Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal

Joe Morgenstern

Wall Street Journal

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Recent articles by Joe:

‘Flee’ Review: Animating an Afghan Refugee’s Tale

Jonas Poher Rasmussen’s documentary tells the story of his friend and former classmate, who fled Afghanistan as a child in the 1980s and eventually made it to Denmark. → Read More

‘Hand of God’ Review: Maturing, Mostly Happily, in Napoli

Paolo Sorrentino’s latest is a semi-autobiographical coming-of-age story and a love letter to the movies. → Read More

‘Benedetta’ Review: Cataclysm at the Convent

Paul Verhoeven tells the story of the 17th-century scandal involving a lesbian nun. → Read More

‘Licorice Pizza’ Review: Sizzling Slices of Life

Paul Thomas Anderson’s latest is a coming-of-age love story set in 1970s California. → Read More

‘Drive My Car’ Review: Ride of Your Life

Based largely on a Haruki Murakami short story, Ryûsuke Hamaguchi’s film looks at the blossoming friendship between a worldly director and his down-to-earth driver. → Read More

‘House of Gucci’ Review: More Rags Than Riches

Lady Gaga leads a star-studded cast—that includeS Adam Driver, Salma Hayek and Al Pacino—in Ridley Scott’s turgid tale of the fashion dynasty. → Read More

‘King Richard’ Movie Review: Will Smith Plays a Man With a Plan

Will Smith is the demanding but loving father of Venus and Serena Williams in Reinaldo Marcus Green’s biopic, in theaters and streaming on HBO Max. → Read More

‘Belfast’ Review: Love in the Time of Troubles

Kenneth Branagh’s semiautobiographical look at his childhood in a turbulent Northern Ireland is a stirring tribute to family ties. → Read More

‘Julia’ Review: Haute Cuisine, Honored Chef

Julie Cohen and Betsy West cook up a delightful documentary about Julia Child. → Read More

‘Spencer’ Review: Stewart Reigns, Drama Drains

Kristen Stewart stars as Diana, Princess of Wales, in Pablo Larraín’s gloomy biopic. → Read More

‘The Souvenir: Part II’ Review: The Past Spun Into Gold

The sequel to Joanna Hogg’s semi-autobiographical 2019 feature picks up the story of a film student trying to overcome heartbreak while creating her graduation project. → Read More

‘Last Night in Soho’ Review: Garbled but Good Looking

Cinematography is the star of Edgar Wright’s latest, a time-travel tale that takes a young fashion student back to 1960s London, then lurches into a timeworn realm. → Read More

‘The French Dispatch’ Review: Not Worth a Detour

In Wes Anderson’s latest, an offbeat homage to the New Yorker, humor is scarce and boredom abounds → Read More

‘Dune’ Movie Review: From Grand Vision to Sand Trap

The space epic, in theaters and on HBO Max, features a star-studded cast including Zendaya, Timothée Chalamet and Oscar Isaac. → Read More

‘Bergman Island’ Review: Working Things Out at a Shrine

Mia Hansen-Løve’s brilliant new film lands a filmmaking couple on sacred cinematic ground. → Read More

‘Last Duel’: Big Talents, Blunt Swords

Jodie Comer, Matt Damon, Ben Affleck and Adam Driver star in a Ridley Scott film that couples medieval pageantry with clashing claims of sexual misconduct and real-estate chicanery → Read More

‘The Rescue’ Review: A Deep Dive Into Courage

The story of the operation to save a Thai soccer team gets the documentary treatment in Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi and Jimmy Chin’s gripping film. → Read More

‘Lamb’ Review: Shear Brilliance

An Icelandic drama follows isolated farmers who’ve lost a child but receive an ovine surrogate. → Read More

‘Venom: Let There Be Carnage’ Movie Review: Abbreviated Action

Tom Hardy returns as the titular hero in a shorter sequel to the 2018 blockbuster. → Read More

‘Titane’ Review: Murder, She Did

A prodigiously predatory young woman comes up against the kindness of others in Julia Ducournau’s sumptuous second feature. → Read More