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Fresh Turkey

The Disaster Artist does more than re-create a famously bad movie.

A Lack of the Clones

The absence of Titanic knockoffs says something about an audience Hollywood doesn't value.

All the Rage

Three Billboards dares to imagine a world in which anger isn't righteous.

Without a Map

Lady Bird chronicles the rocky road of female adolescence.
Herewith the single authentic movie about being a teenaged girl that our male-dominated entertainment sphere begrudgingly allows us.

Parallel Lives

Todd Haynes' Wonderstruck unites two tales of youthful discovery.
A recurring theme through most of Todd Haynes' films is breaking loose from convention to be true to oneself.

Shades of Pretty Good

Thor: Ragnarok is a Marvel movie—and you probably know what that means.
Perhaps it's time to make peace with this reality of movies in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Humdrum Acre Wood

Goodbye Christopher Robin is just the latest in a long line of similar biopics.
If you so desired, you could program an entire film festival out of biopics about British authors of beloved children's stories, and how they were really quite unhappy.

Unhappiest Place on Earth

Lost souls gather around the margins of Disney World in The Florida Project.
The walls of the Magic Castle Inn.

Subtle Tease

The beautiful Columbus melds architecture with deep humanity.
"I was going for something subtle," 20-year-old Casey (Haley Lu Richardson) says to her mother (Michelle Forbes) early in the quietly masterful drama Columbus.

Scare Package

Salt Lake Film Society's October "Tower of Terror" does Halloween right.
"So what's a good scary movie?"

Mixed Double

Battle of the Sexes captures the stop-start frustration of social progress.
There's that saying: Two steps forward, one step back.

Deep Focus

Stronger tells a tragic story with an emphasis on human connection.
Early in Stronger, director David Gordon Green constructs a scene that should be taught in film schools as a paradigm for avoiding exploitation of a real-life tragedy.

Double-Eh-Seven

American Assassin stumbles through a mix of gritty and crowd-pleasing espionage.
For decades, producers and filmmakers have been trying to solve a challenging dilemma: How to make a James Bond movie without James Bond?

Banter, Stage Left

The Trip to Spain is funniest when it's not trying to be a movie.
As movie trilogies go, The Trip is certainly an odd one.

Making Contact

Why Close Encounters on its 40th anniversary is the movie we need right now.
This summer, several generations of movie nerds paid homage to the 40th anniversary of one of the most influential movies of modern times: Star Wars.

Freedom of Choice

Good Time makes great cinema out of bad decisions.
There is one quiet scene in Good Time, and it's the first, as Nick Nikas (co-director Benny Safdie) is asked to play word association with a social services psychiatrist (Peter Verby).

Don't Call It a Comeback

Steven Soderbergh returns to the big screen with slick heist caper.
Steven Soderbergh never went anywhere; let's get that out of the way right off the bat.

Beer (Film) Festival

Seven sudsy films to get you pumped for the 2017 Utah Beer Festival.
Cinema has the power to immerse us in an infinite number of worlds—and the world of beer is certainly one of them.

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