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Jessica Kiang

Jessica Kiang
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
67% The Cuban (2020) A pleasant, plangent hybrid of culture-clash drama, odd-couple formula and late-life Bucket List bromide.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jul 30, 2020
77% Summerland (2020) "Summerland" is very pretty, and bursts with affection for its gently befuddled characters, but for all its eager charms, streaming like colored pennants from every turret, it's a castle in the air.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2020
No Score Yet Marjoun and the Flying Headscarf (2020) It is both over- and under-worked, bristling with ideas and issues and subplots that have but little connective tissue holding them together.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2020
91% Father Soldier Son (2020) Moving, sincere, soulful...‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2020
85% Olympia (2019) "Olympia" for all its fondness, is just too cursory a portrait of a complex woman: depth presented as a series of glinting surfaces.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2020
No Score Yet Daniel (Ser du månen, Daniel) (2019) A polished, moving, muscular thriller that never exploits or simplistically reduces its real-life horrors for entertainment value.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2020
No Score Yet Il Mio Corpo (2020) The quietness of the approach... coupled to the atmospheric lyricism that infuses Paolo Ferrari's wonderful cinematography, creates a potent, sometimes transcendent whole that continues settling on you and expanding within you long after the film ends.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jul 1, 2020
88% The Wolves (Los Lobos) (2019) [I]t is this absence of blame, and the careful balance between childlike wonder and adult pragmatism, that makes "Los Lobos" feel like an act not just of remembrance, but of steadfast love and gratitude.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2020
80% Nobody Knows I'm Here (Nadie Sabe que estoy Aquí) (2020) Opposing impulses - sweet and sinister - sometimes threaten to break the film apart, but Garcia's performance always pulls the two halves back together.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2020
100% Slalom (2020) Well-made, perceptively performed and deeply enraging, it's a difficult but necessary watch...‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jun 25, 2020
No Score Yet Gagarine (2020) "Gagarine" is a dream built from debris, a rocketship made from rubble, and a touching tribute to stratospheric aspirations thriving against the odds in even the most maligned and marginalized communities.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jun 23, 2020
82% Sometimes Always Never (Triple Word Score) (2020) We remain engaged due to quiet performances made all the more impressive by how they cut through such noisy visual style.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jun 17, 2020
100% Dede (2017) An authentic, anthropologically fascinating if dramatically unsteady debut set in an isolated community in rural, mountainous Georgia.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jun 11, 2020
0% 365 Days (365 dni) (2020) Thoroughly terrible, politically objectionable, occasionally hilarious...‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jun 10, 2020
80% Crazy World (2019) Forget everything you think you know about filmmaking and narrative continuity.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jun 4, 2020
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
71% 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
92% 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
43% 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
71% 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
62% 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