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Jessica Kiang

Jessica Kiang
Jessica Kiang's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): BBC.com, Variety, Sight and Sound, The Playlist

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
A 100% The Florida Project (2017) The deceptive intelligence of The Florida Project is how immersive this bouncy-castle reality is while sitting exactly on top of the drawn-out, unremarked tragedy that is life on the margins of respectable, solvent society.‐ The Playlist
Read More | Posted May 23, 2017
A- 90% Tempestad (2016) Huezo puts those stories in service of a broader and much more ambitious remit: to tell us about a whole exploited underclass, a whole society, a whole country.‐ The Playlist
Read More | Posted May 22, 2017
A 93% The Killing of a Sacred Deer (2017) For Lanthimos fans, it might just be the purest, and most dangerous hit of our favorite drug yet, with layers of potential dark significance and meta-meaning to almost every moment.‐ The Playlist
Read More | Posted May 22, 2017
B- 93% The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected) (2017) While the blood-temperature familiarity feels comfy, there is still the nagging sense that we're just passing the time here, in a world that doesn't resemble real life as much as it resembles other movies we've been fond of before.‐ The Playlist
Read More | Posted May 21, 2017
No Score Yet Ava (2017) Right up to the slightly unsatisfying ending, "Ava" is both a complex character portrait and a heartsore farewell to the ephemeral images that will be among the last she sees.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted May 20, 2017
24% Jupiter's Moon (Jupiter holdja) (2017) This serious-minded, ambitious oddity shoots for the moon of a far-off planet, but it really only finds the grace it's looking for in its magnificent supple camerawork.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted May 19, 2017
A 76% Okja (2017) This is a gorgeously realized popcorn movie of the most satisfying, comforting, restorative kind: full as its heart is, it has a lot on its mind, yet you'd also quite like to curl up on its belly and doze in the sun.‐ The Playlist
Read More | Posted May 19, 2017
A 88% Loveless (Nelyubov) (2017) This is the downer as an art form, a feelbad film of gargantuan reach and effect, and a brave, horrified commentary on a whole nation.‐ The Playlist
Read More | Posted May 18, 2017
B+ 71% Wonderstruck (2017) Todd Haynes has made a lovely wish-fulfillment movie, and you do not have to believe it, to be struck by wonder.‐ The Playlist
Read More | Posted May 18, 2017
C+ 56% Ismael's Ghosts (2017) The zany confidence of the approach is admirable, but what starts off as exuberance starts to wear thin. Pretty soon you start waiting for the film, not to end - that already feels optimistic - but simply to stop.‐ The Playlist
Read More | Posted May 17, 2017
54% The Drowning (2017) The film's biggest surprise may come when the credits roll to reveal that this almost perfectly bland, low-intensity mystery is directed by New York indie scene veteran Bette Gordon.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted May 10, 2017
100% Natasha (2017) David Bezmogis adapts his own short story into an impressively controlled coming of age tale animated by a cunning central performance.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted May 7, 2017
86% Sacred (2017) An impressively global project yields an attractive, mild if rather diffuse film in "Sacred," a respectful exploration by documentarian Thomas Lennon of faith and religious practice across the globe.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted May 2, 2017
21% Rupture (2017) It's been 15 years since Shainberg's wonderful "Secretary" and 11 since his lesser, yet still interesting "Fur," but this film replaces his facility with gentle, peculiar inquisitions into fetishism with something much more generic.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2017
100% Tomorrow (Demain) (2017) Cynicism gives way to admiration, and admiration can flare into inspiration.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Apr 22, 2017
83% God Knows Where I Am (2017) The film gradually thaws out the stark, frozen mystery at its heart, but the warm-blooded, breathing truth of Linda's life is no less tragic than that of her cold death.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Mar 31, 2017
92% The Levelling (2017) [Leach] gets her hands dirty, bedding down into these difficult, truculent characters and plunging us deep into the chilly loam of her mournful, atmospheric story.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2017
4/5 92% Logan (2017) Logan does go defiantly against the grain by favouring melancholic mood and themes of mortality and deterioration over inflated, end-of-the-world stakes or grandiose action pyrotechnics.‐ BBC.com
Read More | Posted Mar 3, 2017
B 69% Death in Sarajevo (2016) Polemical as it is, Death in Sarajevo is a hotel movie, one that fluidly entertains even as it educates.‐ indieWire
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2017
No Score Yet Snow Woman (Yuki onna) (2016) Sugino's careful, scene-by-scene meting out of minimal narrative information becomes part of its artistry: a breadcrumb trail leading deep into a dark forest.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2017
No Score Yet Up in the Sky (Upp i det blå) (2016) As a narrative, it's slight, gently nonsensical, and a little too easily resolved, but fleshed out with surprisingly affecting emotional beats, all reflected in the sweet, solemn, sad eyes of its wonderful star, Mira Forsell.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2017
No Score Yet Hostages (2017) An effectively glossy thriller.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2017
100% Vazante (2017) [A] darkly mysterious period fable.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2017
5/5 92% God's Own Country (2017) Under battered Yorkshire skies, with grime beneath its nails and soil clodding up the treads of its boots, Francis Lee's outstanding feature debut God's Own Country is a work of rough-hewn alchemy.‐ BBC.com
Read More | Posted Feb 17, 2017
4/5 80% Casting JonBenét (2017) Witty, inventive, spikily illuminating.‐ BBC.com
