Deseret News (Salt Lake City)

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Rating Title/Year Author
The Emigrants (1971) Howard Pearson The Emigrants is a mighty picture, powerful in its simplicity and earthiness, beautiful in its presentation, inspiring in its theme and message. The people are real people, the story is a real story. EDIT
Posted Aug 16, 2021
The Homecoming (1973) Howard Pearson Drama buffs should find the production excellent. The acting by Cyril Cusack, Ian Holm, Michael Jayston, Vivien Merchant, Terence Rigby and Paul Rogers is brilliant. EDIT
Posted Aug 16, 2021
The Best Years of Our Lives (1946) Howard Pearson Splendid producing, acting, directing of a realistic, down-to-earth plot such as this results then in a living portrayal of what peoples actually are experiencing today. EDIT
Posted Aug 16, 2021
Bugsy Malone (1976) Howard Pearson There are many delightful and mirth-provoking scenes in the picture. which tells the story of the gang wars in New York in a most unusual, unforgettable way. EDIT
Posted Aug 16, 2021
Call Northside 777 (1948) Howard Pearson One of the year's most arresting motion pictures. EDIT
Posted Aug 16, 2021
T-Men (1947) Howard Pearson Tensely dramatic, it's the type of film that makes a person grip his seat, sometimes break Into cold sweat, but you'll leave happy that you've seen it and appreciative of the work of an unsung government agency. EDIT
Posted Aug 16, 2021
Hitler: The Last Ten Days (1973) Harry Jones Sir Alec Guinness plays the the role of Hitler with the conviction of any role that Guinness undertakes. EDIT
Posted Aug 16, 2021
Backdraft (1991) Chris Hicks Director Ron Howard and screenwriter Gregory Widen seem to aspire to serious notions, but they are constantly sidetracked by soap opera cliches and slam-bang pyrotechnics. EDIT
Posted Aug 3, 2021
Rooftops (1989) Chris Hicks The biggest problem with "Rooftops" is that it can't decide whether to be a light dance fantasy or a heavy-handed thriller. EDIT
Posted Jun 18, 2021
Mulan (2020) Herb Scribner Mulan, as a character, is a wonderful role model for young girls and boys, too. She sticks to who she is and keeps her family values strong. EDIT
Posted Oct 2, 2020
You Don't Know Jack (2010) Scott D. Pierce A biography of "Dr. Death" may seem like an odd choice for a TV movie, but this is a very good, thought-provoking film. And Pacino and the rest of the cast are great. EDIT
Posted Aug 10, 2020
The Call of the Wild (2020) Josh Terry The problem is that in the gritty context of "Call of the Wild," Buck needs to look unmistakably real, and the character's failure is a persistent distraction. EDIT
Posted Feb 21, 2020
Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) (2020) Josh Terry Essentially, "Birds of Prey" wants to be a heroic story. But it fails to embrace - or include - heroic characters. EDIT
Posted Feb 7, 2020
3/4 Dolittle (2020) Josh Terry "Dolittle" is cute and quirky. EDIT
Posted Jan 17, 2020
4/4 Les misérables (2019) Josh Terry "Les Miserables" emotes a portrait of conflicted humanity that reserves judgment in a way that few if any similar films have achieved. EDIT
Posted Jan 17, 2020
2.5/4 Bad Boys for Life (2020) Josh Terry The awkward blend of action, comedy and drama has its moments, enough to be entertaining in a guilty pleasure kind of way, but the back and forth creates a tonal mess, and overall the film feels like a throwback to an era that passed its expiration date. EDIT
Posted Jan 17, 2020
Salem's Lot (2004) Scott D. Pierce It's just not particularly scary. Which is a problem for what's supposed to be a horror film EDIT
Posted Jan 16, 2020
The Diary of Ellen Rimbauer (2003) Scott D. Pierce "Diary" isn't really scary or even creepy. And what's the use of a horror movie that isn't horrifying? EDIT
Posted Jan 15, 2020
The Tommyknockers (1993) Scott D. Pierce In addition to its ponderous length, the other big problem with "The Tommyknockers" is its surprisingly unsympathetic cast of characters. EDIT
Posted Jan 15, 2020
Stephen King's 'The Langoliers' (1995) Scott D. Pierce The cast, on the whole, creates believable characters in an unbelievable situation. EDIT
Posted Jan 15, 2020
3/4 Just Mercy (2019) Josh Terry "Just Mercy" is just good enough of a legal drama to get you to think about its subject, but it's not a good enough movie to stick with you far beyond the theater doors. EDIT
Posted Jan 10, 2020
2/4 Underwater (2020) Josh Terry The straightforward premise has some potential, and there are some nice visuals in a few spots, but overall [William] Eubank's film is one of those movies where the nods to its predecessors just reinforce its own derivative inferiority. EDIT
Posted Jan 10, 2020
3.5/5 1917 (2019) Josh Terry "1917" is grand in its scope and haunting in its visuals, but its simplicity is what makes Sam Mendes' film such a resonant portrait of its subject. EDIT
Posted Jan 9, 2020
3/4 Little Women (2019) Josh Terry [Greta] Gerwig's direction is energetic, and the production doesn't sacrifice any period charm. EDIT
Posted Dec 23, 2019
3.5/4 Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) Josh Terry "Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker" is a lot of fun, a genuine achievement and a great way to spend a couple of hours at the theater... But once the stardust settles, we'll probably still admit that the original trilogy is just never going to be matched. EDIT
Posted Dec 19, 2019
1.5/4 Cats (2019) Josh Terry You do get used to the feline antics after a while, and if that were the biggest problem, "Cats" might still work at a certain level. The bigger issue is that the film completely lacks tension or any real semblance of plot or story. EDIT
