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Sundance 2021: ‘Wild Indian’

Lyle Mitchell Corbine Jr.'s first feature, Wild Indian, opens with a brief historical sequence, tracking the final days, maybe moments, in the life of an Ojibwe man, stricken with smallpox. He's weak...

Sundance 2021: ‘John and the Hole’

John is the quintessential child of white privilege. His family of four is more than comfortable in their modernist house and no one ever feels the need to talk about the labor...

Sundance 2021: ‘The Pink Cloud’

So, it could be worse. We could be confined entirely to our homes, windows and doors shut tight, a candy colored airborne toxic event spreading just outside, killing anyone exposed to it...

Sundance 2021: ‘Cryptozoo’

Dash Shaw's adult animated feature Cryptozoo is a visually dazzling if somewhat familiar tale of the risks and ethical challenges of intervening in, managing and preserving wildlife. In this case, though, the...

Sundance 2021: ‘Misha and the Wolves’

Nazis took Misha Defonseca’s parents away, and, at 7 years old, she made her way through miles of wilderness in hopes of finding them—or so the story goes. Misha and the Wolves...

Sundance 2021: ‘Mother Schmuckers’

Brothers Issachar and Zabulon are jackasses. And if Jackass-style jokes and crude comedy are what you need to purge your cynicism over the last year, Sundance selection Mother Schmuckers, which follows the...

Sundance 2021: ‘One for the Road’

Thai director Baz Poonpiriya's One for the Road is a lush road film, a buddy picture, a romantic comedy, an epic melodrama, a story of betrayal—or three, more or less—and the struggle...

Film Review: “Wolf of Snow Hollow” Terrorizes Wasatch Mountains

Tis the season for spooky movies, and a locally shot film recently made available for purchase on several streaming services is here to save us from coronavirus-induced boredom by scaring us while...

Slamdance Film Festival Leaving Park City for 2021

The Slamdance Film Festival will not be staged in Park City in 2021, but will instead take place in Joshua Tree, California and online from January 22-28, 2021. For more than two...

Movie Night at Redman: Play it Again, Please!

What a glorious thing is a full-size movie screen! I've become so accustomed to TV- and computer-sized viewing, the sight of those giant images kind of took my breath away. I'm not...

Cure Summer Movie Blues at the UOP Drive-In

Sitting in an air-conditioned theater and shoveling snacks into our faces is a time-honored dog-days tradition, but the summer blockbuster has been effectively sidelined by the coronavirus pandemic. Whether you’ve been biding...

Sundance Weighs Altered Plans for 2021 Film Festival

The Sundance Film Festival is going to look a little different in 2021. The news doesn’t come as a major surprise, what with the world embroiled in the chaos of a marginally-controlled...

Checking in on Butch and Sundance

“You just keep thinking, Butch. That’s what you’re good at.” Robert Redford’s Sundance Kid tosses that specific shard of wry flattery at Paul Newman’s Butch Cassidy multiple times over the course of...

Yalda, A Night of Forgiveness

The opening shot hovers over a major metropolis at night, illuminated by the evening traffic flowing along a network of freeways leading out to the suburbs. Dominating the foreground are the upper...

Slamdance 2020: Tahara

The Jewish tradition of tahara, washing/cleansing a body before burial, purifies the body and, like a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser on grime, washes away hangups regarding social status. Of course, for the...

Sundance 2020: The Killing of Two Lovers

Shot and set in Kanosh, Utah, just over two hours from Salt Lake, writer/director Robert Machoian’s The Killing of Two Lovers draws you in with its almost unyielding tension.  And that tension starts...
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