Sean Means

Sean Means

Agrees with the Tomatometer 77% of the time.

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
2/4 51% Unbroken (2014) " Somehow, in searching for the most photogenic, dramatically harrowing and heroic scenes from Zamperini's life, the movie "Unbroken" gives short shrift to the most interesting parts. " ‐ Salt Lake Tribune
Posted Dec 28, 2014
3/4 46% The Gambler (2014) " A richly realized exercise in style, in which an action director ("Rise of the Planet of the Apes' " Rupert Wyatt) and an action star (Mark "I think we got a Trans-foamah" Wahlberg) dive deep into a '70s noir classic and come up aces. " ‐ Salt Lake Tribune
Posted Dec 28, 2014
3/4 72% Big Eyes (2014) " Burton keeps his goofier impulses toned down, though when he does go surreal - such as when Margaret hallucinates big-eyed people in the supermarket aisles - it's quite effective. " ‐ Salt Lake Tribune
Posted Dec 28, 2014
3/4 53% The Interview (2014) " Strip away the butt jokes, and there's a comic satire of power-mad idiocy on a level with "Dr. Strangelove" or "Duck Soup." " ‐ Salt Lake Tribune
Posted Dec 28, 2014
3.5/4 71% Into the Woods (2014) " Sondheim and his collaborator James Lapine ... have to sacrifice a thing or two within the House of Mouse. But their vision, of children's stories reimagined for thinking adults, remains gloriously intact. " ‐ Salt Lake Tribune
Posted Dec 28, 2014
27% Annie (2014) " This new Annie maintains the sweetness of the original material while making it fresh and new. It makes "Tomorrow" feel like today. " ‐ Salt Lake Tribune
Posted Dec 19, 2014
92% Arthur Christmas (2011) " Arthur Christmas makes a welcome addition to the holiday movie line-up, because it's a movie that one can watch repeatedly without it becoming as stale as last year's fruitcake. " ‐ Salt Lake Tribune
Posted Dec 14, 2014
3/4 94% Blancanieves (2013) " Shooting in crisp black-and-white and with sparse dialogue (on title cards), Berger creates gorgeous scenes that evoke not only the silent era but early '30s horror (including a reference to Tod Browning's Freaks that's oddly endearing). " ‐ Salt Lake Tribune
Posted Dec 8, 2014
3/4 90% Tangled (2010) " It's a princess story that will enthrall the girls, an adventure tale to entertain the boys, all with enough good humor to make anybody laugh. " ‐ Salt Lake Tribune
Posted Dec 8, 2014
3.5/4 89% Frozen (2013) " Disney's latest animated tale, "Frozen," ironically enough, is likely to give viewers of all ages a warm feeling inside. " ‐ Salt Lake Tribune
Posted Dec 8, 2014
3/4 100% The Tale of the Princess Kaguya (2014) " With its sumptuous images and impressionistic storytelling, the animated The Tale of the Princess Kaguya is a moving work by Isao Takahata. " ‐ Salt Lake Tribune
Posted Nov 24, 2014
3/4 96% Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2 (2011) " The most enduring aspect of the Harry Potter films, and the reason this one works, is the acting of its three young leads. " ‐ Salt Lake Tribune
Posted Nov 18, 2014
3/4 92% Frost/Nixon (2008) " When Frost/Nixon centers on these two men, the fireworks are considerable. " ‐ Salt Lake Tribune
Posted Oct 28, 2014
4/4 98% The Overnighters (2014) " Every moment, including a surprise ending, will bring tears to your eyes. " ‐ Salt Lake Tribune
Posted Oct 24, 2014
77% Fury (2014) " Wardaddy is a fascinating study, a philosopher in battle fatigues, and Pitt subverts his movie-star persona to give the character its edge. " ‐ Salt Lake Tribune
Posted Oct 17, 2014
2.5/4 11% Meet The Mormons (2014) " There's nothing in the movie about Mormon history, and no discussion of the unique aspects of LDS doctrine about which non-Mormons tend to be the most curious. " ‐ Salt Lake Tribune
Posted Oct 10, 2014
3.5/4 95% Whiplash (2014) " In this intense music-themed drama, director-writer Damien Chazelle constructs a fearsome duet between his lead characters. " ‐ Salt Lake Tribune
