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  Wadjda (Waad Mohammed) is a straight-up badass. Under her traditional Saudi Arabian garb, the 10-year-old girl rocks Chuck Taylors, and her cassette player (yeah, she's that cool) screams indie rock from Grouplove.  All Wadjda wants is a bike, so she can race her friend Abdullah (Abdullrahman Al Gohandi), a boy from the neighborhood. Despite being constantly reminded that "girls don't ride bikes," Wadjda hustles money left and right, and is so determined that she enters a religious contest in her school where the prize is...

Deepa Mehta, the woman behind the Elements film trilogy—Fire, Earth, and Water—directs this adaptation of Salman Rushdie’s 1980 novel, an epic story that deftly combines elements of magical realism, historical fiction, Indian postcolonial literature, and deeply personal family dynamics. At midnight on August 17, 1947—the very moment of India’s independence from Great Britain—two baby boys are born to two families on opposite sides of the economic spectrum, and are swapped by a nurse wishing to make a political statement. Saleem, born to the family in...

In the wake of 9/11, a Pakistani man named Changez Khan (Riz Ahmed) finds himself in a whirlwind of conflicting feelings and disturbing situations. Based on the eponymous novel by Mohsin Hamid, The Reluctant Fundamentalist begins with Changez answering a journalist's questions for an article. He hopes Changez will reveal the location of a kidnapped American professor, but Changez has a different agenda in mind. He tells the story of his rise to success after moving from Pakistan to America and landing a job as...
Pairing porn and poetry together isn’t a common feat, but Scott Coffey pulls it off with his latest feature, Adult World. Emma Roberts is Amy, a recent college graduate from the suburbs of Syracuse. Upon returning home, and this ain’t no Hotel for Dogs, her plans to become the next Sylvia Plath are stifled when she runs out of cash, and is forced to get a job at a sex shop. Amy may be a virgin, but her naivete gives birth to a strange oblivious...
A picture is worth a thousand words, but an infographic speaks for itself.  A new series of graphs demonstrates a point we already knew, but hadn't thought to illustrate: In Hollywood, it's fine and dandy for leading men to grow older, but not leading ladies. There is a huge bias towards older men/younger women in casting. Although there are a few exceptions to the rule, (like Geena Davis and Brad Pitt in Thelma and Louise or Katherine Keener and Steve Carell in The 40 Year Old...

Can’t wait until Sunday for the next Mad Men? Well, hurry on over to the Cinema Village Theatre tonight or tomorrow to catch the documentary Bert Stern: Original Mad Man. This thrilling biography covers the life and work of one of American photography's all-time greats, known for capturing the likes of Marilyn Monroe, Twiggy, and the infamous Lolita image from Stanley Kubrick's film. Stern's work on Madison Avenue helped shape the state of modern advertising, which earned him the credit of original "Mad Man." Shannah Laumeister's account...

Fractured fairy tales have dominated this year’s box office, but most of the stories are pretty far removed from the real world. Enter The Brass Teapot, a topical spin on this formula that follows neither witch hunters nor giant slayers, but a couple of broke kids. Married protagonists Alice (Juno Temple) and John (Michael Angarano) find a shady solution to their debt in a teapot that responds to pain by filling itself with cash. It’s not long before the two use sadomasochism,...
Today it was announced that everyone's favorite talk show host, Ellen Degeneres, will act as leading lady/fish in the upcoming sequel to Finding Nemo. The comedienne will continue to make us LOL effortlessly by voicing the lovable Dory in Finding Dory. The little Blue Tang will be searching for her family along the California coast about a year after Finding Nemo ended in 2003. You can expect to catch the funniest fish with short-term memory loss returning to the big screen on November 25th, 2015....

OMG! Les Misérables is available on DVD, Blueray, and in a Two-Disc Combo Pack! Take a sigh of relief-- now you can sing along to every word without annoying everyone around you! Just be sure you warn your roommate(s) to get out of the house for like 9 hours if they are not fans of:  1) musicals 2) the sound of your tears 3) Russell Crowe We clearly love Les Misérables around here, and this Screen Junkies remake of the trailer had us laughing too hard not to share. Perhaps your roommate will appreciate...

I’ve been a sucker for soul band creation tales ever since The Commitments wailed its way into my heart, so I was already predisposed to love The Sapphires. The film, by director Wayne Blair, tells the very-close-to-true story of four young Australian Aboriginal women with killer pipes and big dreams. Sisters Gail (Deborah Mailman), Julie (Jessica Mauboy), and Cynthia (Miranda Tapsell) were raised on a reserve, and grew up singing country hits together. When the sisters participate in a local talent competition and lose based...