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Joe Morgenstern

Joe Morgenstern

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
49% X-Men: Apocalypse (2016) "Enormous goings on keep going on, and on, in "X-Men: Apocalypse," a collection of explosions, eruptions and conflagrations that suggests the implosion of a franchise. " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted May 26, 2016
30% Alice Through the Looking Glass (2016) "A better title might be "Alice Through the Funhouse Mirror," though there's little fun on the other side. " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted May 26, 2016
72% The Ones Below (2016) "There's plenty to enjoy in the film, starting with a pair of affecting performances by Clémence Poésy and Laura Birn, and ending with a perverse twist on the notion of blissful parenthood. " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted May 26, 2016
79% Maggie's Plan (2016) "The early passages of Maggie's Plan hint at an incursion into Woody Allen territory... But Ms. Miller proves to be an original, setting her comic characters in motion like mini-planets that spin in eccentric but overlapping orbits. " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted May 19, 2016
94% Weiner (2016) "Weiner, an extraordinary documentary feature about the disgraced New York politician Anthony Weiner, has it all -- the surreal spectacle of contemporary retail politics, the sizzle of media madness and the mysteries of psychodrama. " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted May 19, 2016
91% The Nice Guys (2016) "Everything has its own illogic in "The Nice Guys," a consistently entertaining, frequently violent and generally slapdash action comedy directed by Shane Black. " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted May 19, 2016
88% Dheepan (2016) "As a narrative of immigrant life, "Dheepan" moves swiftly, with intriguing twists and turns. " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted May 12, 2016
56% Money Monster (2016) "A polemic disguised as a thriller ... " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted May 12, 2016
80% Eva Hesse (2016) "Hesse's work has taken its place as a seminal part of 20th-century art, and this indispensable film will be shining a light on it, and her, for a long time to come. " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted May 12, 2016
90% Captain America: Civil War (2016) "A comic book extravaganza that's enhanced by wit and audacity, not to mention the sort of action that only mountains of money can buy. " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted May 5, 2016
95% Dark Horse (2016) "The special appeal of "Dark Horse" is that it's about many more things, all of them fascinating, than its starting point would suggest. " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted May 5, 2016
82% Viva (2016) "The beauty of "Viva" comes from within. Mr. Breathnach doesn't bother with picturesque vistas of old Havana, or with lurid shots of the club. " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Apr 28, 2016
8% Mother's Day (2016) "You can survive this comedy, which was directed by Garry Marshall and written by too many people to shame by naming, but only if you're immune to febrile calculation complicated by chronic ineptitude. " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Apr 28, 2016
100% A Beautiful Planet (2016) "Fulfills its inspirational function with screen-filling, soul-filling views of the main space station in the story-the one that harbors all our lives and hopes. " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Apr 28, 2016
76% Elvis & Nixon (2016) "A reasonably clever contrivance built around a pair of droll, skin-deep performances that are smart and entertaining, yet oddly lacking in intensity. " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Apr 21, 2016
82% The Meddler (2016) "If there's a single spontaneous moment, I can't recall it. " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Apr 21, 2016
67% A Hologram for the King (2016) "Here's a case of consistently miscalibrated tone, from the first clumsy stabs at humor to the hero's default expression, which is painfully pained. " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Apr 21, 2016
3% Nina (2016) "Coming less than a year after What Happened, Miss Simone? the fiction film Nina may feel even shabbier than it is. And it is shabby, as well as disjointed, superficial and just plain dull, a dislikable rendering of a tumultuous life. " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Apr 21, 2016
97% Sing Street (2016) "The whole film is unlikely, a joyous story of youth, innocence, sweet earnestness, charming ineptitude and a shaky but productive belief on the hero's part that he can do anything he pleases. " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Apr 14, 2016
95% The Jungle Book (2016) "The new production, computer-animated except for a living, breathing boy at the center of the action, isn't pretty or sweet but utterly stunning, as well as very funny. " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Apr 14, 2016
68% Louder Than Bombs (2016) "A family drama of extraordinary beauty. " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Apr 7, 2016
48% Hardcore Henry (2016) "A dim beacon in the darkening night of action features, signaling a path to plot-free oblivion. " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Apr 7, 2016
83% Sweet Bean (An) (2016) "Ms. Kawase's sweet, slow film -- very slow, I'm obliged to say -- becomes a meditation on solitary lives lived at the margins of society; on old age, and on the urgency of telling our stories, which may sometimes include recipes. " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Apr 7, 2016
97% The Dark Horse (2016) ""The Dark Horse" brings Cliff Curtis back home, and he gives a performance that's transcendent in more ways than one. " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Mar 31, 2016
88% Everybody Wants Some!! (2016) "Loose-jointed and endearing ... " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Mar 31, 2016
