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  • ‘Parallel Mothers’ (2021) | Movie Review

    Directed By: Pedro Almodóvar Written By: Pedro Almodóvar Starring: Penélope Cruz, Rossy de Palma, Aitana Sánchez-Gijón Genre: Drama Rated: R for some sexuality In Parallel Mothers, two expecting mothers Janis and Ana console each other through their hospital stay where they are in the same room. Both carry similar experiencesContinue Reading

  • ‘Batman Returns’ Is A Christmas Movie

    Directed By: Tim Burton Written By: Bob Kane, Bill Finger, Daniel Waters, Sam Hamm Starring: Michael Keaton, Danny DeVito, Michelle Pfeiffer Genre: Action, Crime, Fantasy Rated: PG-13 for brooding, dark violence We live in a society where ‘Die-Hard’ is considered a Christmas movie, and is often the biggest debate withContinue Reading

  • ‘Sing 2’ (2021) | Movie Review

    Directed By: Garth Jennings Written By: Garth Jennings Starring: Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon, Scarlett Johansson Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy Rated: PG for some rude material and mild peril/violence I watched ‘Sing 2’ a couple weeks back, and the review is available on ABC4 Good Things Utah! To summarize: I thinkContinue Reading

  • ‘The Matrix Resurrections’ (2021) | Movie Review

    Directed By: Lana Wachowski Written By: Lana Wachowski, David Mitchell, Aleksandar Hemon Starring: Keanu Reeves, Carrie-Anne Moss, Christina Ricci, Priyanka Chopra Jonas, Jonathan Groff, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II Genre: Action, Sci-Fi Rated: R for violence and some language When I was younger, living in Rawlins Wyoming, we had a two screenContinue Reading

  • ‘Swan Song’ (2021) | Movie Review

    Directed By: Benjamin Cleary Written By: Benjamin Cleary Starring: Mahershala Ali, Naomie Harris, Glenn Close Genre: Drama, Sci-Fi Rated: R Cameron (Mahershala Ali), is a loving husband and father who is suddenly diagnosed with a terminal illness. With his second child on the way, he is presented with an alternativeContinue Reading

  • ‘Spider-Man: No Way Home’ (2021) | Movie Review (SPOILER-FREE)

    Directed By: Jon Watts Written By: Chris McKenna, Erik Sommers, Stan Lee Starring: Zendaya, Benedict Cumberbatch, Tom Holland Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi Rated: PG-13 for sequences of action/violence, some language and brief suggestive comments. ‘Spider-Man: No Way Home’ is a film I am writing this introduction having not seen it.Continue Reading

  • ‘The Worst Person in the World’ (2021) | Movie Review

    Directed By: Joachim Trier Written By: Joachim Trier, Eskil Vogt Starring: Renate Reinsve, Anders Danielsen Lie, Mia McGovern Zaini Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance Rated: R for sexual content, graphic nudity, drug use and some language ‘The Worst Person in the World’ is a refreshing spin on a romantic dramedy aboutContinue Reading

  • ‘House of Gucci’ (2021) | Movie Review

    Directed By: Ridley Scott Written By: Becky Johnston, Roberto Bentivegna, Sara Gay Forden Starring: Salma Hayek, Jared Leto, Adam Driver, Lady Gaga, Jeremy Irons, Al Pacino Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller Rated R for language, some sexual content, and brief nudity and violence. Patrizia Reggiani (Lady Gaga), is an outsider fromContinue Reading

  • ‘The Rescue’ (2021) | Movie Review

    Directed By: Jimmy Chin, Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi Starring: Bancha Duriyapunt,Apakorn Youkong,kaewAnan Surawan Genre: Documentary Rated: PG ‘The Rescue’ is a documentary covering the impossible rescue of twelve boys and their coach from deep inside a flooded cave in Northern Thailand. It’s chronicling both the brave men and women who cameContinue Reading

  • ‘Found’ (2021) | Movie Review

    Directed By: Amanda Lipitz Starring: Lily Bolka, Chloe Lipitz, Sadie Mangelsdorf Genre: Documentary Rated: PG Three girls who were adopted at birth from China now living in America are able to connect to each other via the internet. They were adopted as a result of the one-child policy in China,Continue Reading

