Sunday, November 17 2013, 08:57 PM MST
Box Office: Recommended Films For The Week Of November 14-20, 2013
Recommended films showing in Salt Lake City for the week of November 14 20, 2013
1. Gravity (PG-13)
2. Captain Phillips (PG-13)
3. About Time (R)
4. Thor: The Dark World (PG-13)
5. All Is Lost (PG-13)
1. Monsters University (G)
2. Enders Game (PG-13)
3. Despicable Me 2 (PG)
4. Cloudy with a Change of Meatballs 2 (PG)
5. Planes (PG)
1. 12 Years a Slave (R)
2. Dallas Buyers Club (R)
3. All Is Lost (PG-13)
4. Blue is the Warmest Color (NC-17)
5. Great Expectations (PG-13)
Dallas Buyers Club
4 out of 5 Stars
Director: Jean-Marc Vallee
Starring: Matthew McConaughey, Jennifer Garner, Jared Leto
Recommended To: Those looking for insight to the real war against AIDS in the 1980s.
Synopsis: Ron Woodroof (Matthew McConaughey) is an electrician, part-time bull rider and drug abusing swindler who when diagnosed as HIV-positive is forced to search for alternative treatments as the FDA fails to move medications beyond clinical trials. Realizing he isnt alone Woodroof embarks on a mission to bring experimental drugs to the growing HIV-positive community.
Review: The struggle and frustration for HIV-positive individuals to have access to treatment in the 1980s was captured perfectly in David Frances documentary How to Survive a Plague. Dallas Buyers Club focuses on one aspect of Frances film; the establishment of quasi pharmacies that operated in a grey area of the law where HIV-positive individuals could purchase the latest experimental drugs to combat what was essentially a death sentence. The film is also unique in that its lead, the gruff Ron Woodroof, is a homophobic heterosexual who suddenly finds himself existing in what was viewed as a predominantly gay epidemic. It is as much about his changing attitude towards the gay community as it is combating the virus that is cutting his life short. Matthew McConaughey offers up a fantastic performance as Woodroof that is matched by Jared Leto's supporting turn as a drug-abusing transsexual. Together the duo helps to carry the film through the rougher aspects of the Craig Borten's and Melissa Wallack's screenplay making Dallas Buyers Club a very good film that just falls short of being breathtakingly brilliant.
3 out of 5 Stars
Director: Mike Newell
Starring: Jeremy Irvine, Helena Bonham Carter, Ralph Fiennes, Holliday Grainger
Genre: Drama, Romance
Recommended To: Fans of Charles Dickens novel willing to settle for a solid adaptation that probably should have been far better than it is considering the talent involved.
Synopsis: Pip (Jeremy Irvine) is a blacksmiths apprentice who is raised to the level of gentleman courtesy of an anonymous benefactor.
Review: Based on the talent involved I had high hopes for the latest adaptation of Charles Dickens' Great Expectations. Certainly director Mike Newell has had a fairly inconsistent career ranging from the delightful Four Weddings and a Funeral to the middling Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time and I'm still trying to establish an opinion of screenwriter David Nicholl's (One Day), but with the combination of Helena Bonham Carter as Miss Havisham and Ralph Fiennes as Magwitch how could things go awry? A less-than-stellar performance by Jeremy Irvine as Pip, the uneven script, overly dark visuals and slow pacing make the experience less than it should be, but to call the film a complete disappointment would be overstating it. Newell's Great Expectations doesn't touch David Lean's, but it's still worth a look.
By: Ryan M. Painter
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