Thursday, October 13, 2016

Overcranked Pictures

Chatting with the production company behind the Thieves webseries.
One of the coolest small web series to come out this year goes by the name Thieves. It's a drama about people who find themselves going into a life of crime when life gets hard, and they have to make decisions that turn average 9-5 office workers into petty white-collar criminals.

Friday, October 7, 2016

Movie Reviews: The Girl on the Train, Middle School, Birth of a Nation

Spirit of the Game, The Great Gilly Hopkins, The Greasy Strangler
Three very different book adaptations hit local theaters this weekend, along with exploitation horror and a now-controversial Sundance hit. The Girl on the Train (pictured) adapts the thriller best-seller in a way that can't even deliver its simple plot-machine pleasures.

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Arts Shorts Oct. 5

Pioneer Theatre individual tickets, Sundance locals tickets, Singin' in the Rain and more
Quick headlines for events & opportunities heading into your weekend. • Individual play tickets for the remainder of the Pioneer Theatre Company 2016-2017 go on sale today on the company’s website.

The Block Film & Art Festival

Previewing the Logan-based festival happening Oct. 7-8
This weekend, downtown Logan is going to become a hub for creativity, as we see the fifth annual incarnation of The Block Film & Art Festival. Kicking off on Oct. 7, the two-day festival will showcase a collection of local, national and international shorts and features, many of which will be making their Utah debut, while others have been receiving national recognition as they make their way through the festival circuit.

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.

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