Movies - The Salt Lake Tribune http://www.film-finder.com Stories from The Salt Lake Tribune &copy; 2014 The Associated Press, The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Learn more about our privacy policy: http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy. en-us webmaster@sltrib.com (Webmaster) ’Under the Skin’ a sci-fi shock to the system http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/57770993-223/says-johansson-skin-glazer.html.csp New York • Jonathan Glazer’s “Under the Skin,” starring Scarlett Johansson as an alien seductress who trolls Scotland for human prey, is a provocative, disturbing sci-fi shock to the system. The effect is deliberate. The movies, Glazer says, could use a jolt. “They need a good kick up the ass,” says the 49-year-old British filmmaker. The appropriately titled “Under the Skin” has already baffled and polarized festival audiences and left slack-jawed critics (mostly) in awe of its alien beauty and... New York • Jonathan Glazer’s “Under the Skin,” starring Scarlett Johansson as an alien seductress who trolls Scotland for human prey, is a provocative, disturbing sci-fi shock to the system. The effect is deliberate. The movies, Glazer says, could use a jolt. “They need a good kick up the ass,” says the 49-year-old British filmmaker. The appropriately titled “Under the Skin” has already baffled and polarized festival audiences and left slack-jawed critics (mostly) in awe of its alien beauty and... <img src="http://mngislctrib.112.2O7.net/b/ss/mngislctrib/1/H.17--NS/0?&pageName=RSS" height="1" width="1" border="0" alt=""/> 57770993@www.sltrib.com Fri, 18 Apr 2014 01:01:02 MDT Movie review: Depp can’t bring humanity to high-tech ‘Transcendence’ http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/57823147-223/depp-transcendence-evelyn-computer.html.csp There are some interesting ideas rattling around “Transcendence,” a lushly realized high-tech update on the “Frankenstein” tale — but a lot of problems, too. The biggest problem is the movie’s star, Johnny Depp, who has found the one type of character he can’t convincingly portray: a normal, well-adjusted guy. Depp plays Dr. Will Caster, a computer genius with rock-star fame and ambitious plans to create an artificial intelligence with human qualities. He’s also happily in love with his wife and... There are some interesting ideas rattling around “Transcendence,” a lushly realized high-tech update on the “Frankenstein” tale — but a lot of problems, too. The biggest problem is the movie’s star, Johnny Depp, who has found the one type of character he can’t convincingly portray: a normal, well-adjusted guy. Depp plays Dr. Will Caster, a computer genius with rock-star fame and ambitious plans to create an artificial intelligence with human qualities. He’s also happily in love with his wife and... 57823147@www.sltrib.com Thu, 17 Apr 2014 22:51:28 MDT Movie review: Johansson goes alien in strangely beautiful ‘Under the Skin’ http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/57823150-223/johansson-alien-skin-woman.html.csp There’s an eerie brilliance and a haunting beauty to “Under the Skin,” writer-director Jonathan Glazer’s beyond-strange exploration of what it means to be human — seen from an outside perspective. At first, we see alien forms — something like a spaceship, maybe, or liquid filling a sphere. Then we see that the sphere has coalesced into an eyeball. Thus is a “woman” formed, in the very pleasing image of Scarlett Johansson. This woman is on a mission. Aided by a mysterious man on a motorcycle, she... There’s an eerie brilliance and a haunting beauty to “Under the Skin,” writer-director Jonathan Glazer’s beyond-strange exploration of what it means to be human — seen from an outside perspective. At first, we see alien forms — something like a spaceship, maybe, or liquid filling a sphere. Then we see that the sphere has coalesced into an eyeball. Thus is a “woman” formed, in the very pleasing image of Scarlett Johansson. This woman is on a mission. Aided by a mysterious man on a motorcycle, she... 57823150@www.sltrib.com Thu, 17 Apr 2014 21:09:18 MDT Movie review: ‘Bears’ serves a soft