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Sean P. Means
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3.5/4 94% Citizen K (2019) Gibney, with his usual efficiency and intelligence, lays out the timeline of Khodorkovsky's rise and fall with a ton of research, arresting visuals, and rock-solid interviews. ‐ The Movie Cricket
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2020
3.5/4 100% Incitement (2020) The cumulative effect of the demonization of Rabin and Amir's descent into being radicalized feels frighteningly of the moment, something we see on our news feeds every day.‐ The Movie Cricket
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2020
3/4 39% Downhill (2020) For the first 40 minutes of "Downhill," Louis-Dreyfus is not even doing comedy. Her struggle to hold it in, when she wants to scream at Pete, is the stuff of high-caliber drama, and Louis-Dreyfus plays it perfectly.‐ The Movie Cricket
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2020
2.5/4 63% Sonic the Hedgehog (2020) The bad news is that three months' added work may have improved the animation, but the filmmakers couldn't use that time to make the cliche-riddled script more interesting.‐ The Movie Cricket
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2020
3.5/4 100% The Painter and the Thief (2020) Through this story, which has plot twists too outlandish for a fictional film, Ree explores the give and take between artist and subject, and the weight of responsibility for a remorseful criminal and a forgiving victim.‐ The Movie Cricket
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2020
3.5/4 100% Crip Camp (2020) At once nostalgically celebratory and politically urgent, the documentary "Crip Camp" is a beautiful example of how a small act can have huge consequences.‐ The Movie Cricket
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2020
3.5/4 92% Miss Americana (2020) "Miss Americana" shows Swift as an artist and activist just warming up for the next act.‐ Salt Lake Tribune
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2020
4/4 90% The Climb (2020) "The Climb" is one of those comedies that so feels so effortless, like a natural progression of events, that it's easy to overlook how much intelligence and craft that went into it.‐ The Movie Cricket
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2020
3/4 88% Zola (2020) Bravo and her co-writer, Jeremy O. Harris, spin Zola's yarn with all the "can you believe this?" immediacy of a good Twitter thread. ‐ The Movie Cricket
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2020
2.5/4 80% Aggie (2020) Being a good person doesn't automatically make one a good subject for a documentary, as the meandering narrative of "Aggie" unfortunately proves.‐ The Movie Cricket
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2020
3.5/4 92% Miss Juneteenth (2020) Peoples has an eye for the details of the Jones family's life, scraping by on her wits while trying to touch the upper class life the pageant represents.‐ The Movie Cricket
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2020
3.5/4 No Score Yet Film About a Father Who (2020) She may not have unlocked the secret of her father's heart, but the attempt reveals touching, humorous and painful insights about what we think a father is and what he should be. ‐ The Movie Cricket
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2020
3/4 100% Dinner in America (2020) There's a gleeful anarchy alive in "Dinner in America," and Rehmeier is the sort whose goals are humor first and narrative coherence second, maybe third.‐ The Movie Cricket
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2020
3.5/4 No Score Yet Binti (2019) If American kids' movies were as naturally energetic, and as willing to explore some hard emotional truths, as the Belgian movie "Binti," our children and Hollywood would be much better for it.‐ The Movie Cricket
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2020
3.5/4 78% Wander Darkly (2020) Director Tara Miele and cinematographer Carolina Costa fashion a visually stunning film that captures the colorful Los Angeles settings and the quicksilver transitions in memory. ‐ The Movie Cricket
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2020
3/4 91% Save Yourselves! (2020) The reason to watch is to appreciate the comic gifts of the scruffy Reynolds ("Search Party") and particularly the wide-eyed Mani ("Glow") deployed to their fullest. ‐ The Movie Cricket
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2020
3.5/4 91% Whirlybird (2020) "Whirlybird" shows what it takes to be an adrenaline-fueled action newsperson, and what it takes from a person. ‐ The Movie Cricket
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2020
3.5/4 100% Palm Springs (2020) Barbakow paces the story, particularly the backward leapfrog of the resetting timer, with precision. But he also leaves room for his leads room to let the jokes and their personalities come out.‐ The Movie Cricket
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2020
3/4 88% Spaceship Earth (2020) Though it's clear Wolf sides with the Biospherians, whom he sees as the first people to illustrate the dangers of climate change, the director is smart enough to present the facts and let viewers draw their own conclusion.‐ The Movie Cricket
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2020
3.5/4 No Score Yet Coded Bias (2020) The draw is Buolamwini's charming personality, so powerful that when she testified before Congress, she got liberal icon Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and right-wing bomb-thrower Jim Jordan to agree on something. ‐ The Movie Cricket
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2020
3/4 67% Blast Beat (2020) "Blast Beat" is a showcase for the Arias brothers. ... Together, they look like opposites, ... but their brotherly bond shines through whether the Restrepo siblings are fighting or helping each other out.‐ The Movie Cricket
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2020
3/4 77% Amulet (2020) Mixing a brooding atmosphere and a sly feminist spin on the horror genre, "Amulet" is a solid statement debut for actor-turned-filmmaker Romola Garai. ‐ The Movie Cricket
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2020
2.5/4 94% The 40-Year-Old Version (2020) Blank herself is charismatic, witty and funny, and it's too bad her movie blurs the line between self-empowering and self-indulgent. ‐ The Movie Cricket
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2020
3.5/4 70% The Killing of Two Lovers (2020) As stark, intimate and beautiful as the small town, nestled along Utah's mountains, where the movie takes place.‐ The Movie Cricket
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2020
