Friday, July 8, 2016
Movie Reviews: Secret Life of Pets, Wiener-Dog, Mike and Dave, Music of Strangers
By Scott Renshaw
on July 8, 2016, 8:01 AM
different dog stories hit Utah theaters this weekend.
The animated comedy The Secret Lives of Pets
(pictured) loses its solid jokes and lively pacing in a story that's thoroughly ripped off from the Toy Story
movies. The pitch-black sensibility of Todd Solondz adds just
enough sweetness to the bleak vignettes of Wiener-Dog
. Director Morgan Neville—like his subject, Yo-Yo Ma—attempts to blend many different voices into harmony in The Music of Strangers
, and mostly succeeds in a story of cultures both shared and preserved.
In this week's feature review, Hollywood's predictable need to push the envelope in every R-rated comedy infects the terrific concept (and sporadic hilarity) of Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates
One raunchy comedy, one earnest documentary and two