Joanna Langfield

Joanna Langfield
Tomatometer-approved critic
Location: New York

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
70% The Last Vermeer (2020) Guy Pierce. That's it. That's the story. - The Movie Minute EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2020
87% The Nest (2020) There's quite a bit to admire in this film about the intimacies of excess. I just wish I had actually liked it more. - The Movie Minute EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2020
25% Hillbilly Elegy (2020) Yes, I was miserable watching this. But not for the reasons I should have been. - The Movie Minute EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2020
86% Borat: Subsequent Moviefilm (2020) Sacha Baron Cohen's Borat follow-up is as almost as astonishing as his first, with not just how'd-he-get-away-with-that fearlessness but now with the extra added bonus of political as well as societal urgency. Oh. And Rudy Guliani. - The Movie Minute EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2020
86% On The Rocks (2020) Sweet and frothy, this likeable re-meet of Bill Murray and Sophia Coppola goes down easy. - The Movie Minute EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2020
90% The Trial of the Chicago 7 (2020) Of course it's delightful to get to watch a snappy courtroom drama, offering some terrific actors, all getting a chance to shine, but, as he often does, Aaron Sorkin has a lot more on his mind. - The Movie Minute EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2020
97% David Byrne's American Utopia (2020) A gift that keeps on giving, this filmed version of the Broadway smash couldn't hit home screens at a better time. - The Movie Minute EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2020
29% The War with Grandpa (2020) Among the so many other things I don't understand lately is why they're opening this one "in theaters only". - The Movie Minute EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2020
45% A Rainy Day in New York (2020) In his new autobiography, Woody Allen insists, several times, he is an ordinary guy who makes ordinary movies. This, his latest, proves him right. At least for the movie part. - The Movie Minute EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2020
69% The Glorias (2020) Why can't we have a movie about our female icons that's even half as exhilarating as they are? - The Movie Minute EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2020
68% The Artist's Wife (2020) What could have been just another one of those "wife" stories gets a bit more interesting than we might have expected. - The Movie Minute EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2020
89% Kajillionaire (2020) Miranda July's newest is deft, but disappointing. - The Movie Minute EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2020
55% Coastal Elites (2020) I owe Paul Rudnick an apology. While I was complaining he wasn't posting his gloriously acerbic tweets enough, he was shaping this series of monologues about life as it is now, reminding us with a poignant hilarity, we are not alone. - The Movie Minute EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2020
74% Mulan (2020) Now, this is my kind of Superhero movie. Disney's live action remake is more than Marvel-ous, it's a sweeping, inspirational and beautifully made film, one any family can and should enjoy. - The Movie Minute EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2020
93% Critical Thinking (2020) John Leguizamo's salute to the high school chess team that could (and did) is the kind of compact, inspirational and entertaining film that used to find an audience. I hope it still can. - The Movie Minute EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2020
73% An American Pickle (2020) If you are surprised at how good Seth Rogen is in his duel role here, you simply haven't been paying attention. - The Movie Minute EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2020
27% The Secret: Dare to Dream (2020) Perhaps there was a time when this very old fashioned romance could have been viewed as, I don't know, sweet? - The Movie Minute EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 30, 2020
79% Greyhound (2020) Tom Hanks' newest aches to be on the big screen. But, the world being what it is, this more condensed wanna-be World War II naval epic still stirs. - The Movie Minute EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 8, 2020
96% John Lewis: Good Trouble (2020) If you're looking for a hero, look no further than John Lewis, the non-violent activist who walked the walk with Martin Luther King, Jr. - The Movie Minute EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2020
98% Hamilton (2020) Lin Manuel Miranda's brilliant musical, with this intimate and often thrilling film presentation, bows again as the gift that keeps on giving. - The Movie Minute EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2020
74% The King of Staten Island (2020) I am a Pete Davidson fan. And in their heartfelt collaboration, Judd Apatow almost figures out how to make him a star. - The Movie Minute EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2020
93% Da 5 Bloods (2020) Spike Lee's Vietnam stunner would have been hard to shake at any time, but, at this very moment, it feels not just prescient, but essential. - The Movie Minute EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 10, 2020
87% Shirley (2020) At its best, this very dramatic horror tale reminds us of the dynamic at play in Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf. But this insidious manipulation whirls around what may or may not be a somewhat true story. - The Movie Minute EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 3, 2020
87% The Trip to Greece (2020) Honestly, could this bittersweet sendoff have shown up at a better time? - The Movie Minute EDIT
Read More | Posted May 19, 2020
79% How to Build a Girl (2020) It's never an easy time to be a teenager, but perhaps this is an even greater moment for a hip coming of age movie to reach out to kids who just don't fit in. - The Movie Minute EDIT
Read More | Posted May 7, 2020
