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He wakes up in an elevator rising toward a large grassy area, with no memory of who he ... Watching “The Maze Runner,” the movie adaptation of Utah author James Dashner’s dystopian young-adult novel, will make audiences feel like rats in a maze: sometimes energized, often disoriented and ultimately frustrated that the cheese at the end is so small. Appropriately, the audience is thrown into the story the same way its teen protagonist (Dylan O’Brien) is: confused and clueless as to what’s happening. He wakes up in an elevator rising toward a large grassy area, with no memory of who he ... <img src="http://mngislctrib.112.2O7.net/b/ss/mngislctrib/1/H.17--NS/0?&pageName=RSS" height="1" width="1" border="0" alt=""/> 58421408@www.sltrib.com Fri, 19 Sep 2014 20:56:31 MDT Special screenings: ‘ParaNorman,’ rap documentary, and more http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/58430031-223/tickets-free-park-documentary.html.csp ‘ParaNorman’ The animated comedy “ParaNorman,” about an 11-year-old who can speak to the dead — and must confront zombies and a witch’s curse to save his town. Presented by the Utah Film Center. When • Friday, 4 p.m. Where •King Koal Theatre, 1171 E. Main, Price. Tickets • Free. Also • Saturday, 11 a.m.; Viridian Event Center, 1825 W. 8030 South, West Jordan; free. Also • Saturday, 3 p.m.; The Prospector, 2175 Sidewinder Drive, Park City; free. ‘Black Cyclone’ The 1925 silent Western ... ‘ParaNorman’ The animated comedy “ParaNorman,” about an 11-year-old who can speak to the dead — and must confront zombies and a witch’s curse to save his town. Presented by the Utah Film Center. When • Friday, 4 p.m. Where •King Koal Theatre, 1171 E. Main, Price. Tickets • Free. Also • Saturday, 11 a.m.; Viridian Event Center, 1825 W. 8030 South, West Jordan; free. Also • Saturday, 3 p.m.; The Prospector, 2175 Sidewinder Drive, Park City; free. ‘Black Cyclone’ The 1925 silent Western ... 58430031@www.sltrib.com Fri, 19 Sep 2014 15:39:03 MDT Movie review: ‘Rigby’ examines a fading marriage from both sides http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/58416504-223/eleanor-conor-marriage-rigby.html.csp Sometimes thoughtful and compelling, sometimes talky and overinflated, “The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby” is a dark, emotionally wrought drama of a marriage hitting the skids. It begins with Eleanor (Jessica Chastain) and Conor (James McAvoy), young and deliriously in love. This is prologue, since we next see Eleanor jumping off the Brooklyn Bridge. She survives and moves back in with her parents (William Hurt, Isabelle Huppert), unwilling to speak of a tragedy that led to the attempted suici... Sometimes thoughtful and compelling, sometimes talky and overinflated, “The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby” is a dark, emotionally wrought drama of a marriage hitting the skids. It begins with Eleanor (Jessica Chastain) and Conor (James McAvoy), young and deliriously in love. This is prologue, since we next see Eleanor jumping off the Brooklyn Bridge. She survives and moves back in with her parents (William Hurt, Isabelle Huppert), unwilling to speak of a tragedy that led to the attempted suici... 58416504@www.sltrib.com Fri, 19 Sep 2014 08:38:15 MDT Movie review: Playwright’s hamfisted approach dooms ‘My Old Lady’ http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/58416526-223/jim-mathilde-lady-config.html.csp The veteran playwright Israel Horovitz, now 75, makes his feature-film directorial debut adapting his play “My Old Lady,” a three-character drama that makes an ungainly leap from stage to screen. Jim Gold (Kevin Kline) arrives in Paris to claim the apartment his estranged father left in his will, only to find it’s occupied by a 92-year-old English woman, Mathilde (Maggie Smith) — a “viager,” under a French real-estate law that requires Jim to let Mathilde live there and pay her 2,400 euros a mo... The veteran playwright Israel Horovitz, now 75, makes his feature-film directorial debut adapting his play “My Old Lady,” a three-character drama that makes an ungainly leap from stage to screen. Jim Gold (Kevin Kline) arrives in Paris to claim the apartment his estranged father left in his will, only to find it’s occupied by a 92-year-old English woman, Mathilde (Maggie Smith) — a “viager,” under a French real-estate law that requires Jim to let Mathilde live there and pay her 2,400 euros a mo... 58416526@www.sltrib.com Fri, 19 Sep 2014 08:38:15 MDT Movie review: Bizarre horror tale ‘Tusk’ too talky to be scary http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/58421203-223/wallace-tusk-config-data.html.csp Maybe Kevin Smith’s weird dip into horror, “Tusk,” was funnier in the first telling on his Smodcast podcast — but certainly the movie is just as talky as two guys on