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Dispatches and movie reviews from the 2022 SXSW festival

Everything Everywhere All At Once Directors: Daniel Kwan and Daniel Schreinert USA From directing duo Daniel Kwan and Daniel Schreinert comes a fresh take on the multiverse concept. Anchored by a strong cast of veterans (Michelle Yeoh,...

SAAFF film: Documentary “The Six” works to uncover the mystery of six Chinese men...

It’s hard to remember a time before the 1997 juggernaut that broke box office records The Titanic launched the careers of its two leads, and forever cemented the tragedy of the British passenger liner...

IE writer Misa Shikuma brings us reviews from the 2020 Sundance Film Festival

The Sundance Film Festival took place in Park City, UT, January 26 - February 2, 2020. International Examiner writer Misa Shikuma attended to provide coverage of select films featuring API stories, artists, actors and/or...

In the documentary One Child Nation, director Nanfu Wang examines this dark chapter of...

Documentary filmmakers Nanfu Wang (whose 2016 debut Hooligan Sparrow made the Oscar shortlist for Feature Length Documentary) and Jialing Zhang return with a searing look at China’s One Child Policy. A recent mother now based in...

Justin Chon’s Ms. Purple explores themes of sacrifice, loyalty, and the loss of innocence

In Ms. Purple, director Justin Chon uses the seedy underbelly of LA’s Koreatown as a backdrop for the delicate story of a ruptured family. Co-written by Chon and Chris Dinh, and featuring Tiffany Chu...

Mindy Kaling writes and stars in feature film “Late Night”, which tackles white male...

Late Night, directed by Nisha Ganatra from a screenplay by Mindy Kaling, who also stars, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival held in January to wild cheers and applause. Featuring Emma Thompson as a...

Awkafina shines in feature film, “The Farewell”, about family relations across generations and cultural...

“Based on an actual lie,” proclaims The Farewell, the second feature from concert-pianist-turned filmmaker Lulu Wang, which was shown at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival in January. Inspired by her own family’s dealing with...

“We Are Little Zombies” is a punk coming of age story that could achieve...

Two years after winning the Short Film Grand Jury Prize for And So We Put Goldfish in the Pool, director Makoto Nagahisa returns to the Sundance Film Festival (held in January) with his debut feature-length film, We...

Documentary shows the rise and fall of Elizabeth Holmes her cult of personality in...

Director Alex Gibney, whose previous works include Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room and Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine, debuted his latest deep dive into corporate fraud and the tragic CEO at the 2019...

“Searching” starring John Cho is a triumph for representation and original storytelling and filmmaking

“Someday, someone will write a thesis on this film,” said the Q&A moderator following the world premiere of Aneesh Chaganty's groundbreaking debut Searching, which won the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Feature Film Prize. Taking...