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
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.
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.
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.
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...
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.
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...
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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.
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.