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Wednesday, January 31, 2018

'A Rare Opportunity'

Mayor proposes half cent fix-all tax hike during her State of the City address.
The .5-cent bump in sales tax isn’t the only source of revenue the city is considering. Biskupski touted a “rare opportunity” bond for $87 million that would have to be approved by voters.

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Megaplex Theaters: See Every Best Picture Nominee for $35

Theater chain offers "Best Picture Pass"
If you're one of those people who feels left behind when the Academy Award nominations are announced, fear not: a Utah theater chain has a very cost-effective way for you to play catch-up. For a limited time, Megaplex Theatres is offering a "Best Picture Pass" for just $35 (plus tax), allowing one admission to each of the nine 2018 Best Picture nominees: Call Me By Your Name,  Darkest Hour, Dunkirk, Get Out, Lady Bird,  Phantom Thread, The Post, The Shape of Water  and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.

Monday, January 29, 2018

Mrs. Cannon Goes to Washington

TV pioneer's statue out, trailblazing suffragette's in.
Whose statue would you want to represent Utah? A visionary who helped invent TV or maybe a trailblazing suffragist who successfully ran for state office at a time when women often didn’t?

Sunset for Sears

State Street outpost of once mighty chain closes for good.
Empty shelves, half erect stands and scant clothing racks picked by shoppers on the hunt for a good deal were the scene at the downtown Sears on Sunday, Jan. 28.

Sunday, January 28, 2018

Sundance Film Festival 2018: Day 10 capsules

The Miseducation of Cameron Post, The Catcher Was a Spy, Search and more
The Miseducation of Cameron Post [U.S. Dramatic] **1/2 There are times when my propensity for reading source material serves the experience of watching a movie quite poorly—and such was the case with Desiree Akhavan’s adaptation of Emily M. Danforth’s novel. Akhavan’s circa-1993 story dives immediately into high school junior Cameron Post (Chloë Grace Moretz) getting caught in a compromising situation with a female friend, whereupon she is sent immediately by her guardian aunt to God’s Promise, a Christian residential camp run by Dr. Marsh (Jennifer Ehle) where teenagers can work on eliminating their “SSA” (same-sex attraction).

Saturday, January 27, 2018

Sundance Film Festival 2018: Day 9 capsules

Blaze, I Think We're Alone Now, Minding the Gap, Arizona, Monster and more
Blaze [U.S. Dramatic] ***1/2 In a world where filmmakers still haven’t learned lessons from Walk Hard’s mockery of Tortured Artist tropes, here’s a cure for the common biopic. Director Ethan Hawke explores the life of Blaze Foley (Ben Dickey)—nee Michael Fuller—a country-music singer-songwriter whose compositions were recorded by stars like Merle Haggard and John Prine, but who never himself managed any success in his lifetime.

Friday, January 26, 2018

2018 Legislative Session: Week 1

Inside the mix of table setting and activity.
Bills are starting to fly around the committees and into the House and Senate chambers; amendments are being attached or batted down.

Movie Reviews: The Maze Runner: The Death Cure

Sundance is still winding down, which means only one new release as Utah theaters still show festival films. David Riedel finds the Maze Runner trilogy winding down with plentiful contrivances and great actors slumming in The Death Cure (pictured).

‘Very Likely Unconstitutional’

Opponents, supporters pack committee hearing for state’s latest anti-abortion bill.
Sarah Johnson, a self-proclaimed disability advocate, said she was worried about how the bill would label her if she were seeking an abortion.

Sundance Film Festival 2018: Day 8 capsules

Hearts Beat Loud, Crime + Punishment, Nancy, Madeline's Madeline and more
Hearts Beat Loud [Premieres] **1/2 On the most obvious level, this is a genuine crowd-pleaser; it’s also so thin that you can practically see through it. Nick Offerman plays Frank Fisher, a widowed one-time musician who runs a Brooklyn record store, as he readies himself for the impending empty nest as his daughter Sam (Kiersey Clemons) prepares to leave for college in California.

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