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Push Review


Weak
In the first minute of Push, a character utters a line that's all but verbatim: "Save the cheerleader; save the world." With the film's unapologetic intent to lift freely from Heroes and its progenitor X-Men firmly established, we're then treated to virtually nothing new in the ordinary-folks-with-extraordinary-abilities subgenre.

Opening credit narration explains that there exist people born with special powers they don't necessarily want, and since the '40s an entity called Division has been trying to round them up and turn them into super-soldiers. There are a handful of abilities, and if you have one, you get a catchy name. Watchers can see the future. Pushers can put thoughts in your head. Sniffers can find out what you've been up to by smelling your stuff (really). And so on.

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Xiu Xiu: The Sent-Down Girl Review


Excellent
When schoolgirl Xiu Xiu is "sent down" from the big city to the country as part of an ill-advised 1970s Communist China skills-broadening program, her life begins as quaint, training horses in the wilds of the enormous country, helping out a nomadic wanderer named Lao Jin. When Xiu Xiu learns the program has fallen apart, things sour as she tries to get back home. Eventually, she becomes the whore of the countryside, and Lao Jin's tent her brothel. Painful and heart-wrenching, Xiu Xiu rises above its glacial pace, proving both entertaining and thought-provoking.

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Xiu Xiu: The Sent Down Girl Review


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"Xiu Xiu: The Sent Down Girl" may seem on thesurface like a purely political document. It is a certainly a condemnationof Chinese government's Cultural Youth Revolution policy that took teenagersaway from their homes in the 1960s and '70s and assigned them to practicalservitude in remote regions of the country.

But this tragic Everygirl allegory of a child "sentdown" to learn a practical trade for the good of the People is sopersonal and affecting, and told with so much heart, that even someonecompletely ignorant of those policies (color me guilty) can become enrapturedby the plight of young Wen Xiu.

Played by Lu Lu, a beautiful and sincere 15-year-old discoveredby actress-turned-director JoanChen, Xiu Xiu (as she is called by her friends)is a giddy, girlish, city-dweller whose bright eyes and sunshine smileare dampened when she is stripped from her family by this government programthat has long since outlived its usefulness, and delivered to a provincialcountryside to learn cavalry.

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