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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.

Thursday, May 30, 2019

Utah's Blake Ryan learns from 'The School of Rock'

Local 12-year-old actor/musician on life in a Broadway touring company.
Blake Ryan’s journey to a Broadway touring company as a sixth-grader began, in a way, with School of Rock, and continues with School of Rock. But it seems unlikely to end there.

Friday, May 24, 2019

Movie Reviews: Aladdin, Booksmart, Brightburn, Photograph

The White Crow, The Biggest Little Farm
Aladdin *1/2 Disney’s current chore of mounting l ive-action remakes of all of its animated films continues to prove mostly an exercise in pointlessness and frustration with this second of its redos of the 1990s Disney Renaissance musicals. This new Aladdin lacks the charm of the original animated version, and—worse than 2017’s Beauty and the Beast—it cannot even seem to decide if it’s a musical or not, with characters awkwardly breaking into stilted snippets of song at random intervals in a way seemingly designed to ensure that there’s no melodic flow, no tripping the light fantastic.

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