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Friday, July 19, 2024

Sundance Institute Announces Festival Location Finalists

Park City/Salt Lake City among 6 finalists for 2027 festival and beyond
The Sundance Institute announced on Friday six finalists--including Park City/Salt Lake City--in response to a Request for Proposal process initiated in May to determine the home of the Sundance Film Festival in 2027 and beyond.

Thursday, July 18, 2024

Film Reviews: New Releases for July 19

Twisters, Oddity, National Anthem, Widow Cliquot, Skywalkers: A Love Story
National Anthem *** American queer cinema has reached the point where the stories can take on a wider variety of shapes, and director Luke Gilford and screenwriter David Largman Murray find something that both makes use of tropes and upends them. Charlie Plummer plays Dylan, a 21-year-old in rural New Mexico who takes day-labor jobs to help support his alcoholic single mother (Robyn Lively) and younger brother, Cassidy (Joey DeLeon).

Friday, July 12, 2024

Film Reviews: New Releases for July 12

Fly Me to the Moon, Longlegs, Touch, Dandelion, The Convert and more
The Convert ** A little past the half-way point in co-writer/director Lee Tamahori’s period drama, Guy Pearce—as Thomas Munro, a lay minister recently-arrived to serve a British colony in 1830 New Zealand—gets one of those monologues that you just know was underlined in yellow highlighter as the reason an actor takes a part. His character dynamic, and his status as the “convert” of the film’s title, should be the engine that drives this narrative, even as it comes to focus on Munro’s involvement in the conflict between two Māori tribes, and his understanding that they both face a much greater threat from the coming surge of colonialism.

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.

Friday, July 5, 2024

In Memoriam: Utah's Best "Worst Utahn" Shannon Barnson

Remembering a true Utah original
“There he goes. One of God's own prototypes,” Hunter S. Thompson once said of Dr. Gonzo in Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.

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.

Film Reviews: New Releases for June 28

A Quiet Place: Day One, Horizon: An American Saga - Part One, Janet Planet, Daddio and more
Daddio *** It would be easy to see writer/director Christy Hall’s debut feature as a filmed two-hander theater piece, exactly the sort of thing that people don’t bother to think of as essential viewing, let alone essential theatrical viewing. But it would be a sad day if there were no longer room for something that allows two actors to fully inhabit great roles.

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.

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