microphones. The story begins with podcaster Wallace Bryton (Justin Long) leaving behind his girlfriend, Ally (Genesis Rodriguez), to interview an unfortunate viral-video star in Winnipeg. When that story doesn’t pan out, Wallace is drawn to an old man, Howard Howe (Michael Parks), who tells tales of his seafaring days, including a ... Maybe Kevin Smith’s weird dip into horror, “Tusk,” was funnier in the first telling on his Smodcast podcast — but certainly the movie is just as talky as two guys on microphones. The story begins with podcaster Wallace Bryton (Justin Long) leaving behind his girlfriend, Ally (Genesis Rodriguez), to interview an unfortunate viral-video star in Winnipeg. When that story doesn’t pan out, Wallace is drawn to an old man, Howard Howe (Michael Parks), who tells tales of his seafaring days, including a ... 58421203@www.sltrib.com Fri, 19 Sep 2014 08:38:15 MDT Movie review: Family feuds play out in sometimes-funny ‘This Is Where I Leave You’ http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/58421405-223/family-leave-config-data.html.csp There are laughs and tears aplenty in the dysfunctional family dramedy “This Is Where I Leave You,” a smartly mounted adaptation of Jonathan Tropper’s best-selling novel. The story starts with New York radio producer Judd Altman (Jason Bateman) and two bits of bad news. First, he learns his wife, Quinn (Abigail Spencer), has been having a yearlong affair with his shock-jock boss, Wade (Dax Shepard). Then, as he’s getting good and depressed, his sister, Wendy (Tina Fey), calls with the news that ... There are laughs and tears aplenty in the dysfunctional family dramedy “This Is Where I Leave You,” a smartly mounted adaptation of Jonathan Tropper’s best-selling novel. The story starts with New York radio producer Judd Altman (Jason Bateman) and two bits of bad news. First, he learns his wife, Quinn (Abigail Spencer), has been having a yearlong affair with his shock-jock boss, Wade (Dax Shepard). Then, as he’s getting good and depressed, his sister, Wendy (Tina Fey), calls with the news that ... 58421405@www.sltrib.com Fri, 19 Sep 2014 08:38:15 MDT Special screenings: ‘ParaNorman,’ rap documentary, and more http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/58425471-223/tickets-free-park-documentary.html.csp ‘ParaNorman’ The animated comedy “ParaNorman,” about an 11-year-old who can speak to the dead — and must confront zombies and a witch’s curse to save his town. Presented by the Utah Film Center. When • Friday, 4 p.m. Where •King Koal Theatre, 1171 E. Main, Price. Tickets • Free. Also • Saturday, 11 a.m.; Viridian Event Center, 1825 W. 8030 South, West Jordan; free. Also • Saturday, 3 p.m.; The Prospector, 2175 Sidewinder Drive, Park City; free. ‘Black Cyclone’ The 1925 silent Western ... ‘ParaNorman’ The animated comedy “ParaNorman,” about an 11-year-old who can speak to the dead — and must confront zombies and a witch’s curse to save his town. Presented by the Utah Film Center. When • Friday, 4 p.m. Where •King Koal Theatre, 1171 E. Main, Price. Tickets • Free. Also • Saturday, 11 a.m.; Viridian Event Center, 1825 W. 8030 South, West Jordan; free. Also • Saturday, 3 p.m.; The Prospector, 2175 Sidewinder Drive, Park City; free. ‘Black Cyclone’ The 1925 silent Western ... 58425471@www.sltrib.com Fri, 19 Sep 2014 08:38:15 MDT At 40, Mel Brooks’ ‘Frankenstein’ proves forever young http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/58425595-223/brooks-config-data-frankenstein.html.csp BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. • “Young Frankenstein” is pushing 40, but is by no means over the hill. The film’s writer-director Mel Brooks and actresses Cloris Leachman and Teri Garr gathered at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences on Tuesday night for a 40th-anniversary screening of their comedy classic. As they posed for photos, Brooks and Leachman flanked Garr, who was in a wheelchair. Garr has long battled multiple sclerosis and also suffered a brain aneurysm in 2006. And while she didn’... BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. • “Young Frankenstein” is pushing 40, but is by no means over the hill. The film’s writer-director Mel Brooks and actresses Cloris Leachman and Teri Garr gathered at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences on Tuesday night for a 40th-anniversary screening of their comedy classic. As they posed for photos, Brooks and Leachman flanked Garr, who was in a wheelchair. Garr has long battled multiple sclerosis and also suffered a brain aneurysm in 2006. And while she didn’... 