Wednesday, October 9 2013, 10:31 AM MDT
Box Office: Recommended Filmes for October 4-10, 2013
(KUTV) Recommended films showing in Salt Lake City for the week of September 27- October 3, 2013
1. Gravity (PG-13)
2. Blue Jasmine (PG-13)
3. Rush (R)
4. The Worlds End (R)
5. Don Jon (R)
1. Monsters University (G)
2. Despicable Me 2 (PG)
3. Cloudy with a Change of Meatballs 2 (PG)
4. Planes (PG)
5. Turbo (PG)
1. Blue Jasmine (PG-13)
2. Don Jon (R)
3. In a World (R)
4. Enough Said (PG-13)
5. Haute Cuisine (PG-13)
4.5 out of 5 Stars
Director: Alfonso Cuaron
Starring: Sandra Bullock, George Clooney
Genre: Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Recommended To: Anyone looking for a white-knuckle thriller that is destined to be more than just one of the best films of 2013.
Synopsis: A medical engineer (Sandra Bullock) and an astronaut (George Clooney) are stranded in outer space when debris destroys their space shuttle.
Review: I trust director/writer Alfonso Cuaron (Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Children of Men). In his brief career hes been able to craft some incredible and diverse films. So when the initial trailers for Gravity surfaced I immediately took notice. The concept was simple: Sandra Bullock and George Clooney adrift in space with limited options and a quickly diminishing oxygen supply. Would that idea be enough of a plot to sustain a 90-minute film? Did the trailer, and the extended versions that followed, reveal too much?
Rest assured, Gravity has more than its share of tension and surprises. It also features some of the most beautiful cinematography and special effects work that youll ever see. Caurons use of 3D is amazing and the sound design is hauntingly brilliant. The performances are noteworthy as George Clooney pours on the effortless charm and swagger hes known for and Sandra Bullock continues to surprise with what is one of her finest performances to date.
Gravity is a truly immersive cinematic experience that is a sure lock to rack up numerous Oscar nominations in nearly every available category.
3 out of 5 Stars
Director: Christian Vincent
Starring: Catherine Frot, Arthur Dupont, Jean dOrmesson
Genre: Biography, Drama, Comedy
Recommended To: Chefs, masters of cuisine and fans of biopics for people who may or may not actually be interesting enough to have a film made about their life.
Synopsis: A biopic about Hortense Laborie, a rural chef, and her days while working as the private chef for Francois Mitterrand, the president of France.
Review: While watching Haute Cuisine I constantly found myself wondering what inspired director Christian Vincent to want to make a film about a relatively unknown person who, while somewhat interesting, didnt exactly do anything all that remarkable. The film does give audiences a peak behind the curtain of how certain aspects of the French government work, but its essentially the typical red-tape bureaucracy that dominates most political dramas. The script is a bit odd as the story is mostly delivered via flashbacks as Hortense Laborie prepares for her last day of work at a remote research facility where she has been head chef for a year. Why Vincent and co-writer Etienne Comar decided to present the film in this fashion isnt entirely clear. Seeing Laborie in a different environment, other than the Presidential Palace, is nice, but her life at the facility isnt as explored as I would have liked.
Haute Cuisine is a good film and will appeal to those that like low-key character studies, those with a taste cooking or French cinema in general. If you dont fall within one of those groups there isnt much here to hold your attention.
2.5 out of 5 Stars
Director: Peter Landesman
Starring: Zac Effron, Tom Welling, Billy Bob Thorton
Recommended To: History buffs not expecting a definitive look into the chaos that followed the assassination of John F. Kennedy.
Synopsis: Scenes from and around Dallas Parkland Hospital on the day U.S. President John F. Kennedy was assassinated.
Review: Director/writer Peter Landesman's Parkland is an interesting concept undermined by its desire to be a movie rather than a miniseries. By trying to tie numerous stories into one 90-minute film Landesman leaves too much of the context, depth of character and story out of the movie. It hints at fascinating side stories without ever giving them or their characters the explanation they need or deserve. Yes, it conveys the sense of panic, confusion and pure chaos that came following the assassination and, perhaps due to the subject matter itself rather than the filmmaking, captures the sense of sadness and anger that reverberated throughout America. It doesn't provide true insight or anything new that couldn't be found within any archival newscast. Stretched out with all the details put in place Parkland might have had something to offer. As it is the all-star cast is essentially wasted.
2 out of 5 Stars
Director: Brad Furman
Starring: Ben Affleck, Justin Timberlake, Gemma Arterton
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Recommended To: Strictly fans of Ben Affleck, Justin Timberlake or Gemma Arterton who feel compelled to see everything theyve ever done.
Synopsis: Believing hes been cheated by a major online gambling website Richie Furst (Justin Timberlake) travels to Costa Rica to confront the sites owner Ivan Block (Ben Affleck). Impressed by Fursts intelligence and bravery Block offers Furst a job and a chance at unimaginable wealth.
Review: Sadly its about time that studios realize that Justin Timberlake isn't a leading man. Hes a talented actor, but when it comes to carrying a film he simply isn't as charismatic as he needs to be, particularly when the films script isn't nearly as engaging or intelligent as it needs to be. Runner Runner is a lifeless mix of glamor and violence. It wants to be a cautionary tale, but never really addresses the real dangers of online gambling. The film lacks tension and sincerity and ultimately fails to be anything more than a passing distraction. Ben Affleck and Gemma Arterton are fine in their supporting roles, but neither is really given much to do beyond pushing the plot towards its inevitable Hollywood ending (which should feel like a victory, but inspires little more than a shrug). If you're looking for something sexy, dangerous and engaging Runner Runner won't do the trick.
By Ryan Painter
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