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Riz Ahmed as Omar and Kayvan Novak as Wak

Through Riz Ahmed’s character, the would-be terrorist Omar, director Chris Morris has skilfully encapsulated the Government’s ‘Prevent’ conundrum. Omar is at once naïve and intelligent, foul-mouthed and gentle, pitiless but tender. In short, he is human, very human. But how to ‘reach out’ to young men like him and prevent losing them to a violent and misguided cause?

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Djalili with Richard Schiff

In the midst of such uncertain times in the Middle East, what better way to break the proverbial bread with your neighbours than to make a film about a Jew raised as a Muslim. David Baddiel’s acerbic comedy is set in London’s East End, a generational melting pot of Huguenots, Irish, Jews and now Muslims. Subtly drawing on the co-existence of these faiths through a wittily outrageous, yet essentially warm hearted story, his characterisations show Muslims in a refreshingly ‘normal’ light.

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(Photos courtesy of Lionsgate Films)

(Photos courtesy of Lionsgate Films)

Joaquin Phoenix has become something of an enigma. Following his renunciation of acting, along with the sparkly trappings of Hollywood for the more humble profession of lyrical wordsmith, his film fans and music critics are united in hoping he doesn’t give up the day job.

But judging from the current hobo look he sports, his aloof stare and incoherent mumblings (its rapping apparently), immortalised by his infamous appearance on David Letterman earlier this year, it looks as if Two Lovers may well be his swan song.

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the-class-2This superb film about a year in the life of students in a rough inner-city school in Paris takes the genre of social realism to a new level. Based on François Bégaudeau’s semi-autobiographical novel of the same name, The Class is the first French film in 21 years to win the Palme d’Or at Cannes last year. And deservedly so.

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