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Movie Critic Article: The Day After Peace 2008

The Day After PeaceArticle by Muhsin Khalid
Peace and VaccinationThe Day After Peace documents the great effort exerted by award-winning filmmaker Jeremy Gilley who spent 10 years in a long hard journey calling on the world to adopt the 21 of September as an international peace day on which a global cease-fire and non-violence are effected in such a way as officially prescribed by the UN. Gilley finalized his quest by this film which definitely falls short of tackling all issues of humanity that deserve attention but ultimately and no matter how disappointed are the Arab views by it from their own perspective, it has achieved well for other nations as observed in Afghanistan, for example.
On the approval of Afghan authorities and the support of UN organizations the vaccination of millions of children was made possible on peace day. A similar outcome was achieved in Africa. The idea for an international peace day has originated from the UN in 1981. The role played by this documentary f…

Movie Critic Review: Django Unchained 2012

Review By:Adnan ZahirIn recent years American cinema has taken to self-reproduce by redirecting new versions of earlier successful movies. An example of this trend in the Western genre is the remake based on the life of the famous outlaw Jesse James played by Brad Pitt, which was the last in a series of portrayals of the same character. There is also the movie True Grit 2010 in which actor Jeff Bridges assumes the role played by John Wayne in the earlier 1969 version of the movie. Some  their success at the box-office to look like a movies are remade with different stories afterseries. These include the Sylvester Stallone movies Rocky and Rambo, Charles Bronson's Death Wish and also the movie Karate Kid.I find this a necessary introduction when trying to analyze Django Unchained which is currently showing in movie theaters around North America.In my view Django Unchained is a return to movies of the American West or Western Cowboy movies. But it also tries to address the serious…

Movie Critic Review: A Man in Our House (1961)

Henry Barakat links romance to realism in a nationalist movie. (There is) A Man In Our House
By: Badr Eddin Hassan Ali

"A Man in Our House" remains a milestone in the history of Egyptian cinema. 
Skillfully directed by Henry Barakat from a 1961 adaptation of a novel by the famed
Egyptian writer Ihsan Abdelgaddous, it ranks high among the best Egyptian movies.
Along with Omar Sharif, who later was hailed into the international film scene by his role in Lawrence of Arabia, the film starred Zubaida Tharwat, Hussein Riad, Hassan Yousef and Rushdi Abaza. Big names!
I took a particular liking to this film when I watched it in the holy month of Ramadan because both the writer (a muslim) and the director (a christian) addressed Ramadan with much respect and honesty. The general atmosphere of the film is a magnificently conscious blend of worship
The events of the film can be summarized in Ibrahim's attempt at assassinating the Prime Minister. He is subsequently arrested and sent to …