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Nina Wu | Midi Z

Nina Wu‘s early patience and promise unfortunately gives way to a more sensationalized, ill-conceived study of trauma. Hailed as Taiwan’s answer to the #MeToo movement — a bizarre, flip cultural essentialism for its apparent belief in the historical discontinuity of art centered around accountability,…

April 2, 2021
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by Nicholas Yap Film

Ailey | Jamila Wignot

On December 4, 1988, dancer-choreographer Alvin Ailey received the Kennedy Center Honor in recognition of his contributions to modern dance throughout the second half of the 20th century. Almost a year later to the day, the performing arts world would mourn the loss of…

February 5, 2021
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by Nicholas Yap Film

Searchers | Pacho Velez

If there’s one all-too noticeable thread running through this year’s Sundance slate, it’s the presence of an unofficial COVID-themed lineup set apart by their incidental, and intentional in some cases, alignments of setting, scope, and content. An obvious outcome, perhaps, but more pressingly a…

February 3, 2021
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Before We Vanish by Nicholas Yap Film

Minor Premise | Eric Schultz

Minor Premise boasts classic sci-fi origins, but is largely a shamble of ill-fitting elements that fails to build to anything cohesive or appealing. One of the science fiction genre’s most enduring fascinations has been with memory and its plasticine architecture — better endowed in a…

December 18, 2020
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