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Broadway Centre Cinemas

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The majority of my visits to Broadway center around Sundance. When you spend enough time in a place, the good and bad reveal themselves pretty clearly.

I love the snack menu here. Short of serving a Brewvies-style full menu, it’s hard to imagine there being more variety. From the usual fare to Rico burritos and tamales and the delicious edamame, anytime I’ve found myself peckish prior to a movie, I’ve been covered.

I’m also a huge fan of the movie selection during the year. Between this theatre and Tower, the Salt Lake Film Society really does handle this niche in the film world very well for the city.

Downsides? Parking is a pain, and doubly so during Sundance. The fact that they’ve decided to jack the prices up during the festival has driven me to street parking in perpetuity. I realize that Broadway doesn’t control this directly, but it’s still a part of the experience.

The reason I’m off a fifth star? The seats. They are punishingly unergonomic, covered in grimy, stained upholstery, and the rows are placed maddeningly close to one another. If I don’t get an aisle seat, I can plan on my legs aching for hours afterward. Not a single seat in the house will stop my back from hurting after sitting in these seats for the length of a movie, though. If Broadway would reserve it for me forever after, I would happily buy a replacement seat for each of the two screens they use for Sundance movies, no lie.

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February 1, 2012 at 9:33am

Sundance 2011 – Day Two

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1:30 pm
Documentary Showcase I
at Broadway Cinema IV in Salt Lake
My Score – 64

3:30 pm
Shorts Program I
at Rose Wagner Center in Salt Lake
My Score – 79

6:00 pm
Bellflower
at Tower Theatre in Salt Lake
My Score – 92

A very original character study and a sweet ode to male friendship. Some very strong acting in this movie, but none stronger than Jessie Wiseman. She is radiant in the role of Milly and if there is any meritocracy in Hollywood at all, this woman has a very long career in front of her.

9:35 pm
Martha Marcy May Marlene
at Rose Wagner Center in Salt Lake
My Score – 86

midnight
Corman’s World: Exploits of a Hollywood Rebel
at Tower Theatre in Salt Lake
My Score – 90

A beautiful tribute to a man who gave his start to many careers. On top of a nicely paced, informative documentary are four interview tems: three feature chances to see very interviews from David Carradine, Irvin Kershner, and George Hickenlooper reminiscing about Corman’s affect on their lives before their recent deaths. The fourth is probably the most touching moment I’ve ever seen from Jack Nicholson.

Movies seen thus far: 7
Today’s Favorite: Bellflower
Festival Favorite: Bellflower

Sundance 2011 – Day One

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6:00 pm
The Troll Hunter
at Tower Theatre in Salt Lake
My Score – 87

Great opening half hour. When the titular character goes from Quint to bored bureaucrat, I join him in boredom. The effects were great and the film ends up being interesting, if not enthralling, but that opening first half hour makes a promise that the rest of the movie never quite ends up fulfilling.

9:00 pm
I Saw the Devil
at Tower Theatre in Salt Lake
My Score – 70

Cheap in both the scares and explicit gore, predictable in plot and theme. I had high hopes for this one and they weren’t met at all. I know how this movie is supposed to work: I watch the antagonist commit horrific acts of violence which incense me to the point where I’ll grant the protagonist grand leeway to do what he will to stop the man. And, in doing so, I become the devil along with the protagonist, and thus we all learn a lesson about the corrupting nature of revenge.

Only problem is this: the opening horrors are so wince-inducing that I mentally take it out on the filmmaker rather than the bad guy, and thus spoil the party. Bottom line is you cannot punch me in the nose, offer me a thematic rose, and then hope that the rest of the date is going to go well. I ain’t that easy.

Movies seen thus far: 2
Today’s Favorite: The Troll Hunter
Festival Favorite: The Troll Hunter

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January 22, 2011 at 12:20am

Old, Repurposed Movie Review: Once

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June 24th, 2007
I was excited to see that Once has finally made it to the Broadway downtown so that I could finally correct one of my Sundance mistakes. Every year the festival has several hundred movies playing, so the chances of hitting all the good stuff are pretty much nil.

I enjoyed this movie a lot..it is such a breath of fresh air in a summer where I’ve found most movies overstaying their welcome at over 2 hours. It’s about as basic as a movie gets: guitar-slinging boy meets piano-playing girl. I’ve seen a few reviews call this an extended music video, and that’s not far from the truth in that the vast majority of the movie has cuts from the soundtrack album playing over the footage.

For what is essentially a simple, low-budget update to movies like The Replacements, though, I found myself absolutely captivated. The characters were interesting, the music captivating, and the emotional moments pitch perfect.

