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Middle East movie time (and place)

This week’s new movie releases take up a troubled region’s troubles, from The Mummy to Radio Dreams

The Mummy: Revivified Egyptian princess or a test-screening attendee? You make the call!
The Mummy: Revivified Egyptian princess or a test-screening attendee? You make the call!

Egypt, Iraq, Iran, and Afghanistan all get turns in the cinematic spotlight this week in a monster movie, the story of a dog and his girl, an expat drama, and a war doc, respectively. Some are better than others.

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Mummy *

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An ancient Egyptian princess escapes her tomb and sets about finding a human host for the Egyptian god of death, because a deal’s a deal. To paraphrase Dr. Hannibal Lecter, one of the monsters in the vastly superior horror hybrid (there, horror-murder mystery; here, horror-action adventure) <em>The Silence of the Lambs</em>: “No, no, no — you were doing fine. You were brisk and straightforward; you had established characters, story, and tone with efficiency and even some wit; and now this ham-handed segue into a superhero-style soap opera. Tut-tut-tut; it won't do.” I was curious enough — even hopeful enough — about Universal’s decision to exhume its classic monsters to hold on until the zombie crusader frogmen started swimming after amoral (but maybe-redeemable) soldier of fortune Tom Cruise. No one would blame you for checking out sooner, however — maybe right around the time Cruise meets this would-be franchise’s version of Marvel’s Nick Fury. That’s when the scary-ish stuff stops, the bloviating begins, the action goes big, and the movie shifts attention from itself to a glorious, sequel-spangled future. Whoops. Alex Kurtzman directs; Annabelle Wallis co-stars.

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And of course you can’t think of the Middle East without thinking of Merry Old England, so there’s a couple of Britpics — modern and otherwise.

Sadly, we couldn't make it to this week’s big new horror release — and we don’t mean The Mummy. (But we didn’t miss La Granja.)

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The Mummy: Revivified Egyptian princess or a test-screening attendee? You make the call!
The Mummy: Revivified Egyptian princess or a test-screening attendee? You make the call!

Egypt, Iraq, Iran, and Afghanistan all get turns in the cinematic spotlight this week in a monster movie, the story of a dog and his girl, an expat drama, and a war doc, respectively. Some are better than others.

Movie

Mummy *

thumbnail

An ancient Egyptian princess escapes her tomb and sets about finding a human host for the Egyptian god of death, because a deal’s a deal. To paraphrase Dr. Hannibal Lecter, one of the monsters in the vastly superior horror hybrid (there, horror-murder mystery; here, horror-action adventure) <em>The Silence of the Lambs</em>: “No, no, no — you were doing fine. You were brisk and straightforward; you had established characters, story, and tone with efficiency and even some wit; and now this ham-handed segue into a superhero-style soap opera. Tut-tut-tut; it won't do.” I was curious enough — even hopeful enough — about Universal’s decision to exhume its classic monsters to hold on until the zombie crusader frogmen started swimming after amoral (but maybe-redeemable) soldier of fortune Tom Cruise. No one would blame you for checking out sooner, however — maybe right around the time Cruise meets this would-be franchise’s version of Marvel’s Nick Fury. That’s when the scary-ish stuff stops, the bloviating begins, the action goes big, and the movie shifts attention from itself to a glorious, sequel-spangled future. Whoops. Alex Kurtzman directs; Annabelle Wallis co-stars.

Find showtimes

And of course you can’t think of the Middle East without thinking of Merry Old England, so there’s a couple of Britpics — modern and otherwise.

Sadly, we couldn't make it to this week’s big new horror release — and we don’t mean The Mummy. (But we didn’t miss La Granja.)

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