Posted Dec 19, 2019
3/4 Jumanji: The Next Level (2019) Josh Terry The sequel brings plenty of exciting action sequences, though, set on vast desert sand dunes and elaborate jungle bridges, and the charismatic wit and charm remains intact. EDIT
Posted Dec 13, 2019
3/4 Toy Story 4 (2019) Court Mann Toy Story 4 is more of a coda than a capstone. But given its strengths, maybe that's OK. EDIT
Posted Dec 10, 2019
1.5/4 Playmobil: The Movie (2019) Josh Terry There's very little in "Playmobil" to suggest the film isn't just a convenient tour of the playsets you can find at your local department store toy aisle. EDIT
Posted Dec 10, 2019
3/4 Dark Waters (2019) Josh Terry The twists and turns aren't quite as dramatic as they could be, and though the conflict is present, it feels too much like it's lingering in the background against a pretty linear narrative. EDIT
Posted Dec 10, 2019
2.5/4 The Aeronauts (2019) Josh Terry It's visually impressive, but floating under the surface is a story thin on substance and historical accuracy. EDIT
Posted Dec 6, 2019
3.5/4 Knives Out (2019) Josh Terry The story is clever enough to keep you on your toes, and a fantastic cast fills in all the gaps, with especially enjoyable performances from [Chris] Evans and [Daniel] Craig. EDIT
Posted Nov 26, 2019
3.5/4 A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (2019) Josh Terry "A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood" doesn't take sides, but offers its message of kindness equally and makes it clear that sometimes it's the grownups who need Mister Rogers most of all. EDIT
Posted Nov 22, 2019
2.5/4 Frozen II (2019) Josh Terry The new story, which tries to build on Elsa's mythos, is convoluted and feels more invented than organic, leaving "Frozen 2" feeling like more of an obligation than an equal to the original film. EDIT
Posted Nov 22, 2019
3.5/4 The Irishman (2019) Josh Terry The performances are excellent, and aside from an early exception, the aging transformations used for the film's principal characters - especially [Robert] De Niro - are fantastic. EDIT
Posted Nov 22, 2019
3.5/4 Ford v Ferrari (2019) Josh Terry If you love cars, you'll love "Ford v Ferrari." If you don't love cars, you'll still appreciate the big heart beating under its hood. EDIT
Posted Nov 15, 2019
2.5/4 Charlie's Angels (2019) Josh Terry "Charlie's Angels" checks the boxes, but that's it. It doesn't go above and beyond, and everything - from the set pieces to the action sequences - feels recycled. EDIT
Posted Nov 15, 2019
Hamlet (2000) Scott D. Pierce It's a good adaptation with a fine cast. EDIT
Posted Nov 14, 2019
3/4 Doctor Sleep (2019) Josh Terry "Doctor Sleep" provides enough new intrigue mixed in with nostalgia to justify a ticket. EDIT
Posted Nov 12, 2019
2.5/4 Midway (2019) Josh Terry There are good actors in the cast, but no one seizes the moment, and it doesn't help that a lot of dialogue stooped with cartoon patriotism and stiff acting leave the proceedings feeling awfully two-dimensional. EDIT
Posted Nov 11, 2019
2.5/4 Last Christmas (2019) Josh Terry It isn't hard to guess the big third-act twist long before it arrives, and though at a distance the whole trajectory is a noble exercise, Feig's film is clunky and feels more cliched than sincere. EDIT
Posted Nov 8, 2019
3/4 Harriet (2019) Josh Terry "Harriet" is a powerful story about a powerful person in American history, but it still feels like it belongs on the second tier of biopics and needs a bit more meat to make the tribute truly resonate. EDIT
Posted Nov 1, 2019
2.5/4 Terminator: Dark Fate (2019) Josh Terry "Dark Fate" is nothing more than an attempt to sell the same product to the same audience with just enough window dressing to make it look new. EDIT
Posted Nov 1, 2019
4/4 Jojo Rabbit (2019) Josh Terry In spite of the film's unconventional and off-the-wall style, it isn't hard to see where the different dynamics of "Jojo Rabbit's" principal characters are headed. But the journey is delightful, heartbreaking and truly remarkable. EDIT
Posted Oct 31, 2019
3/4 The Lighthouse (2019) Josh Terry "The Lighthouse" is a work of atmosphere, using stark visuals - in this case, black and white imagery shot at an unusual square aspect ratio - and a scant soundtrack to build an unsettling atmosphere of dread. EDIT
Posted Oct 29, 2019
3/4 Jesus Is King (2019) Josh Terry "Jesus is King" presents audiences with a difficult predicament: the film's content is fascinating, innovative and even inspirational. But there's painfully little of it to justify the admission. EDIT
Posted Oct 29, 2019
3/4 Countdown (2019) Josh Terry If you're looking for a few good scares that push the PG-13 boundary without breaking it, "Countdown" has fun with its clever premise. EDIT
Posted Oct 25, 2019
3/4 Zombieland: Double Tap (2019) Josh Terry After 10 years, "Zombieland: Double Tap" doesn't really bring any new brains to the dinner table. But it's still a clever, fun and funny place to visit. EDIT
Posted Oct 23, 2019
2.5/4 Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (2019) Scott D. Pierce Outside of Maleficent herself, pretty much everyone struggles to get out of their two-dimensional holds, and the grandiose finale doesn't feel like the dramatic payoff it clearly wants to be. EDIT
Posted Oct 18, 2019
3/4 Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool (2019) Josh Terry Like Davis' own life, Nelson's film follows a predictable pattern - which seems a little sad given the dynamic style of Davis' music. But that may not matter for those happy to just get lost in the atmosphere of Miles Davis' music. EDIT
Posted Oct 18, 2019