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Friday, July 13, 2018

Movie Reviews: Skyscraper, Hotel Transylvania 3, Leave No Trace, Sorry to Bother You

Church and State, The Night Eats the World
It's Dwayne Johnson to the rescue at multiplexes this weekend, while art house offerings include a bold racial satire, zombie apocalypse and one of the year's best dramas.

Friday, July 6, 2018

Movie Reviews: Ant-Man and the Wasp, The First Purge, Whitney, Boundaries

The latest Marvel Cinematic Universe entry swarms into multiplexes along with a Purge prequel, a Whitney Houston documentary and a story of an estranged father and daughter on a road trip.

Friday, June 29, 2018

Movie Reviews: Sicario: Day of the Soldado, Uncle Drew

A thin week for new releases brings a sequel to a morally-grey thriller about the War on Drugs, and a feature film version of a Pepsi Max ad campaign. Uncle Drew turns a series of faux-documentary commercials into a comedy that seems to think NBA players in old-age makeup are funnier than Tiffany Haddish.

Friday, June 22, 2018

Movie Reviews: Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, Won't You Be My Neighbor?

The Catcher Was a Spy, The Seagull
Dinosaurs rule the multiplexes this weekend, while counter-programming includes a Chekhov adaptation, a historical biopic and a documentary about a gentle TV legend. A stellar cast elevates the adaptation of Chekhov's The Seagull, but it makes you wish for that cast to take the show on the road.

Friday, June 15, 2018

Movie Reviews: Incredibles 2, Tag, Hearts Beat Loud, Superfly

American Animals, Gotti
The return of Pixar's superhero family shares multiplex screens with a true story of game-playing buddies and the remake of a blaxsploitation classic, while art house offerings include a low-key father-daughter drama and a unique fact-based heist thriller. The comedy Tag  (pictured) takes the slapstick of its fact-based premise and tries to add an earnest exploration of male friendship.

Friday, June 8, 2018

Movie Reviews: Ocean's 8, Hereditary, Hotel Artemis and First Reformed

Mary Shelley, On Chesil Beach, Zoo
A few different kinds of horror highlight this weekend at the movies, from the story behind Frankenstein  to spiritual torment to a family facing actual supernatural terrors—all that, plus a new Ocean heist. The heist caper Ocean's 8  (pictured) can't turn its list of genre ingredients into a delightful dish. First-time writer/director Ari Aster shows all the right moves in the chilling horror tale Hereditary.

Friday, June 1, 2018

Movie Reviews: Adrift, Upgrade, Beast, How to Talk to Girls at Parties

In the Last Days of the City, Jewel's Catch One
Summer blockbusters are nowhere to be found in the post-Memorial Day weekend, but the offerings range from disaster drama to sci-fi horror to documentary profile of a groundbreaking business owner. A smart structural decision provides the human drama of the fact-based disaster drama Adrift (pictured).

Friday, May 25, 2018

Movie Reviews: Solo, The Rider, Let the Sunshine In, 1945

The new Star Wars prequel dominates multiplexes for Memorial Day weekend, but a variety of intriguing counter-programming options come to the Salt Lake Film Society screens.

Friday, May 18, 2018

Movie Reviews: Deadpool 2, Book Club, Pope Francis: A Man of His Word

RBG, Show Dogs, Disobedience
The wise-cracking super-anti-hero returns to multiplexes, along with some senior-focused counter-programming, while two biographical documentaries focus on two very different public figures. Book Club (pictured) gives rare lead roles to its veteran female stars, but can't muster more to say than "lol, horny olds."

Friday, May 11, 2018

Movie Reviews: Life of the Party, Breaking In, The Judge

The Endless, Racer and the Jailbird
Melissa McCarthy and Gabrielle Union star in two very different stories about moms for Mother's Day weekend, while art-house offerings include a Belgian romantic drama, a documentary about a pioneering jurist and a philosophically-minded science-fiction yarn. Life of the Party (pictured) doesn't give much weight to its jokey "nice mom  + girls-gone-wild" premise, but at least offers several funny women a chance to show their chops.

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