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The Pulitzer Prize-winning critic of The Wall Street Journal, Joe Morgenstern reviews films weekly in the paper and on KCRW.

Latest Episodes

When Telluride Came To the Rose Bowl

After cancelling this year's Telluride Film Festival because of the pandemic, the festival set up shop for one night at a pop-up drive-in next to the Rose Bowl. Only one film was shown, but it was special, and beautiful--Chloé Zhao's "Nomadland."

3 min2 d ago
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When Telluride Came To the Rose Bowl

What Are They Doing To Us?

A Netflix documentary, "The Social Dilemma," examines the myriad ways social media platforms hold our attention while they mine our minds for data and pollute them with news that ranges from trivial through questionable to flat-out counterfeit.

3 min1 w ago
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What Are They Doing To Us?

A Mobius Strip Of a Road Trip

Charlie Kaufman's "I'm Thinking of Ending It All" defies description but doesn't defeat it. The Netflix film starts with two people in a car on a road trip, then goes off on a trip of its own to explore matters of identity, relationships, projection...

3 min2 w ago
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A Mobius Strip Of a Road Trip

In the Matter of Robin Williams's Death

A new documentary, "Robin's Wish," deals with the disease that took his life, but also celebrates his life, and his courage as his inner self came undone.

3 min3 w ago
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In the Matter of Robin Williams's Death

Heroism and Heartbreak

"Desert One," a superb documentary by Barbara Kopple, examines the 1980 special forces mission launched secretly by President Jimmy Carter in an attempt to end the Iran hostage crisis.

3 minAUG 22
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Heroism and Heartbreak

Through a glass glibly

In "Boys State," a documentary streaming on Apple TV+, 1,000 or so high school juniors come together in Texas for a week-long program in which they build their own state government and run for governor in mock elections. How they go about it...

3 minAUG 15
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Through a glass glibly

Rising from real ashes

Ron Howard's "Rebuilding Paradise," a fine National Geographic documentary, reconstructs the 2018 wildfire that destroyed the town of Paradise in the foothills of Northern California. The film also has something to say, however indirectly, about our...

3 minAUG 1
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Rising from real ashes

When the Nucleus Won't Hold

"Radioactive," a biopic that starts to be about Marie Curie, can't resist a cause-and-effect survey of radiation that extends as far afield as Hiroshima, the Nevada Proving Ground and Chernobyl. But Rosamund Pike's vivid performance as the peerless...

3 minJUL 25
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When the Nucleus Won't Hold

Healing a soldier and his family

A Netflix documentary, "Father Soldier Son," spans almost a decade as it tracks a former platoon sergeant, gravely wounded in Afghanistan, and the two young sons who adore him.

3 minJUL 18
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Healing a soldier and his family

A spectacle for the streaming domain in the time of the pandemic

"Greyhound," with Tom Hanks as a destroyer captain during the Battle of the Atlantic in World War II, brings an action adventure to home screens. But it also reminds us how much we've lost with the closing of theaters and their huge screens.

3 minJUL 11
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A spectacle for the streaming domain in the time of the pandemic

Latest Episodes

When Telluride Came To the Rose Bowl

After cancelling this year's Telluride Film Festival because of the pandemic, the festival set up shop for one night at a pop-up drive-in next to the Rose Bowl. Only one film was shown, but it was special, and beautiful--Chloé Zhao's "Nomadland."

3 min2 d ago
Comments
When Telluride Came To the Rose Bowl

What Are They Doing To Us?

A Netflix documentary, "The Social Dilemma," examines the myriad ways social media platforms hold our attention while they mine our minds for data and pollute them with news that ranges from trivial through questionable to flat-out counterfeit.

3 min1 w ago
Comments
What Are They Doing To Us?

A Mobius Strip Of a Road Trip

Charlie Kaufman's "I'm Thinking of Ending It All" defies description but doesn't defeat it. The Netflix film starts with two people in a car on a road trip, then goes off on a trip of its own to explore matters of identity, relationships, projection...

3 min2 w ago
Comments
A Mobius Strip Of a Road Trip

In the Matter of Robin Williams's Death

A new documentary, "Robin's Wish," deals with the disease that took his life, but also celebrates his life, and his courage as his inner self came undone.

3 min3 w ago
Comments
In the Matter of Robin Williams's Death

Heroism and Heartbreak

"Desert One," a superb documentary by Barbara Kopple, examines the 1980 special forces mission launched secretly by President Jimmy Carter in an attempt to end the Iran hostage crisis.

3 minAUG 22
Comments
Heroism and Heartbreak

Through a glass glibly

In "Boys State," a documentary streaming on Apple TV+, 1,000 or so high school juniors come together in Texas for a week-long program in which they build their own state government and run for governor in mock elections. How they go about it...

3 minAUG 15
Comments
Through a glass glibly

Rising from real ashes

Ron Howard's "Rebuilding Paradise," a fine National Geographic documentary, reconstructs the 2018 wildfire that destroyed the town of Paradise in the foothills of Northern California. The film also has something to say, however indirectly, about our...

3 minAUG 1
Comments
Rising from real ashes

When the Nucleus Won't Hold

"Radioactive," a biopic that starts to be about Marie Curie, can't resist a cause-and-effect survey of radiation that extends as far afield as Hiroshima, the Nevada Proving Ground and Chernobyl. But Rosamund Pike's vivid performance as the peerless...

3 minJUL 25
Comments
When the Nucleus Won't Hold

Healing a soldier and his family

A Netflix documentary, "Father Soldier Son," spans almost a decade as it tracks a former platoon sergeant, gravely wounded in Afghanistan, and the two young sons who adore him.

3 minJUL 18
Comments
Healing a soldier and his family

A spectacle for the streaming domain in the time of the pandemic

"Greyhound," with Tom Hanks as a destroyer captain during the Battle of the Atlantic in World War II, brings an action adventure to home screens. But it also reminds us how much we've lost with the closing of theaters and their huge screens.

3 minJUL 11
Comments
A spectacle for the streaming domain in the time of the pandemic
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