Matthew Lickona noon, July 29
My Brother the Devil
- Rated NR | 1 hour, 51 minutes
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More modern, more problems. Writer-director Sally El Hosaini brings a few tweaks to the familiar themes of brotherly strife and immigrants rising through drug-dealing. The immigrants are Egyptian; the religious background is Muslim ("If it's written, it's gonna happen anyway"); the city is London. Handsome, muscular Rashid (a winning James Floyd) runs drugs for a small operation and dreams of a better life for himself and his brainier, slighter brother Mo (a sullen Fady Elsayed). After the way-of-it death of a friend in a turf brawl, Rashid finds a way out in the employ of a sophisticated photographer. And, yes, "sophisticated" means exactly what you think it means — that's one of the tweaks. Mo, meanwhile, has little use for the straight and narrow. The talk is good, and all the updates make for at least the feeling of freshness. 2012.