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Sean P. Means

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  • (Al Hartmann  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Sam Henry shows off his moves as a member of the BBoy Federation, a non-profit for Hip Hop Arts at an announcement of the line-up and headliners for the 2017 Urban Arts Festival (Sept. 16-17) held at the Gallivan Center. Mix Master Mike, legendary DJ for Beastie Boys, to headline Salt Lake City’s Urban Arts Festival
    One of the world’s greatest DJs and a party-loving dance-music collective will be headlining this year’s Urban Arts Festival. The seventh annual festi...
    Updated Jul 22 2017 11:29 pm   |     |   Share
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  • This image released by Warner Bros. Pictures shows Harry Styles, from left, Aneurin Barnard and Fionn Whitehead in a scene from ’Dunkirk.’  (Warner Bros Pictures via AP) Movie review: War drama ‘Dunkirk’ brings home horrors and hope of WWII retreat
    As both a fresh approach to historical action and a thunderous throwback to old-fashioned war movies, Christopher Nolan’s “Dunkirk” is a triumphant fe...
    Updated Jul 20 2017 05:46 pm   |     |   Share
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  • |  Sony Pictures Classics  Sally Hawkins stars in ’Maudie,’ the true story of an arthritic Nova Scotia housekeeper who became a well-regarded painter. Movie review: An unlikely artist blossoms in tender ‘Maudie’
    The biographical drama “Maudie” is a delicate and beautiful little film, which is utterly appropriate for the frail person whose life — trying to add ...
    Updated Jul 20 2017 05:47 pm   |     |   Share
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  • This image released by STX Entertainment shows Dane DeHaan in a scene from ’Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets.’ (Vikram Gounassegarin/STX Entertainment via AP) Movie review: Sci-fi marvel ‘Valerian’ starts strong, but fizzles out
    The French director Luc Besson has two gears — outlandishly eye-popping and ridiculously convoluted — and he hits both hard in the whack-a-doodle spac...
    Updated Jul 20 2017 06:09 pm   |     |   Share
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  • Jerry Paris (left), Dick Van Dyke and Mary Tyler Moore in the 1963 episode of ’The Dick Van Dyke’ show titled ’That’s My Boy?’ Courtesy Calvada Productions ‘Mary Poppins,’ ‘Diagnosis Murder’ star Dick Van Dyke added to Salt Lake Comic Con guest roster
    He’s been a chimney sweep, a sketch-comedy writer, a teen idol’s manager and a mystery-solving doctor — and now Dick Van Dyke will be a guest at Salt ...
    Updated Jul 20 2017 05:46 pm   |     |   Share
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  • |  courtesy photo  Greer Garson (left) and Walter Pidgeon play a middle-class English couple in the 1942 World War II home-front movie ’Mrs. Miniver.’ 7 movies that show British stiff upper lips
    Much of our perceptions of the British — quietly determined, maintaining their stiff upper lips, keeping calm and carrying on — are products of the mo...
    Updated Jul 21 2017 03:23 pm   |     |   Share
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  • SUNDANCE
    |  copyright Sundance Institute  The wordmark for the 2018 Sundance Film Festival, unveiled on Tuesday, July 18. The festival’s graphics for 2018 were designed by students at ArtCenter College of Design in Pasadena, Calif. Sundance ’18 adding ‘Indie Episodic’ program, ‘Festival Favorite’ award
    The 2018 Sundance Film Festival will have a new programming category for episodic works, and a new award for all features. The Sundance Institute, whi...
    Updated Jul 18 2017 02:41 pm   |     |   Share
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  • SUNDANCE
    Roman Coppola, executive producer of the Amazon series ’Mozart in the Jungle,’ will be judge for a short-film contest sponsored by the Francis Ford Coppola Winery, with the top entries screening at the winery’s lounge at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival. Here, he poses for a portrait during the 2016 Television Critics Association Summer Press Tour at the Beverly Hilton on Sunday, Aug. 7, 2016, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Rich Fury/Invision/AP) Coppola Winery sponsors contest for short films, with winners playing in Park City during Sundance ‘18
    The Francis Ford Coppola Winery is offering unknown filmmakers an alternative opening to get to the 2018 Sundance Film Festival. Not in the festival, ...
    Updated Jul 14 2017 11:48 am   |     |   Share
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  • |  MGM Susan Sarandon (left) and Geena Davis star in the 1991 drama ’Thelma & Louise.’ New book chronicles how ‘Thelma & Louise’ bucked the system and made the leap to screen immortality
    Who could forget the ending to “Thelma & Louise”? You know the scene, where Jodie Foster and Michelle Pfeiffer are driving toward the Grand Canyon, a ...
