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Jessica Kiang

Jessica Kiang
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
B+ 95% Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mind (2018) A film that looks beyond the Robin Williams we lost, to give us back the Robin Williams we loved.‐ The Playlist
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2018
C 20% Red Joan (2019) It's always dangerous to wonder about what a film might have been rather than contending with what it is, but in this case what it is, is so bland, and so stolidly workmanlike in execution...‐ The Playlist
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2018
B+ 83% Quién te cantará (2018) There is the oddly respectful idea that obsessive fandom might actually be a place where the lost can find themselves, the poor can enrich themselves, and the timid can discover strength through impersonation - and impersonation is really all there is.‐ The Playlist
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2018
C No Score Yet Richard Says Goodbye (2018) After of 90 anodyne minutes of competent but uninspired filmmaking, Richard finally does say goodbye, and it's hard to suppress an internal response of "what, you're still here?" ‐ The Playlist
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2018
B+ 89% MATANGI/MAYA/M.I.A. (2018) If there is one note that rings clear through all the xeroxed, glitchy, abrasive background noise, it is that of authenticity and sincerity. ‐ The Playlist
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2018
B+ 72% Bad Times at the El Royale (2018) It's as tasty, throwback and low in fiber as a packet of astronaut ice cream.‐ The Playlist
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2018
No Score Yet Through Black Spruce (2018) "Through Black Spruce" is a disengaged slog that confines its poetry to a title that nonetheless remains appropriate in one key way: The film creaks like it's made of wood.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2018
No Score Yet Our Body (2018) [A] promising but almost willfully obscure debut...‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2018
83% Sew the Winter to My Skin (2018) While the project of infusing a local legend with grandly cinematic, mythic status is a worthy one, the film can't quite get out of its own way, and the result is incoherently at odds with itself...‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Oct 6, 2018
100% The Third Wife (2018) Gently dipping us into the long ago and far away past, Ash Mayfair's directorial debut brings an intimate immediacy to the re-creation of rural Vietnam in the late 19th century.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2018
80% Mothers' Instinct (Duelles) (2018) These perfect housewives serve each other passive aggression like petits fours and protestations of affection like they're macarons iced with arsenic.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2018
67% Hidden Man (2018) Long before a rushed finale concludes its unnecessary 134 minutes, you may find yourself engaged by its jokiness, admiring of its action and absolutely longing for the fun to end.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2018
86% High Life (2018) The scope of its ambition is cleverly reined in by the low-key presentation, its more salacious potential muted down to an insistent threatening hum, like the background radiation of Stuart Staples' score.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2018
100% Meeting Gorbachev (2019) "Meeting Gorbachev," though consistently engaging, is less a fireworks display than a fireside chat, and so feels curiously like an opportunity missed.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2018
No Score Yet The Summer House (Les estivants) (2018) Tedeschi takes us on another low-stakes, lightly fictionalized tour of her dippy family's travails, with a sense of humor that manages to self-deprecate without ever actually becoming self-critical.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2018
33% Farming (2018) The film is remarkable for its lack of self-pity, but it makes the experience of "Farming" a merciless one for the audience too.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2018
60% Vita & Virginia (2018) This is a stranger and more intriguing film than it really has a right to be...‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2018
60% Out of Blue (2018) If "Out of Blue" is meant sincerely, why is so little care given to psychology or plot? And if it's meant as pastiche, why isn't it more fun?‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2018
73% Jeremiah Terminator LeRoy (2018) A capable film featuring superbly spiky performances...‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2018
86% Cities of Last Things (2018) The story does reward the effort it takes to unkink it, turning into an ever-decreasing circle of broken connections...‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2018
54% The Wind (2018) "The Wind" doesn't seek to make infallible heroes of its women, but to understand and empathize with even their most unforgivable acts. And it's a hugely promising debut in terms of Tammi's steady, assured directorial craft.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2018
83% Four Hands (Die Vierhändige) (2018) An elegant thriller with unusual psychological resonance that serves as a strong calling-card for German writer-director Oliver Kienle.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2018
67% Kursk (2018) "Kursk" occasionally lands an emotive blow but only in its more fictionalized stretches, while it pulls its punches with the thorniest and most provocative elements of the real story...‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2018
11% Life Itself (2018) It is sentimental and sprawling, which are not necessarily bad things, but also manipulative and contrived, which very much are.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2018
B 78% 22 July (2018) A profoundly affecting, assaultive experience.‐ The Playlist
