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Thursday, October 6, 2022

Movie Reviews: New Releases for Oct. 7

Hellraiser, Amsterdam, The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry and more
Amsterdam *1/2 See feature review. Available Oct. 7 in theaters.

Monday, October 3, 2022

Theater Review: THE LION KING at Broadway at the Eccles

The spectacle of stagecraft elevates this telling of a familiar story
It takes only a few minutes of the touring production of Disney's The Lion King for anyone unfamiliar with this version to realize it’s a completely different beast from its film cousins.

Thursday, September 29, 2022

Movie Reviews: New Releases for Sept. 30

Hocus Pocus 2, Blonde, The Greatest Beer Run Ever, Bros and more
Blonde **1/2 See feature review. Available Sept. 28 via Netflix.

Friday, September 23, 2022

Theater Review: SLEEPING GIANT at Salt Lake Acting Company

A darkly comic fable about how humans deal with the unfamiliar and frightening
“Everything symbolizes something,” one character says to another during a secne in Steve Yockey’s Sleeping Giant—and it’s hard not to view that as both a thesis statement, and a bit of a challenge.

Thursday, September 22, 2022

Movie Reviews: New Releases for Sept. 23

Catherine Called Birdy, Don't Worry Darling, Sidney, On the Come Up and more
Catherine Called Birdy *** Whatever your thoughts about the oeuvre of Lena Dunham, it’s likely you wouldn’t be expecting her at the helm of a frisky period-piece romp like this adaptation of Karen Cushman’s novel. In 13th century England, 14-year-old Catherine (Bella Ramsey)—daughter of feudal Lord Rollo (Andrew Scott)—lives a mischievous life terribly unbecoming of a lady.

Thursday, September 15, 2022

Movie Reviews: New Releases for Sept. 16

The Woman King, The Silent Twins, See How They Run, Confess Fletch and more
Confess, Fletch ***1/2 See feature review. Available Sept. 16 in theaters and via VOD.

Thursday, September 8, 2022

Movie Reviews: New Releases for Sept. 8-9

Pinocchio, Clerks III, Barbarian, Medieval and more
Barbarian *** If narrative audacity alone were the measure of a film’s worthiness, writer/director Zach Cregger’s funky horror feature might be one of the movies of the year; as it stands, the excesses of ambition and some clunky execution can only knock things down a little. It opens on a rainy night in a Detroit neighborhood, where Tess Marshall (Georgina Campbell) arrives at her Airbnb rental to find that it’s been double-booked, forcing her to share the space for a night with fellow renter Keith (Bill Skarsgård).

Thursday, September 1, 2022

Movie Reviews: New Releases for Sept. 2

Gigi & Nate, The Good Boss, Honk for Jesus. Save Your Soul. and more
Burial **1/2 Genre films dig into genuinely meaty content all the time, and writer/director Ben Parker has a solid concept here that he just doesn’t deliver on. Opening in 1991 London with a break-in at the home of an elderly woman (Harriet Walter), the narrative then flashes back to 1945 Berlin, where Russian soldier Brana (Charlotte Vega) is part of a group attempting to deliver a very important package—the corpse of Adolph Hitler—to Stalin in the waning days of World War II.

Thursday, August 25, 2022

Movie Reviews: New Releases for Aug. 26

Samaritan, Me Time, Three Thousand Years of Longing and more
Breaking *** Maybe the Sundance-movie equivalent of “comfort food” is a drama where the narrative bones are sturdy, the central performances are engrossing and the sociopolitical subtext is all just right there in the text. Director Abi Damaris Corbin—who co-wrote the script with Kwame Kwei-Armah—tells the fact-based story of Brian Brown Easley (John Boyega), a Marine Iraq veteran with mental-health issues who holds up a bank in Marietta, Ga., entirely to get attention for the fact that his VA disability check was garnished.

Friday, August 19, 2022

Movie Reviews: New Releases for Aug. 17 - 19

Beast, My Old School, Orphan: First Kill and more
Beast ** Look, I’m all for giving emotional subtext to a stalked-by-a-giant-lion movie, but at a certain point, you need to deliver more on being a stalked-by-a-giant-lion movie. Idris Elba plays Nate Samuels, an American doctor who takes his two teenage daughters (Iyana Halley and Leah Jeffries) to visit an old friend (Sharlto Copley) on a South African nature preserve, shortly after the passing of the girls’ mother.

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