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  • Finding Fatimah

    Finding Fatimah

    ★★½

    There’s lots to like in this mostly sweet British Muslim rom-com. Pity, then, that it tries too hard, instead of trusting its characters, and sabotages itself.

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  • Clash

    Clash

    ★★★

    Challenging and provocative, but the limitations it places on itself restrict the appreciation for anyone not already steeped in its culture and politics.

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  • The Gift

    The Gift

    Descends into emotional idiocy and insufficient intrigue to end in a disgusting place that presumes that a woman is an appropriate pawn in games men play.

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  • Fifty Shades of Grey

    Fifty Shades of Grey

    ½

    A charm-free hero with control issues and a passive, fretful heroine have coy and tediously vanilla pretend-sex. This is meant to be erotic?

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