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Sean P. Means
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
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
3/4 82% Deadpool 2 (2018) From start to finish - and especially through the now-mandatory post-credit scenes - Reynolds delivers every punch, kick and hard-edged witticism with conviction and relish.‐ Salt Lake Tribune
Read More | Posted May 14, 2018
3/4 100% The Judge (2018) The Judge is complex and engaging. ‐ Salt Lake Tribune
Read More | Posted May 10, 2018
3.5/4 83% Avengers: Infinity War (2018) Buckle up, folks, because this is the movie Marvel has been building toward for a decade, and it's astonishing.‐ Salt Lake Tribune
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2018
3.5/4 94% A Fantastic Woman (Una mujer fantástica) (2018) Lelio and co-screenwriter Gonzalo Maza craft an elegant, passionate screenplay around Vega, who informs every turn of the film with her life experiences and emotions.‐ Salt Lake Tribune
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2018
3/4 39% A Wrinkle in Time (2018) This adaptation... is such a glorious and fascinating mess -- teeming with visual splendor and imagination, and providing the weary world a hopeful message delivered by a spunky new heroine -- that it's worth buying a ticket to see for yourself.‐ Salt Lake Tribune
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2018
3.5/4 87% Annihilation (2018) If one goes to the movies to have one's mind blown open by the new and the challenging, this is something to see.‐ Salt Lake Tribune
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2018
2.5/4 47% Red Sparrow (2018) Jennifer Lawrence overcomes the obstacles and makes out fine, mixing steely drive and a hint of vulnerability to make Dominika intensely watchable, even when the movie around her trudges on behind her.‐ Salt Lake Tribune
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2018
4/4 97% Black Panther (2018) That's some complex stuff for a superhero movie, and Coogler and co-screenwriter Joe Robert Cole give it the emotional weight it deserves. ‐ Salt Lake Tribune
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2018
3.5/4 100% On Her Shoulders (2018) The film catches Murad's delicate balancing act of speaking for the dead while trying to live her own life.‐ Salt Lake Tribune
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2018
3.5/4 91% Hereditary (2018) A cast that includes Toni Collette, Gabriel Byrne, Alex Wolff and Ann Dowd delivers both shocks and an oppressive sense of doom.‐ Salt Lake Tribune
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2018
3.5/4 64% Our New President (2018) Eerie how it matches up to Fox/Breitbart talking points.‐ Salt Lake Tribune
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2018
3.5/4 100% Seeing Allred (2018) If you think Gloria Allred is a glorified ambulance-chaser, this sharp documentary is an eye-opener.‐ Salt Lake Tribune
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2018
3.5/4 No Score Yet The Last Race (2018) Photographer Michael Dweck captures a vanishing piece of Americana.‐ Salt Lake Tribune
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2018
3.5/4 No Score Yet Believer (2018) Dan Reynolds of Imagine Dragons shows humility and heart in this moving doc.‐ Salt Lake Tribune
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2018
3.5/4 78% Nancy (2018) Sensitively handled by director-writer Christina Choe.‐ Salt Lake Tribune
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2018
3.5/4 100% Eighth Grade (2018) Elsie Fisher is a wonder as the awkward Kayla.‐ Salt Lake Tribune
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2018
4/4 100% Minding the Gap (2018) Liu's camerawork and editing are amazing.‐ Salt Lake Tribune
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2018
4/4 50% Burden (2018) Hard-hitting and deeply moving.‐ Salt Lake Tribune
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2018
4/4 91% Phantom Thread (2018) Some movies, like writer-director Paul Thomas Anderson's luxurious and breathtaking Phantom Thread, are the equivalent of high fashion, allowing us to get lost in the beauty and fantasy of their folds.‐ Salt Lake Tribune
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2018
4/4 100% Paddington 2 (2018) The movie is full of bright wit and sincere joy, as Paddington's innate kindness permeates all around him, providing a weary world just what it needs right now.‐ Salt Lake Tribune
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2018
3.5/4 95% Call Me by Your Name (2018) I defy anyone to find a story of first love -- its triumphs and heartbreaks, its feverish beginnings and its sad endings -- that's as passionate or as moving as the one told in Call Me by Your Name.‐ Salt Lake Tribune
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2018
4/4 87% The Post (2018) The Post move(s) from a crackling newsroom yarn to a showcase for Streep's now-expected brilliance. It's become routine to see her perform flawlessly, but here she quietly gives one of her best, and most perfectly calibrated, performances.‐ Salt Lake Tribune
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2018
3.5/4 93% Thelma (2017) Trier finds as many scares in soft moments as in loud ones.‐ Salt Lake Tribune
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2017
3/4 85% Darkest Hour (2017) Oldman takes the reins of Darkest Hour. It's his performance, capturing the British bulldog's oratorical fire but most important his life-affirming lightness, that makes this movie worth sitting in the dark for two hours.‐ Salt Lake Tribune
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2017
3.5/4 56% The Greatest Showman (2017) Jackman takes the title "The Greatest Showman" to heart, and it's his drive that turns this romanticized biography into a great show.‐ Salt Lake Tribune
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2017
3/4 71% Ferdinand (2017) Brazilian director Carlos Saldanha transforms Munro Leaf's 1936 children's book into a free-wheeling and fun adventure story that will delight and amuse.‐ Salt Lake Tribune
