The Movie Minute

The Movie Minute is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Joanna Langfield
Rating Title/Year Author
Toy Story 4 (2019) Joanna Langfield While so many other franchises regurgitate the same old same old in what feels like a corporate cash grab, Toy Story has maintained its sweet, funny and very touching freshness. EDIT
Posted Jun 19, 2019
() Joanna Langfield Oh, I dunno. There's nothing inherently terrible about this calculated installment of what was originally an inspired treat. But there's nothing particularly fun or exciting, either. EDIT
Posted Jun 12, 2019
Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story by Martin Scorsese (2019) Joanna Langfield Don't even try to get your bearings in this look back at the legendary tour Bob Dylan led across America in 1975. Scorsese, whose dazzling documentaries have looked at creativity in a pretty linear way, goes full Dylan here. EDIT
Posted Jun 10, 2019
Dark Phoenix (2019) Joanna Langfield What a dismal piece of business this is! While Simon Kinberg's chapter of the X-Men saga taps a lot of the familiar notes, this barely memorable slog feels obligatory, a weak step toward the new and hopefully more exciting future. EDIT
Posted Jun 5, 2019
Rocketman (2019) Joanna Langfield Now this is my idea of a rock star biography. Flamboyant and fun, featuring dramatically aligned hit musical numbers, this toe-tapper never forgets the complicated soul of its you-thought-you-knew-him subject. EDIT
Posted May 28, 2019
Booksmart (2019) Joanna Langfield Olivia Wilde's coming of ager is full of heart, lol laughs and, not so coincidentally, smarts. EDIT
Posted May 21, 2019
The Sun Is Also a Star (2019) Joanna Langfield Nicola Yoon's acclaimed best seller hits the screen as a savvy and potent modern day romance. EDIT
Posted May 15, 2019
The White Crow (2018) Joanna Langfield Not as captivating as it should be, this look at Rudolf Nureyev's defection still tells an interesting story. EDIT
Posted May 9, 2019
Long Shot (2019) Joanna Langfield This thoroughly modern romantic comedy delivers as many laughs as it does sly shots at today's world. In other words, this is a sweet and goofy rom com for people looking for a little bit more than that. EDIT
Posted Apr 30, 2019
Red Joan (2018) Joanna Langfield Trevor Nunn's initially standard tale of spies and secrets still draws us in, surprisingly compelled by the story, inspired by a real life incident, of a British woman who collaborated with the Russians during World War II. EDIT
Posted Apr 15, 2019
Us (2019) Joanna Langfield Make of it what you will - and Jordan Peele gives us a whole lot to play with here- this horror is, at its most basic, tantalizing fun. EDIT
Posted Mar 20, 2019
Captain Marvel (2019) Joanna Langfield Not exactly marvelous, this origins story eventually warms up, takes flight and wins us over. EDIT
Posted Mar 7, 2019
On the Basis of Sex (2018) Joanna Langfield Not every film needs to be a piece of art to make its point. And, while Mimi Leder's biopic is no piece of art, it does remind us that, even before she became a cultural phenomenon, Ruth Bader Ginsburg was a national treasure. EDIT
Posted Jan 9, 2019
Aquaman (2018) Joanna Langfield James Wan has thrown everything he can think of on the screen, but the best special effect in this extravaganza is Jason Momoa's hair. EDIT
Posted Dec 18, 2018
Vice (2018) Joanna Langfield Adam McKay is angry. And his firey look back at Dick Cheney makes sure you're angry, too. EDIT
Posted Dec 17, 2018
Mary Poppins Returns (2018) Joanna Langfield There have been many very fine movies this year, but this is the only one that will have you floating on air. EDIT
Posted Dec 12, 2018
If Beale Street Could Talk (2018) Joanna Langfield Barry Jenkins' adaptation of the James Baldwin novel is so beautiful it hurts. EDIT
Posted Dec 1, 2018
Roma (2018) Joanna Langfield Like any art at its greatest, Alfonso Cuaron's autobiographical drama lets us see things we have seen before in a way we may never have seen them before. EDIT
Posted Nov 20, 2018
Creed II (2018) Joanna Langfield Oh, so what if it isn't the knockout the original Creed was? This one still lands its punches, even if a little more softly. EDIT
Posted Nov 20, 2018
The Favourite (2018) Joanna Langfield As compelling as it is to watch, this film is also a reminder that sometimes you can respect the hell out of something and still be miserable as hell watching it. EDIT
Posted Nov 20, 2018
Green Book (2018) Joanna Langfield This crowd pleaser may be just the movie we need right now. EDIT
Posted Nov 15, 2018
Widows (2018) Joanna Langfield A nifty, nimble marriage of prestige and pulp, this one packs a whole lot into a highly entertaining package. EDIT
Posted Nov 13, 2018
The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018) Joanna Langfield This Western, told in six very different chapters, feels like a mirror reflecting the Coen Brothers' filmography. Uncompromising, wildly funny, morally definitive and often deeply moving, not all of it works. But when it does, watch out. EDIT
