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Stephanie Zacharek

Stephanie Zacharek
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
94% Crazy Rich Asians (2018) It's simply great fun, a winsome romantic comedy and an occasionally over-the-top luxury fantasy that never flags.‐ TIME Magazine
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2018
84% The Miseducation of Cameron Post (2018) The Miseducation of Cameron Post may not hit as hard as it should. But it at least suggests that the only real losers in life are those who presume to read God's mind.‐ TIME Magazine
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2018
71% Christopher Robin (2018) Has a charming, low-key vibe that is, here and there, brushed with just a trace of adult melancholy. It's good for kids, but maybe even better for adults who could use a little calming something.‐ TIME Magazine
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2018
45% The Spy Who Dumped Me (2018) The Spy Who Dumped Me isn't quite sure what it wants to be, though that's not always the worst thing: You might call it an ambitious hybrid.‐ TIME Magazine
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2018
97% Mission: Impossible - Fallout (2018) Cruise is an unhinged stickman, outrunning the devil, the aging process, time itself. He will outrun us all.‐ TIME Magazine
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2018
94% Blindspotting (2018) Blindspotting is entertaining, but it also packs an emotional punch.‐ TIME Magazine
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2018
79% Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (2018) Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again is terrible. And irresistible. How a movie that's almost not even a movie can be both of those things at once is one of the mysteries of filmgoing, and one of its puckish pleasures.‐ TIME Magazine
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2018
48% Skyscraper (2018) Of course, in real life, Johnson doesn't really leap from cranes into burning buildings. But in the unapologetically absurd Skyscraper, boy, does he make you believe he could.‐ TIME Magazine
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2018
94% Sorry to Bother You (2018) If you had to boil the unruly inventiveness of Sorry to Bother You down to one sentence, it could be this: Doing the right thing always involves risk. Get ready.‐ TIME Magazine
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2018
87% Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018) If Ant-Man and the Wasp is hard to love, it's also hard to actively dislike.‐ TIME Magazine
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2018
64% Sicario: Day of the Soldado (2018) A little goes a long way, and despite the presence of the sleepily charismatic del Toro-his beleaguered Alejandro carries heavy baggage both in his heart and beneath his eyes-the Soldado man show does grow tiresome. ‐ TIME Magazine
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2018
100% Leave No Trace (2018) Leave No Trace is a gorgeous story about adolescence, about basic human kindness, about separation and reconciliation, about the limits of what parents can teach their kids.‐ TIME Magazine
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2018
73% The King (2018) Perceptive, probing and ultimately devastating, The King is for anyone who cares about where this country has been and where it's headed.‐ TIME Magazine
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2018
51% Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018) Fallen Kingdom is so committed to thunderous spectacle that it fails to capture the poetry of these beasts in all their spiky, scaly, long-necked wonder. They deserve better.‐ TIME Magazine
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2018
93% Incredibles 2 (2018) Even in the midst of its many boundless pleasures, Incredibles 2 charges us with a mission that's not for the faint of heart: to choose to look at one another instead of being fixated on the screens all around us.‐ TIME Magazine
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2018
90% Hearts Beat Loud (2018) Haley's films are things we can reach toward-there's an intimacy and candor about them that feels welcoming.‐ TIME Magazine
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2018
51% Superfly (2018) The new Superfly isn't a great work of artistry or of cheap thrills - it's so in between it's practically bourgeois - but in the swagger department, it just squeaks by.‐ TIME Magazine
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2018
67% Ocean's 8 (2018) Ocean's 8 should be great fun. Instead, it's a kind of noncommittal semi-fun.‐ TIME Magazine
Read More | Posted Jun 9, 2018
89% Hereditary (2018) Unsettling in its arid, controlled creepiness, but largely distinguished by Toni Collette's intricately layered lead performance, a portrayal of a woman whose love for her family spirals into mad decay.‐ TIME Magazine
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2018
68% On Chesil Beach (2018) Together, Howle and Ronan...make a bumpy contour map of the way society's mores, plus basic personal fears, can really do a number on a human's expectations of romantic partnership.‐ TIME Magazine
Read More | Posted May 17, 2018
94% First Reformed (2018) Schrader...has made a fine existential-crisis movie. And for all its serious intent, it isn't torture to watch.‐ TIME Magazine
Read More | Posted May 17, 2018
97% BlacKkKlansman (2018) This is an angry film as well as a hugely entertaining one, and Lee has complete control over its shifting tone, minute by minute.‐ TIME Magazine
Read More | Posted May 15, 2018
59% Summer (Leto) (2018) Even if Leto doesn't trumpet any obvious political agenda, it still feels dangerous, like a sidelong glance that shoots daggers.‐ TIME Magazine
Read More | Posted May 15, 2018