No Score Yet Best Wishes, Warmest Regards: A Schitt's Creek Farewell (2020) This little show that could (and did) did not start out to be the warm embrace everybody needed. Back some six years ago, Dan Levy just wanted to spin a comedy around the concept of a rich American family losing their money. Privilege meets pauper. - The Movie Minute EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2020
83% The Way Back (2020) Warning: you may touch your face watching this one. Because Ben Affleck elevates a rather perfunctory story into a genuinely moving drama that might make you want to wipe away a tear or two. - The Movie Minute EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2020
83% Once Were Brothers: Robbie Robertson and The Band (2020) Come for the music, stay for the story: Robbie Robertson's reflections on one of rock and roll's greatest groups is irresistible. - The Movie Minute EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 18, 2020
38% Downhill (2020) Sadly, this unnecessary remake is a cautionary tale. Not only does it remind us to ski carefully and show up when your family needs you, it also proves those queasy fears when American filmmakers think they can do it better are not always unfounded. - The Movie Minute EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2020
70% Olympic Dreams (2020) It would be easy to toss this one off as Lost in Translation lite, but that would be wrong. Because while the comparison is somewhat clear, this true, small sweetheart of a movie has its own integrity, charm and very cool backdrop. - The Movie Minute EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2020
59% The Last Full Measure (2020) In light of this country's continuing issues with the legacy of the Vietnam War and its veterans, the film packs an earnest and long time in coming punch. - The Movie Minute EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2020
84% Just Mercy (2020) Sometimes, a film doesn't have to be "elevated" in order to be effective. While this story of injustice isn't artsy or showy, thanks to its heart breaking basis, along with some terrific performances, it had me in tears throughout. - The Movie Minute EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 7, 2020
68% Bombshell (2019) However well intentioned, this wanna be explosive lands with a fizzle. - The Movie Minute EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2019
77% Richard Jewell (2019) There are a few things in this movie I'm not so sure about. But its lead performance sure isn't one of them. - The Movie Minute EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2019
92% Uncut Gems (2019) The Safdie brothers have served up an ear blasting, soul piercing, and pretty damn thrilling take on how the American Dream can go very, very wrong. - The Movie Minute EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2019
89% The Two Popes (2019) Like a few other notable films out there, this, too, focuses on men's relationships with one another. This time though, their religion is, well, religion. - The Movie Minute EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2019
89% 1917 (2020) Sam Mendes homage to his grandfather's stories of World War I has splashed onto the screen as a modern day video game. For better and for worse. - The Movie Minute EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2019
95% Little Women (2019) Do we really need another adaptation of this beloved classic? When it's as wonderful as this one is, the answer is yes, oh yes, indeed. - The Movie Minute EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2019
97% Knives Out (2019) Who knew murder could be this much fun? - The Movie Minute EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2019
95% A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (2019) The casting of Tom Hanks as Mr. Rogers might make one assume we're in for a gentle feel good movie. Thankfully, the end results are savvier and more interesting than that. - The Movie Minute EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2019
63% The Good Liar (2019) What may be a rather traditional plot is makes good thanks to its two terrific stars. And that's no lie. - The Movie Minute EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2019
92% Ford v Ferrari (2019) James Mangold's latest is a racing movie fueled by its terrific camerawork and two even more terrific stars. - The Movie Minute EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2019
94% Marriage Story (2019) Noah Baumbach's funny and sad ode to the cycles of a marriage sends a laser beam to the heart. Proving the power of small moments, this remarkable piece takes us on a finely tuned and beautifully acted ride that is hard to shake. - The Movie Minute EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2019
97% Dolemite Is My Name (2019) Yes, this movie is a total blast. But it also may be the sweetest picture so far this year. - The Movie Minute EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2019
68% Joker (2019) Todd Phillips' take on the iconic Batman nemesis has a lot on its mind. Too bad it blasts it all so relentlessly almost none of it leaves a lasting mark. - The Movie Minute EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2019
96% The Irishman (2019) Scorsese's mob epic demands and commands. Confident enough to play with traditional storytelling as well as cutting edge technology, this is thrilling work from artists at their prime. - The Movie Minute EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2019
82% Judy (2019) This decent enough bio-pic really only sings thanks to Renee Zellweger's terrific performance. - The Movie Minute EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2019
83% Ad Astra (2019) While this stellar space odyssey delivers the cool, what gives it fuel is its heat. There's a lot of both and still, at times, not enough of either. - The Movie Minute EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2019
24% The Goldfinch (2019) Even at a lengthy two and a half hour running time, we're left hanging. And don't even get me started on that rushed, incomprehensible third act. - The Movie Minute EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2019
24% The Kitchen (2019) This is a kind of crazy movie. My kind of crazy movie. - The Movie Minute EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2019