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Friday, December 22, 2017

Movie Reviews: Darkest Hour, Pitch Perfect 3, Downsizing, Jumanji

Molly's Game, All the Money in the World, Thelma
Christmas week means a mega-download of new releases, including everything from Oscar-bait dramas to escapist fantasy and light comedy. Gary Oldman (pictured) might be the front-runner for Best Actor playing Winston Churchill in Darkest Hour, but the story itself is more showy than insightful.

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

UTA Fare Free Friday Announced

Initiative is a transit/air quality partnership.
“The truth is, we have no choice but to keep finding ways to reduce vehicles emissions and particulates that they pump into the air,” Benson said.

Monday, December 18, 2017

‘Not What Utah Stands For’

Group plans to deliver petition asking for Utah County Commissioner’s resignation.
Calls for Graves’ resignation came after the release of a complaint by Utah County in early December regarding a former employee and included accusations of sexual harassment.

"A Ghost Story" Tops Utah Film Critics Association 2017 Winners

Continuing a tradition of unconventional choices, the Utah Film Critics Association named A Ghost Story as Best Picture of 2017. The experimental drama following the journeys of a restless spirit also earned a runner-up nod for director David Lowery in the annual voting of the group of Utah-based print, broadcast and online film critics (of which, full disclosure, I am a member).

Friday, December 15, 2017

The People vs. Shae Petersen

Artist, South Salt Lake, spar over strip club mural.
Petersen, who was hired to paint a mural at Exotic Kitty, suspects the city is putting the kibosh on it because it doesn’t want to draw attention to the sexually oriented business.

Movie Reviews: The Shape of Water, The Last Jedi, Ferdinand, Wonder Wheel

Star Wars dominates the multiplexes, but a couple of celebrated directors also appear in local theaters this weekend. Only Vittorio Storaro's cinematography salvages the guilt-deflecting storytelling nonsense of Woody Allen's Wonder Wheel (pictured).

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Are You Breaking Utah Tax Law? Probably

Gov. Herbert looks ahead to tax reform.
For the second year in a row, Herbert highlighted the “owed but not collected” revenue from internet commerce. Under Utah law, residents are required to report online taxes, but the government has little recourse for those who don’t.

Alabama Senate Result Praised by Mormon Political Group

Mormon Women for Ethical Government issue comment on “moral dilemma” voters faced.
Mormon Women for Ethical Government issued a statement praising Alabama voters for “showing moral courage in electing Doug Jones.”

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

'Fake National Monument'

Rep. Stewart eyes Grand Staircase, conservationists take a stand.
When Rep. Chris Stewart, R-Utah, proposed a new national park, you’d think the state’s pro-public lands faction would have cheered with glee. You’d be wrong.

Movie Review: Star Wars: Episode VIII - The Last Jedi

A blockbuster examination of why we fight.
It’s a risky proposition treating a juggernaut too-big-too-fail movie franchise with gravitas, because it’s fair to assume everything is about the dollar signs.

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