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Stephanie Zacharek

Stephanie Zacharek
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
49% Rough Night (2017) As Hangover-style dumb entertainments go, it's certainly good enough. Which isn't to say it's anything close to what women want.‐ TIME Magazine
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2017
66% Cars 3 (2017) While all Pixar movies are fine-tuned to keep adults as well as kids engaged, it's still fascinating to see workaday grownup fears addressed so openly.‐ TIME Magazine
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2017
87% It Comes At Night (2017) I wouldn't want to watch Trey Edward Shults' It Comes at Night alone. Unless you're a particularly sturdy soul, I wouldn't recommend that you do so either.‐ TIME Magazine
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2017
76% Beatriz at Dinner (2017) The story's aims are noble, but it works too hard at scoring its points to succeed as either entertainment or lacerating social commentary.‐ TIME Magazine
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2017
79% The Hero (2017) Haley, who co-wrote the script with Marc Basch, brings enough understated sympathy to Lee's character to make the picture work--it throws off a gentle, sweet-spirited energy.‐ TIME Magazine
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2017
84% Okja (2017) It invites viewers to cheer the bad guys and feel superior for doing so. Yet it's a film that, behind its veneer of winsome adorableness, seems to express contempt for just about everyone.‐ TIME Magazine
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2017
92% Wonder Woman (2017) Wonder Woman is a cut above nearly all the superhero movies that have been trotted out over the past few summers.‐ TIME Magazine
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2017
20% Baywatch (2017) This new Baywatch is lightweight, a tiny bit crude and a trillion grains of sand away from anything approaching realism. But it's also a lot of fun.‐ TIME Magazine
Read More | Posted May 25, 2017
54% War Machine (2017) Examples of absurdly misguided thinking--on the part of the U.S. military and the government--stack up quickly, and Michôd tracks it all with a sly wink.‐ TIME Magazine
Read More | Posted May 25, 2017
86% Wind River (2017) There's something to be said for a well-crafted motion picture, cinematically astute, that demands that we sit down and pay attention for a solid two hours or so, with no intermittent fridge runs.‐ TIME Magazine
Read More | Posted May 25, 2017
73% The Beguiled (2017) Although the picture is noticeably lacking in taut suspense of the conventional variety, it flies in close to a subtler, hotter flame: The sensuality of deceit.‐ TIME Magazine
Read More | Posted May 25, 2017
88% The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected) (2017) Sandler is terrific here, even if you're not sure you can stomach another man-child shuffling around in rumpled shorts.‐ TIME Magazine
Read More | Posted May 23, 2017
86% The Lovers (2017) The Lovers is buoyant and cheerfully flirty, though Jacobs never loses sight of the fact that loneliness that can strike both inside a marriage and outside it, and no human being is ever fully protected from suffering.‐ TIME Magazine
Read More | Posted May 16, 2017
28% King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword (2017) It's all more wearying than fun.‐ TIME Magazine
Read More | Posted May 11, 2017
51% The Dinner (2017) Moverman keeps the action moving smoothly, even when it just involves talking--or bickering. Actors live for this kind of material, and the ensemble rallies, particularly Coogan.‐ TIME Magazine
Read More | Posted May 4, 2017
93% Obit (2017) Writing an evocative, compact, accurate obituary is an art, and Vanessa Gould's joyous documentary Obit takes us on a tour of the joint where some of the best are written ...‐ TIME Magazine
Read More | Posted May 4, 2017
15% The Circle (2017) The Circle has a polished, handsome surface, but it also looks as if it were designed by committee, like a fussed-over corporate logo. That would be OK, probably-if the movie at least knew what it was selling.‐ TIME Magazine
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2017
81% Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017) Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 comes at us grinning from ear-to-ear for nearly two and a half hours. It's high on its own supply.‐ TIME Magazine
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2017
81% Jeremiah Tower: The Last Magnificent (2017) Even if you care very little for fancy food and the people who make it, The Last Magnificent works as a portrait of a man who leaves aromatic clouds of glamour wherever he goes.‐ TIME Magazine
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2017
88% The Lost City of Z (2017) Pictures with the grand sweep and dreamy energy of The Lost City of Z don't come along every year-they barely come along at all.‐ TIME Magazine
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2017
30% The Assignment (2017) The Assignment isn't quite as nutso and passionate as it ought to be. Even the violence, gritty at times, feels a little impersonal and detached. But the film's tawdry precision is compelling by itself.‐ TIME Magazine
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2017
45% Ghost in the Shell (2017) The genius of Ghost in the Shell is that you don't have to care about cyborg-anything to enjoy it. In fact, you'll probably enjoy it more that way.‐ TIME Magazine
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2017
16% CHIPS (2017) The harsh reality is that it's not very funny at all.‐ TIME Magazine
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2017
67% Life (2017) Claustrophobia, paranoia, loneliness, fear of a hostile takeover by anyone or anything. Whatever your anxiety, Daniel Espinosa's polished space thriller Life is designed to tease it out.‐ TIME Magazine
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2017
45% Song to Song (2017) Song to Song is slightly less pretentious than Malick's last film, the 2015 sigh of ennui Knight of Cups, though it features just as many miniature actresses.‐ TIME Magazine
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2017
46% Wilson (2017) In the end, it's hard not to feel for Wilson as Harrelson plays him.‐ TIME Magazine
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2017
99% Get Out (2017) Peele succeeds where sometimes even more experienced filmmakers fail: He's made an agile entertainment whose social and cultural observations are woven so tightly into the fabric that you're laughing even as you're thinking, and vice-versa.‐ TIME Magazine
Read More | Posted Mar 17, 2017
78% T2 Trainspotting (2017) T2 squeaks by on the charm of its actors, all of whom still look pretty damn good--especially McGregor, who remains a charismatic wag.‐ TIME Magazine
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2017
76% Kong: Skull Island (2017) The picture is grand and nutty and visually splendid: Vogt-Roberts knows he's gotta go big or go home, so he treads boldly ...‐ TIME Magazine
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2017
79% Personal Shopper (2017) Personal Shopper is a strange and beautifully made film, and both star and director are clearly energized by their dual mission.‐ TIME Magazine
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2017
71% Beauty and the Beast (2017) There's no need to worry that this version might crush the gentle charms of the 1991 picture: Even though Condon more or less faithfully follows that movie's plot, this Beauty is its own resplendent creature.‐ TIME Magazine
Read More | Posted Mar 3, 2017
93% 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
42% 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
10% 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
97% Kedi (2017) The picture's pleasures are bountiful, particularly for cat lovers ...‐ TIME Magazine
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2017
89% 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
90% 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
66% 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
30% 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
80% 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