Movies

Friday, September 30, 2016

Movie Reviews: Queen of Katwe, Miss Peregrine, Masterminds, Deepwater Horizon

Demon, The Dressmaker, Mia Madre
A busy weekend in local theaters includes three very different kinds of fact-based stories, plus director Tim Burton adapting young-adult fantasy. Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children  (pictured) finds Burton taming his broadest tendencies in service of a way-too-familiar fantasy concept.

Friday, September 23, 2016

Movie Reviews: Storks, Magnificent Seven, The Hollars

Author: The JT Leroy Story, Goat
Animated comedy and a Western remake hit multiplexes, while Sundance 2016 films including a cautionary drama and stranger-than-fiction documentary story take up residence in the Broadway Centre. Storks (pictured) succeeds by aiming first to be a comedy rather than a generic family-friendly animated movie.

Friday, September 16, 2016

Movie Reviews: Snowden, Blair Witch, The Beatles: Eight Days a Week

Mr. Church, The Last Descent, Complete Unknown
The dramatized biography of a controversial whistleblower (or traitor), a return to the Maryland woods of a landmark horror film and a new documentary about a legendary band are among the new releases in Utah theaters this week. Oliver Stone's Snowden tells the behind-the-headlines story of the man who revealed NSA surveillance secrets (Joseph Gordon-Levitt, pictured) in a way that too rarely conveys the threat he fears.

Friday, September 9, 2016

Movie Reviews: Sully, I Am Not a Serial Killer, The Wild Life, Our Little Sister

For the Love of Spock, Phantom Boy
It's the dead zone between summer blockbusters and Oscar season, with a few interesting stragglers drifting into theaters in the interim. There's a solid pedigree behind Sully (pictured), with director Clint Eastwood's finding a portrait of everyday heroism in an account of the airline pilot (Tom Hanks) who managed a miracle landing on the Hudson River.

Friday, August 26, 2016

Movie Reviews: Don't Breathe, Mechanic: Resurrection, Southside With You

Equity, The Intervention
Low-budget horror and Jason Statham kick-assery comes to local theaters, along with the First Couple's first date. Southside With You (pictured) dramatizes the first date between Barack Obama and his future wife Michelle Robinson, but can't dodge the inherent perils of its premise.

Friday, August 19, 2016

Movie Reviews: War Dogs, Ben-Hur, Kubo and the Two Strings, Hell or High Water

Lo and Behold, Don't Think Twice
Summer winds down with the arrival of a Biblical epic, a new Werner Herzog documentary and one of the best films of the year, animated or otherwise. War Dogs (pictured) showcases another terrific performance by Jonah Hill, but can't find the right tone in its real-life tale of sociopathic capitalism.

Friday, August 12, 2016

Movie Reviews: Sausage Party, Florence Foster Jenkins, Pete's Dragon, Anthropoid

Gleason, Indignation, Microbe and Gasoline
A jam-packed weekend of new releases offers family-friendly entertainment, animation that is decidedly not family-friendly, historical drama and one human epic of a documentary. The raunchy animated feature Sausage Party  (pictured) is better when it's just providing broad laughs than when it's reaching for religious allegory.

Monday, August 8, 2016

The Brute Squad

A look behind the camera with the downtown SLC production company.
The SLC filming market has a ton of talented people involved, but a good portion of them aren't making films or television shows on a daily basis. They're finding work in other corners of the market—such as viral videos and commercials—and are making a name for themselves with a body of work that few think about when it comes to their portfolio.

Friday, August 5, 2016

Movie Reviews: Suicide Squad, Nine Lives, The Innocents, Eat That Question

A thin crop of new movies is led by one 800-pound comic-book-adaptation gorilla, and a couple of standouts from Sundance 2016. In The Innocents, writer/director Anne Fontaine tells a compelling story of the atrocities of war through the eyes of a post-World War II Red Cross nurse and nuns in a Polish convent.

Friday, July 29, 2016

Movie Reviews: Bad Moms, Nerve, Cafe Society, Jason Bourne,

Hunt for the Wilderpeople, Life Animated
July wraps up with summer action, raunchy comedy and indie entries with a Sundance 2016 pedigree. Woody Allen's latest melancholy period piece, Café Society  (pictured), offers an uneven but acidic look at what people can lose of their souls while pursuing superficial success.

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