Barb Bretz

Film & Book Reviewer

Friday Film Reviewer & Monthly Book Reviewer

W.W. Norton & Company

 The One Book One Community selection this year is “Deep Creek: Finding Hope in the High Country,” which recently won the Reading the West Advocacy Award. Author Pam Houston, once a resident of Park City, will hold a virtual talk with locals in September about her latest book. 

 

“Deep Creek: Finding Hope in the High Country” is author Pam Houston's first memoir. It's an obvious love letter to the natural world in general and her ranch specifically. 

 

The documentary “13th” was released in 2016. If you missed it then - watch it now. As the national and international conversation about racial injustice elevates, every single one of us could benefit from the enlightenment delivered by this documentary. Here's Barb Bretz with your Friday Film Review.

Have you ever wondered when exactly the meek shall inherit the Earth? This week's film The Laundromat lets you know NOT to hold your breath. Here's Barb Bretz with this week’s Friday Film Review.

The Laundromat directed by Steven Soderbergh is based on Jake Bernstein's nonfiction book 'Secrecy World' about the 2016 Panama Papers scandal.

Released only two weeks after its Sundance Film Festival premiere, “Downhill” refers not only to a ski vacation but also to what's going on with a marriage before our eyes.  Barb Bretz has this week’s Friday Film review.

Directors Nat Faxon and Jim Rash were at Sundance in 2013 with a warm and witty film called, “The Way Way Back.” This year, along with co-writer Jesse Armstrong, they brought us “Downhill.”

KPCW's Fabulous Film Panel wraps up the 2020 Sundance Film Festival and this years Academy Awards.   Rick Brough is joined by KPCW Program Director John Burdick, reporter Emily Means, and Friday Film Reviewers Barbara Bretz and Libby Wadman.

In this segment of The Sundance Reel, Director Eugene Ashe discusses his film Sylvie’s Love.

In this segment of The Sundance Reel, Directors Bill Ross and Turner Ross, talk about their film Bloody Nose Empty Pockets.

In this segment of The Sundance Reel, Director Arthur Jones and Producer Giorgio Angelini talk about the origin of Pepe the Frog and their film Feels Good Man.

Shalini Kantayya, Director of Coded Bias, a film about the problems with artificial  intelligence and algorithms, talks to Leslie Thatcher and Barbara Bretz on The Sundance Reel

In this segment of The Sundance Reel,  Director Alison Elwood discusses her film, The Go-Go's a Documentary Premieres film in the 2020 Sundance Film Festival. 

In this segment of The Sundance Reel Directors Amanda McBaine and Jessie Moss talk about their film, Boys State U.S. Documentary Competition entry in the 2020 Sundance Film Festival. 

In this segment of The Sundance Reel, Leslie Thatcher and Barbara Bretz talk to the director of Whirlybird, Matt Yoka, U.S. Documentary Competition entry in the 2020 Sundance Film Festival. 

In this segment of The Sundance Reel, Director Eliza Hittman discusses her film Never Rarely Sometimes Always. U.S. Dramatic Competion entry in the 2020 Sundance Film Festival. 

Fans of author Erin Morgenstern who fell in love with her debut novel The Night Circus in 2011, have been eagerly awaiting a second novel. The Starless Sea was published in November 2019. Here, with a plug for both, is Barb Bretz with this month’s book review.

Is the transition of  "CATS" the Broadway stage play to the silver screen really a "cat-tastrophe?”  Here's Barb Bretz with this week’s  Friday Film Review.

My goal in reviewing a film is to entice you to see it so I try to pick something I enjoyed. "CATS" the Broadway musical, was fun, the trailer intrigued me and I looked forward to the film. However, after the December 20th release, critic attacks were immediate and intense. Evidently Universal has even pulled it from Oscar consideration.

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