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    “COUNTDOWN” (New York Asian Film Festival Review)

    As calculated for Asian/American crossover youth appeal as a movie can be, COUNTDOWN is nonetheless a sprightly little slice of exploitation that delivers its nasty goods within a tight running time of 90 minutes and change—a relief at a time when a lot of Far East cinema seems bound to extend itself at all costs to and past the two-hour mark.

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    “PACIFIC RIM” (Movie Review)

    In this era when big summer FX spectacles seem to be produced by accountants as often as filmmakers, the news that Guillermo del Toro, who has brought more soul to genre cinema than anyone else in the 2000s, was tackling a monsters-vs.-robots epic was cause for celebration. And now that PACIFIC RIM has arrived, it puts del Toro in the odd position of having outdone everyone but himself.

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    First look: Complete Fantasia film festival 2013 schedule!

    This year’s edition of Montreal’s amazing Fantasia film festival is ready to roar, and we’ve got the first peek at the entire lineup of horror, fantasy, action and other genre movies from around the world playing July 18-August 7.
    The screenings and other events take place at the Cinéma Imperial (1432 rue de Bleury), the J.A. de Sève (1400 boul. de Maisonneuve O.), the Cinémathèque Québécois (335 boul. de Maisonneuve E.), the Place de la Paix (Quartier des spectacles) and the York Amphitheatre (1515 rue Ste-Catherine O.).

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    Q&A: Herman Yau and Erica Li talk new “IP MAN” films and Category III horror

    Director Herman Yau is well-known to Asian-horror fans for his notorious Category III pictures THE UNTOLD STORY and EBOLA SYNDROME from the early/mid-’90s, though he has made dozens of films in many other genres since then, including a pair of new martial arts movies featuring the legendary Ip Man. While visiting the current New York Asian Film Festival, Yau and screenwriter Erica Li chatted with Fango about those actioners, as well as the director’s return to extreme horror.

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    Q&A: “ABSENCE” Director Jimmy Loweree

    In ABSENCE, opening today from Cinedigm at New York’s Quad Cinema and Columbus, Ohio’s Gateway Film Center, young expectant mother Liz (Erin Way) mysteriously loses her unborn child—and things only get scarier for her from there. Fango spoke with Jimmy Loweree, director and (with Jake Moreno) writer of the found-footage chiller.

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