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  • In this image released by Columbia Pictures, Ryan Reynolds appears in a scene from, ’Life.’ (Alex Bailey/Columbia Pictures-Sony via AP) Sci-fi horror tale ‘Life’ delivers solid scares
    The space-borne horror thriller “Life” won’t make anyone forget Ridley Scott’s “Alien” or John Carpenter’s “The Thing,” but it does offer some solid c...
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  • This image released by the Sundance Institute shows Shirley MacLaine in a scene from ’The Last Word,’ a film by Mark Pellington. The film was an official selection of the Premieres program at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival. (Sundance Institute via AP) Shirley MacLaine the high spot of ‘The Last Word’
    If not for the patron saint of spunky dames, Shirley Mac­Laine, there would be little to recommend “The Last Word,” a comedy-drama that — except for M...
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  •   Wilson (Woody Harrelson, right) arranges an instant-family reunion with his ex-wife Pippi (Laura Dern, center) and their daughter Claire (Isabella Amara), in the comedy ’Wilson.’ Kimberly Simms  |  Fox Searchlight Pictures Few laughs for Woody Harrelson’s curmudgeon in ‘Wilson’
    The acerbic comedy “Wilson” arrives amid news that its star, Woody Harrelson, has given up his long-standing marijuana habit. I have a suggestion for ...
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  • This image released by Broad Green Pictures shows Ryan Gosling in a scene from, ’Song to Song.’ (Van Redin/Broad Green Pictures via AP) Malick misses the music in ‘Song to Song’
    Ever since his luminous 2011 tone poem “The Tree of Life,” when he juxtaposed the birth of the cosmos with the dynamics of a father-son relationship, ...
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  • Horror tale ‘Raw’ serves up gore with sharp bite
    If your taste in horror runs toward the smart and sick, French filmmaker Julia Ducournau’s disturbing feature debut, “Raw,” is a worthwhile kick in th...
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  • (Chris Detrick  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Artist Tanja London poses for a portrait in Library Square on Wednesday, March 22, 2017. London is debuting a performance piece/installation on Friday, ’investigating the cultural impact of assimilated military technology.’ Sean P. Means: Utah artist explores the ‘progress’ brought by wartime
    The German philosopher Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel once wrote that “war is progress, peace is stagnation.” It’s a sad truth that many advances in t...
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    | Courtesy of Greensky Bluegrass   Greensky Bluegrass will perform Nov. 5, 2014 with Dead Winter Carpenters at The Depot in Salt Lake City. Visit depotslc.com for information and smithstix.com for tickets. Plans for tonight: Double dose of modern bluegrass
    • Heavy rock band Motives performs at The Loading Dock, 445 S. 400 West, Salt Lake City. Opening: The Departure, Detour, False Witness. Show starts at...
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    (Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    Brie Larson for the premiere of the film ’Digging For Fire’ at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Monday, January 26, 2015 The Cricket’s Daily 3: Teasing the ‘Love Actually’ ‘sequel’
    Here’s what’s being talked about in pop culture today: • All you “Love Actually” fans — and you know who you are — will want to see the teaser for the...
    Updated Mar 24 2017 08:37 am   |     |   Share
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    Plans for tonight: A rising star from New Zealand
    • Hardcore band Earth Groans performs at The Loading Dock, 445 S. 400 West, Salt Lake City. Opening: InDimensions, Elysium, Raze the Pyre, A Light Amo...
    Updated Mar 22 2017 12:45 pm   |     |   Share
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    FILE - In this Nov. 12, 2016, file photo, Arnold Schwarzenegger arrives at the 2016 Governors Awards in Los Angeles. Schwarzenegger turned the table on President Donald Trump by taking to social media on March 21, 2017, to criticize Trump’s approval rating. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File) The Cricket’s Daily 3: Arnold’s payback on Trump
    Here’s what’s being talked about in pop culture today: • Arnold Schwarzenegger, having been dissed by Donald Trump over the ratings for “The New Celeb...
    Updated Mar 23 2017 09:12 am   |     |   Share
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    Phillip Sweet, from left, Kimberly Schlapman, Karen Fairchild and Jimi Westbrook, of Little Big Town, arrive at the CMT Music Awards at Bridgestone Arena on Wednesday, June 10, 2015, in Nashville, Tenn. (Photo by Sanford Myers/Invision/AP) Little Big Town to headline Stadium of Fire
    Country quartet Little Big Town will headline this year’s Stadium of Fire concert, the Independence Day weekend extravaganza at Provo’s LaVell Edwards...
