Wednesday, October 9 2013, 11:14 AM MDT
Box Office: Recommended Filmes for September 20- 26, 2013
Recommended films showing in Salt Lake City for the week of September 20 September 26, 2013
1. Blue Jasmine (PG-13)
2. The Worlds End (R)
3. Pacific Rim (PG-13)
4. The Grandmaster (PG-13)
5. Prisoners (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. Fruitvale Station (R)
4. The Way, Way Back (PG-13)
5. Salinger (PG-13)
3 out of 5 Stars
Director: Denis Villenueve
Starring: Hugh Jackman, Jake Gyllenhaal, Viola Davis
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Recommended To: Those looking for a decent kidnapping thriller with abundant twists.
Synopsis: When Keller Dovers (Hugh Jackman) daughter and her friend are kidnapped and police release the prime suspect Dover is compelled to begin his own investigation.
Review: Screenwriter Aaron Guzikowski has packed Prisoners with so many twists that the film almost justifies its 153-minute runtime. Almost. The problem is that there are parts of the story that are so spelled out that its amazing that the characters, particularly Detective Loki (Jake Gyllenhaal), cant connect the dots even though they are plainly set before him. Fortunately the film, nor its characters, is too simple minded to undermine the general tension and rollercoaster ride that director Denis Villeneuve (Incendies) takes us on. The cast is quite good and while that doesn't completely cover up the scripts deficiencies it does make Prisoners very watchable. Had Guzikowski been less interested in leading the audience astray and more focused on giving depth to more of the characters the film could have been more satisfying. Its also interesting to note that the film isn't nearly as gruesome as I expected. This isn't a David Fincher film and in many ways that's somewhat disappointing.
2.5 out of 5 Stars
Director: Shane Salerno
Recommended To: Literary fans looking for an examination of J.D. Salinger that barely scratches the surface.
Synopsis: A look at the rise and disappearance of famed author J.D. Salinger.
Review: Throughout Salinger author J.D. Salinger is referred to as his generations Howard Hughes due to his reclusive behavior. The major difference, which goes unnoted, is that for most of his life Hughes demanded the spotlight; Salinger found the spotlight to be an undesirable and unexpected symptom of his extraordinary talent. As a result Salinger has always been something of a mystery. Salinger was supposed to give audiences a peak behind the curtain into the life of a beloved author and reveal a treasure-trove of secrets. It doesn't. Instead it walks in circles as it gives an overview of Salinger's career. It offers snippets of interviews with writers, actors, friends, the occasional wife and devoted fans. Little of what is said offers any insight to the man beyond his arrogance, love of young women and his disdain for fame. At best the film is an overview of Salinger's career and even then it stumbles more than it takes flight.
Thanks for Sharing
2 out of 5 Stars
Director: Stuart Blumberg
Starring: Mark Ruffalo, Tim Robbins, Gwyneth Paltrow
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Recommended To: Those looking for a great cast in an extremely underwhelming film.
Synopsis: Adam (Mark Ruffalo), Mike (Tim Robbins) and Neil (Josh Gad) are all at various stages in their fight to overcome sex addiction. Mike has salvaged his marriage, Adam is five-years sober and preparing to start dating again and Neil is simply in denial.
Review: Thanks for Sharing features a mostly-talented cast completely devoid of chemistry. There are lines being spoken, but there isn't any sort of connection. The actors simply go through the motions and eventually the story runs its course when the script runs out of words. Ruffalo and Gwyneth Paltrow are a charming and attractive pairing, but I never cared if they stayed together. They weren't invested, why should I be?
Director/writer Stuart Blumberg may have won over many critics with 2010's The Kids Are All Right, but he's yet to reel me in.
By: Ryan Michael Painter