100% Three Faces (2018) Although 3 Faces is far from Panahi's best work, it's still a solid primer on how much a skilled filmmaker can achieve with very few resources.‐ TIME Magazine
Read More | Posted May 15, 2018
100% Cold War (Zimna wojna) (2018) It deftly walks the line between appropriately somber and great, sophisticated fun.‐ TIME Magazine
Read More | Posted May 14, 2018
76% The Image Book (Le livre d'image) (2018) Disjointed and direct, exhilarating and soporific, cerebral and squirrelly: The Image Book is lots of contradictory things at once.‐ TIME Magazine
Read More | Posted May 14, 2018
48% Everybody Knows (Todos lo saben) (2018) Feels meandering and indistinct.‐ TIME Magazine
Read More | Posted May 10, 2018
85% Let the Sunshine In (Un beau soleil intérieur) (2018) A multifaceted, bittersweet delight.‐ TIME Magazine
Read More | Posted May 10, 2018
85% Disobedience (2018) Cuts deeper than your standard forbidden-love story, largely because the actors are so attuned to their characters' anguish.‐ TIME Magazine
Read More | Posted May 10, 2018
83% Avengers: Infinity War (2018) There's no pacing in Avengers: Infinity War. It's all sensation and no pulse. Everything is big, all of the time.‐ TIME Magazine
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2018
80% Chappaquiddick (2018) Clarke makes us feel plenty of things we'd rather not. His eyes are shadowed with profound decency one minute, and hollowed out in desperate calculation the next.‐ TIME Magazine
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2018
82% Beirut (2018) The plot takes so many twists and is so complicated by labyrinthine international affairs of state that it's easy for the viewer to get lost. You also get the feeling that certain sociopolitical complexities have been ignored or elided.‐ TIME Magazine
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2018
87% You Were Never Really Here (2018) You Were Never Really Here is a demanding film, but it's not a reckless one. To watch it is to see a rigorous and intensely creative filmmaker at work.‐ TIME Magazine
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2018
52% Rampage (2018) It's not big and dumb enough.‐ TIME Magazine
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2018
95% A Quiet Place (2018) Krasinski has made one of the most poetic horror movies of recent years. Its sound design alone is glorious, locating the infinite gradations in that thing we so casually call silence.‐ TIME Magazine
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2018
89% Isle of Dogs (2018) Isle of Dogs ... buckles under the weight of its own finicky whimsy.‐ TIME Magazine
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2018
80% Unsane (2018) Worth seeing for its craftsmanship alone.‐ TIME Magazine
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2018
13% Fifty Shades Freed (2018) Johnson has a sense of Anastasia not just as part of a pristinely arranged tableau but also as a sensualist, with all the attendant nerve endings and complex emotions that that implies.‐ TIME Magazine
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2018
24% The 15:17 to Paris (2018) The very averageness of these conscientious, gutsy guys is precisely the point.‐ TIME Magazine
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2018
97% Black Panther (2018) Black Panther is set largely in Wakanda, with a detour to South Korea. Still, there's no shaking the feeling that this is what America looks like when it's allowed to be its truest, freest self. That's a superhero challenge if ever there was one.‐ TIME Magazine
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2018
65% Please Stand By (2018) Fanning [is] a performer who never chomps down on a role-she plays Wendy as a person and not a condition.‐ TIME Magazine
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2018
42% Maze Runner: The Death Cure (2018) By this point, the franchise has come to rely less on suspense and more on high-speed chases over rugged terrain, generic zombie scare moments and ho-hum virus fixes.‐ TIME Magazine
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2018
54% 12 Strong (2018) In the end, the feat these characters pull off is rousing, but 12 Strong never gathers the momentum it needs.‐ TIME Magazine
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2018
77% All the Money in the World (2017) This is a beguiling, somewhat grisly drama, based on something that happened to one genuinely unhappy, messed-up family.‐ TIME Magazine
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2017
87% The Post (2018) Streep is revered for her great-lady acting, but she's always freshest, and most alive, in comedy. Her performance here is terrific because it's a whirlwind eddy of both.‐ TIME Magazine
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2017
50% Downsizing (2017) The movie is a surprise, the good kind, an instance of a filmmaker zigging just when you're expecting him to zag.‐ TIME Magazine
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2017
56% The Greatest Showman (2017) For sheer, go-for-broke nuttiness, The Greatest Showman stands alone in the landscape of this holiday season's crop of movies, and I urge you to give it a chance.‐ TIME Magazine
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2017
91% Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017) [Director Rian Johnson's] movie has a sense of humor about itself and a sense of joy, but its emotional generosity, even in the midst of all the extravagant green-screen work, is its best special effect.‐ TIME Magazine
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2017
40% Justice League (2017) Justice League is no magic carpet ride, no matter how hard it strives for multi-superhero awesomeness.‐ TIME Magazine
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2017
99% Lady Bird (2017) Lady Bird is both generous and joyous, but when it stings, it stings deep.‐ TIME Magazine
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2017