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Kung Fu Hustle 2 is officially in the works

15 years ago, Stephen Chow unleashed his magnum opus Kung Fu Hustle upon the world. The film was a glorious send-up of kung fu cinema tropes with a dash of absurdist comedy for good measure. Featuring the likes of Chow in the starring role ...

 
 
 
 
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Review: The Meg

What makes a good bad movie? It's a question I've been pondering over the years as I sit through more and more bad bad movies trying to be good bad movies. Take Skyscraper as a recent example. It's a bad movie, but it's not a good...

 
 
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Review: Skyscraper

I'm not sure why, but I was kind of thinking that Skyscraper would be something special. Not like, "good" special, but just some sort of low-key, fun action flick that riffed a bit on Die Hard and The Towering Infer...

 
 
 
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Avengers series will continue after 'Avengers 4'

After Avengers: Infinity War hit theaters on April 29, audiences were stunned and satisfied by the experience they got. Yet with next years' sequel set to conclude the Infinity War saga, there's speculation that the Avengers will be no more...

 
 
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Vin Diesel now controls the fate of xXx, making fourth movie

Movie franchises are a hot commodity right now, if you've got one you don't just let it go, so you might be surprised to learn that Revolution Studios has given up the rights to xXx, better known as Vin Diesel: Extreme Sports Guy, to Vin Di...

 
 
 
 
 
 
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The 2017 New York Asian Film Festival (NYAFF) starts today

It's that time of year again. One of the best film festivals in the city is about to get underway. The New York Asian Film Festival kicks off tonight at the Film Society of Lincoln Center. The annual showcase of Asian cinema runs from June ...

 
 
 
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Tribeca Capsule Review: King of Peking

There's something undeniably charming about Sam Voutas' King of Peking. I smiled my way through a lot of the film, and snippets of its feel-good score (AM radio easy listening, in a good way) have been stuck in my head this week as I'v...

 
 
 
 
 
 
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Great Wall director speaks up about White Washing

Last week the first trailer for The Great Wall dropped, and as it was a movie about China with its lead being not Chinese cries of white washing went up. And it is, of course, white washing. It would make a lot more sense to have a ful...

 
 
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NYAFF Capsule Review: The Mermaid

It's always fascinating to me to see blockbusters from other countries. The Mermaid is the highest grossing Chinese film of all time; that's a big flipping deal. Apparently the lead actress was chosen out of literally 100,000 people who aud...

 
 
 
 
 
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Tetris is getting a big budget, Chinese trilogy

This year we have four videogame adaptations hitting theaters and there's no sign of stopping anytime soon. The only problem with this is none of these films look particularly gripping with Warcraft, Assassin's Creed, and The Angry Bir...

 
 
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Review: Dragon Inn

While King Hu's 1971 epic A Touch of Zen is his towering masterpiece, his earlier film Dragon Inn may be the best entry point into the director's work. This 1967 adventure is one of the essential early martial arts films, both gor...

 
 
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Review: A Touch of Zen

A Touch of Zen is King Hu's masterpiece, yet unless you're patient and a bit adventurous, it may not be the best introduction to his work. Dragon Inn, his straightforward wuxia classic from 1967, might be a more palatable entry point into K...

 
 
 
 
 
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Review: Ip Man 3

It's weird to think that the first Ip Man came out in 2008. It seems so much longer than that. Since then, the series has spawned two sequels as well as plenty of other media about the eponymous real-life practitioner of Wing Chun. The...

 
 
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Deadpool banned in China over graphic violence

Despite the numerous trailers, images, and impeding release date, I still can't believe Deadpool is a real film. It was talked about for years, Ryan Reynolds personally lobbied for it at every opportunity, and now it finally exists (Rated '...

 
 
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Legendary is bought by China's Wanda for $3.5 billion

It's a good time to be Legendary Entertainment. The studio is known for its genre films that started out small, but eventually led to things like the Dark Knight trilogy and Godzilla, but thanks to a spate of wise investments in known ...

 
 
 
 
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Terminator: Genisys makes bank in China

Currently we can blame China for a lot of crappiness what with their destroying of the world economy in full swing at the moment. On top of this they're probably going to be responsible for a sequel to Terminator: Genisys being made as...

 
 
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The estate of Bruce Lee doesn't want him in Ip Man 3

Just last week we reported that production on Ip Man 3 is underway, featuring Mike Tyson and a CG Bruce Lee. While Iron Mike is a lock, it seems that the Donnie Yen sequel has hit a snag with CG Bruce Lee (aka Marshall Law from Tekken). Tur...

 
 
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Ip Man 3 will feature Mike Tyson and a CG Bruce Lee

Ip Man 3 (or Ip Man 3D) has been in the works for a while, but the Donnie Yen sequel started shooting today in Shanghai. With the start of production comes news of some really bizarre stunt casting. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Mike...

 
 
 
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NYAFF Review: Silent Witness

Before the screening of Silent Witness, it was introduced as an example of what mainstream Chinese filmmaking is like in the modern era. Many of the films that play at the New York Asian Film Festival fit into some sort of niche, meaning we...

 
 




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2050"Emotionless as a blow up doll"

 

Alita: Battle Angel"Do androids dream of anime fight scenes?"

 

Happy Death Day 2U"Timey Wimey"

 

Isn't It Romantic"No, no it is not"

 

Birds of Passage"Bye bye birdie"

 

Cold Pursuit"Taken 4"

 

The LEGO Movie: The Second Part"Some pieces might be missing, but it's still a great set"

 

The Amityville Murders "The Godfather but set in a haunted house"

 

Crossbreed"You never cross the breeds!"

 

Miss Bala"Can't get out of the pageant"

 

Velvet Buzzsaw"What is art?"

 

Piercing"It's all about penetration"

 

The Conners (Season One)"The kids are mediocre"

 

Sundance 2019 : Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile"Zac Efron goes from heartthrob to heartless monster"

 

Carmen Sandiego (Season One)"Who in the world is Carmen Sandiego?"

 

Can You Ever Forgive Me?"Of course I can, Melissa McCarthy!"

 

Don't Come Back from the Moon"With all the men gone, the boys became men"

 

Glass"Half-empty"

 

Dragon Ball Super: Broly"Jiren, eat your heart out"

 

On the Basis of Sex"A blast from the past"

 

Time Freak"When at first you mess up at love, build a time machine"

 

Capernaum"An imperfect but affecting piece of realist filmmaking"

 

If Beale Street Could Talk"Trust love all the way"

 

Buffalo Boys"Shouldn't work as well as it does"

 
 
 
 
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