The journal “Jura Gentium Cinema” (www.jgcinema.org) is seeking reviews (between 5000 and 10000 words) for the following movies:
1) “Amreeka” by Cherien Dabis (AKA "Amerrika" (Fr)). Muna (Nisreen Faour), a divorced Palestinian woman, leaves the West Bank with Fadi (Melkar Muallem), her teenaged sun, to the city of Illinois. Both mother and son hope to start a new life in America but go through a difficult transition. Fadi must adapt to the hallways and classrooms of his new high school. And Muna must keep up with the pace cooking hamburgers at a local White Castle.
2) “Gamer” by Mark Neveldine (AKA “Ultimate Game” (Fr)). Set in a future-world where humans can control other humans in mass-scale, multi-player online gaming environments, a star player (Butler) from a game called "Slayers" looks to regain his independence while taking down the game's mastermind (Hall).
3) “Darbareye Elly” by Asghar Farhadi (AKA “About Elly” (USA), “À propos d'Elly” (Fr)). It's a story about three Iranian families who are traveling to North of Iran in order that they can introduce the teacher of one of these families daughters to one of their divorced friends who's coming from Germany to Iran but everything changes when the young teacher (Elly) disappears and no one knows if she's still alive or not?
4) “The Road” by John Hillcoat. A father and his son walk alone through burned America. Nothing moves in the ravaged landscape save the ash on the wind and water. It is cold enough to crack stones, and, when the snow falls it is gray. The sky is dark. Their destination is the warmer south, although they don't know what, if anything, awaits them there. They have nothing: just a pistol to defend themselves against the lawless cannibalistic bands that stalk the road, the clothes they are wearing, a rusting shopping cart of scavenged food--and each other.
5) “London River” by Rachid Bouchareb. After traveling to London to check on their missing children in the wake of the 2005 terror attack on the city, two strangers come to discover their respective children had been living together at the time of the attacks.
6) “Surrogates” by Jonathan Mostow. People are living their lives remotely from the safety of their own homes via robotic surrogates -- sexy, physically perfect mechanical representations of themselves. It's an ideal world where crime, pain, fear and consequences don't exist. When the first murder in years jolts this utopia, FBI agent Greer discovers a vast conspiracy behind the surrogate phenomenon and must abandon his own surrogate, risking his life to unravel the mystery.
The review should be informative and evaluative, without being dismissive: that is, the reviewer should find some value in the work being reviewed.
Reviews in French, Spanish, Italian are welcome as well.
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