Film Reviews

Film Reviews

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

The lovely paradox of Lulu Wang’s “The Farewell,” in subtitled Mandarin and English, is that everyone in it tries to hide their feelings as long as they can, yet their story goes…

A fourth "Toy Story," coming nine years after the trilogy ended, is automatically big news. But is it good news? The answer is four times yes, with only minor qualifications.

"Men in Black: International" is an industrial product salvaged from the remnants of an exhausted franchise and aimed at a young audience that may not know or care what a joy the…

“The Last Black Man in San Francisco” is about the stories we need to tell ourselves.

"The Fall Of the American Empire" is a French-Canadian crime caper about money--not just the small fortune involved in a heist, but the larger fortunes that sustain the world of…

“Booksmart” is a high-school comedy with a graduate degree.

It is, every bit of it, the cat’s meow.

I’m Joe Morgenstern. I’ll be back on KCRW next week with more reviews.