  • ‘Nightmare Alley’ (2021) | Movie Review

    Directed By: Guillermo del Toro Written By: Guillermo del Toro, Kim Morgan, William Lindsay Gresham Starring: Bradley Cooper, Rooney Mara, Cate Blanchett Genre: Action, Crime, Drama Rated: R for strong/bloody violence, some sexual content, nudity and language Guillermo del Toros new film stars Bradley Cooper as Stanton Carlisle who arrivesContinue Reading

  • ‘Flee’ (2021) | Movie Review

    Directed By: Jonas Poher Rasmussen Written By: Amin Nawabi, Jonas Poher Rasmussen Starring: Daniel Karimyar, Fardin Mijdzadeh, Milad Eskandari Genre: Documentary, Animation Rated: PG-13 for thematic content, disturbing images and strong language Animation is an incredibly underrated genre that keeps surpassing and innovating itself. In this Animated film we haveContinue Reading

  • ‘The Beatles: Get Back’ (2021) | Movie Reviews

    Directed By: Peter Jackson, Michael Lindsay-Hogg Starring: John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Ringo Starr, Michael Lindsay-Hoggge, Linda McCartney, Yoko Ono Genre: Documentary Rated: PPG-13 for some violence and strong language Peter Jackson was given access to locked away footage of a Beatles documentary that never aired. The Beatles refusedContinue Reading

  • ‘The First Wave’ (2021) | Movie Review

    Directed By: Matthew Heineman Starring: Nathalie Douge Genre: Documentary Rated: N/A ‘The First Wave’ explores what New York City first responders and essential hospital workers faced when the first wave of COVID-19 hit. We look into the experiences of multiple nurses, their patients, and see in an unbiased and horrifyinglyContinue Reading

  • ‘C’Mon C’Mon’ (2021) | Movie Review

    Directed By: Mike Mills Written By: Mike Mills Starring: Joaquin Phoenix, Gaby Hoffmann, Woody Norman Genre: Drama Rated: Rated R for language When his sister asks him to look after her son, a radio journalist embarks on a cross-country trip with his energetic nephew to show him life away fromContinue Reading

  • ‘The Tragedy of Macbeth’ (2021) | Movie Review

    Directed By: Joel Coen Written By: Joel Coen, William Shakespeare Starring: Denzel Washington, Frances McDormand, Alex Hassell Genre: Drama, History, Thriller Rated: R for violence Would you like to see a Shakespeare play done by A24? Would you like it to star Denzel Washington as Macbeth? How about if itContinue Reading

  • ‘The Lost Daughter’ (2021) | Movie Review

    Directed By: Maggie Gyllenhaal Written By: Elena Ferrante, Maggie Gyllenhaal Starring: Olivia Colman, Dakota Johnson, Peter Sarsgaard Genre: Drama Rated: R for sexual content/nudity and language Leda (Olivia Colman) is on a vacation in order to escape and rest from her daily life. That trip becomes more when Leda becomesContinue Reading

  • ‘Don’t Look Up’ (2021) | Movie Review

    Directed By: Adam McKay Written By: Adam McKay, David Sirota Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Jennifer Lawrence, Meryl Streep, Jonah Hill Genre: Comedy, Drama, Sci-Fi Rated: Rated R for language throughout, some sexual content, graphic nudity and drug content. After discovering a world destroying meteor that is heading for a direct collisionContinue Reading

  • ‘Red Rocket’ (2021) | Movie Reviews

    Directed By: Sean Baker Written By: Sean Baker, Chris Bergoch Starring: Simon Rex, Bree Elrod, Suzanna Son Genre: Comedy, Drama Rated: R for strong sexual content, graphic nudity, drug use and pervasive language. ‘Red Rocket’ is from director Sean Baker (The Florida Project) and is centered around veteran pornstar MikeyContinue Reading

  • ‘Drive My Car’ (2021) | Movie Review

    Directed By: Ryûsuke Hamaguchi Written By: Ryûsuke Hamaguchi, Haruki Murakami, Takamasa Oe Starring: Hidetoshi Nishijima, Tôko Miura, Reika Kirishima Genre: Drama Rated: N/A Nishijima Hidetoshi is a stage actor and director happily married to his playwright wife. Then one day she disappears. Yusuke Kafuku (Hidetoshi Nishijima) is an actor andContinue Reading

