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NYAFF 2017: DAWN OF THE FELINES Review

Maybe it’s nothing more than a nod to Noboru Tanaka’s 1972 film, The Night of the Felines. Perhaps, something was lost in translation or there is a cultural disconnect but as it stands to me now, in the present, Dawn of the Felines contains an absolute dearth of redeeming qualities.

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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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KILL, BABY…KILL Review

Celebrating its 50th anniversary with a 2K-restoration screening at New York’s Quad Cinema, Mario Bava’s 1966 gothic ghost story Kill, Baby...Kill remains a solid entry in the director’s impressive filmography.

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SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING Review

With its likable cast and exuberant tone, even if sometimes excessively jaunty, Spider-Man: Homecoming is an enjoyable superhero romp. This is a universe worth revisiting and exploring, and hopefully the MCU doesn’t ruin the fun.

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NYAFF 2017: BLOOD OF YOUTH Review

In his fourth feature (and first contemporary-set film), fireman-turned-director Yang Shupeng takes us down a winding path of cat-and-mouse intrigue with Blood of Youth. Full of surprise revelations, twists, turns and shocking moments, the film aims to keep viewers on the edges of their seats in this high-stakes crime thriller about a hacker playing a dangerous game with both the police and a criminal organization.

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NYAFF 2017: BATTLE OF MEMORIES Review

Imagine if you will Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, except, instead of a tragic love story, it’s a Chinese crime thriller; and you have the foundation for Leste Chen’s Battle of Memories.

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BABY DRIVER Review

It’s been four long years since Edgar Wright painted the screen with one of his funny, stylish and wildly entertaining pieces of cinema, his last being The World’s End (unless you want to count Ant-Man), and Baby Driver proves to be a welcome addition to his already impressive catalogue.

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THE LITTLE HOURS Review

In his third feature film (following Life After Beth and Joshy) Jeff Baena has set his sights on tearing 14th-century Italy a new one in a riotously funny adaptation of Giovanni Boccaccio’s The Decameron with The Little Hours.

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THE UNHOLY Blu-ray Review

Blending classic Gothic Hammer Horror with a touch of ’80s sleaze, Camilo Vila’s The Unholy is now available on a newly remastered Blu-ray edition thanks to Lionsgate’s Vestron Collector’s Series.

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THE BIG SICK Review

Poignant and incredibly funny, The Big Sick is a modern love story directed by Michael Showalter. Showalter, probably best known for his roles in the Wet Hot American Summer franchise, delivers us a solid follow-up to last year’s Hello, My Name is Doris, a similarly funny and endearing story.

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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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LAFF 2017: DESOLATION Review

Weighing more heavily on our patience than our nerves, Sam Patton’s feature debut, Desolation, is a slow-burn horror flick that never quite goes anywhere, making the proceedings feel inconsequential and lackluster.

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BFF 2017: SHUT UP ANTHONY Review

Continuing its successful festival run after premiering at Cinequest a few months ago, writer-director Kyle Eaton’s Shut Up Anthony just won a Spirit Award for Narrative Feature at the recently concluded Brooklyn Film Festival...and with good reason.

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JOHN WICK: CHAPTER 2 Blu-ray Review

I don’t think I’m alone when I say what a surprise the first John Wick film was on nearly every level. From its top-notch, next-level action sequences to its unique worldbuilding, Wick’s first outing, featuring the stellar Keanu Reeves, became a sleeper hit in 2014