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Joe Morgenstern

Joe Morgenstern
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
56% 12 Strong (2018) ... the numbers don't add up; the movie lacks a discernible attitude toward those desperate days in America's history.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2018
73% Hostiles (2018) This harshly beautiful film is equally about his regeneration during the course of a journey that amounts to a parable of humanity trying to climb out of the pit of endless slaughter and retribution.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2018
100% Paddington 2 (2018) ''Paddington 2" is "The Godfather Part II" of Peruvian bear movies, a sequel that surpasses the superb original.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2018
58% The Commuter (2018) The most obvious thing to say about "The Commuter" is that it's a train wreck; many will say that, and they'll be right.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2018
93% The Insult (L'insulte) (2018) What works gradually, cumulatively and quite brilliantly, though, is a kind of bigger-bang theory that depicts parallel universes of anger and hurt growing out of the gutter kerfuffle.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2018
98% In Between (2018) ... a fascinating debut feature by Maysaloun Hamoud.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Jan 4, 2018
69% In the Fade (Aus dem Nichts) (2017) Superb as Ms. Kruger is, there's nothing she can do to keep the taut, heartfelt narrative from going off the rails.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Dec 28, 2017
78% Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool (2017) The fleshing out of the story feels thin, and sometimes nakedly contrived... Yet the film has moments of surprising grace and tenderness.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Dec 28, 2017
77% All the Money in the World (2017) If you're an admirer of Ms. Williams's work, and who isn't, you're in for a surprise as well as a treat.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2017
50% Downsizing (2017) It's a movie in which too-muchness ends up being not-enoughness, since the script lacks a vital center.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2017
81% Molly's Game (2018) Ms. Chastain has burnished a reputation as a passionate actress ("Zero Dark Thirty," "The Tree of Life") who's also brilliant technically, and this adds to it; the burnishing here has less depth than gloss, but that's the nature of her character.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2017
88% The Post (2018) A much bigger hats off to the movie as a whole, a commercial feature film that focuses on a core concern of our time... and the unforced beauty of Meryl Streep's performance.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2017
92% Phantom Thread (2018) The rhythms are unhurried, the drama pinpoint-intense, the style intimate, the wit Hitchcock-perverse.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2017
76% Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (2017) This sequel turns out to be a comedy of manners, of all things, and an agreeable one, a movie that will get you laughing and suck you in.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2017
90% Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017) Taken as a whole, this eighth episode of the franchise will be porgnip for the faithful, though the answer to one of its Big Questions seems disappointing, and generously entertaining for the rest of us.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2017
89% I, Tonya (2018) Impressive in its own right, "I, Tonya" offers an antidote to those feel-good films about innately noble athletes who manage to triumph over impossible odds.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2017
100% Quest (2017) The randomness is what's so stunning; one moment life is flowing placidly, then its course is cruelly changed.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2017
86% Darkest Hour (2017) Mr. Oldman's interpretations of the great man's speeches elevate this film...‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2017
92% The Shape of Water (2017) "The Shape of Water" is a flow of sumptuous images set to music, a flood tide of feelings with a mythic undertow.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2017
97% 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
49% Roman J. Israel, Esq. (2017) An unlikely melodrama of temptation, downfall and redemption.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2017
40% 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
93% 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
57% 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
74% 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
99% 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
28% 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
81% 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
88% 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
94% 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
96% 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
87% 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
79% 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
84% 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
91% 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