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Salt Lake Tribune

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 93%

Captain Phillips (2013)

"Not only a riveting drama about quiet heroism, but an eye-opening look at a clash of cultures."

Posted Dec 22, 2013

Sean Means

2 97%

Gravity (2013)

"Gravity is, in the end, a perfect melding of the technological and the emotional."

Posted Dec 18, 2013

Sean Means

3 65%

Thor: The Dark World (2013)

"Once the action picks up, Thor: The Dark World will satisfy Marvel fans and casual viewers alike."

Posted Dec 18, 2013

Sean Means

4 89%

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013)

"Sharp as a flaming arrow and as explosive as when one hits a powderkeg, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire is the rousing, thought-provoking action epic the first movie failed to be."

Posted Dec 17, 2013

Sean Means

5 85%

We Are What We Are (2013)

"The horror thriller We Are What We Are earns its chills gradually, turning the knob on our nerves so imperceptibly that you may not notice until, by the bloody conclusion, you're prying your fingernails from the armrests."

Posted Dec 16, 2013

Sean Means

6 35%

Kirstie: Season 1 (TV, 2013)

" It's terrible. A throwback to '70s sitcoms in the worst possible way. With an emphasis on "worst." "

Posted Dec 5, 2013

Scott D. Pierce

7 65%

Mob City: Season 1 (TV, 2013)

" The new TV noir series Mob City looks great. Set in 1940s Los Angeles, it's darkly beautiful. And it could turn out to be a pretty great show, given a bit of time. "

Posted Dec 5, 2013

Scott D. Pierce

8 70%

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 (2013)

"The witty and fast-paced animated Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2 is a lot more than leftovers."

Posted Oct 24, 2013

Sean Means

9 80%

Ravenswood: Season 1 (TV, 2013-2014)

" If you're a fan of gorgeous young actors and things that go bump in the night, Ravenswood just might be the show for you. "

Posted Oct 24, 2013

Scott D. Pierce

10 56%

Reign: Season 1 (TV, 2013-2014)

" This sort of sounds like it could be fun, except that it's not. "

Posted Oct 21, 2013

Scott D. Pierce

11 59%

Once Upon a Time in Wonderland: Season 1 (TV, 2013-2014)

" Wonderland is kind of dark, kind of confusing and only moderately entertaining. "

Posted Oct 14, 2013

Scott D. Pierce

12 40%

Glee: Season 5 (TV, 2013-2014)

" To one degree or another, I was embarrassed for all the actors reaching beyond their talents to try to save bad writing and, far too often, delivering crying jags that rang completely false and hollow. "

Posted Oct 14, 2013

Scott D. Pierce

13 45%

The Tomorrow People: Season 1 (TV, 2013-2014)

" This reboot is OK. It has possibilities. It also has problems. "

Posted Oct 9, 2013

Scott D. Pierce

14 81%

American Horror Story: Coven (TV, 2013-2014)

" Hey, I was won over (for at least a week) when, in the midst of a mother-daughter argument, Fiona tells Cordelia, "Don't make me drop a house on you." "

Posted Oct 9, 2013

Scott D. Pierce

15 67%

Full Circle: Season 1 (TV, 2013)

" If you enjoy horrible people behaving badly, you might enjoy Full Circle. But even then, this all feels incredibly contrived, with some ludicrous plot developments that undercut any sense of reality. "

Posted Oct 9, 2013

Scott D. Pierce

16 22%

Sean Saves the World: Season 1 (TV, 2013)

" None of it seems even vaguely real - it looks like actors on a soundstage saying weak lines in front of a hyped-up studio audience. "

Posted Oct 3, 2013

Scott D. Pierce

17 46%

The Millers: Season 1 (TV, 2013-2014)

" The Millers is a pretty funny show that looks like a winner. "

Posted Oct 3, 2013

Scott D. Pierce

18 56%

The Originals: Season 1 (TV, 2013-2014)

" One of this fall's least original new series is, ironically, The Originals. "

Posted Oct 3, 2013

Scott D. Pierce

19 42%

Welcome to the Family: Season 1 (TV, 2013)

" I like Welcome to the Family. I like the actors, I like the characters. It feels comfortable. "

Posted Oct 3, 2013

Scott D. Pierce

20 14%

Ironside: Season 1 (TV, 2013)

" This Ironside is a cliche-ridden cop show that's violent and unpleasant. "

Posted Oct 2, 2013

Scott D. Pierce

21 33%

Super Fun Night: Season 1 (TV, 2013)

" Not super. Not fun. Not worth watching. "

Posted Oct 2, 2013

Scott D. Pierce

22 52%

Hello Ladies: Season 1 (TV, 2013-2014)

" If you like this kind of stuff, Hello Ladies will make you laugh. It will also make you squirm. "

Posted Sep 27, 2013

Scott D. Pierce

23 83%

Revenge: Season 3 (TV, 2013-2014)

" I have high hopes that Season 3 will be a huge improvement. "

Posted Sep 27, 2013

Scott D. Pierce

24 8%

Betrayal: Season 1 (TV, 2013-2014)

" Betrayal is a grim, uninteresting and mind-numbing soap opera that's less interesting than looking out the window and watching your neighbors. "

Posted Sep 27, 2013

Scott D. Pierce

25 55%

The Crazy Ones: Season 1 (TV, 2013-2014)

" This show isn't exactly what you might expect, but that's a good thing. "

Posted Sep 26, 2013

Scott D. Pierce

26 70%

The Michael J. Fox Show: Season 1 (TV, 2013-2014)

" This is a very likable show. One that I can see myself watching for a long time to come. "

