Murtada Elfadl

Murtada Elfadl Pro

Culture writer/critic and film curator
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 @ Variety and AV Club

Favorite films

  • Carol
  • In the Mood for Love
  • The Nightingale's Prayer
  • All About My Mother

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  • Anatomy of a Fall

    ★★★★★

  • The Power of the Strike

  • Wings of Desire

  • Cuckoo

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  • Anatomy of a Fall

    Anatomy of a Fall

    ★★★★★

    Works even on a plane

  • Dune: Part Two

    Dune: Part Two

    ★★★½

    As blockbuster movies go, Dune: Part Two is a thrilling ride that totally earns its two-and-a-half-hour running time. The filmmakers add much-needed heft to their display of virtuoso filmmaking by adding serious real-life themes. However, there is a jarring disconnect between the words uttered by the film’s characters, many in Arabic or derivations of the Arabic language, and the actors uttering those words. With the exception of Souheila Yacoub and Zendaya, all of the main characters are played by actors…

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  • Mapplethorpe

    Mapplethorpe

    This is the type of biopic where real historical people introduce themselves by stating their full name the first time they appear.

  • Falling in Love

    Falling in Love

    ★★★½

    There’s a scene where Robert De Niro asks Harvey Keitel if he’s handsome, and I’m yelling YES at my screen. Bob, you are hot and handsome and cute and everything!