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Salt Lake City, UT, United States

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Past articles by Jenniffer:

The Movie Guru: ‘Champions’ and ‘Chang Can Dunk’ shine on and off the basketball court

Champions (in theaters) The basketball players save the movie. Just like the life of Woody Harrelson’s basketball coach, Bobby Farrelly’s new movie “Champions” improves dramatically when the special need basketball players show up. They bring... → Read More

The Movie Guru: “Creed III” visually stunning, but “Operation Fortune” a disappointment

Creed III (in theaters) “Creed III” is great if you don’t think about it too hard. The directorial debut of star Michael B. Jordan, the movie is a visual delight with all the energy “Creed... → Read More

The Movie Guru: ‘We Have a Ghost’ a well-made delight

“We Have a Ghost” is the movie version of the best sugar cookie ever made. It’s easy to get your hands on a sugar cookie, but most of them are pretty average. They’re cheaply made... → Read More

The Movie Guru: ‘Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania’ a more serious entry in the series

The ‘Ant-Man’ movies have grown up. Thankfully, they managed to do it without losing the charm that’s always made the series so watchable. “Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania” is a scarier, more intense, and slightly... → Read More

The Movie Guru: ‘Magic Mike’s Last Dance’ and other new movies for Valentine’s Day

Magic Mike’s Last Dance (in theaters) Whether you like the final entry in the Magic Mike universe will depend on why you liked the first two. If you were there for bawdy good time with... → Read More

The Movie Guru: Romantic hits and misses in ‘Shotgun Wedding,’ ‘You People’

Shotgun Wedding (Amazon Prime) “Shotgun Wedding” isn’t exactly a good movie, but it is a likeable one. The movie, a romantic comedy where an island wedding is attacked by pirates, feels like a bunch of... → Read More

The Movie Guru: Streaming TV options offer sweet, spooky fun

Abbott Elementary (ABC, Hulu) If you’ve wondered why the cast of “Abbott Elementary” has been cleaning up this awards season, here’s your chance to find out. The show, now in its second season, is one... → Read More

The Movie Guru: Light and darkness with ‘A Man Called Otto,’ ‘The Pale Blue Eye’

A Man Called Otto (in theaters) Sometimes, a comforting movie is exactly what you need to make it through January. If that sounds like you, then you should definitely try “A Man Called Otto.” The... → Read More

The Movie Guru: ‘Glass Onion: A Knives Out Story’ and ‘Puss in Boots: The Last Wish’ a fantastic set of sequels

Glass Onion: A Knives Out Story (Netflix) Turns out Benoit Blanc is even better the second time around. “Glass Onion: A Knives Out Story,” is an absolutely delightful murder mystery, even more fun than the... → Read More

The Movie Guru: The best movies of 2022

Best Everything: Everything Everywhere All at Once “Everything Everywhere All at Once” is the movie no one was expecting, but one that everyone should see at least once. A comedic sci-fi epic that also manages... → Read More

Colorado duo bring elusive climber to the big screen in ‘The Alpinist’

It's not easy to capture lightning in a bottle.Colorado directors Peter Mortimer and Nick Rosen had to do just that while making their newest documentary, "The Alpinist." The duo followed climber Marc-André Leclerc for two years, trying to chronicle his astounding free solo alpine climbs while overcoming his need to roam and aversion to publicity."One… → Read More

Movie Guru: ‘Maleficent: Mistress of Evil’ delivers more promise than the original

One of Disney’s best-known villainesses finally gets to spread her wings a little.“Maleficent: Mistress of Evil,” the misleadingly-named sequel to 2014’s “Maleficent,” is a far more assured movie than → Read More

Movie Guru: The new “The Addams Family” movie is distressingly normal

Stylistically and artistically, it feels like the originals, but that's where the similarities end. → Read More

Movie Guru: If you want to enjoy ‘Gemini Man,’ read this review so you don’t have false expectations

If you want to be satisfied by “Gemini Man,” you have to know what you’re getting. The trailers make the movie look like some sort of deep pseudo-military sci-fi → Read More

Movie Guru: Joaquin Phoenix's 'Joker' portrayal misses the mark

The director tries too hard to make the audience sympathize with Joker, who is just a completely unpleasant character. → Read More

Movie Guru: ‘Abominable’ captures the best parts of a children’s adventure movie

“Abominable” should have been named “Adorable.” Dreamworks’ latest is a sweet, often hilarious fantasy road trip movie with great characters and a few unexpected twists. Add a light sprinkling → Read More

Movie Guru: ‘Ad Astra’ prepares for lift off only to crash and burn

“Ad Astra” feels like it’s three and a half hours long. The movie actually clocks in at a few minutes over two hours, but it’s hard to believe that when you’re sitting in the theater. After an hour or so of watching Brad Pitt stand in hallways looking sad, listening to him describe via voiceover… → Read More

September at Redbox: Here’s what to get when “Avengers: Endgame” is inevitably sold out

Listen, I know you’re all going to try and rent “Avengers: Endgame.” It’s a deeply flawed movie in several ways, but it’s also enough of a cultural experience that → Read More

Movie Guru: Gerard Butler’s greatest enemy in “Angel Has Fallen” is old age

The title of “Angel Has Fallen” should be “Dude, You Need to Retire.” I mean this 100% seriously. Gerard Butler is hardly the only aging action hero we’ve seen → Read More

Movie Guru: ‘Blinded by the Light’ dives into teenage life with the music of Bruce Springsteen

Editor’s note: This film is not showing at the Riverwalk of Edwards, CineBistro in Vail or Capitol Theater in Eagle. Being a teenager is both a universal experience and utterly individual to everyone. That's proven once again in "Blinded by the Light," the latest from Gurinder Chada, the director of "Bend It Like Beckham." Though… → Read More