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'Citizen Jane: Battle for the City': An Urban Legend Comes to Life

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 23:01:32 EDT

Matt Tyrnauer’s documentary evokes the immortal combat between writer-activist Jane Jacobs, and Robert Moses, the relentless titan of urban renewal.

'Jeremiah Tower: The Last Magnificent' Review: Kitchen Drama, Culinary Glory

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 15:45:15 EDT

Lydia Tenaglia’s documentary profiles one of the central figures of the American food movement.

'The Fate of the Furious' Review: Nothing Good Under the Hood

Fri, 14 Apr 2017 09:44:23 EDT

The latest entry in the high-horsepower series goes nowhere in a vrooming hurry.

'The Lost City of Z' Review: Where Passion Is Unexplored Territory

Fri, 14 Apr 2017 16:22:50 EDT

The true-life tale of lost Amazon explorer Percy Fawcett loses its dramatic way.

'Graduation' Review: Making the Grade

Thu, 13 Apr 2017 17:19:06 EDT

A surgeon betrays his principles to make sure his daughter succeeds on a crucial exam.

'Truman' Review: Coming to Terms

Thu, 13 Apr 2017 17:18:19 EDT

A terminally ill man receives a visit from an old friend who helps him accept his fate and find a home for his beloved dog.

'Tommy's Honour' Review: Legacy on the Links

Thu, 13 Apr 2017 17:17:53 EDT

This 19th-century tale of love and rivalry celebrates legendary father-son golfers.

'Their Finest' Review: Storytelling Victorious

Thu, 06 Apr 2017 17:55:56 EDT

This scintillating British comedy turns on the making of a dubiously inspirational propaganda film during the Blitz.

Maladaptation of the Species

Fri, 31 Mar 2017 12:48:53 EDT

After the Luftwaffe bombs the Warsaw zoo in 1939, the heroine of the title tends to the surviving animals while helping to save the lives of hundreds of Poland’s Jews.

'I Called Him Morgan' Review: A Hard Bop Life---and Death

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 18:43:47 EDT

A documentary looks at trumpeter Lee Morgan, the wife who loved him and the New York jazz scene of the ‘50s and ‘60s.

'Life' Review: From a Single Cell, Growth and Regression

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 22:51:31 EDT

Martian soil samples contain a lifeform that portends bad news for a space station’s crew.

'Frantz' Review: War-Torn Truth

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 15:50:22 EDT

After the Great War, a Frenchman’s surprising gesture of reconciliation leads to the beginnings of a romance.

'Prevenge' Review: Prepartum Panic

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 15:49:56 EDT

An unborn baby sends her mother on a killing spree in a debut feature starring Alice Lowe, who wrote and directed.

'Beauty and the Beast' Review: Live Actors, Dead Wrong

Sun, 19 Mar 2017 15:25:18 EDT

Disney’s erratic remake substitutes grandiose spectacle for enchantment.

'After the Storm' Review: Loosened Family Ties

Thu, 16 Mar 2017 15:51:06 EDT

Hirokazu Kore-eda’s new drama asks why dreamers don’t fulfill their dreams.

'Raw' Review: A Matter of Taste

Thu, 09 Mar 2017 21:27:25 EST

Julia Ducournau’s shocking first feature follows a veterinary student who turns to cannibalism; starring Garance Marillier and Ella Rumpf.

'Personal Shopper' Review: Reaching Across the Void

Thu, 09 Mar 2017 12:36:36 EST

Kristen Stewart stars as a personal shopper trying to connect with her recently deceased twin brother in Olivier Assayas’s creepy ghost tale.

'Kong: Skull Island' Review: Bungle in the Jungle

Thu, 09 Mar 2017 19:43:42 EST

The outsize ape returns in an effects-heavy feature set in the Vietnam era; directed by Jordan Vogt-Roberts, starring Brie Larson, Samuel L. Jackson, John C. Reilly and Tom Hiddleston.

'Logan' Review: Violence and Drama That Cut Deep

Fri, 03 Mar 2017 10:19:19 EST

Hugh Jackman is back as the mutant Wolverine, a good soul in torment out to help the dying and protect the innocent

'The Shack' Review: A Test of Faith

Thu, 02 Mar 2017 14:50:53 EST

Octavia Spencer stars as the Almighty in this tale of a father coping with the death of his youngest child.

'Before I Fall' Review: Growing Up Is Hard to Do

Thu, 02 Mar 2017 14:50:30 EST

A popular senior in high school relives Valentine’s Day over and over again until she becomes a better person.

From Surreal Comedy to Melodrama

Tue, 28 Feb 2017 23:14:27 EST

Reviving Julio Bracho, a Mexican director both versatile and prolific, with a keen visual sense and a flair for passionate characters.

'Get Out' Review: Black, White and Terrific All Over

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 19:33:49 EST

Jordan Peele’s debut feature mixes laughs and chills at the intersection of horror and race.

'My Life as a Zucchini' Review: Magical, Youthful Resilience

Sun, 26 Feb 2017 18:05:50 EST

Switzerland’s entry in the animated-feature category of this year’s Oscars is set in an orphanage where kindness is the norm.

'The Great Wall' Review: Keeping Monsters at Bay

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 09:26:49 EST

Matt Damon stars in this medieval saga as a sharp-eyed European archer helping Chinese soldiers defend against zombified beasts.

'A Cure for Wellness' Review

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 17:02:31 EST

In Gore Verbinski’s new gothic horror film, a staffer at a financial services firm must find his boss in a sinister Swiss spa.

