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Friday, June 23, 2017

Utah Short Film of the Year Competition at Utah Arts Festival

Local filmmakers reach for inspiring subjects
The overall theme of the Fear No Film short films program at the Utah Arts Festival may be "Memory," but the seven entries in the Utah Short Film of the Year program aren't generally focused on looking backward. They're about the inspiring prospect of moving forward.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Movie Reviews: Transformers 5, The Bad Batch, Beatriz at Dinner

Band Aid, Citizen Jane
Big car-robots do their big car-robot thing at the multiplex, while indie releases include a documentary about a 1950s urban activist and a pair of 2017 Sundance comedies. Zoe Lister-Jones' Band Aid finds acidic comedy in a couple turning their dysfunctional marriage into songs, until it all gets a bit too real.

Monday, June 19, 2017

Movie Reviews: Cars 3, All Eyez on Me, Book of Henry, Monterey Pop

Paris Can Wait, 47 Meters Down, Rough Night
The weekend is behind us (and with it my vacation week), but you can still catch up with our reviews of new theatrical releases. Paris Can Wait tries to be a light-hearted story of a woman at a life crossroads, but instead ends up feeling like a creepy stalker movie.

Friday, June 9, 2017

Movie Reviews: The Mummy, It Comes At Night, Megan Leavey

My Cousin Rachel; I, Daniel Blake
Horror come in the form of an ancient curse and human paranoia in local multiplexes, while a true military story, a literary adaptation and the latest working-class tale from Ken Loach fill out this week's offerings. Megan Leavey  tells the fact-based tale of a soldier and her bomb-sniffing dog, in a way that's interesting without ever becoming truly inspirational.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Movie Review: Wonder Woman

Finding the appeal in super-heroes who actually want to be heroes
In a multiplex world where the Marvel Cinematic Universe keeps churning out well-liked blockbusters, rival comic-book publisher DC has a big-screen problem. It's not so much a financial problem; recent efforts like Man of Steel, Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad all managed big box-office numbers.

Friday, May 26, 2017

Movie Reviews: Pirates of the Caribbean, Baywatch, The Lovers

Buena Vista Social Club: Adios, My Entire High School Sinking Into the Sea
The Memorial Day weekend brings two big summer releases, while even art house documentary brings us a disappointing sequel. Buena Vista Social Club: Adios follows up the 1999 documentary with more details, but a missed opportunity to explore one particularly intriguing story in depth.

Friday, May 19, 2017

Movie Reviews: Everything, Everything; Alien Covenant; Diary of a Wimpy Kid

Obit, Norman, Chuck
Two franchises that couldn't possibly be more different bring their latest installment to multiplexes, along with a young-adult romance adaptation and a trio of new art-house offerings. Everything, Everything  (pictured) hits the right, sweet notes in adapting Nicola Yoon's novel about a teen with an autoimmune disorder dealing with first love.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Movie Reviews: King Arthur, Snatched, The Wall, Risk, 3 Generations

Jeremiah Tower, Lowriders, Buster's Mal Heart
Summer movie season kicks into gear with high-concept comedy and legendary action, plus a full slate of art-house offerings including two documentaries about controversial men. Amy Schumer and Goldie Hawn (pictured) team up as a kidnapped mother and daughter in Snatched, but it's a rare case of a Hollywood comedy that feels too short for its punch lines to land.

Friday, May 5, 2017

Movie Reviews: Guardians of the Galaxy 2, The Dinner, A Quiet Passion, Stop Making Sense

Marvel once again looks to dominate multiplexes, while a landmark concert film—marking a sad passing—highlights this week's art house offerings. Steve Coogan's intriguing performance provides an anchor for the tangled psychological drama of secrets, sibling rivalry and white privilege in The Dinner (pictured).

Friday, April 28, 2017

Movie Reviews: The Circle, Sleight, Growing Up Smith, Graduation

The last weekend before the unofficially official start of summer movie season presents with some uninspired multiplex choices, a Romanian morality play and at least one unexpected super-hero origin story. The Web 2.0 cautionary tale The Circle drops Emma Watson (pictured) into a story aiming for far too many targets, and far too self-serious to consider some simple genre pleasures.

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