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
Thunder Force (2021) Joanna Langfield Well, it's forced alright. What this one doesn't do is bring the thunder. EDIT
Posted Apr 9, 2021
Godzilla vs. Kong (2021) Joanna Langfield For a movie made by the special effects team, this one isn't half bad. EDIT
Posted Apr 3, 2021
The Courier (2020) Joanna Langfield Several films acknowledging the efforts of ordinary citizens surreptitiously aiding in a war effort have gone under the radar lately. I hope that does not happen to this one. EDIT
Posted Mar 16, 2021
Coming 2 America (2021) Joanna Langfield Brimming with good laughs and an even better heart, this sweet reunion couldn't have come along at a better time. EDIT
Posted Mar 4, 2021
Raya and the Last Dragon (2021) Joanna Langfield This beautiful blend of traditional Disney adventure and almost shockingly timely themes makes this animated adventure terrific and vital entertainment. EDIT
Posted Mar 4, 2021
Judas and the Black Messiah (2021) Joanna Langfield I rarely dream about movies right after screening them, but this fact based drama slammed into my sleep. That's how impactful it is. EDIT
Posted Feb 9, 2021
French Exit (2020) Joanna Langfield Imperfectly perfect, this gem-like film can drive you crazy and make you love it all at the same time. Kind of like it's anti-heroic heroine. EDIT
Posted Feb 9, 2021
M (2017) Joanna Langfield Zendaya is what elevates this talky, ambitious piece into something worth seeing. Because Zendaya is transcendent, handling a difficult role with ease and the camera with absolute star power. EDIT
Posted Feb 2, 2021
The Little Things (2021) Joanna Langfield It should have been so much more fun to watch three terrific actors, Denzel Washington, Rami Malek and Jared Leto, combine forces. But too many holes and too little intensity makes the promised bonuses here just not add up. EDIT
Posted Jan 26, 2021
One Night in Miami (2020) Joanna Langfield Inspired and inspiring, this is a beautifully made, entertaining drama. EDIT
Posted Jan 14, 2021
The Midnight Sky (2020) Joanna Langfield George Clooney's ambitious misfire is well intended, but curiously cold and uninvolving. There's an inherent problem here, one which could have offered up an artistic challenge, but somehow, Clooney just doesn't meet it. EDIT
Posted Dec 22, 2020
News of the World (2020) Joanna Langfield Tom Hanks and Paul Greengrass reteam to tell us news of a tumultuous American post Civil War world that echoes in today's. While their efforts are visibly impressive, this historical warning may fall on deaf ears. EDIT
Posted Dec 21, 2020
Ma Rainey's Black Bottom (2020) Joanna Langfield This adaptation of the August Wilson drama is revelatory, beautifully staged as well as acted and almost perfect. Yes, I said almost. EDIT
Posted Dec 17, 2020
The Prom (2020) Joanna Langfield Look. We're all a bunch of frayed nerves and so, if you find a little merriment in this Ryan Murphy (Trademark) overstuffing, go. Have a good time. Or at least as good a time as you can with this insistently cheerful musical adaptation. EDIT
Posted Dec 10, 2020
Let Them All Talk (2020) Joanna Langfield How delicious is this? EDIT
Posted Dec 3, 2020
I'm Your Woman (2020) Joanna Langfield As compelling as this crime drama is, there's a much appreciated bonus. And that's watching Rachel Brosnahan stretch just about as far from Miriam Maisel as she can. EDIT
Posted Dec 2, 2020
Nomadland (2020) Joanna Langfield Chloe Zhao's astonishing film about American nomads is remarkable for what it is as well as for where it takes us. Zhao brings us vividly into the world of men and women who live on and, in some cases, for, the road. EDIT
Posted Dec 1, 2020
The Last Vermeer (2019) Joanna Langfield Guy Pierce. That's it. That's the story. EDIT
Posted Nov 17, 2020
The Nest (2020) Joanna Langfield There's quite a bit to admire in this film about the intimacies of excess. I just wish I had actually liked it more. EDIT
Posted Nov 17, 2020
Hillbilly Elegy (2020) Joanna Langfield Yes, I was miserable watching this. But not for the reasons I should have been. EDIT
Posted Nov 10, 2020
Borat Subsequent Moviefilm (2020) Joanna Langfield Sacha Baron Cohen's Borat follow-up is as almost as astonishing as his first, with not just how'd-he-get-away-with-that fearlessness but now with the extra added bonus of political as well as societal urgency. Oh. And Rudy Guliani. EDIT
Posted Oct 22, 2020
On the Rocks (2020) Joanna Langfield Sweet and frothy, this likeable re-meet of Bill Murray and Sophia Coppola goes down easy. EDIT
Posted Oct 20, 2020
The Trial of the Chicago 7 (2020) Joanna Langfield Of course it's delightful to get to watch a snappy courtroom drama, offering some terrific actors, all getting a chance to shine, but, as he often does, Aaron Sorkin has a lot more on his mind. EDIT
