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Thursday, July 11, 2024

Essentials Plus: July 11 - 14

UMOCA opening reception, Chalk Art Festival, Wasatch Wildflower Festival, Yappy Hour and more
There’s always so much to do locally, and only so much space in our print edition where we suggest Essentials A&E picks.

Thursday, July 4, 2024

Film Reviews: New Releases for July 3 - 5

Beverly Hills Cop: Axel F, Despicable Me 4, Maxxxine, Summer Solstice, Green Border and more
Beverly Hills Cop: Axel F **1/2 At one point in this latest adventure of Axel Foley (Eddie Murphy), it appears that he’s about to launch into one of his improvised character riffs to secure a room in a fancy hotel—except that he stops short to explain to the clerk, “I’m too tired.” And it’s awfully hard not to see that as a thesis statement for what feels off here. Axel finds himself back in California when his daughter Jane (Taylour Paige) gets caught up in a case involving crooked cops, leading to a reunion with Billy Rosewood (Judge Reinhold), Taggert (John Ashton) and Serge (Bronson Pinchot), plus a new partner in local cop—and Jane’s ex-boyfriend—Bobby (Joseph Gordon-Levitt).

Monday, July 1, 2024

Theater Review: SLAC SUMMER SHOW: CLOSE ENCOUNTERS IN THE BEEHIVE

Annual musical revue gives its social satire a burst of musical-theater energy
Salt Lake Acting Company has been mounting summer productions filled with music and social satire for decades now—and while some of the details and creative personnel have changed, the foundations of the successful formula haven’t. You’ll get some skewering of local and national politics, served up with a generous helping of musical-theater song parodies and energetic performances.

Friday, June 28, 2024

Music Plus: June 28

Whisperhawk's Ogden tribute, Caleb Darger's new single, City Weekly store shows
Whisperhawk, Kosmos Burger If you’ve spent any time in Ogden, there’s a good chance you’ve driven by the old Kosmos Burger on Washington Blvd. The old restaurant (now closed) has been the site for many photo shoots and album covers for locals and bands alike.

Thursday, June 27, 2024

Essentials Plus: June 27

Matt Mathews, Modern West Fine Art Summer Salon, Grassroots Shakespeare, Davey Fest
The 2024 Utah Arts Festival is this weekend's big highlight event, but that doesn't mean it's the only game in town. Beyond our Essentials picks for this week, here are some other options for your weekend entertainment.

Friday, June 21, 2024

Essentials Plus: June 21

Finch Lane Gallery, Hauser, King's English Local Showcase
Every week, City Weekly brings you highlights on the A&E calendar with The Essentials. Here are even more options for your weekend entertainment and edification.

Thursday, June 20, 2024

Film Reviews: New Releases for June 21

The Bikeriders, The Exorcism, Thelma, Ghostlight
The Bikeriders **1/2 Writer/director Jeff Nichols’ feature is based on journalist Danny Lyon’s photo-essay book, so perhaps it’s fitting that it feels more like snapshots than any kind of cohesive narrative. Nichols offers a framing narrative in which Lyon (Mike Faist) interviews Kathy (Jodie Comer) circa 1965, then again several years later, about her husband Benny (Austin Butler) and the other members of the Chicago-based Vandals motorcycle club, including its leader, Johnny (Tom Hardy).

Friday, June 14, 2024

Essentials Plus: June 14

Nick Swardson, Don't Touch My Hair, Living Planet Aquarium 25th anniversary and more
Every week, our regular weekly edition includes a few key event picks in The Essentials.

Thursday, June 13, 2024

Film Reviews: New Releases for June 13-14

Inside Out 2, Tuesday, Treasure, Firebrand, I Used to Be Funny, Brats
Brats **1/2 In some ways, it’s more interesting to approach the phenomenon of the “Brat Pack”—the mid-1980s cohort of young actors who became stars through such ensemble vehicles as The Breakfast Club and St. Elmo’s Fire—through the insider’s-eye-view perspective of actor Andrew McCarthy than a conventional documentary would be, but that doesn’t necessarily make it a better movie. McCarthy directs here in a documentary that’s really about the “Brat Pack” designation itself, as he reaches out to former co-stars—including Emilio Estevez, Rob Lowe, Ally Sheedy and Demi Moore—in part to processes his own sense that being grouped under that designation hijacked the trajectory of his acting career.

Thursday, June 6, 2024

Film Reviews: New Releases for June 6-7

Bad Boys: Ride or Die, Hit Man, The Watchers, Songs of Earth, Kidnapped, Am I OK?
Am I OK? **1/2 “Nice” is such a wimpy descriptor, but I’m struggling to come up with something that feels more apt for this amiable comedy drama from co-directors Tig Notaro and Stephanie Allyne and writer Lauren Pomerantz. It’s the tale of two 30-something best friends in Los Angeles—Lucy (Dakota Johnson) and Jane (Sonoya Mizuno)—whose relationship faces the complication of Jane’s upcoming work transfer to London, just as Lucy is struggling with the realization that she might be gay.

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