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  • Fireworks Wednesday

    ★★★½

  • Beautiful City

    ★★★

  • Dancing in the Dust

    ★★★

  • The Man Who Sold His Skin

    ★★★½

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  • Fireworks Wednesday

    Fireworks Wednesday

    ★★★½

    Enough, people; it's a weekday and I have work in the morning! For you ignorant foreigners more interested in your jobs than random holidays in other countries, Iran does have the pyrotechnic festival Chaharshanbe Suri, whose rough English translation of "The Scarlet Wednesday" actually better sells the level of festivity in this movie. Hedye Tehrani's Mozhdeh and Hamid Farokhnezhad's Morteza Samiei don't have work in the morning after the holiday in question, which they anticipate unwinding from on a New…

  • Beautiful City

    Beautiful City

    Say what you will about the creativity, but this city's nickname should draw a lot more tourists than Beijing's of "The Forbidden City". Tehran is indeed a beautiful city... on the whole, but it's not like our lead in this movie will be much of a tour guide. It has been two years since Hossein Farzi-Zadeh's Akbar killed his girlfriend, and now that he's 18, he is getting out of rehabilitative incarceration only so he can be moved to death…

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  • City of Hope

    City of Hope

    ★★★½

    I don't know how far John Sayles and Vincent Spano have come from "Baby It's You", but with this title, the New Jersey setting and the post-'60s timeline, this is when they can't afford a Bruce Springsteen song. I'm almost certain that they purchased the rights to the gent's entire catalogue just to be able to use with said title and the premise. Perhaps making up a New Jersey city instead of setting this in Manchester, Kentucky, is how Sayles…

  • Silenced

    Silenced

    ★★★½

    Jeez, wasn't "Children of a Lesser God" creepy enough when that teacher was hooking up with a staffer at the school? Insensitive as that was to say, Gong Ji-young should have thought through naming this novel after a play about children actually lying about being sexually molested. He could just be acknowledging how just about every institution full of child molesters is religiously backed, which Gong Yoo's Kang In-ho should have thought through when he came to work at the…