September 7, 2011
Detective Dee

Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame (Tsui Hark, 2010)

Although Hark makes good use of his limited budget, Dectective Dee’s script feels convoluted, while the actors perform as if they’re in a campy picture.
November 26, 2010
Ip Man 2

Ip Man 2 (Wilson Yip, 2010)

Watching Ip Man 2, you're left with the feeling that it doesn't have a reason for existing, except to cash in on the success of the first Ip Man.
December 11, 2011
Love by Eubanks

Love (William Eubanks, 2011)

In Love, astronaut Lee Miller is alone to ponder the fragility of his own existence, as he grapples with his waning sanity and dwindling air supply.
June 9, 2013
Graceland from The Philippines

Graceland (Ron Morales, 2012)

Graceland is a dark and dirty moral tale of desperation and revenge, denouncing corruption. Yet, it isn’t sophisticated enough to deal with the subject.
February 26, 2013
Mitsuko Delivers

Mitsuko Delivers (Yuya Ishii, 2011)

Mitsuko Delivers is a great beginning to the festival for me, starting with what could be the best acting performance of the year. Riisa Naka plays the eponymous Mitsuko, an energetic and pregnant young woman who travels back to her old stomping grounds and quickly befriends a cast of quirky local characters, forcing them to seek happiness, whether they’re open […]