High-energy sound

John Welsh Band Courtesy Idaho Falls Arts Council

The John Welsh Band will bring a high-energy blend of Latin, West African, reggae and folk rock to an intimate Idaho Falls gathering Nov. 16.

‘Lady Bird’ shows a perfect slice of teenage life

This image released by A24 Films shows Saoirse Ronan in a scene from "Lady Bird." (Merie Wallace/A24 via AP)

Lady Bird is obsessed with place. Her place in the world, in her Catholic high school, in her school play, in her own family and in her unglamorous hometown of Sacramento (“the Midwest of California”) and the even more unglamorous part she lives in. She craves sophistication in a way that she can’t quite put into words or actions, beyond a vague desire to go to an East Coast college, but is certain that whatever she has in her middle-class existence in 2002 isn’t it.

‘Thor: Ragnarok’ takes the god to funny heights

This image released by Marvel Studios shows the Hulk, from left, Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Tessa Thompson as Valkyrie and Tom Hiddleston as Loki in a scene from, "Thor: Ragnarok." (Marvel Studios via AP)

In the stand-alone films of the Marvel Cinematic Universe Thor always seemed to get the short end of the stick. The Thor films were never as popular as Iron Man, and didn’t gain steam like Captain America. They were perhaps a little too serious and a little too dull — none of which was the fault of star Chris Hemsworth, whose performances in the role have been so seamless and charming that he almost doesn’t get enough credit.

An edgeless satire in George Clooney’s ‘Suburbicon’

This file image released by Paramount Pictures shows Julianne Moore, left, and Matt Damon in a scene from "Suburbicon." (Hilary Bronwyn Gayle/Paramount Pictures via AP)

The perfect veneer of 1950s suburban life is just a mask for the deep rot and hypocrisy festering underneath the trimmed lawns in George Clooney’s “Suburbicon,” a derivative and somewhat edgeless satire with some compelling performances nonetheless.

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