Along the same lines as “Coco,” “Onward” attempts to grapple with the hereafter and how families deal with death. “Coco” is much more thoughtful about it, providing an emotionally resonant portrait love, loss, and death. “Onward” doesn’t reach those heights but does produce some satisfying s…

Whatever happened to social dancing? Even up until just a generation or two ago, waltzes, foxtrots, jitterbugs, Virginia reels and square dances were common forms of fun among the old and young alike. Are these community gathering art forms lost forever?

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Koreans reacted with rare collective joy Monday after director Bong Joon Ho’s “Parasite” won the Oscar for best picture and three other awards, good news that came as their country struggles to guard against a new virus and counter North Korea’s nuclear threat.

Pushed back from a November 2019 release after backlash focusing on the look of the title character, which was indeed nightmarish, Paramount’s “Sonic the Hedgehog” seemed destined for failure. A revised February release date — with new special effects — didn’t do it any favors, as that time …

“Birds of Prey” is much better than “Suicide Squad,” but that’s a low bar indeed. At least it’s a bit more upbeat about Gotham and the miscreants that populate it. There’s a sense of humor here that’s sorely missing in other DC fare. It’s when it tries too hard for adorable dementedness that…

NEW YORK (AP) — The Sundance Film Festival, coming at the start of a new movie calendar, is an annual rite of renewal. New movies. New filmmakers. New voices. And that feels especially welcome this year.

A new year means another Sundance Film Festival. Once again the streets of Park City (and to a lesser extent Salt Lake City) will be lined with celebrities hawking their newest independent films.

Let me be right up front, I absolutely loved more than 10 films from 2019. The lament is that we only have so much room to feature a few films in the newspaper. I could honestly write a list of 50 or more films that I felt were exceptional in on way or another. Films that moved me or made me…

Classical music in the United States has long been associated with social class and race—accessible mostly to those of wealth and influence. In nearly 250 years, the culture has not changed much. According to a 2018 article from NBC News, less than 2% of musicians in professional orchestras …

The problem with a property like “Star Wars” is that you must keep everyone happy all the time. Many fans were displeased with the direction “The Last Jedi” took, so “Rise of Skywalker” appears to be a capitalist course correction in order to protect the property against its most ardent “fan…

Like all successful videogame franchises, it’s the connection to the characters and their growth that keeps new players coming back for more. “Jumanji: The Next Level” taps into that aspect by providing the same characters but offering up a completely different situation that throws the know…

Ryan Shupe and the RubberBand are returning to Logan on Dec. 2 as a part of their annual Christmas tour for a show at Logan High School. The tour, which begins this Saturday in Rexburg, runs through December with dates in Idaho, Utah and Colorado.

“Midway,” the true story of one of World War II’s most decisive naval battles, features many of Roland Emmerich’s directorial strengths, but also a variety of his worst tendencies.

Ang Lee can use cutting-edge technology to make some beautiful films. Scenes from “The Life of Pi” are still etched in my brain. There’s also the case, as with “Gemini Man,” that all that technology can’t bridge the mind-cracking gap that is the Uncanny Valley. Lee can shoot it in as many fr…

James Gray’s new science fiction film is poetic and beautiful. It is both grounded in reality and emotion while simultaneously taking us on a thrill ride through our own solar system. It’s one of the most creative and inspired movies you’ll see all year.

Cache Valley author Amanda Luzzader was named Utah’s 2019-2020 Writer of the Year by the League of Utah Writers during the organization’s annual gathering, the Quills Conference.

The “Has Fallen” series (I can’t believe I just typed those series of words) is now a trilogy. First Olympus fell, then London, and now an angel. They’ve all been quite mediocre action outings and “Angel Has Fallen” is no different.

There’s a fine art to making an approachable, raunchy comedy, especially if your subjects are 12-year-olds. “Superbad” was one thing — those were high schoolers. In “Good Boys,” we’re dealing with “tweens,” kids going through their most awkward stages of life. It’s a hoot.

“Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark” may not be directed by Guillermo del Toro — he’s listed as a having a hand in the screenplay and producing — but his unique influence is felt all over the place. So many horror movies, especially PG-13-rated ones, feel stale. This one feels a little freshe…

Mátyás (my cousin), Gábor (my kinda-lover), and I (Anna) were being hunted by Buda-Pest guards for helping the Pratheria (magical folk). We had been split up trying to keep safe and do our part to help in the brewing war, and had recently been accidentally reunited after running into each ot…

The official title is “Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw.” We’ve now entered the phase of modern cinema where popular franchises “present” other movies in hopes that they become franchises, seemingly creating an endless feedback loop of them that never cease (it also has two ampe…

If you don’t think that a 90-minute farce with a tiny cast can be as entertaining as a full-scale musical comedy, then you obviously haven’t seen the Lyric Repertory Company’s current production of “Murder for Two.”

If you loved “The Barber of Seville” when it was performed during the 2018 Utah Festival Opera & Musical Theatre season — and who didn’t? — you should make a beeline for the current production of “The Marriage of Figaro.” It’s another great comic opera with the same hilarious characters,…

“Master Class” is another wild card in the Utah Festival Opera & Musical Theatre’s 2019 season. Like the previous “Bravo, Caruso!,” this drama is an homage to one of the 20th century’s operatic superstars, the late Maria Callas.

The Utah Festival Opera & Musical Theatre launched its 2019 main-stage offerings with a rousting production of “Newsies,” an old-fashioned, crowd-pleasing musical.

If you’re shopping for family-friendly, child-oriented summer entertainment, look no further than the Utah Festival Opera & Musical Theatre’s ongoing production of the musical fantasy “Mary Poppins.”

When performing one of the greatest works in the whole canon of American musical theater, the quality bar is naturally set sky-high. The Utah Festival Opera & Musical Theatre’s ongoing production of the classic “West Side Story” easily vaults that bar and continues into the heavens.

“Spider-Man: Far From Home” attempts to wrap up the “Endgame” storyline, while simultaneously blazing a new path for the Marvel Comic Universe, or MCU. And yet, what this newest installment in the storied, but fractured, “Spider-Man” franchise does is tedious, well-worn and adds no new creat…

Given gifted performers and inspired direction, an intimate small-cast play can still have a big dramatic impact. Local audiences were treated to a perfect example of that theatrical lesson when the Utah Festival Opera & Musical Theatre recently debuted the drama “Bravo, Caruso!”

The ongoing production of “Mamma Mia!” by the Lyric Repertory Company is pure mindless fluff, exactly as this juke box musical featuring 1970’s hits by the Swedish pop group Abba was meant to be. It’s also rollicking good fun.

The “Toy Story” franchise has an uncanny ability to peel back the layers of humanity to find out what really makes us tick. Sure, they’re toys, but what they go through, the problems they encounter and the emotions they deal with are all deeply human.

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