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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.

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    • 4.1 • 146 Ratings

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

    When Basic Training Goes Beyond the Basics

    When Basic Training Goes Beyond the Basics

    The hero of "Moffie" is a closeted gay conscript in the South Africa of 1981. In addition to the killing arts, he and his fellow draftees are trained in racism and homophobia.

    • 3 min
    Duelling Monstrosities

    Duelling Monstrosities

    Versus films are a genre unto themselves. Now we have "Godzilla vs. Kong," an addition to the genre that isn't proud so much as inevitable. Or unavoidable.

    • 3 min
    When might and right make a Bob Odenkirk action thriller

    When might and right make a Bob Odenkirk action thriller

    In "Nobody," the star of "Better Call Saul" plays a placid suburbanite who discovers the pleasures of revenge.

    • 3 min
    The Importance of Not Being Earnest

    The Importance of Not Being Earnest

    "The Courier," a Cold War spy thriller starring Benedict Cumberbatch, is earnest to a fault. Meaning it's unaccountably dull, even though Cumberbatch gives another of his strong performances, this time in the role of Greville Wynne, a British...

    • 3 min
    When A Smaller Film Has Big Ambitions

    When A Smaller Film Has Big Ambitions

    Working from the Nico Walker novel about the horrors of war and opioid addiction, Anthony Russo and Joe Russo have made a screen version that elevates, for better or the gritty source material into the epic journey of a troubled soul.

    • 3 min
    A deep dig into fertile soil

    A deep dig into fertile soil

    In "The Truffle Hunters," a new documentary by Michael Dweck and Gregory Kershaw, Italian men in their 60s, 70s and 80s do as they've done for decades--search the forests of the Alba region for precious white truffles. Their lives are happy and...

    • 3 min

Customer Reviews

4.1 out of 5
146 Ratings

146 Ratings

Griddy Films ,

If you can get past the genre biases...

I wish Mr. Morgenstern got over some of his genre biases, but otherwise this podcast is a great resource for anyone who wants concise, witty (if dry), smart movie reviews.

nyfilmgoer ,

Joe, please, no spoilers!

Every five or so reviews he spoils the ending of a film, which is extremely frustrating since it never seems necessary to deliver his message.

dozens ,

Fantastic.

Fantastic.

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