(KUTV) Recommended films showing in Salt Lake City for the week of March 15 – 21, 2013
1. Zero Dark Thirty (R)
2. Argo (R)
3. Lincoln (PG-13)
4. Silver Linings Playbook (R)
5. Oz the Great and Powerful (PG)
1. Oz the Great and Powerful (PG)
2. Life of Pi (PG)
3. Beautiful Creatures (PG-13)
4. Rise of the Guardians (PG)
5. Wreck-It Ralph (PG)
1. Amour (PG-13)
2. The Impossible (PG-13)
3. Beasts of the Southern Wild (PG-13)
4. West of Memphis (R)
5. 56 Up (NR)
The Incredible Burt Wonderstone
2 out of 5 Stars
Director: Don Scardino
Starring: Steve Carell, Steve Buscemi, Olivia Wilde
Recommended to: Those willing to sit through 85 minutes of garbage for 15 minutes of hilarity.
Burt (Steve Carell) and Anton (Steve Buscemi) have been Las Vegas’s most popular magicians for a decade but their friendship and careers have reached an impasse. Is it too late to salvage all they once shared or is it time to step aside for newcomers like shock artist Steve Gray (Jim Carrey) to take the stage?
When you include words like “incredible” in your title you’re already setting yourself up for some clever headlines, particularly if your film doesn’t live up to its billing. “The Incredible Burt Wonderstone” is a ponderous film with flashes of genius. It stars out well before disintegrating into a disjointed string of gags and romantic subplots that fail to cover up the fact that the film isn’t all that funny, smart or incredible. It’s not even average. The film’s greatest sin being that it is about magicians that aren’t very magical. Alan Arkin is quite good as Rance Holloway, Burt and Anton’s childhood hero, but he’s given too little to do. Olivia Wilde provides the sex appeal and one brilliant scene as Jane, a would-be-female magician trapped in a male dominated industry. Carrey’s take on Criss Angel was more convincing and funny when David Tennant parodied him in 2011’s “Fright Night.” Carrell and Buscemi? They seem to be simply going through the motions.
3.5 out of 5 Stars
Directors: Michael Apted and Paul Almond
Rated: Not Rated
Recommended to: Sociologists and those who have followed the landmark documentary series.
In 1964 filmmaker Paul Almond interviewed 14 seven-year-old British children from various backgrounds in order to examine the role that social class played in their development. Every seven years the director (Michael Apted took over the project following the first film) would interview the individuals and track their progress.
For “56 Up” 13 of the original children were interviewed (documentary filmmaker Charles Furneaux has refused to participate since “21 Up”) and while the film clocks in at just over two hours it leaves very little time to really examine each person’s life. We’re given a concise tour of the past 49 years, which is quite interesting, but, as the participants themselves point out, a bit incomplete.
3 out of 5 Stars
Director: Eytan Fox
Starring: Ohad Knoller, Shlomo Sadan and Oz Zehavi
Rated: Not Rated
Recommended to: Fans of Israeli cinema or dramas that explore loneliness and the need for love.
Dr. Yossi Hoffman is still haunted by his love for Jagger, a fellow soldier who died ten years previously. When he meets a group of soldiers while on vacation he finds himself drawn towards Tom, a young soldier.
“Yossi” is director Eytan Fox’s a sequel to his celebrated 2002 film “Yossi & Jagger.” It is an interesting examination of loneliness and the lasting impact of the death of a romantic partner. Haunted by the past Yossi is essentially a closed book. He goes about his life in a very regimented way. This allows him to distance himself from any sort of emotion. The film is about Yossi being drawn, rather than forced, out of his shell. He’s afraid, but in desperate need to move forward. Unfortunately the film doesn’t explore the complicated fact that Yossi’s way of moving forward is with someone who clearly reminds him of Jagger, but the it does do a nice job of getting the audience inside of Yossi’s head and understanding the emptiness and frustrated desire that has become his life. I’m intrigued by what might come next.
(Copyright 2013 Sinclair Broadcast Group)