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NYAFF 2018: SID & AYA (NOT A LOVE STORY) Review

This is a film that subverts your expectations of the romantic drama. In its opening monologue, you think this is going to be a story of a once-passionate and loving relationship that went up in flames. What you’re greeted with is the semi-tumultuous pairing of two very unlikely companions.

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UNFRIENDED: DARK WEB Review

Unfriended: Dark Web takes the style of the first film and refines the narrative, delivering a far more compelling and suspenseful story that surpasses that of the original, but it retains some of the more annoying tropes introduced in it as well.

BUY BUST STILL 4 8.5

NYAFF 2018: BUYBUST Review

BuyBust is a non-stop, adrenaline-soaked bloodbath that hits the ground running and doesn’t let up until the exhausting conclusion.

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NYAFF 2018: THE LAST VERSE Review

Whether this film has any hope for the future isn’t really the point so much as thinking broadly about how world events affect our microscopic lives, and, more importantly, what we do about that.

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NYAFF 2018: DUKUN Review

What is so interesting about Dukun's tackling of witchcraft as a horror subject is that the tension does not come from whether or not it is real, but from what the sadistic soul who practices it will do with her unregistered power.

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SKYSCRAPER Review

Skyscraper falters when trying to over legitimize its otherwise carefully concocted nonsense.

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SORRY TO BOTHER YOU Review

Boots Riley makes a striking directorial debut with his biting, satirical comedy Sorry to Bother You, an absurdist comic gem that starts off playfully odd before pushing you off a cliff with its off-the-wall weirdness.

#1 THE HUNGRY LION STILL 4 5.5

NYAFF 2018: THE HUNGRY LION Review

Attempting to highlight the idea that rumors have real-world consequences for the unlucky ones they concern, The Hungry Lion is a meditation on the effects of schoolyard buzz on one of its victims in a monopolizing, objective manner, which dryly makes its opinions heard through blank, repetitive sermonizing about the ills of the young people.

THE LOOMING STORM STILL 13 7.5

NYAFF 2018: THE LOOMING STORM Review

In possibly the most dreary film seen in decades, Yue Dong’s The Looming Storm presents an intriguing Chinese noir, set in a town sandwiched between four factories where a man’s obsession brings him to ruin. Bathed in melancholy, Dong crafts a fascinating mystery buttressed by a magnificent performance by Yihong Duan.

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NYAFF 2018: THE AGE OF BLOOD Review

If you can get past the ridiculous CG blood (clearly I can’t), The Age of Blood is an entertaining period piece that proves the time period isn’t just reserved for Japanese and Chinese cinema.

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UNDER THE TREE Review

Under the Tree just kinda likes to wallow in its unearned misery, and that just bores me. I’d much rather watch Neighbors.

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NYAFF 2018: HOUSE OF THE RISING SONS Review

Officially formed in 1973 and still doing shows to this day with its original members, The Wynners isn’t a very widely known band outside the members’ native Hong Kong, but there, they will go down in history as one of the most famous and prolific Cantopop groups ever.