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Subtle Tease

The beautiful Columbus melds architecture with deep humanity.

Scare Package

Salt Lake Film Society's October "Tower of Terror" does Halloween right.

Mixed Double

Battle of the Sexes captures the stop-start frustration of social progress.

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.

The War at Home

Detroit recreates one harrowing battle in an ongoing conflict.
Kathryn Bigelow's new film Detroit is about much more than Detroit.

Sheet Happens

A Ghost Story turns a simple image into a meditation on attachment and mortality.
It is, of course, perfectly ridiculous to think that a person in a sheet with two eyeholes could represent something transcendently mournful about humanity.

Paint by Numbers

Maudie is more gentle romance than portrait of a tortured artist.
Folk-art buffs and extremely patriotic Canadians might already know the story of Maud Lewis.

Human Grace

War for the Planet of the Apes finds blockbuster action in fighting our own impulse to violence.
It's not unusual for genre fiction to offer compelling allegories for our time.

Schoolyard Fight

Spider-Man: Homecoming brings a welcome focus on a 15-year-old hero.
Stipulated: Nobody needs another Spider-Man movie.

Second-Hand Roads

Baby Driver cruises through genre homage that feels surprisingly familiar.
Edgar Wright loves his genre cinema—of this there can be no doubt.

More (and More and More) Than Meets the Eye

How I survived 10 consecutive hours of Transformers movies.
June 21 marks the Transformers: The Last Knight release.

If You're Going to San Francisco

Fifty years on, Monterey Pop captures something that was more than a musical moment.
Director D.A. Pennebaker launches into the documentary Monterey Pop.

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