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Wesley Morris
Globe film critic Wesley Morris won a Pulitzer Prize for Criticism on April 16, 2012.

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Race, class, and Hollywood gloss in ‘The Help’

2.5 Stars  In "The Help," one woman's mammy is another man's mother. What can you do? It's possible both to like this movie - to let it crack you up, then make you cry - and to wonder why we need a broad, if sincere dramatic comedy about black maids in Jackson, Miss., in 1962 and '63 and the high-strung white housewives they work for. The movie is too pious for farce and too eager to please to comment persuasively on the racial horrors of the Deep South at that time. (Aug. 10, 2011)

Terrence Malick’s ‘The Tree of Life’ open to interpretation

2.5 Stars  "The Tree of Life" is a collection of conversations that lost souls and true believers have with themselves while keeping their heads to the sky. But the movie is church via the planetarium. It's as if Malick set out to paint the Sistine Chapel and settled for a dome at the Museum of Natural History. The movie heaves with ambition and accomplishment. It kneads together into a single cinematic loaf the start of the universe, the activities of a Texas family in the 1950s, and several beach-bound, New Age promenades. (June 3, 2011)

Tom Cruise’s latest ‘Mission,’ should you choose to accept it

3.0 Stars  "Ghost Protocol" is the fourth "Mission: Impossible" in 15 years, and his decision to keep making these ridiculous movies - this one's "A Tom Cruise Production" - doesn't feel desperate. It feels like a workout. For him. For us. For whoever on the set was responsible for saying, "Tom, that's a union job" or "Mr. Cruise, we have stuntmen to run along the surface of that skyscraper and fling themselves inside." But Cruise knows we've come to see him accomplish the absurd. We've come to see him do the mission-impossible. (Dec. 16, 2011)

Why a movie about car thieves is the most progressive force in American cinema

The most progressive force in Hollywood today is the "Fast and Furious" movies. They're loud, ludicrous, and visually incoherent. They're also the last bunch of movies you'd expect to see in the same sentence as "incredibly important." But they are - if only because they feature race as a fact of life as opposed to a social problem or an occasion for self-congratulation. (And this doesn't even account for the gay tension between the male leads, and the occasional crypto-lesbian make-out.) (April 24, 2011)

‘Drive’ delivers brutal violence without breaking a sweat

3.5 Stars  Sometimes a movie knows you’re watching it. It knows how to hold and keep you, how, when it’s over, to make you want it all over again. Nicolas Winding Refn's "Drive" is a work of swift, brutal violence, but it's not the violence - a viciously stomped head, say, or the way a shotgun blast sounds like a bomb - that's sexy. It's the confidence to bring off the violence without appearing to break a sweat, to blatantly steal from Michael Mann without fear of being hauled off to movie jail, to deliver a hero whose signature jacket isn’t leather. It's a white, quilted Starter number with a giant gold and orange scorpion embroidered on the back. On anyone else, it's a garment that says "karate parent." On Ryan Gosling, the embroidery's an advertisement for a poison sting - from both Gosling and Refn. (Sept. 16, 2011)

For better or worse, he tamed technology

Steve Jobs was the Ernest Hemingway of technology. Jobs removed the fear and essentially hid the computer: the iPod (computer as record crate), the MacBook (computer as personal office), the iPhone (computer as lifeline), the iPad (computer as, well, we're). He took computers and turned them into something to play with and love. He turned them into toys. And he turned us into worshippers and fans. He also made us more confident with technology. (Oct. 7, 2011)

Remembering Sidney Lumet, a prince of New York City filmmakers

The late director Sidney Lumet's chief preoccupation wasn't art. It was right and wrong in the American city, nearly always in New York. Lumet made his first film in 1957, in his early 30s, after having spent most of the 1950s directing television - serious television. That first movie was "12 Angry Men," and has there been a more sincerely volcanic movie about the law — or a family of addicts ("Long Day's Journey Into Night"), police corruption ("Serpico"), bank robbery ("Dog Day Afternoon"), TV ("Network"), or a botched heist ("Before the Devil Knows You're Dead")? (April 12, 2011)

‘Scream’ returns, and (surprise!) people are dying

2.0 Stars  When "Scream 3" arrived in 2000, Bill Clinton was still in the White House, most cellphones could make only calls, reality television was a novelty, and Lady Gaga was just some girl named Stefani from the Upper West Side. Everything's changed in the intervening 11 years, but, sadly, not the "Scream" franchise, which has coughed up a needless fourth installment that coasts on the winking ironies and Teflon self-awareness of its predecessors. (April 15, 2011)

Stars’ lack of chemistry is the elephant in the room of ‘Elephants’

2.0 Stars  The antique nature of Robert Pattinson's face gets an antique setting in "Water for Elephants," a beautiful and boring movie set in a traveling circus during the Great Depression. Pattinson is liberated from the brooding, computer-generated action and noise of the "Twilight" movies and put beside Reese Witherspoon, the "Inglourious Basterds" Oscar-winner Christoph Waltz, scores of extras, and an elephant the size of a two-bedroom apartment. It remains unclear whether Pattinson is any kind of actor, but it wouldn't be premature to declare that, at the very least, he's not the bad kind. (April 22, 2011)

Everyday romance done right in ‘Weekend’

4.0 Stars  Sometimes you don't want to escape. You want to connect with a movie that's really about something, to listen to a filmmaker talk things out, to watch him amp everyday life without calling attention to his turning up the sound. What you want is "Weekend," one of the truest, most beautiful movies ever made about two strangers. (Oct. 14, 2011)

Videos with Wesley Morris

Boston Globe film critics Wesley Morris and Ty Burr review new releases each week in their Take 2 videos.
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Recent Globe Pulitzers

Sebastian Smee
2011 | Sebastian Smee | Criticism

Criticism

Globe art critic Sebastian Smee won a Pulitzer for a collection of his reviews and essays on art and artists.
Mark Feeney
2008 | Mark Feeney | Criticism

Visual culture criticism

Mark Feeney, an arts writer and photography reviewer for The Boston Globe, won a Pulitzer for 10 essays on visual culture that ranged from photography to painting and film.
Signing statements
2007 | Charlie Savage | National Reporting

Signing statements

Charlie Savage of the Globe's Washington bureau won the award for his work on President Bush's use of signing statements.
The stem cell debate
2005 | Gareth Cook | Explanatory Reporting

The stem cell debate

Gareth Cook won the Pulitzer for his coverage of the scientific and ethical dimensions of stem cell research.
Abuse in the Catholic church
2003 | Globe Spotlight Team | Public Service

Abuse in the Catholic church

Eight Globe reporters were honored for exposing the history of child abuse in the Catholic church.