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Sean P. Means

Sean P. Means
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3.5/4 83% A Simple Favor (2018) A Simple Favor is like one of Emily's martinis: A strong kick that makes you giggle, ice-cold delivery, and a twist that gives it plenty of bite.‐ The Movie Cricket
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2018
3/4 34% The Predator (2018) In a movie this overloaded with dudes, of course Munn is the stand-out. She proves herself a true action hero, battling with fists and brains, and getting her share of witticisms to deliver.‐ The Movie Cricket
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2018
3/4 85% The Wife (2018) In stillness or in full rage, every one of Joan's disappointments, resentments and thwarted ambitions play out across [Close's] delicately expressive face. It's a quietly devastating performance that itself may be in for a few awards.‐ The Movie Cricket
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2018
2.5/4 69% American Chaos (2018) Stern's mournful but hopeful film shows us how their problems and their lives will still be there, waiting for an answer, after the White House's current occupant is gone.‐ The Movie Cricket
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2018
2/4 93% Mandy (2018) Too bad that heart gets sacrificed to Cosmatos' over-the-top madness.‐ The Movie Cricket
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2018
2/4 26% Unbroken: Path to Redemption (2018) Without that internal struggle, Unbroken: Path to Redemption is little more than a living billboard for Billy Graham.‐ The Movie Cricket
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2018
3.5/4 90% We the Animals (2018) We the Animals, captures the joys and pains of growing up better than anything since Richard Linklater's "Boyhood" - as it preserves the moment when a boy realizes he's different than his parents and siblings.‐ The Movie Cricket
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2018
3/4 95% Custody (Jusqu'à la garde) (2018) Custody is intensely riveting.‐ The Movie Cricket
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2018
3/4 11% God Bless the Broken Road (2018) The Christian-themed drama God Bless the Broken Road wears its earnest heart on its sleeve, and isn't afraid to show it.‐ The Movie Cricket
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2018
2/4 11% Peppermint (2018) It's admirable that Garner wants to expand beyond the bubbly romantic-comedy and supportive mom roles that have been her bread-and-butter, but it would have been nice if she had taken a knife to the script and demanded something better.‐ The Movie Cricket
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2018
3/4 30% Kin (2018) It all culminates in a slam-bang ending that genuinely surprises, and makes Kin a fun buried treasure to finish the summer.‐ The Movie Cricket
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2018
3.5/4 89% Skate Kitchen (2018) Skate Kitchen is at its best when its fascinating young women aren't necessarily going anywhere, but are enjoying the moment when the wheels roll on the pavement and the air hits their faces.‐ The Movie Cricket
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2018
3/4 81% Juliet, Naked (2018) Byrne, easily one of the most talented comic actors of our age, shines here. It's a thoroughly delightful performance, one that gives Juliet, Naked a jolt of comic energy.‐ The Movie Cricket
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2018
3/4 55% The Bookshop (2018) ... things pick up speed soon enough, toward a wicked twist of an ending, and "The Bookshop" becomes the movie equivalent of a page-turner.‐ The Movie Cricket
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2018
2.5/4 62% The Little Stranger (2018) Atmosphere will carry a movie a long way, especially a haunted-house suspense thriller, but it's still not enough to overcome the creaky plot mechanics in The Little Stranger.‐ The Movie Cricket
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2018
3/4 52% Papillon (2018) [Papillon is] a potent, well-executed version of Charrière's amazing story.‐ The Movie Cricket
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2018
3/4 83% Puzzle (2018) Puzzle, a slight but thoughtful drama, gives Macdonald a more prominent role than she usually gets, and she makes the most of it.‐ The Movie Cricket
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2018
1.5/4 22% The Happytime Murders (2018) After watching The Happytime Murders, the answer to all of the above is "Who cares?" Henson focuses on the puppetry, and bringing the puppet and human worlds together on a technical level, that he fails to notice how weak Todd Berger's script is.‐ The Movie Cricket
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2018
3/4 91% Far From the Tree (2018) ... thoughtful but somewhat disjointed documentary...‐ The Movie Cricket
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2018
3.5/4 87% The Miseducation of Cameron Post (2018) [Moretz] takes this fragile, confused girl and transforms her into a determined young woman, fighting for her self-identity. It's a performance as graceful and surprising as the film that carries it.‐ The Movie Cricket
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2018
1/4 23% Mile 22 (2018) Mile 22 manages to be even more opportunistically dismissive of its audience than Patriots' Day - and I didn't think such a thing was possible.‐ The Movie Cricket
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2018
2.5/4 82% Alpha (2018) Alpha isn't just a shaggy dog story, but the first shaggy dog story - about the domestication of dogs in prehistoric Europe - so it's too bad it doesn't have a little more bite.‐ The Movie Cricket
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2018
3/4 89% Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood (2018) Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood is as entertaining for its look at Bowers' present as it is of his past.‐ The Movie Cricket
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2018
2.5/4 50% Down a Dark Hall (2018) The Gothic haunted-house thriller Down a Dark Hall is loaded with atmospheric chills, in service to a story that goes from labored tedium to full-tilt crazy - but not enough of the latter to make up for the former.‐ The Movie Cricket
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2018
3.5/4 93% Crazy Rich Asians (2018) In so many ways - as bubbly romantic comedy, as cultural document, as sharp commentary on the super-wealthy, or as feminist empowerment tale - Crazy Rich Asians is a delight, an insightful and most of all funny look at life's luxury suite‐ The Movie Cricket
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2018
3.5/4 95% BlacKkKlansman (2018) ... a fascinating and intense depiction of a too-fantastic-for-fiction story of a black police detective infiltrating the Ku Klux Klan.‐ The Movie Cricket
