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Joe Morgenstern

Joe Morgenstern
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
88% First Man (2018) Most movies aim to take us out of ourselves. This one goes to majestic extremes.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2018
65% Beautiful Boy (2018) The root problem is repetitiveness, the seemingly endless cycle of progress and relapse that causes heartbreak in real life and induces déjà vu in audiences - even dejà déjà vu, since there's repetition within the already familiar pattern.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2018
93% Private Life (2018) In Richard [director Tamara] Jenkins has created a role that fits Mr. Giamatti, who has always been great at comic gloom, like a glove that should have been one size larger.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2018
90% A Star Is Born (2018) The film feels fresh from thunderous start to exquisite finish.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2018
82% Fahrenheit 9/11 (2004) The good stuff -- and there's some extremely good stuff -- keeps getting tainted by Mr. Moore's poison-camera penchant for drawing dark inferences from dubious evidence.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2018
89% The Old Man & the Gun (2018) Still, it's a modest treat for movie lovers with memories that extend beyond last summer's comic-book extravaganzas, and not only because of Mr. Redford's presence.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2018
No Score Yet It Must Schwing - The Blue Note Story (2018) An unusually lustrous-though admittedly esoteric-gem was Eric Friedler's "It Must Schwing! The Blue Note Story."‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2018
98% Free Solo (2018) Great documentaries, of which this is one, need great subjects, and Mr. Honnold fills the bill; he's thoughtful, funny, articulate, self-reflective and fatalistic to a scary degree.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2018
85% Boy Erased (2018) Nicole Kidman brings her virtuosity to bear in "Boy Erased".‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2018
No Score Yet The White Crow (2018) Oleg Ivenko, a Ukrainian dancer in his acting debut, is persuasive in "The White Crow".‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2018
95% The Favourite (2018) Olivia Colman is simply dazzling as a fragile, volatile and sometimes dotty Queen Anne in "The Favourite," a zestful period piece directed by Yorgos Lanthimos.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2018
86% The Other Side of the Wind (2018) I found it grandiloquent and emotionally vacant, notwithstanding some hilarious sendups of the period's pretensions.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2018
98% Shoplifters (Manbiki kazoku) (2018) A compact masterpiece about a scruffy family that isn't what it seems, and love that's the real thing.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2018
90% Cold War (Zimna wojna) (2018) A passionate love story (yes, there's a recurrent theme here) that plays out, with musical accompaniment and political resonance, across three decades in postwar Europe.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2018
99% Roma (2018) A loving tribute to the dominant figure of his childhood, a domestic servant, and one of the most beautiful films I've ever seen (high-altitude language, but it's true).‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2018
90% We the Animals (2018) Every once in a while a movie grabs you, unsuspecting, and hustles its way into your heart. Jeremiah Zagar's "We the Animals" does that.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2018
92% Crazy Rich Asians (2018) The result is hugely enjoyable, and hooray for Hollywood for making it happen.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2018
87% Madeline's Madeline (2018) It's a superb piece of acting about acting, and a harbinger of great things to come in this young actor's future.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2018
95% BlacKkKlansman (2018) This freewheeling account of an African-American cop who infiltrated the Ku Klux Klan in the early 1970s is problematic as narrative drama, but stunning as provocation.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2018
93% Nico, 1988 (2018) Yet the star of Susanna Nicchiarelli's freely fictionalized biopic, Trine Dyrholm, finds fierce beauty in the woman Nico has become.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2018
84% The Third Murder (Sandome no satsujin) (2018) The Japanese filmmaker Hirokazu Kore-eda has a quietly seductive way of finding the sublime in the mundane.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2018
90% Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood (2018) [Director Matt Tyrnauer's] new doc, which was based on Mr. Bowers's memoir, "Full Service," combines tell-all appeal with a seriously significant story of prejudice and hypocrisy on a literally mythic scale.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2018
97% Mission: Impossible - Fallout (2018) Plenty of pleasures apart from pure action turn up in the film, which, like the previous episode, "Rogue Nation," was written and directed by Christopher McQuarrie.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2018
82% Puzzle (2018) 'Puzzle" is less puzzling than exasperating.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2018
80% Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (2018) What's notable about the broadness, though, is that it stays clear of grandiosity.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2018