    Updated Jul 20 2017 09:34 pm   |     |   Share
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  •   Members of a Jerusalem synagogue must rally when their place of worship becomes structurally unsound, in the Israeli comedy-drama ’The Women’s Balcony.’ Courtesy Menemsha Films Exuberant ‘Women’s Balcony’ shows a Jerusalem synagogue’s congregation in crisis
    Culturally specific and embracingly universal, the Israeli comedy-drama “The Women’s Balcony” is an exuberant, life-affirming celebration of community...
    Updated Jul 14 2017 04:08 pm   |     |   Share
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  •   A teen (Joey King) comes across a box with magic powers, in the horror thriller ’Wish Upon.’ It opens in theaters July 14. Courtesy Broad Green Pictures High-school horror movie ‘Wish Upon’ is repetitive, witless horror.
    A Chinese music box springs to life in the high-school horror movie “Wish Upon,” but the plot of this distasteful mess is even more mechanical. The mu...
    Updated Jul 14 2017 04:36 pm   |     |   Share
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  • Cheery ‘B-Side’ marks end of a photographer’s era
    Like the pictures taken by his subject, Errol Morris’ latest documentary, “The B-Side: Elsa Dorfman’s Portrait Photography,” boasts a deceptive simpli...
    Updated Jul 14 2017 04:27 pm   |     |   Share
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  • This image released by Warner Bros. Entertainment shows Gal Gadot in a scene from ’Wonder Woman.’ (Clay Enos/Warner Bros. Entertainment via AP) Sean P. Means: ‘Wonder Woman’ rules the box office, but can she smite Hollywood sexism?
    The demigoddess of the Amazons has been having a good summer. Since its opening on June 2, Warner Bros.’ DC Comics adaptation “Wonder Woman” has domi...
    Updated Jul 14 2017 11:55 am   |     |   Share
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  • This image released by Netflix shows Lily Collins in, ’To The Bone.’ (Netflix via AP) Sensitive ‘To the Bone’ dares to dramatize eating disorders
    Longtime TV writer/producer Marti Noxon makes a sure-footed feature directorial debut with “To the Bone,” a drama about eating disorders that doesn’t ...
    Updated Jul 14 2017 04:14 pm   |     |   Share
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  • ‘Chasing Coral’ beautifully captures death in the oceans
    The beauty of “Chasing Coral” is matched only by its urgency, as director Jeff Orlowski encapsulates the issue of global climate change by showing whe...
    Updated Jul 14 2017 04:16 pm   |     |   Share
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  • Alison Brie, Kate Micucci and Aubrey Plaza appear in ’The Little Hours’ by Jeff Baena, an official selection of the Midnight program at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival. Courtesy Sundance Institute Raunchy scattershot comedy ‘The Little Hours’ and its swearing medieval nuns is a tedious exercise in improv
    Hearing medieval nuns swear is good for a laugh or two — but it’s not enough to base an entire movie around, as the scattershot comedy “The Little Hou...
    Updated Jul 14 2017 04:29 pm   |     |   Share
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  •   Naomi Nero plays Pierre, a k a Felipe, an androgynous young man who must adjust to suddenly meeting his biological family, in the Brazilian drama ’Don’t Call Me Son.’ The movie is one of 23 films slated for the 2017 Damn These Heels Film Festival, running July 14-16, at the Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center, Salt Lake City. Courtesy Utah Film Center At Utah’s LGBTQ film festival, a timely comedy about HIV and insurance 16 years in the making
    In the 16 years between writing his first feature screenplay, “Pushing Dead,” and making the finished movie, writer-director Tom E. Brown had hoped hi...
    Updated Jul 10 2017 03:59 pm   |     |   Share
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  • (Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Actors take a break between takes in triple-digit heat on the set of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day SaintsÌ production of the Book of Mormon visual library in Goshen on Friday. In the Utah heat, LDS Church is bringing Book of Mormon scenes to life — in video series
    Elberta • The four sons of Lehi, clad in desert robes, hike over a rise, smiling and joshing one another in friendly sibling camaraderie. Their camel...
    Updated Jul 11 2017 09:44 am   |     |   Share
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  • CRICKET
    Los Angeles psychobilly band Tiger Army will present their ’V...,’ tour, June 19, 2016, at The Complex in Salt Lake City. Visit thecomplexslc.com for information and smithstix.com for tickets. Plans for the weekend: Ella’s songs and Beach Boys in Deer Valley
    • Rapper Phora performs tonight at The Complex, 536 W. 100 South, Salt Lake City. Show starts at 7. Tickets are $30, at Smith’s Tix. • Iconic heavy-me...
    Updated Jul 07 2017 08:24 am   |     |   Share
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  • CRICKET
    This image taken from video on June 20, 2017 shows Meredith Salenger, left, and Patton Oswalt at the premiere of AMC’s ’The Preacher,’ in Los Angeles.  Fifteen months after the death of his wife, Oswalt is engaged to marry actress Meredith Salenger, His publicist confirmed Thursday, July 6.  Michelle McNamara, a writer, died in April 2016 from a combination of prescription medications and an undiagnosed heart condition. (AP Photo/Jeff Turner) The Cricket’s Daily 3: ‘RattyGann’? ‘Natatouille’?