    Updated Mar 23 2017 12:44 pm   |     |   Share
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    Ariana Grande accepts the award for artist of the year at the American Music Awards at the Microsoft Theater on Sunday, Nov. 20, 2016, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP) Plans for tonight: Ariana Grande gets ‘Dangerous’ at The Viv
    • Metalcore band Bad Omens performs at The Loading Dock, 445 S. 400 West, Salt Lake City. Opening: Classic Jack, Native/Tongue, Hollow, I Am. Show sta...
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    (Courtesy photo)   Kaley Cuoco, Mayim Bialik, Johnny Galecki, Kunal Nayyar, Simon Helberg and Melissa Rauch star in ’The Big Bang Theory.’ The Cricket’s Daily 3: More ‘Big Bang Theory’
    Here’s what’s being talked about in pop culture today: • Two more years of nerd jokes: “The Big Bang Theory” has been renewed for its 11th and 12th se...
    Updated Mar 22 2017 08:48 am   |     |   Share
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    (Steve Griffin | The Salt Lake Tribune)    Robert Redford kicks off the 2017 Sundance Film Festival during the opening news conference at the Egyptian Theater  in Park City on Thursday, Jan. 19, 2017. Redford: ‘The NEA must not only survive, but thrive’
    Robert Redford says that without the National Endowment for the Arts, there might not be a Sundance Institute — and he wants the next struggling arts ...
    Updated Mar 20 2017 06:55 pm   |     |   Share
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    (Courtesy photo)    Premier jazz singer Stacey Kent performs a night of bossa nova in a JazzSLC concert Monday, Feb. 23, at the Capitol Theatre in Salt Lake City. Plans for tonight: Daya rocks The Complex
    • Jazz singer Stacey Kent performs, as part of the JazzSLC series, at the Capitol Theatre, 50 W. 200 South, Salt Lake City. Show starts at 7:30. Ticke...
    Updated Mar 20 2017 09:45 am   |     |   Share
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    This image released by Disney shows Dan Stevens as The Beast in a live-action adaptation of the animated classic ’Beauty and the Beast.’ (Disney via AP) The Cricket’s Daily 3: ‘Beauty’ breaks records
    Here’s what’s being talked about in pop culture today: • “Beauty and the Beast” set a record for March, and had the seventh-biggest opening weekend ev...
    Updated Mar 21 2017 08:48 am   |     |   Share
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  • (Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    Amy Gumenick (’Arrow,’ ’Supernatural,’ ’Natalee Holloway’), waves to the crowd, during the FanX opening, at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City on Friday, March 17, 2017. Stan Lee cancels FanX appearance, convention goes on bringing stars to Salt Lake
    Stan Lee will be missing out on FanX 2017. Organizers for Salt Lake Comic Con’s spring event, which launched Friday and concludes Saturday at the Salt...
    Updated Mar 21 2017 11:19 am   |     |   Share
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    (Franciso Kjolseth  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Sasha Stokes strikes a pose as a ’Summer Soldier,’ alongside Tiffanie Bowcutt as ’Umbreon from Pokemon,’ at the Salt Palace Convention Center for Salt Lake Comic Con’s FanX in 2014. Plans for the weekend: St. Patrick’s, FanX and basketball - all at once
    • Salt Lake Comic Con’s fourth annual FanX happens today and Saturday at the Salt Palace Convention Center, 100 S. West Temple, Salt Lake City. Doors ...
    Updated Mar 20 2017 09:05 am   |     |   Share
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    The Cricket’s Daily 3: Trump vs. Hollywood, over NEA cuts
    Here’s what’s being talked about in pop culture today: • Hollywood stars are up in arms about the Trump administration’s proposal to eliminate the Nat...
    Updated Mar 20 2017 08:31 am   |     |   Share
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  • Zucchini is a 9-year-old sent to live in a foster home, in the Swiss/French stop-motion animated tale ’My Life as a Zucchini.’ The movie had its English-language world premiere in the Sundance Kids section of the 2017 Sundance Film Festival. Courtesy Sundance Institute A child’s view of loss in ‘My Life as a Zucchini’
    Imaginatively rendered and tenderly told, director Claude Barras’ stop-motion-animated “My Life as a Zucchini” is a heart-wrenching tale of children w...
    Updated Mar 17 2017 09:42 am   |     |   Share
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  • This image released by CBS Films and Lionsgate shows Jim Broadbent in a scene from, ’The Sense of an Ending,’ a film based on the novel by Julian Barnes. (Robert Viglasky/CBS Films and Lionsgate via AP) ‘Sense of an Ending’ meanders through a man’s life
    I make it a policy not to read a book before seeing the movie version, because I learned that my expectations are altered by knowing what’s going to h...
