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Friday, December 7, 2018

Movie Reviews: Burning, Maria By Callas, The World Before Your Feet, Schindler's List

Multiplexes are vacant of new releases—unless you count the 25th anniversary re-release of a classic Best Picture winner—which leaves plenty of time to focus on compelling new art-house releases.

Friday, November 30, 2018

Movie Reviews: The Possession of Hannah Grace, Border, Life and Nothing More, Mirai

A post-Thanksgiving dead zone at the multiplexes leaves room for a few unique art-house offerings. The Swedish fantasy Border crafts an intriguing romantic allegory about assimilation and the hate-inspiring ripple effects of dehumanization.

Friday, November 16, 2018

Movie Reviews: Fantastic Beasts 2, Widows, Instant Family, A Private War, Boy Erased

The Wizarding World returns again, in a pre-Thanksgiving weekend that also features a heist thriller from the director of 12 Years a Slave, a family comedy and a tale of gay-conversion therapy. Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (pictured) can't manufacture an emotional connection to its new characters in a beloved universe.

Friday, November 9, 2018

Movie Reviews: Dr. Seuss' The Grinch, The Girl in the Spider's Web, Overlord

What They Had, Wildlife
A new version of a classic tale, a new adventure for a literary character and Nazi zombies take over multiplexes this week. Claire Foy takes over the role of dragon-tattooed Lisbeth Salander in the generic espionage thriller The Girl in the Spider's Web.  Actor Paul Dano shows impressive chops in his directing debut Wildlife, even if the concept feels fundamentally literary.

Monday, November 5, 2018

Music Monday 11/5: Mike Peters' The Alarm, The Story So Far, Calvin Johnson and more

Local photographer Johnny Christensen attended Mike Peters’ The Alarm concert on Friday, Nov. 2 at The State Room and came back with this report: “Mike Peters held Salt Lake City fans in the palm of his hand as he shared his love for hiking in Zion National Park—despite fighting cancer for 18 years.” Tonight, Monday, Nov. 5 at The Complex, emo rock reigns supreme when The Story So Far, Turnover, Citizen, and Movements perform a stacked bill.

Friday, November 2, 2018

Movie Reviews: Bohemian Rhapsody, Nutcracker and the Four Realms, Suspiria

Beautiful Boy, Nobody's Fool, Can You Ever Forgive Me?
Yes, it's already time for holiday movies, as Disney re-imagines The Nutcracker, plus a few fact-based stories and one crazy-ass remake. The Nutcracker and the Four Realms (pictured) adapts the familiar story into a hero-journey spectacle that never quite achieves the magic it aims for.

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Comedy preview: The Lucas Bros.

Comedians Keith and Kenny Lucas—who perform together as The Lucas Bros.—visit Wiseguys Gateway this weekend with their unique, often-deadpan mix of observational humor, pop-culture gags and social commentary. They spoke by phone with City Weekly ahead of their visit.

Monday, October 29, 2018

Music Monday 10/29

Carl Broemel, Scarlxrd, Shecock, SuperBubble, Goo Goo Dolls, GLOE and more.
Fans of Kentucky Southern-rock shape-shifters My Morning Jacket can rejoice: multi-instrumentalist Carl Broemel performs tonight, Monday, Oct. 29 at The State Room, while frontman Jim James appears next Monday, Nov. 5 at The Commonwealth Room. Last month, Broemel released a divine solo album, Wished Out, which he recorded and produced in his home studio.

Friday, October 26, 2018

Movie Reviews: Hunter Killer, Johnny English Strikes Again, Mid90s

The Happy Prince, All About Nina
The pre-Halloween weekend offers mostly minor releases, including a submarine thriller, the return of a bumbling British super-spy and a nostalgic tale of 1990s skate punks. The coming-of-age drama Mid90s manages individual effective scenes that never add up to an actual movie.

Monday, October 22, 2018

Music Monday: Jay Warren, Hobo Johnson, Bob Weir and more

Local R&B musician Jay Warren dropped another single off his forthcoming debut full-length album.

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