58425595@www.sltrib.com Fri, 19 Sep 2014 08:38:15 MDT Movie review: Liam Neeson in action again in ‘Tombstones’ http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/58429082-223/config-data-scudder-tombstones.html.csp It’s not for nothing that the names of Sam Spade and Philip Marlowe are reverentially referenced in writer-director Scott Frank’s adaptation of the 10th novel in Lawrence Block’s long-running, best-selling series featuring unlicensed private eye Matthew Scudder. Distinctly and proudly old-fashioned in its retro, film noir vibe, “A Walk Among the Tombstones” is notable for its dark atmospherics and strong performance by Liam Neeson in the latest example of his unlikely late-career transformation ... It’s not for nothing that the names of Sam Spade and Philip Marlowe are reverentially referenced in writer-director Scott Frank’s adaptation of the 10th novel in Lawrence Block’s long-running, best-selling series featuring unlicensed private eye Matthew Scudder. Distinctly and proudly old-fashioned in its retro, film noir vibe, “A Walk Among the Tombstones” is notable for its dark atmospherics and strong performance by Liam Neeson in the latest example of his unlikely late-career transformation ... 58429082@www.sltrib.com Fri, 19 Sep 2014 08:38:15 MDT Q&A: Chastain and McAvoy talk about ‘Eleanor Rigby’ film http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/58416960-223/chastain-mcavoy-eleanor-rigby.html.csp James McAvoy says that when he showed up to work on “The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby,” he didn’t realize the film would be broken up into two perspectives — a husband and a wife’s version of how tragedy affects the trajectory of a relationship. “We started rehearsing and I’ve got my hard copy of the script,” said McAvoy, seated with Jessica Chastain during a recent interview. “My hard copy was incredibly thick, so I thought, ‘That’s strange. They must be using both sides of the paper.’ Then w... James McAvoy says that when he showed up to work on “The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby,” he didn’t realize the film would be broken up into two perspectives — a husband and a wife’s version of how tragedy affects the trajectory of a relationship. “We started rehearsing and I’ve got my hard copy of the script,” said McAvoy, seated with Jessica Chastain during a recent interview. “My hard copy was incredibly thick, so I thought, ‘That’s strange. They must be using both sides of the paper.’ Then w... 58416960@www.sltrib.com Tue, 16 Sep 2014 10:55:11 MDT Special screenings: ‘ParaNorman,’ Indie-film seminar at the U. and much more http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/58404032-223/tickets-free-park-film.html.csp Indie-film seminar The University of Utah’s department of film and media arts presents a seminar, Producing Independent Films with Sterling Van Wagenen. Van Wagenen, the first executive director of the Sundance Institute and co-founder of the Sundance Film Festival, has produced such movies as “The Trip to Bountiful.” When • Friday, Sept. 12, 12:55 p.m. Where •Film and Media Arts Building Auditorium, 370 S. 1530 East, University of Utah, Salt Lake City Tickets • Free ‘ParaNorman’ The a... Indie-film seminar The University of Utah’s department of film and media arts presents a seminar, Producing Independent Films with Sterling Van Wagenen. Van Wagenen, the first executive director of the Sundance Institute and co-founder of the Sundance Film Festival, has produced such movies as “The Trip to Bountiful.” When • Friday, Sept. 12, 12:55 p.m. Where •Film and Media Arts Building Auditorium, 370 S. 1530 East, University of Utah, Salt Lake City Tickets • Free ‘ParaNorman’ The a... 58404032@www.sltrib.com Mon, 15 Sep 2014 08:49:43 MDT Movie review: Campus comedy ‘108 Stitches’ flunks the laugh test http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/58396037-223/108-movie-stitches-believing.html.csp The raunchy college comedy “108 Stitches” was made in Utah, just like brine shrimp, but those creatures have more brains and don’t stink as much. The movie appropriates the logos of the Orem Owlz minor-league franchise to depict the lowlife baseball players at the fictional Orem A&M University. Led by their smart-alecky catcher, Frank Bender (Ryan Carlberg), the Owlz are in last place in on-field performance, but lead the league in drunken behavior and pranks. The team is targeted for disbandin... The raunchy college comedy “108 Stitches” was made in Utah, just like brine shrimp, but those creatures have more brains and don’t stink as much. The movie appropriates the logos of the Orem Owlz minor-league franchise to depict the lowlife baseball players at the fictional Orem A&M University. Led by their smart-alecky catcher, Frank Bender (Ryan Carlberg), the Owlz are in last place in on-field performance, but lead the league in drunken behavior and pranks. The team is targeted for disbandin... 