan and Tamara team up to fight off the villains and save the pre-historic world.

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2011 Cannes International Film Festival - Day 5 - The Artist - Premiere

Hofit Golan and Said Taghmaoui - Hofit Golan and Said Taghmaoui Cannes, France - 2011 Cannes International Film Festival - Day 5 - The Artist - Premiere Sunday 15th May 2011

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Conan The Barbarian Trailer


After witnessing the death of his mother and father, Conan was made an orphan and worked for his keep. His father was his mentor, the one person who really taught him the meaning of life and the importance of their work. Setting off on a lonely treck, Conan discovers a cruel and unforgiving world, far from the village he grew up in.

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2010 Cannes International Film Festival - Day 3 - ''Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps' Premiere

Said Taghmaoui - Friday 14th May 2010 at Cannes Film Festival Cannes, France

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G.I. Joe: The Rise Of Cobra Review


Excellent
Frankly, this is what summer movies should be like. The filmmakers have harvested the coolest elements from blockbusters over the past five or six years and thrown them all into one wildly entertaining, thoroughly over-the-top action thriller.

US soldiers Duke and Ripcord (Tatum and Wayans) are guarding a terrifying new nano-weapon when they're attacked and then defended by two outrageously high-tech assault forces. They of course eventually join the good side, the G.I. Joes, an elite team led by General Hawk (Quaid). These top commandos (including Nichols, Taghmaoui, Akinnuoye-Agbaje and Park) are hunting Duke's ex Ana (Miller), who has gone over to the dark side to help supervillain arms dealer McCullen (Eccleston) and his Vader-esque evil-doctor sidekick with their nefarious plan for world domination.

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2009 Cannes International Film Festival - Day 9 - AmfAR Cinema Against AIDS 2009 Cocktail Party Held At The Hotel Du Cap - Arrivals

Said Taghmaoui Thursday 21st May 2009 2009 Cannes International Film Festival - Day 9 - amfAR Cinema Against AIDS 2009 cocktail party held at the Hotel du Cap - Arrivals Cannes, France

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Traitor Review


Weak
Can a thriller really be a thriller without thrills? Better yet, can an international spy story really succeed by purposefully getting us to sympathize with the enemy? That's the double edged sword being wielded by Jeffrey Nachmanoff with his new film Traitor. Even the title offers yet another bit of bifurcation -- on the one hand we have a deeply religious man (Don Cheadle) working with terrorists to blow up Americans. On the other, we see how he uses his faith as a means of undermining the group's most violent objectives. Of course, this doesn't make the tale interesting or exciting. Sometimes, just being different doesn't save you from being dull.

Samir Horn (Cheadle) was 12 when his cleric father was killed by a car bomb. After years struggling with Islam, he becomes an explosives expert, working within a radical faction. When FBI agents Roy Clayton (Guy Pearce) and Max Archer (Neal McDonough) storm their headquarters in Yemen, Samir and his cohorts are jailed. Soon, he is befriended by Omar (Said Taghmaoui) who recruits him to join his latest mission. Under the guidance of leaders Fareed (Aly Khan) and Nathir (Raad Rawi), Samir will construct 50 bombs, each one destined for a trip on a U.S. cross-country bus come Thanksgiving. As a man of conscience (and secrets), involvement in such a plot will test every fiber of his being -- and his loyalties.

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The Kite Runner Review


Good
Practically no other nation's modern history has been so rife with grief and shattered expectations as that of Afghanistan; a fact utilized to maximum effect by Marc Foster in his adaptation of Khaled Hosseini's book club blockbuster The Kite Runner. Starting in the relatively chaos-free years before the Soviet invasion and concluding in the middle of the Taliban's theocratic lockdown, the film manages the difficult task of tracking massive historical upheavals while keeping tightly focused on the people forced to live through such tumultuous changes.

The character who ties the whole narrative together is Amir, a spoiled brat of a kid who turns into a spoiled writer as an adult only to grudgingly submit himself to the rigors of becoming a hero near the conclusion. In the mid-1970s, the young Amir (Zekiria Ebrahimi) lives with his prosperous father, or Baba, in a nice house in Kabul. Amir lives a pretty decent and sheltered life, his best friend, the fiercely loyal Hassan (played with emphatic nobility by Ahmad Khan Mahmoodzada), is the son of the family's head servant, and will do practically anything Amir wants. His Baba is a proudly educated and modern man, with his jazz records, turtlenecks, bottles of liquor, and well-kept Mustang; the last particularly beloved by the Steve McQueen-worshipping boys. Amir and Hassan are an excellent team when it comes to the fascinating Afghan take on kite-flying, where pairs of boys get into high-altitude duels, trying to cut the strings of their opponents kites (the sport was later banned when the Taliban came to power).