  • ‘Cyrano’ (2021) | Movie Review

    Directed By: Joe Wright Written By: Edmond Rostand, Erica Schmidt Starring: Haley Bennett, Peter Dinklage, Ben Mendelsohn Genre: Drama, Musical, Romance Rated: Rated PG-13 for some strong violence, thematic and suggestive material, and brief language. Too self-conscious to woo Roxanne himself, wordsmith Cyrano de Bergerac helps young Christian nab herContinue Reading

  • ‘Being the Ricardos’ (2021) | Movie Review

    Directed By: Aaron Sorkin Written By: Aaron Sorkin Starring: Javier Bardem, Nicole Kidman, J.K. Simmons Genre: Biography, Drama Rated: Not Rated You can always count on Aaron Sorkin to write something witty, informative, and fast-paced. What might not be as sure gold as his writing is in his directing. ‘BeingContinue Reading

  • ‘The Tender Bar’ (2021) | Movie Review

    Directed By: George Clooney Written By: J.R. Moehringer, William Monahan Starring: Ben Affleck, Tye Sheridan, Daniel Ranieri Genre: Drama Rated R for language throughout and some sexual content ‘The Tender Bar’ is about a young man Jr. (Tye Sheridan) who’s parents are divorced. His Mother (Lily Rabe) and himself areContinue Reading

  • ‘The Kings Man’ (2021) | Movie Review

    Directed By: Matthew Vaughn Written By: Matthew Vaughn, Karl Gajdusek, Mark Millar Starring: Ralph Fiennes, Gemma Arterton, Rhys Ifans Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy Rated: R for sequences of strong/bloody violence, language, and some sexual material Coming from the creators of the original and sequel Kingsman films, we now are sentContinue Reading

  • ‘Licorice Pizza’ (2021) | Movie Review

    Directed By: Paul Thomas Anderson Written By: Paul Thomas Anderson Starring: Bradley Cooper, Skyler Gisondo, Sean Penn Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance Rated R for language, sexual material and some drug use. Gary Valentine is a 15 yr old who falls in love with 21 yr old Alana Kane in theContinue Reading

  • ‘West Side Story’ (2021) | Movie Review

    Directed By: Steven Spielberg Written By: Tony Kushner, Arthur Laurents Starring: Ansel Elgort, Rachel Zegler, Ariana DeBose Genre: Crime, Drama, Musical Rated: PG-13 for some strong violence, strong language, thematic content, suggestive material and brief smoking. An adaptation of the 1957 musical, West Side Story explores forbidden love and theContinue Reading

  • ‘Clifford the Big Red Dog’ (2021) Movie Review

    Directed By: Walt Becker Written By: Jay Scherick, David Ronn, Blaise Hemingway Starring: Darby Camp, Jack Whitehall, Izaac Wang Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Family Rated PG for impolite humor, thematic elements and mild action What to say about an enourmous CGI Red dog with a heart of gold? Apparently not muchContinue Reading

  • ‘Ghostbusters: Afterlife’ (2021) | Movie Review

    Directed By: Jason Reitman Written By: Gil Kenan, Jason Reitman, Dan Aykroyd Starring: Finn Wolfhard, Mckenna Grace, Carrie Coon Genre: Comedy, Fantasy Rated PG-13 for supernatural action and some suggestive references Check out my review of ‘Ghostbusters: Afterlife’ below on ABC4 Good Things Utah!Continue Reading

  • ‘King Richard’ (2021) | Movie Review

    Directed By: Reinaldo Marcus Green Written By: Zach Baylin Starring: Will Smith, Aunjanue Ellis, Jon Bernthal Genre: Biography, Drama, Sport Rated PG-13 for some violence, strong language, a sexual reference and brief drug references Check out my review either in the video below or on ABC4 Good Things Utah!Continue Reading

  • ‘The Power of the Dog’ (2021) | Movie Review

    Directed By: Jane Campion Written By: Jane Campion, Thomas Savage Starring: Benedict Cumberbatch, Kirsten Dunst, Jesse Plemons Genre: Drama, Romance, Western Rated R for brief sexual content/full nudity. Check out my review on my channel below or by checking out ABC Good Things Utah!Continue Reading

Patrick Beatty
Patrick Beatty

Patrick Beatty is a film critic and creator of and the Gaggle of Geeks Podcast network. Watch him Friday’s on ABC4 Good Things Utah talk about movies and follow all his work in the link below.