Chinese director Chloe Zhao’s ‘The Rider’ picked best picture of 2018 by US film critics

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  • ‘It’s a heartbreaking movie with a lot of staying power,’ the US National Society of Film Critics said of Beijing-born filmmaker’s piece

The film, directed by a woman from Beijing who was educated in the US and now lives there, “is a mixture of documentary realism and fiction”, Chang said.

“She uses non-professional actors in a way that’s intimate and organic; it’s a heartbreaking movie with a lot of staying power.”

He noted that the society does not base its choices either on a film’s box office or its budget. “We care about the quality of the films.”

You Can Now Watch ‘Bao,’ The Pixar Short That Played In Theaters Before ‘Incredibles 2,’ Online For Free

Bao is, in a word, completely adorable and slightly heartbreaking. It’s an extremely Pixar short set in Toronto and featuring a woman who makes a bao that, well, comes to life. But it’s so much more than that.
Disney dropped the whole thing as part of a tweet promoting another collection of the short films, but if you don’t feel like buying them all this is definitely one of their best works. And at eight minutes, it’s a worthy investment if your time if you haven’t seen it. Domee Shi, who directed Bao, is working on her first feature-length picture and the Pixar short is likely in Oscar contention, so now’s a good time to get familiar with her work.