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April 26, 2010 at 12:50pm

Sundance 2010

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January 22, 2010
6:45 pm
Grown Up Movie Star
at Broadway Cinema IV in Salt Lake
My Score – 90

9:30 pm
Get Low
at Rose Wagner Center in Salt Lake
My Score – 92

Movies seen thus far: 2
Today’s Favorite: Get Low
Festival Favorite: Get Low

January 23, 2010
12:45 pm
The Oath
at Broadway Cinema V in Salt Lake
My Score – 78

3:00 pm
Restrepo
at Rose Wagner Center in Salt Lake
My Score – 91

6:30 pm
happythankyoumoreplease
at Rose Wagner Center in Salt Lake
My Score – 92

9:45 pm
Smash His Camera
at Broadway Centre Cinemas V in Salt Lake
My Score – 79

midnight
Tucker & Dale vs. Evil
at Tower Theatre in Salt Lake
My Score – 89

Movies seen thus far: 7
Today’s Favorite: happythankyoumoreplease
Festival Favorite: happythankyoumoreplease

January 24, 2010
noon
Buried
at Broadway Centre Cinemas VI in Salt Lake
My Score – 96

3:00 pm
The Company Men
at Rose Wagner Center in Salt Lake
My Score – 84

6:45 pm
Catfish
at Broadway Centre Cinemas V in Salt Lake
My Score – 93

9:00 pm
Splice
at Tower Theatre in Salt Lake
My Score – 82

Movies seen thus far: 11
Today’s Favorite: Buried
Festival Favorite: Buried

January 25, 2010
6:00 pm
The Taqwacores
at Broadway Centre Cinmas VI in Salt Lake
My Score – 87

9:00 pm
CASINO JACK and the United States of Money
at Broadway Centre Cinmas VI in Salt Lake
My Score – 80

Movies seen thus far: 13
Today’s Favorite: The Taqwacores
Festival Favorite: Buried

January 26, 2010
6:00 pm
Gasland
at Rose Wagner Center in Salt Lake
My Score – 87

9:00 pm
Lucky
at Broadway Cinema VI in Salt Lake
My Score – 88

Movies seen thus far: 15
Today’s Favorite: Lucky
Festival Favorite: Buried

January 27, 2010
6:00 pm
HOWL
at Broadway Centre Cinmas VI in Salt Lake
My Score – 86

9:30 pm
Holy Rollers
at Rose Wagner Center in Salt Lake
My Score – 84

Movies seen thus far: 17
Today’s Favorite: HOWL
Festival Favorite: Buried

January 28, 2010
8:30 am
Sympathy for Delicious
at Library Center Theatre in Park City
My Score – 88

2:15 pm
High School
at Racquet Club in Park City
My Score – 93

6:30 pm
The Kids Are All Right
at Rose Wagner Center in Salt Lake
My Score – 90

9:45 pm
Four Lions
at Broadway Centre Cinemas V in Salt Lake
My Score – 86

Movies seen thus far: 21
Today’s Favorite: High School
Festival Favorite: Buried

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January 29, 2010
6:00 pm
Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child
at Tower Theatre in Salt Lake
My Score – 66

9:00 pm
Exit Through the Gift Shop
at Tower Theatre in Salt Lake
My Score – 92

midnight
The Violent Kind
at Tower Theatre in Salt Lake
My Score – 83

Movies seen thus far: 24
Today’s Favorite: Exit Through the Gift Shop
Festival Favorite: Buried

January 30, 2010
12:45 pm
A Small Act
at Broadway Centre Cinemas V in Salt Lake
My Score – 89

3:30 pm
Winter’s Bone
at Rose Wagner Center in Salt Lake
My Score – 91

7:30 pm
Life 2.0
at Broadway Cinema IV in Salt Lake
My Score – 87

9:30 pm
Shorts Program IV
at Broadway Cinema V in Salt Lake
My Score – 51

12:00 am
Animation Spotlight
at Tower Theatre in Salt Lake
My Score – 62

Movies seen thus far: 29
Today’s Favorite: Winter’s Bone
Festival Favorite: Buried

January 31, 2010
12:30 pm
Skateland
at Rose Wagner Center in Salt Lake
My Score – 56

3:30 pm
Nowhere Boy
at Rose Wagner Center in Salt Lake
My Score – 91

6:00 pm
Twelve
at Rose Wagner Center in Salt Lake
My Score – 39

Movies seen thus far: 32
Today’s Favorite: Nowhere Boy
Festival Favorite: Buried

Sundance 2009

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January 17, 2009
6:00 pm
It Might Get Loud
at Broadway Cinema VI in Salt Lake
My Score – 79

