Tuesday, June 18 2013, 10:55 AM MDT
Box Office: Recommended Films Sept. 14 - 20, 2012
Recommended films showing in Salt Lake City for the week of September 14 – September 20, 2012
1. The Dark Knight Rises (PG-13)
2. The Avengers (PG-13)
3. Prometheus (R)
4. Lawless (R)
5. The Amazing Spider-Man (PG-13)
1. Finding Nemo 3D (G)
2. Brave (PG)
3. ParaNorman (PG)
4. The Odd Life of Timothy Green (PG)
5. Ice Age: Continental Drift (PG)
1. Beats of the Southern Wild (PG-13)
2. Moonrise Kingdom (PG-13)
3. Sleepwalk with Me (NR)
4. Arbitrage (R)
5. Cosmopolis (R)
3.5 out of 5 Stars
Director • Nicholas Jarecki
Starring • Richard Gere, Susan Sarandon and Brit Marling
Rated • R
Recommended to • Those looking for drama that explores the more deplorable aspects of wealth, fame and financial collapse.
Robert Miller (Richard Gere) is a celebrated hedge fund magnate that has been able to buck the down trending economy by taking risks. Unfortunately for Miller and his family his public personal is lie fabricated in hopes of selling off his company and using the proceeds to counter balance the massive debt that he’s acquired.
“Arbitrage” is a nicely layered film that explores the various relationships surrounding Gere’s character. We see him indelicately navigate life with family members, lawyers, accountants and other business associates. He’s cunning, self-deluded, always completely in control and you’ll despise him from start to finish. The film’s major flaw is that it tells a story that we already know and offers few, if any, surprises. A braver, more interesting film would be what happens once the truth is revealed to almost everyone involved and their only choices are to either ignore it or challenge it and risk losing everything on both a professional and personal level.
For a Good Time, Call…
2.5 out of 5 Stars
Director • Jamie Travis
Starring • Ari Graynor, Lauren Miller and Justin Long
Rated • R
Recommended to • Those looking for a raunchy girls night out.
Lauren (Lauren Miller) and Katie (Ari Graynor) are unlikely roommates that decide to start a phone sex service together in hopes of making enough money to keep Katie’s fantastic apartment.
“For a Good Time, Call…” is vulgar and unapologetic. It’s “The Odd Couple” for a filthy minded world. I didn’t find it particularly funny but the women in the theater thought it was hilarious. In fact it almost felt like the charged up atmosphere of the “Magic Mike” screening in June. If you’re looking for a raunchy chic flick “For a Good Time, Call…” absolutely delivers.
Resident Evil: Retribution
2.5 out of 5 Stars
Director • Paul W. S. Anderson
Starring • Milla Jovovich, Sienna Guillory and Michelle Rodriguez
Rated • R
Recommended to • Fans of the films and those looking for a lot of eye candy with very little brains.
Alice (Milla Jovovich) continues her fight against the Umbrella Corporation and their army of the undead.
Fans of the “Resident Evil” video games will be please to see Ada Wong (Bingbing Li) make her debut in the live-action series as well as the return of Jill Valentine (Sienna Guillory), but if you are expecting anything more than big explosions, outrageous fight sequences and big silly fun you’ve come to the wrong place.
I would love to see a “Resident Evil” film that was on par with “The Avengers,” but with Paul W. S. Anderson at the wheel I don’t see that happening any time soon. He’s great when it comes to look and feel of the series but can’t seem to churn out a script that features depth or real intelligence.
3 out of 5 Stars
Director • David Cronenberg
Starring • Robert Pattinson, Juliette Binoche and Sarah Gadon
Rated • R
Recommended to • Those looking to take a 109-minute ride in a limo with a sociopath.
Eric Packer (Robert Pattinson) is an eccentric billionaire trying to cross town in his stretch limousine. Outside a dystopian world continues to decay under the weight of a failing economy. Perpetually stalled in traffic Packer is visited by a strange collection of associates.
When it comes to films that focus on the darker elements of the human soul no one does it better than David Cronenberg. His films are mind bending, fierce and vicious. “Cosmopolis” is an exercise in cold, calculated distance. The dialogue ranges from over dramatic to absolutely absurd. Many of the performances, including Pattinson’s, are rigid and detached. In most films the audience is invited to come inside the story and observe as a participant. In this film they are pushed out, kept at the edges to serve as witnesses.
“Cosmopolis” is a step bellow Cronenberg’s recent output, but should be compelling enough to get under the skin and confront the mind of its viewers.
“Twilight” fans should be warned that while Pattinson does play a vampire (in a metaphorical sense) there is no glitter, romance or innocence to be found in “Cosmopolis.”
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