Salt Lake Tribune

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Rating Title/Year Author
4/4 Avengers: Endgame (2019) Sean P. Means "Avengers: Endgame" delivers everything Marvel fans will enjoy and not much that they expect. EDIT
Posted Apr 23, 2019
3/4 The Public (2018) Sean P. Means The gentle humor and simple humanity of Estevez's script helps the audience digest the messages within "The Public," to engender sympathy for our nation's homeless and sing the praises of libraries. EDIT
Posted Apr 4, 2019
2/4 Faster (2010) Sean P. Means The result is a mishmash of bloody action and talky exposition... EDIT
Posted Mar 28, 2019
2.5/4 Dumbo (2019) Sean P. Means "Dumbo" gets airborne, but it's another bumpy flight for a director whose reach so often extends his grasp. EDIT
Posted Mar 26, 2019
3.5/4 Shazam! (2019) Sean P. Means This superhero has great power, and great responsibility, but "Shazam!" wears it lightly and humorously. EDIT
Posted Mar 23, 2019
4/4 Captain Marvel (2019) Sean P. Means It's always tricky introducing a new character, especially the most powerful one in the Marvel Comics roster - and Boden and Fleck, and Larson, do it with high energy, good humor and intelligence. EDIT
Posted Mar 5, 2019
2.5/4 Aquaman (2018) Sean P. Means DC Comics' oceanic superhero gets his own movie, but star Jason Momoa isn't enough of a screen presence to carry the weight. EDIT
Posted Dec 21, 2018
3/4 Vice (2018) Sean P. Means Christian Bale's transforming portrayal of former Vice President Dick Cheney is a wonder, but director Adam McKay's semi-comic approach to serious policy sometimes lets the movie down. EDIT
Posted Dec 17, 2018
3.5/4 Mary Poppins Returns (2018) Sean P. Means "Mary Poppins Returns" is a top-to-bottom delightful movie that will please fans of the 1964 movie and newcomers seeking a break from cynicism. EDIT
Posted Dec 12, 2018
4/4 Roma (2018) Sean P. Means Cuarón captures tiny moments in exceptional detail, finding the humor and tears in the everyday. EDIT
Posted Dec 10, 2018
3.5/4 Ralph Breaks the Internet (2018) Sean P. Means "Ralph Breaks the Internet" is giddily of its moment, a colorfully wacky satire of web culture that doesn't care whether it's still relevant in five years or five days. EDIT
Posted Nov 14, 2018
3/4 The Nutcracker and the Four Realms (2018) Sean P. Means Like the theatrical production that inspired it, this movie is destined to become a viewing option for families for many Christmases to come. EDIT
Posted Oct 31, 2018
3.5/4 The Old Man & the Gun (2018) Sean P. Means If this is Redford's last movie role... he's leaving at the height of his powers. EDIT
Posted Oct 11, 2018
3/4 Jane and Emma (2018) Sean P. Means Larson roots the story in as much historical record as is available, and where that's lacking, she fills in with a thoughtful imagining based on her impression of Jane and Emma's personalities. EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2018
3.5/4 Little Women (2018) Sean P. Means There's a lot of love evident for the March sisters and their unshakable bond through bad times and good, and that love makes this modern-day Little Women worthy of its name. EDIT
Posted Sep 26, 2018
3/4 Christopher Robin (2018) Sean P. Means Winnie the Pooh's human friend is facing grown-up problems in a live-action story that pulls itself out of its heffalump trap to deliver a charming adventure. EDIT
Posted Aug 3, 2018
4/4 Sorry to Bother You (2018) Sean P. Means Sorry to Bother You... [is] a declaration that Riley is an important new voice, determined to shake up the status quo. EDIT
Posted Jul 11, 2018
3.5/4 Ant-Man and The Wasp (2018) Sean P. Means With its constant humor and the energetic chemistry between Rudd and Lilly, "Ant-Man and the Wasp" is the most playful of the Marvel movies EDIT
Posted Jun 27, 2018
3.5/4 Won't You Be My Neighbor? (2018) Sean P. Means The life and philosophy of Fred Rogers, children's TV pioneer and fundamentally decent human being, is captured in this charming, thoughtful documentary. EDIT
Posted Jun 19, 2018
4/4 Incredibles 2 (2018) Sean P. Means 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. EDIT
