Friday, January 16, 2015

Movie Reviews: Blackhat, The Wedding Ringer, Paddington

Posted By on January 16, 2015, 10:52 AM

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Studly computer hackers and a cuddly bear are among the new heroes in Utah theaters this weekend.

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.

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