Cinema Escapist

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2014

A Firing Squad of One: Thailand’s “Last Executioner”

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The fascinating story of Chavoret Jaruboon, who executed 55 prisoners as Thailand's last gunshot executioner.

A Taste of South Indian Indie Film From “Six Feet High” And “An Off-Day Game”

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Keralan director Sanal Kumar Sasidhara's first two features offer an example of world-class cinematic technique applied to local, Indian narratives.

Review: Jack Strong (Poland, 2014)

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Based on a true Cold War story, Jack Strong is a spy thriller from Poland which has hints of the country's recent political climate.

Review: Atlantic (Morocco, 2014)

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An artistically inclined film from Morocco with an unusual windsurfing premise.

Review: The Perfect Dictatorship (Mexico, 2014)

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Now available to international audiences on Netflix, The Perfect Dictatorship is Mexican director Luis Estrada’s latest satire on his country’s politics. The film’s title comes...

Review: Kabukicho Love Hotel (Japan, 2014)

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Steamy sex scenes, dark secrets, and broken dreams —“pink film” kingpin Ryuichi Hiroki does it again. A multi-threaded drama featuring a Korean call girl, an aspiring...

Review: Black Coal, Thin Ice (China, 2014)

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When a movie is named Black Coal, Thin Ice, you can probably guess that it won’t be about unicorns and rainbows. As expected, director Diao...

Review: The Liberator (Venezuela, 2014)

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The Liberator is a Venezuelan biopic about South American revolutionary Simon Bolivar that is packed with both action and reminders of how Bolivar continues to...

Review: Timbuktu (Mauritania, 2014)

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Timbuktu is a stirringly silent series of snapshots from when the eponymous Malian city was under jihadist occupation. Peaceful yet powerful, it is a powerful...

Review: Neko Samurai (Japan, 2014)

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What do you get when you cross the internet’s favorite animal with sword-wielding Japanese warriors? Well, something a lot like the 2014 Japanese comedy-drama Neko...

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