view of nature http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/57823091-223/bears-config-cubs-data.html.csp Like its predecessor “Chimpanzee,” the new DisneyNature documentary “Bears” is a frustrating juxtaposition of stunning nature footage and dumbed-down narration. Here, directors Alistair Fothergill and Kevin Scholey go to the Alaskan wilderness to follow a mama brown bear coming out of hibernation with her two cubs. The narrator, John C. Reilly, dubs the mother Sky and the cubs Scout and Amber, as the film shows us the struggles Sky has finding plentiful food so she can produce milk for the cub... Like its predecessor “Chimpanzee,” the new DisneyNature documentary “Bears” is a frustrating juxtaposition of stunning nature footage and dumbed-down narration. Here, directors Alistair Fothergill and Kevin Scholey go to the Alaskan wilderness to follow a mama brown bear coming out of hibernation with her two cubs. The narrator, John C. Reilly, dubs the mother Sky and the cubs Scout and Amber, as the film shows us the struggles Sky has finding plentiful food so she can produce milk for the cub... 57823091@www.sltrib.com Thu, 17 Apr 2014 16:26:26 MDT Movie review: An art mystery unravels in ‘Finding Vivian Maier’ http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/57823067-223/maier-vivian-art-finding.html.csp The documentary “Finding Vivian Maier” seeks to unravel a mystery — about a very private woman whose street photography has been discovered after her death — while opening up troubling questions about the woman. The story starts when John Maloof, a historian (and the movie’s co-director, with Charlie Siskel), bought some negatives at an estate sale. Maloof scanned the negatives and posted them online, but learned almost nothing about the photographer until just after her death. She was Vivian ... The documentary “Finding Vivian Maier” seeks to unravel a mystery — about a very private woman whose street photography has been discovered after her death — while opening up troubling questions about the woman. The story starts when John Maloof, a historian (and the movie’s co-director, with Charlie Siskel), bought some negatives at an estate sale. Maloof scanned the negatives and posted them online, but learned almost nothing about the photographer until just after her death. She was Vivian ... 57823067@www.sltrib.com Thu, 17 Apr 2014 15:02:02 MDT Movie review: Law dominates mismatched ‘Dom Hemingway’ http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/57823136-223/dom-law-config-data.html.csp Actor Jude Law and writer-director Richard Shepard create a compelling character in “Dom Hemingway.” If only they knew what to do with him. Dom, played by Law, is an ace safecracker who considers himself the finest specimen of English manhood as evidenced by his opening monologue, a rhapsody to his male member. But his plans when he emerges from a 12-year stint in prison — namely, to claim the cash due him by a nasty crime boss (Demian Bichir) — are short-circuited by his big mouth, his hard... Actor Jude Law and writer-director Richard Shepard create a compelling character in “Dom Hemingway.” If only they knew what to do with him. Dom, played by Law, is an ace safecracker who considers himself the finest specimen of English manhood as evidenced by his opening monologue, a rhapsody to his male member. But his plans when he emerges from a 12-year stint in prison — namely, to claim the cash due him by a nasty crime boss (Demian Bichir) — are short-circuited by his big mouth, his hard... 57823136@www.sltrib.com Thu, 17 Apr 2014 15:02:02 MDT Movie review: Darker drama in even more lurid ‘Nymphomaniac, Vol. II’ http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/57823115-223/config-data-nymphomaniac-vol.html.csp The sex gets nastier — and the drama darker — in “Nymphomaniac, Vol. II,” the conclusion of Danish director Lars von Trier’s four-hour wallow about one woman’s pursuit of pleasure and self-loathing. Our heroine, Joe (Charlotte Gainsbourg), continues recounting her sexual exploits to the detached intellectual Seligman (Stellan Skarsgard), and the action gets a lot rougher. Joe pursues