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Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Movie Review: Star Wars: Episode VIII - The Last Jedi

A blockbuster examination of why we fight.
It’s a risky proposition treating a juggernaut too-big-too-fail movie franchise with gravitas, because it’s fair to assume everything is about the dollar signs.

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


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

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.

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.

Friday, October 20, 2017

Movie Reviews: Only the Brave, The Snowman, Mark Felt, The Florida Project

Breathe, Marie Curie, Human Flow
A fact-based tribute to the Granite Mountain Hotshots firefighting team plays like a war movie in the sturdy Only the Brave (pictured). The biopic Mark Felt: The Man Who Brought Down the White House relates the story of the real-life "Deep Throat" in the most mundane manner possible.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

2017 Ski & Snowbird Film Calendar

Warren Miller, Teton Gravity Research, Matchstick Productions and more.
One of the surest harbingers of Utah winter is the arrival of the annual surge of winter sports films—those high-energy showcases for skiers and snowboarders to show their stuff in locations around the world. As you start waxing your own gear to prepare for the inevitable snows, here are your opportunities to get into the right frame of mind in a theater seat.

Friday, October 6, 2017

Movie Reviews: Blade Runner 2049, My Little Pony, The Mountain Between Us

The Stray, Dolores, Victoria and Abdul
An intriguing mix of options—from blockbuster sci-fi sequel to survival drama, from documentary biography to historical biopic—makes for a busy early-fall weekend at local movie theaters. Blade Runner 2049 tries fascinating new things, while also remaining a bit too beholden to its predecessor.

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