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Stephanie Zacharek

Stephanie Zacharek
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
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
Posted Jan 12, 2017
92% Hidden Figures (2017) Both a dazzling piece of entertainment and a window into history ... ‐ TIME Magazine
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
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
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
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
Posted Dec 21, 2016
70% 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
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
Posted Dec 21, 2016
95% 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
Posted Dec 20, 2016
17% Assassin's Creed (2016) Assassin's Creed is very confusing. No, scratch that: It's a mess. ‐ TIME Magazine
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
Posted Dec 15, 2016
85% Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016) Almost pedantic in its inoffensiveness. ‐ TIME Magazine
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
Posted Dec 13, 2016
61% 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
Posted Nov 25, 2016
69% Miss Sloane (2016) Storytelling efficiency is one of Miss Sloane's most effective calling cards-that, and Chastain. ‐ TIME Magazine
Posted Nov 25, 2016
54% 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
Posted Nov 25, 2016
88% Lion (2016) Lion ... becomes ordinary, even as it moves toward a climax that's moving for all the predictable reasons. ‐ TIME Magazine
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
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
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
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
Posted Nov 15, 2016
88% Elle (2016) Part thriller, part obsidian-black comedy, part cerebral firebomb, it's confrontational, terrible and glorious. ‐ TIME Magazine
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
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
Posted Oct 21, 2016
85% 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
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
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
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
Posted Oct 13, 2016
93% Newtown (2016) Modest but devastating ... ‐ TIME Magazine
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
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
Posted Sep 30, 2016
81% 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
Posted Sep 30, 2016
78% American Honey (2016) Over and over, American Honey calls attention to how observant it is, rather than just being observant. ‐ TIME Magazine
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
Posted Sep 29, 2016
63% Storks (2016) Harmlessly enjoyable ... ‐ TIME Magazine
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
Posted Sep 22, 2016
36% Blair Witch (2016) Was I supposed to be scared by this thing? ‐ TIME Magazine
Posted Sep 15, 2016
98% Moonlight (2016) Leaves you feeling both stripped bare and restored, slightly better prepared to step out and face the world of people around you, with all the confounding challenges they present. There's not much more you can ask from a movie. ‐ TIME Magazine
Posted Sep 14, 2016
72% The Birth of a Nation (2016) The Birth of a Nation isn't a great movie -- it's hardly even a good one. But it's bluntly effective, less a monumental piece of filmmaking than an open door. ‐ TIME Magazine
Posted Sep 12, 2016
100% One More Time With Feeling (2016) Both gentle and staggering, an examination of the way our personal experiences can spur creativity-or render it inconsequential. ‐ TIME Magazine
Posted Sep 7, 2016
72% Nocturnal Animals (2016) In the end, Nocturnal Animals barely feels like a film made by a human being. You could just dub it a "stylish exercise" and call it a day. But I just can't shake the fact that Ford somehow wants it to be more. ‐ TIME Magazine
Posted Sep 7, 2016
40% Morgan (2016) Morgan is an unassuming little thriller, nicely put together and engaging enough while you're watching, though its memory is likely to vaporize hours, or even minutes, after you've seen it. ‐ TIME Magazine
Posted Sep 7, 2016
86% Hacksaw Ridge (2016) A movie that reaches out toward the idea of goodness in the world. And whether you or I like Gibson as a person or not, it's no one's place to deny his reach. ‐ TIME Magazine
Posted Sep 7, 2016
94% Arrival (2016) Arrival gives us a lot to take in, and the picture is big, somber and grand, if in the end somewhat sterile. ‐ TIME Magazine
Posted Sep 1, 2016
93% La La Land (2016) It's a movie with the potential to make lovers of us all. All we have to do is fall into its arms. ‐ TIME Magazine
Posted Sep 1, 2016
87% Don't Breathe (2016) You could treat it as a casual primer on suspense-film craft, or you can just watch through splayed fingers, like the women who sat next to me at the screening I attended. ‐ TIME Magazine
Posted Aug 26, 2016
91% Southside With You (2016) As a work of imagination inspired by fact, the film shimmers with warmth. ‐ TIME Magazine
Posted Aug 24, 2016
45% Hands of Stone (2016) [Ramirez's] performance works as a miniature study of machismo, which can be both a show-offy radiance and a kind of shade-a safe, sheltering rock for a man to hide behind. ‐ TIME Magazine
Posted Aug 24, 2016
60% War Dogs (2016) War Dogs is based on a true story, and even if you think you can't believe it, you sort of can. Efraim and David seem just ordinary enough, and just under-the-radar smart enough, to make their jaunty little schemes work. ‐ TIME Magazine
Posted Aug 18, 2016
98% Hell or High Water (2016) The plot is clever, and its intricacies are beautifully worked out. ‐ TIME Magazine
Posted Aug 18, 2016