Jana Monji

Jana Monji
Jana Monji's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Pasadena Weekly RogerEbert.com

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
74% On the Basis of Sex (2019) A movie that floats on an atmosphere of admiration, but also one that solidly appreciates what it is like to be a pioneer for social change. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2018
76% Five Fingers for Marseilles (2018) A beautifully bleak tale of the morass left by apartheid, but also by the weaker aspects of human nature. - Pasadena Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2018
4/5 100% Sky Ladder: The Art of Cai Guo-Qiang (2016) In the fascinating documentary Sky Ladder: The Art of Cai Guo-Qiang, director Kevin Macdonald helps audiences understand the political and social forces that helped develop one of China's major artists and his journey. - Pasadena Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2018
91% Crazy Rich Asians (2018) While I wish Wu's Rachel had more fire, "Crazy Rich Asians" is frivolous fun that challenges non-Asians - white, black, Latino and Native American - to empathize with Asians and Asian-American characters. - Pasadena Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2018
5/5 83% The Most Unknown (2018) This film is less focused and sometimes meanders in danger of losing meaning as we meet these strangers who try to connect through each other's understanding of science. - Pasadena Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2018
100% Summer 1993 (Estiu 1993) (2018) A poignant tale of tragic loss, bewildering anger and finding love through tears. - Pasadena Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2018
A 95% RBG (2018) You've probably heard of Notorious BIG. If you haven't heard of Notorious RBG, then you're missing a person who changed the legal landscape for women in the US. - Pasadena Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted May 31, 2018
5/5 89% Boom for Real: The Late Teenage Years of Jean-Michel Basquiat (2018) This warmly nostalgic look at the artist is very much worth seeing... - Pasadena Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2018
C 90% Isle of Dogs (2018) Despite intriguing storytelling concepts and an excellent soundtrack by Alexandre Desplat, Wes Anderson's tale of a boy and his dog is set in a Japan plagued by old dated American notions, including a white savior complex. - Pasadena Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2018
50% Redline (2011) The characters are dead on arrival and the techno soundtrack during the action sequences made us want to flee their funeral. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2018
A 71% Beauty and the Beast (2017) This might be a "tale as old as time" but it is the new technology that makes this better than the original - Pasadena Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 28, 2017
43% Ghost in the Shell (2017) If you absolutely must cast a white actress in the lead role that might have gone to an ethnic Asian and include geisha as robots to evoke a sense of modern Japan, maybe you need to reflect more on what you're trying to accomplish. - Pasadena Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 28, 2017
A 84% Disneynature: Born In China (2017) The film brings a touch of humor to some otherwise difficult true stories of life and death, with potential unsettling scenes tastefully and discreetly edited with minimal horror and gore, making this fine family fare for children of all ages. - Pasadena Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 28, 2017
79% An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth To Power (2017) This documentary, with its slick graphics and quick re-editing, is a must-see because the issue of climate change goes beyond party lines and is again, like An Inconvenient Truth, a call for more science, not silence. - Pasadena Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 28, 2017
93% Hidden Figures (2017) "Hidden Figures" provides a positive image of women as science researchers who were able to balance their personal and professional lives to achieve success. - Pasadena Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 27, 2017
93% Floyd Norman: An Animated Life (2016) Directors Erik Sharkey and Michael Fiore have caught Norman's whimsical charm and his upbeat attitude. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2016