Salt Lake City Weekly

Salt Lake City Weekly is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Eric D. Snider, Scott Renshaw
Rating Title/Year Author
2.5/4 Overlord (2018) Eric D. Snider Shallow comic-book carnage with no subtext, but it successfully walks the line between serious and ludicrous without tipping over into campy. EDIT
Posted Nov 7, 2018
4/5 Selma (2014) Scott Renshaw DuVernay's film is too effective on its own dramatic terms for it to be reduced simply to an allegory for Where We Are Today, yet it's also tremendously encouraging for anyone who wonders if there's any hope for change. EDIT
Posted Oct 5, 2018
3.5/4 The Women's Balcony (2016) MaryAnn Johanson A beautifully sketched portrait of a community under strain, one you do not have to be Jewish or even religious to take great pleasure in. EDIT
Posted Jul 13, 2017
2/4 Bad Santa 2 (2016) Eric D. Snider Though the ribald dialogue offers moments of perverse pleasure, they're always just moments, never entire scenes. EDIT
Posted Nov 23, 2016
2/4 The Darkness (2016) Eric D. Snider Even at 92 minutes, this formulaic cast-off is mind-numbingly protracted, without a moment of originality (or scariness). EDIT
Posted May 13, 2016
3/4 Whiskey Tango Foxtrot (2016) Scott Renshaw John Requa and Glenn Ficarra strike a nice balance between "war is hell" and absurdist comedy EDIT
Posted Mar 4, 2016
3/4 The Boy and the Beast (2015) Scott Renshaw We're all quite clear that it's about letting go of anger before it consumes you-and it manages to be about that idea with some style. EDIT
Posted Mar 4, 2016
2.5/4 Zootopia (2016) Scott Renshaw It's confusing when it starts to feel that Zootopia is working against its own message to get easy laughs. EDIT
Posted Mar 4, 2016
3/4 Theeb (2014) Scott Renshaw Young al-Hwietat is impressive at conveying the physical and moral trials Theeb faces in a basic survival narrative. EDIT
Posted Feb 26, 2016
2/4 Eddie the Eagle (2016) Scott Renshaw Why are movies about inspirational stories so uninspired? EDIT
Posted Feb 26, 2016
2/4 Touched With Fire (2015) Eric D. Snider A mediocre but largely unpretentious drama, probably of interest only to those with personal experience with its themes. EDIT
Posted Feb 25, 2016
3/4 12 Years a Slave (2013) Scott Renshaw 12 Years a Slave has too many unforgettable elements, even in its less effective second half for it not to deliver a visceral impact. EDIT
Posted Feb 24, 2016
2.5/4 The Lady in the Van (2015) Scott Renshaw Turning that life into a brisk comedy -- in which matters like how a homeless person deals with bodily functions are among the punch lines -- feels rather hard to justify. EDIT
Posted Feb 19, 2016
2.5/4 Risen (2016) Scott Renshaw The narrative essentially inserts Clavius in the middle of Acts of the Apostles, and neither his character nor the variation on familiar Biblical episodes capture the same sense of discovery. EDIT
Posted Feb 19, 2016
3/4 Ip Man 3 (2015) Scott Renshaw It's kind of a shame that this series feels so determined to stick to the facts of real-life kung fu grandmaster Ip Man (Donnie Yen), because it's a lot more fun when it's a good old-fashioned martial-arts free-for-all. EDIT
Posted Feb 19, 2016
2.5/4 Race (2016) Scott Renshaw While it may have been an extraordinary time in which this one man pulled off his extraordinary achievements, a movie starts to lose its impact when it begins to feel that it's more about the time than about the man. EDIT
Posted Feb 19, 2016
4/4 The Witch (2015) Scott Renshaw That may be part of what makes it so disturbing, even when Eggers doesn't set out to shock you: He's wrestling with something that we don't fully understand, but that we know in our gut is real. EDIT
Posted Feb 19, 2016
3/4 Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) (2014) Scott Renshaw Keaton's performance works beyond its wink-and-a-nod to his own Batman history, and there's even stronger work by Norton and Stone finding their own characters' vulnerabilities. EDIT
Posted Feb 16, 2016
4/4 45 Years (2015) Scott Renshaw Writer/director Andrew Haigh finds the emotional power that a single revelation can hold over decades of history. EDIT
Posted Feb 12, 2016
4/4 () Scott Renshaw There's a staggering amount of talent, imagination, emotion and creativity on display in this program. EDIT
Posted Feb 12, 2016
2.5/4 Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (2016) Scott Renshaw It's closer to almost-good than it has any right to be; if only someone had figured out that you shouldn't remember only occasionally that Lady Catherine De Bourgh has been turned into a one-eyed ninja. EDIT
Posted Feb 12, 2016
3.5/4 Hail, Caesar! (2016) Scott Renshaw Few contemporary filmmakers create works that require more reflection than the Coen brothers -- and that applies even when they're turning out one of their "lighter" comedies. EDIT
Posted Feb 12, 2016
