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The film, ... New York • “Guardians of the Galaxy” became the summer’s top-grossing movie at the North American box office with a $17.6 million weekend that narrowly bested the young adult melodrama “If I Stay,” while the long-delayed “Sin City” sequel, “A Dame to Kill For,” flopped. With an estimated $17.6 million in its fourth weekend of release, the Marvel space adventure passed “Transformers: Age of Extinction” to become the summer’s biggest domestic hit with a cumulative total of $252 million. The film, ... <img src="http://mngislctrib.112.2O7.net/b/ss/mngislctrib/1/H.17--NS/0?&pageName=RSS" height="1" width="1" border="0" alt=""/> 58331158@www.sltrib.com Mon, 25 Aug 2014 17:49:51 MDT Movie review: ‘Dinosaur 13’ digs into story of paleontologists vs. the government http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/58313779-223/dinosaur-federal-black-digs.html.csp There’s a great story of fossils, felonies and federal overreach in the documentary “Dinosaur 13,” and director Todd Miller digs out a sizable chunk of it. The story begins with the discovery in 1990 of the largest intact Tyrannosaur rex specimen ever, in the Black Hills of South Dakota. The group of for-profit paleontologists who unearth and work to preserve the fossil, named Sue, soon find themselves facing an FBI raid, a custody battle over whether the remains are federal property, and a mas... There’s a great story of fossils, felonies and federal overreach in the documentary “Dinosaur 13,” and director Todd Miller digs out a sizable chunk of it. The story begins with the discovery in 1990 of the largest intact Tyrannosaur rex specimen ever, in the Black Hills of South Dakota. The group of for-profit paleontologists who unearth and work to preserve the fossil, named Sue, soon find themselves facing an FBI raid, a custody battle over whether the remains are federal property, and a mas... 58313779@www.sltrib.com Fri, 22 Aug 2014 14:11:17 MDT Movie review: Style over all else in ‘Sin City’ http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/58317985-223/sin-characters-config-data.html.csp The self-consciously stylized “Sin City: A Dame to Kill For” is so driven to capture its peculiar visual aesthetic that it obliterates everything else — character, narrative, emotion and logic — to achieve it. Robert Rodriguez shares directing credit with Frank Miller, on whose graphic-novel series the film is based, and together they mine the source material for more noir mayhem involving the seedy characters of a generic inner city. Some characters are back from Rodriguez’s 2005 “Sin City,” i... The self-consciously stylized “Sin City: A Dame to Kill For” is so driven to capture its peculiar visual aesthetic that it obliterates everything else — character, narrative, emotion and logic — to achieve it. Robert Rodriguez shares directing credit with Frank Miller, on whose graphic-novel series the film is based, and together they mine the source material for more noir mayhem involving the seedy characters of a generic inner city. Some characters are back from Rodriguez’s 2005 “Sin City,” i... 58317985@www.sltrib.com Fri, 22 Aug 2014 09:21:39 MDT Movie review: Teen romance ‘If I Stay’ suffocated by faux-tragic vibe http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/58313797-223/teen-stay-config-data.html.csp If limbo is as smarmy and as overloaded with emo-rock songs as the teen romantic drama “If I Stay” depicts it, I pray for a quick death. Teen actress Chloë Grace Moretz (“Let Me In,” “Hugo”) graduates to leading lady playing Mia Hall, a teen cello phenom whose love of Ludwig van Beethoven attracts a rock-playing boyfriend, Adam (Jamie Blackley), whose musical tastes are more in line with those of Mia’s parents, retired rock drummer Denny (“The Blair Witch Project’s” Joshua Leonard) and ex-group... If limbo is as smarmy and as overloaded with emo-rock songs as the teen romantic drama “If I Stay” depicts it, I pray for a quick death. Teen actress Chloë Grace Moretz (“Let Me In,” “Hugo”) graduates to leading lady playing Mia Hall, a teen cello phenom whose love of Ludwig van Beethoven attracts a rock-playing boyfriend, Adam (Jamie Blackley), whose musical tastes are more in line with those of Mia’s parents, retired rock drummer Denny (“The Blair Witch Project’s” Joshua Leonard) and ex-group... 