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Stephanie Zacharek

Stephanie Zacharek
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
85% It (2017) Doesn't cut very deep and isn't very scary.‐ TIME Magazine
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2017
92% 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
68% 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
42% 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
96% 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
83% 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
83% 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
85% 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
99% 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
88% 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
75% 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
78% Brigsby Bear (2017) A sweet-natured picture with an undercurrent of prickly energy.‐ TIME Magazine
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2017
89% Girls Trip (2017) Girls Trip is just fun, a movie that-even within the context of its broad, exaggerated humor-never seems to be trying too hard.‐ TIME Magazine
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2017
74% Landline (2017) The actors are all terrific: as Ali, Quinn has a radiant wildcat sweetness--there's fragility behind all that hissing. And Slate, with her marvelous, helium-tinged voice, is a pure pleasure to watch.‐ TIME Magazine
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2017
50% Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (2017) The plot is beside the point. Besson loads the picture with enough loopy visual splendor to keep us pleasurably distracted for long stretches.‐ TIME Magazine
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2017
93% Dunkirk (2017) This is a grand spectacle, not an empty one, a rare example of the Hollywood blockbuster dollar well spent.‐ TIME Magazine
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2017
92% A Ghost Story (2017) Like a wild, sonorous piano chord struck by someone or something in the middle of the night--where did that come from?--the contemplative aura of A Ghost Story sticks with you.‐ TIME Magazine
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2017
92% Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017) It's a relief to see a superhero engaged in deeply human activities, like getting ready for a date... This Spider-Man is still just a kid, after all, and he has no energy for existential angst -- just dealing with hormones is enough.‐ TIME Magazine
Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2017
73% Wonderstruck (2017) Haynes has found his way to those people over the years, and with Wonderstruck, he draws many of them close.‐ TIME Magazine
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2017
93% War for the Planet of the Apes (2017) There's ape betrayal, ape bravery, ape joy and lots of ape action in War for the Planet of the Apes. Yet the picture's plot mechanics aren't nearly as significant or as memorable as its characters are.‐ TIME Magazine
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2017
61% Despicable Me 3 (2017) The Minions have proved they can't headline a movie, yet they pretty much carry this one. How do they do it?‐ TIME Magazine
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2017
77% The Little Hours (2017) Looking for a break from the Black Death, or even just the summer heat? The Little Hours is just the thing.‐ TIME Magazine
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2017
93% Baby Driver (2017) Wright has orchestrated every swerve and near smashup -- and one glorious foot chase -- with precision, a rarity in action filmmaking these days. ‐ TIME Magazine
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2017
46% 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
68% 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
89% 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
77% 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
77% 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
85% 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
18% 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
78% 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
83% 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
92% 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
17% 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
82% 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
83% 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
87% 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
31% 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
44% 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
15% CHIPS (2017) The harsh reality is that it's not very funny at all.‐ TIME Magazine
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2017