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The Sadness | Rob Jabbaz

Canadian director Rob Jabbaz shot The Sadness, his debut feature, in Taiwan, with a fully Taiwanese cast and script that draws in broad enough strokes to sidestep national or cultural specificity. Given the havoc that COVID-19 has wreaked on human civilization, it seems inevitable…

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by Mike Thorn Film

Midnight | Kwon Oh-seung

Kwon Oh-seung’s debut feature Midnight is a sturdy genre picture whose novel character perspective helps ward off some of its narrative absurdity. The film follows Kyung-Mi, a woman with a hearing impairment who works as a virtual sign language customer service provider. One hellish…

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Detention | John Hsu

Detention recommends director John Hsu’s future efforts, but this debut effort falls mostly short of the mark. John Hsu’s debut feature Detention isn’t so much a horror film with political undertones as it is a historical, political drama with brief flashes of horror imagery. Unfortunately,…

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by Mike Thorn Film

Kriya | Sidharth Srinivasan

Writer-director Sidharth Srinivasan’s Kriya intelligently inhabits two familiar horror setups: first, the unease of a mysterious seduction; and second, the narrative of the hapless outsider venturing into an unknown world (whose horrors, ultimately, turn out not to be so unfamiliar after all). The story…

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