Movies

Friday, July 24, 2015

Movie Reviews: Paper Towns, Pixels, Cartel Land

Also: Unexpected, Southpaw, Aloft
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.

Friday, July 17, 2015

Movie Reviews: Trainwreck, Mr. Holmes, Ant-Man

Also: The Tribe, Testament of Youth, Strangerland
Twisted romantic comedy and a twist on the Sherlock Holmes mythology are among the new movies in Utah theaters this weekend.

Friday, July 10, 2015

Movie Reviews: Amy, The Gallows, Minions, Eden

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.

Friday, June 26, 2015

Movie Reviews: Ted 2, Max

Also: A Little Chaos, Escobar, The Strongest Man
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.

Friday, June 19, 2015

Movie Reviews: Dope, The Wolfpack, Live from New York!

Also: Saint Laurent, Inside Out
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.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Inside Out Interviews: Director Pete Docter & Producer Jonas Rivera

A talk with the creators of Pixar's latest animated feature
On June 19, the new feature from Disney/Pixar, Inside Out, opens in theaters. In April, director Pete Docter and producer Jonas Rivera visited Utah to talk about the film with local media.

Friday, June 12, 2015

Movie Reviews: Jurassic World, Results

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.

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Movie Reviews: Entourage, Love & Mercy

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.

Friday, May 15, 2015

Movie Reviews: Pitch Perfect 2, Mad Max: Fury Road, Dior and I

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.

Friday, May 8, 2015

Movie Reviews: Hot Pursuit, Maggie, The D Train

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.

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