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Hideous Kinky Review


OK
The rambling tale of Hideous Kinky has our favorite Titanic actress on a hippie-style quest to find herself by trekking across Morocco with her two young daughters in tow and no funds for the trip. Does she find herself? Well, I'm not sure, but her kids certainly learn a lot about life. Ultimately, Hideous Kinky is better served as on-screen poetry, full of lush and curious photography throughout northern Africa, and leaving it to the viewer to figure out what it all means.

Hidalgo Review


Weak
According to history, for centuries a 3,000 mile race known as the "Ocean of Fire" was run by young thoroughbred horses across the Arabian Desert. This race is the focal point of Hidalgo - a story about a man and his titular horse, who in 1890, surprised the world by winning. What's unclear is that this race may not have taken place!

As the story goes, Hidalgo was considered a long shot to win the race because he was a Mustang, in a race of faster, stronger Arabians. Hidalgo appealed to a wealthy Sheik (Omar Sharif) who brought the horse and its legendary rider Frank T. Hopkins (Viggo Mortensen) from the United States halfway across the world to participate. Despite a potential claim for fame and fortune, Frank is participating for entirely personal reasons. Frank wants to help his half-blood Indian tribe buy back land from the U.S. government that they can use to raise their horses.

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The Good Thief Review


Good

There's a sad, compulsive, edge-of-the-abyss desperation to Nick Nolte's intuitive and informed performance as Bob, the heroin-addicted ex-filch and professional gambler title character of Neil Jordan's "The Good Thief."

There's a strung-out savoir-faire to his addiction-driven way of life in the underbelly of beautiful Nice in the South of France. He's sleep-deprived (it shows in his eyes and in his mumbled speech). He's broke (but that changes from day to day). He's a washout (and he's OK with that). But he's also cagey, cunning, collected and quick-witted enough to recognize an opportunity too good to pass up.

So when Raoul (Gerard Darmon), his most trusted compatriot from his days as a crook, comes to him with a plan for an almost impossibly elaborate heist worth tens of millions of dollars, Bob seizes the opportunity to trade in his drug addiction for the more stimulating high of gambling with danger, excitement, prison and potential wealth.

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Said Taghmaoui Movies

My Brother The Devil Trailer

My Brother The Devil Trailer

Mo and Rashid are the sons of two Egyptian immigrants growing up in a cultured...

My Brother the Devil Movie Review

My Brother the Devil Movie Review

Sharply well-observed, this punchy British drama is packed with rising-star talent, including its gifted first-time...

Conan The Barbarian Movie Review

Conan The Barbarian Movie Review

With a complete lack of self-awareness, this po-faced remake looks more like a trash-TV series...

Conan The Barbarian Trailer

Conan The Barbarian Trailer

After witnessing the death of his mother and father, Conan was made an orphan and...

G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra Movie Review

G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra Movie Review

Frankly, this is what summer movies should be like. The filmmakers have harvested the coolest...

G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra Trailer

G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra Trailer

Watch the trailer for G.I. Joe: The Rise of CobraG.I. Joe is set 10 years...

Traitor Trailer

Traitor Trailer

Watch the trailer for TraitorSamir Horn is a former U.S. Special Operations officer, his work...

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Traitor Movie Review

Traitor Movie Review

Can a thriller really be a thriller without thrills? Better yet, can an international spy...

The Kite Runner Movie Review

The Kite Runner Movie Review

Practically no other nation's modern history has been so rife with grief and shattered expectations...

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Hidalgo Movie Review

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The Good Thief Movie Review

The heist movie, or robbery movie, has worn out its welcome in recent years. There's...

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Three Kings Movie Review

With two ex-rappers and a guy from ER leading the cast, I wasn't expecting much...

Three Kings Movie Review

Three Kings Movie Review

Leave it to oddball indie auteur David O. Russell to take his first studio commission...

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