58313797@www.sltrib.com Fri, 22 Aug 2014 07:53:00 MDT Movie review: Laughing at old age in low-key ‘Land Ho!’ http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/58313814-223/mitch-colin-config-data.html.csp If you missed your chance of getting away for summer vacation, the low-key comedy “Land Ho!” is a great way to see the sights of Iceland with some charming traveling companions. The tourists in question here are Mitch (Earl Lynn Nelson), a retired Kentucky surgeon, and Colin (Paul Eenhoorn), a bank manager originally from Australia. Colin’s deceased first wife and Mitch’s ex-wife were sisters — and that, and their gray hair, is nearly all the two men have in common. Mitch is rambunctious and pro... If you missed your chance of getting away for summer vacation, the low-key comedy “Land Ho!” is a great way to see the sights of Iceland with some charming traveling companions. The tourists in question here are Mitch (Earl Lynn Nelson), a retired Kentucky surgeon, and Colin (Paul Eenhoorn), a bank manager originally from Australia. Colin’s deceased first wife and Mitch’s ex-wife were sisters — and that, and their gray hair, is nearly all the two men have in common. Mitch is rambunctious and pro... 58313814@www.sltrib.com Fri, 22 Aug 2014 07:53:00 MDT Special screenings: ‘SLC Punk!,’ ‘LEGO Movie’ and more http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/58314399-223/tickets-lake-salt-special.html.csp ‘The LEGO Movie’ An outdoor screening of “The LEGO Movie,” the animated tale of a mini-fig (voiced by Chris Pratt) who learns he has a special destiny. When • Friday, 8:30 p.m. Where • Chompers Party Cove, Kearns Oquirrh Park Fitness Center, 5624 S. Cougar Lane (4800 West), Kearns Tickets • Free ‘Fargo’ The Coen brothers’ 1996 classic “Fargo,” starring Frances McDormand as a no-nonsense Minnesota sheriff investigating a bizarre crime. When • Friday and Saturday, 11 p.m.; Sunday, noon Where ... ‘The LEGO Movie’ An outdoor screening of “The LEGO Movie,” the animated tale of a mini-fig (voiced by Chris Pratt) who learns he has a special destiny. When • Friday, 8:30 p.m. Where • Chompers Party Cove, Kearns Oquirrh Park Fitness Center, 5624 S. Cougar Lane (4800 West), Kearns Tickets • Free ‘Fargo’ The Coen brothers’ 1996 classic “Fargo,” starring Frances McDormand as a no-nonsense Minnesota sheriff investigating a bizarre crime. When • Friday and Saturday, 11 p.m.; Sunday, noon Where ... 58314399@www.sltrib.com Fri, 22 Aug 2014 07:53:00 MDT Jackie Chan expresses shame over son’s drug arrest http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/58317027-223/chan-drug-jaycee-beijing.html.csp Beijing • Jackie Chan apologized to the public Wednesday over his son’s detention on drug charges in Beijing, saying he’s ashamed and saddened. The Hong Kong film star wrote on his microblog that Jaycee Chan would have to face the consequences of his actions, but that they would do so together. “Regarding this issue with my son Jaycee, I feel very angry and very shocked. As a public figure, I’m very ashamed. As a father, I’m heartbroken,” Chan wrote. Jaycee Chan, 31, and Taiwanese movie star Kai... Beijing • Jackie Chan apologized to the public Wednesday over his son’s detention on drug charges in Beijing, saying he’s ashamed and saddened. The Hong Kong film star wrote on his microblog that Jaycee Chan would have to face the consequences of his actions, but that they would do so together. “Regarding this issue with my son Jaycee, I feel very angry and very shocked. As a public figure, I’m very ashamed. As a father, I’m heartbroken,” Chan wrote. Jaycee