CJ Sheu

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CJ Sheu, an Assistant Professor of Applied English at Ming Chuan University, is a Rotten Tomatoes-approved, Taipei-based film critic for The News Lens.


‘The Dawn of Everything’ Is a (Qualified) Masterpiece

CJ Sheu

‘The Dawn of Everything’ not only shows that there are alternatives to neoliberal patriarchal settler capitalism. It tells a compelling story of how we “got stuck” where we are now.


Boredom Gives Rise to Experimentation in ‘The Cloud in Her Room’

CJ Sheu

Films in the quarter-life crisis genre often treat the drifting ennui of young adulthood as an aberration, or at most a regrettable rite of passage. But what if the ennui itself is what gets you through?


‘Being the Ricardos’ Turns ‘I Love Lucy’ into the Nicole Kidman Show

CJ Sheu

‘Being the Ricardos’ has divided critics on everything but one point: Nicole Kidman is a revelation.


‘Wheel of Fortune and Fantasy’ Encapsulates the Odd Vicissitudes of Life

CJ Sheu

Winner of the Silver Bear Grand Jury Prize at this year’s Berlin International Film Festival, ‘Wheel of Fortune and Fantasy’ is a three-part anthology film full of incident, confidently walking a fine line between realism in acting and melodrama in plot.


The Unexplored Existential Angst of ‘Night Drive’

CJ Sheu

Between the trendy conceits of time travel and taxi drivers taken hostage, ‘Night Drive’ is an original and weird tale.


‘Longing for the Rain’ Makes You Long for a Shorter Film

CJ Sheu

Shot in Beijing and Changchun, Longing for the Rain’s explicit treatment of female desire clearly distinguishes it as a Hong Kong film.


‘River of Exploding Durians’ Makes a Virtue of a Small Budget

CJ Sheu

On the surface a critique of Malaysian political corruption and societal acquiescence — and it still is that — ‘River of Exploding Durians’ is grounded in one young man’s devastation at losing everyone he cares about.


‘Detective Conan: The Scarlet Bullet’ A Solid Entry in a Stellar Series

CJ Sheu

‘Scarlet Bullet’ is the latest in the Detective Conan crime manga film series. Its action, humor, and formulaic plot are the main draws.

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