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Review: Mulan (2020)

Fortunately, she still brings honor to us all. Only this time, it’s in live action. That means Mulan kicks butt as a warrior – without breaking into song (as she did in the popular 1998 G-rated animated version). The trade-off: strong acting, scenery, and special effects. It’s a bit like watching a Chinese version of Wonder Woman.

Review: The Farewell

In this bittersweet dramedy based on a real story from the writer/director’s own family, Billi (Awkwafina, Crazy Rich Asians) a struggling New York writer discovers that her Grandma (Zhou Shuzhen) back in China has cancer. It’s a huge blow since they’re really close, but Grandma doesn’t know and the family wants it to stay that way. But just so they can all see her before she dies, they concoct a wedding where everyone can get together with her back in Changchun. The Farewell boasts a fabulous ensemble cast in a story that while set squarely within its Chinese culture and location feels universal in its truths about family relationships and the lengths we’ll go to for someone we love.