BURNING
BEONING
2018, Well Go USA, 148 min, South Korea, Dir: Lee Chang-dong

BURNING is the searing examination of an alienated young man, Jongsu (Ah-in Yoo), a frustrated introvert whose already difficult life is complicated by the appearance of two people in his orbit: Haemi (newcomer Jong-seo Jun), a spirited woman who offers romantic possibility, and Ben (Steven Yeun, “The Walking Dead,” SORRY TO BOTHER YOU), a wealthy and sophisticated young man whom Haemi brings back from a trip. When Jongsu learns of Ben’s mysterious hobby and Haemi suddenly disappears, his confusion and obsessions begin to mount, culminating in a stunning finale. A FIPRESCI Prize winner at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival.


MAYHEM
2017, RLJ Entertainment, 86 min, USA, Dir: Joe Lynch

The sterile toxicity of the contemporary office environment can be deadly, but nowhere near as noxious as Joe Lynch’s take on corporate hives and their workers. Steven Yeun (“The Walking Dead”) stars as Derek Cho, a corporate attorney who is about to have the worst day of his career. Derek is framed by co-workers to take the fall for a case gone wrong and harangued by a collaterally damaged client named Melanie (Samara Weaving), fomenting a perfect storm of chaos as the office building goes on lockdown due to the spread of a highly contagious virus. As the infection plows through the office ranks, leaving the masses defenseless against their own wild impulses, Derek knows he must survive, but to survive he first has to get justice - in any bloody way possible.


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