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Stephanie Zacharek

Stephanie Zacharek
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
96% Logan (2017) The grim side of human nature is all over James Mangold's Logan. But that doesn't necessarily make it a good movie.‐ TIME Magazine
Read More | Posted Feb 17, 2017
35% The Great Wall (2017) You might call it The Not-Bad Wall. But as a showcase for Damon's considerable talents, and as a canvas for the gifted Chinese director Zhang Yimou, this ostentatious mythical epic isn't quite the movie it should be.‐ TIME Magazine
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2017
39% A Cure For Wellness (2017) So gorgeous to look at, and so effective at layering diaphanous tones of queasiness and anxiety, that you sometimes forget to think about what you're watching, which, in this case, is a good thing.‐ TIME Magazine
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2017
100% My Life as a Zucchini (Ma vie de courgette) (2017) My Life as a Zucchini is so warm, so alive, that we forget we're watching cartoon figures.‐ TIME Magazine
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2017
8% Fifty Shades Darker (2017) If millions of girls or guys go out to see Fifty Shades Darker with their friends for a giggle or two, then the world is a happier place.‐ TIME Magazine
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2017
98% Kedi (2017) The picture's pleasures are bountiful, particularly for cat lovers ...‐ TIME Magazine
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2017
90% John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017) The pleasures of John Wick: Chapter 2 may be even greater than those of its predecessor-itself a symphonic achievement in scrappy, balls-out, action filmmaking ...‐ TIME Magazine
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2017
91% The Lego Batman Movie (2017) After that kick-ass opening, the picture devolves into an action-action-plot-action-plot-action monotone. Where have all the gags gone?‐ TIME Magazine
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2017
98% I Am Not Your Negro (2017) A compelling document that works as a mini-history of black racial identity in America from the mid- to late-20th century and beyond.‐ TIME Magazine
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2017
17% The Space Between Us (2017) Chelsom tunes it to the wavelength of Gardner's isolation.‐ TIME Magazine
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2017
68% I Am Michael (2017) Kelly and his actors seem anxious not to judge Glatze, but they can't downplay the cutting nature of his betrayal.‐ TIME Magazine
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2017
34% A Dog's Purpose (2017) All that reincarnating is hard work, and watching it unfold is a slog too.‐ TIME Magazine
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2017
75% Split (2017) Shyamalan's skill as a filmmaker-his instincts for crisp editing, his knack for navigating shifting points of view-have always been stronger than his ideas. That's true here, too, yet Split is compulsively watchable.‐ TIME Magazine
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2017
96% Paterson (2016) Driver is turning out to be one of the finest actors of the moment, an understated star with a great, non-movie-star face.‐ TIME Magazine
Read More | Posted Jan 12, 2017
92% Hidden Figures (2017) Both a dazzling piece of entertainment and a window into history ...‐ TIME Magazine
Read More | Posted Jan 5, 2017
87% A Monster Calls (2017) A Monster Calls isn't so much for kids as it is for grownups. It's a reminder of the time when we, too, thought only of ourselves-and found it too much to bear.‐ TIME Magazine
Read More | Posted Jan 5, 2017
90% Doctor Strange (2016) Cumberbatch, both a natural comedian and a subtle one, knows how to get a big laugh from nothing more than an arched eyebrow.‐ TIME Magazine
Read More | Posted Dec 31, 2016
98% Zootopia (2016) There are enough under-the-radar subtleties, rendered with a refreshing lack of smart-aleckiness, to make Zootopia feel current and fresh. It's a modest, unassuming entertainment that's motored by a sly sensibility.‐ TIME Magazine
Read More | Posted Dec 30, 2016
79% Barry (2016) A sharp, well observed picture, one that's not just one president's story but also a sly examination of how race isn't always the major thing that divides us.‐ TIME Magazine
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2016
73% Sing (2016) It jumps around from song to song, and from plot point to plot point, unable to trust in the attention spans of modern children, or even just modern human beings.‐ TIME Magazine
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2016
31% Passengers (2016) Inside this failed picture there's a sicker, darker, more truthful one crying to get out.‐ TIME Magazine
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2016
93% Fences (2016) By themselves, [the actors] make the movie worth seeing, though in the end, it feels too much like a school assignment.‐ TIME Magazine
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2016
18% Assassin's Creed (2016) Assassin's Creed is very confusing. No, scratch that: It's a mess.‐ TIME Magazine
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2016
12% Collateral Beauty (2016) Every so often there comes a movie so tasteless, so nakedly pandering, so bodaciously ill conceived that you've got to see it to believe it. This year, that movie is Collateral Beauty.‐ TIME Magazine
Read More | Posted Dec 15, 2016
85% Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016) Almost pedantic in its inoffensiveness.‐ TIME Magazine
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2016
100% Things to Come (L'avenir) (2016) Huppert is extraordinary-she reveals everything even when you think she's showing nothing-and she's the perfect actress, right now, for Hansen-Løve's fine-grained perceptiveness.‐ TIME Magazine
