Bilal Qureshi

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The case for nixing the Oscars' best international feature category

Tuesday, March 22, 2022

In the extraordinary new age of subtitled streaming and globalized filmmaking, the Oscar category is becoming a caricature of itself as a relic of the past.


With 'Dune,' Denis Villeneuve has made Hollywood's definitive post-9/11 epic

Thursday, October 21, 2021

With the new 2021 movie, director Denis Villeneuve turns the novel's meditations on race, culture and colonialism into riveting and undeniable cinema.


The Best And Worst So Far From The Not-Very-Festive Toronto International Film Fest

Thursday, September 16, 2021

The Toronto International Film Fest is usually mobbed with over a thousand industry types from all over the world. But this year the partially-online festival has been bleak and deserted.


Cannes Rolls Out The Red Carpet For An Expanded, More Inclusive Film Festival

Tuesday, July 06, 2021

After the cancellation of the festival in 2020 due to COVID-19, the Cannes Film Festival returns to the French Riviera with an expanded program and a historic jury led by filmmaker Spike Lee.


Looking Back On The Legacy Of 'Shaft,' 50 Years Later

Friday, July 02, 2021

"Shaft" was released 50 years ago this week. The film heralded what came to be known as Blaxploitation cinema, a genre with a chequered legacy that also created inspired, Oscar-winning music.


'I Carry You With Me' Blends Reality And Drama In A Wrenching Gay Love Story

Friday, June 25, 2021

Iván and Gerardo can't be gay in Mexico, and can't be undocumented in the U.S. Filmmaker Heidi Ewing tells this real-life story with documentary footage and a swooning fictionalized drama.


'Quo Vadis, Aida?' Asks: Where Does A Society Go After War Ends?

Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Jasmila Zbanic's Oscar-nominated film dramatizes the genocide of more than 8,000 Bosnian Muslim men and boys in Srebrenica in 1995. Aida is a former teacher working as a translator for U.N. forces.


When The Giants Of Indian Classical Music Collided With Psychedelic San Francisco

Saturday, January 23, 2021

The new live album That Which Colors the Mind, recorded in 1970 by Grateful Dead sound man Owsley Stanley, captures a riveting performance by Ali Akbar Khan, Zakir Hussain and Indranil Bhattacharya.


In 'Funny Boy,' A Young Sri Lankan Gay Man Comes Of Age As Ethnic Tensions Explode

Wednesday, December 16, 2020

Deepa Mehta's new film, Funny Boy, is Canada's Oscar submission. It's being distributed by Ava DuVernay's company and premieres on Netflix. It's based on the novel by Shyam Selvadurai.


'Tripping With Nils Frahm': 4 Sweaty Berlin Nights Captured Onscreen

Friday, December 04, 2020

The new concert film, shot in 2018, shows one of the stars of the electronic and indie classical worlds in his element: a homebrewed nest of traditional and modern instruments working together.


Film Version Offers A New Look At Jack London's 'Martin Eden'

Monday, October 26, 2020

The new film Martin Eden is an epic retelling of Jack London's 1909 novel set in Italy in the midst of a socialist revolution. It may well be a metaphor for the "Don't tread on me" America of today.


The Enduring Afterglow Of Ravi Shankar's Life In Music

Tuesday, April 07, 2020

Ravi Shankar took Indian classical music to world stages and introduced the sitar to Western audiences. His influence can still be felt today, 100 years after his birth.


In Austria's Alps, 'A Hidden Life' Of World War II Resistance

Monday, December 23, 2019

Director Terrence Malick is known for dream-like movies. His latest tells a more direct story: one of a family, and how it is affected by the father's decision not to swear allegiance to Hitler.


Artist Kehinde Wiley's 'Rumors Of War' Now Stands In Former Capital Of The Confederacy

Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Kehinde Wiley's sculpture, "Rumors of War," was unveiled at its permanent home outside the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond on Tuesday.


'Atlantics' Is A Haunting Refugee Story — Of The Women Left Behind In Senegal

Saturday, November 23, 2019

Mati Diop is the first black woman to compete at the Cannes Film Festival — where her first feature won the Grand Prix. The movie about women left behind by refugees is coming soon to Netflix.


How Spanish Filmmaker Pedro Almodóvar Drew From His Own Life For 'Pain And Glory'

Friday, October 04, 2019

Pain and Glory is the latest from Spanish filmmaker Pedro Almodóvar. It tells the story of an aging filmmaker unable to make films — to tell his stories — until the past nudges him forward.


An Unauthorized Biopic Of Silvio Berlusconi, Already Stranger Than Fiction

Tuesday, October 01, 2019

Loro, directed by Paolo Sorrentino and starring Toni Servillo, is a movie about the TV tycoon turned Italian prime minister — and the sycophants who helped build his cult of personality.


Silvio Berlusconi Biopic: 'Loro'

Sunday, September 29, 2019

Loro is the latest from Italian director Paolo Sorrentino and tells the story of businessman and former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi's last comeback.


Toronto International Film Festival 2019 Preview: The Films We're Most Excited About

Wednesday, September 04, 2019

The NPR Movies Team picks the 12 films they're most looking forward to seeing — movies that will likely end up in theaters or on streaming services sometime in the next few months.


The World Of Paris Publishing In 'Non-Fiction'

Saturday, May 11, 2019

Non-Fiction is being billed as a comedy of adultery in the publishing industry. But it poses some serious questions about the effects of the digital age on all of us.