Monday, July 15 2013, 03:46 PM MDT
Box Office: Recommended Films for July 12 - July 18, 2013
Recommended films showing in Salt Lake City for the week of July 12 – July 18, 2013
1. Pacific Rim (PG-13)
2. Man of Steel (PG-13)
3. Star Trek Into Darkness (PG-13)
4. The Heat (R)
5. World War Z (PG-13)
1. Monsters University (G)
2. Despicable Me 2 (PG)
3. The Croods (PG)
4. Epic (PG)
5. Oz the Great and Powerful (PG)
1. Before Midnight (R)
2. The Kings of Summer (R)
3. Mud (PG-13)
4. Frances Ha (R)
5. Much Ado About Nothing (PG-13)
4 out of 5 Stars
Director: Guillermo del Toro
Starring: Charlie Hunnam, Ibris Elba, Rinko Kikuchi
Genre: Action, Sci-Fi, Adventure
Recommended To: Anyone looking for an excellent mashup of Godzilla and Transformers that transcends its genre roots by including far more than just bombastic action sequences.
Synopsis: When gargantuan monsters rose from a rift in the Pacific Ocean mankind countered the threat by building Jaegers, giant piloted robots. After a decade of repelled attacks these monstrous war machines fell from favor as politicians circled their wagons around the construction of a massive defense barrier; a barrier that proved to be easily penetrated. With the fate of the world in question the few remaining Jaegers and their pilots stand as humanity’s last line of defense.
Review: With Pacific Rim director Guillermo del Toro and screenwriter Travis Beacham have managed to take a classic B-movie premise and elevated it into one of the most enjoyable and surprisingly character driven action films of the past decade. It provides all the giant monster vs. massive robot mayhem that any 12-year-old boy could dream up and pairs it with a script filled with characters that you actually care about. In the process del Toro has managed to improve upon everything good Michael Bay did with the Transformer films while cutting out the garbage that made Bay’s movies a trial to sit through. The film also successfully taps into the spirit and mayhem of the early Japanese Kaiju (giant monster) films. There’s no point in waiting for the Godzilla reboot or Transformers 4; they aren’t going to be able to topPacific Rim.
Grown Ups 2
1.5 out of 5 Stars
Director: Dennis Dugan
Starring: Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Chris Rock
Recommended To: Adam Sandler fans .
Synopsis: Lenny Feder (Adam Slander) moves back to his hometown to be with his friends and their kids. Antics ensue.
Review: Grown Ups 2 is twice the film that Grown Ups was and three times as good as Jack and Jill or That’s My Boy were. That’s really not saying much considering that Adam Sandler’s has been running on fumes for ten or so years. According to IMDB Grown Ups 2 is also the film that Rob Schneider turned down due to scheduling conflicts. The film is a collection of skits loosely tied together by a plot that finds Sandler, Chris Rock, Kevin James and David Spade trying to recreate their glory years without much success. Like most Sandler films there are numerous cameos and small roles from the likes of Shaquille O’Neal, Jon Lovitz, Dan Patrick and a so-bad-its-embarrassing performance from Steve Buscemi. If you’ve loved everything Sander has ever done you’ll probably find Grown Ups 2 to be hilarious. I found it to be better than expected, but still a waste of time.