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Joe Morgenstern

Joe Morgenstern
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
31% 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
71% 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
72% 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
87% 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
84% Risk (2017) Timing being everything in life, Risk could hardly be more of the moment.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted May 4, 2017
81% 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
80% 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
92% 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
97% 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
88% 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
87% 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
89% 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
68% 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
95% 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
90% Raw (2017) I'll spare you the graphic details, which is more than this fearlessly bizarre film does.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2017
79% Personal Shopper (2017) Ms. Stewart's portrayal has the ring of truth and the urgency of terror. Maureen is a woman besieged by invisible forces.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2017
76% Kong: Skull Island (2017) I've gone on about the creatures because there's so little to say about the humans, who, in their turn, have little to say about the creatures, because the writers haven't written enough lively dialogue.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2017
66% Before I Fall (2017) To those who, like me, are ever so slightly beyond the young-adult cohort, it may seem silly and derivative but sometimes affecting as well, a high-school pageant version of The Pilgrim's Progress."‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2017
21% The Shack (2017) Inspirational books are one thing, inspirational films are another. Readers conjure up worlds of their own, filmgoers are stuck with what's on the screen. ‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2017
92% Logan (2017) Logan was written by Scott Frank, Mr. Mangold and Michael Green. Their script is the crucial ingredient of this impressive production, a model of ambition, complexity and old-fashioned showmanship that's matched by Mr. Mangold's direction.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2017
100% My Life as a Zucchini (Ma vie de courgette) (2017) Magical is not an oversize word for this exquisite film.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2017
99% Get Out (2017) A memorable horror flick if ever there was one, Get Out starts with a great title and a promising idea -- a black man's fear as he walks at night down a street in an affluent white suburb. Then it delivers on that promise with explosive brilliance.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2017
35% The Great Wall (2017) [It] isn't a bad idea for a fantasy, but the computer-generated monsters, like the film as a whole, are numbingly repetitive, and devoid of any power to move, scare or stir us.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2017
42% A Cure For Wellness (2017) A Cure for Wellness [has] a swell title for a godawful gothic horror flick.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2017
97% Kedi (2017) Kedi, an enchanting documentary by Ceyda Torun, operates on three levels, and we're not speaking metaphorically here.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2017
90% The Lego Batman Movie (2017) An animated sendup of comic-book epics that vanquishes solemnity with the power of supersilliness.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2017
83% A United Kingdom (2017) You might wish this extraordinary story had been told with more verve or flair. Yet it is an extraordinary story, solidly based on historical events, one in which love and idealism are confronted by racism on both sides of the color line.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2017
88% Land of Mine (Under Sandet) (2017) An act of expiation, Land of Mine is honorable, harrowing and stirring.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2017
17% The Space Between Us (2017) Every once in a while a movie proves to be truly inexplicable. Not because of the plot, or why the characters do what they do, but because of an ineffable idiocy that can't be explained by conventional lapses of judgment, ambition or competence.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2017
98% I Am Not Your Negro (2017) It's an evocation of a passionate soul in a tumultuous era, a film that uses Baldwin's spoken words, and his notes for an unfinished book, to illuminate the struggle for civil rights.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2017
25% The Comedian (2017) Why did Mr. De Niro do it, and why would anyone pay money to see it?‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2017
29% A Dog's Purpose (2017) "A Dog's Purpose" left me cherishing my borderline-venerable Skeezix; longing to see Scamp and Fluff and Sukoshi and Sally, the dear departed dogs of my life; and wishing I could have been reincarnated as a better master than I was.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2017
97% The Salesman (Forushande) (2017) Tightly focused, rather than broad-gauge brilliant, and another instance of this superb filmmaker turning elusive motivations and the mysteries of personality into gripping drama.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2017
42% Gold (2017) The cleverness, such as it is, concerns a couple of twists that I didn't see coming, but the director, Stephen Gaghan, and the writers, Patrick Massett and John Zinman, don't give us much reason to care about what's to come. ‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2017
95% The Red Turtle (La tortue rouge) (2017) Should you see The Red Turtle? Yes, definitely if you're willing to take in the hypnotic images without worrying about the plot (which is almost as simple as it seems) or waiting for a telling piece of dialogue.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2017
84% The Founder (2017) The Founder" can't decide whether its hero is a good guy who simply sees his main chance and grabs it, or the inherently ruthless -- yet not all that bright -- hustler he reveals himself to be.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2017
75% Split (2017) The film contends that people are purified by suffering. Having suffered through the screening, I'm still waiting for my purer self to kick in.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2017
17% The Crash (Jekyll Island) (2017) What is The Crash about? First off, it's about Mr. Rappaport's ability to get his film produced, and hats off to him for that, since it couldn't have made much sense on paper and hasn't grown in coherence on screen.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Jan 12, 2017
71% Reset (Relève: Histoire d'une création) (2017) Even as a profile of a singular artist, though, this soft-focus documentary is missing an essential dimension -- a critical look at the intramural conflict and public controversy that flowed from its hero's reformist role.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Jan 12, 2017
93% Hidden Figures (2017) The film hews closely to the facts in important respects, and evokes the outrages of the Jim Crow era, as well as the feverish competition of the space race, through the fascinating work of its extraordinary heroines.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Jan 5, 2017
34% Live By Night (2017) For all its sporadic philosophizing and belated stabs at romance, Live by Night is cold and inert at its core.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Jan 2, 2017