Talking with director Ben Charles Edwards before the festival.
The Utah Film Center's annual LGBTQIA+ film festival kicks off today, and you can read reviews for most of the feature films in this week's City Weekly. But before we head on out to the theaters this weekend, we'll prepare you for at least one film with a cool interview.
The week's highest-profile release involves fighting supernatural forces, but a unique Korean thriller also includes otherworldly threats, and a trio of very different documentaries fill out a diverse release slate in Utah theaters. The much-talked-about remake of Ghostbusters (pictured) finds its new quartet of stars doing uniquely funny stuff when they're allowed to be unique, while cameos and callbacks to the original pull the movie down.
One raunchy comedy, one earnest documentary and two very 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.
Two very different literary characters come to theaters this weekend, along with more on-screen farts than any weekend in recent memory. The Legend of Tarzan takes a solid premise—setting it at a time when Tarzan (Alexander Skarsgård, pictured) has already become a legend—and allows it to drift into yet another wannabe summer franchise.
Every year, the Utah Arts Festival offers only one official event that provides air-conditioned respite from the summer heat. And every year, it seems that it provides just as much aesthetic cool as physical cool.
Earnest Civil War drama, alien invasion, a horror film about fashion modeling and a bikini-clad woman vs. a shark: Yep, it's quite a variety at the movies this weekend. Director Jaume Collet-Serra delivers terrific stripped-down suspense (and that doesn't just refer to star Blake Lively) in the survival thriller The Shallows (pictured).
Two documentaries about improbable underdogs come to Utah theaters this week, along with the return of a Pixar favorite and an effective new comedy team. Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart (pictured) elevate the buddy action comedy of Central Intelligence with their tremendous chemistry in a tale of guys making peace with the high-school persona that used to be their identity.
A summer of sequels continues with follow-ups both scary and theoretically magical, plus a 2015 Cannes Film Festival Grand Prize winner and a big-budget fantasy mess. The video-game adaptation Warcraft offers a lot of hacking, slashing and spell-casting, occasionally interrupted by characters talking about hacking, slashing and spell-casting.
A quieter week at the multiplexes offers ninja turtles, popstars and romantic dramedy, while politics and surrealism (not necessarily exclusive of one another) come into the art houses.
Andy Samberg and his Lonely Island cohorts create the lively faux documentary/music industry parody Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping (pictured), with hilarious original songs providing the biggest laughs in this goof on social-media-era celebrity.
A look into the short films coming from the SLC-based production company.
As we mentioned last week, a lot of smaller film festivals and competitions will be happening in the weeks to come. One of the names you should be looking out for is a company called Fill It In Productions, lead by Nano Lara, who has been producing alternative content on YouTube that's been turning heads and getting the company subscribers.