3/4 80% Natalie Wood: What Remains Behind (2020) [A documentary that] aims to hit the reset button on the public's perception of the late actress - to think more about her stellar career and less about her tragic drowning death in 1981.‐ The Movie Cricket
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2020
3.5/4 86% Charm City Kings (2020) In a solid ensemble cast, Meek Mill stands out in a role reminiscent of bad guys trying to be a good influence for kids in old Warner Bros. gangster dramas.‐ The Movie Cricket
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2020
4/4 84% Nine Days (2020) Oda has created an endlessly inventive movie, one that embeds the great philosophical question about what a human being is into a wealth of thoughtful visual signals. ‐ The Movie Cricket
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2020
3/4 89% The Evening Hour (2020) The [well-realized] setting doesn't make up for a familiar storyline, the one where a guy riding the edge between legal and illegal finds he can't keep the balancing act going indefinitely.‐ The Movie Cricket
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2020
3.5/4 100% Minari (2020) Chung's script runs the Yi family through hardships, both financial and marital, while also displaying David's child's-eye view of life in the South. Chung's direction captures the details of life in Reagan's America.‐ The Movie Cricket
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2020
4/4 100% Sylvie's Love (2020) Everyone deserves a swoon-inducing, deeply felt romantic melodrama, especially if it's as refined and emotional as writer-director Eugene Ashe's "Sylvie's Love."‐ The Movie Cricket
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2020
3.5/4 100% Dick Johnson Is Dead (2020) If one has to go - and dying is the one thing we're all going to do someday - going in a fun way like this, surrounded by happy grandkids and lots of chocolate cake, is the nicest way to go.‐ The Movie Cricket
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2020
3/4 100% Farewell Amor (2020) The three leads give lived-in performances, strengthening the notion that this is really a family in spite of their hardships. ‐ The Movie Cricket
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2020
3.5/4 100% The Fight (2020) The filmmakers turn the dusty legal briefs into compelling human drama. ‐ The Movie Cricket
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2020
3/4 89% Time (2020) A reminder that the crime may be the start of the story, but it's not the whole story. ‐ The Movie Cricket
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2020
3.5/4 100% Mucho Mucho Amor (2020) If you never heard of Walter Mercado, [this] is a delightful corrective - and those who grew up on Mercado's flamboyantly presented TV horoscopes, the film is a fond look back at an icon for millions in the United States and all points south. ‐ The Movie Cricket
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2020
3.5/4 No Score Yet The Cost of Silence (2020) Even when "The Cost of Silence" is at its most pessimistic, it does offer a simple solution: Vote. ‐ The Movie Cricket
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2020
3/4 100% Bloody Nose, Empty Pockets (2020) There are some scenes in which the experiment works, where the Rosses, as the only people operating cameras in the bar, capture little moments of honest connection.‐ The Movie Cricket
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2020
3.5/4 63% Us Kids (2020) "Us Kids" melds the personal with the political in the most moving ways possible. ‐ The Movie Cricket
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2020
3.5/4 100% Feels Good Man (2020) A revealing profile of Furie, a family man and artist trying to make sense of the firestorm he didn't even know he was lighting. ‐ The Movie Cricket
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2020
3.5/4 97% Shirley (2020) "Shirley" eventually becomes a meeting of the minds between the jaded Shirley and the wide-eyed Rose, and both Moss and Young bring ferocity and vulnerability to the pairing.‐ The Movie Cricket
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2020
3.5/4 93% Invisible Life (A vida invisível de Eurídice Gusmão) (2019) Aïnouz and screenwriter Murilo Hauser deftly capture the sweep of years, even decades, as the two sisters live physically apart but spiritually together, their lives a rebuke to the patriarchal system that separated them. ‐ The Movie Cricket
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2020
3/4 79% Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) (2020) Even when the plot his a few sour notes, Robbie concocts a winning performance out of the hammer-swinging anti-hero.‐ The Movie Cricket
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2020
3/4 86% Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made (2020) If you ever wondered what an episode of "Portlandia" would be like as a Disney movie, look no further.‐ The Movie Cricket
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2020
3.5/4 100% Never Rarely Sometimes Always (2020) Hittman doesn't have to fill the silences with gab, so she doesn't - and the emotional communication between these cousins happens through glances and body language.‐ The Movie Cricket
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2020
2/4 20% Like a Boss (2020) There's a vast gulf between a funny movie and a movie with a lot of funny people in it, and within that gulf rests "Like a Boss," whose raunchy humor misses more than it hits.‐ The Movie Cricket
Read More | Posted Jan 15, 2020
2.5/4 47% Underwater (2020) The too-crazy part comes in the monster mash of a finale, which plays more like a video game's final boss battle than a sensible action ending. ‐ The Movie Cricket
Read More | Posted Jan 15, 2020
3/4 83% Just Mercy (2020) As good as the performances by Jordan and Foxx are, the eat-your-vegetables feel of the inspirational dialogue and change-the-world narrative hold the movie back. ‐ The Movie Cricket
Read More | Posted Jan 15, 2020
3/4 86% Cunningham (2019) If Cunningham refused to describe the themes behind his art, how the hell does a filmmaker do the job? And how does an audience who isn't versed in dance history make sense of it all?‐ The Movie Cricket
Read More | Posted Jan 15, 2020
3.5/4 99% Varda by Agnès (2019) If all my professors were as knowledgeable, as caring, and as fun as Agnès Varda, I wouldn't have skipped class so often.‐ The Movie Cricket
Read More | Posted Jan 15, 2020
3.5/4 84% Les Misérables (2020) Victor Hugo would have no trouble recognizing the tensions between police and the people living in his old neighborhood.‐ The Movie Cricket
Read More | Posted Jan 15, 2020