KCRW's Film Reviews

KCRW's Film Reviews


Joe Morgenstern, the Wall Street Journal's Pulitzer Prize winning film critic, brings his wit and wisdom to bear on current releases.More from KCRW's Film Reviews »

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A Monster Calls

When a monster shows up at a young boy's bedroom window one night...


Denzel Washington and Viola David recreate their roles in a 2010 Broadway revival of the August Wilson play, and we're the beneficiaries.

La La Land

WEB BONUS: La La Land is a crowd-pleaser if ever there was one and Joe Morgenstern couldn't be more pleased to be part of the crowd.


In Jackie, Natalie Portman's portrait of Jacqueline Kennedy during and immediately after JFK's assassination rises above impersonation to an eerie kind of incarnation.


Joe Morgenstern says Lion in narrative form is about the randomness of adoption, but in substance it's about the mystery of identity.

Manchester by the Sea

Joe Morgenstern calls Manchester by the Sea is the best movie he's seen so far this year, "a quiet masterpiece that eggs and flows at the rhythm of life."


We yearn to believe what Arrival has to tell us — that life on earth isn't all there is, that we're connected to the cosmos, that time flows more mysteriously than we can fathom.


Loving, a new movie by Jess Nichols about a landmark civil rights case, is new in style too — calm, human, deeply moving — one of the best movies of the year.

Fire at Sea

Fire at Sea is Gianfranco Rosi's profoundly moving documentary on the migrant tides transforming our wold, and the connections in it are as revelatory as they are mysterious.

American Honey

Just when you think you know what's going to happen, American Honey serves up one more surprise.

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