Jessica Kiang Movie Reviews & Previews - Rotten Tomatoes

Jessica Kiang

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

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
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.‐
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.‐
Read More | Posted Feb 17, 2017
4/5 100% Casting JonBenet (2017) Witty, inventive, spikily illuminating.‐
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2017
A- 100% 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 45% 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
46% 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- No Score Yet 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+ 70% 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
100% 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- 97% The Age of Shadows (2016) A blisteringly entertaining and exquisite genre exercise.‐ The Playlist
Read More | Posted Sep 23, 2016
B+ 82% 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+ 100% 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 83% The Bleeder (2016) 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- 36% 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
100% The Fury of a Patient Man (Tarde para la ira) (2016) The road to hell is paved with bad intentions in Spanish actor Raul Arévalo's auspicious, uncompromising genre-inflected debut.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2016
C 46% The Bad Batch (2017) Consider a moment a lesser "Mad Max: Fury Road." Now consider a greater "Southland Tales." Now drive out into the Saharan expanse of quality that still exists between those two things, find the exact midpoint and plant a flag for "The Bad Batch."‐ The Playlist
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2016
A 100% One More Time With Feeling (2016) This is a virtuosic piece of filmmaking art that also happens to be almost unbearably moving. Actually, there is no "almost."‐ The Playlist
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2016
C 87% Hacksaw Ridge (2016) This tale of real-life heroism seems less a celebration of humanist convictions than a glorification of religious intransigence and a declaration of the moral superiority of the faithful over the faithless. ‐ The Playlist
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2016
C 29% In Dubious Battle (2017) "In Dubious Battle" marks an embrace of a kind of anonymous, fuddy-duddy traditionalist approach. In short, it's maybe James Franco's best-crafted film to date, and also maybe his dullest.‐ The Playlist
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2016
B 73% Nocturnal Animals (2016) Tom Ford's "Nocturnal Animals" is a feast for the eyes and a fun-size Mars Bar for the brain. It's also highly enjoyable, when it's not trying to be serious and make heavy points about the interrelation of art and life. ‐ The Playlist
Read More | Posted Sep 2, 2016
A- 94% Arrival (2016) It's a monolith, a megalith, but like the gigantic alien craft that comes to rest somewhere above Montana at the start of the film, despite its immensity it hovers elegantly overhead. The film defies gravity.‐ The Playlist
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2016
A 93% La La Land (2016) An absolute triumph. 'La La Land' is a film you simply never want to stop watching. ‐ The Playlist
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2016
86% A Date for Mad Mary (2016) Mad Mary is a delight, especially for its rounded supporting characters, its skewering use of language, and the pinpoint accuracy of its observations of life in this specific time and place. ‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2016
B 94% Strike a Pose (2017) Yes, the contrived nature of the situation contributes to a performative feel, but these men are all performers, and their interactions are no less authentic and sincere for being self-consciously dramatic.‐ The Playlist
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2016
C- 9% Endless Night (Nadie quiere la noche) (2015) The evocative, philosophical, awe-inspiring story that Barros and Coixet so clearly hoped to tell is in here somewhere, but sadly, you couldn't find it with a compass.‐ The Playlist
Read More | Posted Aug 26, 2016
B+ 100% Shelley (2016) A classy take on the often trashy pregnancy horror category, with a subtle social critique underlying its neo-gothic texture. ‐ The Playlist
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2016
No Score Yet Houston, We Have a Problem! (2016) What little fun this mockumentary offers depends on falling for its far-fetched premise about America being scammed by the Yugoslav space program.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jul 15, 2016
B 78% From Afar (Desde Allá) (2016) Vigas' confidence in trusting his audience to form an emotional connection to the narrative without such signposting is admirable, but the film expects and needs your patience and close attention.‐ The Playlist
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2016
B+ 100% Harmonium (Fuchi ni tatsu) (2016) A slow first hour builds to a deeply involving and uncannily affecting second half in ... Fukada's chilly and chilling examination of familial guilt.‐ The Playlist
Read More | Posted May 27, 2016
B+ 98% After the Storm (Umi yori mo mada fukaku) (2017) A film that invites you in, and clears a space for you at the dinner table while you shuck off your shoes in the hallway.‐ The Playlist
Read More | Posted May 25, 2016
B+ 96% Aquarius (2016) A stunningly intelligent and considered sophomore feature.‐ The Playlist
Read More | Posted May 23, 2016