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Sean P. Means

Sean P. Means
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3.5/4 90% Maudie (2017) The biographical drama "Maudie" is a delicate and beautiful little film, which is utterly appropriate for the frail person whose life -- trying to add beauty to a harsh world -- it aims to depict.‐ Salt Lake Tribune
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2017
3.5/4 92% Dunkirk (2017) As both a fresh approach to historical action and a thunderous throwback to old-fashioned war movies, Christopher Nolan's "Dunkirk" is a triumphant feat of white-knuckle storytelling.‐ Salt Lake Tribune
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2017
2.5/4 54% Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (2017) The first 36 minutes... is as sharp and spectacular a stretch as you'll see in the movies. Then, the rest of the movie happens, and it's a witless mess.‐ Salt Lake Tribune
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2017
2/4 75% The Little Hours (2017) With only an outline for a script, Baena counted on his cast to improvise the dialogue -- and it turns out all these funny people don't automatically make for a naturally funny movie.‐ Salt Lake Tribune
Read More | Posted Jul 14, 2017
3/4 95% The B-Side: Elsa Dorfman's Portrait Photography (2017) Morris must go into Dorfman's home court, the cozy backyard studio where she has decades worth of work stored. As a result, he gets a more intimate portrait of an unassuming artist whose pictures are far bigger than her ego.‐ Salt Lake Tribune
Read More | Posted Jul 14, 2017
3.5/4 95% The Women's Balcony (Ismach Hatani) (2017) Culturally specific and embracingly universal, the Israeli comedy-drama The Women's Balcony is an exuberant, life-affirming celebration of community in the face of crisis.‐ Salt Lake Tribune
Read More | Posted Jul 14, 2017
1.5/4 21% Wish Upon (2017) King deserves a better starring role, because this is a script you wouldn't wish upon your worst enemy.‐ Salt Lake Tribune
Read More | Posted Jul 14, 2017
4/4 98% The Big Sick (2017) Where some movies would just settle for some good laughs, this one does that and warms the heart, too.‐ Salt Lake Tribune
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2017
92% Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017) Packed with heart-pounding action and heartfelt emotion in equal measure.‐ Salt Lake Tribune
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2017
3.5/4 94% Baby Driver (2017) When Baby Driver gets its engines revved up, it owns the road.‐ Salt Lake Tribune
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2017
3.5/4 94% War for the Planet of the Apes (2017) War for the Planet of the Apes provides a thrilling conclusion to the trilogy, an action-packed and emotionally devastating epic.‐ Salt Lake Tribune
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2017
2.5/4 44% The Bad Batch (2017) While her visual flair is strong, Amirpour's arch tone stifles the charisma of her cast... By the end of The Bad Batch, she has painted a fascinating scene, but she's also painted her characters into corners from which she can't help them escape.‐ Salt Lake Tribune
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2017
3/4 93% Citizen Jane: Battle for the City (2017) A plucky intellectual takes on New York's most powerful builder in Citizen Jane: Battle for the City, an engrossing documentary that details a historical conflict that is being repeated around the world today.‐ Salt Lake Tribune
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2017
2/4 77% Beatriz at Dinner (2017) The simplistic dialogue is made even more annoying by the fact that Hayek and Lithgow, pros that they are, try their damndest to inject authentic feeling into it.‐ Salt Lake Tribune
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2017
1/4 15% Transformers: The Last Knight (2017) It's clear Bay doesn't give a thought to the story and sees it merely as a clothesline on which to hang his massively ridiculous action sequences.‐ Salt Lake Tribune
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2017
3.5/4 100% Monterey Pop (1968) Monterey Pop is a vibrant encapsulation of that far-off event, with one jaw-dropping performance after another.‐ Salt Lake Tribune
Read More | Posted Jun 16, 2017
2/4 48% Paris Can Wait (Bonjour Anne) (2017) A sumptuously photographed road trip that becomes a dramatically inert journey of self-discovery.‐ Salt Lake Tribune
