Sean P. Means

Sean P. Means

Favorite films

  • Casablanca
  • The Godfather
  • Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan
  • The Rocky Horror Picture Show

Recent activity

  • Renaissance: A Film by Beyoncé

  • The Oath

  • Anatomy of a Fall

  • The Shift

Recent reviews

  • Rustin



    “Rustin” is a movie that’s almost as good as its intentions — which are in the stratosphere, thanks to its subject matter (the civil rights movement) and two of its executive producers (Barack and Michelle Obama, through their Higher Ground Productions).

    The title figure is Bayard Rustin, a champion of the civil rights struggle who has not gotten his props until recently. Colman Domingo, recently stealing scenes in “Zola” and “Candyman,” plays Rustin with a cagey mix of flamboyance and…

  • Priscilla



    Sometimes biopic subjects get the director they need.

    Elvis Presley got Baz Luhrmann, whose flamboyance and excess matched The King’s sequined swagger perfectly in “Elvis.” Conversely, the life of Priscilla Presley, the young bride of Elvis, who was hidden away like a canary in a gilded cage, is a good fit for Sofia Coppola in the beautifully rendered “Priscilla.”

    The movie starts in West Germany in September 1959, when the 14-year-old Priscilla Beaulieu (played by Cailee Spaeny) talks her dad…

Popular reviews

  • Spider-Man: No Way Home

    Spider-Man: No Way Home


    With the third installment of their collaboration putting Peter Parker onscreen, actor Tom Holland and director Jon Watts work a good amount of magic in “Spider-Man: No Way Home” — thanks to the borrowed cache of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and past iterations of the famous wall-crawler.

    To get everyone up to speed without spoiling anything that isn’t in the marketing campaign or in the previous films, a recap: Peter Parker has been outed as Spider-Man, thanks to the vengeful…

  • Miss Americana

    Miss Americana


    There’s a scene early on in “Taylor Swift: Miss Americana” that shows this won’t be another movie-length home video of a pampered pop star.

    It happens on the day in 2018 when the Grammy nominations are announced. Swift is on a couch, on the phone to someone — presumably an agent or a publicist — who delivers the bad news that Swift’s album “Reputation” did not get nominated in the major categories. (Ultimately, it received just one nomination, for pop vocal album but lost to Ariana Grande’s “Sweetener.”)

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