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Maysa Hattab

Maysa is the Film and TV columnist for Xenith.net. Her reviews have also appeared in Crescent Blues Magazine and student press, and she’s often found on Twitter (@MaysaMH) and Tumblr.


Reviews

Thursday, October 16 2014

'Lilting' Is About the Ways We Assimilate

Lilting challenges what it means to assimilate into a culture, suggesting that blending in isn't necessary for shared experience.


Sunday, June 29 2014

Word Play, Opera, 'Endeavour'

Both Endeavour, and its parent series Inspector Morse make a point of juxtaposing a lovely illusion of Oxford with the city's uglier realities.


Friday, June 27 2014

'Coherence', Confined Spaces and Multiple Selves

Coherence generates fear and mistrust with very little in the way of effects, gore or outright scares.


Wednesday, March 19 2014

'Doll & Em' Have a Complicated Friendship

A clever, often painful study of a corrosive friendship,'Doll & Em' features Emily Mortimer and Dolly Wells, who play fictionalized versions of themselves.


Sunday, October 6 2013

'The Paradise': The Pleasures and Pains of Shopping

Denise isn’t entirely dazzled by Moray’s charm. She’s more taken with his business acumen than his wearying, constant flirting.


Blogs

Wednesday, January 4 2012

Endeavour: An Almost Sequel

Endeavour gives the sense of conferring a privilege to viewers, a glimpse into a rarefied world running parallel to ours.


Monday, November 15 2010

Ex and the City: Lip Service

Despite the vaguely sexy word-association, Lip Service is that surprisingly ubiquitous creature; a series obsessed with sex that is hopelessly devoid of the erotic.


Tuesday, April 13 2010

Monsters and Mundanes: Being Human Series 2

We are all monsters, even if we don’t have fangs.


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