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Saturday, January 25, 2020

Sundance 2020 reviews: Day 2

Zola, Come Away, Rebuilding Paradise, Black Bear, Collective and more
Zola *** [U.S. Dramatic] “Based on the tweet thread by ...” feels like a cruel joke version of storytelling in the social-media age, but director Janicza Bravo and her co-writer Jeremy O. Harris pull out the stops in providing a spark of punky energy to this probably kinda mostly true story. In October 2015, waitress A'Ziah “Zola” King (Taylour Page) meets Stefani Jezowski (Riley Keough) while at work, and the two become instant BFFs.

Friday, January 24, 2020

Sundance 2020 reviews: Day 1

Miss Americana, Crip Camp, Summertime, The Perfect Candidate and more
Miss Americana *** [Documentary Premieres] The literal first image in Lana Wilson's documentary about Taylor Swift is of Swift playing piano while a kitten scampers playfully across the keys. It's a somewhat ominous portent—hinting at carefully curated marketing tool for the singer/songwriter's “good girl” image—but Wilson ultimately takes viewers on a more complicated journey.

Friday, January 17, 2020

Movie Reviews: Bad Boys for Life, Dolittle, Les Misérables

Cunningham, Varda By Agnès
Bad Boys for Life *** I’m happy to report that the latest, long-awaited installment in the Will Smith-Martin Lawrence action franchise isn’t a catastrophe. (Be honest: Didn’t the January release date have you kinda scared?)

Thursday, January 16, 2020

Sundance Early Ticket Purchasing for Utah Locals Today

If you don't have a ticket package for the 2020 Sundance Film Festival, it's not too late to get tickets for individual screenings—especially if you're a Utah local. Today, from noon - 8 p.m.

Friday, January 10, 2020

Movie Reviews: Underwater, Like a Boss, 1917, Just Mercy

Ip Man 4, Three Christs
1917 *** See feature review. Opens Jan. 10 at theaters valleywide.

Friday, January 3, 2020

Movie Reviews: 63 Up, The Grudge

63 Up ***1/2 Michael Apted’s monumental documentary experiment—begun in 1964 with a handful of 7-year-old British children, whom he has subsequently followed every seven years—long ago became something bigger than any individual installment. So is there really a way to effectively assess those individual installments when they appear?

Wednesday, December 25, 2019

Movie Reviews: Little Women, Uncut Gems, Spies in Disguise

Little Women ***1/2 See feature review. Opens Dec. 25 at theaters valleywide.

Sunday, December 22, 2019

Utah Film Critics Association announces winners of 2019 awards

Parasite wins 3 awards, including Best Picture
At the annual meeting of the Utah Film Critics Association, South Korean director Bong Joon-ho’s thriller Parasite won three awards, including Best Picture of 2019. The film was also recognized as Best Non-English Language Film, and for the Original Screenplay by Bong and Jin Won Han.

Friday, December 20, 2019

Movie Reviews: The Rise of Skywalker, Cats, Bombshell, A Hidden Life

Bombshell ** See feature review. Opens Dec. 20 at theaters valleywide.

Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Movie Review: Star Wars: Episode IX - The Rise of Skywalker

J.J. Abrams delivers a sloppy conclusion that tries to please everyone.
The elephant-in-the-Throne-Room problem with The Rise of Skywalker is that it’s not so much Abrams’ attempt at wrapping up Star Wars’ Skywalker saga, as it is his cover-band attempt to play all of the hits,

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