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Film Reviews

Film Reviews

KCRW

29
Followers
32
Plays
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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

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 MIN14 h ago
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A spectacle for the streaming domain in the time of the pandemic

The Pain and Exquisite Joy of Performance

"The Audition" stars the great German actress Nina Hoss as a violin teacher determined to turn a tender young student into a virtuoso.

3 MIN2 w ago
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The Pain and Exquisite Joy of Performance

When Not To Say No

"Babyteeth" is a debut feature from Australia, and what a debut: Shannon Murphy, who's never done a full-length film before, directed from a screenplay by Rita Kalnejais. The genre is familiar, a lovely young girl with a disease that may kill her,...

3 MIN3 w ago
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When Not To Say No

A Movie Of and For the Moment

Spike Lee's "Da 5 Bloods," streaming on Netflix, is sprawling, enthralling and essential viewing. It comes on as an action adventure--a group of black Vietnam vets go back to Vietnam to find the remains of their squad leader and the gold bullion he...

3 MINJUN 13
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A Movie Of and For the Moment

The Pleasures and Perversities of Sisterhood

"Shirley," a free-form fictional biopic about the writer Shirley Jackson, has two main settings: Bennington, Vermont, where, in the 1960s, her husband teaches English at Bennington College, and the turbulent landscape of Shirley's inner life, where...

3 MINJUN 6
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The Pleasures and Perversities of Sisterhood

Projecting the future of the big screen

Can the theatrical experience survive? Movie theaters will reopen sometime soon, though not all of them, but the streaming revolution was changing viewing habits long before the pandemic, and has only gained force, and converts, since the...

3 MINMAY 30
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Projecting the future of the big screen

The End of the Line For a Decade-Long Trip

Every few years since they joined forces to do "The Trip" in 2010, the English funnymen Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon have done another installment--"The Trip To Italy" followed by "The Trip To Spain." The latest and final one, "The Trip To Greece,"...

3 MINMAY 23
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The End of the Line For a Decade-Long Trip

Spike Lee's love doc to New York

In less than four minutes, on Super 8 film, Spike Lee has captured the pain and surreal stillness of New York's pandemic moment.

3 MINMAY 16
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Spike Lee's love doc to New York

When a Nanny Needs A Friend

"Saint Frances" is a feature debut for its director, Alex Thompson, and its writer, Kelly O'Sullivan, who also co-stars with a remarkable child actor named Ramona Edith Williams. They play, respectively, Bridget, a nanny, and Frances, the kid who...

3 MINMAY 9
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When a Nanny Needs A Friend

A Man and His Jacket

"Deerskin" is a tale of murderous obsession and a deerskin jacket, though not in that order. The star is Jean Dujardin, who won an Oscar in 2012 for his buoyantly funnyportrayal of George Valentin, a silent-film actor on the way down. Once again...

3 MINMAY 2
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A Man and His Jacket

Latest Episodes

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 MIN14 h ago
Comments
A spectacle for the streaming domain in the time of the pandemic

The Pain and Exquisite Joy of Performance

"The Audition" stars the great German actress Nina Hoss as a violin teacher determined to turn a tender young student into a virtuoso.

3 MIN2 w ago
Comments
The Pain and Exquisite Joy of Performance

When Not To Say No

"Babyteeth" is a debut feature from Australia, and what a debut: Shannon Murphy, who's never done a full-length film before, directed from a screenplay by Rita Kalnejais. The genre is familiar, a lovely young girl with a disease that may kill her,...

3 MIN3 w ago
Comments
When Not To Say No

A Movie Of and For the Moment

Spike Lee's "Da 5 Bloods," streaming on Netflix, is sprawling, enthralling and essential viewing. It comes on as an action adventure--a group of black Vietnam vets go back to Vietnam to find the remains of their squad leader and the gold bullion he...

3 MINJUN 13
Comments
A Movie Of and For the Moment

The Pleasures and Perversities of Sisterhood

"Shirley," a free-form fictional biopic about the writer Shirley Jackson, has two main settings: Bennington, Vermont, where, in the 1960s, her husband teaches English at Bennington College, and the turbulent landscape of Shirley's inner life, where...

3 MINJUN 6
Comments
The Pleasures and Perversities of Sisterhood

Projecting the future of the big screen

Can the theatrical experience survive? Movie theaters will reopen sometime soon, though not all of them, but the streaming revolution was changing viewing habits long before the pandemic, and has only gained force, and converts, since the...

3 MINMAY 30
Comments
Projecting the future of the big screen

The End of the Line For a Decade-Long Trip

Every few years since they joined forces to do "The Trip" in 2010, the English funnymen Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon have done another installment--"The Trip To Italy" followed by "The Trip To Spain." The latest and final one, "The Trip To Greece,"...

3 MINMAY 23
Comments
The End of the Line For a Decade-Long Trip

Spike Lee's love doc to New York

In less than four minutes, on Super 8 film, Spike Lee has captured the pain and surreal stillness of New York's pandemic moment.

3 MINMAY 16
Comments
Spike Lee's love doc to New York

When a Nanny Needs A Friend

"Saint Frances" is a feature debut for its director, Alex Thompson, and its writer, Kelly O'Sullivan, who also co-stars with a remarkable child actor named Ramona Edith Williams. They play, respectively, Bridget, a nanny, and Frances, the kid who...

3 MINMAY 9
Comments
When a Nanny Needs A Friend

A Man and His Jacket

"Deerskin" is a tale of murderous obsession and a deerskin jacket, though not in that order. The star is Jean Dujardin, who won an Oscar in 2012 for his buoyantly funnyportrayal of George Valentin, a silent-film actor on the way down. Once again...

3 MINMAY 2
Comments
A Man and His Jacket
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