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U Alumna and Salt Lake Film Society President Tori Baker Finds Power in Independent Cinema

U Alumna and Salt Lake Film Society President Tori Baker Finds Power in Independent Cinema

By Palak Jayswal

February 11, 2019

  Tori Baker has known one thing about herself from the first day at the University of Utah — she wanted to tell stories through a cultural lens. She’s been focused and clear about her passion and career from the very beginning. After graduating with a BA in Film Arts and Anthropology, Bak...

Opening Up the Oscars: “Black Panther” is a Leap Forward for Superhero Movies and Media Representation

Opening Up the Oscars: “Black Panther” is a Leap Forward for Superhero Movies and Media Representation

By Palak Jayswal

February 9, 2019

  It’s been a tremendous year of representation in film for people of color. The nominees for the Best Picture category at this year's Oscars awards reflect this diversity. Among these nominees is a fan and personal favorite: “Black Panther.” An enthralling combination of what America nee...

Opening Up the Oscars: Spidey-Senses Predict that ‘Spider-Verse’ Will Take the Gold

Opening Up the Oscars: Spidey-Senses Predict that ‘Spider-Verse’ Will Take the Gold

By Alison Myers

February 8, 2019

  If you’re anything like me, then the idea of seeing "Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse" only began to have some appeal after learning that John Mulaney played a part as "Peter Porker." Of all Marvel characters, Spider-Man has probably been the one most beaten like a dead horse. Between the...

Sundance: ‘Late Night’ Dares Audiences to Resist Mindy Kaling’s Charm

Sundance: ‘Late Night’ Dares Audiences to Resist Mindy Kaling’s Charm

By Josh Petersen

February 6, 2019

  In “Late Night,” a new comedy that premiered at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival, Katherine Newbury (Emma Thompson) is at a career crossroads. She is a legendary comedian and late-night talk show host with years of experience at her own show and plenty of acclaims. However, she has become...

Opening Up the Oscars: ‘Vice’

Opening Up the Oscars: ‘Vice’

By Yixin Song

February 6, 2019

  It was not until the moment in the film that Liz Cheney announced her shift of position on same-sex marriage that "Vice" finally struck me as an intimate record of a personal transformation. “Vice,” a film by director Adam McKay, whose works include “The Big Short” and “Anchorman,”...

Sundance: ‘Paradise Hills’ Is Gorgeous But Empty Feminist Science Fiction

Sundance: ‘Paradise Hills’ Is Gorgeous But Empty Feminist Science Fiction

By Josh Petersen

February 6, 2019

  In the opening scene of “Paradise Hills,” a young bride, with her enormous veil extended like a spider web, sings a ballad of feminine subjectivity. She sings lines about self-sacrifice and undying devotion — at one point promising, “I’ll cater to all your needs” — while her face...

Sundance: The Highly Anticipated and Controversial ‘Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile’ Leaves Audiences Silent

Sundance: The Highly Anticipated and Controversial ‘Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile’ Leaves Audiences Silent

By Alaikia Marielle

February 5, 2019

  Zac Efron and Lily Collins take the lead in “Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile,” a highly anticipated film premiering at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival chronicling the life and crimes of the notorious serial killer Ted Bundy. Filmmaker Joe Berlinger is known for his true crime documentarie...

Sundance: ‘Always in Season’ Explores the Horror of Lynching, Both Past and Present

Sundance: ‘Always in Season’ Explores the Horror of Lynching, Both Past and Present

By Josh Petersen

February 4, 2019

  On Aug. 29, 2014, Lennon Lacy, a black teenager living in the small town of Bladenboro, North Carolina, was found dead, hanging from a swing set. He was just 17 years old. Local police quickly ruled his death a suicide, but Lacy’s mother Claudia and his brother Pierre were immediately suspicious...

Sundance: ‘The Farewell’ is a Moving, Gently Funny Family Portrait

Sundance: ‘The Farewell’ is a Moving, Gently Funny Family Portrait

By Josh Petersen

February 1, 2019

  Hiding your true emotions is hard. Losing a loved one is harder. To face both at the same time might be impossible. In “The Farewell,” a warm and winning film from writer-director Lulu Wang, twenty-something Billi (Awkwafina) is a struggling writer living in New York City. When Billi...

Sundance: ‘Memory: The Origins of Alien’ Takes a Deep Dive into the Science Fiction Epic

Sundance: ‘Memory: The Origins of Alien’ Takes a Deep Dive into the Science Fiction Epic

By Alaikia Marielle

February 1, 2019

  Director Alexandre O. Philippe’s documentary “Memory: The Origins of Alien” takes the viewer to unexpected and sometimes disturbing places in his quest to parse out the origins of the iconic chest-burster scene in the science fiction epic “Alien.” The documentary opens in perhaps the most su...

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