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2017
A- 90% On the Beach at Night Alone (Bamui haebyun-eoseo honja) (2017) "On The Beach At Night Alone" feels like it will be exceptional even for longtime diehard Hong Sang-Soo fans.‐ The Playlist
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2017
B 100% The Party (2017) There is an energy to "The Party," and a kind of rejuvenating bouncy glee that we haven't seen from Sally Potter in a long time.‐ The Playlist
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2017
A- 100% A Fantastic Woman (Una mujer fantástica) (2017) After the exceptional "Gloria," Sebastián Lelio gives us another stunning, deeply involving portrait of a woman with the borderline superhuman capacity not to hate herself for who she is, no matter who else does.‐ The Playlist
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2017
No Score Yet Devil's Freedom (2017) Director Everardo González's striking aesthetic twist informs a harrowing documentary on Mexican kidnapping culture.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2017
B 51% The Dinner (2017) This is a film that glories in juxtaposition, as exchanges of bestial ferocity hiss back and forth in an excruciatingly elegant destination restaurant, and as poisonously feral barbs are traded across a table laden with elaborately effete hors d'oeuvres.‐ The Playlist
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2017
50% The Human Surge (El auge del humano) (2017) Lacking in narrative or character (the film is all theme and no story), the payoff moments for all one's carefully invested attention are few and far between.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2017
B- 80% Super Dark Times (2017) At what feels suspiciously like the Robert-McKee-approved screenplay page number for Beginning of Act 3, an unnecessary new development is introduced, and then ill-advisedly followed through on, right to its sensationalist genre-tinged conclusion.‐ The Playlist
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2017
B 83% Marjorie Prime (2016) Within its narrow field of vision, the film does bore deep, right through the more obvious strata to the farther, rarer questions seldom asked regarding our relationship to memory - not just what we remember and why, but who we are remembering for.‐ The Playlist
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2017
C+ 73% Lemon (2017) "Lemon," though at pains to be astringently off-kilter, is so hermetically insulated from the real world that it might as well come vacuum-packed. ‐ The Playlist
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2017
A 100% Columbus (2017) The first feature film from Korean-American video essay pioneer Kogonada, chimes like a bell: simple, sustained and thrillingly pure.‐ The Playlist
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2017
56% Axolotl Overkill (2017) [A] formally impressive but thematically slippery directorial debut.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jan 21, 2017
0% Anonymous (Hacker) (2016) An uninspired thriller offering even the minimally computer-literate viewer few insights into the world of hacktivism.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2016
No Score Yet Haruko Azumi Is Missing (Japanese Girls Never Die)(Azumi Haruko wa yukue fumei) (2016) This vibrant, energetic film simultaneously manages to be pop-art, edgy social critique, and a strangely moving prayer for all the gone girls.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2016
83% I Am a Hero (2015) I Am A Hero careens along in a giddy, bloodsoaked, immensely pleasurable rush, propelled by an enthusiasm as infectious as a bite from the undead, that makes even the hoariest beats of the plot seem dipped in bright, bloody newness.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2016
86% Operation Mekong (2016) If it makes for a breathlessly assaultive, vastly entertaining couple of hours, it can be discomfiting whenever there's a brief pause in the pelting gunfire and we glimpse the contours of the actual, flesh-and-blood tragedy.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2016
A- 100% The Age of Shadows (2016) A blisteringly entertaining and exquisite genre exercise.‐ The Playlist
Read More | Posted Sep 23, 2016
B+ 86% The Untamed (La región salvaje) (2016) Plays like an acknowledgement that the hiddenness, the private nature of sexuality is also part of its power.‐ The Playlist
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2016
B+ 92% Hounds of Love (2017) It's not the seamy salaciousness of the plot that is the most impressive thing about Hounds of Love - more it is a demonstration of Young's precise understanding of the mechanics of tension-based storytelling.‐ The Playlist
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2016
C- No Score Yet On the Milky Road (2016) The film's real failure, that the smokescreen of busyness cannot conceal, is its utter vacuity. ‐ The Playlist
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2016
B 77% Chuck (2017) Its familiarity feels less like the ineffectual repetition of platitudes ... and more like bumping into a pal you haven't seen in a while.‐ The Playlist
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2016
No Score Yet Prank (2016) The overplayed coming-of-age genre gets an undercooked workout in a well-shot but hesitant debut that leaves its most promising ideas unexplored.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2016
B- 37% Brimstone (2017) The absorbing and uncompromising Brimstone is a visceral and elegantly grimy vision of an Old West where money, religion, power and politics may be the domains of men, but survival is a woman.‐ The Playlist
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2016
No Score Yet Gantz: O (2016) An aggressively unpleasant all-CG rendering of a bestselling Japanese manga that may scrape by as a supplement to the canon, but fails on every level as a standalone film.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2016
A- 89% Jackie (2016) "Devastatingly human."‐ The Playlist
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2016
B- 64% Voyage of Time: Life's Journey (2016) "Perhaps Terrence Malick's head and heart lie beyond the horizons of mortal human existence."‐ The Playlist
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2016