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Late Night | Nisha Ganatra

Given Mindy Kaling’s standing as a woman of color with an established career in television — as an actress and a producer/creator — one might think that Late Night would be a slam dunk. Working from her own screenplay, Kaling plays Molly, a young,…

July 2, 2019
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Brightburn | David Yarovesky

DC and Marvel have been publishing special, out-of-continuity comic books for decades, usually (but not always) under their respective “Elseworlds” and “What If?” banners. It’s the kind of stuff that fanboys would argue about before the internet, like ‘What if Batman but in Victorian…

June 10, 2019
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The Wandering Earth | Frant Gwo

It’s fascinating to watch a movie come out and gross hundreds of millions of dollars, while also barely making a blip on the American pop culture radar. Obviously, other countries have been producing their own films for as long as the medium has existed,…

May 31, 2019
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Love Education | Syvlia Chang

It’s probably safe to say that Sylvia Chang‘s Love Education is the kind of film that is impossible to get made in America at this point in time. A quiet, patiently observed slice-of-life drama just isn’t in the works from US studios; they would turn this…

May 15, 2019
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Summer Palace | Lou Ye

Lou Ye’s Summer Palace is an exasperating experience, full of interesting ideas and an incendiary political backdrop but falling victim to clichés of poeticized romantic longing. Though not a new idea, conflating the political and the personal can be an interesting way to explore how…

May 14, 2019
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A Land Imagined | Yeo Siew Hua

Yeo Siew Hua’s A Land Imagined is a strange beast, beginning as a straightforward, noir-inflected procedural before gradually giving way to a strange, dreamlike reverie, as the narrative contorts itself. Call it a long day’s journey into night. Set in Singapore, Detective Lok (Peter Yu)…

April 26, 2019
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Hellboy | Neil Marshall

Other than as blatant studio IP management, there is no real reason for this Hellboy to exist. Some executive realized, hey, we have a superhero comic book character just sitting there, going unused, waiting for franchise rebirth. The problem is that the first two…

April 19, 2019
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