Read More | Posted Jun 16, 2017
2/4 55% 47 Meters Down (2017) A moviegoer may find 47 Meters Down too shallow to be worth sticking to the final reel.‐ Salt Lake Tribune
Read More | Posted Jun 16, 2017
2.5/4 67% Cars 3 (2017) There's enough gas in the tank, barely, to give McQueen one last trip to the winner's circle.‐ Salt Lake Tribune
Read More | Posted Jun 16, 2017
4/4 83% Megan Leavey (2017) Megan Leavey is an energetic and emotional combat drama about a female warrior discovering the power of love on the battlefield, helmed by a female director who polished her craft in the independent-film world.‐ Salt Lake Tribune
Read More | Posted Jun 9, 2017
2.5/4 15% The Mummy (2017) The action thriller The Mummy, meant to be the Big Bang of Universal's new "Dark Universe" franchise, is something of a wet firecracker, more a corporate-driven branding exercise than a living, breathing movie of its own.‐ Salt Lake Tribune
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2017
3/4 87% Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie (Captain Underpants) (2017) Yes, the humor of Captain Underpants is juvenile, but in this case that's a compliment. This is a movie for the inner 8-year-old in all of us.‐ Salt Lake Tribune
Read More | Posted Jun 2, 2017
2/4 No Score Yet Love, Kennedy (2017) A series of episodes from Kennedy's life, though, don't add up to an engrossing movie. There's no dramatic arc or tension between characters, just a slow inevitable slide as Kennedy's condition worsens.‐ Salt Lake Tribune
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2017
4/4 92% Wonder Woman (2017) In a world of comic-book movies populated with sarcastic, jokey superheroes dropping witty one-liners with every move, Wonder Woman is a blast of fresh air -- an earnestly heroic character bringing goodness and love to a violence-ravaged world.‐ Salt Lake Tribune
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2017
19% Baywatch (2017) The most clever thing Gordon gives us is in the opening credits... It's all downhill from there.‐ Salt Lake Tribune
Read More | Posted May 25, 2017
3/4 76% Buster's Mal Heart (2017) What makes it compelling is Malek's solid performance.‐ Salt Lake Tribune
Read More | Posted May 17, 2017
2/4 30% 3 Generations (2017) 3 Generations has its heart in the right place, but everything else about it is spiraling into too many directions‐ Salt Lake Tribune
Read More | Posted May 17, 2017
2.5/4 28% King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword (2017) It's all rather a mess, but often an entertaining one.‐ Salt Lake Tribune
Read More | Posted May 17, 2017
3/4 81% Jeremiah Tower: The Last Magnificent (2017) The documentary Jeremiah Tower: The Last Magnificent is as vibrant as its subject, who charms as he deflects the filmmakers' best efforts to plumb his depths.‐ Salt Lake Tribune
Read More | Posted May 17, 2017
3/4 35% Snatched (2017) [Schumer and Hawn] inspire each other to take risks, to go for bigger laughs at the expense of dignity. And they seem to be having fun together, a vibe that permeates the movie and patches up any rough spots.‐ Salt Lake Tribune
Read More | Posted May 17, 2017
3.5/4 83% Risk (2017) If Poitras fails in explaining all of Assange's contradictions, that says more about his secretive character than about her journalistic skills.‐ Salt Lake Tribune
Read More | Posted May 17, 2017
2.5/4 50% The Dinner (2017) The problem with The Dinner is that all those elements -- the morality story, the social commentary and the acting -- don't pull together into a cohesive whole. The ingredients are there, but the final dish is something of a mess.‐ Salt Lake Tribune
Read More | Posted May 4, 2017
3.5/4 92% A Quiet Passion (2017) Nixon channels Dickinson's impatient wit, her prickly demeanor and her nagging doubts. Her stellar performance in A Quiet Passion is a fit match for Davies' astringent portrait of the great poet.‐ Salt Lake Tribune
Read More | Posted May 4, 2017
3.5/4 96% Graduation (Bacalaureat) (2017) Graduation is a showcase for Titieni, playing a man who will risk all -- his career, his marriage, his reputation -- to get his daughter what he thinks she needs.‐ Salt Lake Tribune
Read More | Posted May 4, 2017
2/4 70% Growing Up Smith (Good Ol' Boy) (2017) The joys and pains of childhood are familiar across all cultures -- and, as the cloying comedy Growing Up Smith demonstrates, hackneyed variations on The Wonder Years also are universal.‐ Salt Lake Tribune