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2018
3/4 98% The Cakemaker (2018) Kalkhof, a relative newcomer with quiet charm, and Adler... have an unhurried chemistry that makes their intertwined grief palpable and gives The Cakemaker a sweet finish.‐ The Movie Cricket
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2018
2/4 46% The Meg (2018) The action is often silly, but not quite silly enough to make a giant-shark movie really fun.‐ The Movie Cricket
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2018
3/4 70% Christopher Robin (2018) Winnie the Pooh's human friend is facing grown-up problems in a live-action story that pulls itself out of its heffalump trap to deliver a charming adventure.‐ Salt Lake Tribune
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2018
2.5/4 49% The Spy Who Dumped Me (2018) The Spy Who Dumped Me is dragged down by Kunis' humorless vibe. She's a comedic black hole, sucking the funny out of too many moments of a movie that could have been an enjoyable late-summer surprise.‐ The Movie Cricket
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2018
2.5/4 17% The Darkest Minds (2018) There's not quite enough oomph to sustain this story into more chapters. Besides, it's hard to get excited about end-of-the-world scenarios when we see them playing out on the news.‐ The Movie Cricket
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2018
2.5/4 76% Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot (2018) Callahan's work was politically incorrect before that idea had a name... but it was also cathartic, for him and for readers. If only there was more of that in the movie about him.‐ The Movie Cricket
Read More | Posted Jul 25, 2018
3.5/4 97% Mission: Impossible - Fallout (2018) Writer-director Christopher McQuarrie, who directed Rogue Nation and Cruise's first Jack Reacher movie, keeps the movie humming at peak performance.‐ The Movie Cricket
Read More | Posted Jul 25, 2018
3.5/4 90% Teen Titans Go! To the Movies (2018) Teen Titans Go! to the Movies sticks a pin in the super-inflated pomposity of comic-book movies and the people who get so worked up over them. It's a reminder that these movies are supposed to be fun - and this one certainly is.‐ The Movie Cricket
Read More | Posted Jul 25, 2018
3.5/4 93% Blindspotting (2018) It's as fresh and alive as any big city, a movie you don't just watch but breathe in.‐ The Movie Cricket
Read More | Posted Jul 25, 2018
3.5/4 80% Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (2018) Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again is one of those films that looks like it was as fun to make as it is to watch. It's a glitter-bomb of happiness and music, delivered to a world that could use a lot of both.‐ The Movie Cricket
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2018
3/4 77% The Night Eats the World (La nuit a dévoré le monde) (2018) "The Night Eats the World" isn't above borrowing from other zombie movies - the frenzy of "28 Days Later" here, the dark humor of "Shaun of the Dead" there - but it does so in an engaging way.‐ The Movie Cricket
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2018
3/4 No Score Yet Church & State (2018) "Church & State" spins a good yarn, giving depth and correcting some misconceptions about the case - and providing context about the influence of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints that infuses everything in Utah.‐ The Movie Cricket
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2018
3.5/4 97% Three Identical Strangers (2018) Sometimes a documentary filmmaker gets hold of a story so perfect - rich details, fascinating characters, and more twists than a thriller - that the smartest decision is to not get in the way.‐ The Movie Cricket
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2018
2/4 59% Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation (2018) Instead, we get a finale that relies on needle-drop soundtrack choices, not the talented voice cast, to produce its last laughs. It's just one more missed opportunity in a movie that disappoints more than it entertains.‐ The Movie Cricket
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2018
2.5/4 46% Skyscraper (2018) People who like Dwayne Johnson could care less about such things, but it's nice that Thurber indulged his movie love and included it in an otherwise forgettable bit of formula like Skyscraper.‐ The Movie Cricket
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2018
3.5/4 100% Leave No Trace (2018) Leave No Trace will leave an indelible mark on audience's memories.‐ The Movie Cricket
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2018
4/4 93% Sorry to Bother You (2018) Sorry to Bother You... [is] a declaration that Riley is an important new voice, determined to shake up the status quo.‐ Salt Lake Tribune
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2018
2/4 63% Sicario: Day of the Soldado (2018) There are a few intriguing moments, mostly between Del Toro and Moner. But they are lost in a stew of blood, testosterone, repellent politics and sketchy plotting that leave Sicario: Day of the Soldado far behind its more thought-provoking predecessor.‐ The Movie Cricket
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2018
2.5/4 88% Whitney (2018) Alas, "Whitney" leaves viewers with as many questions as answers, which may be exactly how the image-conscious Whitney Houston would have wanted it.‐ The Movie Cricket
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2018
0/4 51% Boundaries (2018) If anything I have described above sounds the least bit pleasant or entertaining, I have failed as a critic and wordsmith.‐ The Movie Cricket
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2018
3.5/4 88% Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018) With its constant humor and the energetic chemistry between Rudd and Lilly, "Ant-Man and the Wasp" is the most playful of the Marvel movies‐ Salt Lake Tribune
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2018
3.5/4 99% Won't You Be My Neighbor? (2018) The life and philosophy of Fred Rogers, children's TV pioneer and fundamentally decent human being, is captured in this charming, thoughtful documentary.‐ Salt Lake Tribune
Read More | Posted Jun 19, 2018
4/4 94% Incredibles 2 (2018) Bird doesn't bring the tears like many Pixar films do... but he tests the Parrs' bonds repeatedly, as they take on bad guys and the struggles of parenting, and do a super job at both.‐ Salt Lake Tribune
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2018
3.5/5 71% Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) Solo: A Star Wars Story works both on its own merits as an exciting action spectacle and as an origin story for the franchise's favorite scoundrel.‐ Salt Lake Tribune
Read More | Posted May 15, 2018