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2018
B 86% The Nightingale (2019) An undeniably overlong but beautifully imagined revenge fable.‐ The Playlist
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2018
56% Sunset (Napszállta) (2018) Sunset, in more ways than one, talks through its hat.‐ Sight and Sound
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2018
84% The Sisters Brothers (2018) A loose-limbed, mournfully comic western that gets better the further off-trail it goes.‐ Sight and Sound
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2018
93% Shadow (2019) Every supremely controlled stylistic element of Zhang Yimou's breathtakingly beautiful "Shadow" is an echo of another, a motif repeated, a pattern recurring in a fractionally different way each time.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2018
96% The Hate U Give (2018) Entertaining, enraging, and ultimately deeply moving, "The Hate U Give" is poised to be a hit, and deserves to be.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2018
B 75% The Nightingale (2017) If Kent can get rid of some of the melismatic curlicues from her film, paring it back to its thrilling and beautiful essentials, then The Nightingale will really sing.‐ The Playlist
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2018
86% Nelly (2018) Émond obviously has deep feeling for Arcan, and "Nelly" is a sincere and respectful attempt to do at least partial, fragmentary justice to a troubled woman...‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2018
83% Never Look Away (2018) One of the subtler strengths of "Never Look Away" is the canny evocation of a war-weary, defeated population who did not experience communism as a revolution but a substitution.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2018
B+ 89% Vox Lux (2018) Wrapped up in Portman's like-it-or-loathe-it-you-cannot-ignore-it performance and Corbet's confident filmmaking chutzpah, Vox Lux somehow becomes a jagged, messy but endlessly intriguing whole.‐ The Playlist
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2018
38% Charlie Says (2018) So ambivalent as to be frustratingly gun-shy about truly asserting a point of view, or adding anything meaningful to the already thriving cottage industry of Manson-adjacent storytelling.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2018
60% Close Enemies (Freres Ennemis) (2018) At best, it's a consummately well-crafted and committed version of a story we've seen play out dozens of times before.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2018
A- 76% Suspiria (2018) Itcertainly does play out as high-class horror-porn and I mean that as an immense, tumescent compliment.‐ The Playlist
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2018
B- 92% The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018) The Ballad of Buster Scruggs has to be chalked down to a perplexingly minor addition to one of the most beloved cinematic canons of our time.‐ The Playlist
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2018
B+ 89% A Star Is Born (2018) A Star is Born features great performances all around, but the star that is truly born here is Bradley Cooper as a director.‐ The Playlist
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2018
A 95% The Favourite (2018) Why wasn't everyone applauding every damn second of the extravagantly wonderful, deeply hilarious and fabulously entertaining The Favourite?‐ The Playlist
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2018
A- 99% Roma (2018) Alfonso Cuaron's Roma is an immensely moving film made by one person, for one person and it is our privilege, and almost a little bit our intrusion, to be allowed in.‐ The Playlist
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2018
B+ 60% The Mountain (2018) The shimmeringly surreal The Mountain is doubtless Rick Alverson's most beautiful act of bafflement to date.‐ The Playlist
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2018
B+ 88% First Man (2018) An immersive, immaculately crafted, often spectacular and satisfyingly old-fashioned epic that may well become the definitive moon-landing movie.‐ The Playlist
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2018
20% The Little Mermaid (2018) Creaky visual effects, slapdash plotting and a script drunk on cliché: There's pretty much nothing but cheap parlor trickery here.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2018
B+ 96% The Heiresses (Las Herederas) (2018) Martinessi compassionately and without judgment, looks to coax his country from the safe but darkened doorway of the past, out into the sunshine of the present and the uncertain weather of the future.‐ The Playlist
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2018
100% Grass (2018) The black-and-white "Grass" is a deceptively potent entry in the canon, a thimbleful of purest, concentrated Hong-brand soju.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2018
100% Maquia: When the Promised Flower Blooms (2018) We don't even notice how deep Okada has driven her storytelling dagger until she pulls it out in the end, and the tears come, adding, to the bitterness and sweetness of this moving and strange little fable, a hefty dose of salt.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jul 21, 2018
80% Oblivion Verses (Los Versos del Olvido) (2017) An immersive, evocative pleasure, even when the narrative grows sluggish with remembrance of things past.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2018
No Score Yet Suleiman Mountain (2017) A mixture of sober, ethnographic study and high melodrama that compels even when it doesn't quite convince.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jul 14, 2018
60% Little Tickles (Les chatouilles) (2018) This spiky, occasionally soapy but ultimately deeply moving film draws power from its raggedness, making us uncomfortable even beyond the disturbing events it recounts, because its truths refuse to be tidy.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2018