Scott Renshaw appreciated some of the gritty style in Michael Mann's cyber-thriller Blackhat
(pictured), but couldn't quite get past the joylessness and lack of interest in the human characters. And he appreciated some of the back-story in the fact-based underdogs-make-good tale Spare Parts
, but not the choices made on which characters deserved the most attention.
Eric D. Snider lamented the easy jokes and lack of effort in the Kevin Hart/Josh Gad best-man-for-hire comedy The Wedding Ringer
Danny Bowes was delighted by the easy-going charm of Paddington
, featuring the big screen adventures of Michael Bond's beloved bear.
In this week's feature reviews, Scott Renshaw focused on the power of Bradley Cooper's performance as a troubled soldier in American Sniper
rather than the possible historical inaccuracies, while Eric D. Snider was wowed by the riveting, unsettling character study of Foxcatcher
Studly computer hackers and a cuddly bear are among the new heroes in Utah theaters this weekend.