Stephanie Zacharek

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  • Sometimes Sean Penn's face is enough to anchor The Gunman, the ambitious and only partially successful action thriller from Taken director Pierre Morel. Penn's character, soldier-turned-mercenary Jeff Terrier (that surname tells you...

  • There's no empowerment message embedded in Kenneth Branagh's Cinderella, no "Girls can do anything!" cheerleader vibe. That's why it's wonderful. This is a straight, no-chaser fairy story, a picture to be downed with pleasure. It worries...

  • Argentinian writer-director Damián Szifrón's Wild Tales is loose-limbed, rowdy, and exhilarating — in its vibrant lunacy, and with its cartoonishly brash violence, it's a little bit Almodóvar, a little bit...

  • 17 days ago | Film Reviews

    In the action thriller The Gunman, Sean Penn, at age 54, looks neither old nor young. He’s been in training to look this age for a long time. Even as a relative kid, in 1982’s Fast Times at Ridgemont High, his sailor-on-shore-leave mug h...

  • 17 days ago | Film Reviews

    There's no empowerment message embedded in Kenneth Branagh's Cinderella, no "Girls can do anything!" cheerleader vibe. That's why it's wonderful. This is a straight, no-chaser fairy story, a picture to be downed with pleasure. It worries little ab...

  • 17 days ago | Film Reviews

    There are two kinds of humanist movie. One kind shows human beings struggling against the most unspeakable horrors, sorrows, or injustices and still somehow emerging with their essential goodness intact. The second, thornier type gives us people d...