Some 1400 killed in an apparent chemical attack in Damascas, pressure on Obama to act, events in Egypt leading Douglas Alexander to suggest a robust response from EU governments and the Palestinian question remains unanswered. The Middle East is rarely out of the headlines. Two remarkable films give an insight into the complexities of this region.
"Hey guess what - Ben Affleck is the new Batman!" "Ergh" "You don't like Affleck? You've never forgiven him for Gigli?" "Affleck's fine, it's Batman" "Batman?" "Batman" "You don't like the caped crusader?" "Nope" "Why?" "A privileged millionnaire who punishes poor people. A nocturnal David Cameron."
Working closely with curators Abdellah Karroum, Director of Mathaf, Arab Museum of Modern Art in Doha, Alia Al-Senussi and Abdullah Al-Turki, key figures on the Middle Eastern art scene alongside artist Ahmed Mater, who contributes to our final evening, we are presenting an amazing selection of films, free to view in a unique outdoor cinema.
As much as I'm sure we'd all like to know, ultimately, it's none of our business. When we get down the nitty-gritty, and if we're really honest with ourselves, we're just being nosey... even if we're being well-meaning. Jennifer's a lovely woman, I'm sure she'd make a great mum but... it's also, ultimately, still none of our damn business.
As director Neill Blomkamp says in the foreword, this book offers a "peek behind the curtain" of the film's journey to the big screen. He discusses his influences and thinking behind the making of the film - and we get to see some of the 3,000 pieces of concept art that were made even before anyone walked onto a set.
Everything quintessentially Sixties eccentric London is present and correct in The Look of Love, an absorbing biopic of Paul Raymond, the impressario, porn king and property magnate once dubbed 'the richest man in England'.
Out of darkness appeared a relatively unknown director with a vision to make superheroes appear more realistic and believable, Christopher Nolan. He transformed Batman from the campy, cheap days of Tim Burton and the dark dark days of George Clooney, into the Dark Knight (the brilliant kind of dark, the kind that builds suspense, that has an edge).
The first two acts are pretty engaging, but things tend to drag on too long, so by the third chunk you are ready to go way before the closing credits roll.
We've got a booming film and TV industry thanks to these two incredible and inspiring female role models, yet we make it so hard for women to return to work after having a child. Surely it is time for broadcaster and filmmakers to think again?
It seems that Jeff Wadlow has managed to craft a sequel that is every bit as humorous and action-packed as the first instalment, whilst also writing a screenplay that is both emotionally engaging and ambitiously inspiratio
Playing outdoors is good for children. It makes for happy, healthy kids. Yet still we persist in letting them stay indoors. We're scared to let them play anywhere other than their bedroom or the garden, where we can keep a keen watch over them. My mother roamed in about 50 square miles. I roamed in one square mile. My two children are free to roam just in 18 square yards.
In Richard Curtis' latest romantic comedy, Tim (played by Domhnall Gleeson) discovers on his 21st birthday that he comes from a line of men who can travel back in time - and all he wants to do with this amazing ability is get a girlfriend. Yes, this film is just as dull as it sounds.
Excluding The Avengers, only Iron Man has been granted a second and third film, with Thor getting his second outing later this year, but if Marvel's latest recruits are anything to go by, they're already reaching the bottom of the barrel in terms of big names with the traction to carry their own series.
What on Earth is Full Tilt? Interesting turn of phrase. It's Marvel's megabucks new fantasy adventure with Karen Gillan. So, a bit like Dr Who then? Not quite. She's bald.
Far from mocking comic book films Kick-Ass 2 falls into the same cliches that the first film roundly mocked. We are now given plenty if emotional baggage for all characters as well as constant references to fallen mentors that cheapen the impact of the satire.
'A Late Quartet', a captivating and intelligent debut feature from Yaron Zilberman, 'In the House', Francois Ozon's clever narrative driven spellbinding psychological drama plays games with the audience and Steven Soderberg's Hitchcockian 'Side Effects' is full of double crosses. Cinema can be one of the great pleasures of life.