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Screen Time

SLC's newest outdoor film venue rises from the pandemic's ashes.

Late Summer

It's not starting on time, but a summer movie season will be welcome when it arrives.

Spring Quartet

A roundup of new releases for the many ways we're now watching movies

Screen Time

SLC's newest outdoor film venue rises from the pandemic's ashes.
After the coronavirus outbreak swept the legs out from under the movie business, many theaters looked to the past as they held out hope for the future.

And the Oscar Goes To ...

What to expect from the awards for a particularly weird movie year.
After a year when everything was weird and different, it seems only fitting that the Academy Award are going to be weird and different.

Viral Video

Ben Wheatley's In the Earth explores the pandemic through the lens of a psychedelic thriller.
People were going to respond to a weird time in a wide variety of ways, and some of those ways were bound to be weird themselves.

Binge No More

The week-to-week rollout of Disney+ Marvel TV series is building momentum.
We're more than halfway through our second Marvel TV series. The Falcon and the Winter Soldier have taken over for WandaVision as the regular offering from Disney+ to sate those of us interested in the Marvel Cinematic Universe who are craving new content.

The Deep End

French Exit is a delight, as long as it's not trying to strive for profundity.
There's plenty of room in the world for weird momentary diversions without a pretense in their heads of offering real insight, character depth or Significance. A hundred minutes or so of chuckles can suffice.

Mr. Show-Off

Bob Odenkirk expands his repertoire to action hero in Nobody.
For a decade from the mid-'80s to the mid-'90s, Odenkirk was able to build a successful career as a comedy writer, winning Emmys for Saturday Night Live and The Ben Stiller Show, until he got a hankering for doing more on-screen work.

Crowd Pleasing

Remembering what it's like to share a great movie moment with an audience.
It's a Monday morning, on Day Eleventy-Billion of working from home, and I've slipped down an Internet rabbit hole. Usually, such a thing would involve a subject leaving me angry—about politics, about society in general, etc. This time, it left me unable to hold back tears.

Change of Direction

The Russo brothers turn Cherry into their tries-too-hard attempt to be taken seriously.
Something that makes people think, "Hey, these guys are more than caretakers of intellectual property; they're directors."

Preaching Across the Aisle

Raya and the Last Dragon offers a unity fable with more optimism than wisdom.
As we try to heal from so many societal wounds, mostly self-inflicted, it's understandable to long also for a healing of schisms. When we remain broken into fragments of mutual distrust and anger, what hope can we have?

True Crime

Two local filmmakers explore the Mark Hofmann saga in Murder Among the Mormons.
The story of Mark Hofmann—whose serial forgeries of historical documents, including documents challenging LDS Church doctrine, led him to murder two people in Utah in 1985—is one of the strangest and most compelling in recent state history.

Two-Minute Warning

A late tonal shift is the only thing wrong—maybe—with the acidic I Care a Lot.
How much can a movie be messed up by its last two minutes? That's not a purely hypothetical question I ponder, as I consider the merits of I Care A Lot.

Marriage of Convenience

The World to Come's forbidden love story emerges from its time and place.
What can The World to Come bring to the table that offers a fresh perspective beyond how unhappy sexual conformity makes its characters?

Shouting Match

Malcom & Marie offers slick but wearying "theater of recriminations."
It's always wise for a critic to fess up to their peculiar irritants, so here goes: I can't abide "theater of recriminations." That's hardly a genre as easily definable as a superhero movie or a romantic comedy, but I know it when I see it.

Caught in the Act

A trio of Oscar winners provide very different acting lessons in The Little Things.
When you're promoting a serious movie about serious things like police investigating a serial killer, it's not surprising if you choose to lean into serious movie awards.

Sundance Cheat Sheet

A few hints as you fill out your viewing plans ahead of the virtual festival.
Next week, the 2021 Sundance Film Festival begins—but not in any way we've ever experienced it before. The annual independent film showcase has gone almost entirely virtual due to the COVID-19 pandemic, with a smaller slate of films, and people around the world will have a chance to experience the programming from their own homes.


Outside the Wire can't carry its critique of dehumanized militarism across the finish line.
It can be a disorienting experience watching an action movie try to make a political statement, sort of like watching Spinal Tap try to perform an opera about healthy gender dynamics.


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