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Monday, February 19, 2018

Theater Review: Pioneer Theatre Company's 'i'

Let the mystery of this boy-meets-girl story unfold.
There is a piece of popular culture of the last 20 years which would make an ideal point of comparison for Jeff Talbott’s i, now receiving its world-premiere production at Pioneer Theatre Company. But naming that particular point of comparison would be saying too much—and that’s just one of the things that makes it hard to talk about i.

Friday, February 16, 2018

Movie Review Roundup: Early Man, Black Panther, Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool

The Insult, Oscar short documentaries
The weekend in multiplexes will be dominated by the King of Wakanda, but Aardman animation and Oscar nominees—one Foreign Language Feature, and the documentary shorts—make their way to the art houses.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Movie Review: Black Panther

A meditation on power and responsibility packs more punch than super-hero action.
In 2018 America, it’s impossible for a movie like 'Black Panther' to arrive and not be freighted with significance beyond its actual storyline.

Friday, February 9, 2018

Movie Reviews: Fifty Shades Freed, 15:17 to Paris, Peter Rabbit

Happy End, Oscar-nominated short films
The early-year dead zone gets a mini-boost with the conclusion of the Fifty Shades franchise, a new kid-friendly feature and Clint Eastwood directing a fact-based drama. Fifty Shades Freed (pictured) wraps up the saga of Anastasia and Christian in a tedious pseudo-thriller that's as much HGTV as BDSM.

Monday, February 5, 2018

"Hamilton" Tour SLC Single Tickets Available Friday

Get ready to see the Broadway smash.
With Salt Lake City preparing to get Hamilton fever in the spring, additional tickets will be made available for purchase this week. And you don't want to be throwing away ... your ... shot.

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Megaplex Theaters: See Every Best Picture Nominee for $35

Theater chain offers "Best Picture Pass"
If you're one of those people who feels left behind when the Academy Award nominations are announced, fear not: a Utah theater chain has a very cost-effective way for you to play catch-up. For a limited time, Megaplex Theatres is offering a "Best Picture Pass" for just $35 (plus tax), allowing one admission to each of the nine 2018 Best Picture nominees: Call Me By Your Name,  Darkest Hour, Dunkirk, Get Out, Lady Bird,  Phantom Thread, The Post, The Shape of Water  and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.

Sunday, January 28, 2018

Sundance Film Festival 2018: Day 10 capsules

The Miseducation of Cameron Post, The Catcher Was a Spy, Search and more
The Miseducation of Cameron Post [U.S. Dramatic] **1/2 There are times when my propensity for reading source material serves the experience of watching a movie quite poorly—and such was the case with Desiree Akhavan’s adaptation of Emily M. Danforth’s novel. Akhavan’s circa-1993 story dives immediately into high school junior Cameron Post (Chloë Grace Moretz) getting caught in a compromising situation with a female friend, whereupon she is sent immediately by her guardian aunt to God’s Promise, a Christian residential camp run by Dr. Marsh (Jennifer Ehle) where teenagers can work on eliminating their “SSA” (same-sex attraction).

Saturday, January 27, 2018

Sundance Film Festival 2018: Day 9 capsules

Blaze, I Think We're Alone Now, Minding the Gap, Arizona, Monster and more
Blaze [U.S. Dramatic] ***1/2 In a world where filmmakers still haven’t learned lessons from Walk Hard’s mockery of Tortured Artist tropes, here’s a cure for the common biopic. Director Ethan Hawke explores the life of Blaze Foley (Ben Dickey)—nee Michael Fuller—a country-music singer-songwriter whose compositions were recorded by stars like Merle Haggard and John Prine, but who never himself managed any success in his lifetime.

Friday, January 26, 2018

Movie Reviews: The Maze Runner: The Death Cure

Sundance is still winding down, which means only one new release as Utah theaters still show festival films. David Riedel finds the Maze Runner trilogy winding down with plentiful contrivances and great actors slumming in The Death Cure (pictured).

Sundance Film Festival 2018: Day 8 capsules

Hearts Beat Loud, Crime + Punishment, Nancy, Madeline's Madeline and more
Hearts Beat Loud [Premieres] **1/2 On the most obvious level, this is a genuine crowd-pleaser; it’s also so thin that you can practically see through it. Nick Offerman plays Frank Fisher, a widowed one-time musician who runs a Brooklyn record store, as he readies himself for the impending empty nest as his daughter Sam (Kiersey Clemons) prepares to leave for college in California.

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