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Friday, September 20, 2019

Movie Reviews: Downton Abbey, Ad Astra, Rambo: Last Blood

Before You Know It, Raise Hell: The Life and Times of Molly Ivins, Sundance Shorts
Ad Astra *** See feature review.

Monday, September 16, 2019

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Friday, September 13, 2019

Movie Reviews: The Goldfinch, Hustlers, Brittany Runs a Marathon, Official Secrets

Out of Liberty, Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice
Adam **1/2 Gender farce boasts a rich comedic legacy running from Shakespeare to Some Like It Hot to Tootsie; it’s hard to know what to do with a take on that genre that isn’t particularly interested in the comedy. Director Rhys Ernst and screenwriter Ariel Schrag adapt Schrag's novel set in pre-marriage-equality 2006, when baby-faced, sexually-frustrated high-schooler Adam (Nicholas Alexander) heads to New York to spend the summer with his gay older sister, Casey (Margaret Qualley), among her LGBTQ cohorts.

Monday, September 9, 2019

Music Live Extra Sept. 9

SATURDAY 9/14 GRLwood With a name that is not even as provocative as their bombastic, no-bullshit, call-out-heavy punk that oscillates between Bikini Kill-era shrieky garage grunge and stripped, surf-punky song constructions, GRLwood is a band to keep an eye on. This should be easy to do, since they’re rolling through the Urban Lounge in support of Portland-based freak folk legend Man Man, and playing with locals Palace of Buddies.

Friday, September 6, 2019

Movie Reviews: It Chapter 2, Vita & Virginia, The Cat Rescuers, Fiddler: Miracle of Miracles

The Cat Rescuers *** There are half a million abandoned and feral cats in New York City; this charming documentary introduces us to four volunteers who spend their own time and money trying to fix this inhumane situation in their own little corners of Brooklyn. Kickstarter-backed, this movie is, in many ways, the very epitome of the notion that we have to be the change we want to see in the world, in its depiction of a small-scale example of how the human relationship with nature damaged it, and the little things that can be done to make it all right again.

Friday, August 30, 2019

Movie Reviews: Don't Let Go, After The Wedding, The Nightingale

Cold Case Hammarskjöld, Killerman
After the Wedding **1/2 Every Michelle Williams lead role inspires the thought “Michelle Williams should get more lead roles.” She makes for a pretty solid distaff Mads Mikkelsen in Bart Freundlich’s gender-swapped English-language remake of Susanne Bier’s 2006 drama, starring as Isabelle, manager of an orphanage in India who is summoned to New York by millionaire media tycoon Theresa (Julianne Moore) to be considered for a sizable donation. There are secrets to be uncovered—involving Theresa’s husband, Oscar (Billy Crudup) and their newlywed daughter Grace (Abby Quinn)—but a lot of the angst behind those secrets is more distracting than enriching, and it’s disappointing to see a reference to a character’s mental-health issues brought up only to be immediately discarded.

Monday, August 26, 2019

Music Live Extra Aug. 26

Future Scars, KIDZ BOP, Sting with Utah Symphony
SUNDAY 9/1 Future Scars, Savage Daughters, Head Portals Forget about a quiet Sunday and head over to Gold Blood Collective to see Santa Fe-based group Future Scars. The group spin together prog rock with punk and post rock, with bits and pieces of pop breaking through, that vocalist and guitarist Eliza Lutz describes as music to “make metalheads cry and indie kids head bang.” If you like heavy music shot through with a little bit of light, this is the show for you.

Friday, August 23, 2019

Movie Reviews: Ready or Not, Angel Has Fallen, Luce

One Child Nation, David Crosby: Remember My Name
Angel Has Fallen **1/2 See feature review.

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Theater review: "A Wall Apart"

World-premiere musical emphasizes the struggles of human separation
There's something strangely fitting about the space in which <em>A Wall Apart</em> is making its world-premiere, and not just because it places the audience on two sides of the performance space's physical divide. Where big musical productions often place the audience at a physical remove from the actors, the Backstage at the Grand Theater space finds characters close enough to the front row to touch, venturing into seating structure itself.

Monday, August 19, 2019

Music Live Extra Aug. 19

Shamarr Allen at Mystic Hot Springs, video premiere by Robyn Cage and memoryfield
Get Outta Town - Mystic Hot Springs With summer concerts winding down here in the city as August marches on into September (checking the weekend dates is a little depressing now), it’s worth looking outside the urban landscape for musical entertainment.

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