By Cassidy Robinson

Though displaying nothing new or especially unique, Michael Roskam’s street-crime potboiler “The Drop” is a totally well-oiled entertainment mechanism that uses its deliberate run-time to reinforce story and shape character relationships in a way that’s refreshingly confident. In an early-fall season excruciatingly barren of acceptable mainstream releases, the fact that I can muster up a bar-level positive review for this flick feels like a heavy-load lifted from my shoulders, but, with that said, I don’t want to undersell just how exciting and occasionally inspired this little bit of gangster-grit can be. Roskam’s command of performances and ability to properly stimulate story beats shouldn’t to be overlooked, and the way the plot, little by little, pieces itself together, reversing our assumptions about the characters and the meaning of their interactions, is certainly worthy of more than consolation praise.


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Taking Back Sunday

By Jenny Hopkins

IDAHO FALLS — John Nolan of Taking Back Sunday and Bert McCracken of The Used have quite a few things in common. They are both in successful rock bands, their bands have both recently released their sixth album, they were both raised in religious households, and they both be in Idaho Falls on Tuesday, September 23.

The concert, featuring frnkiero andthe cellabration, will begin at 7 p.m. at the Civic Auditorium. Tickets are $35.50 plus any applicable fees and can be purchased at at the door the night of the show.


Submitted by Idaho State Civic Symphony board of directors

POCATELLO — The Idaho State-Civic Symphony is celebrating Homecoming with the opening concert, sponsored by Key Bank and Varsity Contractors, on Saturday, September 27, at 7:30 p.m. in the Jensen Grand Concert Hall of the Stephens Performing Arts Center.

There will be a pre-concert chat and mingle with Dr. Harville in the rotunda from 6:30 p.m. until 7 p.m. Light snacks and beverages will be available for purchase.


by Bob Devine

The American Association of University Women (AAUW) will host their used book sale at Reed Gym, starting Thursday from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m., on Friday from 9 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Parking is free on campus after 4 p.m. weekdays and all day on Saturday. A large supply of fiction and non-fiction books will be available with free punch and cookies/brownies on Thursday night. Proceeds will support local AAUW workshops. For more information, visit or contact Linda Leeuwrik at or 226-6245.

“22 Jump Street” is the weekend feature at the Bengal Theater, playing Thursday night at 8 p.m., with shows on Friday and Saturday, at 7 and 9:45 p.m. This second installment in the “undercover cops pose as youth” series, finds the Jump Street duo heading to college to track down the source of deadly illegal drugs. (Rated R) Admission is $2 for the public, $1 for ISU staff, and free for ISU students with Bengal ID.

The ISU Ambush 5K Mud Run is this Saturday, September 20, with the first flight starting at 9 a.m. and the last flight beginning at 11:30 a.m. Come watch the teams make their way through the grueling course on Bartz Field. More information is online at

The Saturday matinee at the Bengal Theater is the “Muppets Most Wanted” playing at 1 and 3 p.m. Join the muppety puppets as Kermit is mistaken for a criminal look alike, while the criminal decides to poses as Kermit. (Rated PG) Admission is $2 for the public, $1 for ISU staff and children under 12, and free for ISU students with Bengal ID.

“The Grand Budapest Hotel” will be shown this Sunday, September 21, at 3:00, 5:15, and 7:30 p.m. in the Bengal Theater. This acclaimed tale from the makers of “Moonrise Kingdom” highlights the comical adventures of a legendary Hungarian hotel manager and the lobby boy who becomes his most trusted friend. The Wall Street Journal writes, “Wes Anderson’s lovely confection, ‘The Grand Budapest Hotel,’ keeps us smiling, and laughing out loud,” while the Minneapolis Star writes,”The Grand Budapest Hotel strikes me as something very close to a masterpiece.” (Rated R) Admission is $2 for the public, or $1 for ISU students. For trailer and more information, go to

The United States Marine Band will host “The President’s Own” concert this Sunday, September 21, at 4 p.m. in the Jensen Grand Hall at the Stephens Performing Arts Center. Admission is free. Contact the ticket office at 282-3595 to reserve advance tickets.

And the Monday Night Football party is at the Bengal Cafe, for the Bears and the Jets at 6:30 p.m. Monday, September 22. Enjoy buffet food, drinks and prizes. Admission is $2 for students and $5 for others.

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POCATELLO — The mystery thriller “The Game’s Afoot” will wrap up the 28th season for the Westside Players Community Dinner Theatre at The Warehouse, 1002 S. 2nd Ave.

The play, which was awarded the 2012 Best Play of the Year by The Mystery Writers of America, will be shown on Fridays at Saturdays, Oct. 3-25. Doors will open at 6 p.m., dinner will be from 7-7:30 p.m. at the performance will start at 8 p.m.


By Journal Staff

Michael Ballam 02GRACE — Season tickets are currently on sale for the Gem Valley Performing Arts 2014-15 concert season.

Reserved seating for adults for all six shows and the April theater production by the Grace High School thespians is $60, and those age 18 and younger in the company of an adult season ticket holder gain admission to all six shows and the April musical performance for $15.

Individual show tickets go on sale 30 days before each performance at Sanders Furniture in Grace (208-425-3501) and Soda Springs (208-547-3706). Individual show tickets are $12 for adults and $7 for age 18 and younger. Season tickets are also available at Sanders Furniture.

The season will open Oct. 4 with a performance by Michael Ballam, founder and General Director of The Utah Festival Opera Company in Logan, Utah. Ballam has performed in concert halls in America, Europe, Asia, Russia and the Middle East, and his operatic repertoire includes more than 600 performances. He is an accomplished pianist and oboist and is the founder and general director of the Utah Festival Opera.

He has authored more than 40 publications and recordings and has starred in three major motion pictures.

Prior to the concert there will be a potato bar hosted by the Gem Valley Performing Arts Committee at 5 p.m. in the Grace High School cafeteria. A $5 donation is suggested. The concert will begin at 7 p.m.

This is the eighteenth season for the Gem Valley Performing Arts Center. Concerts are held in the 500 seat venue, located at 704 S. Main Street in Grace, annexed to Grace High School.

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