Salt Lake Tribune
What made Stewart think a plague-on-both-your-houses political satire would play in 2020? Jon, buddy, read the room.
Posted Jun 22, 2020
Artemis Fowl (2020)
Disney+ turns out to be a better home than theaters for this overbaked action adventure. ... The pause button is Branagh's friend, especially when parents have to explain to the kids - or vice versa - what's happening.
Posted Jun 11, 2020
The King of Staten Island (2020)
This has been Apatow's gift: To take an abrasive comic figure - Seth Rogen in "Knocked Up," Amy Schumer in "Trainwreck" and now Davidson - and reveal the bruised, tender heart inside.
Posted Jun 8, 2020
[Araki's] overamped movie has nowhere to go, except for a confused finale that suggests an episode of "Twin Peaks" remade by the Scooby gang.
Posted May 29, 2020
The High Note (2020)
Sure, Miss Diana's larger-than-life persona informs aspects of her daughter's riveting performance, but that doesn't account for the light touch, the self-deprecating humor, that the younger Ross brings to the table.
Posted May 25, 2020
Trolls World Tour (2020)
After nearly a month of no new Hollywood movies - not since the coronavirus pandemic forced theaters to close, along with everything else fun - it's enough of an entertainment to tickle the brain's pleasure centers with its rainbow barrage of playfulness.
Posted Apr 10, 2020
Like most Pixar movies, the humor is in the details in this world where dragons are pets, unicorns root through the trash, and a fast-food joint advertises "now serving 2nd breakfast."
Posted Feb 21, 2020
Olympic Dreams (2020)
Pappas lights up "Olympic Dreams," and has the star wattage to have a long movie career once she hangs up her running shoes.
Posted Feb 21, 2020
Miss Americana (2020)
"Miss Americana" shows Swift as an artist and activist just warming up for the next act.
Posted Feb 9, 2020
There are problems with the single-take approach, all of them destined to take the viewer out of the story.
Posted Jan 8, 2020
What I didn't know is what a formless blob it is, a jumble of musical numbers devoid of plot and pacing, and director Tom Hooper... can do nothing to change that.
Posted Dec 18, 2019
Fans will find more to like about "The Rise of Skywalker" than dislike, and even in its faults there lies the joy of flying through a familiar universe one last time.
Posted Dec 18, 2019
Jumanji: The Next Level (2019)
The movie wastes the first 20 minutes or so repeating the same joke, of Eddie/Bravestone constantly asking "We're in a video game?" until everyone onscreen and in the audience are sick of it.
Posted Dec 10, 2019
Hanks' tender portrayal [is] not so much an impersonation, though he accurately captures Rogers' mannerisms, as a personification of the man's goodness.
Posted Nov 26, 2019
The Irishman (2019)
"The Irishman" will likely be the greatest American movie of 2019, once the dust settles - and, because of the Netflix connection and how Scorsese anticipates that, the most ground-breaking movie of the year.
Posted Nov 19, 2019
Frozen II (2019)
Lee and Buck ramp up the animation action.... Lee's script also dares to approach the darkness of the source author, Hans Christian Andersen, in a way that's surprising for a Disney franchise.
Posted Nov 15, 2019
Jojo Rabbit (2019)
Waititi takes the old line that "history doesn't repeat itself but it often rhymes," and suggests that sometimes history is a profane limerick.
Posted Oct 30, 2019
Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (2019)
For older kids, and grown-ups who like their fantasy on a grand scale, this sometimes grim fairy tale is a deliciously dark ride.
Posted Oct 15, 2019
This "Joker" doesn't care about the violence it perpetuates, but wants credit for pretending to care.
Posted Oct 1, 2019
Downton Abbey (2019)
Joanna Froggatt owns the movie as Anna Bates, maid and confidante to Mary and Edith, and stealth commander of the backstairs.
Posted Sep 18, 2019
Out of Liberty (2019)
It's Wade's steely performance as Tillery, a man torn between what's expected and what's right, that gives "Out of Liberty" its backbone
Posted Sep 16, 2019
The Peanut Butter Falcon (2019)
This weird concoction somehow works, thanks in no small part to the acting chops of Shia LaBeouf and the charm of newcomer Zack Gottsagen.
Posted Aug 7, 2019
The movie stops the story dead with a couple of big-name comic cameos (who will remain unnamed) that go on uncomfortably long.
Posted Jul 31, 2019
The Fighting Preacher (2019)
Christensen has explored early history of the church before, with pioneer tales like "17 Miracles" and "Ephraim's Rescue," but here his focus is not on great accomplishments but small ones.
Posted Jul 21, 2019
The Lion King (2019)
Every story comes down to the quality of its interpretation, and the stunning visual splendor of this rendition tells this story beautifully and dynamically.
Posted Jul 11, 2019
The care and attention that Davis applies to this universal story is so encompassing, so nondenominational, that one need not be a Latter-day Saint to appreciate it.
Posted Jun 27, 2019
Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019)
The Avengers' defeat of Thanos has opened up all kinds of possibilities, and this movie is eager to tinker with them in ways that surprise even the most prepared superhero.
Posted Jun 27, 2019
Toy Story 4 (2019)
The prime mover, and the heart of "Toy Story 4," remains Woody, whose eternal mission to save lost toys takes on a new dimension and provides a fitting conclusion to this beloved character.
Posted Jun 13, 2019
Dark Phoenix (2019)
What a different, livelier movie this would be if Smith got jiggy with ['A Friend Like Me'], and applied some "Fresh Prince" rap stylings.
Posted May 22, 2019
Avengers: Endgame (2019)
"Avengers: Endgame" delivers everything Marvel fans will enjoy and not much that they expect.
Posted Apr 23, 2019
The Public (2019)
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.
Posted Apr 4, 2019
The result is a mishmash of bloody action and talky exposition...
Posted Mar 28, 2019
"Dumbo" gets airborne, but it's another bumpy flight for a director whose reach so often extends his grasp.
Posted Mar 26, 2019
This superhero has great power, and great responsibility, but "Shazam!" wears it lightly and humorously.
Posted Mar 23, 2019
Captain Marvel (2019)
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.
Posted Mar 5, 2019
DC Comics' oceanic superhero gets his own movie, but star Jason Momoa isn't enough of a screen presence to carry the weight.
Posted Dec 21, 2018
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.
Posted Dec 17, 2018
Mary Poppins Returns (2018)
"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.
Posted Dec 12, 2018
Cuarón captures tiny moments in exceptional detail, finding the humor and tears in the everyday.
Posted Dec 10, 2018
Ralph Breaks the Internet (2018)
"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.
Posted Nov 14, 2018
Like the theatrical production that inspired it, this movie is destined to become a viewing option for families for many Christmases to come.
Posted Oct 31, 2018
The Old Man & the Gun (2018)
If this is Redford's last movie role... he's leaving at the height of his powers.
Posted Oct 11, 2018
Jane and Emma (2018)
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.
Posted Oct 10, 2018
Little Women (2018)
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.
Posted Sep 26, 2018
Christopher Robin (2018)
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.
Posted Aug 3, 2018
Sorry to Bother You (2018)
Sorry to Bother You... [is] a declaration that Riley is an important new voice, determined to shake up the status quo.
Posted Jul 11, 2018
Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018)
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
Posted Jun 27, 2018
Won't You Be My Neighbor? (2018)
The life and philosophy of Fred Rogers, children's TV pioneer and fundamentally decent human being, is captured in this charming, thoughtful documentary.
Posted Jun 19, 2018
Incredibles 2 (2018)