Posted Sep 26, 2013

Scott D. Pierce

27 52%

Back in the Game: Season 1 (TV, 2013)

" There are possibilities here - but there's also the possibility that this could totally strike out. "

Posted Sep 25, 2013

Scott D. Pierce

28 78%

Revolution: Season 2 (TV, 2013-2014)

" I love this kind of stuff when it's well done. But Revolution remains a snooze. "

Posted Sep 25, 2013

Scott D. Pierce

29 86%

Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Season 1 (TV, 2013-2014)

" I laughed out loud several times - sometimes because the show was funny, and sometimes just because I was delighted by what I was seeing. "

Posted Sep 24, 2013

Scott D. Pierce

30 73%

Trophy Wife: Season 1 (TV, 2013-2014)

" Much to my surprise, Trophy Wife turned out to be one of my favorite pilots of the fall season. And pretty much completely not the show I thought it would be. "

Posted Sep 24, 2013

Scott D. Pierce

31 56%

The Goldbergs: Season 1 (TV, 2013-2014)

" There are laughs here. And some sweet moments. "

Posted Sep 24, 2013

Scott D. Pierce

32 29%

Lucky 7: Season 1 (TV, 2013)

" This is a drab downer of a show filled with characters who are, for the most part, hard to connect with. "

Posted Sep 24, 2013

Scott D. Pierce

33 82%

The Blacklist: Season 1 (TV, 2013)

" Spader is great fun to watch as he's having great fun playing the central character in this violent, engaging thriller. "

Posted Sep 24, 2013

Scott D. Pierce

34 67%

Mom: Season 1 (TV, 2013-2014)

" As for yours truly, I like it. A lot. Because I laughed. A lot. "

Posted Sep 24, 2013

Scott D. Pierce

35 57%

Hostages: Season 1 (TV, 2013-2014)

" This is a show that feels a lot more like Fox's 24 or Showtime's Homeland than your average CBS crime drama. "

Posted Sep 24, 2013

Scott D. Pierce

36 99%

Short Term 12 (2013)

"Writer-director Destin Daniel Cretton wrings some effective drama from the group home's day-to-day routine. But it's Larson who shines as the caring but emotionally bruised Grace."

Posted Sep 19, 2013

Sean Means

37 95%

The Act Of Killing (2013)

"Probably the most horrifying and, at the same time, compelling movie you're likely to see this year. It's difficult to endure, yet impossible not to watch."

Posted Sep 19, 2013

Sean Means

38 38%

Insidious: Chapter 2 (2013)

"Director James Wan and screenwriter Leigh Whannell generate some cool scares and clever comic relief from Elise's junior colleagues, but a viewing of the first movie would benefit newbies."

Posted Sep 19, 2013

Sean Means

39 49%

Thanks For Sharing (2013)

"Rookie director Stuart Blumberg overloads on movie references as he walks these characters predictably through their relationship problems, and you can set your watch to the inevitable relapse."

Posted Sep 19, 2013

Sean Means

40 82%

Prisoners (2013)

"Villeneuve sets a dark, foreboding tone, aided by evocative cinematography by the great Roger A. Deakins, which holds the movie together even when the plot goes a bit loopy in the finale. "

Posted Sep 19, 2013

Sean Means

41 88%

Brooklyn Nine-Nine: Season 1 (TV, 2013-2014)

" Brooklyn Nine-Nine shows every sign of being a really good sitcom. Well, every sign but one. There's too much Andy Samberg. "

Posted Sep 18, 2013

Scott D. Pierce

42 76%

Concussion (2013)

"The slick look (by production designer Lisa Myers and art director Kevin P. O'Donnell) highlights the split between Abby's suburban oppression and her urban freedom."

Posted Sep 18, 2013

Sean Means

43 92%

In a World... (2013)

"Bell's script deftly dovetails Carol's professional angst with her daddy-daughter dilemma and her clumsy attempts at romance. Her dialogue is bouncy and funny, yet grounded in the characters' neurotic normalness."

Posted Sep 10, 2013

Sean Means

44 18%

The Ultimate Life (2013)

"The inspirational drama "The Ultimate Life" wears its heart on its sleeve so earnestly that it's easy to forgive the movie's heavy moralizing."

Posted Sep 10, 2013

Sean Means

45 83%

Prince Avalanche (2013)

"Writer-director David Gordon Green... lets the fractured friendship between Alvin and Lance make its own circuitous path, finding little gems along the way."

Posted Sep 10, 2013

Sean Means

46 34%

Hell Baby (2013)

"The jaw drops at the drought of laughs in the horror spoof "Hell Baby," especially considering the massive amount of comic talent in front of and behind the cameras."

Posted Sep 10, 2013

Sean Means

47 41%

Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters (2013)

"Only the brightest colors of the Crayola box are used, whether to sketch out the characters' motivations or illuminate the cartoony visual effects."

Posted Sep 10, 2013

Sean Means

48 26%

Planes (2013)

"At the end of "Planes," you may wonder why it wasn't released straight to DVD, which is how I'd bet the promised sequel "Planes: Fire & Rescue" will be seen."

Posted Sep 10, 2013

Sean Means

49 47%

We're The Millers (2013)

"Then there's the idea of the primped and plastic Aniston playing a stripper, perhaps the least realistic portrayal of a sex worker since Julia Roberts in "Pretty Woman.""

Posted Sep 10, 2013

Sean Means

50 63%

One Direction: This Is Us (2013)

"Fans will eat this stuff up with a spoon, while any stray nonfans will likely spend the movie gauging the bubblegum tunes and matching faces to names. (By the end, I could finally tell bandmates Liam Payne and Louis Tomlinson apart.)"

Posted Sep 10, 2013

Sean Means

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