Posted Jun 12, 2018
3.5/5 Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) Sean P. Means 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. EDIT
Posted May 15, 2018
3/4 Deadpool 2 (2018) Sean P. Means 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. EDIT
Posted May 14, 2018
3/4 The Judge (2017) Sean P. Means The Judge is complex and engaging. EDIT
Posted May 10, 2018
3.5/4 Avengers: Infinity War (2018) Sean P. Means Buckle up, folks, because this is the movie Marvel has been building toward for a decade, and it's astonishing. EDIT
Posted Apr 24, 2018
3.5/4 Una mujer fantástica (2017) Sean P. Means 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. EDIT
Posted Mar 8, 2018
3/4 A Wrinkle in Time (2018) Sean P. Means 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. EDIT
Posted Mar 7, 2018
3.5/4 Annihilation (2018) Sean P. Means If one goes to the movies to have one's mind blown open by the new and the challenging, this is something to see. EDIT
Posted Feb 22, 2018
2.5/4 Red Sparrow (2018) Sean P. Means 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. EDIT
Posted Feb 22, 2018
4/4 Black Panther (2018) Sean P. Means That's some complex stuff for a superhero movie, and Coogler and co-screenwriter Joe Robert Cole give it the emotional weight it deserves. EDIT
Posted Feb 14, 2018
3.5/4 On Her Shoulders (2018) Sean P. Means The film catches Murad's delicate balancing act of speaking for the dead while trying to live her own life. EDIT
Posted Jan 25, 2018
3.5/4 Hereditary (2018) Sean P. Means A cast that includes Toni Collette, Gabriel Byrne, Alex Wolff and Ann Dowd delivers both shocks and an oppressive sense of doom. EDIT
Posted Jan 25, 2018
3.5/4 Our New President (2018) Sean P. Means Eerie how it matches up to Fox/Breitbart talking points. EDIT
Posted Jan 25, 2018
3.5/4 Seeing Allred (2018) Sean P. Means If you think Gloria Allred is a glorified ambulance-chaser, this sharp documentary is an eye-opener. EDIT
Posted Jan 25, 2018
3.5/4 The Last Race (2018) Sean P. Means Photographer Michael Dweck captures a vanishing piece of Americana. EDIT
Posted Jan 25, 2018
3.5/4 Believer (2018) Sean P. Means Dan Reynolds of Imagine Dragons shows humility and heart in this moving doc. EDIT
Posted Jan 25, 2018
3.5/4 Nancy (2018) Sean P. Means Sensitively handled by director-writer Christina Choe. EDIT
Posted Jan 25, 2018
3.5/4 Eighth Grade (2018) Sean P. Means Elsie Fisher is a wonder as the awkward Kayla. EDIT
Posted Jan 25, 2018
4/4 Minding the Gap (2018) Sean P. Means Liu's camerawork and editing are amazing. EDIT
Posted Jan 25, 2018
4/4 Burden (2016) Sean P. Means Hard-hitting and deeply moving. EDIT
Posted Jan 25, 2018
4/4 Phantom Thread (2017) Sean P. Means 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. EDIT
Posted Jan 18, 2018
4/4 Paddington 2 (2017) Sean P. Means 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. EDIT
Posted Jan 11, 2018
3.5/4 Call Me by Your Name (2017) Sean P. Means 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. EDIT
Posted Jan 11, 2018
4/4 The Post (2017) Sean P. Means 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. EDIT
Posted Jan 11, 2018
3.5/4 Thelma (2017) Sean P. Means Trier finds as many scares in soft moments as in loud ones. EDIT
Posted Dec 21, 2017
3/4 Darkest Hour (2017) Sean P. Means 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. EDIT
Posted Dec 21, 2017
3.5/4 The Greatest Showman (2017) Sean P. Means Jackman takes the title "The Greatest Showman" to heart, and it's his drive that turns this romanticized biography into a great show. EDIT
Posted Dec 21, 2017
3/4 Ferdinand (2017) Sean P. Means 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. EDIT
Posted Dec 14, 2017
1.5/4 Wonder Wheel (2017) Sean P. Means 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. EDIT
Posted Dec 14, 2017
3.5/4 The Shape of Water (2017) Sean P. Means 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. EDIT
Posted Dec 14, 2017
3.5/4 Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017) Sean P. Means Star Wars: The Last Jedi makes for an inventive nail-biter of a chapter in the franchise's long run. EDIT
Posted Dec 12, 2017