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Friday, August 31, 2018

Movie Reviews: Kin; Juliet, Naked; Searching; Operation Finale

The Bookshop, Skate Kitchen
Labor Day weekend brings its usual assortment of cinematic odds and ends, including several 2018 Sundance Film Festival entries finally reaching theaters. The hybrid of science-fiction thriller and family drama in Kin comes up short on both counts.  The Nick Hornby adaptation Juliet, Naked (pictured) offers an enjoyable but disposable  story of men and their obsessions.

Friday, August 24, 2018

Movie Reviews: Happytime Murders, Papillon, A-X-L, Puzzle, Far from the Tree

Horny puppets, robot dogs and prisoners of a French penal colony bring the summer multiplex movie season to a close. The puppets-living-with-people film noir comedy The Happytime Murders  (pictured) puts little effort into bringing originality to its naughty premise.

Friday, August 17, 2018

Movie Reviews: Crazy Rich Asians, Alpha, Mile 22, The Miseducation of Cameron Post

Down a Dark Hall, Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood, McQueen
The dog days of summer include a story of the first dog, plus a  wide range of specialty offerings including a pair of biographical documentaries,  Mark Wahlberg in action and a culturally-unique romantic comedy.

Friday, August 10, 2018

U of U film grad releases debut feature

Nick Scown talks the filmmaking process and history behind PRETTY BAD ACTRESS
Nick Scown, a graduate of the University of Utah Film Studies program, sends his first feature film, Pretty Bad Actress—a dark comedy about a former child star kidnapped by a crazed fan—into select theaters and streaming platforms  today (co-star Jillian Bell is pictured). Ahead of that release, he answered a few City Weekly questions via email.

Movie Reviews: BlacKkKlansman, The Meg, Dog Days, The Cakemaker

Which is scarier: a giant shark, an internet boogeyman or the Ku Klux Klan? This week's new releases give you a chance to find out.

Friday, August 3, 2018

Movie Reviews: Christopher Robin, The Darkest Minds, Spy Who Dumped Me

A strange new take on Winnie the Pooh, espionage farce and supernatural young-adult romance hit multiplexes as summer movie season begins to wind down.

Friday, July 20, 2018

Movie Reviews: The Equalizer 2, Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again, Three Identical Strangers

Unfriended: Dark Web
A trio of very different sequels hit multiplexes this weekend, while the art house selection presents a very different kind of trio.

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.

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