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Jessica Kiang

Jessica Kiang
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
No Score Yet Selfie (2019) Through all the buzzing mopeds, self-conscious posturing and inane breeze-shooting, a bigger picture emerges of a friendship that is touchingly steadfast and sensitive.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted May 4, 2020
100% Jacinta (2020) "Jacinta" is perceptive and persuasive. But it comes into its real, peculiar power as a portrait of a young woman trying to be a better mother than the mother she worships...‐ Variety
Read More | Posted May 1, 2020
74% Stray Dolls (2020) The downbeat, disenfranchised "dark side of the American dream" thing has been done to death in a thousand noirs, but "Stray Dolls" elbows just enough room for itself in that crowded category...‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2020
No Score Yet Naked Animals (2020) There is also an intimate, improvisational authenticity to the performances and to the chemistry between the young cast that creates its own staticky fascination.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2020
No Score Yet Mare (2020) As specific and intimate a portrait of female midlife dissatisfaction as you'll find...‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Mar 31, 2020
No Score Yet Sweet Thing (2020) Ultimately delivers a moving, tousled journey of discovery - but it's through an America that has not existed for decades, if it ever did.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2020
100% Anne at 13,000 ft (2020) A brief, bracing burst of microbudget indie filmmaking at its most powerful.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Mar 27, 2020
No Score Yet À l'abordage (2020) Guillaume Brac's wise, witty "À l'abordage" is an optimistic portrait of gentle disappointment, the kind a youthful generation has to experience before growing up a little bit.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2020
100% Kill It and Leave This Town (Zabij to i wyjedz z tego miasta) (2020) Despite the jarring form, "Kill It and Leave This Town" is still oddly immersive: a peculiarly vivid, monochromatically psychotropic bad trip.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2020
No Score Yet Speer Goes to Hollywood (2020) Several choices on Lapa's part - some unavoidable, some not - detract from the film's potentially enlightening impact.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2020
No Score Yet Dry Wind (2020) Nolasco's film makes the most of its craft.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2020
B No Score Yet Funny Face (2020) "Funny Face" is marked by this portentousness throughout - it's a quality that is both maddeningly self-serious and curiously self-justifying.‐ The Playlist
Read More | Posted Mar 3, 2020
No Score Yet This Is My Desire (Eyimofe) (2020) [An] engaging, earnest, loose-limbed debut feature...‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2020
No Score Yet The Trouble with Being Born (2020) [A] desperately creepy, queasy, thought-provoking film...‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2020
No Score Yet Father (Otac) (2020) Powerful but grueling...‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Feb 29, 2020
100% Irradiated (Irradiés) (2020) The individual, often highly shocking sequences of death and destruction become unmoored from what they depict, the better to become small tiles in a bruisingly gargantuan mosaic that only screams that war is hell and human beings unspeakably cruel.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2020
20% Berlin Alexanderplatz (2020) The episodic, sometimes almost soap-operatic nature of Qurbani's storytelling sacrifices a great deal of thematic depth for a great deal of eventing instead.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2020
100% The Woman Who Ran (2020) Hong made a feature called "Woman is the Future of Man," but it's the delightfully slight, slightly delightful "The Woman Who Ran" that assumes that that future is now.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Feb 25, 2020
No Score Yet No Hard Feelings (Futur Drei) (2020) "No Hard Feelings" is a love story, an immigrant tale and the announcement of an exciting new talent in Shariat.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Feb 24, 2020
B- 61% Minamata (2020) Levitas does little to reinvent the historical fight-against-injustice wheel, but he does keep it turning smoothly.‐ The Playlist
Read More | Posted Feb 24, 2020
60% Uppercase Print (Tipografic majuscul) (2020) It does make for rather uninspiring filmmaking.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2020
73% The Intruder (El prófugo) (2020) An oddly flavorless supernatural psycho-thriller from sophomore Argentinian director Natalia Meta.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2020
100% The Cloud in Her Room (2020) It feels like the launch of an excitingly uncompromised, offbeat new talent, whose sensibility nods to both the modern slow-burn social realist tradition in China, and the classic European arthouse, without being beholden to either.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2020
B 70% The Last Shift (2020) You think you know in which mutual lesson-learning direction this is headed. And for a time you're right, but, for better and worse, only for a time.‐ The Playlist
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2020
