Deseret News (Salt Lake City)

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Rating Title/Year Author
3/5 Bethany Hamilton: Unstoppable (2018) Josh Terry "Unstoppable" adds a new twist to an already inspiring story... and it doesn't quite match the grandeur of the massive waves its subject rides. EDIT
Posted Jul 16, 2019
3/5 The Lion King (2019) Josh Terry It's a visually staggering, beat-for-beat remake of the first movie, and aside from some new dialogue and a semi-consequential extra scene midway through the film, everything else remains intact. EDIT
Posted Jul 16, 2019
3/4 Crawl (2019) Josh Terry Not everything works, but "Crawl" nails enough key moments to keep things interesting, and the excellent sets chart a creepy course from dingy and creepy to flooded and terrifying. EDIT
Posted Jul 13, 2019
3/4 Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) Josh Terry As a follow-up to "Endgame," "Spider-Man: Far From Home" is a reassuring reminder that the Marvel films to come will retain the same element of fun and personality that made that first 10 years such a great ride. EDIT
Posted Jul 2, 2019
3/4 The Other Side of Heaven 2: Fire of Faith (2019) Josh Terry The cumulative effect elevates "Fire of Faith" beyond what initially feels like a simple series of adventures in the islands, and leaves audiences with a much more thoughtful examination of its subject. EDIT
Posted Jul 1, 2019
3/4 Echo in the Canyon (2018) Josh Terry "Echo in the Canyon" works more as a fond tribute than the kind of documentary that breaks new ground, but it's hard to imagine anyone being disappointed by the results. EDIT
Posted Jun 28, 2019
3.5/4 Yesterday (2019) Josh Terry [Danny] Boyle's execution here is fantastic, but the excellent premise kind of writes itself into a corner late in the film, leaving only a sub-par finale to mar an overall enjoyable experience. EDIT
Posted Jun 28, 2019
2/4 The Dead Don't Die (2019) Josh Terry Jim Jarmusch's film falls flat with the kind of third act wheeze that leaves you thinking the filmmakers just got bored and staggered away from their own movie. EDIT
Posted Jun 14, 2019
2.5/4 Men in Black: International (2019) Josh Terry The wit is there, the effects are fun and a new character named Pawny has some good moments, too. But even though the parts are in place, somehow the energy and chemistry is lacking. EDIT
Posted Jun 14, 2019
2.5/4 Fast Color (2018) Josh Terry The more you find out, the more [Julia] Hart's film settles into a kind of ponderous groove that eventually works its way into a solid story arc but struggles to register on the Richter scale. EDIT
Posted Jun 10, 2019
3/4 The Tomorrow Man (2019) Josh Terry To call "Tomorrow Man" low key is an understatement, and it's light years from the tone and energy of your usual romantic comedy. We're definitely in indie territory here. Still, a lot of the usual beats are there. EDIT
Posted Jun 10, 2019
2.5/4 All Is True (2018) Josh Terry Considering the film's subject, a different focus and more strictly faithful narrative might have delivered a more resonant experience. EDIT
Posted Jun 7, 2019
2.5/4 The Secret Life of Pets 2 (2019) Josh Terry "The Secret Life of Pets 2" is a pretty typical sequel, a funny B-list animated feature that should be enough to keep the kids happy right now, even if most people will have a tough time remembering much about the movie in a year or two. EDIT
Posted Jun 7, 2019
3/4 Dark Phoenix (2019) Josh Terry If "Dark Phoenix" had turned up halfway through the series, little here would have been an issue. But in context, [Simon] Kinberg has produced a good movie that serves as an awkward series finale. EDIT
Posted Jun 7, 2019
3/4 Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) Josh Terry Often the phrase "turn off your brain" is used too generously as an excuse for a bad movie. With "Godzilla: King of the Monsters," it should be used as an endorsement. EDIT
Posted May 31, 2019
