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Star Trek Beyond Trailer


When the Starship Enterprise finds itself under forceful attack, the crew on board fight to their best ability but it's not enough. The unstoppable wave of aliens constantly bombarding the ship means that the crew must accept defeat and flee to an unknown planet. Given the crew were deep into a five year mission, their location to the rest of the Federation is unknown and a rescue mission is going to be far from easy.

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Star Trek Beyond Trailer


Star Trek Beyond is the thirteenth film to be released from the Star Trek franchise and comes as the follow up to Star Trek Into Darkness.

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Shohreh Aghdashloo - 2016 Film Independent Spirit Awards held at Santa Monica Beach - Arrivals at Independent Spirit Awards - Los Angeles, California, United States - Saturday 27th February 2016

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Shohreh Aghdashloo - Celebrities attend 2015 Jaguar Land Rover British Academy Britannia Awards Presented by American Airlines at The Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills. at The Beverly Hilton Hotel, Beverly Hilton Hotel - Los Angeles, California, United States - Friday 30th October 2015

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Shohreh Aghdashloo - 25th annual Environmental Media Awards at Warner Brother Studios Lot - Arrivals at Warner Brothers Studio Lot - Burbank, California, United States - Saturday 24th October 2015

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Shohreh Aghdashloo - Celebrities attend 25th annual Environmental Media Awards at Warner Brother Studios Lot. at Warner Brother Studios Lot - Los Angeles, California, United States - Saturday 24th October 2015

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Rosewater Review


Extraordinary

A harrowing true story infused with sharp humour and bristling intelligence, this riveting film is an auspicious writing-directing debut for TV news comic Jon Stewart. It's based on London-based journalist Maziar Bahari's book Then They Came for Me, a strikingly intimate memoir about being imprisoned in Iran. But the film never becomes a rant at an unjust society. Instead, it digs deep beneath the surface to find much more resonant, and more important, themes.

Maziar (Gael Garcia Bernal) left his pregnant wife (Claire Foy) at home in Britain to travel to Tehran to cover the contentious 2009 elections, after which the streets broke out in protests at what people saw as a rigged victory for Ahmadinejad. Maziar stays to report on this, and does a comical interview with a member of Stewart's team at The Daily Show. But the regime sees this as cooperation with an enemy, and arrests Maziar in his mother's (Shohreh Aghdashloo) home, charging him with espionage. While held in the notorious Evin Prison for nearly four months, Maziar is subjected to psychological torture at the hands of an interrogator (Kim Bodnia) he names "Rosewater" because of his scent. And the memories of similar experiences endured by his father and sister (Haluk Bilginer and Golshifteh Farahani) help Maziar survive his ordeal.

As a director, Stewart continually finds clever ways of revealing the inner workings of Maziar's mind, revealing his thoughts in inventive imagery and sounds. For example, one sequence beautifully weaves in Leonard Cohen's Dance Me to the Edge of Love, which holds a powerful memory for Maziar and also echoes the music and movies Iran's religious regime has strictly forbidden. Even the ghostly appearances of Maziar's father and sister are seamlessly integrated into the story. And the other significant achievement here is a refusal to make anyone a villain. As played by Bodnia, Rosewater is a man doing what he believes to be right, with pangs of conscience that eerily echo the news headlines about how American interrogators mistreated prisoners at Abu Ghraib and Bagram.

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Last Knights Trailer


Commander Raiden (Clive Owen) of the seventh rank is a skilled and gifted soldier, who rose from bloody battle during the Great Wars with an unwavering loyalty for his ageing but resolutely brave master Bartok (Morgan Freeman), despite the latter having been dishonoured and shamed by the corrupt ruler for publicly standing up for the rights of his enslaved people. After his brutal execution, all those firmly loyal to Bartok - led by Raiden - seek to avenge him in the only way they know how, with Bartok's warning of their ruler's merciless intentions strongly in mind. Raiden will lead them into the ultimate battle, in spite of their small numbers, having made far too many sacrifices in their lifetime. As his rebellion unfolds, he begins to understand that, despite what the rule claims, no honourable man can ever be 'dishonoured'; it is something inborn, and something worth fighting for.

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Shohreh Aghdashloo - 2015 NBCUniversal Press Tour - Day 1 - Arrivals at Langham Huntington Hotel - Pasadena, California, United States - Thursday 15th January 2015

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Rosewater Trailer


Maziar Bahari is an Iranian-Canadian journalist who embarked on a week long trip to Iran in 2009 in a bid to cover the story of the presidential elections, leaving his pregnant wife behind. He spent his time filming campaigns and students, but still understanding that sometimes he needs to turn the camera off for his own safety. However, when situations got heated and the protests began, he decided to make the brave move in videotaping the chaos; including such situations that could've been compromising to the government. Accused of being a foreign spy, he was later arrested, blindfolded, beaten and mercilessly interrogated, with information even as trivial as his Facebook interests being used against him. Despite the fear and the injustice, however, he got through with an extraordinary ability to focus his mind, laughing his way through his four month imprisonment and knowing deep down that he would be free before long.

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Channel 4 Will 'Provoke' Viewers With Ramadan Coverage


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Channel 4 will deliberately 'provoke viewers' by sounding a live call to prayer over the Ramadan period (which begins on Tuesday 9th July). They hope it will educate bigoted viewers who associate Islam with terrorism. A spokesperson for the Muslim Council said the organisation is grateful to Channel 4 for providing an opportunity to "portray a more realistic account of Islam and Muslims". The spokesperson went on to say this consideration is "symbolic for belonging and solidarity".

