Sunday, February 2 2014, 02:20 PM MST
Box Office: Recommended Films For The Week Of January 31 - February 6, 2014
Recommended films showing in Salt Lake City for the week January 31 February 6, 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. Dallas Buyers Club (R)
5. Nebraska (R)
3 out of 5 Stars
Director: Jason Reitman
Starring: Kate Winslet, Josh Brolin, Gattlin Griffith
Recommended To: Those looking for a underwhelming film from some of Hollywood's best.
Synopsis: Adele (Kate Winslet), a single mother, unwillingly harbors an escape convict (Josh Brolin) over Labor Day weekend.
Review: Based on Joyce Maynard's well-regarded novel Labor Day is the sort of film that looks fantastic on paper. Starring Kate Winslet and Josh Brolin with Jason Reitman (Young Adult, Up in the Air) writing and directing you'd expect a compelling drama about emotional vulnerability that reveals something about the human soul. What you actually get is a film that feels more like a superficial Nicholas Sparks story with characters making illogical choices only because the plot, not the characters motivation, demands it. The performances aren't bad, but the characters are strangely disinteresting and the story, particular its ending, feels too simple and too sugary to really have much of an impact.
That Awkward Moment
3 out of 5 Stars
Director: Tom Gormican
Starring: Zac Efron, Michael B. Jordan, Miles Teller
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Recommended To: Those looking for a vulgar, but not entirely empty romantic comedy.
Synopsis: Three friends struggle with the idea of entering into long-term relationships while maintaining a sense of freedom and excitement in their lives.
Review: Despite what the marketing campaign would like you to believe, the awkward moment being referenced in this films title is that place where a couple is forced to define their relationship and one of the two participating parties would prefer to not discuss anything. It has nothing to do with accidentally sexting your parent or being attached to her kitty. Frankly, that's a relief. The last thing I wanted to watch was Zac Efron, Miles Teller or Imogen Poots slumming in another soulless sex comedy (even if that's what Teller seems to do more often than not). Not that first-time director/writer Tom Gormicans film is filled with a lot of insight, but it at least has a little heart and a few laughs. Ultimately its a just fairly straightforward rom-com, even if it wants you to believe its edgier than that.
By: Ryan Michael Painter
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