3/4 Rocketman (2019) Josh Terry [Dexter] Fletcher's film could have provided more depth rather than rely on its grandiose Broadway musical sheen, but the sheen fits the subject, and it's unlikely anyone will be disappointed with the results. EDIT
Posted May 31, 2019
3/4 Photograph (2019) Josh Terry The film may not deliver what you'd normally expect from a romantic Saturday night at the movies, but if you're looking for something a little unique, Photograph is a perfect fit. EDIT
Posted May 24, 2019
3.5/4 The Biggest Little Farm (2018) Josh Terry Biggest Little Farm is an excellent and insightful documentary - one that would make Old MacDonald proud. EDIT
Posted May 24, 2019
3/4 Aladdin (2019) Josh Terry Taken in context, the new Aladdin is OK, but not great. EDIT
Posted May 24, 2019
() Chris Hicks Groundbreaking in its style and haunting in its imagery, and in readings by such actors as Jason Robards, Morgan Freeman and Sam Waterston, the miniseries manages to personalize Civil War history better than any film before or since. EDIT
Posted May 24, 2019
3/4 A Dog's Journey (2019) Josh Terry It's pretty rare that a sequel improves on an original, but that is certainly the case with Gail Mancuso's A Dog's Journey. EDIT
Posted May 17, 2019
2.5/4 The Sun Is Also a Star (2019) Josh Terry [The film] seems determined to use that pretty sheen -- plus a lot of romantic montages -- to disguise a host of story problems and issues, which become more and more obvious when you consider how such an encounter would play out in reality. EDIT
Posted May 17, 2019
3/4 John Wick: Chapter 3 -- Parabellum (2019) Josh Terry The result is a film that is well-executed (sorry, pun intended), but that I feel uneasy enjoying or recommending. EDIT
Posted May 17, 2019
2.5/4 Poms (2019) Josh Terry Keaton is solid in the lead role, and Weaver has some fun as her sidekick but there's definitely a feeling that they could have used some better material and execution here. EDIT
Posted May 17, 2019
The Child in Time (2017) Michelle Garrett Bulsiewicz While such a premise seems like a tear-jerker, the story thankfully leans away from sentimentality. Instead, it's a more subtle look at loss and love - if you can keep track of what is going on. EDIT
Posted May 15, 2019
3/4 Pokémon Detective Pikachu (2019) Josh Terry For a movie inspired by such a goofy pop culture phenomenon, Detective Pikachu feels energetic but remarkably restrained. EDIT
Posted May 10, 2019
4/4 Tolkien (2019) Josh Terry You don't have to be a Lord of the Rings fan to appreciate Dome Karukoski's excellent "Tolkien," but fans of J.R.R. Tolkien's fantasy novels and films will especially appreciate this sharp biographical effort... EDIT
Posted May 10, 2019
2/4 The Hustle (2019) Josh Terry The Hustle is yet another example of why Hollywood has completely run out of original ideas. EDIT
Posted May 10, 2019
2/4 UglyDolls (2019) Josh Terry The messages are nice enough, but their uninspired delivery and the bland plot makes Ugly Dolls feel more like an after-school special than worthy of full-price tickets for a family outing. EDIT
Posted May 3, 2019
2.5/4 Peterloo (2018) Josh Terry "Peterloo" nods toward the powerful impact of its source material but lacks the follow through to truly capture its pathos. EDIT
Posted Apr 26, 2019
4/4 Avengers: Endgame (2019) Josh Terry For a three-hour movie, "Endgame" is anything but bloated, with a wealth of poetic and pleasing moments. EDIT
Posted Apr 25, 2019
3.5/4 () Josh Terry Elliott's completion of Pollack's project is a cherished time capsule, and a timely tribute to the late Lady Soul. EDIT
Posted Apr 23, 2019
3/4 Missing Link (2019) Josh Terry The adventure showcases the imaginative, dynamic animation that has given Laika Studio's previous efforts such a magical quality, and "Missing Link" delivers repeatedly. EDIT
Posted Apr 12, 2019