    Updated Mar 17 2017 10:05 am   |     |   Share
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  • Deidra (Ashleigh Murray, left) and Laney (Rachel Crow) get into trouble in the drama ’Deidre & Laney Rob a Train,’ which screened in the Next program of the 2017 Sundance Film Festival. Fred Hayes  |  courtesy Sundance Institute Young outlaws shine in ‘Deidra & Laney’
    Sisters become a modern-day Butch and Sundance in “Deidra & Laney Rob a Train,” a smart comedy propelled by two winning young actors. Deidra (Ashleigh...
    Updated Mar 17 2017 09:45 am   |     |   Share
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  •   ’Yellow’ Mary (Barbara-O, center), accompanied by Trula (Trula Hoosier, top), talks to the pregnant Eula (Alva Rogers) in a scene from Julie Dash’s 1991 drama ’Daughters of the Dust.’ Courtesy Cohen Film Collection ‘Daughters of the Dust’ earns place in movie history
    It’s still a small miracle, one that hasn’t been sufficiently celebrated, that “Moonlight” won the Oscar for Best Picture last month. The fact that a ...
    Updated Mar 17 2017 09:47 am   |     |   Share
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  • This image released by Disney shows Dan Stevens as The Beast, left, and Emma Watson as Belle in a live-action adaptation of the animated classic ’Beauty and the Beast.’ (Disney via AP) Emma Watson’s Belle makes this ‘Beauty and the Beast’ bearable
    Like the buffalo-faced tragic hero of the story, Disney’s new live-action “Beauty and the Beast” arrives under a curse — that it will be compared to t...
    Updated Mar 17 2017 09:30 am   |     |   Share
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  • (Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    Rachel Lueras, national marketing manager of Regal Entertainment Group, demonstrates the reclining chairs during the grand opening of the Regal Crossroads 14 on Thursday, March 16, 2017. New luxury movie theater in Taylorsville touts comfort
    Taylorsville • A new 14-screen movie theater opens this weekend in this west-side city, inviting moviegoers to get comfortable. The Regal Crossroads 1...
    Updated Mar 17 2017 05:50 pm   |     |   Share
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  • (Leah Hogsten  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Unveiled in 2012, City Creek combines more than 100 stores, offices and high-end residences into what developers and planners call ’mixed use.’ The $1.5 billion-plus, 20-acre complex is accented with fountains, a synthetic creek, a retractable glass roof and a pedestrian skywalk over Main Street. Sean P. Means: City Creek turns 5, and downtown Salt Lake City has room to grow
    By the time a child turns 5, the parents are starting to get an idea of the human being that child is becoming. It’s the same, in a way, with a shopp...
    Updated Mar 16 2017 10:07 pm   |     |   Share
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    FILE - In this Feb. 12, 2012 file photo, Adele performs during the 54th annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles. The singer’s hotly anticipated new album, ’25,’ is out Friday, Nov. 20, 2015. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles, File) The Cricket’s Daily 3: The hunt to find Adele’s secret Twitter account is on
    Here’s what’s being talked about in pop culture today: • Adele told an audience in Australia that she has a secret Twitter account — because her manag...
    Updated Mar 17 2017 08:32 am   |     |   Share
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  • (Trent Nelson |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    Gonzaga Bulldogs forward Zach Collins (32) laughs with Gonzaga Bulldogs guard Silas Melson (0) as the team practices during NCAA Tournament in Salt Lake City on Wednesday, March 15, 2017. A busy Saturday in Salt Lake City: NCAA tourney, FanX and St. Pat’s parade
    A strange confluence of basketball fans, pop-culture geeks and Irish enthusiasts will meet in downtown Salt Lake City on Saturday, as three very diffe...
    Updated Mar 17 2017 01:30 pm   |     |   Share
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  • A scene from ’The Lure,’ which waspart of the 2016 Sundance Film Festival lineup. Courtesy Sundance Film Festival Fairy tale turns dark and sexy in ‘The Lure’
    If you like your fairy tales more devilish than Disney-fied, please check out “The Lure,” which transforms Hans Christian Andersen into a Polish disco...
    Updated Mar 17 2017 09:58 am   |     |   Share
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    This image released by NBC shows Rachel Maddow, host of ’The Rachel Maddow Show,’ on MSNBC. Maddow was at the center of the political media Tuesday, March 14, 2017, with a story on President Donald Trump’s tax returns propelled by social media. (MSNBC via AP) The Cricket’s Daily 3: Waiting for Maddow
    Here’s what’s being talked about in pop culture: • Rachel Maddow’s scooplet on MSNBC last night, revealing leaked copies of two pages of Donald Trump’...
    Updated Mar 16 2017 08:50 am   |     |   Share
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