Movies
Hene Film

The great disappearing film

Cinema | With a competitive movie environment and new hurdles to distribution, some worthy films go unseen by American audiences
by Emily Belz
Posted 11/07/19, 03:35 pm

One night in 2016, New York resident Joel Darling accompanied some friends to the Tribeca Film Festival and watched a film he knew little about. El Clásico, from Kurdish director Halkawt Mustafa, tells the story of two bickering, soccer-obsessed brothers in Iraq. Both of the brothers are little people (dwarfs) who travel to Madrid on a mission to meet a famous soccer player. 

Darling loved it.

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Universal Pictures

Holiday cheer

Movie | A selfish young woman learns to love others in romantic comedy Last Christmas
by Megan Basham
Posted 11/07/19, 02:45 pm

Among the many genres that have suffered in our age of superhero domination, perhaps none has been harder hit than the romantic comedy.

If anyone can bring holiday romance back to the big screen in a big way, however, it’s screenwriter/actress Emma Thompson. In her latest, Last Christmas (rated PG-13 for language), Thompson steals every scene she’s in as the domineering, immigrant mother of the lovely but self-destructive Kate (Emilia Clarke).

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Netflix

Fighters in the sky

Documentary | Spitfire tells the story of the WWII airplane that helped save Britain
by Marty VanDriel
Posted 11/07/19, 12:56 pm

A single-propeller Spitfire loops and soars over the green British countryside, its pilot reveling in the craft’s liveliness. Spitfire, a documentary available on Netflix, tells the tale of the last of the fighter planes without a jet engine, a plane that became a symbol of British courage during the Second World War.

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