Wednesday, September 26 2012, 11:09 AM MDT
Box Office: Recommended Films Sept. 7 - Sept. 13
Recommended films showing in Salt Lake City for the week of September 7 – September 13, 2012
1. The Dark Knight Rises (PG-13)
2. The Avengers (PG-13)
3. Prometheus (R)
4. Lawless (R)
5. The Amazing Spider-Man (PG-13)
1. Brave (PG)
2. ParaNorman (PG)
3. The Odd Life of Timothy Green (PG)
4. Ice Age: Continental Drift (PG)
5. Madagascar 3 (PG)
1. Beats of the Southern Wild (PG-13)
2. Moonrise Kingdom (PG-13)
3. Sleepwalk with Me (NR)
4. The Queen of Versailles (PG)
5. 2 Days in New York (R)
2.5 out of 5 Stars
Directors • Brian Klugman and Lee Sternthal
Starring • Bradley Cooper, Jeremy Irons and Zoe Saldana
Rated • PG-13
Recommended to • Bradley Cooper fans that absolutely can’t wait until the film is released on DVD.
The central plot of “The Words” is centered on Rory Jansen (Bradley Cooper), a young writer desperate to be published. He’s talented, but nothing special. Then he finds a complete manuscript to an unpublished book in leather satchel while on his honeymoon in France. Jansen is so impressed with the manuscript that he claims it as his own and successfully launches his career.
“The Words” is a story, within a story, within a story. That’s three layers. It’s not hard to follow; it’s just difficult to figure out why the story needed all those layers when two layers would have been more than enough. Get rid of the third layer (starring a very creepy Dennis Quaid and a overly vague Olivia Wilde) and “The Words” is recommendable. As it stands ”The Words” is worth a rental or, at the very most, a matinee screening.
Sleepwalk with Me
3.5 out of 5 Stars
Directors • Mike Birbiglia and Seth Barrish
Starring • Mike Birbigilia, Lauren Ambrose and James Rebhorn
Rated • NR
Recommended to • Those looking for a dry, but very funny film about a dysfunctional standup comedian.
Matt Pandamiglio (Mike Birbiglia), a struggling standup comedian, isn’t ready to marry his longtime girlfriend Abby (Lauren Ambrose) and the stress of the relationship has him sleepwalking.
“Sleepwalk with Me” was the best comedy that I saw at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. It’s funny, which is most important, but it’s also honest and heartfelt. Birbiglia’s humor is similar to Jerry Seinfeld’s, the major difference being that Birbiglia is more self-deprecating (in an oddly confident sort of way that keeps him from sounding whiny). More surprisingly it’s not particularly vulgar or explicit in any regard.
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