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WHOSE STREETS? Review

WHOSE STREETS? shows the organized and thoughtful resistance to a media narrative that wanted to dismiss the concerns of an oppressed population.

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DETROIT Review

On the film side of contemporary media about racism, Detroit doesn't stack up against any of its competitors.

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DUNKIRK Review

Dunkirk – one of the best films of the year, one of the best films of Nolan’s oeuvre and one of the best war films of all time.

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NYAFF 2017: SUFFERING OF NINKO Review

Mixing animation with live-action photography is a consistently compelling tactic in contemporary filmmaking. Whether it’s in comedies like Who Framed Roger Rabbit and Space Jam or in action films like Kill Bill Vol. 1, the additional work required to mix the two modes demands an artistic intention that makes the animation mean something more than what could be done with either mode on its own.

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NYAFF 2017: SOUL MATE Review

Derek Tsang's Soul Mate is an interesting, if never fully compelling, romantic drama about the love and friendship shared by Ansheng (Zhou Dongyu) and Qiyue (Sandra Ma), two Chinese women who meet at age 13 and grow up, apart and back together.

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NYAFF 2017: KFC Review

Kfc had me from the get-go. It opens with four separate and repetitive title cards adamantly announcing and insisting that this film bears no resemblance to past events or people. And you can understand why writer/director Le Binh Giang had to do this, as the script kept him from graduating film school due to it being deemed too violent by the Vietnamese Council of Examiners.

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TRANSFORMERS: THE LAST KNIGHT Review

Michael Bay’s Transformers franchise is going to be looked back on by film scholars as one of the most peculiar artifacts of our current blockbuster era. The first film, while critically divisive, is still looked back upon positively by most audiences. The same cannot be said about Revenge of the Fallen and Dark of the Moon, which are regarded as something between messy and boring, two qualities that do not befit Michael Bay’s filmography.

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DRONE Review

Jason Bourque’s latest film, Drone, is an unfortunately boring addition to recent films interrogating the impacts of drone warfare on the pilots and decision makers.

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THE COMMUNE Review

Thomas Vinterberg’s latest, The Commune (or Kollektivet), both feels out of place and perfectly placed in his filmography.

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THE DROWNING Review

The Drowning uses every trope in the book, throwing everything at the screen, hoping something might stick.

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