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Joe Morgenstern

Joe Morgenstern
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
66% Anthropoid (2016) An hour of plodding preparations does lead to guerrilla action, then to a long shootout in a church, but by then anyone watching will have realized that "Anthropoid" is the code name for a snore. ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Aug 11, 2016
86% Pete's Dragon (2016) Elliott breathes fire, and the film around him breathes humanity. ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Aug 11, 2016
93% The Little Prince (2016) Mr. Osborne has done himself proud. What's essential in his film is the singular beauty of the first half. ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Aug 4, 2016
97% Little Men (2016) A touching, sometimes wrenching drama in which two schoolboys try to remain best friends while their parents struggle with a commercial dispute that threatens to tear both families apart. ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Aug 4, 2016
26% Suicide Squad (2016) Suicide Squad amounts to an all-out attack on the whole idea of entertainment. ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Aug 4, 2016
56% Jason Bourne (2016) Bourne used to be an anguished amnesiac. Now he remembers who he is, but this fourth episode of the franchise forgot to make him human. ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Jul 28, 2016
96% Gleason (2016) "Gleason" is so powerful in its cumulative effect that it should be accompanied by a consumer advisory-something along the lines of "This documentary may cause sudden alterations of mood and attitude." ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Jul 28, 2016
82% Indignation (2016) "Indignation" is very much the sort of venture Mr. Schamus has often championed as a producer-ambitious and provocative, a must-see for anyone who cares about independent film. ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Jul 28, 2016
99% Don't Think Twice (2016) "Don't Think Twice" really shines as an improv procedural, a film that celebrates, in illuminating detail, the skills and anxieties of this showbiz subgenre. ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Jul 21, 2016
76% Lights Out (2016) Awfully inept ... ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Jul 21, 2016
84% Star Trek Beyond (2016) "Star Trek Beyond" is better than not-bad. By any earthly standard it's good. ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Jul 21, 2016
70% Café Society (2016) The whole film feels charmingly insubstantial, just as it's meant to, with beautiful settings, amusing people and, for philosophical context, a classic Woody Allen one-liner. ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Jul 14, 2016
93% Our Little Sister (Umimachi Diary) (2016) Our Little Sister often feels Chekhovian, a movie attuned to the passage of time and the changing of seasons. As I watched it, though, I also thought, in a general way, of Thornton Wilder, [whose plays] are suffused with love and kindness. ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Jul 14, 2016
73% Ghostbusters (2016) How will the reboot be remembered a couple of decades down the line? Not as beloved, or beloathed; more likely as beliked, if it's remembered at all. ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Jul 14, 2016
69% The Infiltrator (2016) The drug of choice here is acting, and the highs in this hurtling, often violent thriller are doubly intense, since two of its stars play flamboyant double roles. ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Jul 14, 2016
91% Zero Days (2016) You'll want to see "Zero Days"-just not when you're counting on a good night's sleep a few hours later. ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Jul 7, 2016
82% Captain Fantastic (2016) It's a tremendously accomplished and enjoyable film about a singular household. ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Jul 7, 2016
74% The Secret Life of Pets (2016) A movie in which things happen from one second to the next with no particular logic, to no discernible effect. ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Jul 7, 2016
75% The BFG (2016) It will be fascinating to see whether young moviegoers, accustomed to the frenzied pace of today's entertainments, will sit still for the intermittent languors of this one. I hope they will. ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Jun 30, 2016
36% The Legend of Tarzan (2016) Is "gleeless" a word? It's a good one to describe this film. ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Jun 30, 2016
97% Hunt for the Wilderpeople (2016) Ricky is a wonderfully fresh creation, the embodiment of hilarity because he doesn't see anything funny about anything, least of all himself. ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Jun 23, 2016
92% Eat That Question: Frank Zappa in His Own Words (2016) Seeing Mr. Schütte's film, I'm reminded of how much more there was to explain about Zappa, and delighted to find how well the film explains it almost a quarter-century after his death. ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Jun 23, 2016
47% Free State of Jones (2016) This screenplay is so arid in its didacticism, so pallid in its would-be passion, that it defeats [McConaughey's] efforts and our involvement, however much we may want to cut the film some slack for being about things of consequence. ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Jun 23, 2016
94% Finding Dory (2016) "Finding Dory" can be touching, sweet and tender, but it's compulsively, preposterously and steadfastly funny. ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Jun 16, 2016
95% Tickled (2016) "Tickled" opens a smudged window on a dark alley of contemporary life. ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Jun 16, 2016
86% The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble (2016) Morgan Neville's documentary is a joyous revelation, a group portrait of superb musicians from all over the world offering music as an emblem of what people can do in these fractious times when they live in concert with one another. ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Jun 9, 2016
96% De Palma (2016) Mr. De Palma is an American director of great consequence, and this movie about him and his remarkable career is long overdue. ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Jun 9, 2016
90% The Witness (2016) "The Witness" is remarkable for its emotional impact, and its clarity. ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Jun 2, 2016
97% The Fits (2016) All ups with no downs, it's a motion picture in the truest sense of the term. I've never seen anything quite like it and I loved every one of its 72 minutes. ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Jun 2, 2016
48% 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
29% 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
85% 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
97% 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
92% 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
90% Dheepan (2016) As a narrative of immigrant life, "Dheepan" moves swiftly, with intriguing twists and turns. ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted May 12, 2016
57% Money Monster (2016) A polemic disguised as a thriller ... ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted May 12, 2016
81% 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
97% 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
7% 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
77% 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
84% The Meddler (2016) If there's a single spontaneous moment, I can't recall it. ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Apr 21, 2016
70% 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
96% 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
72% Louder Than Bombs (2016) A family drama of extraordinary beauty. ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Apr 7, 2016