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Stephanie Zacharek

Stephanie Zacharek
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
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
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2016
71% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2016
73% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Aug 26, 2016
91% Southside With You (2016) As a work of imagination inspired by fact, the film shimmers with warmth.‐ TIME Magazine
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Aug 18, 2016
98% Hell or High Water (2016) The plot is clever, and its intricacies are beautifully worked out.‐ TIME Magazine
Read More | Posted Aug 18, 2016
86% Pete's Dragon (2016) It has a distinct hippie-folktale aesthetic, riffing on the idea that the natural world holds breathtaking secrets if we just know where to look.‐ TIME Magazine
Read More | Posted Aug 11, 2016
26% Suicide Squad (2016) So much happens in David Ayer's DC Comics adaptation Suicide Squad that by the end, it's as if you've seen nothing.‐ TIME Magazine
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2016
81% Equity (2016) You don't need to be a woman working in finance to get a shivery thrill-and possibly a few chills-from watching Equity, a modestly scaled but perceptive drama about an investment banker who just happens to be a woman.‐ TIME Magazine
Read More | Posted Jul 28, 2016
56% Jason Bourne (2016) Damon, his eternal boyishness finally settling into the inevitability of middle age, brings the personal touch this movie needs. Its action is generic, but he's always special.‐ TIME Magazine
Read More | Posted Jul 28, 2016
84% Star Trek Beyond (2016) Lin keeps this tense adventure ... from stumbling over its own excess: he knows that any good Star Trek needs wit as well as spectacle.‐ TIME Magazine
Read More | Posted Jul 21, 2016
69% The Infiltrator (2016) This is a summer movie for grownups, the kind that reminds you how gratifying it can be to sit down uninterrupted and watch actors work on the big screen.‐ TIME Magazine
Read More | Posted Jul 21, 2016
73% Ghostbusters (2016) Feig's Ghostbusters is its own definitive creature, an affable, inventive riff on Ivan Reitman's proton-packing caper that exists not to score points, but only to make us laugh. For a summer comedy, there's no nobler purpose.‐ TIME Magazine
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2016
35% Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates (2016) The movie's real value is that it's crude and funny for no defensible reason.‐ TIME Magazine
Read More | Posted Jul 7, 2016
36% The Legend of Tarzan (2016) You have to laugh a little at its audaciousness, but it's so completely irony-free that to deride it would only be cheap. Why not just enter its CGI-heavy bubble of wonder?‐ TIME Magazine
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2016
97% Hunt for the Wilderpeople (2016) The cranky charisma of the performers, plus the cheerfully idiosyncratic rhythms of Waititi's filmmaking, keep it clicking.‐ TIME Magazine
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2016
83% Captain Fantastic (2016) Even though its conclusion feels rushed, the movie still works as a portrait of an unorthodox family that's well adjusted in its own odd way.‐ TIME Magazine
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2016
31% Independence Day: Resurgence (2016) You can forgive Independence Day: Resurgence for being ridiculous -- its predecessor was too. But you can't forgive it for being boring.‐ TIME Magazine
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2016
69% Central Intelligence (2016) No one can steal the show from Johnson and Hart. Their dual rhythms, alternately laid back and hyperactive, end up in a glorious and ridiculous kind of syncopation, unicornlike in its rarity and oddness.‐ TIME Magazine
Read More | Posted Jun 23, 2016
47% Free State of Jones (2016) The movie works as a quasi-historical ramble, thanks largely to Matthew McConaughey as Knight and the quietly valiant Gugu Mbatha-Raw as his second, common-law wife, the freed slave Rachel.‐ TIME Magazine
Read More | Posted Jun 23, 2016
69% Swiss Army Man (2016) The film's contrived quirkiness grows wearisome, and essentially the movie is really just two guys talking in the wilderness for 90 minutes.‐ TIME Magazine
Read More | Posted Jun 16, 2016
94% Finding Dory (2016) Although DeGeneres' Dory, with her breathless stream-of-consciousness patter, is unavoidably likable, the cast of supporting characters here may be even better.‐ TIME Magazine
