KCRW's Film Reviews
By Joe Morgenstern
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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; he airs his current musings on the film industry in a biweekly column for the paper as well. He has worked for The New York Times, the New York Herald Tribune, and the Los Angeles Herald Examiner, and his freelance writing has appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, the Los Angeles Times Magazine, Playboy, GQ and the Columbia Journalism Review. He has also written for television; his scripts include "The Boy In the Plastic Bubble" and several episodes of "Law & Order." Joe is a founding member of the National Society of Film Critics and a member of the New York Film Critics Circle.
||Transcendence||A cautionary fantasy about artificial intelligence...||4/18/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Only Lovers Left Alive||You don't have to be a fan if Jim Jarmusch's special brand of indie spookiness to enjoy his new film, "Only Lovers Left Alive."||4/11/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Captain America: The Winter Soldier||With "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" Marvel has won a rebirth trifecta...||4/4/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Noah||Darren Aronofsky's "Noah" is a daring venture in mainstream entertainment, and it's pretty terrific for the most part.||3/28/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Divergent||"Divergent" features a strong heroine battling for survival in a dystopian future.||3/21/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Need for Speed||"Need for Speed" is nothing if not racy...||3/14/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||The Grand Budapest Hotel||Hardly a moment goes by in "The Grand Budapest Hotel" when there isn't something to make us smile...||3/7/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Non-Stop||The suspense thriller "Non-Stop" plays a reliably old-fashioned game of finding the bad guy among 150 passengers and the crew.||2/28/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||In Secret; Barefoot||Joe Morgenstern warns movie-goers off two films opening this week.||2/21/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Winter's Tale||One of my readers at the Wall Street Journal sent me an email: "Joe, Please tell me that "Winter's Tale" is a great movie befitting a wonderful book..."||2/14/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Tim's Vermeer||The documentary "Tim's Vermeer" is a fascinating work about the porous border between technology and art.||1/31/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Like Father, Like Son||Stories about babies switched at birth follow a familiar pattern in the era of DNA, but?||1/24/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit||Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit is loosely based on the Tom Clancy canon...||1/17/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Her||Spike Jonze offers a vision of our era's evolution in a blissfully inventive fantasy called "Her."||12/20/13||Free||View In iTunes|
||American Hustle||Ho, hum, another holiday season and another great movie from David O. Russell.||12/13/13||Free||View In iTunes|
||Inside Llewyn Davis||"Inside Llewyn Davis" is a wonder evocation of an important period in popular culture.||12/6/13||Free||View In iTunes|
||Frozen||Disney is at it again with a prince, a princess and a queen in "Frozen."||11/29/13||Free||View In iTunes|
||The Hunger Games: Catching Fire||"The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" is exceptional entertainment, a spectacle with a good mind and a pounding heart.||11/22/13||Free||View In iTunes|
||Nebraska||Nebraska, a classic road movie, is remarkable for its kindness and generosity?||11/15/13||Free||View In iTunes|
||The Armstrong Lie||Was iconic cyclist Lance Armstrong nothing more than a compulsive liar?||11/8/13||Free||View In iTunes|
||Dallas Buyers Club||"Dallas Buyers Club" is a showcase of fine performances, some of them distinguished by their restraint.||11/1/13||Free||View In iTunes|
||The Counselor||"The Counselor" represents Cormac McCarthy's screenwriting debut...||10/25/13||Free||View In iTunes|
||12 Years A Slave||Movie audiences have never been presented with anything quite like the intertwined beauty and savagery of 12 Years A Slave...||10/18/13||Free||View In iTunes|
||Captain Phillips||The film is an exciting entertainment that makes us feel good about the outcome, and about the reach of American power, rather than its limits...||10/11/13||Free||View In iTunes|
||Enough Said||"Enough Said" stakes a claim on our hearts before the first frame lights up the screen...||10/4/13||Free||View In iTunes|
My favorite movie review source
Mr. Morgenstern displays his Pulitzer Prize credentials in every artfully prepared review. Joe serves up an amazing amount of detailed coverage (background history, descriptions of various nuances in the film, etc...) considering how brief and to the point his reviews are. KCRW's Film Reviews may be the best around.
Thoughtul, useful reviews
I've enjoyed his well considered opinions and a warm, wry delivery. An excellent addition to your subscription list.
A Good Addition
Simple, to the point and concise, Joe makes his reccomendations and warnings always clear. It's not very indepth, but for quick bite sized and clever reviews, this is you source.