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Joe Morgenstern

Joe Morgenstern
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
72% 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
97% 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
89% 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
66% 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
87% 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
20% 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
73% 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
84% 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
85% 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
81% 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
93% 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
65% 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
60% 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
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
67% 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
93% 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