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Film Reviews



The Pulitzer Prize-winning critic of The Wall Street Journal, Joe Morgenstern reviews films weekly in the paper and on KCRW; he airs his current musings on the film industry in a biweekly column for the paper as well. He has worked for The New York Times



Copyright: KCRW 2018
 



A Fantastic Woman

Fri, 02 Feb 2018 18:44:00 -0800

Sebastián Lelio’s “A Fantastic Woman” is Chile’s entry for this year’s foreign-language Oscar.


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https://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/etc/fr/KCRW-film_reviews-a_fantastic_woman-180202.mp3




Hostiles

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 18:44:00 -0800

A story of redemption that will stand the test of time.


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https://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/etc/fr/KCRW-film_reviews-hostiles-180119.mp3




Paddington 2

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 18:44:00 -0800

When the little guy with the floppy red hat and a fondness for orange marmalade first appeared on the feature screen three years ago this month, he seemed like a gift from the movie gods in a traditionally lean season. Now he and his creators have outdone themselves. One lovely sequence finds Paddington inside the London of an antique pop-up book, but lovely sequences keep popping up with remarkable frequency.


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https://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/etc/fr/KCRW-film_reviews-paddington_2-180112.mp3




Film Stars Don’t Die In Liverpool

Thu, 28 Dec 2017 18:44:00 -0800

Annette Bening can tell you everything you need to know about her character in a single unfolding scene. It’s always rewarding to see her in action, even though her latest movie, “Film Stars Don’t Die In Liverpool,” doesn’t measure up to her performance.


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https://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/etc/fr/KCRW-film_reviews-film_stars_don2019t_die_in_liverpool-171228.mp3




The Post

Fri, 22 Dec 2017 18:44:00 -0800

The most important movie opening this holiday season is The Post.


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https://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/etc/fr/KCRW-film_reviews-the_post-171222.mp3




The Last Jedi

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 18:44:00 -0800

The Last Jedi starts where The Force Awakens left off. The rebels are in full retreat, and Rey has discovered Luke Skywalker as a monkish hermit on a faraway island of a really faraway planet. The question is what comes next...


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https://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/etc/fr/KCRW-film_reviews-the_last_jedi-171215.mp3




I, Tonya

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 18:44:00 -0800

Impressive in its own right, the movie I, Tonya is also a cure for all those feel-good films about innately noble athletes who manage to triumph over impossible odds. 


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https://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/etc/fr/KCRW-film_reviews-i_tonya-171208.mp3




The Shape of Water

Fri, 01 Dec 2017 18:44:00 -0800

Guillermo del Toro's The Shape of Water is a flow of sumptuous images set to music, a flood tide of feelings with a mythic undertow..


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https://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/etc/fr/KCRW-film_reviews-the_shape_of_water-171201.mp3




Justice League

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 18:44:00 -0800

This new film is a crowd-pleaser only if you're part of a comics-obsessed crowd. 


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https://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/etc/fr/KCRW-film_reviews-justice_league-171117.mp3




Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Fri, 10 Nov 2017 18:44:00 -0800

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri is darkly comic, blazingly profane, flat-out hilarious and often violent, not to mention flippant, tender, poetic and profound. 


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https://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/etc/fr/KCRW-film_reviews-three_billboards_outside_ebbing_missouri-171110.mp3




Lady Bird

Fri, 03 Nov 2017 18:44:00 -0700

Greta Gerwig is one of the pre-eminent actors of our time, and fine actors often make good directors. And she's no stranger to the art of the screenplay.


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https://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/etc/fr/KCRW-film_reviews-lady_bird-171103.mp3




Suburbicon; Novitiate

Fri, 27 Oct 2017 18:44:00 -0700

Joe's got two movies this week, one good and one really, really bad...


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https://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/etc/fr/KCRW-film_reviews-suburbicon_novitiate-171027.mp3




Faces Places

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 18:44:00 -0700

There's never been a film quite like this one.


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https://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/etc/fr/KCRW-film_reviews-faces_places-171020.mp3




Marshall

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 18:44:00 -0700

Marshall is a movie that surprises at every turn.


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https://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/etc/fr/KCRW-film_reviews-marshall-171013.mp3




Blade Runner 2049

Fri, 06 Oct 2017 18:44:00 -0700

The big question in Blade Runner 2049 continues to be the one posed by Ridley Scott’s 1982 sci-fi masterpiece. Who is human, made of flesh and blood, and who is a replicant, built in a factory but able to pass for human in most respects? 


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https://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/etc/fr/KCRW-film_reviews-blade_runner_2049-171006.mp3




Wormwood

Fri, 08 Sep 2017 18:44:00 -0700

Errol Morris's enthralling Wormwood, a six-part, 258-minute miniseries produced by Netflix, debuts in December.


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https://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/etc/fr/KCRW-film_reviews-wormwood-170908.mp3




Step

Fri, 04 Aug 2017 18:44:00 -0700

Step is a stirring documentary about a female step-dancing team in an inner-city high school. 


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https://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/etc/fr/KCRW-film_reviews-step-170804.mp3




Detroit

Fri, 28 Jul 2017 18:44:00 -0700

Detroit is Kathryn Bigelow’s incendiary evocation of the riots that convulsed the Motor City 50 years ago this week. 


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https://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/etc/fr/KCRW-film_reviews-detroit-170728.mp3




Dunkirk

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 18:44:00 -0700

Christopher Nolan's Dunkirk is an astonishing evocation of a crucial event during the first year of World War II. It’s something new in the annals of war films — an intimate epic.


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https://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/etc/fr/KCRW-film_reviews-dunkirk-170721.mp3




War for the Planet of the Apes

Fri, 14 Jul 2017 18:44:00 -0700

If you listened to War for the Planet of the Apes with your eyes closed, the music alone would let you know you were in the presence of a grand adventure. 


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https://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/etc/fr/KCRW-film_reviews-war_for_the_planet_of_the_apes-170714.mp3




Spider-Man: Homecoming

Fri, 07 Jul 2017 18:44:00 -0700

Spider-Man: Homecoming is delightfully smart, genially aware of itself and terrifically likeable. Only now is this series coming of age. 


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https://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/etc/fr/KCRW-film_reviews-spider_man_homecoming-170707.mp3




Baby Driver

Fri, 30 Jun 2017 18:44:00 -0700

Baby Driver is a time-capsule testament to the primacy of music and movement in contemporary life; the beat is both the medium and the message.


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https://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/etc/fr/KCRW-film_reviews-baby_driver-170630.mp3




The Big Sick

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 18:44:00 -0700

Maybe the title of The Big Sick could be improved, but everything else conspires to make this romantic comedy a cockeyed classic. It's hilariously hyperverbal, yet wonderfully heartfelt.


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https://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/etc/fr/KCRW-film_reviews-the_big_sick-170623.mp3




Cars 3

Fri, 16 Jun 2017 18:44:00 -0700

Cars 3 is about Lightning McQueen. This time the hotshot is a faded champion who yearns to win one more race. He's an intriguing hero for young audiences, a living legend and incipient geezer struggling to compete against a new breed of race cars.


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https://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/etc/fr/KCRW-film_reviews-cars_3-170616.mp3




The Mummy

Fri, 09 Jun 2017 18:44:00 -0700

"The Mummy" goes beyond defying comprehension. It's truly incomprehensible, and I have some questions about it.


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https://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/etc/fr/KCRW-film_reviews-the_mummy-170609.mp3