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Film Reviews

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30
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36
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

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 MIN1 w ago
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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...

3 MIN2 w ago
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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 MIN3 w ago
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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

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 MINJUN 27
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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 MINJUN 20
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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

Latest Episodes

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 MIN1 w ago
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...

3 MIN2 w ago
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 MIN3 w ago
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

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 MINJUN 27
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 MINJUN 20
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
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