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Joe Morgenstern

Joe Morgenstern
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
100% Close Encounters Of The Third Kind: 40th Anniversary Release (2017) We can always use a shot of hope, a jolt of sweetness, and a chance to see a masterpiece of a certain age on a screen it deserves.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2017
89% Good Time (2017) The intensity of Good Time can be credited to the performances, to Daniel Lopatin's often ferocious music and to the directors' decision to frame everything so tightly, while shooting in the equivalent of CinemaScope.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2017
86% Wind River (2017) The homicide provides the pretext for the plot -- suddenly Cory, the game tracker, is tracking a human killer. But the subtext, and a powerful one, is grief, and living with it, if not getting through it‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2017
95% Step (2017) The girls' passion to excel is palpable, and the film fulfills its inspirational function by summoning up time-tested elements -- the big competition, the underdog competitors, the stumbles and self-doubts along the way.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2017
78% An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth To Power (2017) Eleven years after An Inconvenient Truth Mr. Gore remains a prodigy of hope, with energy that seems endlessly renewable.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2017
75% Atomic Blonde (2017) As strong and formidable and commandingly tall as Ms. Theron is, she can't rise above the gloom.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2017
83% Detroit (2017) Dramatically relentless and emotionally shattering, it brings news from a turbulent past that casts a baleful light on America's troubled present.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2017
85% The Midwife (Sage femme) (2017) Delight is appropriate throughout.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2017
50% Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (2017) Technology can't generate verve -- at least not yet -- or the sort of chemistry that's entirely absent in the pairing of these attractive performers.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2017
93% Dunkirk (2017) Christopher Nolan has created something new in the annals of war films - an intimate epic. ‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2017
93% War for the Planet of the Apes (2017) [War for the Planet of the Apes is] a film that feels newly minted, and daringly conceived on an epic scale. It's as if no one bothered to tell the filmmakers that Hollywood doesn't do grandeur anymore.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2017
99% City of Ghosts (2017) City of Ghosts, a documentary by Matthew Heineman, provides a vision of dedication to reportorial truth in the desperate efforts of an improvised news organization with a haunting, if unwieldy name: "Raqqa Is Being Slaughtered Silently," or RBSS.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2017
92% A Ghost Story (2017) There are mysteries here, not the least of them being how such a modest little movie can evoke such profound feelings.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2017
92% Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017) No cobwebs on Spidey - Spider-Man: Homecoming feels breezily, pleasingly fresh.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2017
91% In Pursuit of Silence (2017) [A] beguiling, meditative and elegantly photographed documentary.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2017
96% The B-Side: Elsa Dorfman's Portrait Photography (2017) Endearing and significant.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2017
93% Baby Driver (2017) This is not a philosophy of criminology, or a new pathology of antisocial behavior, but it makes for a terrific night at the movies.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2017
78% The Beguiled (2017) The strength of her film transcends the soldier's power to seduce. We're beguiled, as an audience, by seeing this male animal as he is seen, and for better and worse experienced, by a diverse and dynamic group of females.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2017
98% The Big Sick (2017) It's a lot for any movie to take on. The Big Sick pulls it off with unquenchable humor and ineffable grace.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2017
89% Maudie (2017) The story has the hollow ring of artifice, even though Ms. Hawkins shrinks quite remarkably into the physical aspects of the role and opens up its spiritual dimensions.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2017
85% Lost in Paris (Paris pieds nus) (2017) Lost in Paris is nonsensical by design, a comedy of the absurd that's always entertaining and occasionally pure.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2017
68% Cars 3 (2017) [Cars 3] feels like the series, at the end of the road, is running on fumes of nostalgia for its earliest self.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2017
16% The Mummy (2017) In an industry cursed by a paucity of ideas, The Mummy points to the future by exhuming the past.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2017
75% My Cousin Rachel (2017) Here, it is saying in effect, are old-fashioned conventions that still have life in them, but to appreciate them we need to approach them playfully. That worked for me, from the understated start to the overwrought finish.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2017
89% It Comes At Night (2017) Taut, smart, intense and genuinely scary, Trey Edward Shults's It Comes at Night fulfills the promise, and then some, of the filmmaker's 2015 debut feature, Krisha.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2017
48% Churchill (2017) As biopics of heroic figures go, " Churchill " is nothing if not audacious... Yet audacity can't carry a drama that's unequal to its subject in almost every respect. ‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2017
