Friday, January 24 2014, 07:40 AM MST
Box Office: Recommended Films For The Week Of January 17 – January 23, 2014
Recommended films showing in Salt Lake City for the week January 11 16, 2014
1. Her (R)
2. The Wolf of Wall Street (R)
3. American Hustle (R)
4. Frozen (PG)
5. Lone Survivor (R)
1. Frozen (PG)
2. The Book Thief (PG-13)
3. Saving Mr. Banks (PG-13)
4. The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (PG)
5. Enders Game (PG-13)
1. Her (R)
2. Inside Llewyn Davis (R)
3. 12 Years a Slave (R)
4. The Great Beauty (NR)
5. Nebraska (R)
Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit
3.5 out of 5 Stars
Director: Kenneth Branagh
Starring: Chris Pine, Kevin Costner, Keira Knightley
Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller
Recommended To: Fans of thrilling, but not necessarily smart, action films.
Synopsis: Jack Ryan (Chris Pine), a newly minted CIA analyst, uncovers a Russian scheme to undermine the U.S. economy with a well-timed terrorist attack.
Review: Based on Tom Clancy's characters, but not on any of his specific books, Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit is a full reboot of the classic character in a modern era. Chris Pine does a fine job taking over the role (Ben Affleck, Harrison Ford and Alec Baldwin previously played the character) by giving Ryan his own sort of swagger rather than trying to copy previous performances beat by beat. He's amiable, a little more vulnerable and clearly a work in progress under the watchful eye of Thomas Harper (Kevin Costner) as he squares off with Russian Viktor Cherevin (Kenneth Branagh). Its not nearly as smart as I had hoped it would be, but the action is quite good and there's plenty of tension. For a January release (the original release date was pushed back due to the late-arriving The Wolf of Wall Street) its decidedly above average and will entertain anyone who happens to stumble upon it.
The Nut Job
1 out of 5 Stars
Director: Peter Lepeniotis
Starring: Will Arnett, Brendan Fraser, Liam Neeson
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy
Recommended To: Those looking for an uninspired animated film.
Synopsis: When Surly, a particularly mischievous squirrel, accidentally destroys the park community's winter food storage hes forced to move to the city. There amongst the skyscrapers Surly discovers Maury's Nut Store: the perfect to his winter woes (and the parks if he chooses to share it).
Review: Its hard to find anything right with The Nut Job. The story is predictable and populated by unlikable characters. The writing is bland, the comedy is unfunny and while the film looks pretty good it fails to offer anything new. If you're going to be generic or derivative you at least need to have a competent script and Lorne Cameron and Peter Lepeniotis fail to provide one. Instead they offer up the usual fart jokes (which even the children in the audience stopped laughing at) and PSY's "Gangnam Style." You'd be better off seeing Frozen for the second or third time.
-Ryan Michael Painter
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