Deseret News (Salt Lake City)

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Rating Title/Year Author
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 Everybody Knows (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
3/4 How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (2019) Josh Terry "Hidden World's" greatest strength, though, is its consistently striking visual style, which blends kid-friendly CGI characters with amazing landscapes and the kind of gorgeous lighting that will inspire your inner explorer. EDIT
Posted Feb 22, 2019
3/4 Isn't It Romantic (2019) Josh Terry Isn't it Romantic" pokes fun at rom-coms while also recognizing what makes them so adored, and that perspective is largely what makes the movie work. EDIT
Posted Feb 14, 2019
3.5/4 Happy Death Day 2U (2019) Josh Terry The effort is well worth it. "Happy Death Day 2U" is a blast. EDIT
Posted Feb 14, 2019
2.5/4 Alita: Battle Angel (2019) Josh Terry The ambitious "Alita" feels custom-made for adult fans of the graphic novel - a narrow segment that is not enough to justify the film's expense. EDIT
Posted Feb 14, 2019
End Game (2018) Josh Terry A thoughtful treatment of end-of-life care that explores themes of faith and family while confronting the blunt realities of terminal illness. EDIT
Posted Feb 12, 2019
Black Sheep (2018) Josh Terry Ed Perkins and Jonathan Chinn's film intercuts between Cornelius' direct-to-camera narrative and dramatized re-enactments, allowing Cornelius to share a gripping and disturbing story. EDIT
Posted Feb 12, 2019
3.5/4 Troop Zero (2019) Josh Terry It's always nice when an underdog movie like this can match a big heart with some real quality production. Everyone can use a boost in February, but "Troop Zero" will cheer you up most any time of year. EDIT
Posted Feb 5, 2019
Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile (2019) Court Mann [The film] is a more palatable examination of an otherwise unpalatable subject - thanks to a strong script, clear direction and convincing performances, and not just because Zac Efron is really, really, really ridiculously good looking. EDIT
Posted Feb 1, 2019
3/4 They Shall Not Grow Old (2018) Josh Terry A moving and valuable tribute to a war that, comparatively speaking, doesn't get so much attention on the big screen. Jackson's effort is welcomed, even if it's hard to watch. EDIT
Posted Feb 1, 2019
4/4 Mike Wallace Is Here (2019) Josh Terry Regardless of your own sentiments, "Mike Wallace is Here" maintains a thoughtful tone that never feels overbearing or biased; whether you're interested in a history of the man or the field he pioneered, Belkin's film should be required viewing. EDIT
Posted Feb 1, 2019
4/4 Apollo 11 (2019) Josh Terry An inspiring and mesmerizing 90-minute re-creation of the historic mission, constructed out of footage shot during the monumental event. You must see this movie. EDIT
Posted Jan 30, 2019
2.5/4 Late Night (2019) Josh Terry Kaling's charm holds the ship together, but beneath the bright smile "Late Night" has a few leaks. EDIT
Posted Jan 29, 2019
Stan & Ollie (2018) Josh Terry In spite of the pervasive melancholy, "Stan & Ollie" also carries a sweetness and dignity that ennobles its subjects. A lot of that has to do with the warm performances from Coogan and Reilly, who disappear into their roles. EDIT
Posted Jan 28, 2019
The Kid Who Would Be King (2019) Josh Terry Given the recent struggles of medieval films, "Kid Who Would Be King's" youthful spirit feels instructive, and gets at the heart of what makes those tales so legendary in the first place. EDIT
Posted Jan 25, 2019
3/4 Glass (2019) Josh Terry One of the most unique superhero movies to hit the big screen, and Shyamalan deserves credit for taking a new angle on a well-trod subject. EDIT
Posted Jan 18, 2019
2/4 Replicas (2018) Josh Terry At any rate, the real bummer with "Replicas" is they spent too much time trying to explain how things were happening, when they should have just run with the film's inherent madness and put on more of a show. EDIT
Posted Jan 14, 2019
2/4 A Dog's Way Home (2019) Josh Terry Dog lovers and kids might be able to look past "A Dog's Way Home's" various shortcomings, but altogether, this is just a decent idea that could have used some more work. EDIT
Posted Jan 14, 2019
2.5/4 On the Basis of Sex (2018) Josh Terry As a biopic, "On the Basis of Sex" is OK. Jones's performance is solid as usual, though the focus on the Moritz case limits the film's ability to truly probe the depths of its subject. EDIT
Posted Jan 11, 2019
3/4 The Upside (2018) Josh Terry Though the pieces don't always connect, the chemistry between Hart and Cranston will cover a multitude of sins. "The Upside" will make you smile. EDIT
Posted Jan 11, 2019
2.5/4 Escape Room (2019) Josh Terry Altogether, "Escape Room" scores some unexpected points given the circumstances, but falls short of what it might have been with another draft or two back in the writing stage. EDIT
Posted Jan 7, 2019
2/4 Holmes & Watson (2018) Josh Terry It's hard to see this mess becoming a favorite alongside the pair's other efforts; even if individual moments in "Holmes and Watson" will make you smile, the entire production is a tough sell at full ticket price. EDIT
