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Joe Morgenstern

Joe Morgenstern
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
96% Coco (2017) ... the film is exuberant and heartfelt, and the hero's journey takes him through spectacular territory...‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2017
55% Roman J. Israel, Esq. (2017) An unlikely melodrama of temptation, downfall and redemption.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2017
41% Justice League (2017) Justice League is a crowd-pleaser only if you're part of a comics-obsessed crowd.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2017
94% Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017) The movie is, by turns-and sometimes simultaneously-darkly comic, blazingly profane, flat-out hilarious and shockingly violent, not to mention flippant, tender, poetic and profound.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2017
59% Murder On The Orient Express (2017) ... this entirely superfluous remake will have you bewailing the state of entertainment along with the fate of novelist Agatha Christie, whose quaint old wheeze of a parlor-car game deserved to stay fondly remembered.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2017
75% Last Flag Flying (2017) Last Flag Flying launches into denunciations of American foreign policy that are ill-advised, whether or not you agree with them, because they're ill-dramatized.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2017
100% Lady Bird (2017) Once you've seen it-even while you're watching it, with a grin stuck on your face-you want to give thanks for how wonderful it is, how wise and funny and full of grace.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2017
87% Novitiate (2017) In a time of reflexive irony and glib sophistication, Ms. Betts has made a lovely film about love of God-about marriage to God-and given it a political dimension as well as a dominant character of fierce complexity.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2017
26% Suburbicon (2017) Suburbicon is not only unfunny, a bad sign for a black comedy, but deep-dyed dislikable.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2017
80% The Square (2017) [A] wickedly funny film, which is mostly about a feeling problem-the gap between what we think we feel, as kind and caring people, and the deeds we actually do.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2017
100% Faces Places (Visages, villages) (2017) There's never been a film quite like this one. ‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2017
89% Only the Brave (2017) The cast as a whole, under the direction of Joseph Kosinski, brings gleeful energy to a group portrait of good souls in the American heartland, working one fire after another and living it up in between.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2017
86% Professor Marston & The Wonder Women (2017) Professor Marston & the Wonder Women stands head, shoulders, boots, tiara and lasso above many independent films of the moment. See it and you'll come away with a new appreciation for the polywonder of creativity.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2017
93% Human Flow (2017) This movie, a testament to the power of seeing, provides a long and uncommonly vivid look at a human crisis that's changing the face of our planet.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2017
83% Marshall (2017) Here's something refreshing-a great-man biopic, simply titled Marshall, that's more concerned with the man in his earlier years than with the greatness to come.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2017
87% Blade Runner 2049 (2017) Harrison Ford, for his part, is nothing less than a revelation.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2017
95% The Florida Project (2017) As in previous films, Mr. Baker mixes amateur and professional actors to exceptional effect. ‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2017
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
91% 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
88% 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
77% 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
87% The Midwife (Sage femme) (2017) Delight is appropriate throughout.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2017
49% 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
92% 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
90% 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
92% 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
88% 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
86% 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
67% 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
76% 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
88% 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
49% 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
19% 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
68% 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
29% 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