Adaptations of a young-adult bestseller and a two-minute short film join a pair of Sundance 2015 entries among new releases in Utah theaters. In Pixels, Adam Sandler takes a fun concept—an alien invasion in the form of vintage video-game characters—and applies his now-typical approach of executing it in the laziest manner possible.
Also: Self/Less, The 100-Year-Old-Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared
A documentary about a tragic music star and a found-footage supernatural thriller are among the movies joining the goggle-eyed Minions in Utah theaters this week. In Eden, co-writer/director Mia Hansen-Løve tells an epic story of a Parisian electronica DJ for a fascinating portrait of an artist staying in one place while life speeds past him.
A talking bear, a heroic dog and an infamous drug lord are among the subjects of new movies in Utah theaters this week. Seth MacFarlane's potty-mouthed sentient childhood toy returns in Ted 2 (pictured), which manages just enough
huge laughs to balance its pointless plot and icky ain't-I-a-naughty-boy gags.
A pair of 2015 Sundance award winners are among the new releases joining Pixar's Inside Out in Utah theaters this weekend. Scott Renshaw enjoys the sharp comic writing of Dope (pictured)—the Sundance editing award-winner about a straight-A student who winds up with a backpack full of drugs—even as it tries to juggle different tones and subplots.
Also: The Connection, In the Name of My Daughter, When Marnie Was There
The return of rampaging dinosaurs to Utah theaters headlines a week that includes several new indie releases. Heading alone into Utah multiplexes this week 14 years after the last franchise entry is Jurassic World (pictured), which Scott Renshaw enjoyed sporadically in its action beats, but found pretty cynical about its role as a give-the-people-what-they-ask-for franchise blockbuster.
Also: Sunshine Superman, The Cokeville Miracle, I'll See You in My Dreams
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.
Also: Far from the Madding Crowd, Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem
High-profile sequels and some intriguing art-house offerings provide a variety of new options for Utah movie releases. Scott Renshaw struggles with finding the line between hilarious and cringe-inducing in the unevenly effective aca-follow-up Pitch Perfect 2 (pictured), while the struggles of an Israeli woman to obtain a divorce make for compelling—but sometimes static—drama in Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem.
Also: 5 Flights Up, The Salt of the Earth, Welcome to Me
Oddball comedies, Schwarzenegger vs. zombies and an Oscar-nominated documentary are among the new releases in Utah theaters this week. Scott Renshaw appreciates the chemistry in the comedic pairing of Reese Witherspoon and Sofia Vergara in Hot Pursuit (pictured), but wishes they'd been given anything funny to do.