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2017
1.5/4 31% Wonder Wheel (2017) Wonder Wheel looks gorgeous... But with every word, Allen shows that, at 82, his view of the world and the women in it is as antiquated as an old carnival ride.‐ Salt Lake Tribune
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2017
3.5/4 92% The Shape of Water (2017) Some of the plot machinations of The Shape of Water don't live up to the magic Hawkins and Jones conjure in their scenes together. When they share the screen, on land or in water, their passion washes over the audience like a cleansing rain.‐ Salt Lake Tribune
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2017
3.5/4 91% Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017) Star Wars: The Last Jedi makes for an inventive nail-biter of a chapter in the franchise's long run.‐ Salt Lake Tribune
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2017
97% Casablanca (1942) What I love about Casablanca is that it defies categorization into any single genre. It's a war movie, a spy movie and a romantic drama, laced with bracing humor.‐ Salt Lake Tribune
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2017
3/4 91% The Disaster Artist (2017) It's smart and funny and knowing, and is propelled by a strong cast led by Franco himself and his brother Dave.‐ Salt Lake Tribune
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2017
3/4 85% The Fencer (Miekkailija) (2017) It's the kids, as charming and scrappy a bunch as you'd find anywhere, who give The Fencer its winning edge.‐ Salt Lake Tribune
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2017
3/4 100% Aida's Secrets (2017) Even though Aida's Secrets lacks a big, satisfying payoff, there are small joys along the way.‐ Salt Lake Tribune
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2017
2.5/4 94% Indivisible (Indivisibili) (2016) The Fontana sisters, appearing in their first movie, are a real find. Their charm and natural acting skills shine through the pedestrian scenes of Daisy and Viola arguing with their father, and their singing voices are quite beautiful.‐ Salt Lake Tribune
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2017
3.5/4 94% The Breadwinner (2017) With its poignant story, powerful characters and graceful animation, it deserves to be noticed far and wide.‐ Salt Lake Tribune
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2017
3.5/4 88% Novitiate (2017) Questions of faith and devotion are explored with sensitivity and grace in Novitiate, a quietly moving drama about nuns on the cusp of great change.‐ Salt Lake Tribune
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2017
3/4 77% Last Flag Flying (2017) Two wars, Vietnam and Iraq, intersect in memory and grief in Last Flag Flying, a drama that gets considerable mileage out of its three outstanding leads.‐ Salt Lake Tribune
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2017
3.5/4 92% Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017) Mildred is easily the most robust character McDormand has been given since "Fargo," and she delivers both the maternal ferocity and the undimmed grief that the role and this intensely satisfying movie require.‐ Salt Lake Tribune
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2017
3/4 80% The Man Who Invented Christmas (2017) Biography takes some fanciful turns in The Man Who Invented Christmas, an engaging look at Charles Dickens and the turbulent story behind the creation of perhaps his best-loved book, A Christmas Carol.‐ Salt Lake Tribune
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2017
3.5/4 97% Coco (2017) The liveliest movie of the season is about dead people: Pixar Animation Studio's new movie Coco, a joyous celebration of memory linking our past to our present.‐ Salt Lake Tribune
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2017
2.5/4 95% Dealt (2017) The documentary Dealt tells a fascinating and inspirational story about a charming individual, but the movie takes way too long to tell it.‐ Salt Lake Tribune
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2017
3.5/4 85% Wonder (2017) Many movies can make you laugh, some can make you smile and a few can make you cry, but Wonder does the amazing trick of making an audience do all three.‐ Salt Lake Tribune
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2017
2.5/4 45% The Star (2017) Propelled by innocuous Christmas carol covers, The Star passes by harmlessly toward its pretty tableau of Mary and Joseph holding their son in the manger.‐ Salt Lake Tribune
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2017
3.5/4 98% Jane (2017) Morgen melds von Lawick's footage and Goodall's words into a moving, intelligent look at the primatologist's pioneering work and the effusive passion that drove it.‐ Salt Lake Tribune
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2017
3.5/4 84% The Square (2017) Ruben Östlund's dark comedy-drama The Square starts as a satire on the modern-art world -- a big fish in a small barrel -- but grows into a stinging examination of how well, or how poorly, we treat our fellow human beings.‐ Salt Lake Tribune
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2017
3.5/4 99% Lady Bird (2017) What's most delightful about Lady Bird is that Gerwig brings an unabashedly earnest point of view to Lady Bird's sometimes rocky road to adulthood. The hipster cynicism is gone, and the sincerity shines through.‐ Salt Lake Tribune
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2017
2.5/4 40% Justice League (2017) The core team is good, with Affleck, Momoa and the newcomer Fisher putting in solid efforts. But... Gadot's portrayal of Wonder Woman -- robust, athletic and kind-hearted -- saves the day and makes Justice League a team worth following.‐ Salt Lake Tribune
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2017
3.5/4 67% Wonderstruck (2017) What makes Wonderstruck so magical, so deserving of its title, is how Haynes keys into its young characters' view of the world. Through Rose and Ben, the movie shows us familiar things like New York City in ways fresh and fantastic.‐ Salt Lake Tribune
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2017