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"Learning to Drive" is a lesson in less offering more: more three-dimensional characters, more humanity, and more absolutely charming entertainment. A quick opening scene establishes Darwan as a calm, capable driving instructor. Switching to his nighttime taxi job, Darwan is then jolted by Wendy and her soon-to-be ex-husband who jump into his cab in shrill conflict.

Published in Film Reviews
Friday, 14 June 2013 00:00

'The East' dramatizes eco-terrorism

Mainstream films avoid politically charged topics, reluctant to alienate any potential audience. By refreshing contrast, "The East" makes no bones about its eco-terrorism agenda from the opening seconds to the closing credits. Though it doesn't explicitly attack real corporations' environmental destruction, it does attack the immorality and hypocrisy of the fictionalized self-indulgent wealthy who kill and maim.

Published in Film Reviews