Sean P. Means

Sean P. Means
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T-Meter Title | Year
3.5/4 86% Borat: Subsequent Moviefilm (2020) Tutar turns out to be a key addition to the cause, giving Borat's casual sexism - only described verbally in the first movie - a human target. - Salt Lake Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2020
1/4 29% The War with Grandpa (2020) "The War With Grandpa," despite its nod toward nobility with its anti-war message, is a humorless mess of a movie. - The Movie Cricket EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2020
3/4 88% Major Arcana (2020) Made in Vermont on a budget of pennies and a wealth of soon-to-be-discovered talent. - The Movie Cricket EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2020
4/4 90% The Trial of the Chicago 7 (2020) Much as Arthur Miller used the Salem witch trials of "The Crucible" to speak to the political witch trials of the McCarthy era, Sorkin ... methodically and passionately retells this 50-year-old trial to call attention to what's happening now. - Salt Lake Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2020
3/4 89% The Wolf of Snow Hollow (2020) As in his Sundance award-winning short "Thunder Road," and the feature that grew from it, Cummings' best weapon is himself. - Salt Lake Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2020
3.5/4 98% Spontaneous (2020) If you're not yet on the Katherine Langford bandwagon - I missed seeing her in "13 Reasons Why," but loved her in supporting roles in "Love, Simon" and "Knives Out" - this movie will seal the deal. - The Movie Cricket EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2020
3.5/4 93% Possessor: Uncut (2020) Cronenberg makes the future-imperfect technology appear plausible, and thinks through the ramifications of such ego-shredding brain manipulation. - The Movie Cricket EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2020
3/4 69% The Glorias (2020) The four actors all capture facets of Steinem perfectly, particularly in Vikander's distillation of the young Gloria's wide-eyed enthusiasm - which pairs perfectly with the middle-age perspective Moore adds to the mix. - The Movie Cricket EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2020
3.5/4 89% Kajillionaire (2020) Old Dolio (whose very name, it's explained, is residue of a long-ago con) is a perfect vessel for July's thoughts on identity, and Wood captures the character's confusion and awkward attempts at liberation with soul and spunk. - The Movie Cricket EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2020
3/4 68% The Artist's Wife (2020) The paired performances, by Dern as the painter losing control and Olin as the helpmeet trying to keep him together, have a lived-in quality that put "The Artist's Wife" a rung or two above the average melodrama. - The Movie Cricket EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2020
2/4 28% Antebellum (2020) The lack of suspense in that central "twist" is what ultimately destroys our interest in "Antebellum." - The Movie Cricket EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2020
3.5/4 85% The Way I See It (2020) It's not often a political documentary is designed to make the viewer smile - righteous calls to action are the norm - but Dawn Porter's "The Way I See It" elicits grins and laughs, because of the good-natured, happy fella that she profiles. - The Movie Cricket EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2020
3.5/4 100% All In: The Fight for Democracy (2020) "All In" is a rabble-rousing documentary with a simple message: If your vote wasn't valuable, people wouldn't be working so hard to steal it. - The Movie Cricket EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2020
3.5/4 87% The Nest (2020) Whether it's the routine of Rory bringing Allison her morning coffee or the way Allison stashes a wad of cash where Rory can't find it, Durkin creates entire lives with small moments. When the moments get bigger, Law and Coon are up to them. - The Movie Cricket EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2020
3/4 78% Chuck Berry (2018) When the documentary is working well, it's because Brewer focuses on the music, and how Berry kept playing through all of his life's ups and downs, reminding the world who put the swagger in rock 'n' roll. - The Movie Cricket EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2020
2.5/4 94% Jimmy Carter: Rock & Roll President (2020) Alas, the documentary plays out much like Carter's one term in office: Carrying lots of promise in the beginning, but becoming muddled and unfocused as it goes. - The Movie Cricket EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2020