Posted Oct 14, 2020
David Byrne's American Utopia (2020) Joanna Langfield A gift that keeps on giving, this filmed version of the Broadway smash couldn't hit home screens at a better time. EDIT
Posted Oct 13, 2020
The War With Grandpa (2020) Joanna Langfield Among the so many other things I don't understand lately is why they're opening this one "in theaters only". EDIT
Posted Oct 9, 2020
A Rainy Day in New York (2019) Joanna Langfield In his new autobiography, Woody Allen insists, several times, he is an ordinary guy who makes ordinary movies. This, his latest, proves him right. At least for the movie part. EDIT
Posted Sep 29, 2020
The Glorias (2020) Joanna Langfield Why can't we have a movie about our female icons that's even half as exhilarating as they are? EDIT
Posted Sep 29, 2020
The Artist's Wife (2019) Joanna Langfield What could have been just another one of those "wife" stories gets a bit more interesting than we might have expected. EDIT
Posted Sep 22, 2020
Kajillionaire (2020) Joanna Langfield Miranda July's newest is deft, but disappointing. EDIT
Posted Sep 22, 2020
Coastal Elites (2020) Joanna Langfield I owe Paul Rudnick an apology. While I was complaining he wasn't posting his gloriously acerbic tweets enough, he was shaping this series of monologues about life as it is now, reminding us with a poignant hilarity, we are not alone. EDIT
Posted Sep 9, 2020
Mulan (2020) Joanna Langfield Now, this is my kind of Superhero movie. Disney's live action remake is more than Marvel-ous, it's a sweeping, inspirational and beautifully made film, one any family can and should enjoy. EDIT
Posted Sep 3, 2020
Critical Thinking (2020) Joanna Langfield John Leguizamo's salute to the high school chess team that could (and did) is the kind of compact, inspirational and entertaining film that used to find an audience. I hope it still can. EDIT
Posted Sep 1, 2020
An American Pickle (2020) Joanna Langfield If you are surprised at how good Seth Rogen is in his duel role here, you simply haven't been paying attention. EDIT
Posted Aug 7, 2020
The Secret: Dare to Dream (2020) Joanna Langfield Perhaps there was a time when this very old fashioned romance could have been viewed as, I don't know, sweet? EDIT
Posted Jul 30, 2020
Greyhound (2020) Joanna Langfield Tom Hanks' newest aches to be on the big screen. But, the world being what it is, this more condensed wanna-be World War II naval epic still stirs. EDIT
Posted Jul 8, 2020
John Lewis: Good Trouble (2020) Joanna Langfield If you're looking for a hero, look no further than John Lewis, the non-violent activist who walked the walk with Martin Luther King, Jr. EDIT
Posted Jun 30, 2020
Hamilton (2020) Joanna Langfield Lin Manuel Miranda's brilliant musical, with this intimate and often thrilling film presentation, bows again as the gift that keeps on giving. EDIT
Posted Jun 30, 2020
The King of Staten Island (2020) Joanna Langfield I am a Pete Davidson fan. And in their heartfelt collaboration, Judd Apatow almost figures out how to make him a star. EDIT
Posted Jun 15, 2020
Da 5 Bloods (2020) Joanna Langfield Spike Lee's Vietnam stunner would have been hard to shake at any time, but, at this very moment, it feels not just prescient, but essential. EDIT
Posted Jun 10, 2020
Shirley (2020) Joanna Langfield At its best, this very dramatic horror tale reminds us of the dynamic at play in Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf. But this insidious manipulation whirls around what may or may not be a somewhat true story. EDIT
Posted Jun 3, 2020
The Trip to Greece (2020) Joanna Langfield Honestly, could this bittersweet sendoff have shown up at a better time? EDIT
Posted May 19, 2020
How to Build a Girl (2019) Joanna Langfield It's never an easy time to be a teenager, but perhaps this is an even greater moment for a hip coming of age movie to reach out to kids who just don't fit in. EDIT
Posted May 7, 2020
() Joanna Langfield This little show that could (and did) did not start out to be the warm embrace everybody needed. Back some six years ago, Dan Levy just wanted to spin a comedy around the concept of a rich American family losing their money. Privilege meets pauper. EDIT
Posted Apr 5, 2020
The Way Back (2020) Joanna Langfield Warning: you may touch your face watching this one. Because Ben Affleck elevates a rather perfunctory story into a genuinely moving drama that might make you want to wipe away a tear or two. EDIT
Posted Mar 5, 2020
Once Were Brothers: Robbie Robertson and The Band (2019) Joanna Langfield Come for the music, stay for the story: Robbie Robertson's reflections on one of rock and roll's greatest groups is irresistible. EDIT
Posted Feb 18, 2020
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 (2019) 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