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Stephanie Zacharek

Stephanie Zacharek
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
86% 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
77% 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
78% 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
51% 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
90% Isle of Dogs (2018) Isle of Dogs ... buckles under the weight of its own finicky whimsy.‐ TIME Magazine
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2018
78% 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
25% 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
96% 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
58% 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
78% 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
51% 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
92% Thor: Ragnarok (2017) Thor: Ragnarok is packed tight with zooming space vehicles and noisy thunder battles, but the movie's extravagant excess is more narcotizing than energizing. Even poor Thor seems lost in all of it, and he's supposed to be its star.‐ TIME Magazine
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2017
84% The Square (2017) The Square is both outlandishly funny and biting-and features a fascinating and sometimes disturbing performance by Terry Notary. ‐ TIME Magazine
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2017
98% BPM (Beats Per Minute) (120 battements par minute) (2017) Campillo, who co-wrote the script with AIDS activist and educator Philippe Mangeot, captures the mood of an era with a specificity that's by turns somber and joyous.‐ TIME Magazine
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2017
80% The Killing of a Sacred Deer (2017) Dense with layers of biblical lore and Greek tragedy, it's like a cake that's impressively tall but also unpalatably dry.‐ TIME Magazine
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2017
87% Professor Marston & The Wonder Women (2017) [A] fascinating and admirably adult true-life drama about the creation of the feisty Amazon we think we know so well.‐ TIME Magazine
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2017
96% The Florida Project (2017) The Florida Project is both radiant and unsentimental.‐ TIME Magazine
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2017
66% Manolo, The Boy Who Made Shoes For Lizards (2017) You may not be able to afford the shoes, but Michael Roberts' documentary Manolo: The Boy Who Made Shoes for Lizards may bring you almost as much delight. ‐ TIME Magazine
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2017
92% Stronger (2017) Green's film has a tense, nervy energy, most of which seems to glow from Gyllenhaal's very core.‐ TIME Magazine
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2017
86% American Made (2017) Cruise plays Barry as an aw-shucks raconteur, and the routine is amusing at first. But midway through American Made, even Cruise devotees might decide enough is enough.‐ TIME Magazine
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2017
98% Lucky (2017) Lucky was written by Logan Sparks and Drago Sumonja specifically for Stanton, and director Lynch and cinematographer Tim Suhrstedt do him justice in every frame.‐ TIME Magazine
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2017
85% Battle of the Sexes (2017) It's easy to say, "You've come a long way, baby." Here's someone who walked, or sprinted, every mile.‐ TIME Magazine
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2017
52% Kingsman: The Golden Circle (2017) Bodaciously entertaining ...‐ TIME Magazine
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2017
88% First They Killed My Father (2017) First They Killed My Father is a sensitively rendered account of one child's real-life experience, but its broader implications are noteworthy too.‐ TIME Magazine
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2017
85% It (2017) Doesn't cut very deep and isn't very scary.‐ TIME Magazine
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2017
93% School Life (2017) School Life is a bit woolly in its pacing, but the picture's easygoing structure is part of its charm-it mimics, perhaps, the passage of time at Headfort itself. ‐ TIME Magazine
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2017
69% mother! (2017) It tries so desperately to be crazy and disturbing that all we can see is the effort made and the money spent. No wonder there's an exclamation mark in its title. Aronofsky just doesn't know when to quit.‐ TIME Magazine
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2017
28% Suburbicon (2017) The filmmakers never let us forget how hip they are to humanity's dark side, and their hyperawareness is more wearying than it is illuminating.‐ TIME Magazine
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2017
92% The Shape of Water (2017) There's enough magic, and extraordinary visual imagination, to smooth the edges of the movie's problems.‐ TIME Magazine
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2017
85% Beach Rats (2017) Good-looking people may seem to have it all, but Frankie, with his cushiony lips and guarded eyes, is a vision of male beauty in turmoil.‐ TIME Magazine
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2017
100% California Typewriter (2017) Anyone who loves machines, poetry or, better yet, the poetry of machines should see it ...‐ TIME Magazine
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2017
82% Patti Cake$ (2017) Patti Cake$ motors along steadily on Macdonald's unsentimental charisma.‐ TIME Magazine
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2017
93% Logan Lucky (2017) Independently financed and distributed by Soderbergh, Logan Lucky is a magnificent movie that comes disguised as a modest one. Or, as I like to call it, a Joe Bang.‐ TIME Magazine
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2017
81% The Trip to Spain (2017) Keep your eye on Brydon: He has some great tips for you.‐ TIME Magazine
Read More | Posted Aug 11, 2017
97% Whose Streets? (2017) It represents the spirit of something more powerful than a bullet, the seed of something good springing from a terrible and unjust event.‐ TIME Magazine
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2017
92% Good Time (2017) Pattinson is the real reason to see it: his Connie, wiry and intense, with beady, cracked-out eyes, is the kind of guy you'd cross the street to avoid. But by the movie's end, you realize that his desperation veils a rush of longing.‐ TIME Magazine
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2017
95% Step (2017) Realistically, it's probably not possible to dance your cares away. But the determination of these girls makes you believe in it.‐ TIME Magazine
Read More | Posted Aug 4, 2017
16% The Dark Tower (2017) It could use more magic, more dread, a more staggering sense of wonder. It's wholly inoffensive, but it's unmemorable too. This is a fantasy that runs like a business.‐ TIME Magazine
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2017
77% Atomic Blonde (2017) Glowering from beneath the bangs of her moonbeam-platinum bob, Theron's Broughton is equal parts air, light and iron. We're just the moths clustering around her flame.‐ TIME Magazine
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2017
81% Brigsby Bear (2017) A sweet-natured picture with an undercurrent of prickly energy.‐ TIME Magazine
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2017