random relations with African immigrants, a series of rendezvous with a dominant fetishist (Jamie Bell) with a r... The sex gets nastier — and the drama darker — in “Nymphomaniac, Vol. II,” the conclusion of Danish director Lars von Trier’s four-hour wallow about one woman’s pursuit of pleasure and self-loathing. Our heroine, Joe (Charlotte Gainsbourg), continues recounting her sexual exploits to the detached intellectual Seligman (Stellan Skarsgard), and the action gets a lot rougher. Joe pursues random relations with African immigrants, a series of rendezvous with a dominant fetishist (Jamie Bell) with a r... 57823115@www.sltrib.com Thu, 17 Apr 2014 15:01:02 MDT Movie review: ‘Heaven Is For Real’ will inspire the faithful http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/57818555-223/heaven-todd-colton-faith.html.csp Surely the spiritual drama “Heaven Is For Real” will resonate deeper with people who are more churchgoing than I — but everyone can appreciate director Randall Wallace’s thoughtful exploration of faith and doubt. The story, based on a memoir by Nebraska pastor Todd Furpo, casts Greg Kinnear as Furpo at a time when he and his family are dealing with several crises. Todd’s garage-door business is suffering in a sour economy, and his wife, Sonja (Kelly Reilly), is considering returning to work. Th... Surely the spiritual drama “Heaven Is For Real” will resonate deeper with people who are more churchgoing than I — but everyone can appreciate director Randall Wallace’s thoughtful exploration of faith and doubt. The story, based on a memoir by Nebraska pastor Todd Furpo, casts Greg Kinnear as Furpo at a time when he and his family are dealing with several crises. Todd’s garage-door business is suffering in a sour economy, and his wife, Sonja (Kelly Reilly), is considering returning to work. Th... 57818555@www.sltrib.com Wed, 16 Apr 2014 01:01:03 MDT Gallery: Summer teasers, zany honors at MTV Movie Awards http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/57815443-223/award-awards-mtv-movie.html.csp Los Angeles • Ellen Page, one of the stars of the upcoming “X-Men: Days of Future Past,” introduced a clip from the film that sees the X-Men joining forces with their younger selves at Sunday night’s MTV Movie Awards. In the clip, some X-Men attempt to battle ruthless metal monsters using their special abilities. It’s the first appearance for some of the mutants — Blink, Sunspot, Warpath and Bishop. The MTV Movie Awards have become the ideal platform for the Hollywood studios to promote their su... Los Angeles • Ellen Page, one of the stars of the upcoming “X-Men: Days of Future Past,” introduced a clip from the film that sees the X-Men joining forces with their younger selves at Sunday night’s MTV Movie Awards. In the clip, some X-Men attempt to battle ruthless metal monsters using their special abilities. It’s the first appearance for some of the mutants — Blink, Sunspot, Warpath and Bishop. The MTV Movie Awards have become the ideal platform for the Hollywood studios to promote their su... 57815443@www.sltrib.com Mon, 14 Apr 2014 09:06:44 MDT Movie review: ‘Draft Day’ goes long, plays fast and scores http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/57786588-223/sonny-draft-browns-config.html.csp It’s a delightful irony that “Draft Day,” a movie about America’s gaudy celebration of pro football’s newest players, showcases two of Hollywood’s old dogs: actor Kevin Costner and director Ivan Reitman. Costner stars as Sonny Weaver Jr., general manager of the beleaguered Cleveland Browns, who’s having a hectic day. It’s been a week since the death of his father, the beloved Browns coach whom Sonny fired last season. Sonny’s girlfriend, Ali (Jennifer Garner), who runs finances in the Browns’ fr... It’s a delightful irony that “Draft Day,” a movie about America’s gaudy celebration of pro football’s newest players, showcases two of Hollywood’s old dogs: actor Kevin Costner and director Ivan Reitman. Costner stars as Sonny Weaver Jr., general manager of the beleaguered Cleveland Browns, who’s having a hectic day. It’s been a week since the death of his father, the beloved Browns coach whom