2.5/4 The Public (2018) Josh Terry With a little more refinement, "The Public" might have been the kind of memorable movie it clearly aspires to be. EDIT
Posted Apr 9, 2019
2.5/4 Storm Boy (2019) Josh Terry While there's obviously a line connecting the two stories, the clash between Michael's romanticized youth and the tech-heavy contemporary setting feel like an odd fit at times. EDIT
Posted Apr 8, 2019
3/4 The Best of Enemies (2019) Josh Terry A film that may not quite rank with the best of the civil rights era films, but one that does an excellent job of digging into human frailties that, when breached, can help us resolve our differences. EDIT
Posted Apr 5, 2019
2.5/4 Pet Sematary (2019) Josh Terry The film will resonate with King diehards - there are multiple callbacks to the first movie, along with some twists - but to be clear: This is pretty unsettling stuff, enough that it's hard to recommend it. EDIT
Posted Apr 5, 2019
3.5/4 Shazam! (2019) Josh Terry "Shazam!" has a long list of strengths, starting with a cheeky, bright sense of humor that leads to many laugh-out-loud moments. EDIT
Posted Apr 4, 2019
3/4 Unplanned (2019) Josh Terry "Unplanned" doesn't come close to exploring all of the different combating arguments connected to abortion, but the case it makes is sobering to consider. EDIT
Posted Apr 2, 2019
2.5/4 Dumbo (2019) Josh Terry For fans well versed in the 1941 version, it might be interesting enough to see the original story come to life in live-action. But it's hard to imagine anyone who hasn't seen the first movie getting too excited by this one. EDIT
Posted Mar 29, 2019
3.5/4 The Mustang (2019) Josh Terry While you might be able to find better horse movies - and certainly more elaborate prison movies - "The Mustang" draws from both genres to create a moving portrait of a man trying to overcome his failures and find even a hint of purpose in his life. EDIT
Posted Mar 29, 2019
3/4 Woman at War (2018) Josh Terry "Woman at War's" story is interesting enough on its own, but Erlingsson's quirky execution further elevates the unique material. EDIT
Posted Mar 25, 2019
3/4 Us (2019) Josh Terry "Us" is an excellent production that stands above much of the routine horror efforts that dot the release calendar, and another interesting step in Peele's evolving entertainment career. EDIT
Posted Mar 22, 2019
2/4 Five Feet Apart (2019) Josh Terry The plot twists make cystic fibrosis feel like more of a device to get the tears rolling than an altruistic focus. It's too bad, because Five Feet Apart" has enough going for it to suggest that it might have been better than the usual tearjerker routine. EDIT
Posted Mar 18, 2019
2.5/4 Wonder Park (2019) Josh Terry "Wonder Park" has enough nice elements to justify a look, but not at full ticket price. Parents might want to keep this one for a discount Tuesday or matinée, especially in light of some of the better first-run options playing in theaters right now. EDIT
Posted Mar 18, 2019
3/4 Todos lo saben (2018) Josh Terry "Everybody Knows" may not be the best crime thriller out there, but it has enough going for it to merit some strong consideration. EDIT
Posted Mar 8, 2019
3.5/4 Captain Marvel (2019) Josh Terry It's hard to find much of anything too disappointing about Boden and Fleck's new film. The only real letdown might be fans' realization that they still have to wait another few months till "Endgame" hits theaters. EDIT
Posted Mar 7, 2019
3/4 A Tuba to Cuba (2018) Josh Terry Jazz fan or not, "A Tuba to Cuba" should resonate with anyone with an appreciation for the power of music. EDIT
Posted Mar 1, 2019
2.5/4 Run the Race (2018) Josh Terry The film sends a number of noble and poignant messages, but a better script and story would have helped them stick. EDIT
Posted Feb 26, 2019
3/4 Fighting With My Family (2019) Josh Terry A multifaceted story that is surprisingly engaging and sincere, especially juxtaposed against the corny bravado and crudity of its pro wrestling context. EDIT
Posted Feb 25, 2019