Read More | Posted Jun 16, 2016
28% Warcraft (2016) Almost worth watching, if you still find yourself at loose ends after you've given the dog a bath, organized 10 years' worth of tax returns and completely moth-proofed your closet.‐ TIME Magazine
Read More | Posted Jun 9, 2016
97% The Fits (2016) The Fits riffs on the power and mystery of adolescent beauty, and on the joy of what it means to move.‐ TIME Magazine
Read More | Posted Jun 2, 2016
77% Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping (2016) Samberg's Conner swaggers through it all, but he never lets us forget he's just an overtattooed white guy riddled with self-doubt.‐ TIME Magazine
Read More | Posted Jun 2, 2016
58% Me Before You (2016) A harmless enough entry in the "adorable mite tames surly masculine beast" romantic-weeper genre, hitting all the right beats with the clink of an expertly struck cowbell.‐ TIME Magazine
Read More | Posted Jun 2, 2016
57% The Neon Demon (2016) This is purely an exercise in style, and what style!‐ TIME Magazine
Read More | Posted May 26, 2016
89% Loving (2016) Nichols ... tells the Lovings' story in a way that feels immediate and modern, and not just like a history lesson.‐ TIME Magazine
Read More | Posted May 19, 2016
75% The BFG (2016) Though Spielberg and screenwriter Melissa Mathison-with the permission of the author's estate-have somewhat expanded and changed Dahl's story, The BFG honors the author's whimsical, waggishness impropriety.‐ TIME Magazine
Read More | Posted May 19, 2016
89% The Lobster (2016) The Lobster is a droll piece of work lashed with grim humor. For every moment that makes you laugh, there may be another that leaves you with your mouth hanging open.‐ TIME Magazine
Read More | Posted May 12, 2016
57% Money Monster (2016) Foster navigates the tonal shifts with ease, and her actors follow.‐ TIME Magazine
Read More | Posted May 12, 2016
90% Captain America: Civil War (2016) Civil War, at its best, is blessedly light on its superhero-booted feet.‐ TIME Magazine
Read More | Posted May 3, 2016
76% Keanu (2016) Once you settle into Keanu, it works. And in many ways, it's of a piece with everything else Key and Peele have done.‐ TIME Magazine
Read More | Posted Apr 29, 2016
3% Nina (2016) A Nina Simone novice seeing this picture would have no idea who this complex, magnificent artist was, or why she mattered.‐ TIME Magazine
Read More | Posted Apr 22, 2016
17% The Huntsman: Winter's War (2016) Gowns aside, this thing's a snooze: Events unfold tediously, and there are many scenes in which extras with dirty faces, playing demoralized townsfolk, mill about in a desultory fashion.‐ TIME Magazine
Read More | Posted Apr 21, 2016
77% Elvis & Nixon (2016) The pleasure of watching Shannon and Spacey-together and separately-is key.‐ TIME Magazine
Read More | Posted Apr 21, 2016
73% Miles Ahead (2016) The story has too many moving parts, and Cheadle can't keep them all in play gracefully-but his portrayal of this fantasy Miles seems to strike an almost cosmic connection with the spirit of a man we could never really know.‐ TIME Magazine
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2016
20% I Saw the Light (2016) Sadly, the movie is a snooze, but see it just for the magnificent Hiddleston, who honors Williams' greatness but also wriggles beyond it.‐ TIME Magazine
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2016
88% Born To Be Blue (2016) Hawke makes this sweeter, gentler Baker believable in a schoolgirl-diary way-this is the Baker we want to believe in when we lie back in the embrace of his trumpet sound.‐ TIME Magazine
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2016
90% Barbershop: The Next Cut (2016) This Barbershop is simply a place where we can all laugh together, sometimes at ideas that veer close to being explosive.‐ TIME Magazine
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2016
96% Sing Street (2016) You've seen every element of Sing Street hundreds of times before-it's Carney's knack for assembling them that makes the difference.‐ TIME Magazine
Read More | Posted Apr 14, 2016
95% The Jungle Book (2016) This Jungle Book works, because Favreau has both a sense of humor and a sense of spectacle.‐ TIME Magazine
Read More | Posted Apr 14, 2016
52% Demolition (2016) Vallée, working from a script by Bryan Sipe, packs in too many symbols and potent signifiers-some are harmless, others are literally sledgehammer heavy. The movie doesn't need all that when it's got Gyllenhaal.‐ TIME Magazine
Read More | Posted Apr 7, 2016