89% Fastball (2016) "A fascinating and downright lovable documentary feature by Jonathan Hock. " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Mar 31, 2016
96% Krisha (2016) "This haunting drama finds new and explosive life in a familiar premise -- a black sheep's return to the family fold for Thanksgiving dinner. " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Mar 24, 2016
91% My Golden Days (Trois Souvenirs De Ma Jeunesse) (2016) "Will My Golden Days... come to be considered a classic? I'd like to think so, and not only because of the film's winning grace and buoyancy. " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Mar 24, 2016
83% Midnight Special (2016) "Midnight Special, a beautifully strange and stirring sci-fi adventure about a boy with special powers, was written and directed by Jeff Nichols, a storyteller with special powers of his own. " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Mar 24, 2016
27% Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016) "Underdeveloped, overlong and stupendously dispiriting. " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Mar 24, 2016
90% City Of Gold (2016) "The film is up to its subject, which is saying a lot. Why would you pass up an introduction to a food writer who is on the case as soon as a tweet alerts him to a promising new taco from a taco truck? " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Mar 10, 2016
95% Eye In The Sky (2016) "Fundamentally serious, if obviously flawed, "Eye in the Sky" argues both sides of its specific case, and, by extension, the merits and perils of a radical new tool for fighting wars. " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Mar 10, 2016
95% Marguerite (2016) ""Marguerite," in French with English subtitles, declares itself to have been "inspired by a true story." That usually means the story's truth was buried beneath layers of contrivance, but the key word here is "inspired." " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Mar 10, 2016
79% The Wave (Bolgen) (2016) "The Wave, Scandinavia's first-ever disaster film, is the polar opposite of a disaster. It's a triumph of modest means, a tribute to the power of storytelling on a human scale. " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Mar 3, 2016
98% Zootopia (2016) "Zootopia is Yootopia if you're looking for jaunty fun. " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Mar 3, 2016
68% Whiskey Tango Foxtrot (2016) "Whiskey Tango Foxtrot doesn't serve [Fey] fully, but this is her best work yet on the feature screen. It's a pleasure to see her come into her own as a movie star while playing a woman who must travel far afield to discover her strength and courage. " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Mar 3, 2016
91% Mei ren yu (The Mermaid) (2016) "I had a really good time. " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Feb 26, 2016
79% Eddie The Eagle (2016) "The people responsible for "Eddie the Eagle" might have made a better movie about Samuel F.B. Morse, since they're devoted to telegraphing every plot point and potential surprise. " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Feb 26, 2016
53% Triple 9 (2016) ""Triple 9" is as heartless as the people who infest it-the exception being a decent cop, Chris Allen, played by Casey Affleck-and mannered to the point of self-parody. " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Feb 26, 2016
99% Embrace Of The Serpent (El Abrazo De La Serpiente) (2016) "This film conveys a haunting sense of the Western world having lost its compass. Wisdom is fleeting, it tells us. The Amazon is fragile. The rocks and plants speak to us too, if we're willing to listen. " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Feb 18, 2016
61% Race (2016) "It's a saga of unquenchable spirit and fast-twitch muscles shot in slow-twitch style. " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Feb 18, 2016
91% The Witch (2016) "This phenomenal debut feature by Robert Eggers has a singular style and tone, and its horror flows from the deepest wellsprings of human nature. " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Feb 18, 2016
24% Zoolander 2 (2016) "Some movies keep you in a state of suspense. "Zoolander 2," a dud glitter-bomb of a sequel, eventually leaves you in a state of suspended animation, with eyes glazed over and brain in sleep mode. " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Feb 11, 2016
77% Where to Invade Next (2016) ""Where to Invade Next" is documentary filmmaking gone wrong, a churlish polemic that uses the tools of propaganda to construct its world view. " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Feb 11, 2016
91% A War (Krigen) (2016) "Microcosms don't feel micro to those who inhabit them. Such is the case in "A War," a small-scale drama of outsize power. " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Feb 11, 2016
94% In The Shadow of Women (2016) "My only question is why the filmmakers chose to deliver their message so prosaically-so diagnostically-instead of trusting their audience to understand the nuances of the drama. " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Jan 28, 2016
86% Kung Fu Panda 3 (2016) "In Hollywood's franchise game, sequels are seldom the best they can be. This one isn't, but it's pretty, perfectly pleasant and good enough. " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Jan 28, 2016
63% The Finest Hours (2016) "The drama is almost stillborn, thanks to a slow, deadly dull romantic preface, and it's subverted by incessant switching between spectacular struggles on the Atlantic and generic anxieties on shore. " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Jan 28, 2016
30% Mojave (2016) "Like the high desert that provides its main setting, William Monahan's "Mojave" is dry, often windy and full of hot air. " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Jan 21, 2016
64% Monster Hunt (2016) "The film is far from perfect, but it's certainly ambitious, often entertaining and, compared to the feeble competition from new American films of the moment, a singing, dancing, stomping and chomping "Citizen Kane." " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Jan 21, 2016
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