3/4 56% Sibyl (2020) The observation that we're all actors in our narrative, and some are better at faking it than others, is what propels "Sibyl" to a smart, and emotionally resonant, ending. - The Movie Cricket EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2020
3.5/4 78% The Broken Hearts Gallery (2020) Here, in her first Hollywood leading role, it's clear that Viswanathan is a name we're all going to learn to spell it and pronounce, because we'll be writing and talking about her a lot. - The Movie Cricket EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2020
3.5/4 95% The Mole Agent (2020) Throughout "The Mole Agent," Alberti gives us tender vignettes of elderly people contemplating the short time they have left in this world. The film also gives us, in Sergio, a graceful reminder that no one is too old to make the most out of life. - The Movie Cricket EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2020
3.5/4 74% Mulan (2020) "Mulan" isn't just the best adaptation Disney has done from its animated catalog, but one of the most resonant family dramas in a long time. - Salt Lake Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2020
2.5/4 62% Fatima (2020) The real missed opportunity in "Fatima" is in the framing story, decades later, as Lucia (played by Sonia Braga), an elderly nun, invites a skeptical theological scholar (Harvey Keitel) to interview her. - The Movie Cricket EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2020
3/4 87% Get Duked! (2020) The only thing that matters in "Get Duked!" is whether you laugh - and Doff is willing to bend the rules of pharmacopeia and physics to make that happen. - The Movie Cricket EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2020
3.5/4 92% Nomad: In the Footsteps of Bruce Chatwin (2020) I had never heard of the British writer Bruce Chatwin before watching Werner Herzog's documentary - and now, I'm kind of obsessed with him, though not nearly as obsessed as Herzog is. - The Movie Cricket EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2020
3.5/4 92% The Personal History of David Copperfield (2020) Iannucci gives weight not only to his characters' emotions but also the issues of identity and class divisions that troubled Dickens then as much as they vex us now. - Salt Lake Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2020
3/4 71% Tenet (2020) A maze-like action thriller that's exciting in the moment, even if it's gratuitously complicated. - Salt Lake Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2020
3.5/4 92% Desert One (2020) The range of people Kopple and her team interview here is impressive. ... The movie also corrals a wealth of news footage, from Iran and the United States, and even the long-classified conversations between Carter and his generals [during] the mission. - The Movie Cricket EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2020
3/4 60% Tesla (2020) Almereyda ... uses the neat visual trick of establishing settings through rear projection. (The irony of telling Tesla's story using one of Edison's best-known inventions isn't lost on Hawke or anyone else onscreen.) - The Movie Cricket EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2020
2/4 48% Unhinged (2020) If your standards have atrophied in the bunker, accept some tough love and know that better movies are coming - and you don't have to mask up for this mean-spirited mess. - The Movie Cricket EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2020
3/4 89% Words on Bathroom Walls (2020) Freudenthal acquits himself well, especially in creating visuals to make Adam's inner torment relatable to the rest of us. - The Movie Cricket EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2020
3.5/4 62% Chemical Hearts (2020) Besides Tanne's sensitive handling of the material, the emotional punch of "Chemical Hearts" comes from its young leads. - The Movie Cricket EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2020
2/4 No Score Yet Dirt Music (2010) Whatever poetry was contained in author Tim Winton's 2001 novel is lost in the screenplay, by Jack Thorne ("The Aeronauts"), that reduces the pain within this love triangle to a lot of shouting. - The Movie Cricket EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2020
3/4 100% Runner (2020) The best thing about "Runner" is Guor himself, a humble and sympathetic character whose life has more twists than the average thriller. - The Movie Cricket EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2020
1.5/4 81% The Painted Bird (2020) At the end of the movie's nearly three-hour run, a viewer may be left feeling much as critics did when Kosinski's book was first published: Pummeled into sadness by a story that exploits the Holocaust for the artist's own nihilistic purposes. - The Movie Cricket EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2020
