Thursday, June 4, 2015

Movie Reviews: Entourage, Love & Mercy

Also: Sunshine Superman, The Cokeville Miracle, I'll See You in My Dreams

Posted By on June 4, 2015, 8:37 AM

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The big-screen return of HBO bros, a Beach Boy's biography and a fact-based faith-infused drama are among new arrivals in Utah theaters this week.

Scott Renshaw laments the complete embrace of shallow, talentless Hollywood in Entourage (pictured), a show he's never seen and isn't inclined to sample now. The story of Beach Boy Brian Wilson gets half a terrific treatment in Love & Mercy, as great material featuring Paul Dano as circa-1965 Wilson clashes with formulaic material involving John Cusack as his 1980s counterpart. Blythe Danner's lovely performance as a long-time widow seeking new connections elevates the gentle drama of I'll See You in My Dreams. Utah filmmaker T.C. Christensen takes the real-life story of The Cokeville Miracle and fashions yet another faith-based story unlikely to move anyone who doesn't already believe. Sunshine Superman tells the documentary story of BASE jumping pioneer Carl Boenish with great footage but too much emphasis on the end of his life.

Also opening this week, but not yet screened: the horror prequel Insidious: Chapter 3.

In this week's feature review, MaryAnn Johanson celebrates Paul Feig's espionage comedy Spy not just for its hilarious jokes, but for its savvy look at women trying to survive workplace hostility and flying bullets.
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