Sonny fired last season. Sonny’s girlfriend, Ali (Jennifer Garner), who runs finances in the Browns’ fr... 57786588@www.sltrib.com Fri, 11 Apr 2014 09:44:01 MDT Movie review: More bloody excitement in action-packed ‘The Raid 2’ http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/57786591-223/action-movie-bloody-raid.html.csp The bloody action hits the Jakarta streets in “The Raid 2,” a bigger and brassier follow-up to the 2012 cops-and-robbers thriller “The Raid: Redemption.” This installment begins with Rama (Iko Uwais), the rookie cop who survived the first movie, being assigned to go deep undercover to infiltrate Indonesia’s crime lords, not only to bring them down but to root out the corrupt members of Jakarta’s police force. Rama is sent to prison so he can befriend Uco (Arifin Putra), the hot-headed son of a ... The bloody action hits the Jakarta streets in “The Raid 2,” a bigger and brassier follow-up to the 2012 cops-and-robbers thriller “The Raid: Redemption.” This installment begins with Rama (Iko Uwais), the rookie cop who survived the first movie, being assigned to go deep undercover to infiltrate Indonesia’s crime lords, not only to bring them down but to root out the corrupt members of Jakarta’s police force. Rama is sent to prison so he can befriend Uco (Arifin Putra), the hot-headed son of a ... 57786591@www.sltrib.com Fri, 11 Apr 2014 09:44:01 MDT Movie review: Animated ‘Rio 2’ never takes wing http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/57786592-223/rio-voiced-bird-blu.html.csp The bird-brained animated sequel “Rio 2” is like a taxidermist’s turkey: overstuffed and lifeless. The romantic leads of the first “Rio,” city-raised blue macaw Blu (voiced by Jesse Eisenberg) and his rare tropical mate, Jewel (voiced by Anne Hathaway), learn that their bird-loving humans have found a flock of blue macaws deep in the Amazon jungle. So they, along with their three kids, fly to the Amazon to join the flock led by Jewel’s father (voiced by Andy Garcia), who looks down his beak at... The bird-brained animated sequel “Rio 2” is like a taxidermist’s turkey: overstuffed and lifeless. The romantic leads of the first “Rio,” city-raised blue macaw Blu (voiced by Jesse Eisenberg) and his rare tropical mate, Jewel (voiced by Anne Hathaway), learn that their bird-loving humans have found a flock of blue macaws deep in the Amazon jungle. So they, along with their three kids, fly to the Amazon to join the flock led by Jewel’s father (voiced by Andy Garcia), who looks down his beak at... 57786592@www.sltrib.com Fri, 11 Apr 2014 09:44:01 MDT Q&A: Morris on Donald Rumsfeld doc: ‘It’s a horror movie’ http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/57786548-223/rumsfeld-think-war-morris.html.csp New York • Errol Morris spent more than 30 hours interviewing Donald Rumsfeld. He sifted through thousands of memos — “snowflakes,” Rumsfeld called them — from the former secretary of defense and architect of the Iraq war. Yet at the conclusion of so much investigation into the mind of Rumsfeld, Morris says he’s left with nothing but the grin of a Cheshire Cat. He calls his latest, thickly ironic documentary, “The Unknown Known,” a “fable” about a man stuck “in some Looney Tunes world of his ow... New York • Errol Morris spent more than 30 hours interviewing Donald Rumsfeld. He sifted through thousands of memos — “snowflakes,” Rumsfeld called them — from the former secretary of defense and architect of the Iraq war. Yet at the conclusion of so much investigation into the mind of Rumsfeld, Morris says he’s left with nothing but the grin of a Cheshire Cat. He calls his latest, thickly ironic documentary, “The Unknown Known,” a “fable” about a man stuck “in some Looney Tunes world of his ow... 57786548@www.sltrib.com Tue, 08 Apr 2014 15:58:28 MDT Legendary star Mickey Rooney has died at age 93 http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/57783762-223/rooney-mickey-films-later.html.csp Los Angeles • Mickey Rooney’s approach to life was simple: “Let’s put on a show!” He spent nine decades doing it, on the big screen, on television, on stage and in his extravagant personal life. A superstar