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2016
62% Allied (2016) Its story and dialogue are so straightforward and comforting that even when you think you can hear the next beat coming-and you will-the finale still comes as a cathartic surprise.‐ TIME Magazine
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2016
70% Miss Sloane (2016) Storytelling efficiency is one of Miss Sloane's most effective calling cards-that, and Chastain.‐ TIME Magazine
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2016
55% Rules Don't Apply (2016) This is a picture Beatty has wanted to make for years, and if the movie isn't the achievement it should be, it's at least entertaining in fits and starts.‐ TIME Magazine
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2016
86% Lion (2016) Lion ... becomes ordinary, even as it moves toward a climax that's moving for all the predictable reasons.‐ TIME Magazine
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2016
96% Manchester by the Sea (2016) If you open yourself to the experience, Lonergan's movies allow you to live with characters until they feel like people you know. Sometimes they're people you don't like very much. But somehow, by the end, they're your people.‐ TIME Magazine
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2016
95% The Edge of Seventeen (2016) Craig and her actors, all of them wonderful, have freshened up the genre: As familiar as the basic story may be, it also hits some raw, nuanced notes.‐ TIME Magazine
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2016
73% Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016) There's so much going on in Fantastic Beasts that after the first act, you almost can't be bothered to care what happens next.‐ TIME Magazine
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2016
45% Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk (2016) Visually, the picture gives us almost no room to breathe, which leaves us only a few tight corners in which to feel.‐ TIME Magazine
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2016
89% Elle (2016) Part thriller, part obsidian-black comedy, part cerebral firebomb, it's confrontational, terrible and glorious.‐ TIME Magazine
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2016
77% In a Valley of Violence (2016) West, making his first foray into westerns, doesn't control the tone. Its somber, bone-dry gruffness crumbles to dust, only to be replaced by adolescent jokiness.‐ TIME Magazine
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2016
19% Keeping Up With The Joneses (2016) As long as there's suburbia, there will always be movies about near-middle-aged couples reckoning with their dull lives.‐ TIME Magazine
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2016
88% Christine (2016) Christine has every chance of going wrong-of courting, wittingly or not, the interest of gruesome curiosity seekers. But this is a case where one performance can make all the difference-and Rebecca Hall's does.‐ TIME Magazine
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2016
97% 13th (2016) 13th ... is dense with information, and it moves fast. But it's also a story told in images, and the ones DuVernay has chosen ring not just with sadness and horror but also cautious optimism.‐ TIME Magazine
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2016
90% Certain Women (2016) Certain Women burns slow, but it leaves behind a mysterious, shimmering aura. You feel you know these women-even if their feelings are at times elusive even to themselves.‐ TIME Magazine
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2016
76% Kevin Hart: What Now? (2016) Sometimes raw but mostly just raucous, Hart generally pulls it off in his third concert film ...‐ TIME Magazine
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2016
93% Newtown (2016) Modest but devastating ...‐ TIME Magazine
Read More | Posted Oct 6, 2016
43% The Girl on the Train (2016) Blunt gives Rachel multiple dimensions -- we could never view her as just a stewy mess. But the movie's surprise (or perhaps not-so-surprising) twist doesn't serve its lead character well, at best merely justifying her stalkerish behavior.‐ TIME Magazine
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2016
83% Deepwater Horizon (2016) Berg succeeds in balancing Deepwater Horizon's unnervingly believable special effects with the human element: when the rig first erupts in flames, it's as if some grim beast were gnashing at it with fiery teeth.‐ TIME Magazine
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2016
82% Denial (2016) The picture is methodically constructed, to the point that it's sometimes dull. But here and there it sets off a mini charge, building up to a subtly satisfying conclusion.‐ TIME Magazine
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2016
79% American Honey (2016) Over and over, American Honey calls attention to how observant it is, rather than just being observant.‐ TIME Magazine
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2016
64% Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (2016) What's happened to Burton's gift for storytelling? In the movie's second half, it's impossible to follow the story's gnarled-vine logic.‐ TIME Magazine
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2016
63% Storks (2016) Harmlessly enjoyable ...‐ TIME Magazine
Read More | Posted Sep 23, 2016
63% The Magnificent Seven (2016) If the best westerns have always been, in some way, studies of contemporary manhood, it's worrisome to think about what this Magnificent Seven says about men today.‐ TIME Magazine
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2016
35% Blair Witch (2016) Was I supposed to be scared by this thing?‐ TIME Magazine
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2016