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Friday, April 24, 2015

Movie Reviews: The Age of Adaline, Little Boy, Water Diviner

Plus: Desert Dancer, Ex Machina

Posted By on April 24, 2015, 8:00 AM

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The mysteries of faith, immortality and artificial intelligence are all part of this week's new releases in Utah theaters.

Scott Renshaw enjoys the swoony romantic drama (and great Harrison Ford performance) in The Age of Adaline (pictured), even when it's trying too hard to be taken seriously. Artists trying to survive the repressive Iranian regime make for some stuffy fact-based drama in Desert Dancer, except when the wonderful desert dancing is actually going on. The faith-based period piece Little Boy introduces some daring ideas about what it means to believe, until the ending falls apart with pandering nonsense.

MaryAnn Johanson finds Russell Crowe's directing debut The Water Diviner attempting to cling to gritty realism despite its fantastical premise.

In this week's feature review, Scott Renshaw doesn't mind if Ex Machina doesn't really have all that much to say about artificial intelligence and humanity, as long as Oscar Isaac is showing us why he's one of the most talented actors in the world.

Trailers

The Age of Adaline
Rated PG-13 · 113 minutes · 2015
Staff Rating:
Official Site: www.theageofadalinemovie.com/#
Director: Lee Krieger
Producer: Sidney Kimmel, Tom Rosenberg, Gary Lucchesi, Andre Lamal, Eric Reid, David Kern, Richard Wright, Jim Tauber, Bruce Toll and Alix Madigan
Cast: Blake Lively, Michiel Huisman, Kathy Baker, Harrison Ford, Ellen Burstyn, Amanda Crew, Hugh Ross, Linda Boyd, Richard Harmon, Anjali Jay, Hiro Kanagawa, Peter Grey, Izabel Pearce and Cate Richardson
Little Boy
Rated PG-13 · 106 minutes · 2015
Staff Rating:
Official Site: littleboymovie.com
Director: Alejandro Monteverde
Producer: Leo Severino, Eduardo Verastegui, Alejandro Monteverde, Eduardo Verastegui, Roma Downey, Mark Burnett, Emilio Azcárraga, Mickey O'Hare and Sean Wolfington
Cast: Jakob Salvati, Emily Watson, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, Michael Rapaport, David Henrie, Tom Wilkinson, Ted Levine, Kevin James, Ben Chaplin and Eduardo Verastegui

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Little Boy, and The Age of Adaline are not showing in any theaters in the area.

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    Scott Renshaw has been a City Weekly staff member since 1999, including assuming the role of primary film critic in 2001 and Arts & Entertainment Editor in 2003. Scott has covered the Sundance Film Festival for 25 years, and provided coverage of local arts including theater, pop-culture conventions, comedy, literature,... more

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    Trailers

    The Age of Adaline
    Rated PG-13 · 113 minutes · 2015
    Staff Rating:
    Official Site: www.theageofadalinemovie.com/#
    Director: Lee Krieger
    Producer: Sidney Kimmel, Tom Rosenberg, Gary Lucchesi, Andre Lamal, Eric Reid, David Kern, Richard Wright, Jim Tauber, Bruce Toll and Alix Madigan
    Cast: Blake Lively, Michiel Huisman, Kathy Baker, Harrison Ford, Ellen Burstyn, Amanda Crew, Hugh Ross, Linda Boyd, Richard Harmon, Anjali Jay, Hiro Kanagawa, Peter Grey, Izabel Pearce and Cate Richardson
    Little Boy
    Rated PG-13 · 106 minutes · 2015
    Staff Rating:
    Official Site: littleboymovie.com
    Director: Alejandro Monteverde
    Producer: Leo Severino, Eduardo Verastegui, Alejandro Monteverde, Eduardo Verastegui, Roma Downey, Mark Burnett, Emilio Azcárraga, Mickey O'Hare and Sean Wolfington
    Cast: Jakob Salvati, Emily Watson, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, Michael Rapaport, David Henrie, Tom Wilkinson, Ted Levine, Kevin James, Ben Chaplin and Eduardo Verastegui

    Now Playing

    Little Boy, and The Age of Adaline are not showing in any theaters in the area.

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