58396037@www.sltrib.com Fri, 12 Sep 2014 09:19:00 MDT Movie review: ‘Dolphin Tale 2’ has a mission beyond melodrama http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/58396100-223/dolphin-winter-tale-config.html.csp All the stars, human and cetacean, return for “Dolphin Tale 2,” a sweet and sometimes sappy story of animals and the people who care for them. Director Charles Martin Smith also returns, this time doubling as screenwriter, to tell the further story of Winter, the dolphin who lost her tail and was fitted with a prosthetic one. When Winter’s companion dolphin, Panama, dies of old age, marine biologist Clay Haskett (Harry Connick Jr.) dodges corporate pressure and a USDA inspector (played by Smith... All the stars, human and cetacean, return for “Dolphin Tale 2,” a sweet and sometimes sappy story of animals and the people who care for them. Director Charles Martin Smith also returns, this time doubling as screenwriter, to tell the further story of Winter, the dolphin who lost her tail and was fitted with a prosthetic one. When Winter’s companion dolphin, Panama, dies of old age, marine biologist Clay Haskett (Harry Connick Jr.) dodges corporate pressure and a USDA inspector (played by Smith... 58396100@www.sltrib.com Fri, 12 Sep 2014 09:19:00 MDT Movie review: ‘The Drop’ goes deep in a rough part of town http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/58398868-223/bob-drop-config-data.html.csp The gangster drama “The Drop” is drenched in atmosphere, soaked in a brooding palette of dread that informs us early on that bad things will be happening to someone by the movie’s end — and then sets out to depict those bad things. What raises “The Drop” above the crowd is who is on the giving and receiving ends of those bad things. Belgian director Michaël R. Roskam (“Bullhead”) pulls together a strong cast, led by powerful performances by Tom Hardy and, in his last role before his death last y... The gangster drama “The Drop” is drenched in atmosphere, soaked in a brooding palette of dread that informs us early on that bad things will be happening to someone by the movie’s end — and then sets out to depict those bad things. What raises “The Drop” above the crowd is who is on the giving and receiving ends of those bad things. Belgian director Michaël R. Roskam (“Bullhead”) pulls together a strong cast, led by powerful performances by Tom Hardy and, in his last role before his death last y... 58398868@www.sltrib.com Fri, 12 Sep 2014 09:19:00 MDT Movie review: Good laughs, great scenery in ‘The Trip to Italy’ http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/58398871-223/brydon-coogan-italy-trip.html.csp In “The Trip to Italy,” stars Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon, along with director Michael Winterbottom, prove that you can copy an original and still make something charming. It helps, though, if you are doing it with Italy as your backdrop. Winterbottom and his stars did this before in “The Trip,” the 2011 comedy that followed Coogan and Brydon as slightly fictionalized versions of themselves, driving around England’s Lake District and sampling fine restaurants that Coogan reviewed for The Observe... In “The Trip to Italy,” stars Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon, along with director Michael Winterbottom, prove that you can copy an original and still make something charming. It helps, though, if you are doing it with Italy as your backdrop. Winterbottom and his stars did this before in “The Trip,” the 2011 comedy that followed Coogan and Brydon as slightly fictionalized versions of themselves, driving around England’s Lake District and sampling fine restaurants that Coogan reviewed for The Observe... 58398871@www.sltrib.com Fri, 12 Sep 2014 09:19:00 MDT Preview: Ten films provide a look at developing world http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/58399363-223/drama-films-film-2006.html.csp The Global Film Initiative returns to Salt Lake City this week, showing movies that illuminate life in developing countries. This year, the Broadway Centre Cinemas, 111 E. 300 South, Salt Lake City, is showing a “greatest hits” compilation of the series’ best films from past years. Screenings run all week, starting Friday, Sept. 12, through next Thursday. The 10 films being screened are: “The Bet Collector,” Philippines, 2006 • In this drama, a struggling mini-mart owner has to make ends meet ... The Global Film Initiative returns to Salt Lake City this week, showing movies that illuminate life in developing countries. This year, the Broadway Centre Cinemas, 111 E. 300 South, Salt Lake City, is showing a “greatest hits” compilation of the series’ best films from past years. Screenings run all week, starting Friday, Sept. 12, through next Thursday. The 10 films being screened are: “The Bet Collector,” Philippines, 2006 • In this drama, a struggling mini-mart owner has to make ends meet ... 