100% A Thousand Cuts (2020) You come out more profoundly aware than ever of the gathering darkness of our current geopolitical moment, and more fervently grateful that there are torchbearers like Maria Ressa to lead us to the light.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2020
100% Relic (2020) Enigmatic, mournful, deeply creepy...‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2020
100% His House (2020) An uneven but impressive debut, "His House" is at its most persuasively terrifying when it gets out of the house and into the existential terror of reality.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2020
78% High Tide (2020) Moodiness and an icily intellectualized remove cannot by themselves compensate for the deficiencies of life and vigor in Chen's screenplay.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2020
44% Sergio (2020) In its unnecessary length and sentimental emphasis on the man's romantic life, "Sergio" more often, intentionally and otherwise, evokes the "interminable chain of longing" of the poem's celebrated last line.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2020
B- 75% The Nowhere Inn (2020) St. Vincent and Carrie Brownstein shine in this uneven, but effective, clever blend of fact and fiction. ‐ The Playlist
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2020
100% Sylvie's Love (2020) [A] weightlessly glossy yet undeniably charming romance...‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2020
72% Horse Girl (2020) A rare and piercingly compassionate exploration of the sorts of madness that come from intense loneliness, and the intense loneliness that comes from being regarded as mad.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2020
100% Farewell Amor (2020) "Farewell Amor" marks the arrival of an exciting new talent in Msangi, with the three lives it details doubtlessly representing only the tip of an iceberg of stories she has yet to tell.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2020
A 83% The Nest (2020) Sean Durkin's immaculate, clinically devastating film, The Nest, is a showcase for lead actress Carrie Coon.‐ The Playlist
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2020
64% Spree (2020) If you are in need of more reminders of the most extreme of the potential evils of internet interaction than you get every time you fire up an app, by all means, smash the like button on "Spree."‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2020
B 86% The Night House (2020) The elegantly crafted film falls some way short of its grandest ambitions, but still sends you out into the night with a chill in your bones and the hairs stiff on the back of your neck.‐ The Playlist
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2020
B 92% Kajillionaire (2020) Event horizon Miranda July in fantastic and also frustrating ways.‐ The Playlist
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2020
B+ 89% Zola (2020) Zola is empowering, saddening, amusing and aggravating in roughly equal measure.‐ The Playlist
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2020
100% Family Members (Los miembros de la familia) (2019) A precise, but slightly enervating portrait of two people struggling to regain some sense of connection while being trapped in about six different layers of limbo.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jan 1, 2020
90% Ip Man 4: The Finale (2019) A fine farewell - this time they mean it - to Yen's serenely super-skilled sifu.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Dec 23, 2019
86% Only Cloud Knows (2019) Schematic and manipulative as it is... "Only Cloud Knows" is, in the moment, undeniably effective at jerking tears.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2019
78% My Zoe (2019) [Delpy's] risk-taking is admirable, and given the excellent craft, never less than engaging to watch, but it does not always pay off.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Dec 15, 2019
B+ 67% Anton Corbijn Inside Out (2012) [It] takes a more impressionistic, intimate approach to the celebrated photographer and filmmaker, and in the process creates a thoughtful film that is as much an homage to the creative process as it is a tribute to a man.‐ indieWire
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2019
No Score Yet Wisdom Tooth (2019) Slippery and surprising, full of odd details and insights, and leaching significant visual and thematic texture from its unusual setting, Liang Ming's "Wisdom Tooth" must be one of the year's most remarkable debuts.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2019
100% Bellbird (2019) A pleasantly heartwarming way to spend 96 undemanding minutes.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2019
92% Buoyancy (2019) A taut and urgent message movie that tracks with pounding single-mindedness the horror of human trafficking...‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2019
No Score Yet Over the Sea (2019) Uneven but finally deeply affecting and strange...‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2019
60% 2/1 (2020) The rare example of an exceptionally well-made film, from an undeniably talented filmmaker, in which everything works beautifully except the central premise, which doesn't work at all.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2019
100% Better Days (2019) Gripping, superbly performed melodrama... deeply moving if occasionally overwrought...‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2019
100% A Dark-Dark Man (2019) A staggeringly controlled, slow-burn scorcher of a crime thriller.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2019