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War Drums: On to Iran?
Author Norman Solomon offered little comfort when visiting Austin
"...likely it is that the U.S. will openly attack Iran in the next year. Solomon, who has spent his..."

Nov. 2, 2007 News Feature by Michael King

Preemptive Strike on Iran?
"...on the vine. Per CNN, MSNBC, and FOX News, Iran is on the verge of having a nuclear ballistic..."

April 21, 2010 Postmarks

Worried About U.S. Attitude Toward Iran
"...Editor, With a U.S. armada off the shores of Iran, how soon will we wake to news that the..."

May 27, 2007 Postmarks

Surging to Iran
This time, they swear we'll be greeted as liberators.
"...but instead to create the conditions for attacks on Iran. Despite the proclamations in the president's library address and..."

Jan. 26, 2007 News Post by Wells Dunbar

Iran Releases Saberi
"...Dear Editor, The release by Iran Monday of jailed U.S./Iranian citizen Roxana Saberi, who served..."

May 11, 2009 Postmarks

Iraq Now, Then Iran – Caused by Pro-Israeli Lobby
"...Dear Editor, Why is the U.S. threatening Iran? One reason is that the American Israel Public Affairs..."

March 27, 2007 Postmarks

Iran Is Next!
"...the Bush administration is preparing for military action against Iran, and has been since this past summer. They are..."

Jan. 18, 2005 Postmarks

Letters at 3AM
U.S. military action against Iran is not likely to be tolerated by Europe, Russia, and China
"...and undermine its economy through such debacles as Iraq. Iran, however, is a very different story, and, for some..."

Feb. 16, 2007 Column by Michael Ventura

Point Austin: Another War for Sale
NPR covers 'Iran and the Bomb' – from A to B
"...Public Radio embarked on a weeklong reportorial review of "Iran and the Bomb" – that is, the U.S. efforts..."

Aug. 28, 2009 News Column by Michael King

The Color of Paradise
"...With its constant, susurating chorus of ambient sounds, this Iranian import is less a film than a lyrical, naturalistic..."

June 9, 2000 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Argo
Ben Affleck directs this entertaining thriller about an unbelievable-but-true mission to extricate American hostages from Iran in 1980.
"...at the height of the American hostage crisis in Iran. There’s no question that Affleck and screenwriter Chris Terrio..."

Oct. 12, 2012 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

The Stoning of Soraya M.
This impassioned work of persuasion is like a splatter film made for the Lifetime network, a screed against stoning made for audiences who already agree.
"...sanctioned stoning of inconvenient or insubordinate Muslim women in Iran and elsewhere. So far, so good. However, The Stoning..."

July 31, 2009 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

A Separation
Nominee for a Best Foreign Language Oscar, this Iranian film is a smart, unusual, and highly involving story about making moral choices in the absence of villains.
"...as Nader (Peyman Moadi) and Simin (Leila Hatami), an Iranian husband and wife, face directly ahead while outlining their..."

Feb. 10, 2012 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Women Without Men
Although this film set in 1953 Iran is visually compelling, its story about four different women is slight and emblematic.
"...Arita Sjajrzad, Shabnam Tolouei and Orsi Toth. Set in Iran during the tumultuous time of August 1953, when a..."

Oct. 8, 2010 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Persepolis
This remarkable animated film tells a contemporary story about an Iranian girl’s coming-of-age while navigating the usual pitfalls of adolescence and the Islamic revolution of the Eighties.
"...adolescence but also the enforced repression brought on by Iran’s Islamic revolution of the Eighties. Satrapi’s story, which she..."

Feb. 1, 2008 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Offside
Deeply immersive, thought-provoking, and quite often funny, Offside depicts the resourcefulness women in Iran must rely on in order to enter a stadium to watch, no less play, soccer.
"...Jafar Panahi. Starring: Sima Mobarek Shahi, Safar Samandar, Shayesteh Irani, M. Kheyrabadi and Ida Saghedi. In marketing a foreign..."

June 8, 2007 Movie Review by Marrit Ingman

Turtles Can Fly
New Iraqi drama by Iranian Kurd Bahman Ghobadi is lyrical and heart-wrenching as it focuses on the children of conflict.
"...territory whose borders extend into the countries of Turkey, Iran, Iraq, Syria, and Russia. Borders are always up for..."

May 27, 2005 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Smell of Camphor, Fragrance of Jasmine
"...Nazarieh, Mahtaj Nojoomi, Firouz Behjat Mohammadi, Hossein Kasbian, Valiyollah Shirandami, Reza Kianian, Roya Nonahali and Bahman Farmanara. Numerous original..."

June 8, 2001 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

The White Balloon
"...and Mohammad Bahtiari. This simple yet appealing movie from Iran's burgeoning film industry is proving to be quite a..."

April 12, 1996 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

24 Frames
Iranian master filmmaker plays with the almost-moving image.
"...The final film by Iran’s master filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami (Taste of Cherry, Certified Copy)..."

Feb. 23, 2018 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

American Made
Tom Cruise is a pilot who becomes embroiled in the Iran/Contra scandal
"...occurring between 1978 and 1986 leading up to the Iran-Contra affair may sound historically snoozy – Oliver North, the..."

Sept. 29, 2017 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Under the Shadow
A mother and her son are stuck in a war zone in this Iranian horror film
"...stuck in Tehran at the tail end of the Iran-Iraq war in the late Eighties. That’s the predicament facing..."

Oct. 7, 2016 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

The AggreGAYtor: August 13
What happened today in gay? Here’s your QILTBAG recap of queer news.
"...gets gayer, Ice and Fire gets straighter, and and Iran gets GOP guff, as your AggreGAYter deep brews...."

Aug. 13, 2014 Qmmunity Post by David Estlund

Circumstance
This Iranian film about two girls who begin a secret relationship is as much a political statement as it is a love story.
"...against it already, but the cookie-cutter clichés that plague Iranian director Keshavarz's debut feature are leavened considerably by the..."

Sept. 16, 2011 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Certified Copy
Juliette Binoche stars in this romantic drama about the value of originality by Abbas Kiarostami.
"...feature narrative to be filmed outside his homeland of Iran. The movie toys with ideas suggested by the title:..."

April 29, 2011 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

The Keeper: The Legend of Omar Khayyam
Houston-based, Iranian-born filmmaker Mashayekh relates the story of the pioneering 11th-century mathematician, astronomer, and poet, and reminds Western audiences that there’s more to Iran and the Middle East than suicide bombers and hummus.
"...Adam Echahly, Puya Behinaein and C. Thomas Howell. Houston-based, Iranian-born filmmaker Mashayekh seeks to expose the broader public to..."

Dec. 23, 2005 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Secret Ballot
Iranian film is sharply observed and resoundingly funny, and tackles such heady topics as feminism, democracy, the voting process, communication, external and internal impediments to personal growth, and more.
"...play, but he's not. He's in a movie, an Iranian one, although it seems like the author of this..."

Sept. 20, 2002 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

The Last Resort
"...such films as the indie breakout hit Croupier and Iran's A Time for Drunken Horses. Last Resort observes a..."

April 20, 2001 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

A Time for Drunken Horses
Iranian masterpiece of Kurdish life.
"...The “horses” of this bleak slice-of-life drama by debuting Iranian filmmaker Bahman Ghobadi are actually the most pitiful of..."

Nov. 17, 2000 Movie Review by Marrit Ingman

The Apple
"...or documentary, is about the real-life experiences of twin Iranian 12-year-old girls whose lives had been spent locked in..."

June 4, 1999 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

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