'The Lego Batman Movie' Review: Superbly Silly, With Villainous Supernumeraries

Fri, 10 Feb 2017 11:51:26 EST

This animated sendup of comic-book epics includes a neurotic Batman, a needy Joker and a desperate Dick Grayson

'Kedi' Review: The Young, Furry Turks

Thu, 09 Feb 2017 14:21:48 EST

A look at Istanbul’s feline population and its special bond with the city’s human inhabitants

'A United Kingdom' Review: For Crown and Country

Thu, 09 Feb 2017 14:21:18 EST

In the late 1940s, a young black king returns from England to his native land in southern Africa with a white bride.

'Land of Mine' Review: Reversed Sympathies

Thu, 09 Feb 2017 14:21:00 EST

After World War II, young German POWs must clear Nazi landmines from Denmark’s west coast with their bare hands.

'The Space Between Us' Review: Tulsa, We Have a Problem

Fri, 03 Feb 2017 11:19:08 EST

In this sci-fi romance, a boy from Mars and girl from Earth share a dramatic vacuum

'I Am Not Your Negro' Review: Brilliant Notes on a Native Son

Thu, 02 Feb 2017 15:43:14 EST

An unflinching look at writer and social critic James Baldwin’s life, his struggle for civil rights and his unfinished book

'The Comedian' Review: Graying Performer Works Blue

Thu, 02 Feb 2017 15:41:30 EST

Robert De Niro’s washed-up comic doesn’t warrant laughs

'A Dog's Purpose' Review: The Soul of a Canine Unleashed

Fri, 27 Jan 2017 12:47:33 EST

In Lasse Hallström’s screen version of the novel by W. Bruce Cameron, man’s best friend always finds a way home—even if it takes a few lifetimes.

'Reset' Review: Lord of the Dance

Sun, 15 Jan 2017 22:10:37 EST

A documentary follows Benjamin Millepied’s brief, reformist stint as the head of the Paris Opera Ballet

'Unfriended' Review: Eerily Effective Teen Screen Grab

Fri, 15 May 2015 02:33:08 EDT

Dark forces take over a chat room after an online video shows a teenager’s suicide.

'Ex Machina' Review: Artfully Programmed for Pleasure

Fri, 08 May 2015 02:34:07 EDT

A programmer tests the humanity of a sultry robot at a tech mogul’s estate.

'White God' Review: Bark, Bite, Brutality, Brilliance

Fri, 01 May 2015 02:32:57 EDT

After being torn away from his owner, a mutt leads a pack of dogs in an uprising against the cruelty of humans in this film from Kornél Mundruczó.

Vivid 'Dredd 3D' Makes Rival Thrillers Look Flat

Fri, 21 Sep 2012 00:23:35 EDT

Meanwhile, "How to Survive a Plague" is a striking true tale of AIDS activists, and Clint Eastwood is in trouble with "the Curve."

Dazzling Drama About, and by, a 'Master'

Thu, 13 Sep 2012 23:50:14 EDT

Director Paul Thomas Anderson is aided by Joaquin Phoenix and Philip Seymour Hoffman as a tightly bonded duo. Meanwhile, "Arbitrage" is on the money.

Cruel Kids, Weakling Schools, Hard-Hitting 'Bully'

Fri, 30 Mar 2012 18:15:29 EDT

Joe Morgenstern reviews 'Bully,' which he calls a 'valuable documentary. Also, "The Island President" takes on climate issues, and "Wrath of the Titans" returns to the mythic age.

'Easy A' Aces Comedy, Hawthorne

Fri, 17 Sep 2010 15:13:26 EDT

A star-making turn by Emma Stone is the highlight of a smart comedy, says Joe Morgenstern. Plus, "Never Let Me Go" has little hold, Ben Affleck puts "The Town" on the map and "Heartbreaker" proves agreeable.

Thrills Vie With Speechifying

Fri, 12 Mar 2010 14:45:14 EST

"Green Zone," a Jason Bourne thriller in spirit, is closer to what the Iraq War must have looked like than anything previously captured in a fiction film, writes Joe Morgenstern.

'Avatar': The Unreal Thing

Fri, 18 Dec 2009 14:38:26 EST

Director James Cameron creates a fantastic 3-D planet though some narrative problems intrude, while brassy 'Nine' is, say, a 7½, writes Joe Morgenstern.

Coens Mine Gym, CIA for Thin Farce

Mon, 15 Sep 2008 21:31:00 EDT

"Burn After Reading" could just as well have been called "Forget After Seeing," writes Joe Morgenstern.

Telluride Thrills

Fri, 05 Sep 2008 15:05:00 EDT

Indian dazzler "Slumdog Millionaire" and French film "I Loved You So Long" were highlights at this year's Telluride Film Festival.

'Traitor' Betrays a Smart Premise

Fri, 29 Aug 2008 11:04:00 EDT

The promising premise in "Traitor" -- a Muslim-American and former covert agent for the U.S. is marked as a terrorist suspect -- devolves into a by-the-numbers espionage thriller.

In 'Hamlet 2,' Coogan Makes Failure Fun

Fri, 22 Aug 2008 10:23:00 EDT

In "Hamlet 2," a dazzling antidote to "High School Musical," Steve Coogan is endlessly resourceful, endlessly inventive, and makes failure endlessly entertaining.

'Vicky Cristina' Is Charming Allen Roundelay

Thu, 05 Feb 2009 09:32:24 EST

Woody Allen's beautiful if insubstantial "Vicky Cristina Barcelona" -- his most endearing film in years -- chronicles two American girls on a summer idyll in Barcelona. "Tropic Thunder" is a gleeful send-up of big-budget movies and big Hollywood egos.