Tuesday, June 18 2013, 10:55 AM MDT
Recommended Films: June 7- June 13, 2013
By Ryan Michael Painter
(KUTV) Recommended films showing in Salt Lake City for the week of June 7 – June 13, 2013
1. Star Trek Into Darkness (PG-13)
2. Iron Man 3 (PG-13)
3. Now You See Me (PG-13)
4. The Great Gatsby (PG-13)
5. Oblivion (PG-13)
1. The Croods (PG)
2. Epic (PG)
3. Oz the Great and Powerful (PG)
4. Rise of the Guardians (PG)
5. Escape from Planet Earth (PG)
1. What Maisie Knew (R)
2. Mud (PG-13)
3. Frances Ha (R)
4. Kon-Tiki (PG-13)
5. The Place Beyond the Pines (R)
Films Opening This Week
2.5 out of 5 Stars
Director: Shawn Levy
Starring: Vince Vaughn, Owen Wilson, Rose Byrne
Recommended To: Die hard Vince Vaughn fans who haven’t grown tired of his shtick.
Synopsis: The digital age has made salesmen Billy (Vince Vaughn) and Nick (Owen Wilson) obsolete. Desperate to find their place in the modern world the duo applies to be interns at Google.
Review: Vaughn and Wilson play fish out of water for laughs and while there are some funny moments The Internship feels insincere, smug and a bit obnoxious. Vaughn essentially plays a version of himself while Wilson gives an incredibly uneven performance. Part of the problem is the screenplay. Co-written by Vaughn and Jared Stern the script isn’t nearly as vulgar as Stern’s The Watch (it does push the limits of its PG-13 rating) but again it relies too heavily on the ad-lib talents of the cast and more often than not these moments fall flat. There is a nice subplot involving Wilson and Rose Byrne, but it comes and goes far too quickly. The supporting cast feels more committed to their roles than the leads, but they’re simply playing the traditional stereotypical characters that populate ensemble comedies.
The Internship isn’t a bad film; it just feels uninspired. There are laughs to be had, but the film feels destined to fade into the ether.
1.5 out of 5 Stars
Director: James DeMonaco
Starring: Ethan Hawke, Lena Haeadey, Max Burkholder
Genre: Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Recommended To: Those looking for a mediocre home-invasion film with a concept that is more ridiculous than it is intellectually challenging.
Synopsis: The Purge is an annual event where for a 12-hour period all crime is legalized. Police, fire and all other emergency services are shut down. When the Sandin family allows a target man to hide in their house they are held hostage in their own home by a group of privileged killers looking to cleans their souls.
Review: The central idea behind The Purge is fairly ridiculous, but I’d be willing to look past that if the movie did well with its concept. Unfortunately writer/director James DeMonaco’s film fails to paint an interesting picture within its frame. There are simply too many stupid and unexplainable aspects to the story that range from characters’ decisions and the family’s pre-Purge preparation to take the film seriously. It’s also not very suspenseful. There are a few thrills towards the end of the film, but most of the events are so telegraphed that when they happen there is no sense of surprise. The lack of thrills can also be tracked to Rhys Wakefield’s misguided performance as the “Polite Stranger.” He seems to be channeling a less-effective version of Heath Ledger’s Joker. He’s campy without any of the creepiness.
At least the film ends well with a crescendo of violence and a sinister sense of humor that should have been there from the opening frame. Sadly, it’s just too little too late to justify the price of entry.
Love Is All You Need
3 out of 5 Stars
Director: Susanne Bier
Starring: Trine Dyrholm, Pierce Brosnan
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Recommended To: Those looking for a fairly smart romantic comedy that offers the expected tropes without watering down the product too much.
Synopsis: Having just completed her cancer treatments Ida discovers that her husband is having an affair with one of his co-workers. Stunned Ida leaves for Italy to attend her daughter’s wedding where she finds a chance and a reason to fall in love all over again.
Review: Love Is All You Need doesn’t break from the traditional tropes of the romantic comedy genre. It features all the familiar storylines and subplots that you’d expect but rarely feels overly clichéd. There’s a slight twist towards the film’s end, but it is hardly a surprise, as Susanne Bier and Anders Thomas Jensen’s story harbors no real secrets. If you’re looking for a romantic comedy with art house roots Love Is All You Need will appease.
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