Posted Nov 7, 2018
Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) Joanna Langfield If, indeed, the intent of this bio-pic is to chronicle the events that led to Queen and Freddie Mercury's legendary performance at Live Aid, well, I guess the goal has been met. The movie, as it is, is fine. But it could have been so much more. EDIT
Posted Oct 23, 2018
First Man (2018) Joanna Langfield It's a puzzle how a film with so many admirable parts can, for me, not come together. EDIT
Posted Oct 9, 2018
A Star Is Born (2018) Joanna Langfield Bradley Cooper has a lot to say in this effective, beautifully made movie. EDIT
Posted Oct 2, 2018
Life Itself (2018) Joanna Langfield Wait: What???? I have seen Dan Fogelman's talky, mawkish melodrama and I have questions. EDIT
Posted Sep 16, 2018
Colette (2018) Joanna Langfield Unlike its heroine, this costume drama is perfectly content to have you snuggle up and be entertained. EDIT
Posted Sep 12, 2018
All About Nina (2018) Joanna Langfield In what is billed as a romantic comedy, Mary Elizabeth Winstead breaks your heart. EDIT
Posted Sep 12, 2018
Support the Girls (2018) Joanna Langfield I just love this movie. EDIT
Posted Aug 21, 2018
Night Comes On (2018) Joanna Langfield Small but impactful, this heartbreaker still fills us with a surprising hope. EDIT
Posted Aug 16, 2018
The Wife (2017) Joanna Langfield Glenn Close soars in a drama that never matches or comes close to her heights. EDIT
Posted Aug 14, 2018
Crazy Rich Asians (2018) Joanna Langfield This sweetie may not be particularly crazy, but it sure is rich. EDIT
Posted Aug 13, 2018
BlacKkKlansman (2018) Joanna Langfield Spike Lee's seriously sensational film not only made me laugh but also left me with chills on the hottest day of the year. EDIT
Posted Aug 7, 2018
Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (2018) Joanna Langfield This may be Lily James' movie, but the fireworks (literally) don't begin until the veterans take the stage. EDIT
Posted Jul 17, 2018
Mission: Impossible -- Fallout (2018) Joanna Langfield A full throttle blast, Fallout delivers high adrenaline thrills, chills and fun. EDIT
Posted Jul 13, 2018
Ant-Man and The Wasp (2018) Joanna Langfield No sting here: this one's a big, happy hit. EDIT
Posted Jun 27, 2018
Sicario: Day of the Soldado (2018) Joanna Langfield So: anybody up to go see a grizzly action drama about a young girl being kidnapped by US undercovers and trafficked over the Texas/Mexican border? EDIT
Posted Jun 26, 2018
Leave No Trace (2018) Joanna Langfield Debra Granik's haunting drama makes other living-off-the-grid films feel like pretenders. EDIT
Posted Jun 24, 2018
Boundaries (2018) Joanna Langfield If nothing else, this familiar familia proves just how far good actors can elevate an ordinary script. EDIT
Posted Jun 19, 2018
Superfly (2018) Joanna Langfield This is not your grandfather's Superfly. For better and for worse. EDIT
Posted Jun 12, 2018
Ocean's 8 (2018) Joanna Langfield This jewel heist caper chapter is much more paste than polish. EDIT
Posted Jun 6, 2018
Hearts Beat Loud (2018) Joanna Langfield These hearts are beating, just a tad too loud. Brett Haley's loving drama is full of heart, but so determinedly, you can't help but feel a bit exhausted by it all. EDIT
Posted Jun 5, 2018
Book Club (2018) Joanna Langfield The only surprise in this by the numbers sweetie is just how high its stars elevate it. And when we're talking Jane Fonda, Mary Steenburgen, Candice Bergen and Diane Keaton that really isn't a surprise at all. EDIT
Posted May 16, 2018
Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) Joanna Langfield After a bumpy start, Ron Howard's prequel settles in and takes us on an entertaining enough ride. There's one great actor in it. And it isn't Alden Ehrenreich. EDIT
Posted May 15, 2018
Deadpool 2 (2018) Joanna Langfield You may come for the action, I'm in for the decidedly punchy jokes and, now don't freak out, the surprisingly pungent emotion. Yup. This superhero spoof is laugh out loud funny, blows a whole lot of stuff up and is full of heart. Go figure. EDIT
Posted May 14, 2018
Disobedience (2017) Joanna Langfield Sebastian Lelio's adaptation of Naomi Alderman's book reaches not too far from the spectacular ground he covered in the Oscar winning A Fantastic Woman. EDIT
Posted Apr 26, 2018
Ready Player One (2018) Joanna Langfield A pop culture banquet, Spielberg's latest may fail to thrill, but it sure does please the eye. EDIT
Posted Mar 28, 2018
Finding Your Feet (2017) Joanna Langfield In the spirit of inclusion, this worn but warm film makes a welcome entry into the superhero saturated scene. EDIT
Posted Mar 27, 2018
A Wrinkle in Time (2018) Joanna Langfield It's gigantic heart and winning intentions can't disguise the fact that Ava DuVernay's modern adaptation of the Madeleine L'Engle 1962 classic is a bit of a mess. EDIT
Posted Mar 7, 2018