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Friday, September 21, 2018

Movie Reviews: The House With a Clock In Its Walls, Life Itself, Fahrenheit 11/9, Lizzie

Lore, Assassination Nation, Let the Corpses Tan and more
It's a weekend jam-packed with new releases, including Michael Moore's latest documentary, several creepy tales ahead of Halloween season and a mind-bogglingly misguided romantic drama. In Fahrenheit 11/9 (pictured), Michael Moore offers a surprising balance of hope and misery from the Trump Era.

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Theater Review: Salt Lake Acting Company's "A Funny Thing Happened ..."

The title of Halley Feiffer’s A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Gynecologic Oncology Unity at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center of New York City certainly is a mouthful, but it’s also kind of fitting for a play that packs a lot into its 95 minute running time. At once a romantic comedy, a sex farce, a mother-daughter relationship drama and a study of grief and loss, it brings an acidic comic sensibility to potentially maudlin subject matter, and the combination manages to help both go down more smoothly.

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

The March Goes On

Local March for Our Lives group is using current academic year to broaden its membership.
At first, the name “March for Our Lives Salt Lake City” made sense—it referred to the 8,000-strong crowd that chanted, yelled and trudged its way to the Capitol last March and demanded lawmakers pass bills that better protect Utahns from gun violence.

Monday, September 17, 2018

Theater Review: Pioneer Theatre Company's 'Oslo'

A fact-based story explores the power of building trust between enemies.
Pioneer Theatre Company’s production of J.T. Rogers’ Oslo  (running through Sept. 29) begins with a seemingly innocuous bit of table-setting. Two Norwegian couples share drinks together circa 1993: Sociologist Terje Rød-Larsen (Jeff Talbott) and his diplomat wife, Mona Juul (Kate Middleton); and incoming Norwegian Foreign Affairs Minister Johan Jorgen Holst (Ian Bedford) and his wife Marianne (Susanna Florence).

Friday, September 14, 2018

Movie Reviews: The Predator, A Simple Favor, Mandy, White Boy Rick, The Wife

Unbroken: Path to Redemption, Where Hands Touch, American Chaos
The September dumping ground sees a full slate of releases, from alien carnage to inspirational drama to Nicolas Cage at his Nicolas Cage-iest. Shane Black's The Predator over-complicates the concepts simple alien-chase appeal.  Unbroken: Path to Redemption continues the Louis Zamperini story with a second half just as incomplete as the first.

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Strange Familia new single premiere: "Don't Talk About This"

Summer’s almost over, but local duo Strange Familia keep the party going with new single “Don’t Talk About This,” premiering exclusively here at City Weekly before Brecken Jones and Garret Williams perform at The Urban Lounge on Saturday, Sept. 15. A shimmery, danceable jam built on an unabashed pop beat, jungly drums, chopped and diced vocals and funky electric guitars, “Don’t Talk About This” covers extensive ground in its 2:34 run time.

Friday, September 7, 2018

Thoughts and Prayers

Religious leaders gather at the Capitol to pray for Utahns contemplating suicide.
Standing on the State Capitol grounds on Friday afternoon, Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox both encouraged and warned Utahns planning to talk to talk with a higher power over the next few days.

Movie Reviews: Peppermint, The Nun, Custody, We the Animals

A grieving mother and a demonic sister do some killin' in this week's multiplex offerings, while art-house fare includes a contemplative queer coming-of-age drama. Jennifer Garner (pictured) transforms from suburban mom to badass angel of vengeance in Peppermint, which never bothers to explain how.

Thursday, September 6, 2018

Seeds of Doubt

Medical cannabis proponents allege Drug Safe Utah is misleading voters.
The Utah Patients Coalition filed a formal complaint Tuesday against Drug Safe Utah, accusing the anti-marijuana group of intentionally misleading voters about a ballot initiative that would legalize medical cannabis for patients suffering from chronic pain and certain illnesses.

Friday, August 31, 2018

Far from Purrfect

More cougars will be legally hunted in Utah this coming season.
The decision came after more than three hours of discussion and public comments that ranged from flat-out condemnation of cougar hunting to ranchers who said they benefit from it.

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