Monday, September 23 2013, 08:15 PM MDT
Box Office: Recommended Films for September 13 - September 19, 2013
(KUTV) Recommended films showing in Salt Lake City for the week of September 13 September 19, 2013
1. Blue Jasmine (PG-13)
2. The Worlds End (R)
3. Pacific Rim (PG-13)
4. The Way, Way Back (PG-13)
5. The Conjuring (R)
1. Monsters University (G)
2. Despicable Me 2 (PG)
3. Planes (PG)
4. Turbo (PG)
5. Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters (PG)
1. Blue Jasmine (PG-13)
2. The Spectacular Now (R)
3. Ain't Them Bodies Saints (R)
4. In a World... (R)
5. Black Fish (PG-13)
Insidious: Chapter 2
2.5 out of 5 Stars
Director: James Wan
Starring: Patrick Wilson, Rose Byrne, Barbara Hershey
Recommended To: Fans of horror films that don't rely on gore to get under the skin.
Synopsis: Believing theyve escaped the grasp of the evil presence Jack and his family move in with his mother in his childhood home only to discover that their nightmare was just beginning.
Review: James Wan has established himself as one of the better horror directors of this age. He, for better or worse, launched the torture porn subgenre with Saw and then went on to make Insidious and The Conjuring, two wonderful horror films that eschewed gore almost altogether. Sadly Wan insists Insidious: Chapter 2 will be the last horror film he makes as he next takes up the reigns of the Fast & the Furious series.
Insidious: Chapter 2 picks up where the previous film left off and fills in a few gaps in the original narrative (occasionally unnecessarily so). Its tone is a bit more campy than I recall the original being and the films inability to keep a constant tone proves to be the difference between making a decent film and crafting a horror movie that stands the test of time. Insidious: Chapter 2 goes for too many laughs that undercut the tension. Maybe some audiences want a chance to catch their breath; I prefer to be pushed to the edge without an escape route or release valve to ease the suspense.
Ain't Them Bodies Saints
3.5 out of 5 Stars
Director: David Lowery
Starring: Rooney Mara, Casey Affleck, Ben Foster
Genre: Drama, Crime, Romance
Recommended To: Fans of independent cinema that leans heavily upon atmosphere and strong performances.
Synopsis: Bob Muldoon (Casey Affleck) has escaped prison in hopes of making his way back to his wife (Rooney Mara) and the daughter he has never known.
Review: I'm not familiar with director David Lowery's previous films, but I have a suspicion that he grew up watching Terrence Malick's Badlands over and over and the result is Ain't Them Bodies Saints, a film that echoes Malick's poetic musings. Lowery isn't stealing shots, but hes taken the rhythm and chords and spun them into a movie that feels as familiar without being redundant because Lowery has enough talent to pull off the Malick homage. He is, of course, aided by an extremely talented trio of actors in Casey Affleck, Rooney Mara and Ben Foster, who all offer up perfectly tuned performances.
Ain't Them Bodies Saints is a beautifully moody film. It's understated, somewhat ethereal and recommended.