8:30 pm
Sundance Opening Night Reception
at Pierpont Place
My Score – 85

9:30 pm
The September Issue
at Rose Wagner Center
My Score – 76

Movies seen thus far: 2
Today’s Favorite: It Might Get Loud
Festival Favorite: It Might Get Loud

January 18, 2009
12:45 pm
Unmade Beds
at Broadway Cinema V in Salt Lake
My Score – 59

3:45 pm
Afghan Star
at Broadway Cinema V in Salt Lake
My Score – 86

6:00 pm
Wounded Knee
at Broadway Centre Cinemas VI in Salt Lake
My Score – 89

9:00 pm
Thriller in Manila
at Broadway Centre Cinemas VI in Salt Lake
My Score – 92

12:00 am
Spring Breakdown
at Tower Theatre in Salt Lake
My Score – 80

Movies seen thus far: 7
Today’s Favorite: Thriller in Manila
Festival Favorite: Thriller in Manila

January 19, 2009
12:30 pm
No Impact Man
at Rose Wagner Center in Salt Lake
My Score – 89

3:30 pm
Taking Chance
at Rose Wagner Center in Salt Lake
My Score – 90

6:15 pm
Art & Copy
at Broadway Centre Cinemas VI in Salt Lake
My Score – 78

9:00 pm
Mystery Team
at Tower Theatre in Salt Lake
My Score – 81

Movies seen thus far: 11
Today’s Favorite: Taking Chance
Festival Favorite: Thriller in Manila

January 20, 2009
6:00 pm
Cold Souls
at Tower Theatre in Salt Lake
My Score – 93

9:00 pm
Louise-Michel
at Tower Theatre in Salt Lake
My Score – 88

Movies seen thus far: 13
Today’s Favorite: Cold Souls
Festival Favorite: Cold Souls

January 21, 2009
6:00 pm
When You’re Strange
at Broadway Cinema VI in Salt Lake
My Score – 70

9:00 pm
Big Fan
at Broadway Cinema VI in Salt Lake
My Score – 86

Movies seen thus far: 15
Today’s Favorite: Big Fan
Festival Favorite: Cold Souls

January 22, 2009
6:00 pm
Arlen Faber
at Tower Theatre in Salt Lake
My Score – 92

9:30 pm
Good Hair
at Rose Wagner Center in Salt Lake
My Score – 93

Movies seen thus far: 17
Today’s Favorite: Good Hair
Festival Favorite: Cold Souls

January 23, 2009
6:30 pm
Adventureland
at Rose Wagner Center in Salt Lake
My Score – 88

9:30 pm
Bronson
at Rose Wagner Center in Salt Lake
My Score – 61

Movies seen thus far: 19
Today’s Favorite: Adventureland
Festival Favorite: Cold Souls

January 24, 2009
8:30 am
Shouting Fire
at Holiday Village Cinema III in Park City
My Score – 90

11:15 am
The Yes Men Fix the World
at Racquet Club Theatre in Park City
My Score – 91

6:00 pm
Black Dymamite
at Tower Theatre in Salt Lake
My Score – 93

9:00 pm
Five Minutes of Heaven
at Tower Theatre in Salt Lake
My Score – 88

Movies seen thus far: 23
Today’s Favorite: Black Dynamite
Festival Favorite: Cold Souls

January 25, 2009
12:30 pm
Dare
at Rose Wagner Center in Salt Lake
My Score – 84

3:30 pm
Brief Interviews with Hideous Men
at Rose Wagner Center in Salt Lake
My Score – 80

6:00 pm
Paper Heart
at Broadway Cinema VI in Salt Lake
My Score – 86

9:30 pm
Moon
at Rose Wagner Center in Salt Lake
My Score – 94

12:00 am
The Informers
at Tower Theatre in Salt Lake
My Score – 41

Movies seen thus far: 28
Today’s Favorite: Moon
Festival Favorite: Moon

January 26, 2009
12:30 pm
In the Loop
at Rose Wagner Center in Salt Lake
My Score – 94

3:30 pm
The Winning Season
at Rose Wagner Center in Salt Lake
My Score – 89

6:00 pm
Endgame
at at Rose Wagner Center in Salt Lake
My Score – 90

Movies seen thus far: 31
Today’s Favorite: In the Loop
Festival Favorite: Moon

January 27, 2009
9:30 pm
Push: Based on the Novel by Sapphire
at at Rose Wagner Center in Salt Lake
My Score – 92

Movies seen thus far: 32
Today’s Favorite: Push: Based on the Novel by Sapphire
Festival Favorite: Moon

Sundance 2008

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January 18, 2008
7:30 pm
Young@Heart
at Broadway Center Cinemas IV in Salt Lake
My Score – 88