in his youth, Rooney was Hollywood’s top box-office draw in the late 1930s to early 1940s. He epitomized the “show” part of show business, even if the business end sometimes failed him amid money troubles and a seesaw of career tailspins and revivals. Pint-sized, precocious, impish, irrepress... Los Angeles • Mickey Rooney’s approach to life was simple: “Let’s put on a show!” He spent nine decades doing it, on the big screen, on television, on stage and in his extravagant personal life. A superstar in his youth, Rooney was Hollywood’s top box-office draw in the late 1930s to early 1940s. He epitomized the “show” part of show business, even if the business end sometimes failed him amid money troubles and a seesaw of career tailspins and revivals. Pint-sized, precocious, impish, irrepress... 57783762@www.sltrib.com Tue, 08 Apr 2014 10:46:37 MDT Malaysia, Indonesia ban biblical movie epic ‘Noah’ http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/57786424-223/noah-film-malaysia-biblical.html.csp Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia • Malaysia and Indonesia have banned the biblical epic “Noah,” joining other Muslim nations that forbid the Hollywood movie for its visual depiction of the prophet. Film censors in both countries said Monday that the portrayal of the ark-building prophet by Russell Crowe was against Islamic laws. Depictions of any prophet are shunned in Islam to avoid worship of a person rather than God. “The film ‘Noah’ is not allowed to be screened in this country to protect the sensitiv... Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia • Malaysia and Indonesia have banned the biblical epic “Noah,” joining other Muslim nations that forbid the Hollywood movie for its visual depiction of the prophet. Film censors in both countries said Monday that the portrayal of the ark-building prophet by Russell Crowe was against Islamic laws. Depictions of any prophet are shunned in Islam to avoid worship of a person rather than God. “The film ‘Noah’ is not allowed to be screened in this country to protect the sensitiv... 57786424@www.sltrib.com Tue, 08 Apr 2014 08:45:10 MDT Special screenings: ‘Nosferatu,’ ‘Spellbound,’ etc. http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/57771292-223/tickets-free-south-lake.html.csp ‘Don Giovanni’ A broadcast, from the Royal Opera House, of Mozart’s opera “Don Giovanni.” Sung in Italian. When • Today, noon. Where • Broadway Centre Cinemas, 111 E. 300 South, Salt Lake City Tickets • $15; $12 for SLFS members; $8.75 for students in advance; $9.25 for students at the door. ‘Nosferatu’ F.W. Murnau’s 1922 silent classic “Nosferatu.” Presented by the Salt Lake Film Society and Westminster College as part of the Ivory Tower Film Studies Program. When • Monday, 7 p.m... ‘Don Giovanni’ A broadcast, from the Royal Opera House, of Mozart’s opera “Don Giovanni.” Sung in Italian. When • Today, noon. Where • Broadway Centre Cinemas, 111 E. 300 South, Salt Lake City Tickets • $15; $12 for SLFS members; $8.75 for students in advance; $9.25 for students at the door. ‘Nosferatu’ F.W. Murnau’s 1922 silent classic “Nosferatu.” Presented by the Salt Lake Film Society and Westminster College as part of the Ivory Tower Film Studies Program. When • Monday, 7 p.m... 57771292@www.sltrib.com Mon, 07 Apr 2014 08:55:57 MDT ’Captain America’ sets April record with $96.2M http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/57782922-223/million-international-owned-weekend.html.csp Los Angeles • Disney and Marvel could be one of the finest teams around. Continuing the success of their superhero franchise, “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” has set a record as the biggest domestic April release ever. The Disney sequel debuted with $96.2 million, topping the previous record-holder, 2011’s “Fast Five,” which opened with $86.2 million. “The Winter Soldier,” which stars Chris Evans as the shield-wielding superhero and Scarlett Johansson (whose sci-fi film “Under the Skin” al... Los Angeles • Disney and Marvel could be one of the finest teams around. Continuing the success of their superhero franchise, “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” has