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
Downhill (2020) Joanna Langfield Sadly, this unnecessary remake is a cautionary tale. Not only does it remind us to ski carefully and show up when your family needs you, it also proves those queasy fears when American filmmakers think they can do it better are not always unfounded. EDIT
Posted Feb 12, 2020
Olympic Dreams (2019) Joanna Langfield It would be easy to toss this one off as Lost in Translation lite, but that would be wrong. Because while the comparison is somewhat clear, this true, small sweetheart of a movie has its own integrity, charm and very cool backdrop. EDIT
Posted Feb 5, 2020
The Last Full Measure (2020) Joanna Langfield In light of this country's continuing issues with the legacy of the Vietnam War and its veterans, the film packs an earnest and long time in coming punch. EDIT
Posted Jan 22, 2020
Just Mercy (2019) Joanna Langfield Sometimes, a film doesn't have to be "elevated" in order to be effective. While this story of injustice isn't artsy or showy, thanks to its heart breaking basis, along with some terrific performances, it had me in tears throughout. EDIT
Posted Jan 7, 2020
Bombshell (2019) Joanna Langfield However well intentioned, this wanna be explosive lands with a fizzle. EDIT
Posted Dec 9, 2019
Richard Jewell (2019) Joanna Langfield There are a few things in this movie I'm not so sure about. But its lead performance sure isn't one of them. EDIT
Posted Dec 3, 2019
Uncut Gems (2019) Joanna Langfield The Safdie brothers have served up an ear blasting, soul piercing, and pretty damn thrilling take on how the American Dream can go very, very wrong. EDIT
Posted Dec 3, 2019
The Two Popes (2019) Joanna Langfield Like a few other notable films out there, this, too, focuses on men's relationships with one another. This time though, their religion is, well, religion. EDIT
Posted Dec 1, 2019
1917 (2019) Joanna Langfield Sam Mendes homage to his grandfather's stories of World War I has splashed onto the screen as a modern day video game. For better and for worse. EDIT
Posted Dec 1, 2019
Little Women (2019) Joanna Langfield Do we really need another adaptation of this beloved classic? When it's as wonderful as this one is, the answer is yes, oh yes, indeed. EDIT
Posted Nov 25, 2019
Knives Out (2019) Joanna Langfield Who knew murder could be this much fun? EDIT
Posted Nov 22, 2019
A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (2019) Joanna Langfield The casting of Tom Hanks as Mr. Rogers might make one assume we're in for a gentle feel good movie. Thankfully, the end results are savvier and more interesting than that. EDIT
Posted Nov 18, 2019
The Good Liar (2019) Joanna Langfield What may be a rather traditional plot is makes good thanks to its two terrific stars. And that's no lie. EDIT
Posted Nov 12, 2019
Ford v Ferrari (2019) Joanna Langfield James Mangold's latest is a racing movie fueled by its terrific camerawork and two even more terrific stars. EDIT
Posted Nov 12, 2019
Marriage Story (2019) Joanna Langfield Noah Baumbach's funny and sad ode to the cycles of a marriage sends a laser beam to the heart. Proving the power of small moments, this remarkable piece takes us on a finely tuned and beautifully acted ride that is hard to shake. EDIT
Posted Nov 7, 2019
Dolemite Is My Name (2019) Joanna Langfield Yes, this movie is a total blast. But it also may be the sweetest picture so far this year. EDIT
Posted Oct 25, 2019
Joker (2019) Joanna Langfield Todd Phillips' take on the iconic Batman nemesis has a lot on its mind. Too bad it blasts it all so relentlessly almost none of it leaves a lasting mark. EDIT
Posted Oct 2, 2019
The Irishman (2019) Joanna Langfield Scorsese's mob epic demands and commands. Confident enough to play with traditional storytelling as well as cutting edge technology, this is thrilling work from artists at their prime. EDIT
Posted Sep 29, 2019
Judy (2019) Joanna Langfield This decent enough bio-pic really only sings thanks to Renee Zellweger's terrific performance. EDIT
Posted Sep 24, 2019
Ad Astra (2019) Joanna Langfield While this stellar space odyssey delivers the cool, what gives it fuel is its heat. There's a lot of both and still, at times, not enough of either. EDIT
Posted Sep 16, 2019
The Goldfinch (2019) Joanna Langfield Even at a lengthy two and a half hour running time, we're left hanging. And don't even get me started on that rushed, incomprehensible third act. EDIT
Posted Sep 11, 2019
The Kitchen (2019) Joanna Langfield This is a kind of crazy movie. My kind of crazy movie. EDIT
Posted Aug 7, 2019
After the Wedding (2019) Joanna Langfield This high melodrama proves what good actors can bring to a production that otherwise falls flat. EDIT
Posted Aug 6, 2019
Once Upon a Time... In Hollywood (2019) Joanna Langfield Quentin Tarentino's combustible fairy tale is blissfully entertaining. It also reveals a new perspective from the already legendary filmmaker. EDIT
Posted Jul 23, 2019
The Lion King (2019) Joanna Langfield A true visual accomplishment, what really makes this one roar, when it does, are its very human stars. EDIT
Posted Jul 11, 2019
Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) Joanna Langfield Fun. Remember fun? Thankfully, the MCU does and serves it up big time for us in this new chapter, one designed not just to entertain, but to make the transition into the new generation. EDIT
Posted Jun 27, 2019
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
Men in Black: International (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