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Ahmed Ahmed at the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival Reception, Beverly Hills Hilton.  

In doing so Channel 4 has opened itself up to criticism by other religious and secular groups. They have been warned to keep their coverage in check. However, it has been pointed out by secular groups that the BBC covers a large number of Christian ceremonies and occasions. Less than 60% of the population are Christians (according to the 2011 Census).

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The Adjustment Bureau Trailer


What if our future was planned, if everything in life was part of one big plan, sometimes being in the right place at the right time is more important than you'd think, and if you're running late, the consequences can be greater than you realise. One event may lead onto a totally different outcome. Politician David Norris is about to learn just how important his set fate is to the world. After meeting an intriguing and beautiful woman called Elise, Norris is instantly drawn to her but their first meeting should have been their only one yet when fate gives him a break he once again sees Elise.

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The Stoning Of Soraya M. Review


Very Good
Despite a slightly simplistic filmmaking style, this true story retains real force in its depiction of human cruelty in the name of religion. It's not easy to watch such horrific events, but it's so important that it cries out to be seen.

In 1986, French-Iranian journalist Freidoune Sahebjam (Caviezel) is driving through Iran when his car breaks down in an isolated village. Called "crazy" by the men, Zahra (Aghdashloo) corners him and recounts the brutal events of the preceding day. Defenceless in a society ruled by Sharia law, Zahra's niece Soraya (Marno) was the subject of a conspiracy led by her husband (Negahban), who wanted to marry a 14-year-old. To do this he had to gain the support of the local convict-turned-mullah (Pourtash) and the weak-willed mayor (Diaan).

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The Nativity Story Review


Good
There's a newly famous scene in Borat where a rodeo official advises the titular character to shave his moustache so as not to arouse suspicion that he's a terrorist. What could that possibly have to do with a movie about the birth of Jesus? Well, given that said rodeo official would have to advise (probably rather awkwardly) virtually everyone in this film to do the same, a whole lot.

Many Biblical epics have graced the screen but few have made any effort to match the casting with the geography. The Nativity Story is a notable exception. In a narrative long since detached from the holiday that celebrates it, Israelite Mary (Keisha Castle-Hughes), living under Roman rule in, well, zero B.C., sees a vision in which the angel Gabriel (Alexander Siddig) tells her that she will conceive a child by the Holy Spirit. Cue the scratching of the record.

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The Nativity Story Review


Good
There's a newly famous scene in Borat where a rodeo official advises the titular character to shave his moustache so as not to arouse suspicion that he's a terrorist. What could that possibly have to do with a movie about the birth of Jesus? Well, given that said rodeo official would have to advise (probably rather awkwardly) virtually everyone in this film to do the same, a whole lot.

Many Biblical epics have graced the screen but few have made any effort to match the casting with the geography. The Nativity Story is a notable exception. In a narrative long since detached from the holiday that celebrates it, Israelite Mary (Keisha Castle-Hughes), living under Roman rule in, well, zero B.C., sees a vision in which the angel Gabriel (Alexander Siddig) tells her that she will conceive a child by the Holy Spirit. Cue the scratching of the record.

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Star Trek Beyond Trailer

Star Trek Beyond Trailer

When the Starship Enterprise finds itself under forceful attack, the crew on board fight to...

Star Trek Beyond Trailer

Star Trek Beyond Trailer

Star Trek Beyond is the thirteenth film to be released from the Star Trek franchise...

Rosewater Movie Review

Rosewater Movie Review

A harrowing true story infused with sharp humour and bristling intelligence, this riveting film is...

Last Knights Trailer

Last Knights Trailer

Commander Raiden (Clive Owen) of the seventh rank is a skilled and gifted soldier, who...

Rosewater Trailer

Rosewater Trailer

Maziar Bahari is an Iranian-Canadian journalist who embarked on a week long trip to Iran...

The Adjustment Bureau Trailer

The Adjustment Bureau Trailer

What if our future was planned, if everything in life was part of one big...

The Stoning of Soraya M. Movie Review

The Stoning of Soraya M. Movie Review

Despite a slightly simplistic filmmaking style, this true story retains real force in its depiction...

The Nativity Story Movie Review

The Nativity Story Movie Review

There's a newly famous scene in Borat where a rodeo official advises the titular character...

The Nativity Story Movie Review

The Nativity Story Movie Review

There's a newly famous scene in Borat where a rodeo official advises the titular character...

The Lake House Movie Review

The Lake House Movie Review

Director Alejandro Agresti's The Lake House, based on a South Korean film called Il Mare,...

American Dreamz Movie Review

American Dreamz Movie Review

There's a peculiarly painful sensation one gets when witnessing a comedy build toward its big...

House of Sand and Fog Movie Review

House of Sand and Fog Movie Review

Real estate brokers would call Vadim Perelman's solemn House of Sand and Fog a fixer-upper....

The Exorcism Of Emily Rose Movie Review

The Exorcism Of Emily Rose Movie Review

Part spine-tingling horror movie, part unorthodox courtroom drama, "The Exorcism of Emily Rose" maintains a...

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