Sunday, June 30 2013, 02:52 PM MDT
Box Office: Recommended Films for June 28 - July 2
Recommended films showing in Salt Lake City for the week of June 28 – July 2, 2013
By: Ryan Michael Painter
1. Man of Steel (PG-13)
2. Star Trek Into Darkness (PG-13)
3. The Heat (R)
4. World War Z (PG-13)
5. Now You See Me (PG-13)
1. Monsters University (G)
2. The Croods (PG)
3. Epic (PG)
4. Oz the Great and Powerful (PG)
5. Rise of the Guardians (PG)
1. Before Midnight (R)
2. The Kings of Summer (R)
3. Mud (PG-13)
4. Frances Ha (R)
5. Kon-Tiki (PG-13)
White House Down
2.5 out of 5 Stars
Director: Roland Emmerich
Starring: Channing Tatum, Jamie Foxx, Maggie Gyllenhaal
Genre: Action, Thriller, Drama
Recommended To: Those looking for a serious action film so poorly conceived that it becomes one of the most entertaining comedies of the year.
Synopsis: A Capitol policeman with dreams of joining the secret service finds himself and his daughter caught in the middle of a terrorist attempt to kidnap the President of the United States.
Review: There’s no way around it; White House Down is mind-numbingly dumb. How James Vanderbilt, a writer with a resume that ranges from good (The Amazing Spider-Man) to excellent (Zodiac) could churn out the sort of script that telegraphs every single plot point is beyond me. How the cast was able to keep a straight face throughout the entire ordeal is another question entirely. At least the similarly plotted Olympus Has Fallen knew it could be taken seriously. Then again, White House Down is so misguided that it works wonderfully as a comedy. Certainly director Roland Emmerich (2012, Independence Day) and his cast thought they were making a drama, but that doesn’t mean that audiences have to take it seriously. Once I gave into to the ridiculousness I was thoroughly entertained. White House Down might be the funniest film of 2013; it’s a shame that it wasn’t intended to be.
3.5 out of 5 Stars
Director: Paul Feig
Starring: Sandra Bullock, Melissa McCarthy, Demian Bichir
Genre: Action, Comedy
Recommended To: Those looking for a female cop comedy that rivals male counterparts like Lethal Weapon and 48 Hours.
Synopsis: Ashburn (Sandra Bullock), an uptight FBI agent, is forced to work with Mullins (Melissa McCarthy), a highly unconventional Boston cop, to track down a drug lord.
Review: I have to tip my cap to director Paul Feig (Bridesmaids). He somehow turns films that I have little or no interest in seeing into extremely entertaining experiences. The Heat is outrageous, more than a little vulgar and made up of buddy cop clichés and yet it feels fresh. Melissa McCarthy and Sandra Bullock inject their characters with the perfect balance of chemistry and disdain. The story and its setup aren’t original, but the script is clever enough and Feig gives the film a brisk pace that never allows McCarthy’s adlibbing to become too self-indulgent. With a runtime of 117 minutes I expected The Heat to drag in moments; it never did. From start to finish The Heat is the best mainstream comedy thus far this year.
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