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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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NYAFF 2022: The Funeral

Written by Alexander Reams

“The technical failings behind the camera begin with Keng-Ming Chang’s screenplay who speaks in riddles and half-truths in the dialogue between characters, which means exposition is rarely thrown at us, but it also means there is no exposition, no explanation, and…”

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NYAFF 2022: Legendary in Action!

Written by Patrick Hao

“There is an enormous pleasure to be found in the low-budget aesthetic of the Hong Kong wuxia movies of the 1970s and 1980s. Studios like Shaw Brothers were able to make low-budget action-adventure films at a low budget and fast pace giving it a…”

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Vengeance

Written by Taylor Baker

“Novak best known for playing Ryan in “The Office,” follows his 2021 anthology television series “The Premise” up with “Vengeance.” A wilted directorial debut that looks at America from one selfish man’s eyes as he journeys from New York to…”

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The Gray Man

Written by Alexander Reams

“A simple premise, another “on the run” movie, and while it is definitely generic at points, the Russo’s employed unique camerawork, including the use of drones, not on the level of “Ambulance” but their presence is noticeable.”

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