| May 27, 2014
| 4:30 AM
With British cinema overrun as ever with grimy London gangland tales, there is precious little territory that hasn't yet been covered within the genre: Even the narrative tension between crime and spirituality in "Snow in Paradise," an ultra-brooding study of a small-time hoodlum's conversion to Islam, feels less novel than it should do. A glum but not inauspicious directorial debut for accomplished editor Andrew Hulme, this obscurely titled thriller suffers from key scripting deficiencies for which its concentrated, low-hanging atmospherics and a hot-wired lead performance go only so far to compensate. An artsy proposition for genre aficionados and a coarse one for arthouses, "Paradise" may find itself in commercial purgatory even on home turf.
| May 15, 2014
| 2:30 PM
Egyptian auteur Mohamed Diab, known internationally for bold sex harassment pic "Cairo 678," is set to delve into his country's political turbulence with drama-action thriller "Clash."
Diab's timely new film is a co-production between Egyptian writer-...