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Tuesday, October 10, 2017

2017 Ski & Snowbird Film Calendar

Warren Miller, Teton Gravity Research, Matchstick Productions and more.
One of the surest harbingers of Utah winter is the arrival of the annual surge of winter sports films—those high-energy showcases for skiers and snowboarders to show their stuff in locations around the world. As you start waxing your own gear to prepare for the inevitable snows, here are your opportunities to get into the right frame of mind in a theater seat.

Friday, October 6, 2017

Movie Reviews: Blade Runner 2049, My Little Pony, The Mountain Between Us

The Stray, Dolores, Victoria and Abdul
An intriguing mix of options—from blockbuster sci-fi sequel to survival drama, from documentary biography to historical biopic—makes for a busy early-fall weekend at local movie theaters. Blade Runner 2049 tries fascinating new things, while also remaining a bit too beholden to its predecessor.

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Fall 2017 Movie Preview

Blockbusters, awards candidates and more for your end-of-year movie-going
That nip in the air is leading us down the road to a different movie season, one where the occasional inescapable blockbuster shares headlines with high-profile "serious" movies courting awards consideration. Here's a look at a handful of the most potentially interesting titles for kids, kids-at-heart, grown-ups and serious cinephiles.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Movie Review: Blade Runner 2049

The ups and downs of trying to follow a classic
What should a sequel be? It’s a simple enough question, yet after more than 100 years of cinema—and 40 years of the blockbuster franchise era—it doesn’t feel like we’re any closer to a reliable answer.

Friday, September 29, 2017

Movie Reviews: American Made, Battle of the Sexes, Year by the Sea, The Unknown Girl

Two fact-based stories share multiplex screens with a remake-quel to a 1990s cult favorite, and the Dardenne brothers bring another great moral character study to the art house. Jean-Luc and Pierre Dardenne turn the impact of one good woman on others into the fascinating moral drama of The Unknown Girl.

Friday, September 22, 2017

Movie Reviews: Kingsman: The Golden Circle; Lego Ninjago; Brad's Status

Stronger, Friend Request, Rebel in the Rye
An interesting mix of prestige drama, animated comedy and an action sequel hit local multiplexes, while art house offerings include a biopic of author J.D. Salinger. Kingsman: The Golden Circle (pictured) returns to the over-the-top spy hijinks of the 2015 original, only with a lot more narrative bloat between crazy action sequences.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Beyond Essentials 9/20 - 9/27

Odyssey Dance's Thriller, Wasatch Theatre Co.'s God's Favorite, Rachel Ballinger & more.
That nip of fall in the air should remind you that arts events are plentiful enough that you might need to look Beyond Essentials. While Odyssey Dance's annual Halloween-themed production Thriller (pictured) won't hit Kingsbury Hall until October, you can get a head start on the fun with the  first run of shows at Park City's Egyptian Theater (328 Main Street, Park City, 435-649-9371)  Sept. 22-Oct. 8.

Friday, September 15, 2017

Movie Reviews: mother!, Beach Rats, Viceroy's House, American Assassin, Endless Poetry

Crazy-ass psychodrama makes an unlikely multiplex appearance, while art house offerings include gay coming-of-age romance and autobiographical drama by a legendary director. Darren Aronofsky's mother!

Friday, September 8, 2017

Movie Reviews: Home Again, It, The Trip to Spain, Menashe, Rumble

9/11, Man in Red Bandana
A long-awaited adaptation of a Stephen King classic arrives, along with romantic comedy, a visit to New York's Hassidic Jewish community and another trip with Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon. The contributions of Native Americans to American popular music get a scattered, sporadically interesting and name-dropping treatment in the documentary Rumble.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Movie Review: IT

Stephen King adaptation delivers scares in an incomplete version of its source material
“It: Chapter One” teases the title card over the closing credits of the Stephen King adaptation It, but anyone familiar with the novel could have told you that. The source material told an epic tale of friendship and supernatural horror spanning a generation, weaving together two time frames in the lives of its central characters; this tale focuses entirely on the protagonists as teenagers circa 1989.

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