Reviews and Features

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Playground (Un monde)

Written by Michael Clawson

“While it seems like the Dardennes brothers’ stock might have fallen in recent years, their distinct brand of social realism continues to be influential. Case in point: Laura Wandel’s “Playground,” the Belgian filmmaker’s feature debut…”

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Prey

Written by Nick McCann

““Prey” had a lot riding on it. Lots of elements could have spelled official doom, but the film came ready to prove itself. The new setting and character focus gives it a whole different flavor, further aided by…”

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Tribeca 2022: Mars One (Marte Um)

Written by Maria Athayde

“This slice-of-life family drama navigates the complexities of family life in a country that, more often than not, is plagued by social and political uncertainty. With subtlety, the director can weave a narrative that is in part humorous and aspirational and in part…”

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Fantasia 2022: Inu-Oh

Written by Alexander Reams

“Masaaki Yuasa has been a creative in anime for a long time, and with that time he gained a reputation for how his films are, not weak, weary, and heavy laden, instead they’re full of ideas that he wants you to explore…”

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NYAFF 2022: Dealing with Dad

Written by Patrick Hao

“Writer-director Tom Huang’s personal piece “Dealing with Dad” is a frustrating movie to watch. It focuses on the issues that first-generation Taiwanese American children have with their stern, domineering fathers. It is well-trodden territory that is made even more beguiling by…”

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NYAFF 2022: #LookAtMe

Written by Patrick Hao

“Ken Kwek has always been a provocateur in his home country of Singapore so it is only natural that the relationship between artists and government censorship is constantly on his mind. His image of Singapore is almost dystopian in his second feature “#LookAtMe”. While the city is…”

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Purple Hearts

Written by Maria Athayde

“As cliche as it sounds, my fondness for these types of movies comes from knowing exactly how they’ll end and that I’ll get to see a happily ever after. So when I heard that an adaptation of Tess Wakefield’s book “Purple Hearts” was coming to Netflix…”

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Fantasia 2022: Fast & Feel Love

Written by Anna Harrison

“When I was in elementary school, every year I looked forward to our cup stacking unit in PE. There was something undeniably fascinating about it, something rhythmically hypnotizing about the distinct sound of the cups suctioning together and coming apart…”

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Abandoned

Written by Jeff Sparks

“Emma Roberts, John Gallagher Jr., and Michael Shannon star in “Abandoned”, which focuses on a young couple with a newborn who move into a farmhouse where multiple murders were committed years earlier. Following this, the woman experiences paranormal encounters…”

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Jana Gana Mana (2022)

Written by Rudolph Lambert Fernandez

“Hollywood and European filmmakers habitually caricature or critique legitimate state power going rogue. Less so Eastern or Asian filmmakers. The former are rarely shy of protesting totalitarian impulses…”

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Fantasia 2022: Next Sohee (Da-eum-so-hee)

Written by Taylor Baker

“Through riveting specificity July Jung’s “Next Sohee” has created a powerful criticism of South Korean institutional failings. Making it one of the best sophomore films of the year, and the indelible result of a bonafide filmmaker.”

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2022 Tribeca Future Gold Film Fellowship

Written by Patrick Hao

“Movies are hard to make with the high barrier of entry often being the biggest hurdle to making a career of it. That is why it is always heartening to see a film festival like Tribeca partner with other organizations to create fellowships and initiatives for young filmmakers, especially those…”

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Bentonville Film Festival 2022: Smile or Hug

Written by Anna Harrison

“It’s hard to write about films like Paul Sprangers’ “Smile or Hug”—not because it’s so bad it leaves you speechless, but neither because it’s so good there is nothing to comment on…”

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The Sea Beast

Written by Patrick Hao

“As Netflix struggles to gain and retain subscribers to its platform, one element that has been successful for them has been their investment in children’s content. If binge viewing is a model of their success, then what can be better than creating content that haggard parents can…”

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Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

Written by Nick McCann

“”Fallen Kingdom ” essentially retreads similar ground to Speilberg’s own “The Lost World: Jurassic Park” with similar sights and narrative beats. It feels like a movie with other ideas meshed together semi-awkwardly. Despite that…”

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