58399363@www.sltrib.com Fri, 12 Sep 2014 09:19:00 MDT Special screenings: ‘ParaNorman,’ Indie-film seminar at the U. and much more http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/58402363-223/free-park-tickets-sept.html.csp Indie-film seminar The University of Utah’s department of film and media arts presents a seminar, Producing Independent Films with Sterling Van Wagenen. Van Wagenen, the first executive director of the Sundance Institute and co-founder of the Sundance Film Festival, has produced such movies as “The Trip to Bountiful.” When • Friday, Sept. 12, 12:55 p.m. Where • Film and Media Arts Building Auditorium, 370 S. 1530 East, University of Utah, Salt Lake City Tickets • Free ‘ParaNorman’ The a... Indie-film seminar The University of Utah’s department of film and media arts presents a seminar, Producing Independent Films with Sterling Van Wagenen. Van Wagenen, the first executive director of the Sundance Institute and co-founder of the Sundance Film Festival, has produced such movies as “The Trip to Bountiful.” When • Friday, Sept. 12, 12:55 p.m. Where • Film and Media Arts Building Auditorium, 370 S. 1530 East, University of Utah, Salt Lake City Tickets • Free ‘ParaNorman’ The a... 58402363@www.sltrib.com Fri, 12 Sep 2014 09:19:00 MDT ’Guardians’ tops box office for fourth weekend http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/58385080-223/million-international-guardians-box.html.csp Los Angeles • “Guardians of the Galaxy” continues to rule the box office universe. The cosmic Marvel adventure arrived in first place at the box office for a fourth weekend with $10.2 million, according to studio estimates Sunday. The domestic haul for “Guardians,” which features Chris Pratt and Zoe Saldana as intergalactic do-gooders, now stands at $294.6 million after six weeks of release. “Guardians” furthered cemented itself as the top grossing film of the year in North America, eclipsing th... Los Angeles • “Guardians of the Galaxy” continues to rule the box office universe. The cosmic Marvel adventure arrived in first place at the box office for a fourth weekend with $10.2 million, according to studio estimates Sunday. The domestic haul for “Guardians,” which features Chris Pratt and Zoe Saldana as intergalactic do-gooders, now stands at $294.6 million after six weeks of release. “Guardians” furthered cemented itself as the top grossing film of the year in North America, eclipsing th... 58385080@www.sltrib.com Mon, 08 Sep 2014 09:11:10 MDT Movie review: ‘Rich Hill’ spotlights poverty, in a general way http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/58368919-223/hill-rich-config-data.html.csp “Rich Hill,” which won the Grand Jury Prize for documentaries at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, points out the dangers of trying to humanize a major social issue: The humans are more complicated than that, and the social issue gets muddled. Here, cousins Tracey Droz Tragos and Andrew Droz Palermo try to tell the story of three teen boys who live in Rich Hill, Mo., population 1,396. Andrew is a good kid, but his family has moved a lot so his father can find work. Appachey likes skateboarding, ... “Rich Hill,” which won the Grand Jury Prize for documentaries at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, points out the dangers of trying to humanize a major social issue: The humans are more complicated than that, and the social issue gets muddled. Here, cousins Tracey Droz Tragos and Andrew Droz Palermo try to tell the story of three teen boys who live in Rich Hill, Mo., population 1,396. Andrew is a good kid, but his family has moved a lot so his father can find work. Appachey likes skateboarding, ... 58368919@www.sltrib.com Fri, 05 Sep 2014 15:25:06 MDT Fall movie photos: ‘The Maze Runner,’ ‘The Equalizer’ among September releases http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/58365145-223/drama-comedy-director-film.html.csp There are 80 movies expected to open in Salt Lake City-area theaters this fall, moving into the holiday season. Here’s the list, with photos, of the movies opening in September. (Release dates are tentative.) Sept. 5 Forrest Gump • The 1994 Oscar winner, about a simple man (Tom Hanks) in complex times, returns in IMAX-enhanced glory. The Identical • What if Elvis’ twin brother had lived? That’s the launching point for this musical drama about an Elvis-like superstar and his long-lost twin (bot... There are 80 movies expected to open in Salt Lake City-area theaters this fall, moving into the holiday season. Here’s the list, with photos, of the movies opening in September. (Release dates are tentative.) Sept. 5 Forrest Gump • The 1994 Oscar winner, about a simple man (Tom Hanks) in complex times, returns in IMAX-enhanced glory. The Identical • What if Elvis’ twin brother had lived? That’s the launching point for this musical drama about an Elvis-like superstar and his long-lost twin (bot... 58365145@www.sltrib.com Fri, 05 Sep 2014 09:05:41 MDT