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Thursday, June 30, 2022

Movie Reviews: New Releases for July 1

Minions: The Rise of Gru, The Forgiven, Mr. Malcolm's List, Official Competition and more
The Forgiven ***1/2 It doesn’t take a huge artistic choice to throw a viewer just a bit off-center, just something like the way John Michael McDonagh opens his movie with the closing credits, and the cast listed in reverse order; it feels like we’re being forced to read a cinematic language we don’t quite understand. And that’s absolutely fitting for McDonagh’s adaptation of Lawrence Osborne’s 2012 novel, dealing with the aftermath of an accident in which a Western couple—British physician David (Ralph Fiennes) and his American wife Jo (Jessica Chastain)—driving to a party at a remote Moroccan estate, hit and kill a local teenager.

Thursday, June 23, 2022

Movie Reviews: New Releases for June 24

The Black Phone, Elvis, Beavis and Butt-head Do the Universe and more
Beavis and Butt-head Do the Universe *** It’s been 25 years since Mike Judge’s sniggering animated adolescents last graced a screen—and God bless ’em, they’re just as stupid, immature, horny and funny as they’ve ever been. Judge returns as co-writer and voice to both of our dimwitted anti-heroes, in a story that begins in 1998 with B & B sentenced to attend space camp after a destructive episode at their high-school science fair, continues with a trip on board the space shuttle, and turns into a time travel yarn as the lads wind up in 2022 and potentially responsible for the fate of the multiverse and the re-election hopes of the governor of Texas (Andrea Savage).

Thursday, June 16, 2022

Movie Reviews: New Releases for June 17

Lightyear, Cha Cha Real Smooth, Spiderhead, Brian and Charles, and more
Bitterbrush *** It’s certainly not necessary for a non-fiction film to have some sort of thesis statement to be successful; it does feel as though Emilie Mahdavian’s feature might have packed more of a punch if its observational strengths had built to something. Mahdavian spends a season with two itinerant cowhands—Hollyn Patterson and Colie Moline—as they bring in a cattle herd from the mountains of Idaho.

Thursday, June 9, 2022

Movie Reviews: New Releases for June 10

Jurassic World Dominion, Hustle, Benediction, A Chiara
A Chiara *** Plenty of coming-of-age stories involve a first awareness of your parents’ flawed humanity; writer/director Jonas Carpignano cranks up the stakes on that notion without tumbling over into exploitation or melodrama. Chiara Guerrasio (Swamy Rotolo) is the 15-year-old middle sister in a family in Calabria, Italy, seemingly happy and “average.” Then on the night of her sister’s 18th birthday, the family car is bombed, and Chiara’s father, Claudio (Claudio Rotolo), disappears, leading Chiara on a search for answers.

Thursday, June 2, 2022

Music Update 6/2: News and Notes

Sound Bites at Gateway, Das Energi lineup and new management for SKY
Our inbox is always open for news and notes about local music, via music@cityweekly.net. Here’s what’s arrived so far this week.

Movie Reviews: New Releases for June 3

Crimes of the Future, Fire Island, Hit the Road, Hollywood Stargirl and more
Crimes of the Future **1/2 It’s been a good 20 years since David Cronenberg has directed anything this quintessentially old-school Cronenbergian, full of bizarre world-building and unsettling body horror. That’s bound to please his oldest fans, while reminding me that I like Cronenberg better when he adds a little more humanity to his outrageousness.

Thursday, May 26, 2022

Movie Reviews: New Releases for May 27

The Bob's Burgers Movie, Top Gun: Maverick, Montana Story and more
The Bob’s Burgers Movie ***1/2 What has two thumbs and can provide a test case for whether this long-running Fox animated sitcom works as a feature for someone who’s never seen a single episode?

Friday, May 20, 2022

Music Update 5/20: More summer music festival news

Ogden Music Festival, Electric PowWow, Get Funky Festival and more
In a recent Buzz Blog entry, we offered some of the updates and additions to the summer concert schedule, highlighting several small festivals and series in the process. The past week brought another batch of updates.

Thursday, May 19, 2022

Movie Reviews: New Releases for May 20

Men, Downton Abbey: A New Era, Chip 'n Dale: Rescue Rangers, Emergency and more
Chip ‘n Dale: Rescue Rangers *** Yes, it is basically a legacy-quel spin on the premise of Who Framed Roger Rabbit?, complete with a villain threatening the unique properties of animated characters. It’s also funny, lively and generally entertaining, so sue me. In a world where humans interact with animated characters of all kinds, 30 years have passed since Chip (John Mulaney) and Dale (Andy Samberg) starred in their Rescue Rangers TV series, then had a professional and personal falling out.

Monday, May 16, 2022

Local Theater Review: Pioneer Theatre Company's HELLO, DOLLY!

Classic songs keep spirits high even when the story feels dated.
It’s not a particularly hot take that some classic musicals work almost entirely as delivery systems for their songs. Narratives might not age particularly well with the passing of years, but great tunes stand the test of time—and can make a show worth enjoying all on their own.

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