Posted Oct 6, 2014
3/4 93% Child's Pose (2014) " A mother's love outruns her self-delusion in Child's Pose, an intense but downbeat entry in what's being called the "Romanian new wave." " ‐ Salt Lake Tribune
Posted Oct 1, 2014
3.5/4 80% Land Ho! (2014) " Land Ho! delights because it isn't trying to make too much of itself. It's simply a fun movie about two guys who will admit they're getting older, but are damn sure not getting old. " ‐ Salt Lake Tribune
Posted Sep 19, 2014
3.5/4 89% The Drop (2014) " The stunner of a performance in The Drop comes from Hardy, who once again loses himself completely in a role. " ‐ Salt Lake Tribune
Posted Sep 12, 2014
2/4 64% Jamie Marks Is Dead (2014) " Writer-director Carter Smith sets a brooding, chilly atmosphere, but he also writes opaquely vague dialogue and includes in a subplot involving Adam's mother (Liv Tyler) that goes nowhere. " ‐ Salt Lake Tribune
Posted Aug 26, 2014
4/4 98% A Summer's Tale (2014) " This one perfectly captures the promise of summer love, of flings that may not lead anywhere and probably weren't supposed to, practiced by young people who believe everything good lies ahead of them. " ‐ Salt Lake Tribune
Posted Aug 22, 2014
2.5/4 60% Hercules (2014) " It's Dwayne Johnson, the artist formerly known as "The Rock," playing Hercules, the strongman demigod of Greek legend. Movies don't come any more basic, and straight-forward, than that. " ‐ Salt Lake Tribune
Posted Aug 21, 2014
2.5/4 66% Lucy (2014) " Those expecting a straight-ahead action movie in Luc Besson's "Lucy" may find this sci-fi head-scratcher a little crazy - but I don't think it's crazy enough. " ‐ Salt Lake Tribune
Posted Aug 21, 2014
3/4 68% The Hundred-Foot Journey (2014) " A good example, to borrow a foodie analogy, of a good chef turning mundane ingredients into a tasty dish. " ‐ Salt Lake Tribune
Posted Aug 21, 2014
3/4 36% The Giver (2014) " A solid thriller brimming with interesting ideas -- and only feels derivative because other titles have gotten to the screen first. " ‐ Salt Lake Tribune
Posted Aug 21, 2014
2/4 22% Into The Storm (2014) " Even more tortured is the way the movie drops in its "protect the planet" talking points while also delivering an inspirational "live for today" homily - two messages inherently opposed to each other. " ‐ Salt Lake Tribune
Posted Aug 21, 2014
2.5/4 33% The Expendables 3 (2014) " The wild card is Gibson, who reminds us that he's always magnetic onscreen, no matter what you might think of him as a human being. " ‐ Salt Lake Tribune
Posted Aug 21, 2014
1/4 18% Let's Be Cops (2014) " Jokes are mostly absent, and what few exist dive into the deep end of the bad-taste pool. Johnson and Wayans, whatever comic chemistry they have on TV, are hard-pressed to fill the void. " ‐ Salt Lake Tribune
Posted Aug 21, 2014
3.5/4 91% Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) " Director James Gunn tosses together a dizzying blend of superhero bravado, outer-space adventure and off-the-wall comedy that introduces the strangest and most enjoyable bunch of rogues ever to inhabit the same spaceship. " ‐ Salt Lake Tribune
Posted Aug 21, 2014
1.5/4 43% Frank Miller's Sin City: A Dame to Kill For (2014) " The self-consciously stylized "Sin City: A Dame to Kill For" is so driven to capture its peculiar visual aesthetic that it obliterates everything else - character, narrative, emotion and logic - to achieve it. " ‐ Salt Lake Tribune
Posted Aug 21, 2014
1.5/4 21% Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014) " A ridiculously plotted and distressingly violent action movie that never makes the case for its own existence. " ‐ Salt Lake Tribune
Posted Aug 21, 2014
2/4 18% When The Game Stands Tall (2014) " Too often, the story falls prey to strained melodrama, such as when a star running back (Alexander Ludwig) confronts his trophy-seeking father (Clancy Brown). " ‐ Salt Lake Tribune