1.5/4 20% SamSam (2020) Too much of the plot feels cribbed from "Sky High," "Monsters, Inc.," and a dozen better movies, and just remind the viewer of how less-than-super "SamSam" is. - The Movie Cricket EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2020
3/4 72% Helmut Newton: The Bad and the Beautiful (2020) If Rampling and Rossellini ever team up for one of those Masterclass videos, tag-teaming a discussion of feminist film studies, I'm so there. - The Movie Cricket EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2020
3.5/4 94% Yes, God, Yes (2020) Dyer, who looks like she could play high-schoolers until she's 40 (she's 25 now), shows some comedic chops as the confused teen undergoing her sexual awakening with no guide map. - The Movie Cricket EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2020
3.5/4 61% Radioactive (2020) For all of Satrapi's visual inventiveness in capturing Marie's story and its legacy, the MVP of "Radioactive" is Pike, who embodies Marie's flinty brilliance and her impatience that no one takes it for granted that she's a genius. - The Movie Cricket EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2020
2/4 77% Summerland (2020) There are moments when Swale seems about to deliver a heartfelt, emotionally charged drama - but, like the mirages Alice chases along the coast, the moments evaporate into thin air. - The Movie Cricket EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2020
2.5/4 80% Spinster (2020) It takes awhile for Deyell's script to set the table, and one wishes the writer, or director Andrea Dorfman, had taken one more pass through the screenplay to punch up the jokes. - The Movie Cricket EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2020
3/4 No Score Yet Made in Italy (2008) As a director, D'Arcy knows to use his talented cast and the bounteous views of Tuscany to full advantage. - The Movie Cricket EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2020
3/4 96% Creem: America's Only Rock 'N' Roll Magazine (2020) What sticks in the mind is a perfect rock 'n' roll paradox - that Creem must have been the most fun place to work, and the most aggravating. - The Movie Cricket EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2020
2.5/4 67% The Burnt Orange Heresy (2020) Debicki ... is squandered in a role that teases us with more than she ultimately gets to do. Wasting a talent like Debicki may be the biggest heresy of all. - The Movie Cricket EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2020
3.5/4 85% She Dies Tomorrow (2020) It's a movie that burrows under the skin and bounces around the brain, a parasite feeding off of our pandemic-battered psyches. - The Movie Cricket EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2020
2/4 78% Happy Happy Joy Joy: The Ren & Stimpy Story (2020) The filmmakers didn't do what they should have done, which was to bulldoze their edit and start over - to put the art of "Red & Stimpy" and the abusive treatment of his Spumco staff in context of Kricfalusi's actions as an alleged sexual predator. - The Movie Cricket EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2020
3/4 100% Represent (2020) Like any good documentarian, Bachelder shows us the people behind the process, and lets us get to know and like them. - The Movie Cricket EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2020
1/4 64% Spree (2020) Kotylarenko buries the moral in self-consciously flashy editing and a during-the-credits epilogue that unfairly turns the filmmaking process and the audience into accessories. - The Movie Cricket EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2020
3/4 89% Sputnik (2020) Abramenko and screenwriters Oleg Malovichko and Andrei Zolotarev modulate the tension well, building up the suspense and gore on parallel tracks toward a bloody satisfying ending. - The Movie Cricket EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2020
4/4 98% Hamilton (2020) The choice to shoot after the cast had been working together for more than a year, off-Broadway and then at the Rodgers, let the audience see the performers in their stride. - Salt Lake Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2020
4/4 No Score Yet Commander Hamilton (1998) The choice to shoot after the cast had been working together for more than a year, off-Broadway and then at the Rodgers, let the audience see the performers in their stride. - Salt Lake Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2020
1.5/4 47% My Spy (2020) Director Peter Segal ... can't decide whether to make a movie for action-hungry teens or humor-seeking little kids, and ends up making an undigestible catastrophe that neither group will love. - The Movie Cricket EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2020