3/4 Where to Invade Next (2015) Scott Renshaw Issue-oriented documentaries are so generally dour and panic-inducing that an approach like the one Michael Moore takes here -- "He guys, there are solutions out there! Lots of them! C'mon, let's take a look!" -- comes off as almost revolutionary. EDIT
Posted Feb 12, 2016
3.5/4 Son of Saul (2015) Scott Renshaw Nemes' prowling extended takes rarely feel like showy flourishes, instead creating a unique sense of the concentration camp as a physical space. EDIT
Posted Feb 12, 2016
2.5/4 Deadpool (2016) Scott Renshaw This one's got attitude. If only it weren't quite so self-satisfied with that attitude. And not entirely justified in it, either. EDIT
Posted Feb 12, 2016
2/4 The Choice (2016) Eric D. Snider Less of an insane soap opera than a lot of Sparks-based movies, so you could do worse. EDIT
Posted Feb 5, 2016
2/4 Miles Ahead (2016) Scott Renshaw It's hard to latch on to any thematic connection. EDIT
Posted Jan 31, 2016
3/4 First Girl I Loved (2016) Scott Renshaw It's always satisfying when a movie allows teenage characters to behave like real teenagers. EDIT
Posted Jan 31, 2016
3/4 The Intervention (2016) Scott Renshaw An engaging bit of Big Chill-ish reflection on being 30-something and still trying to figure out what you want out of love when you grow up. EDIT
Posted Jan 31, 2016
3.5/4 Jacqueline Argentine (2016) Scott Renshaw Almost profound in its rambling search for a point. EDIT
Posted Jan 31, 2016
3/4 Lovesong (2016) Scott Renshaw It can be a bit frustrating awaiting big emotional moments that Lovesong is reluctant to provide, but the world in which it takes place feels so richly thought-out that all the small moments feel that much more real. EDIT
Posted Jan 31, 2016
3.5/4 The Fits (2015) Scott Renshaw The complex mix of fight choreography and dance choreography provides a wonderfully unique framework for the narrative. EDIT
Posted Jan 31, 2016
3/4 The Lobster (2015) Scott Renshaw The gag may ultimately wear thin, but it's a hoot while it lasts. EDIT
Posted Jan 31, 2016
2.5/4 Audrie & Daisy (2016) Scott Renshaw Feels less like a story than an 95-minute venting of frustrations. EDIT
Posted Jan 31, 2016
2.5/4 Kiki (2016) Scott Renshaw Unfair though it might be to compare this movie to that ground-breaking work, it's hard not to wish for more of a sense of discovery. EDIT
Posted Jan 31, 2016
3.5/4 Sing Street (2016) Scott Renshaw Sing Street is simply lovely at conveying the beautiful foolishness of being young, in love, and moved to create. EDIT
Posted Jan 31, 2016
2/4 Joshy (2016) Scott Renshaw You can see a glimpse in writer/director Jeff Baena's movie of the satisfying ensemble farce it could have been, perhaps three or four script drafts down the road. EDIT
Posted Jan 31, 2016
1.5/4 As You Are (2016) Scott Renshaw There's something particularly dispiriting about a movie that seems predicated on edgy authenticity, then goes soaring over the melodramatic top without any self-awareness. EDIT
Posted Jan 31, 2016
3/4 Newtown (2016) Scott Renshaw A consistently lump-in-the-throat experience. EDIT
Posted Jan 31, 2016
3/4 Hunt for the Wilderpeople (2016) Scott Renshaw Built on formula, but when a formula is this well-executed, it's awfully hard to complain. EDIT
Posted Jan 31, 2016
3/4 Wiener-Dog (2016) Scott Renshaw [Delivers] just enough pitch-black humor to sweeten the despair. EDIT
Posted Jan 31, 2016
2/4 Sleight (2016) Scott Renshaw Can't overcome the sense of a filmmaker pushing too hard to make his movie awesome, when he hadn't yet figured out how to make it good. EDIT
Posted Jan 31, 2016
2.5/4 Film Hawk (2016) Scott Renshaw What remains is a nice tribute, but isn't quite a movie. EDIT
Posted Jan 31, 2016
3.5/4 Manchester by the Sea (2016) Scott Renshaw Lonergan weaves his way through many shades of grief, wise enough to understand that it never takes only one form. EDIT
Posted Jan 31, 2016
3.5/4 Sand Storm (2016) Scott Renshaw There may be plenty of cultural specificity to Elite Zexer's story, but it also proves to be wonderfully universal about the often-fraught relationships between mothers and their adolescent daughters. EDIT
Posted Jan 31, 2016
2.5/4 Southside With You (2016) Scott Renshaw On some level, this enterprise was doomed from conception. EDIT
Posted Jan 31, 2016
2.5/4 La guerre des tuques (2015) Scott Renshaw By the time the story takes a dark turn towards "war is bad" lecturing, much of the loose, silly appeal of the early sequences fades into the white backgrounds. EDIT
Posted Jan 31, 2016
2/4 Embrace of the Serpent (2015) Scott Renshaw A stylishly-made but tediously pedantic lecture on the evils of European imperialism. EDIT
Posted Jan 31, 2016
3.5/4 Swiss Army Man (2016) Scott Renshaw If you can manage to say something profound about the way we hide ourselves from others because of the things that make us uncomfortable, and do so while parading fart and boner jokes, you've got something special going on. EDIT
Posted Jan 31, 2016
3/4 Morris From America (2016) Scott Renshaw Funny, generous and gently observational. EDIT
Posted Jan 31, 2016