Posted Aug 21, 2014
2/4 36% If I Stay (2014) " [The] script by Shauna Cross ("Whip It") ... leans too heavily on sentimentalism and thick slabs of cliché-filled narration. " ‐ Salt Lake Tribune
Posted Aug 21, 2014
1/4 0% Persecuted (2014) " Lusko's leaden dialogue and heavy-handed symbolism is as unintentionally comical as the miscasting of Fox News host Gretchen Carlson as a journalist. " ‐ Salt Lake Tribune
Posted Jul 21, 2014
1/4 28% Deliver Us from Evil (2014) " When a horror movie insists in the opening frames that it's "based on" or "inspired by" a true story, the movie that follows is more likely to be idiotic. " ‐ Salt Lake Tribune
Posted Jul 3, 2014
4/4 95% Snowpiercer (2014) " "Snowpiercer" delivers tension, and surprises in ways that belie the conventional wisdom that blockbuster action movies must be brainless, soulless enterprises. " ‐ Salt Lake Tribune
Posted Jul 3, 2014
2.5/4 48% Earth to Echo (2014) " The boys' charm and camaraderie make the movie's more formulaic moments go down easier. " ‐ Salt Lake Tribune
Posted Jul 3, 2014
3/4 23% Tammy (2014) " [McCarthy has] layers, some grit under the jokey façade, and a determination to find -- or, if necessary, create -- the roles that bring out those different shades. " ‐ Salt Lake Tribune
Posted Jul 3, 2014
1.5/4 8% America: Imagine the World Without Her (2014) " The ways D'Souza appropriates famous figures and misreads history (slavery wasn't so bad, because all civilizations did it, he argues at one point) are ludicrous. " ‐ Salt Lake Tribune
Posted Jul 3, 2014
58% The Signal (2014) " A fascinating head-scratcher, where the audience's bewilderment is equal parts clever scripting and random weirdness. " ‐ Salt Lake Tribune
Posted Jun 13, 2014
2.5/4 27% Farmland (2014) " The farmers interviewed in "Farmland" seem sincere, but the industry's backing raises some troubling credibility questions. " ‐ Salt Lake Tribune
Posted May 2, 2014
2.5/4 93% Stranger by the Lake (2014) " The sexuality that builds tension early ends up being ultimately a distraction. " ‐ Salt Lake Tribune
Posted May 2, 2014
2/4 55% Breathe In (2014) " [Doremus] telegraphs the film's intentions early and builds at a ponderous, self-important pace toward a trite, unsatisfying finish. " ‐ Salt Lake Tribune
Posted May 2, 2014
2/4 53% The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014) " You could set your watch to the action beats, except you'd keep checking to see if your watch stopped, because the dialogue scenes between the explosions are so sluggishly paced. " ‐ Salt Lake Tribune
Posted May 2, 2014
3.5/4 96% Blue Ruin (2014) " A thriller that feels natural and improvisational, even when you know it's so tightly plotted it will make you drive your fingernails into the armrests. " ‐ Salt Lake Tribune
Posted May 2, 2014
3/4 66% The Railway Man (2014) " Firth is especially good, showing Eric as he battles to put aside his rage to find forgiveness for his haunted ex-tormenter. " ‐ Salt Lake Tribune
Posted Apr 25, 2014
3.5/4 86% Joe (2014) " Director-writer David Gordon Green's quietly intense character study is a movie that reminds us that Nicolas Cage can still be a great actor when he wants to be. " ‐ Salt Lake Tribune
Posted Apr 25, 2014
3.5/4 98% Jodorowsky's Dune (2014) " The most enjoyable behind-the-scenes look at moviemaking to come along in ages. It's even better because it's about a movie that never was. " ‐ Salt Lake Tribune
Posted Apr 25, 2014
2/4 26% Brick Mansions (2014) " Walker is charismatic, as always, and this movie just reminds us why we'll miss him. " ‐ Salt Lake Tribune
Posted Apr 25, 2014
1.5/4 23% The Other Woman (2014) " There's only one thing I can say to the scattershot, scatterbrained comedy "The Other Woman": This isn't working out, and I need to start seeing other movies. " ‐ Salt Lake Tribune
Posted Apr 25, 2014
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