    Here’s what’s being talked about in pop culture: • Congratulations and best wishes to comedian/actor Patton Oswalt and actor Meredith Salenger, who an...
    Updated Jul 07 2017 08:24 am   |     |   Share
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  •    Rev. Ian Paisley (Timothy Spall, left), leader of the pro-Unionist party in Northern Ireland, and Martin McGuinness (Colm Meaney), the representative of the IRA’s political arm Sinn Fein, face each other on the eve of peace negotiations, in the drama ’The Journey.’ Aidan Monaghan  |  IFC Films Good acting makes ‘The Journey’ worth the trip
    Two strong performances, by the character actors Timothy Spall and Colm Meaney, propel “The Journey,” a fictionalized take on a slice of real history:...
    Updated Jul 07 2017 11:51 am   |     |   Share
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  • |  Courtesy A24 Films   Christopher Plummer plays Kaiser Wilhelm II, living in exile in Holland at the start of World War II, in the drama ’The Exception.’ Sex, spies and the Kaiser an odd mix in ‘The Exception’
    Love and war are longtime movie companions, but the pairing in “The Exception,” a World War II morality drama with plenty of steamy sex, is more bizar...
    Updated Jul 07 2017 11:51 am   |     |   Share
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  • Sean P. Means: The blog and winding road comes to an end
    On the internet, 11 years is an eternity. In January 2006, I joined several of my Salt Lake Tribune compatriots in this new thing called blogging. Al...
    Updated Jul 07 2017 11:51 am   |     |   Share
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  • CRICKET
    Plans for tonight: Train at Usana, Shepherd at Red Butte
    • Reggae bands Dirty Heads and SOJA co-headline at the Gallivan Center, 239 S. Main, Salt Lake City. Opening: The Green, RDGLDGRN. Show starts at 6 p....
    Updated Jul 06 2017 11:39 am   |     |   Share
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  • In this image released by Lionsgate, Kumail Nanjiani, left, and Zoe Kazan appear in a scene from,’The Big Sick.’ The film, written by Nanjiani and his wife Emily Gordon, chronicles their relationship from the start, when the Pakistan-born Nanjiani was trying to make it as a stand-up in Chicago and Gordon was in a coma. (Sarah Shatz/Lionsgate via AP) Movie review: Romance takes odd turns in charming ‘The Big Sick’
    In the thoroughly wonderful romantic comedy “The Big Sick,” there’s a moment when the male lead, Kumail (Kumail Nanjiani), gets some wisdom from his w...
    Updated Jul 07 2017 11:51 am   |     |   Share
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  • CRICKET
    FILE - In this May 22, 2016, file photo, Kesha arrives at the Billboard Music Awards at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. Kesha released ’Praying’ on July 6, 2017. The song is the lead single from the singer’s first album in five years. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File) The Cricket’s Daily 3: Kesha puts her pain into her music
    Here’s what’s being talked about in pop culture: • The singer Kesha has released “Praying,” her first solo single in four years, and it touches on the...
    Updated Jul 07 2017 08:15 am   |     |   Share
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  • CRICKET
    Plans for tonight: Rap or rock?
    • Rapper Shakewell performs at The Complex, 536 W. 100 South, Salt Lake City. Opening: Ramirez, Germ. Show starts at 7. Tickets are $20, at Smith’s Ti...
    Updated Jul 05 2017 01:36 pm   |     |   Share
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  • This image released by Columbia Pictures shows Tom Holland in a scene from ’Spider-Man: Homecoming.’ (Chuck Zlotnick/Columbia Pictures-Sony via AP) A new web-slinger soars in ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’
    “Spider-Man: Homecoming” is the sixth movie in the past 15 years starring Marvel’s wall-crawling character and the third to reset the franchise with a...
    Updated Jul 07 2017 11:51 am   |     |   Share
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  • CRICKET
    The Cricket’s Daily 3: CNN keeps apologetic meme maker’s identity secret
    Here’s what’s being talked about in pop culture: • In a classic example of “damned if you do, damned if you don’t,” CNN is facing criticism for not di...
    Updated Jul 06 2017 08:56 am   |     |   Share
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  • Al Hartmann  |  The Salt LakeTribune Folks kick back beneath tree on the edge of the pond in Sugarhouse Park during the 100 degree heat July 4th before the start of the fireworks show. Salt Lakers hit pools and parks to beat July 4 heat
    Picnics, barbecues, pool parties and fireworks were on the minds of Salt Lake City residents this Fourth of July. So was the heat. With temperatures c...
    Updated Jul 04 2017 09:06 pm   |     |   Share
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