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Stephanie Zacharek

Stephanie Zacharek
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
72% The Aeronauts (2019) ...if you're a grown woman watching The Aeronauts, you may feel-as feisty as Jones' performance is-that you're being talked down to. It's as if women don't have enough adventure stories of our own.‐ TIME Magazine
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2019
83% Queen & Slim (2019) There's no getting around the appeal of these two characters, as Kaluuya and Turner-Smith play them...‐ TIME Magazine
Read More | Posted Nov 28, 2019
89% The Two Popes (2019) An enjoyable portrait of a prickly friendship between two men of vastly different temperaments...‐ TIME Magazine
Read More | Posted Nov 27, 2019
85% Waves (2019) Russell's performance is like a rush of wind on a dry, hot day, the blessing you didn't know you needed.‐ TIME Magazine
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2019
97% Dolemite Is My Name (2019) Murphy brings the spirit of Blaxploitation underdog Rudy Ray Moore to life, with tell-it-like-it-is radiance. His timing is, as always, cobra-strike precise...‐ TIME Magazine
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2019
96% Knives Out (2019) Knives Out isn't just a beautifully made diversion. It's also a utopian vision. ‐ TIME Magazine
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2019
52% Charlie's Angels (2019) Charlie's Angels should have been glamorous fun, a Saturday-night-out kind of movie. Suddenly, staying in with an icepack on your head never looked so good.‐ TIME Magazine
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2019
92% Ford v Ferrari (2019) Ford v Ferrari is a little too long; some scenes leave unnecessary skidmark trails. But the movie still has amiable style and energy to spare. It's fast but never furious.‐ TIME Magazine
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2019
95% A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (2019) This is a movie that's both entertainment and spiritual toolkit-take from it what you need.‐ TIME Magazine
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2019
93% Honey Boy (2019) Even within the context of this upbringing-as-horror-show, LaBeouf locates crystalline reflections of the better man his father might have been.‐ TIME Magazine
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2019
67% Krampus (2015) Some clever soul might have done something moderately effective with this idea, but Krampus is too dumb to be scary and too listless to be entertaining.‐ TIME Magazine
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2019
74% Harriet (2019) It's as if Tubman walks among us, melting away the years between her life and ours.‐ TIME Magazine
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2019
79% Jojo Rabbit (2019) It's Waititi's ability to balance unassailably goofy moments with an acknowledgment of real-life horrors that makes the movie exceptional.‐ TIME Magazine
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2019
40% Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (2019) See it for the inventive, elaborate costumes (designed by Ellen Mirojnick), for the tiny-albeit slightly creepy-mushroom people and the miniature fairies wearing dandelion tutus, and for Jolie...‐ TIME Magazine
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2019
99% Parasite (Gisaengchung) (2019) It tells a story you could probably follow without subtitles, or any dialogue at all: the faces of these actors show with piercing clarity how it feels to be outsiders in a world of wealth and privilege.‐ TIME Magazine
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2019
96% The Irishman (2019) The Irishman is so layered with detail, and shifts so gracefully through so many eras, that it's hard to tease out a clearly defined plot. Even so, the movie is beautifully constructed-you willingly follow wherever it goes.‐ TIME Magazine
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2019
83% Judy (2019) Zellweger paints shadows of nuance into her portrayal of a performer who invites easy caricature. And she sings, too.‐ TIME Magazine
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2019
84% Downton Abbey (2019) It's a featherweight delight, like the prettiest pink-and-white cake on the tea tray.‐ TIME Magazine
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2019
24% The Goldfinch (2019) It's an object lesson in what not to do in an adaptation, yet it's occasionally effective enough that you can see a much more successful movie buried within it.‐ TIME Magazine
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2019
88% Hustlers (2019) The figurative runaway limo these women are riding in is headed for a crash. But oh, the ride is glorious!‐ TIME Magazine
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2019
70% The King (2019) Honors a classic story and opens its grandeur to a new audience-even as it gives an elbow-poke to those who have seen it all before, or who only think they have.‐ TIME Magazine
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2019
41% The Laundromat (2019) Much of the movie is bitterly funny; some of it just amusingly droll. But the finale, a rallying cry that's both galvanizing and wistful, is a wrap-up worth waiting for.‐ TIME Magazine
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2019
69% Joker (2019) Phillips may want us to think he's giving us a movie all about the emptiness of our culture, but really, he's just offering a prime example of it.‐ TIME Magazine
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2019
46% Seberg (2019) The picture is potent and engaging; even its fictionalized elements ring with the spirit of truth.‐ TIME Magazine
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2019
84% Ad Astra (2019) Ad Astra works, not least because nearly every minute of it is gorgeous to look at.‐ TIME Magazine
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2019
96% Marriage Story (2019) I suspect almost anyone who has dissolved a seemingly perfect union can relate to at least some of Marriage Story, especially if there are children involved.‐ TIME Magazine
