Russia

Opening this week at the Screenland at Tapcade after a successful run in the festival circuit, Zoology is a headscratcher, but an admittedly interesting one. What it lacks in thematic focus it almost makes up for with its concept and fantastic cast…almost.

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While one could take this whole story as an examination of religious extremism at its earliest stages, ‘The Student’ has little to say about what might be done to combat this in burgeoning adults.

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At a time when Russia is once again rattling its international sabre, and clamping down on civil liberties, a documentary exploring one Soviet writer’s persecution at the hands of Stalin and the U.S.S.R.’s secret police feels all-too timely.

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