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Thursday, June 10, 2021

Movie Reviews: New Releases for June 9-11

In the Heights, Awake, Queen Bees, Censor and more
Awake **1/2 There’s only one major problem with this quick-and-dirty apocalyptic drama, and that’s the “quick” part. Gina Rodriguez plays Jill, a military veteran and ex-addict whose two children—teenager Noah (Lucius Hoyos) and 10-year-old Matilda (Ariana Greenblatt—are in the custody of her late husband’s mother (Frances Fisher).

Friday, June 4, 2021

Music Update June 4: Local Singles Roundup

New music by Tidelands, Heelers and Icky Rogers
Tidelands, “Carry Me” A new Utah duo is here with a fresh new track to add to their growing collection.

Movie Reviews: New Releases for June 4

The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It, Undine, Spirit Untamed and more
The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It **1/2 It takes a Costco-size pair of cojones to make a visual nod to The Exorcist in your movie about demonic possession, as this third "official" Conjuring installment does when we get a shot from behind of a fedora-wearing priest arriving at night at a house where a child—young David Glatzel (Julian Hilliard)—is being tormented by a demon. During the ensuing ritual, Arne Johnson (Ruairi O’Connor), the boyfriend of David’s sister, invites the dark spirit to take him instead, and Arne subsequently commits a murder where demonologists Ed (Patrick Wilson) and Lorraine Warren (Vera Farmiga) attempt to prove that … well, it’s right there in the subtitle.

Thursday, May 20, 2021

Movie Reviews: New Releases for May 21

Dream Horse, The Dry, Final Account and more
Dream Horse *** It would be hard to top Louise Osmond’s 2015 documentary about this same true story for both character charm and crowd-pleasing drama, but a fictionalized version could have done far worse than this one. Toni Collette plays Jan Vokes, the part-time barmaid/part-time supermarket employee in a small Welsh community who becomes the ringleader for a syndicate in which many local residents invest in a racehorse, which they name Dream Alliance.

Thursday, April 22, 2021

Movie Reviews: New Releases for April 23

Mortal Kombat, Together Together, My Wonderful Wanda
Mortal Kombat **1/2 With the benefit of hindsight, can we agree that making Mortal Kombat movies in the 1990s that were rated PG-13 was a really stupid idea?

Friday, April 9, 2021

Music Update: April 9

Summer Record Store Days, Get Funky Festival
Local Record Stores Prep For a Summer Record Store Day Two Record Store Day drop dates are coming to Utah by way of a few local, beloved record stores up and down the state.

Thursday, February 25, 2021

Music Update Feb. 25: Locals on a Virtual Chicago Stage

Local movers and shakers in the design and sound scenes are appearing tonight on a virtual stage technically far from home, by way of Chicago-based Experimental Sound Studio’s stream “In Particulates,” the latest occurrence of their Quarantine Concerts.

Friday, February 19, 2021

Music Update Feb. 19: 12 Minutes Max

As usual, this month for 12 Minutes Max, the library has got a unique lineup of art, this time heavy on the music and dance side of things.

Thursday, February 18, 2021

Movie Reviews: New Releases for Feb. 19

Flora & Ulysses, Blithe Spirit, I Care a Lot and more
Blithe Spirit ** Cinematic farce has a spotty history, largely because the manic energy required to maintain the premise doesn’t translate particularly well to the screen. Director Edward Hall—an episodic television veteran overseeing his first feature—essays Noël Coward’s 1941 play about a blocked writer named Charles Condomine (Dan Stevens) whose lark of a home séance with medium Madame Arcati (Judi Dench) results in the apparition of his late first wife, Elvira (Leslie Mann), much to the consternation of Charles’ second wife, Ruth (Isla Fisher).

Thursday, February 11, 2021

Movie Reviews: New Releases for Feb. 12

Judas and the Black Messiah, Minari, The Mauritanian and more
Barb & Star Go to Vista Del Mar *** Surreal endeavors like this should be referred to as “mood comedies”—I can easily understand someone checking out early, but man was I apparently in the right mood for it. Annie Mumolo and Kristen Wiig co-wrote and co-star as Barb and Star, two permed and culotte-wearing best friends from Soft Rock, Nebraska who work together, finish each other’s thoughts and even moved in together after they were respectively widowed and divorced.

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