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It Must be Heaven: Elia Suleiman’s sardonic take on the world...October 23 2019

Noura’s Dream becomes nightmare dilemma in this raw tale…October 16 2019

Papicha: Rebelling through fashion in Algeria’s black decade…October 16 2019

The Sky is Pink: Priyanka Chopra disappoints, Zaira Wasim shines…October 13 2019

You Will Die at 20: Cursed boy’s Sudanese struggles mix fantasy, superstition…October 8 2019

Bitter Chestnut explores a contemporary quandary…October 7 2019

Bard of Blood is another Indian jaunt from Netflix…September 26 2019

Brilliant Pitt’s stellar performance in bedazzling space adventure…September 23 2019

Marriage Story paints love and loss with levity…September 15 2019

Discredited director’s comeback movie comes under skin…September 11 2019

Afghan tale of three troubled pregnancies fails to deliver…September 11 2019

Scales: Powerful critique of male dominance does Arab cinema proud…September 10 2019

Shadow of Water: A trek through the jungle with a predictable ending…September 10 2019

Joker: A painted face hides the bitter truth…September 9 2019

A Son is a powerful family tragedy  will  long be remembered…September 4 2019

Why animated film Bombay Rose was just  too busy and sentimental…September 3 2019

Kore-eda’s The Truth puts director in uncertain world …September 3 2019

Women troop out of The Kitchen to maul the mafia…August 26 2019

Mindhunter: Getting into the psyche of a killer...August 25 2019

Second season of Sacred Games mirrors the ills of today’s India…August 17 2019

Once Upon a Time a tame Tarantino ode to the past…August 14 2019

Arabic-language ‘Dollar’ on Netflix struggles to show its worth…August 11 2019

‘Hobbs & Shaw’– Muscle and little else...August 5 2019

‘The Great Hack’: Manipulating people with their own data…July 29 2019

‘Super 30′, an exhilarating sketch of life and times of mathematician to the poor...July 16 2019

Confused narrative impedes scare series ‘Typewriter’... July 11 2019

Spider-Man: Far from Home’ lacks the thrills to trap us in its web…July 7 2019

Pervasively powerful ‘Last Visit’ explores father-son ties in a changing world…July 3 2019

‘Yesterday’, a rom-com with a soundtrack of Beatles hits...July 1 2019

Fakir’s farcical adventure a condescending take on India...June 27 2019

Clumsy mix of  fiction and fact in Bollywood-obsessed orphan’s tale...June 25 2019

Frightening glimpse into near-future India under draconian rule...June 18 2019

Movie master’s reflective study of aging film director low on energy...June 13 2019

Cannes Palm d’Or winner, ‘Parasite’ is a brutal look at social inequality…June 11 2019

Young Ahmed’: Cannes prize winner offers a harsh look at radicalisation…May 27 2019

Of Fathers and Sons captures the moment childhood is lost…May 15 2019

The Last Summer: A flat teen rom-com that needs updating...May 11 2019

Breaking up is hard to do...April 28 2019

The Curse of La Llorona: Ghost story falls frightfully short on scare factor...April 23 2019

Selection Day: Once again TV cricketing series lacks spin and spirit of book...April 17 2019

‘The Tashkent Files’  rakes up a long-dead issue at last...April 14 2019

Childhood fancy adventure not quite what dreams are made of…April 10 2019

‘Traitors’  takes no prisoners in gripping spy drama...April 9 2019

Netflix retells story of Bonnie and Clyde in The Highwaymen…April 1 2019

Star-studded rumble in jungle packs powerful punch…March 27 2019

Put-upon mother’s journey of discovery is magical...March 26 2019

Unlikely romance loses its spark in soulless sojourn…March 19 2019

Set for Netflix, ‘Delhi Crime’  is engrossing and gut-wrenching…Mar 16 2019

‘Badla’ sinks in a quagmire of plot imperfections…March 13 2019

‘Period. End of Sentence’: India confronts the last female taboo in this award-winning documentary…March 2 2019

‘The Favourite’ is a triangular palace intrigue with an Oscar-winning lead...February 25 2019

Hip-hop dream in ‘Gully Boy’  is music to the ears...February 23 2019

Line of Descent is a dramatic tale of crime and atonement…February 16 2019

Bollywood Venetian escapade loses plot in the city of romance…February 13 2019

‘Wajib’– A father and son bond over a road trip…February 11 2019

‘Velvet Buzzsaw’: Money and cursed art paint a strange spectacle…February 2 2019

‘Gaza’: An uplifting study of a land in turmoil...January 30 2019

Syrupy Manikarnika biopic fails to impress…January 30 2019

Netflix’s first Emirati show is fascinating but lacks wit…January 26 2019

‘Why Cheat India’ is a rocky ride to the murky side of education…January 21 2019

A slanted silver screen offering on the Uri attack…January 17 2019

‘Selection Day’ fails to capture the nuances of the novel…January 14 2019

‘Girls of the Sun’– A female Kurdish battalion gives Daesh a drubbing…January 9 2019

