Tuesday, June 18 2013, 10:55 AM MDT
Box Office: Recommended Films for May 24 through May 30
(KUTV) Recommended films showing in Salt Lake City for the week of May 24 – May 30, 2013
1. Star Trek Into Darkness (PG-13)
2. Iron Man 3 (PG-13)
3. The Great Gatsby (PG-13)
4. Oblivion (PG-13)
5. 42 (PG-13)
1. The Croods (PG)
2. Epic (PG)
3. Oz the Great and Powerful (PG)
4. Life of Pi (PG)
5. Beautiful Creatures (PG-13)
1. Mud (PG-13)
2. The Iceman (R)
3. The Angels’ Share (NR)
4. The Sapphires (PG-13)
5. The Place Beyond the Pines (R)
The Hangover Part III
2.5 out of 5 Stars
Director: Todd Philips
Starring: Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, Zach Galifianakas
Recommended To: Those who have stuck with the Wolfpack through the funny and not-so-funny films.
Synopsis: Alan’s (Zach Galifianakis) intervention goes awry when Mr. Chow (Ken Jeong) escapes prison putting the Wolfpack in the middle of a very tricky situation.
Review: Rather than simply recycling the plot of the franchise’s previous two entries The Hangover Part III heads in an entirely different direction altogether. The results are better than the Wolfpack’s adventures in Bangkok, but the film isn’t remotely as funny, wild or clever as the groups first round of debauchery on Vegas’ strip as the tone is far more serious, the violence more menacing and the cameos are less inspired. Still, if you’ve made it through The Hangover II with any affinity left for the Wolfpack, you’ll probably be somewhat satisfied by the series’ finale. And if you’re not director/writer Todd Philips has included another outrageous scene halfway through the credits that might change your mind.
3 out of 5 Stars
Director: Chris Wedge
Starring: Colin Farrell, Josh Hutcherson, Amanda Seyfried
Recommended To: Those looking for a beautiful, but fairly generic animated film with an environmental spin.
Synopsis: Mary Katherine, a young woman, goes to visit her estranged father, a scientist singularly focused on proving the existence of a miniscule race of warriors that live in the forest near his home. Ignored by her father, Mary Katherine wanders into the forest only to find herself shrunken and caught in the middle of a war between the Leafmen warriors and the evil Boggans.
Review: There’s no way around the fact that Epic feels like FernGully: The Last Rainforest made in a post-Avatar era. Its beautiful to look at, but ultimately it is a mediocre telling of a story we’re already very familiar with. Most of the blame falls on the script and its four screenwriters (all working loosely from William Joyce’s book The Leaf Men and the Brave Good Bugs) who seem to be pulling the story in four different directions. Epic is the sort of film that children will enjoy because they don’t recognize its flaws. Adults? They’ll have to simply be enchanted by the visuals because there isn’t much else here.
Fast & Furious 6
3 out of 5 Stars
Director: Justin Lin
Starring: Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Dwayne Johnson
Recommended To: Fans of fast cars, big explosions, fistfights and testosterone.
Synopsis: Dominic (Vin Diesel) and Brian (Paul Walker) agree to reassemble their crew when Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson) promises to get them all pardoned if they help him take out a group of mercenary drivers.
Review: With Fast Five the mindless entertainment of the Fast & Furious franchise reached an all-time high. It wasn’t the most intelligent film to be released in the summer of 2011, but it might have been the most fun.
Fast & Furious 6 isn’t nearly as inspired as director Justin Lin pushes the action sequences to into the realm of utter absurdity. It’s still wildly entertaining, but it feels more like a guilty pleasure than a work of art. Thankfully Screenwriter Chris Morgan manages to squeeze in a few plot elements in between the explosions. Longtime fans of the franchise can revel in the (second) return of Letty (Michelle Rodriguez) and, assuming you stick around through the credits, you’ll get a peak at where the story is heading with next year’s Fast & Furious 7. 90% style and 10% substance, that’s what Fast & Furious 6 is made of.
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