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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.

Music Plus: June 14

Utah Blues Fest, Velour Battle of the Bands and City Weekly shows
Utah Blues Fest June 14-15 The Utah Blues Fest is back for its 8th year with plenty of talent—including Tab Benoit, Sue Foley, Cash Box Kings, Larry McCray (pictured) and more—plus workshops and vendors.

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.

Monday, June 3, 2024

Ogden Music Festival 2024

Great local bands and personal jam sessions add up to a unique musical event
Nestled snugly in Ogden’s lovely Fort Buenaventura park, the Ogden Music Festival is a long-running concert series that brings together lovers of acoustic music and summer fun.

Thursday, May 30, 2024

Film Reviews: New Releases for May 31

Young Woman and the Sea, Ezra, Summer Camp, In a Violent Nature and more
The Dead Don’t Hurt *** Viggo Mortensen seems fully aware of the dangers of “fridging”—that cinematic trope whereby violence befalling a woman becomes a man’s motivation to action—so he wisely subverts it in his sophomore feature as writer/director. Mortensen plays Olsen, a Danish immigrant in mid-19th-century America who meets Vivienne (Vicky Krieps) while traveling in San Francisco.

Friday, May 24, 2024

Music Plus: May 24

Scott Lippitt live video, Garage on Beck reopens, tickets at City Weekly store
Scott Lippitt: Live at Kilby Court video Back in April, Scott Lippitt and a handful of some incredible local artists released a collaboration album entitled Me, You, and the Avenues, a beautiful look at the beloved SLC area and those who create there.

Thursday, May 23, 2024

Film Reviews: New Releases for May 24

Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga, The Garfield Movie, Babes, The Beach Boys, Sight, Atlas
Atlas **1/2 Netflix has seemingly become the de facto home of sturdy, 1990s-style genre adventures, and director Brad Peyton (Rampage, San Andreas) is just the guy to keep that ball rolling. Jennifer Lopez stars as Atlas Shepherd, an intelligence analyst in a near-future where a rogue A.I. entity called Harlan (Simu Liu) once launched a war against humanity, then escaped to a distant planet to regroup after suffering losses.

Friday, May 17, 2024

Music Plus: May 17

Bluegrassroots Festival, Fork Fest and CW Store tickets
Timpanogos Bluegrassroots Festival If you thought you had all of the summer music festivals mapped out, think again—because here’s a couple more for you.

Thursday, May 16, 2024

Film Reviews: New Releases for May 17

IF, Back to Black, I Saw the TV Glow, Evil Does Not Exist
Back to Black ** In this post-Walk Hard world, musical biopics need to at least put in some effort not to feel lazy and ridiculous—and this one doesn’t put in nearly enough. This profile of singer/songwriter Amy Winehouse (Marisa Abela) covers approximately the last decade of her life, opening with her as an 18-year-old Londoner with dreams of getting into the music biz, moving through her eventual record deal, and into stardom with its accompanying fame-and-fortune pitfalls, particularly the substance abuse that would ultimately take her life in 2011 at the age of 27.

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