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THE RIOT CLUB

Max Irons, Douglas Booth and Sam Claflin
Directed by Lone Scherfig

The slyest aspect about Lone Scherfig’s “The Riot Club” is also its most maddening one. Structurally, the whole production is a come-on, a tease, a manipulative stunt. It begins in lusciously ribald fashion as we are treated to nineteenth-century sexual shenanigans amid the upper classes at Oxford University: white wigs, splashy capes and all. A beloved hedonist is murdered after cuckolding an ... more >

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The lonely and extraordinary life, as highlighted in THE SALT OF THE EARTH

Runtime: 110 mins (Dolby Digital)

Beautiful, heartbreaking, ambitious, and spiritually invigorating. “The Salt of the Earth,” a new documentary directed by Wim Wenders and Juliano Ribeiro Salgado, gives social documentary photographer Sebastião Salgado (the co-director’s father) center stage and illuminates his life’s work with a focus on his photography work and travels. Salgado’s photographs cover diverse subjects, from ... more >

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An erratic but underwhelming “Chappie” hit theater screens

Sharlto Copley, Dev Patel and Hugh Jackman
Directed by Neill Blomkamp

The opening of Neill Blomkamp’s “Chappie” sweeps across multiple stories in multiple places in early stage apocalypse-Johannesburg, South Africa. A helicopter fleet of robocops dives from the sky and blasts through a collection of menacing gangsters. It’s a lovely, frantic movement of action, editing and scoring. And then everything goes wrong after that. It’s common for critics to wish that ... more >

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As new doc “RED ARMY” shows, the most successful sports franchise in history was Soviet

Why do oppressive regimes always wear such awesome uniforms? The national hockey team of the Soviet Union, also known as the Red Army team, wore the best crisp red sweaters. The letters “CCCP” on their chests looked way more intimidating than when they started “Chris” or “Peter.” For a generation of Americans, those letters might as well have spelled “KGB,” and the players should have skated in ... more >

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GREY GARDENS, newly-restored, coming to theaters soon

Edith 'Little Edie' Bouvier Beale: "No, I'm not ready; I have no makeup on... but things are getting better!" (one of the many choice quotes from 1975's "Grey Gardens"). For the sadistic movie-goer "Grey Gardens" might just be the epitome of schadenfreude: look, rejoice, at how Big and Little Edie Beale, a mother-and-daughter team of recluses living in a run-down mansion in East Hampton have ... more >

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THE IMITATION GAME, a bravura performance, an offering to the Oscars Gods

Alexandre Desplat composed the film's score in under three weeks
Directed by Morten Tydlum

Alan Turing was a complex man, a mathematical genius who broke the seemingly unbreakable Enigma code through which the Nazis conducted their war on Europe with encrypted messages. Before that he was a highly gifted student at a public school, years marked by endless bullying and the awakening of homosexual tendencies. At a very young age, he becomes a Fellow at Cambridge University where he ... more >

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SEARCHING FOR THE PERFECT WAVE IN BALUCHISTAN

"Into the sea" was shot on a 5D Mark II
Project was self-financed

(Every so often articles published on our affiliate blog Iranian Film Daily will be reprinted here based on relevance). Filmmaker Marion Poizeau has some kind of chutzpah. Two years ago she grabbed her board and traveled to the most dangerous place in Iran to surf and share her love of the sport with others. “A friend of mine told me about the waves in neighboring Pakistan. We figured there ... more >