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Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Movie Review - Avengers: Endgame

The Marvel Cinematic Universe finally gets to have some semblance of a conclusion.
There is, of course, also a climactic battle royale, one that allows for plenty of characters to get their showcase scenes inspiring giddy squeals—even if some of those scenes seem particularly pandering.

Friday, April 19, 2019

Movie Reviews: The Curse of La Llorona, Penguins, Amazing Grace, High Life

Penguins, Teen Spirit, Little Woods
Amazing Grace **** It’s too bad Amazing Grace, the documentary of the recording of Aretha Franklin’s landmark 1972 gospel album of the same name, wasn’t available when I was young. I could have stuck it in the VCR, watched the Lord’s work and been redeemed.

Siri Elaine: Rooted

While there seems to be an absence of spring outside, those itching for a rebirth can get their fix strolling indoors via a “green” carpet, in the midst of Rooted, a new garden-inspired exhibit meant to redefine the art viewing experience.

Thursday, April 18, 2019

Cliffs of Freedom: The struggle to tell the story of Greeks fighting for independence

Director Van Ling on the long road from idea to theaters
Van Ling realizes that he's not the likeliest person to bring a story about the 19th century Greek War of Independence to the screen. An American of mostly Chinese descent, he says, "I'm about as removed from the Greek experience as anyone could be."

Friday, April 12, 2019

Movie Reviews: Hellboy, Little, Mary Magdalene, Missing Link

Plus 'Transit,' 'The Wind' & 'Diane'
A unique female perspective on the message of Jesus elevates the Biblical drama Mary Magdalene. Rich character study and a lovely sense of place elevate Kent Jones' Diane.

Thursday, April 11, 2019

Train Tracts comes home

In our Feb. 27th issue, we wrote about the innovative collaboration, Train Tracts. And after riding the rails for a month, the results of the traveling literary journals have arrived at the station and are now on display at the Rio Gallery in Salt Lake City as Transcontinental: People, Place, Impact.

Friday, April 5, 2019

Movie Reviews: Pet Sematary, Shazam, Dragged Across Concrete, The Best of Enemies

Mapplethorpe, The Public, Storm Boy, The Hummingbird Project
It's a movie weekend full of super-heroes, horror scares, fact-based stories and even Mel Gibson in the improbable role of a guy whose career might be destroyed by someone capturing him being racist on a recording.

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Disney Remakes: When You're Woke Upon a Star

Behold some socially conscious subtext for possible classic reboots.
“Might you have some suggestions for how this pop-culture juggernaut should conduct its business?” you might ask. Why yes, we do!

Monday, April 1, 2019

Theater Reviews: Plan-B ...OF COLOR and PTC's SWEAT

Two new productions explore disenfranchised lives
Stories of the disenfranchised are still rare enough in contemporary American popular culture that it’s somewhat of a surprise when you get a chance to see them. As two new local theater productions show, that doesn’t mean all such stories are created equal.

Friday, March 29, 2019

Movie Reviews: Dumbo, Hotel Mumbai, The Beach Bum, The Mustang, The Aftermath

Disney's big-eared elephant flies into multiplexes, along with a number of specialty offerings ranging from stoner McConaughey to the tale of a real-life terrorist tragedy. Tim Burton's remake of Dumbo fleshes out the original's thin narrative, but forgets to bring its soul.

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