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Thursday, February 22, 2024

Film Reviews: New Releases for Feb. 23

Perfect Days, Drive-Away Dolls, Ordinary Angels, Tótem, Stopmotion, Red Right Hand
Drive-Away Dolls *** See feature review. Available Feb. 23 in theaters.

Friday, February 16, 2024

Music Plus: Feb. 16

New album from T. James, Talia Keys covers "Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)"
T. James McGrumplestein out 2/23 It’s great to have a go-to album for a range of emotions.

Tuesday, February 13, 2024

Film Reviews: New Releases for Feb. 14 - 16

Madame Web, Bob Marley: One Love, The Taste of Things, Oscar-nominated shorts and more
Adam the First ** There’s an important distinction between “what is this movie about” from a synopsis standpoint and “what is this movie about” from a thematic standpoint—and while I can certainly explain to you the former, I’m having a hard time wrapping my head around the latter. It’s the tale of Adam (Oakes Fegley), a 14-year-old raised off the grid in a remote forest, who—after the death of the man who raised him (David Duchovny)—sets out with a list of three names to find out which one of them is his biological father.

Friday, February 9, 2024

Film Reviews: New Releases for Feb. 9

Lisa Frankenstein, Out of Darkness, The Teachers' Lounge, Suncoast, Driving Madeleine
Driving Madeleine **1/2 At the outset, co-writer/director Christian Carion’s drama feels like one of those low-key character studies—and it’s definitely a bit of a surprise when it takes a different turn. In the present day, Parisian taxi driver Charles (Danny Boon) is a tightly-wound guy dealing with financial troubles, who picks up 92-year-old Madeleine Keller (Line Renaud) as she leaves her home to move, reluctantly, into an assisted-living facility.

Music Plus: Feb. 9

New shows available at the City Weekly store
Shows to check out on the City Weekly store: -Evan Honer @ Kilby Court 2/12 -Men in the Kitchen @ Kilby Court 2/13 -The Drought @ Kilby Court 2/14 -Talk @ Kilby Court 2/15

Friday, February 2, 2024

Music Plus: Feb. 2

New shows at the City Weekly store, planning for record store day
Shows to watch for on the City Weekly Store -Bob Marley's Bday Bash @ Soundwell 2/3 -The Delta Bombers, The Goddamn Gallows @ Metro Music Hall 2/8 -VAVO @ SKY SLC 2/10

Thursday, February 1, 2024

Film Reviews: New Releases for Feb. 2

Argylle, The Promised Land, Origin, Scrambled, Farewell Mr. Haffmann
Argylle **1/2 Much of Matthew Vaughn’s directing career—particularly Kick-Ass and the three Kingsman features—has been about exercises in laddish outrageousness, where the absurdity of the action set-pieces and copious exposition are considered features rather than bugs. His latest, in collaboration with screenwriter Jason Fuchs, is a convoluted espionage yarn so packed with plot twists and pivots that it kind of distracts from the enjoyable visual nonsense.

Monday, January 29, 2024

2024 Sundance Film Festival - Final Weekend Capsules

The Outrun, DEVO, Ibelin, Daughters, Ghostlight, Presence and more
DEVO *** [Premieres]Veteran documentarian Chris Smith (American Movie, Tiger King) offers a lively 50-years-on portrait of the veteran art band that offers not just a career retrospective, but a sense of how frustrating it can be for an artist to have a message that almost nobody seems to understand. From the initial meeting of founders Mark Mothersbaugh and Jerry Casale as Kent State University students in 1970, Smith spins the tale of angry Vietnam-era activists keen to spread a satirical message about human “de-evolution” in a chaotic time, and whose artistic endeavors to spread that message almost accidentally culminate in the formation of a band.

Friday, January 26, 2024

Music Plus: Jan. 26

Popscene SLC, new video from Die Shiny
Popscene Coming to SLC Salt Lake City music fans are in for a treat as the esteemed San Francisco indie hotspot Popscene sets its sights on Utah, with an anticipated expansion slated for 2024.

2024 Sundance Film Festival - Day 8 Capsules

Exhibiting Forgiveness, Porcelain War, A Different Man, Gaucho Gaucho, Ponyboi
Exhibiting Forgiveness *** [U.S. Dramatic] There are some challenging things percolating beneath the surface of writer/director Titus Kaphar's movie, which might have made even more of an impact had he not been so determined to underline things that didn’t need underlining. It’s the tale of on-the-rise visual artist Tarrell Rodin (André Holland), whose burgeoning success is unexpectedly accompanied by the reappearance of his long-absent father, La’Ron (John Earl Jelks), in recovery from years of drug addiction and seeking reconciliation for the damage he did as a father.

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