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Friday, April 20, 2018

Movie Reviews: I Feel Pretty, Super Troopers 2, You Were Never Really Here

Final Portrait, Leaning Into the Wind: Andy Goldsworthy
Amy Schumer headlining a high-concept rom-com and a long-time-coming comedy sequel hit multiplexes ahead of the Avengers onslaught, and art houses feature a brutal action thriller and a long-time-coming documentary sequel. I Feel Pretty (pictured) showcases Schumer and a terrific supporting cast in a story that could use a few more jokes.

Friday, April 13, 2018

Theater Review: Hamilton

A fascinating musical is more than just the sum of its songs.
The touring company of Hamilton arrives in Salt Lake City with the ferocious buzz of a superstar pop band coming to town—but a piece of theater isn't the same as a group coming on stage to play the hits. There are things you can't know about a show simply by listening to the songs, no matter how many times you listen to them.

Movie Reviews: Rampage, Borg vs. McEnroe, Truth or Dare, Foxtrot

Beirut, Finding Your Feet, Sgt. Stubby: An American Hero
Mutant animals invade multiplexes this weekend, while art house offerings include a fictionalized account of a classic sports rivalry, a complex Israeli drama and a feel-good dramedy about sparring sisters. Rampage's tale of giant animals attacking Chicago is sluggish enough at times that giant animals begin to feel like the least implausible thing about it.

Monday, April 9, 2018

Theater Review: Fun Home

Powerful musical finds emotion in thoughts left unfinished
What you notice first about the songs in Fun Home is that they're not entirely complete.

Friday, April 6, 2018

Movie Reviews: Isle of Dogs, A Quiet Place, Blockers

Trek: The Movie, The Leisure Seeker
A monster thriller and broad comedy lead the entries at local multiplexes, while the art houses offer stop-motion from Wes Anderson and the pairing of Donald Sutherland and Helen Mirren. Director/co-writer/star John Krasinski has a crackling suspense thriller in A Quiet Place (pictured), right up until it faces The Monster Problem.

Friday, March 30, 2018

Movie Reviews: Ready Player One, Loveless, Have a Nice Day

Steve Spielberg and pop-culture nostalgia dominate the multiplexes this Easter weekend, while art house offering include an Oscar-nominated Russian drama and a unique animated caper thriller.

Friday, March 23, 2018

Movie Reviews: Pacific Rim Uprising, Unsane, The Death of Stalin, Flower

Oh Lucy!; Paul, Apostle of Christ
A sequel to  a feature by Oscar-winner Guillermo del Toro—except without del Toro—leads off the multiplex offerings, while local art-house fare includes a blistering political satire from the creator of Veep. Pacific Rim: Uprising (pictured) loses the director's giddy monster mayhem, but finds perhaps the best Transformers movie yet.

Friday, March 16, 2018

Movie Reviews: Tomb Raider, Love Simon, 7 Days in Entebbe

The Party, A Ciambra
A video-game heroine gets a blockbuster reboot, while a coming-out-of-age teen comedy  and historical drama add to a busy week at multiplexes.

Friday, March 9, 2018

Movie Reviews: A Wrinkle in Time, Gringo, A Fantastic Woman, The Strangers: Prey at Night

Thoroughbreds, Before We Vanish, The Cured
A full post-Oscars week for local releases includes the winner for Foreign Language Film, genre thrillers from Ireland and Japan, and a much-anticipated adaptation of a classic fantasy novel. Director Ava DuVernay's version of Madeleine L'Engle's A Wrinkle in Time  (pictured) overcomes sluggishness to deliver its empowering message with  unsettling visual imagination.

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Review: Plan-B Theatre Co./Sackerson's THE WEIRD PLAY

There's a certain freedom that comes from not attempting to puzzle a creative work out logically. Jennifer Nii's The Weird Play erupts from some place deep in the creative amygdala, a questing exposed nerve of a play that's both simpler and more complicated than any synopsis could distill.

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