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Friday, September 15, 2017

Movie Reviews: mother!, Beach Rats, Viceroy's House, American Assassin, Endless Poetry

Crazy-ass psychodrama makes an unlikely multiplex appearance, while art house offerings include gay coming-of-age romance and autobiographical drama by a legendary director. Darren Aronofsky's mother!

Friday, September 8, 2017

Movie Reviews: Home Again, It, The Trip to Spain, Menashe, Rumble

9/11, Man in Red Bandana
A long-awaited adaptation of a Stephen King classic arrives, along with romantic comedy, a visit to New York's Hassidic Jewish community and another trip with Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon. The contributions of Native Americans to American popular music get a scattered, sporadically interesting and name-dropping treatment in the documentary Rumble.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Movie Review: IT

Stephen King adaptation delivers scares in an incomplete version of its source material
“It: Chapter One” teases the title card over the closing credits of the Stephen King adaptation It, but anyone familiar with the novel could have told you that. The source material told an epic tale of friendship and supernatural horror spanning a generation, weaving together two time frames in the lives of its central characters; this tale focuses entirely on the protagonists as teenagers circa 1989.

Friday, September 1, 2017

Brewvies celebrates legal win with free screenings

The Hangover Part II, Deadpool return to the theater
In a story that made national news, Brewvies Cinema Pub yesterday won its federal case against the Utah DABC for penalizing the theater for showing the film Deadpool in violation of state liquor laws. As a thank-you to patrons and all who supported the legal battle, Brewvies is offering a series of free screenings (on a first-come, first-served space available basis) with a bit of a nose-thumbing theme.

Movie Reviews: Patti Cake$, Lost in Paris, I Do...Until I Don't, Close Encounters

A disappointing box-office summer winds to a close with only a few small releases, and one 40-year-old blockbuster worth revisiting. Writer/director Lake Bell's ensemble comedy gets bogged down in an exaggerated premise in I Do ...

Friday, August 25, 2017

Movie Reviews: Good Time, Ingrid Goes West, Leap!, All Saints

The Only Living Boy in New York, Whose Streets?, Birth of the Dragon
A variety of limited releases trickle into the pre-Labor Day weekend, including a timely documentary about media coverage of protests and one of the year's best films. The Only Living Boy in New York (pictured) takes the basic set-up of The Graduate and turns it into narcissistic coming-of-age nonsense.

Friday, August 11, 2017

Movie Reviews: The Glass Castle, The Nut Job 2, Annabelle: Creation

13 Minutes, Letters from Baghdad, Sundance Shorts
Two low-profile sequels and the adaptation of a best-selling memoir lead the late-summer multiplex offerings, while art houses offer a pair of heroic true stories and a collection of Sundance Film Festival shorts. Jeanette Walls' memoir The Glass Castle (pictured) becomes a solid drama about a dysfunctional family with a complex understanding of people who can be good and bad for you.

Friday, August 4, 2017

Movie Reviews: The Dark Tower, An Inconvenient Sequel, Detroit, Landline

We Love You, Sally Carmichael!, Desert Hearts
Hot-button political issues hit local screens in both dramatic and documentary form, while art house offerings include the restoration re-release of a groundbreaking LGBT-themed indie. The great sister relationship at the center of Landline carries it when it gets muddled in overplotting and set-in-the-mid-'90s signifiers. The locally-made indie We Love You, Sally Carmichael!

Friday, July 28, 2017

Movie Reviews: Atomic Blonde, Lady Macbeth, A Ghost Story, The Emoji Movie

Summer may already be winding down at the multiplexes, but it's a four-star weekend at the art house with three exceptional new releases. Atomic Blonde  (pictured) overloads its stripped-down action-thriller pleasures—and potential for Charlize Theron badassery—with Cold War drama.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Beyond Essentials July 26 - Aug. 3

Happy Birthday Harry Potter, Pacific Island Heritage Month kickoff and more
When your Utah options for entertainment are too plentiful for a single print issue to contain, you need more information to look Beyond Essentials. A pair of events at local venues acknowledge Harry Potter's birthday in this, the 20th-anniversary year of the original publication of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's (or Philosopher's) Stone.

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