Read More | Posted May 4, 2017
3/4 82% Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017) Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2 builds on the first movie's strong foundation, with a friendly cast -- notably Pratt, Bautista and Saldana -- and fun action sequences. It's good enough to make a fan look forward to Vol. 3.‐ Salt Lake Tribune
Read More | Posted May 4, 2017
3/4 85% Disneynature Born In China (2017) Born in China captures the beauty of China's wild spaces, and the charm of its creatures, in ways that will delight and educate viewers of all ages.‐ Salt Lake Tribune
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2017
3.5/4 96% After the Storm (Umi yori mo mada fukaku) (2017) There is resolution in the end of After the Storm, though Kore-eda doesn't wrap things up too neatly. He's trying to capture life, and he shows us with gentle humanity that life is usually messy.‐ Salt Lake Tribune
Read More | Posted Apr 21, 2017
3/4 90% Frantz (2017) It's Beer, a breakout star at 21, who gives a breathtaking performance as a young woman slowly realizing she can live the life that war had seemingly taken from her.‐ Salt Lake Tribune
Read More | Posted Apr 21, 2017
3.5/4 88% Their Finest (2017) Their Finest is a fond look at a time of British pride and pluck, when a woman could find her inner resources and get the job done. The Ministry of Information would have loved it and ordered five more just like it.‐ Salt Lake Tribune
Read More | Posted Apr 21, 2017
1/4 26% Unforgettable (2017) There isn't a single thing about the would-be suspense thriller Unforgettable that isn't idiotic, fake and laughable -- and that includes the title, which paints a fat bull's-eye at which critics can take aim.‐ Salt Lake Tribune
Read More | Posted Apr 21, 2017
3/4 87% The Lost City of Z (2017) James Gray's The Lost City of Z is a movie where all the elements are there -- compelling story, fascinating location, strong cast, good performances, painstaking craftsmanship -- but the whole is less than it somehow should be.‐ Salt Lake Tribune
Read More | Posted Apr 21, 2017
3/4 67% Free Fire (2017) It bears some resemblance to the warehouse showdown in Quentin Tarantino's Reservoir Dogs, and the dialogue is just as sharp and smart. But the staging, particularly the geography of the running gun battle, is wickedly clever and original.‐ Salt Lake Tribune
Read More | Posted Apr 21, 2017
2/4 50% The Promise (2017) Alas, there's never a moment of this romantic subplot that doesn't feel like a contrivance, a way to get audiences to eat their vegetables and learn about the Armenian genocide.‐ Salt Lake Tribune
Read More | Posted Apr 21, 2017
66% The Fate of the Furious (2017) The silly spectacle of The Fate of the Furious -- with cars speeding about and Diesel and Johnson seemingly working on two different movies -- makes it fairly irresistible. As with any multiple-car pile-up, one steers into the skid and hopes for the best.‐ Salt Lake Tribune
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2017
80% Colossal (2017) Backed by a chilling performance by Sudeikis, Hathaway commands the screen here.‐ Salt Lake Tribune
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2017
63% Tommy's Honour (2017) The most interesting parts of Tommy's Honour, though, are the historical details about golf as it was played in the 18th century... That dose of history brings a charming authenticity to a tried-and-true biopic.‐ Salt Lake Tribune
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2017
3.5/4 69% Gifted (2017) The movie is blessed with a solid cast, particularly Evans in the lead as a single man who has sacrificed much to do right by his niece. Grace is a scene-stealer, smart and savvy, and possibly the most natural performer her age since Tatum O'Neal.‐ Salt Lake Tribune
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2017
98% Your Name. (Kimi No Na Wa.) (2017) Shinkai creates a gorgeous, richly detailed look at two sides of Japan... Shinkai's gift for melding these two Japans into a single, luminous story is what gives Your Name its exquisite tension.‐ Salt Lake Tribune
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2017
2.5/4 88% Land of Mine (Under Sandet) (2017) (Møller"s) portrayal of a crusty sergeant rediscovering his humanity doesn't quite excuse the clichés that fill Land of Mine, but it makes the experience bearable.‐ Salt Lake Tribune
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2017