92% Wonder Woman (2017) The moviegoing world deserves the best that Hollywood can deliver, and this time we've pretty much got it.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2017
29% Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales (2017) Productions like this come and go, crumbling tentpoles to be replaced by new timber, but they are self-fulfilling prophecies, and dire ones, about the future of the theatrical movie business. They're accomplices in a soul heist.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted May 25, 2017
18% Baywatch (2017) At its best, this big-screen version of the fin de siècle TV series evokes the rapture of the shallows. At its worst, where to begin?‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted May 25, 2017
70% Alien: Covenant (2017) The good news is that David is back, in a way that doubles down... on his potential and gives Mr. Fassbender lots to do. And the bad news? This new Alien prequel is mostly a gore fest, which may be great news for gluttons of the genre.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted May 18, 2017
71% The Commune (Kollektivet) (2017) The first thing, even the main thing, to be said about "The Commune" is that it's alive... [It] pulses with screwy energy and antic confusion. And a snake in the communal garden heightens the drama.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted May 18, 2017
86% The Wedding Plan (2017) Looked at coldly, this is sheer contrivance, a sitcom scheme that owes a vague debt of gratitude to Buster Keaton's peerless Seven Chances. But the soul of Ms. Burshtein's film lives in its lovely off-center encounters.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted May 11, 2017
28% King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword (2017) It's a mastodon of a movie, wrecking pleasure wherever it plods.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted May 11, 2017
81% Risk (2017) Timing being everything in life, Risk could hardly be more of the moment.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted May 4, 2017
82% Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017) Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 probably couldn't, and definitely doesn't, recapture the sweet and singular silliness of the original, though the new edition from Marvel Studios and Disney has its rewards.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted May 2, 2017
83% Jeremiah Tower: The Last Magnificent (2017) Disorganized or not, the film finds high drama in the great man's vanishing act, in his return to prominence, and in his efforts to run a vast, notoriously difficult enterprise while being at loggerheads with his employers.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2017
94% Citizen Jane: Battle for the City (2017) It's a story that needs periodic retelling, and Mr. Tyrnauer has heightened the human drama by focusing on Jacobs, an improbable David to Moses's Goliath.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2017
100% Truman (2017) Canine power is far from the only thing the film has got going for it. The actor, Julián, is played by the great Ricardo Darín, an Argentine star with a quick wit and a wry, buoyant presence.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2017
66% Tommy's Honour (2017) Towering drama isn't needed for a film to win our favor -- or favour, in the case of Tommy's Honour.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2017
95% Graduation (Bacalaureat) (2017) The writer-director, Mr. Mungiu, is a master of ramification; his films start off as plain tales, told with seeming simplicity, then they deepen into complex psychology and spread out into contemporary culture.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2017
87% The Lost City of Z (2017) This rambling, repetitive production tells its tale dispassionately, with sententious speeches and ruminative murmurs.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2017
66% The Fate of the Furious (2017) [It] will earn zillions of dollars during the first nanoseconds of its global opening this weekend, so who am I to call it soulless, graceless, witless, incoherent -- even for the franchise -- and, not incidentally, brain-numbingly long at 136 minutes?‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2017
88% Their Finest (2017) Their Finest is one of the smartest, funniest and most surprising movies I've seen in years.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2017
95% I Called Him Morgan (2017) Musicians sometimes paraphrase Debussy, or one another, in saying that music is the silence between the notes. I Called Him Morgan has it all -- the notes and the silence, plus the music of spoken language, pitched in rueful tones of recollection.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2017
61% The Zookeeper's Wife (2017) In a production based on a nonfiction book by Diane Ackerman, a brilliantly specific story has been reduced to conventional drama and synthetic heroics.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2017
90% Frantz (2017) François Ozon's Frantz is a very modern period piece -- and a beautiful one -- with a fascinating lineage.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Mar 24, 2017
95% Prevenge (2017) A pitch-black, blood-soaked comedy and phenomenal first feature by Alice Lowe, who also stars as Ruth, the pregnant heroine.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Mar 24, 2017
67% Life (2017) For all its flashy trappings, weighty ruminations and zero-gravity floatings aboard the International Space Station, Life turns out to be another variant of Alien, though without the grungy horror and grim fun.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Mar 24, 2017
96% After the Storm (Umi yori mo mada fukaku) (2017) I've admired Mr. Kore-eda's work for many years... His latest film, though, has a special warmth and grace.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2017
71% Beauty and the Beast (2017) More is less in Disney's live-action remake of Beauty and the Beast -- so much less that this crazily cluttered, overproduced venture in industrial entertainment betrays the essence of what made the 1991 animated feature a beloved classic.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2017