Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings

From the outset, lead actor Simu Liu’s effortless relatability and unwavering screen presence serves to reassure Asian audiences. Channelling quintessential Chinese philosophies of genealogy and equilibrium, the film simultaneously showcases Marvel’s creativity and the diversity of the Chinese diaspora. Nearly 50 years after its title character made his Marvel Comics debut among martial-arts fetishisations, Shang-Chi’s timely release launches a high-profile counterattack against the rampant surges of Sinophobia and anti-Asian violence over the past year. The latest indie darling recruited by Marvel, Cretton lets the cultural specificity and emotional intimacy of…

Sundown – first-look review

He treats his characters like ants under a magnifying glass, letting them scurry around for a little before the sun rises and he then mercilessly fries them to death. There is a little something extra up the film’s sleeve which, combined with Roth’s beautifully poised performance, enable more than the usual amount of humanity to linger, yet this feeling is dwarfed by the frustration of watching a story that is carefully set up, only to be abandoned, much like the Bennett family at the airport. Roth makes for a typically…