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Review: 2014 Best Foreign Film Oscar Nominee 'Omar'

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • February 19, 2014 5:13 PM
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The title character of Hany Abu-Assad’s “Omar” is played by Adam Bakri. Fair-skinned, with a slight overbite and an easy smile spread over a skinny face, he’s a likable onscreen presence, and when he makes doe eyes at coquettish Nadja (Leem Lubany), you see the blossoming of true love. It’s the sort of good casting you need in a film like this, the concrete notion of star-crossed, photogenic lovers trapped within a political hellhole: Omar is Palestinian, and Nadja is Israeli. Real life isn’t often as subtle as fiction. There really is a wall that separates them.

'Sympathy For Mr. Vengeance' Remake Gets A Director, 'Fast & Furious 7' Keeps Casting & More

  • By Ben Brock
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  • September 12, 2013 11:18 AM
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With TIFF in full swing, letters are being frantically crossed and dotted on all manner of contracts, agreements and bar-room napkins. Here are a few that we managed to smuggle across the Canadian border, hidden inside a stuffed moose...

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