set a record as the biggest domestic April release ever. The Disney sequel debuted with $96.2 million, topping the previous record-holder, 2011’s “Fast Five,” which opened with $86.2 million. “The Winter Soldier,” which stars Chris Evans as the shield-wielding superhero and Scarlett Johansson (whose sci-fi film “Under the Skin” al... 57782922@www.sltrib.com Mon, 07 Apr 2014 08:55:57 MDT Movie review: Captain America heats up in action-packed ‘Winter Soldier’ http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/57754855-223/action-america-cap-captain.html.csp If Captain America wasn’t your favorite Marvel superhero before, his new movie escapade, “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” will turn you into a full-blown Cap fan. Better than “Iron Man 3” or “Thor: The Dark World,” this new movie builds strongly off the springboard of “The Avengers” while simultaneously upending everything we moviegoers thought we knew about the Marvel Universe. But “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” also stands on its own, a thoughtful exploration of what it means to b... If Captain America wasn’t your favorite Marvel superhero before, his new movie escapade, “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” will turn you into a full-blown Cap fan. Better than “Iron Man 3” or “Thor: The Dark World,” this new movie builds strongly off the springboard of “The Avengers” while simultaneously upending everything we moviegoers thought we knew about the Marvel Universe. But “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” also stands on its own, a thoughtful exploration of what it means to b... 57754855@www.sltrib.com Sat, 05 Apr 2014 18:59:32 MDT Movie review: Gyllenhaal doubles up in weakly plotted ‘Enemy’ http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/57754838-223/gyllenhaal-adam-anthony-config.html.csp Jake Gyllenhaal does double duty in “Enemy,” a Kafkaesque drama that builds menacing atmosphere at the expense of character or clarity. Gyllenhaal plays Adam, a mousy history professor with an exasperated girlfriend, Mary (Melanie Laurent). One night, Adam discovers there’s an actor, Anthony (also played by Gyllenhaal), who’s a dead ringer for him. The two meet, and the assertive Anthony hatches a plan to cheat on his pregnant wife, Helen (Sarah Gadon), to take over Adam’s life for a weekend fl... Jake Gyllenhaal does double duty in “Enemy,” a Kafkaesque drama that builds menacing atmosphere at the expense of character or clarity. Gyllenhaal plays Adam, a mousy history professor with an exasperated girlfriend, Mary (Melanie Laurent). One night, Adam discovers there’s an actor, Anthony (also played by Gyllenhaal), who’s a dead ringer for him. The two meet, and the assertive Anthony hatches a plan to cheat on his pregnant wife, Helen (Sarah Gadon), to take over Adam’s life for a weekend fl... 57754838@www.sltrib.com Fri, 04 Apr 2014 01:01:03 MDT Movie review: Graphic and tedious sex in ‘Nymphomaniac, Vol. I’ http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/57754844-223/joe-nymphomaniac-vol-movie.html.csp Danish director Lars von Trier once again defies the odds with “Nymphomaniac, Vol. I” — by making a movie that makes sex boring. The movie centers on Joe (Charlotte Gainsbourg), a self-diagnosed nymphomaniac who is left beaten in an alley. She’s rescued by Sigelman (Stellan Skarsgaard), who listens intently as Joe tells of her numerous sexual conquests, which von Trier illustrates with flashbacks of explicit sexual content (with Stacy Martin portraying the younger Joe). Through her repetitive ... Danish director Lars von Trier once again defies the odds with “Nymphomaniac, Vol. I” — by making a movie that makes sex boring. The movie centers on Joe (Charlotte Gainsbourg), a self-diagnosed nymphomaniac who is left beaten in an alley. She’s rescued by Sigelman (Stellan Skarsgaard), who listens intently as Joe tells of her numerous sexual conquests, which von Trier illustrates with flashbacks of explicit sexual content (with Stacy Martin portraying the younger Joe). Through her repetitive ... 57754844@www.sltrib.com Thu, 03 Apr 2014 16:52:08 MDT