‘Sofia’ — a damsel in distress and a selfish solution...January 1 2019





2.0 has an important message, but woven into a clumsy script...December 31 2018

‘What Will People Say’ tells the conflicted story of a teenage girl in a globalised world…December 24 2018

Turkish Netflix drama, ‘The Protector’, a let-down…December 21 2018

Roma delivers soul and spirit — and a dash of Mexican magic…December 19 2018

Mowgli’s latest run releases on Netflix...December 9 2018

‘Fatwa’ explores extremism through a father’s eyes...December 4 2018

The Wild Pear Tree is a gripping story despite the slow pace…December 2 2018

Green Book’, a road trip peppered with hilarity and humiliation...November 24 2018

The Reports on Sarah and Saleem: An affair to remember…November 21 2018

‘Baazaar’ tries and fails to rip off  Wall Street blockbusters…November 11 2018

Dancing away from a repressive regime in ‘The White Crow’ … November 7 2018

A cinematic exploration of the human instinct to  defy and disobey...October 28 2018

The Old Man and the Gun: Robert Redford oozes boyish charm at 82…October 24 2018

Beauty and the Dogs takes hard look at an unfeeling society…October 20 2018

Bollywood legend Kajol disappoints as a mollycoddling mother in Helicopter Eela…October 16 2018

‘Midnight Delhi’ is a bewildering tale of violence…October 13 2018

‘July 22′ is a horrific tragedy in which children become political pawns...October 9 2018

‘Sui Dhaaga’ is a beautifully tailored look at entrepreneurial spirit…October 2 2018

A dissatisfying portrait of life in the shadow of the Syrian war...September 30 2018

Fact meets fiction in ambitious drama ‘Yomeddine’...September 27 2018

‘Dear Son’ a superb study of a failing family…September 26 2018

‘Love Sonia’ presents a tragic picture of trafficked women…September 18 2018

‘Soni’: A placid attempt at highlighting violence against women...September 12 2018

ÍSIS Tomorrow’ has a question for us today…September 12 2018

‘Screwdriver’ explores the impact of long-term isolation…September 11 2018

An imaginative approach to capturing tension on screen...September 8 2018

Bradley Cooper directorial debut is love at first sound...September 5 2018

‘First Man’ aims for the moon, but falls short…September 3 2018

Scary picture of India in Netflix’s ‘Ghoul’ fails to frighten...August 29 2018

‘Mile 22′ is a riddling ride through too many alleyways...August 25 2018

‘Gold’ whips up India’s patriotism through hockey...August 21 2018

‘Christopher Robin’ a timeless message even if Pooh lacks spark...August 16 2018

‘The Meg’; A giant shark movie that lacks the killer bite…August 13 2018

‘Karwaan’ is a road movie with a spirited driver...August 11 2018

Like Father is a fun, if predictable, cruise full of characters...August 8 2018

Mulk takes a disturbing look at Islamophobia in India...August 4 2018

Saheb Bibi Aur Gangster 3: A jaded cat-and-mouse roulette...July 31 2018

Skyscraper sucks Dwayne Johnson into a see-saw battle…July 30 2018

The Warning: Grisly murders and a mathematical puzzle...July 29 2018

Hotel Transylvania 3 blurs the line between good and bad…July 23 2018

Pint-sized heroes score big in Marvel’s latest flick…July 16 2018

Subtle and simple, Soorma is unlike any other sports biopic...July 14 2018

There is an ominous message in Sicario: Day of the Soldado...July 11 2018

Sacred Games: India’s gritty Netflix series debut...July 8 2018

Ocean’s 8: A delightfully smart crime caper...July 3 2018

Fawning admiration of Bollywood’s Sanjay Dutt the downfall of Sanju…July 1 2018

Pablo — A tragic love story furled by drug money…June 26 2018

Race 3 — Salman Khan fails to step on the gas as franchise stalls…June 21 2018

Kala, first Indian film in Saudi cinemas, gimmicky at best...June 17 2018


A boon that is actually a bane: India’s car chaos...January 18 2011


Encounter Killings — Arab News, December 9 2010…December 9 2010

A Hungry India — Arab News, November 18 2010…November 18 2010

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