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2019
89% Brittany Runs a Marathon (2019) Bell... knows her way around a wisecrack. She also plays Brittany's transformation subtly and intelligently, without courting our pity or even our approval.‐ TIME Magazine
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2019
80% Good Boys (2019) Mostly... it's more funny and charming than it is raunchy. If these boys are the men of the future, their parents have done something right.‐ TIME Magazine
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2019
89% Blinded by the Light (2019) Joyous and funny even as it strikes the occasional melancholy chord, Blinded by the Light is a testament to the small miracle of how the right music manages to find us at just the right time...‐ TIME Magazine
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2019
22% The Kitchen (2019) There's not enough heat in this Kitchen, but there's nothing cool about it, either.‐ TIME Magazine
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2019
44% The Art of Racing in the Rain (2019) It could all be so winsome and adorable-but it isn't.‐ TIME Magazine
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2019
67% Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019) Somewhere around the midpoint of Hobbs & Shaw, the action sequences become so elaborate that they start to weigh the movie down; it becomes less a lean machine than an unwieldy, chubby sausage.‐ TIME Magazine
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2019
78% Skin (2019) You'd never expect a xenophobic, hate-filled skinhead to have the sweet face and demeanor of the actor Jamie Bell, which is what makes Bell's performance in Guy Nattiv's Skin so effective...‐ TIME Magazine
Read More | Posted Jul 25, 2019
93% Sword of Trust (2019) Sword of Trust is a modest, wobbly picture, and it falls apart as it rambles toward its ending. Yet it never feels like a waste of time. Sometimes being invited along for the ride is reward enough.‐ TIME Magazine
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2019
53% The Lion King (2019) In that respect, this Lion King is a faithful remake, and in terms of its technology, it's at times quite beautiful to behold... But there's no sense of wonder in this new Lion King-its most visible attribute is ambition.‐ TIME Magazine
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2019
90% Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) But until all that nonsense gets rolling, Spider-Man: Far from Home is breezy and enjoyable, focusing on all that's most appealing about Peter Parker and his web-slinging alter ego Spider-Man.‐ TIME Magazine
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2019
63% Yesterday (2019) The Beatles were larger than life, but at least part of their greatness was built on subtlety. That's a language Yesterday doesn't understand...‐ TIME Magazine
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2019
83% Midsommar (2019) Beware the filmmaker who's exercising, when just making films will do.‐ TIME Magazine
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2019
93% Wild Rose (2019) Rose-Lynn is neither a wholly selfish character nor a selfless one, and her rough contours give Wild Rose-directed by Tom Harper and written by Nicole Taylor-its bite.‐ TIME Magazine
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2019
97% Toy Story 4 (2019) Even if no one needs a Toy Story 4, it's here, and the good news is that it's funny and imaginative and, in places, intriguingly strange.‐ TIME Magazine
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2019
92% Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story By Martin Scorsese (2019) In Bob we trust.‐ TIME Magazine
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2019
93% The Last Black Man in San Francisco (2019) It would be correct to call The Last Black Man a story about gentrification, but that word hardly captures the movie's mystery and its heartbeat.‐ TIME Magazine
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2019
90% Always Be My Maybe (2019) Always Be My Maybe has that made-for-the-small-screen quality, almost a movie but not quite-it feels rushed, rough and a bit too casual, as if the script needed just another draft or two.‐ TIME Magazine
Read More | Posted Jun 4, 2019
97% Portrait of a Lady on Fire (Portrait de la jeune fille en feu) (2019) It's a great example of how a well-told story, with vivid characters, can seep right into your bones and keep you thinking for days afterward-and the pleasure felt while watching it isn't negligible either.‐ TIME Magazine
Read More | Posted May 23, 2019
97% Booksmart (2019) Feldstein and Dever have a kind of mad, cartoon chipmunk chemistry, playing characters who know each other so well that they finish each other's sentences and step on each other's lines.‐ TIME Magazine
Read More | Posted May 23, 2019
85% Once Upon a Time In Hollywood (2019) Pitt and DiCaprio are marvelous together, and though neither are what any of us should call "old," their faces, once as flawless as airbrushed high-school portraits, have now achieved a more weathered perfection.‐ TIME Magazine
Read More | Posted May 22, 2019
80% A Hidden Life (2019) [It] may be visually beautiful, in a mountains-in-the-mist way. But what is it saying? What is it doing? And oh, dear God, is he showing us those mountains again?‐ TIME Magazine
Read More | Posted May 20, 2019
97% Pain and Glory (Dolor y gloria) (2019) Everything about Pain and Glory is awake and alive, and Almodóvar's nerve endings become ours, too.‐ TIME Magazine
Read More | Posted May 20, 2019
89% Rocketman (2019) Rocketman is magnificent and ridiculous, a feathered melanage of clichés and originality, of respectful homage and unrepentant nostalgia.‐ TIME Magazine
Read More | Posted May 18, 2019
56% The Dead Don't Die (2019) As always, Jarmusch knows how to get laughs with timing. It's so integral to his movies that he probably wouldn't be able to explain how he does it; it's probably more like waiting for a bird to land on a branch than anything.‐ TIME Magazine
Read More | Posted May 16, 2019