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Monday, July 15, 2019

Music Live Extra July 15

Shawn Mendes, Hayes Carll,
TUESDAY 7/16 Shawn Mendes, Alessia Cara With Ariana Grande having left rumbling thrills in the valley after her stop here on her tour, we can now look forward to Shawn Mendes as an aftershock, a solo pop artists whose rise to fame has raced alongside Grande’s own and whose music features the same kind of passionate romantic themes that rock pop music today. Wooing fans with well-known (or oft-played) songs like “If I Can’t Have You” and “There’s No Holding Me Back” exploring the bombastic nature of uncontrollable desire with his Jonas Brothers-esque vocals, Mendes came into 2018 with a self-titled album that took a gentler turn.

Friday, July 12, 2019

Movie Reviews: Crawl, Stuber, Wild Rose, Stockholm

The Fall of the American Empire, Bethany Hamilton: Unstoppable
Bethany Hamilton: Unstoppable **1/2 More movies about sporty thrill-seeking girls and women, please: This new documentary about professional surfer Bethany Hamilton is very welcome. Aggressive, competitive and driven, Hamilton has been a powerful role model since bouncing back from the horrific injury she suffered as a serious-amateur teen, when, at 13, she lost her left arm to a tiger shark.

Monday, July 1, 2019

Music Live Plus: Matthew Logan Vasquez, Chase Atlantic

Monday 7/1 Matthew Logan Vasquez The polished and refined sound of Matthew Logan Vasquez’s new album Light’n Up is evidence of the originality and raw creativity of Vasquez’s work. Actually, the commercial success with his former band Delta Spirit could also stand alone as a testament to his riveting artistry as a musician.

Friday, June 28, 2019

Movie Reviews: Yesterday, Annabelle Comes Home, Ophelia

The Other Side of Heaven 2, Echo in the Canyon
Annabelle Comes Home **1/2 Annabelle Comes Home is a sequel to Annabelle (a bad movie), which spawned prequel Annabelle: Creation (a good movie); all the Annabelles spin off from James Wan’s The Conjuring series.

Friday, June 21, 2019

Utah Arts Festival 2019: Profiles in Brief

Just a few of the creative people delighting visitors this weekend.
The Utah Arts Festival is in full force once again, and one thing that is apparent when walking through the festival grounds is the diversity and talent of the artists there. The tent of landscape photographer Prajit Ravindran  is lined with scenic photos of Utah.

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Music Live Extra

More picks for the week ahead
Dirty Revival Portland’s rich and diverse music scene is home to neo-soul group Dirty Revival, one of the best local bands touring the Pacific Northwest.

Monday, June 17, 2019

Chucky 101

Watching all the killer doll movies for the first time wasn't exactly Child's Play.
I'd never seen a single one of them—until this month, leading up to the release of a remake of the original film.

Friday, June 14, 2019

Movie Reviews: Men In Black International, Shaft, Late Night, The Dead Don't Die

American Woman, The Outsider
It's franchise revival time at the multiplexes, plus a Sundance crowd-pleaser and the latest from an indie-film icon. American Woman *** If you can get through the first 30 minutes, you’ll find the last 80 rewarding.

Friday, June 7, 2019

Movie Reviews: Dark Phoenix, The Secret Life of Pets 2, All Is True

Fast Color, The Tomorrow Man, The Souvenir
All Is True ** See feature review. Opens June 7 at Broadway Centre Cinemas and Megaplex Legacy Crossing .

Friday, May 31, 2019

Movie Reviews: Godzilla: King of the Monsters, Ma, Rocketman, Non-Fiction

Godzilla: King of the Monsters  *1/2 There are people, I’m certain, for whom the idea of giant CGI beasts destroying real-looking cityscapes is more appealing than guys in rubber suits destroying obvious scale models—but I am not one of them. This direct follow-up to Gareth Edwards’ stylish 2014 Godzilla finds a pair of once-married, emotionally-scarred scientists (Kyle Chandler and Vera Farmiga) on opposite sides of a kaiju-riffic war for the future of the planet, with their daughter (Millie Bobby Brown) caught in the middle.

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