Film review: Arrival

  What can aliens teach us about being human?   Review of Arrival, my film of 2016 (USA, 2016, directed by Denis Villeneuve) By: Dr James Hartley, Foundation Year 2 at Brighton and Sussex University Healthcare Trust   The above question is one that is commonly asked in the sci-fi genre. Think Sigourney Weaver’s portrayal […]

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Film Review: Dubai International Film Festival

United by film in United Arab Emirates An overview of Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF), 7-14th December 2016, https://dubaifilmfest.com/en/page/223/diff16.html Dr Khalid Ali, Screening room editor Cinema can be a contemporary mirror of our society as film-makers tell their stories reflecting on universal political, social, and economic challenges. Health and well-being were prominent themes in the […]

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Film Review: Dear Zindagi

  Julia Roberts meets Sigmund Freud in Goa: A review of Dear Zindagi, directed by Gauri Shinde, India 2016, 4* Currently in general release in UK cinemas  Reviewed by Dr Khalid Ali, Screening room editor Bollywood cinema has secured its international box-office appeal with a well known formula of combining action, melodrama, song, and dance in […]

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Film review: Mannequin

  The Banality of Evil – Review of Mannequin, Egypt, 2015, directed by Dr Mina Elnaggar   Reviewed by Professor Robert Abrams, Weill Cornell Medical College, New York   Mannequin is a short, terrifying film with ambitions as large as its 7-minute running time is brief. The action starts immediately: An unnamed man who must […]

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Film Review: Doctor Strange

The theme for the next issue of Medical Humanities is Science Fiction. There are many online articles already available on the theme (see Related Reading below). The blog will feature a series of reviews and original pieces on Medical Humanities and Science Fiction over the next weeks.   A Superhero inside you…   Review of Doctor Strange, […]

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Film Review: On Call

    Revisiting empathy- Medicine and asylum seekers  Review of On call – France, 2016, directed by Alice Diop Showing at the BFI- London Film Festival on Wednesday 12th, and Friday 14th October 2016, London http://www.bfi.org.uk/lff Reviewed by Dr Khalid Ali, Screening Room Editor   In the current international refugee crisis, no country is immune […]

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Film Review: Patient

  The ten rules of doctors’ engagement   Review of Patient, Colombia, 2015, directed by Jorge Caballero Screening at the London Film Festival, 15 and 16th October 2016 https://whatson.bfi.org.uk/lff/Online/seatSelect.asp https://whatson.bfi.org.uk/lff/Online/mapSelect.asp   Reviewed by Dr Khalid Ali, Screening Room Editor   The Oxford Dictionary defines the word ‘patient’ as ‘a person receiving or registered to receive […]

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Film Review: X + Y

  X+ Y- UK, 2014, directed by Morgan Matthews Reviewed by Dr Khalid Ali, Screening Room Editor   Books, films and plays exploring the Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) have traditionally met with critical acclaim; ‘The Reason I Jump’ (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Reason_I_Jump), ‘The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time’ (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Curious_Incident_of_the_Dog_in_the_Night-Time), and ‘Rain Man’, USA, 1988, […]

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Film Review: Arab Film Festival

  Both films reviewed below will be screened at the upcoming Safar Arab Film Festival at the Institute of Contemporary Arts London, September 14-18     Before the Summer Crowds, Egypt, 2015, directed by Mohamed Khan Opening night film for Safar, Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA), London, 14th September 2016, http://www.arabbritishcentre.org.uk/event/summer-crowds-qabl-zahmet-al-saif/. In Arabic with English subtitles. […]

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