9:30 pm
The Great Buck Howard
at Rose Wagner Center in Salt Lake
My Score – 86

Movies seen thus far: 2
Today’s Favorite: Young@Heart
Festival Favorite: Young@Heart

January 19, 2008
12:45 pm
The Linguists
at Broadway Centre Cinemas V in Salt Lake
My Score – 80

3:30 pm
Love Comes Lately
at Rose Wagner Center in Salt Lake
My Score – 46

6:30 pm
Sunshine Cleaning
at Rose Wagner Center in Salt Lake
My Score – 90

9:00 pm
Towelhead
at Broadway Centre Cinemas IV in Salt Lake
My Score – 84

12:00 am
The Broken
at Tower Theatre in Salt Lake
My Score – 76

Movies seen thus far: 7
Today’s Favorite: Sunshine Cleaning
Festival Favorite: Sunshine Cleaning

January 20, 2008
noon
A Complete History of My Sexual Failures
at Broadway Centre Cinemas IV in Salt Lake
My Score – 90

3:45 pm
Roman Polanski
at Broadway Centre Cinemas V in Salt Lake
My Score – 85

6:45 pm
The Recruiter aka An American Soldier
at Broadway Centre Cinemas V in Salt Lake
My Score – 84

10:30 pm
Bigger, Stronger, Faster*
at Broadway Centre Cinemas VI in Salt Lake
My Score – 93

Movies seen thus far: 11
Today’s Favorite: Bigger, Stronger, Faster*
Festival Favorite: Bigger, Stronger, Faster*

January 21, 2008
6:00 pm
Secrecy
at Broadway Center Cinemas IV in Salt Lake
My Score – 65

9:45 pm
The Wave
at Broadway Center Cinemas V in Salt Lake
My Score – 93

Movies seen thus far: 13
Today’s Favorite: The Wave
Festival Favorite: The Wave

January 22, 2008
6:30 pm
Phoebe in Wonderland
at Rose Wagner Center in Salt Lake
My Score – 93

10:30 pm
Otto; or, Up With Dead People
at Broadway Center Cinemas VI in Salt Lake
My Score – 19

Movies seen thus far: 15
Today’s Favorite: Phoebe in Wonderland
Festival Favorite: The Wave

January 23, 2008
6:30 pm
Sleep Dealers
at Rose Wagner Center in Salt Lake
My Score – 86

9:30 pm
Anywhere USA
at Broadway Center Cinemas V in Salt Lake
My Score – 54

midnight
Time Crimes
at Broadway Center Cinemas IV in Salt Lake
My Score – 69

Movies seen thus far: 18
Today’s Favorite: Sleep Dealers
Festival Favorite: The Wave

January 24, 2008
7:30 pm
Hamlet 2
at Broadway Center Cinemas IV in Salt Lake
My Score – 90

10:30 pm
Hell Ride
at Broadway Center Cinemas VI in Salt Lake
My Score – 80

Movies seen thus far: 20
Today’s Favorite: Hamlet 2
Festival Favorite: The Wave

January 25, 2008
10 am
Gonzo: The Life and Work of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson
at Holiday Village Cinema IV in Park City
My Score – 91

6:30 pm
The Wackness
at Rose Wagner Center in Salt Lake
My Score – 90

9:30 pm
The Visitor
at Rose Wagner Center in Salt Lake
My Score – 92

midnight
Choke
at Tower Theater in Salt Lake
My Score – 93

Movies seen thus far: 24
Today’s Favorite: Choke
Festival Favorite: The Wave

January 26, 2008
12:30 pm
Incendiary
at Rose Wagner Center in Salt Lake
My Score – 79

4:30 pm
Death in Love
at Broadway Centre Cinemas VI in Salt Lake
My Score – 42

6:45 pm
Red
at Broadway Centre Cinemas V in Salt Lake
My Score – 90

9:00 pm
Be Kind Rewind
at Tower Theatre in Salt Lake
My Score – 68

12:00 am
The Escapist
at Broadway Centre Cinemas IV in Salt Lake
My Score – 94

Movies seen thus far: 29
Today’s Favorite: The Escapist
Festival Favorite: The Escapist

January 27, 2008
12:30 pm
CSNY Deja Vu
at Rose Wagner Center in Salt Lake
My Score – 88

3:30 pm
The Deal
at Rose Wagner Center in Salt Lake
My Score – 84

6:30 pm
Birds of America
at Rose Wagner Center in Salt Lake
My Score – 80

Movies seen thus far: 32
Today’s Favorite: CSNY Deja Vu
Festival Favorite: The Escapist

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