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Joe Morgenstern

Joe Morgenstern

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
83% 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
86% The Meddler (2016) "If there's a single spontaneous moment, I can't recall it. " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Apr 21, 2016
65% 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
94% 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
49% 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
87% 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
94% 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
96% 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
80% 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
65% 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
54% 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
90% 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
90% 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
39% Synchronicity (2016) "Sententiousness can be enjoyable when it's intentional and dispensed in small doses. "Synchronicity" gets the dosage wrong. " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Jan 21, 2016
51% 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers Of Benghazi (2016) "A relentlessly intense, grotesquely overblown and numbingly long account of extraordinary heroism on the part of six American security operators in the midst of horrific chaos. " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Jan 14, 2016
65% A Perfect Day (2016) "Extremely witty and light on its feet, yet it manages to be thoughtful, even philosophical, in an absurdist way, about the roots of human conflict. " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Jan 14, 2016
92% Anomalisa (2015) "Watching it may make you anxious from start to finish, but that's exactly what it means to do. In an age of endemic anxiety, this peerlessly weird little film finds a new look-and a new sound-for feeling bad. " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Jan 7, 2016
97% Chimes at Midnight (1965) "See it on the big screen if you can; for all of its flaws it's a glory. " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Jan 7, 2016
25% Fifty Shades of Grey (2015) "Fifty Shades of Grey delivers, however ponderously, on its promise of pop transgressiveness. " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Dec 30, 2015
82% The Revenant (2015) "I came out of this would-be epic feeling physically exhausted, psychically mauled and none the better for wear. " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Dec 23, 2015
75% The Hateful Eight (2015) "The Hateful Eight wears out its welcome well before the halfway point, leaving the equivalent of a whole other movie to sit -- and suffer -- through. " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Dec 23, 2015
62% Concussion (2015) "The great strength of Concussion is its star's performance. " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Dec 23, 2015
96% Son of Saul (2015) "Good movies summon up worlds. "Son of Saul" [is] a great movie ... " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Dec 17, 2015
97% 45 Years (2015) "Less is not only more in "45 Years," Andrew Haigh's study of marriage and memory, it is eloquently and anguishingly more, and what's unspoken is almost deafening. " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Dec 17, 2015
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