Posted Dec 28, 2018
2.5/4 Vice (2018) Josh Terry "Vice" just feels like the cinematic equivalent of throwing rotten tomatoes at a stump speech. EDIT
Posted Dec 26, 2018
2.5/4 Welcome to Marwen (2018) Josh Terry Altogether, "Welcome to Marwen" works much better as a creative portrait of a man wrestling against the nature of shame than as a well-drawn narrative. EDIT
Posted Dec 21, 2018
3.5/4 Bumblebee (2018) Josh Terry It's actually too bad "Bumblebee" is meant to be a prequel to the other movies. It would be great if they just used this one to reboot the whole series and start over from here. EDIT
Posted Dec 21, 2018
3.5/4 Ben Is Back (2018) Josh Terry It isn't the easiest thing to watch, but for anyone who has had to cope with such things, it will surely be relatable. EDIT
Posted Dec 21, 2018
3/4 Aquaman (2018) Josh Terry "Aquaman" is weird and corny and fun, but it would have been more fun if the weirdness and corniness had been dialed up to 11. EDIT
Posted Dec 20, 2018
3/4 Mary Poppins Returns (2018) Josh Terry While this is a much more bold and noble tactic than merely conjuring up a "Mary Poppins Greatest Hits" routine, it may disappoint the fans hoping to see their favorite songs reprised. EDIT
Posted Dec 17, 2018
3.5/4 Roma (2018) Josh Terry A vivid exploration of the world Cuaron came from and is bound to be a signature achievement for the director, who has managed to put together a captivating film that is thoughtful both in substance and style. EDIT
Posted Dec 17, 2018
3/4 Mortal Engines (2018) Josh Terry The visuals are fantastic and the world building leaves plenty to explore. If "Mortal Engines" is by any chance successful enough to spawn a sequel, let's just hope the story does a better job of staying in its own lane. EDIT
Posted Dec 14, 2018
3/4 Once Upon a Deadpool (2018) Josh Terry If you haven't seen any of the other films, this one will likely feel like a fresh, irreverent take on the superhero genre that pushes really, really hard against its PG-13 rating. EDIT
Posted Dec 13, 2018
3.5/4 Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) Josh Terry Just make sure the kids have a quick rundown of Spider-Man basics beforehand and this one will make for a great family outing. EDIT
Posted Dec 11, 2018
3/4 Maria by Callas: In Her Own Words (2017) Josh Terry The dive into Callas' life offstage and an intimate look at the complexity of her desires creates a portrait of the opera diva that is just as mesmerizing as her wide-ranging voice. EDIT
Posted Dec 7, 2018
3/4 Ralph Breaks the Internet (2018) Josh Terry A creative family-friendly adventure that's a clear step above most of the other animated options currently vying for families' attention. EDIT
Posted Nov 21, 2018
2/4 Robin Hood (2018) Josh Terry There's a place for bombastic, over-the-top popcorn movies that don't take themselves too seriously. But "Robin Hood's" humor isn't quite funny enough and its serious content isn't quite serious enough. EDIT
Posted Nov 21, 2018
3/4 Creed II (2018) Josh Terry The "Rocky" formula is good enough that these films could probably go on forever, but now that the Drago story is out of the way, Stallone should really pass the torch and give Adonis Creed a movie of his own. EDIT
Posted Nov 21, 2018
8/10 The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018) Nathanael Hood The Ballad of Buster Scruggs is every classic Hollywood Western as it's no classic Hollywood Western, much as it's every Coen Brothers film while it's no Coen Brothers film. EDIT
Posted Nov 19, 2018
3/4 Widows (2018) Josh Terry With a little more of that opening scene craziness - and a bit less of the gratuitous content - "Widows" might fall into more of a guilty pleasure category. EDIT
Posted Nov 19, 2018
2/4 Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (2018) Josh Terry None of these subplots are crippling individually, but their cumulative effect easily distracts from the film's underdeveloped core. EDIT
Posted Nov 16, 2018
3/4 Instant Family (2018) Josh Terry Anders has created a film that shows the emotional rollercoaster of the foster experience, and while "Instant Family" may not be a perfect vehicle for that message, it gets the passengers home with only minor cuts and scratches. EDIT
Posted Nov 16, 2018
2.5/4 Dr. Seuss' The Grinch (2018) Josh Terry On the plus side, the film feels true to Seuss' style and provides plenty of gags to keep the kids laughing, including some fun animated visuals once the actual caper gets underway. EDIT
Posted Nov 9, 2018
What They Had (2018) Josh Terry It is the kind of movie that gets at the heart of what it means to be a family, especially when faced with difficult challenges, but let's be honest, it is kind of a downer. EDIT
Posted Nov 9, 2018
2/4 Dead Man (1995) Chris Hicks Dead Man is surprisingly bland. And it becomes more dull -- and more grotesque -- as it moves along. EDIT
Posted Nov 8, 2018
Don Juan DeMarco (1995) Chris Hicks If ever there was a movie that is more enjoyable than it has any right to be on the surface, it's this one. EDIT
Posted Nov 7, 2018