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Friday, December 14, 2018

Movie Reviews: Mortal Engines; Spider-man: Into the Spider-Verse; Vox Lux

The Favourite, Anna and the Apocalypse
Holiday movie season kicks into high gear with a little something for everyone, including Oscar-season drama, animated adventure, epic fantasy and a Christmas zombie musical.

Thursday, December 13, 2018

Categorical Error

Awards-season “category fraud” is an industry habit that everyone plays along with. But why?
On Tuesday, Jan. 22, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will announce its nominees in all categories, including the Supporting Acting categories. The thing about those particular categories is that a whole bunch of the actors won’t be supporting.

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Slamdance to honor Steven Soderbergh, screen his new film

Academy Award-winning filmmaker Steven Soderbergh's career got its big start in Park City 30 years ago.

Friday, December 7, 2018

Movie Reviews: Burning, Maria By Callas, The World Before Your Feet, Schindler's List

Multiplexes are vacant of new releases—unless you count the 25th anniversary re-release of a classic Best Picture winner—which leaves plenty of time to focus on compelling new art-house releases.

Friday, November 30, 2018

Movie Reviews: The Possession of Hannah Grace, Border, Life and Nothing More, Mirai

A post-Thanksgiving dead zone at the multiplexes leaves room for a few unique art-house offerings. The Swedish fantasy Border crafts an intriguing romantic allegory about assimilation and the hate-inspiring ripple effects of dehumanization.

Friday, November 16, 2018

Movie Reviews: Fantastic Beasts 2, Widows, Instant Family, A Private War, Boy Erased

The Wizarding World returns again, in a pre-Thanksgiving weekend that also features a heist thriller from the director of 12 Years a Slave, a family comedy and a tale of gay-conversion therapy. Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (pictured) can't manufacture an emotional connection to its new characters in a beloved universe.

Friday, November 9, 2018

Movie Reviews: Dr. Seuss' The Grinch, The Girl in the Spider's Web, Overlord

What They Had, Wildlife
A new version of a classic tale, a new adventure for a literary character and Nazi zombies take over multiplexes this week. Claire Foy takes over the role of dragon-tattooed Lisbeth Salander in the generic espionage thriller The Girl in the Spider's Web.  Actor Paul Dano shows impressive chops in his directing debut Wildlife, even if the concept feels fundamentally literary.

Monday, November 5, 2018

Music Monday 11/5: Mike Peters' The Alarm, The Story So Far, Calvin Johnson and more

Local photographer Johnny Christensen attended Mike Peters’ The Alarm concert on Friday, Nov. 2 at The State Room and came back with this report: “Mike Peters held Salt Lake City fans in the palm of his hand as he shared his love for hiking in Zion National Park—despite fighting cancer for 18 years.” Tonight, Monday, Nov. 5 at The Complex, emo rock reigns supreme when The Story So Far, Turnover, Citizen, and Movements perform a stacked bill.

Friday, November 2, 2018

Movie Reviews: Bohemian Rhapsody, Nutcracker and the Four Realms, Suspiria

Beautiful Boy, Nobody's Fool, Can You Ever Forgive Me?
Yes, it's already time for holiday movies, as Disney re-imagines The Nutcracker, plus a few fact-based stories and one crazy-ass remake. The Nutcracker and the Four Realms (pictured) adapts the familiar story into a hero-journey spectacle that never quite achieves the magic it aims for.

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Comedy preview: The Lucas Bros.

Comedians Keith and Kenny Lucas—who perform together as The Lucas Bros.—visit Wiseguys Gateway this weekend with their unique, often-deadpan mix of observational humor, pop-culture gags and social commentary. They spoke by phone with City Weekly ahead of their visit.

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