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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.

Friday, July 21, 2017

Movie Reviews: Dunkirk, Valerian, Maudie and more

Your weekend movie agenda is here.
Christopher Nolan's 'Dunkirk' drops viewers into the center of the pivotal 1940 military operation.

Friday, July 14, 2017

Movie Reviews: War for the Planet of the Apes, Wish Upon, The Little Hours

The B-Side, The Women's Balcony
Apes are set to rule the multiplex, challenged only by a dopey teen thriller, while SLC art house offerings include horny nuns and a variety of feisty Jewish women. The lazy horror of Wish Upon wastes 90 minutes of everyone's time by not being scary, coherent or thematically interesting.

Friday, July 7, 2017

Movie Reviews: Spider-Man: Homecoming, The Big Sick, The Exception, The Journey

The web-slinger returns (again) to multiplexes, along with an off-beat romantic comedy and a pair of historical dramas. Comedian Kumail Nanjani's real-life romance inspires the unique relationship comedy in The Big Sick (pictured).

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.

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