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Friday, March 29, 2024

Film Reviews: New Releases for March 29

Godzilla X Kong: The New Empire, STEVE! (martin), Remembering Gene Wilder, Ennio, They Shot the Piano Player, Limbo
Ennio *** Many artist profiles are stymied by the artist’s inability to explain what he does; film composing legend Ennio Morricone is so good at it, that the other stuff in this documentary feels unnecessary. Director Giuseppe Tornatore—who collaborated with Morricone on his own films, including Cinema Paradiso—explores the composer’s entire career, as the conservatory-trained musician took a detour into writing music for films that became a 50-year body of unforgettable work, including his landmark collaborations with his old schoolmate, Sergio Leone.

Thursday, March 21, 2024

Film Reviews: New Releases for March 21-22

Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire, Problemista, Immaculate, Road House, Uproar, Shirley, Late Night With the Devil
Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire *** The main problem with 2021’s Ghostbusters: Afterlife, aside from digitally desecrating the corpse of Harold Ramis, was that it completely misunderstood the fact that Ghostbusters movies should be comedies that occasionally have supernatural action, rather than supernatural action movies that occasionally have comedy. Gil Kenan (who co-wrote Afterlife and takes over the directing duties here) pivots effectively in this follow-up, which finds the new blended Ghostbusting family—Gary (Paul Rudd), Callie (Carrie Coon), Trevor (Finn Wolfhard) and Phoebe (Mckenna Grace)—setting up shop in the old New York firehouse and tackling the threat of an ancient god.

Thursday, March 14, 2024

Film Reviews: New Releases for March 14-15

Love Lies Bleeding, Arthur the King, Knox Goes Away, One Life and more
The American Society of Magical Negroes *** Writer/director Kobi Libii concocts the kind of satirical premise that easily could have tipped over into pedantic self-importance, but emerges with a deft enough touch to end up both entertaining and urgent. The prospects for Aren Mbondo’s (Justice Smith) career as a visual artist appear to be vanishing, when he is approached by Roger (David Alan Grier) to join the titular secret society—a group of Black people dedicated to the proposition that solving White people’s problems and making them comfortable is the best way to keep their own lives safe.

Friday, March 8, 2024

Music Plus: March 8

New music from Del Perro, shows at the City Weekly Store
Del Perro: “NVM” out now Indie rockers Del Perro hit us with their first single of the year last week, and it’s not one to miss. “NVM” is a fresh and exciting track, but also has a retro sound to it.

Film Reviews: New Releases for March 8

Kung Fu Panda 4, Damsel, Cabrini, Io Capitano, Imaginary, Ricky Stanicky
Cabrini ** Director Alejandro Monteverde’s previous film about a real person on a single-minded quest to save children—last year’s surprise hit Sound of Freedom—had to deal with some unpleasant revelations about its subject. At least that problem is unlikely to face this historical biopic about Francesca Cabrini (Cristiana Dell’Anna), which plods through the life of a literal saint, but with the same self-righteousness about its message as Sound of Freedom did.

Thursday, February 29, 2024

Film Reviews: New Releases for March 1, plus March special screenings

Dune Part Two, Spaceman
Dune: Part Two ***1/2 See feature review. Available March 1 in theaters.

Friday, February 23, 2024

Music Plus: Feb. 23

Number 1 Babe Team headlines, new music from The Plastic Cherries
Number 1 Babe Team, Freak Luck, Goldie and the Guise @ The DLC 3/1 SLC indie pop/rock group Number 1 Babe Team are making their headlining debut next Friday at The DLC.

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.

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