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Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Movie Reviews: Coco, Last Flag Flying, The Man Who Invented Christmas

Three Billboards, Novitiate
The busy Thanksgiving holiday weekend brings the latest from Pixar, a tale of Charles Dickens and more. Disney/Pixar's Coco (pictured) creates a fascinating new world with an emotional hook that might be tied to its cultural specificity.

Friday, November 17, 2017

Movie Reviews: Justice League, Lady Bird, The Square, Wonder, The Star

Jane, Dealt
A long-awaited super-team-up might dominate the box office, but alternate offerings include a pair of intriguing documentaries, an animated Nativity story, and the winner of the 2017 Cannes Film Festival Palme d'Or. Justice League unites Batman, Wonder Woman and more in a movie that looks like it tried to take every note of criticism on its predecessors.  Cannes Palme d'Or-winnerThe Square  (pictured) attempts art-world satire that mostly scores cheap points at the expense of hypocritical sophisticates.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Twilight’s Twilight?

New survey questions concert series’ relevance, tries to map out its future.
Are you thinking what I’m thinking? Once something is gone, or under review, it could become mired in bureaucratic muck.


A super-hero epic that tries to take every note about its predecessors to heart
We hope, where super-hero movies are concerned.

Beyond Essentials Nov. 16 - 22

Bob Woodward, Salty Cricket, Wasatch Contemporary Dance and more.
The week before Thanksgiving is bursting with options, from the grand opening of a new comedy venue, to creative dance, to a journalism legend. This is Beyond Essentials.

Friday, November 10, 2017

Movie Reviews: Murder on the Orient Express, Wonderstruck, Tom of Finland, Faces Places

A thin week at the movies ahead of the pre-Thanksgiving surge is headlined by a remake of a classic mystery, plus a documentary by a cinematic legend. MaryAnn Johanson finds that Kenneth Branagh's all-star revisiting of Agatha Christie's Murder on the Orient Express (pictured) is pretty to look at but otherwise meaningless.

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Theater Review: Plan-B Theatre Company's THE ICE FRONT

A World War II era historical footnote becomes a lesson for The Age of Trump.
It's an inevitable by-product of the Age of Trump that virtually all new art will be viewed through its lens: What does it say about who we have become, or who we are fighting? But there's a particularly fascinating contemporary subtext to Eric Samuelsen's The Ice Front, and its world-premiere production by Plan-B Theatre Company, despite the plot being inspired by events more than 70 years ago.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Beyond Essentials Nov. 8-15

Champions of Magic, The Petite Palace, Doug Loves Movies, Clybourne Park & more.
Magic, theater, comedy and more: There's always too much entertainment in a Utah week for one print paper to contain. This is Beyond Essentials.

Friday, November 3, 2017

Movie Reviews: A Bad Moms Christmas, LBJ, Thor

The Killing of a Sacred Deer, Dina, Blade of the Immortal
Marvel looks to dominate another box-office weekend, while lower-key offerings include a biopic about an American president, a romantic-comedy documentary and a milestone feature for a celebrated Japanese director. Woody Harrelson's performance can't provide enough foundation for the overly-streamlined biopic LBJ (pictured).

Friday, October 27, 2017

Movie Reviews: Thank You for Your Service, Jigsaw, Suburbicon

Goodbye Christopher Robin, Loving Vincent, All I See Is You
A pre-Halloween weekend features a couple of scary options, plus the additional horrors of war and suburban racism. Thank You for Your Service  (pictured) sensitively explores traumatized veterans returning home, but gives short shrift to the struggles of their families.

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