45% Generation Wealth (2018) It's all over the place, to the point of inducing numbness or suffocation.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2018
99% Eighth Grade (2018) Poignantly funny, wrenchingly wise and meltingly beautiful, "Eighth Grade" is a not-so-small miracle of independent filmmaking.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2018
46% Skyscraper (2018) The movie is great, outlandish fun because the star makes it so; he's a soft soul in an action-hard body.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2018
82% Under the Tree (Undir trénu) (2018) You know about good things and small packages; this is a dark and startling thing in a brightly wrapped package, and the brightness is all the more misleading because the action takes place during Iceland's radiant summer.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2018
88% Whitney (2018) Kevin Macdonald's "Whitney" is a documentary chronicle of Whitney Houston's life; it's tough-minded, unsparing and far superior to the biopic and the nonfiction film that preceded it.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2018
88% Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018) Unlike the unaccountably dull "Ant-Man" feature that came and went three years ago, this one tangles us up cheerfully, almost instantly, in its high-tech bedazzlements and witty beguilements, never loosening its grip.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2018
95% Three Identical Strangers (2018) Good films always raise compelling questions, whether the format is fiction or documentary fact.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2018
100% Leave No Trace (2018) The director, Debra Granik, made a stunning feature eight years ago: "Winter's Bone,"... Here's another stunner, and another revelation in the calmly radiant person of Thomasin Harcourt McKenzie.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2018
77% The King (2018) With an insistence that borders almost comically on obsession, [director Eugene Jarecki] forces the singer's life into a larger theory of national decline-the American dream is dead, and Elvis is the emblem of its passing.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2018
48% Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018) The scattershot quality is crazy-making, but still entertaining if you keep your expectations in check.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2018
55% Tag (2018) For all its repetitiveness and frantic silliness-the impurity of its absurdity-"Tag" ends up being good fun, with an unexpectedly sweet spirit that stays with you.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2018
94% Incredibles 2 (2018) Disney/Pixar's "Incredibles 2" is a great-looking sequel about the importance of family, and the potential for revenue.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2018
89% Hereditary (2018) Here's a haunted-houses movie for the ages.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2018
99% Won't You Be My Neighbor? (2018) This beautiful film celebrates a deeply good man with a great gift for repairing.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2018
85% Mountain (2018) "Mountain,"... reminds us that mountains "restore our wonder; more than ever we need their wildness."‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted May 25, 2018
100% Summer 1993 (Estiu 1993) (2018) Some creatures are able to grow new limbs. Frida, given more than half a chance after demanding it, achieves something no less remarkable. She grows new joy and hope.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted May 25, 2018
70% Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) But the neutral news about "Solo" is exactly that, its dramatic neutrality. Time ticks by at a drifty pace while lots of action of no great consequence grinds on.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted May 23, 2018
53% Book Club (2018) The special appeal is watching four stars who have given us immeasurable pleasure in the past and are at it again.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted May 17, 2018
82% Deadpool 2 (2018) It's overstuffed, and essentially empty.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted May 17, 2018
93% First Reformed (2018) First Reformed has its steeple in the clouds and its foundation on solid ground.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted May 17, 2018
94% Beast (2018) Beast plays with its lovers deftly, then pitilessly.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted May 10, 2018
94% The Guardians (Les Gardiennes) (2018) Imagine devoting several years, as Mr. Beauvois did, to making a reflective, bucolic feature that is organized around the themes of community and evolving culture. It's all too subtle for words, but perfect for moving pictures.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted May 8, 2018
86% Tully (2018) Mr. Reitman has recaptured the delicate directorial touch he misplaced after Young Adult, while Ms. Cody's multi-edged sword of a script sends its characters down the damnedest surprising paths.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted May 3, 2018
94% RBG (2018) What makes the film valuable is its focus on Justice Ginsburg as a champion of women's rights.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted May 3, 2018
96% Zama (2018) The reason to see it is what happens as Zama inexorably loses his mind. Delusions seize him, apparitions come and go.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2018