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Mulan's Super Bowl ad gives us our best look at the cast yet

Tonight is the big game and everyone will be tuning in to see some new ads! It's funny how the actual game doesn't mean nearly as much as the promotions going into it, but that's the consumerist world we live in. The future dystopia is cer...

 
 
 
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Review: White Snake

If there were a culture whose folkloric history could be treated as a goldmine for adaptable material, you'd be hard-pressed to find annals of stories and heroes to rival those of China. Not even touching upon the tumultuous and dramatic hi...

 
 
 
 
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NYFF Review: Saturday Fiction

World War II and its surrounding years have seen all sorts of filmic representation on the big screen, from blood-and-guts, boots-on-the-ground soldiering to the devastation of Nazi genocide. The most traumatic event in 20th century Western...

 
 
 
 
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Review: The Farewell

There’s a brief prefatory note in Lulu Wang’s The Farewell that gives viewers an idea of what to expect: “Based on an actual lie.” The film spun out of a 2016 piece Wang recorded for This American Life. I still haven...

 
 
 
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Deep Analysis: Fearless

Over here in America, martial arts films don't tend to be well received. While there are a few exceptions to that statement, you typically don't hear people bringing up the films of Jackie Chan aside from Legend of Drunken Master or any of ...

 
 
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Review: Shadow

Zhang Yimou’s Shadow is a movie I need to see twice. How fitting. A second watch won’t just help me understand the complicated palace intrigue or enjoy the visual poetry that plays out in stunning tableaux; the images seem rende...

 
 
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Review: Master Z: Ip Man Legacy

Legendary Wing Chun practitioner Ip Man is famous for popularizing the Wing Chun style the world over and for having taught Bruce Lee, among other students. You'd think that legacy alone would be ripe for great films, but this didn't truly ...

 
 
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Review: An Elephant Sitting Still

Writer/director Hu Bo took his own life shortly after completing An Elephant Sitting, adapted from one of his own stories. He was only 29 years old. His lone feature film is so deeply moving and despondent. It is beautiful, and yet it aches...

 
 
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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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Verotika"'Your teets are looking at me!'"

 

Blood on Her Name"'That don't put the skin back on the cat'"

 

Dragon Quest: Your Story"Butchering a beloved classic"

 

My Hero Academia: Heroes Rising"Yet I'm falling asleep"

 

Beanpole"Plant a seed and hope for the best"

 

Ride Your Wave"Love and water"

 

We"A deadly serious sex comedy"

 

Sonic the Hedgehog"Super Sonic"

 

The Assistant"The unsung heroes"

 

The Times of Bill Cunningham"If you don’t take money, they can’t tell you what to do, kid"

 

Enter the Fat Dragon"A.K.A. Yakuza: The Movie"

 

Come to Daddy"Daddy issues"

 

Cupid"I like you, but I don't 'like' like you"

 

Gretel & Hansel"Stop me if you've heard this one before..."

 

The Rhythm Section"The beat does not go on"

 

Sundance Downhill"Imagine Marriage Story in the Mountains but even less funny"

 

Sundance Wendy"Beasts of the Southern Neverland "

 

The Turning"Turn your eyes away"

 

The Gentlemen"Laws of the Jungle"

 

Awkwafina is Nora from Queens - Season One"She's still Nora from the block"

 

Color Out of Space"Nicolas Cage milks an alpaca"

 

Bad Boys for Life"Bay to the bone"

 

The Wave"Wave it away"

 

Weathering With You"Raindrops keep falling on my head"

 
 
 
 
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