Diana Cheng

Diana Cheng
Tomatometer-approved critic

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
3 Ripples 96% The Personal History of David Copperfield (2020) The adaptation exudes energy and humour. Iannucci has chosen his cinematic palette with bright colours and sprinkled with comedic sparks. - Ripple Effects EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2019
3 Ripples 80% Military Wives (2019) The 'feel good' element is how the women deal with their own personal issue and accept each others' foibles to work together in harmony, reaping mutual support and deep friendship. - Ripple Effects EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2019
3 Ripples 85% Downton Abbey (2019) ...while not delving into deeper stories, the movie overall can satisfy fans' longing and make a good introduction to pique the interest of first timers. - Ripple Effects EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2019
2.5/4 24% The Goldfinch (2019) Unfortunately, Hobie's antique lesson for young Theo is a metaphor for the adaptation. Other than a visual representation of the major plot of the novel, the film is a reproduction that lacks authenticity and liveliness. - Ripple Effects EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2019
60% A Girl Missing (Yokogao) (2019) Akin to his previous film "Harmonium" (2016), Fukada's storytelling is suspenseful and nuanced. Here in "A Girl Missing", his handling is even more high-strung and dramatic. - Asian American Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2019
88% Hala (2019) Baig has brought out a thought-provoking scenario that is both realistic and demands attention. - Asian American Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2019
99% Parasite (Gisaengchung) (2019) What Bong presents with "Parasite" is a scenario provoking the imaginary. The bottom line could well be just the wild wide of pure entertainment. - Asian American Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2019
2 Ripples 48% Where'd You Go, Bernadette (2019) Linklater is an expert in dialogues with his Before trilogy, where the camera follows two characters... talking throughout the movie and yet still captivating the viewers... But here, that magic is missing. Where'd you go, Linklater? - Ripple Effects EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2019
4 Ripples 99% Faces Places (Visages, villages) (2017) The soul-stirring original music by Matthieu Chedid complement the meaningful duo collaboration. - Ripple Effects EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2019
86% Ramen Shop (Ramen teh) (2019) Acclaimed Singaporean director Eric Khoo offers us a slow cooked, savory broth, using ingredients that are comforting and heartwarming to present a scenario of reconciliation. - Asian American Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 29, 2019
97% Working Woman (2019) Aviad's storytelling is realistic and engrossing, her handheld camera follows Orna like a shadow, the slightly roving movement accentuates the tension. - Asian American Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 29, 2019
89% The Third Wife (2019) A film with minimal dialogues, The Third Wife is a visual story. Its sensual aesthetics and dream-like sequences wrap a harsh reality: the plight of women in a patriarchal society. - Asian American Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 29, 2019
2.5 Ripples 62% Yesterday (2019) 'Yesterday'looks to have the privilege of a dynamic duo of movie magic (Curtis & Boyle), and it seems they'd planned it as a summer joy ride. - Ripple Effects EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2019
4 Ripples 93% An Elephant Sitting Still (Da xiang xi di er zuo) (2019) Hu takes time to let the camera linger on his characters' faces, capturing their troubled psyche... Often, their reticence conveys depths that words deem unnecessary. - Ripple Effects EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2019
3 Ripples 80% Late Night (2019) Katherine Newbury is masterfully played by Emma Thompson. She is spot-on in portraying the sharp-tongued, hard-nosed TV anchor who is too blinded by her own light... - Ripple Effects EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2019
2.5 27% The Aftermath (2019) ... the unconvincing storyline abruptly stops any appreciation I've had of other cinematic elements up to that point. - Ripple Effects EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2019
100% The Chambermaid (La camarista) (2019) Avilés makes a seemingly mundane act a moving moment. - Asian American Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2019
99% Ash Is Purest White (2019) To balance the fast changing landscape of the country, there are slower, reflective moments; from the billowing Yangtze to the expanding cosmos, Jia packs a lot for his viewers to mull upon. - Asian American Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2019
2 Ripples 60% Greta (2019) As for the prominent leitmotif, Franz Liszt's Liebestraum (Love Dream), it just serves to stir up yearnings for something deeper and artistically satisfying, instead of, alas, leaving us with an illusive dream. - Ripple Effects EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2019
95% Hotel by the River (2019) the serene camera capturing the two women against the expanse of freshly fallen snow is perhaps the most poetic in [Hong's] recent works. - Asian American Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2019
3 Ripples 93% The Favourite (2018) If you're on an existential quest for meaning, look elsewhere. This film is pure entertainment, irreverent, surreal, sumptuous in set design, costumes, make-up, and spot-on in editing and acting; but it's not for the serious meaning seeker. - Ripple Effects EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2019
97% The Rider (2018) "The Rider" is visual poetry on a subject that is seldom explored... - Asian American Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 6, 2019
4/4 96% Roma (2018) Childhood memories are powerful markers of identity and experiences; thanks to"Roma"for evoking such while one is unaware, as it works magic in creating new imagery to sustain them. - Ripple Effects EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2018
3.5/4 97% Free Solo (2018) ...stunning cinematography in chronicling star rock climber Honnolds' career and his rise to the peak (so far). What's thought-provoking is [the] focus not just on the physical but the psyche of those involved... - Ripple Effects EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2018
3 Ripples 100% Shirkers (2018) Shirkers is... a narrative that transcends grievances to situate personal experience in a larger social and cultural context. - Ripple Effects EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2018
79% The Day After (Geu-hu) (2018) Shot in black and white, the film allows viewers to observe the characters like a visual document, but at the same time, entertaining them with humorous nuances. - Asian American Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2018
92% On the Beach at Night Alone (Bamui haebyun-eoseo honja) (2017) The parallels are obvious, the sentiments genuine. - Asian American Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2018
95% Shadow (2019) "Shadow" is an elegant Chinese ink brush painting. - Asian American Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2018
90% A Star Is Born (2018) The very story of A Star is Born is itself a cautionary tale. Interestingly, Hollywood loves this story. The Cooper and Gaga version is the fourth time the tale is told. - Ripple Effects EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2018
90% Capernaum (Capharnaüm) (2018) Labaki's realistic camera following Zain, whose family is undocumented migrants, takes viewers into the heart of a very real, universal issue, no, not about refugees, but the problem of unfit parenting. - Asian American Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2018
75% Hotel Mumbai (2019) The consoling breathers and the meaningful elements in the film then were [the] acts of kindness and courage. - Ripple Effects EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2018
99% Shoplifters (Manbiki kazoku) (2018) Kore-eda is a masterful storyteller. Just as we're complacent and pleased with how this peculiar family goes on, secrets begin to spill... Layer by layer we're led into stark, riveting realism. - Asian American Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2018
94% Wildlife (2018) From this his first attempt at directing, viewers would be gratified to find Dano to be an actor's director; especially with the excellent cast he has under his helm, this is doubly rewarding. - Ripple Effects EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2018
95% Burning (Beoning) (2018) Acclaimed Korean director Lee Chang-dong has fleshed out the minimalist narrative of Murakami's story and created an extended ending, turning "Burning" from mere rumination into a dramatic suspense thriller... - Asian American Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2018
81% The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society (2018) The fine cast let us visualize the events of the book as experiences of real persons. - Ripple Effects EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2018
92% Searching (2018) Chaganty's style is fresh and contemporary, relevant and slick. - Asian American Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 2, 2018
91% Crazy Rich Asians (2018) What's in a name? It should be quite obvious that such a book title is intended to be satirical. That Nick has been hiding his wealth and privileged background in order to woo Rachel tells exactly the opposite of what the book/movie title conveys. - Asian American Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2018