(pictured) casts Jesse Eisenberg as a stoner who doesn't remember that he's a highly-trained CIA sleeper agent, in a frantic movie that's certainly unique but tries too hard for a midnight cult-film vibe. Hitman: Agent 47
returns to the video-game based world of the emotionless genetically-engineered assassin in a monotonous attempt to recreate the Eurotrash action sensibility of a Luc Besson production. The most fascinating clash comes in the documentary Best of Enemies
, about the paradigm-shifting on-air "debates" between Gore Vidal and William F. Buckley during the 1968 Republican and Democrat National Conventions.
Eric D. Snider finds Sinister 2
somehow both tamer and nastier than the creepy original.
In this week's feature review, The End of the Tour
—based on interviews between journalist David Lipsky and author David Foster Wallace—is a great character piece until it collides with the question of what a fact-based drama owes to its real-life subjects.
Not reviewed this week—but featuring Don Hertzfeldt's remarkable World of Tomorrow
, and therefore likely worth any ticket price—is a program of short films
from the 2015 Sundance Film Festival.
Killers dominate the multiplexes, while subtler fare highlights independent releases in Utah theaters this week.