LAMYA’S POEM – Review by Valerie Kalfrin

Those who struggle to find the value of art in tough times will find ample inspiration in the sensitive animated film Lamya’s Poem, where a contemporary Syrian refugee finds solace through a renowned thirteenth-century poet’s words. With 2D animation and backgrounds that resemble watercolors, Lamya’s Poem starts on a fanciful note as it follows a 12-year-old girl for whom the classic verse of Persian poet and Islamic scholar Jalaluddin Rumi becomes a lifeline for surviving the real-life civil war in Aleppo in 2016.

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ALADDIN – Review by Sarah Knight Adamson

It’s a shame, with the lavish sets, costumes, and talented actors that Aladdin’s script doesn’t develop the characters and the last forty minutes took a dark tone that lingered for too much time in a children’s film. Unfortunately, the numerous problems doom the film. Should your children see the movie? That depends if you’re okay with Jasmine’s dad the Sultan being tortured by electric shock bolts that inflict pain until she agrees to marry Jafar.

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