Cinema Escapist

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Russia

Trailer: “Guardians”, Russia’s answer to “The Avengers”, premieres Feb 23

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Tired of American superheroes? Check out "Guardians" for superhero action with a Russian twist!

Review: Stalingrad (Russia, 2013)

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A 2013 Russian revisitation of WWII's arguably most important battle, complete with slick production quality and special effects.

Review: Under the Sun (Russia/North Korea, 2015)

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Russian filmmaker Vitaly Manskiy's Under the Sun is perhaps the most philosophical and artistic documentary I've seen about North Korea.

Review: Leviathan (Russia, 2014)

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After picking up a Golden Globe (Russia’s first since 1969) and garnering a nomination for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar last month, Andrey Zvyagintsev’s...

Review: The Return (Russia, 2003)

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We here in the West oftentimes see Russia as a miserable place. It is the austere authoritarian other to our delightful democratic self, a home...