Chan, 31, and Taiwanese movie star Kai... 58317027@www.sltrib.com Thu, 21 Aug 2014 09:48:43 MDT Jackie Chan’s son detained in Beijing drug bust http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/58312995-223/drug-beijing-chan-police.html.csp Beijing • The actor-son of Hong Kong action superstar Jackie Chan has been detained in Beijing on drug-related charges, the latest high-profile celebrity to be ensnared in one of China’s biggest anti-drug crackdowns in two decades. Jaycee Chan, 31, was detained last Thursday together with the 23-year-old Taiwanese movie star Kai Ko, Beijing police said late Monday on their official microblog, identifying them only by their surnames, ages and nationalities. It was unclear why the detentions were ... Beijing • The actor-son of Hong Kong action superstar Jackie Chan has been detained in Beijing on drug-related charges, the latest high-profile celebrity to be ensnared in one of China’s biggest anti-drug crackdowns in two decades. Jaycee Chan, 31, was detained last Thursday together with the 23-year-old Taiwanese movie star Kai Ko, Beijing police said late Monday on their official microblog, identifying them only by their surnames, ages and nationalities. It was unclear why the detentions were ... 58312995@www.sltrib.com Tue, 19 Aug 2014 10:32:01 MDT ’Turtles’ tops weak debut for ‘Expendables 3’ http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/58306031-223/million-owned-expendables-august.html.csp New York • Moviegoers shelled out for “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles,” while Sylvester Stallone’s action ensemble “The Expendables 3” was easily out-gunned in its weekend debut. Paramount Pictures’ rebooted reptiles took in $28.4 million in the film’s second weekend, according to studio estimates Sunday. That far surpassed the limp $16.2 million earned by Stallone’s gang of aged but buff warriors. The paltry, fourth-place total for “The Expendables 3” is well below previous debuts in the Lionsgat... New York • Moviegoers shelled out for “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles,” while Sylvester Stallone’s action ensemble “The Expendables 3” was easily out-gunned in its weekend debut. Paramount Pictures’ rebooted reptiles took in $28.4 million in the film’s second weekend, according to studio estimates Sunday. That far surpassed the limp $16.2 million earned by Stallone’s gang of aged but buff warriors. The paltry, fourth-place total for “The Expendables 3” is well below previous debuts in the Lionsgat... 58306031@www.sltrib.com Mon, 18 Aug 2014 09:54:15 MDT Movie review: Story of ‘Dog Day’ robber highlights line between fact and fiction http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/58285098-223/dog-afternoon-bank-wojtowicz.html.csp Truth can be stranger than fiction, but fiction often has the benefit of yielding the better-told story. That’s certainly the case of John Wojtowicz, whose messy life has now been told twice on film: in 1975, in Sidney Lumet’s classic bank-robbery film “Dog Day Afternoon,” and in a new documentary, “The Dog” — both of which are playing this week at the Tower Theatre. “Dog Day Afternoon” is a somewhat fictionalized account of an attempt, on Aug. 22, 1972, to rob a Brooklyn bank — and how what sho... Truth can be stranger than fiction, but fiction often has the benefit of yielding the better-told story. That’s certainly the case of John Wojtowicz, whose messy life has now been told twice on film: in 1975, in Sidney Lumet’s classic bank-robbery film “Dog Day Afternoon,” and in a new documentary, “The Dog” — both of which are playing this week at the Tower Theatre. “Dog Day Afternoon” is a somewhat fictionalized account of an attempt, on Aug. 22, 1972, to rob a Brooklyn bank — and how what sho... 58285098@www.sltrib.com Sun, 17 Aug 2014 16:30:18 MDT Movie review: ‘The Giver’ strong on ideas, just OK on action http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/58285086-223/giver-config-data-jonas.html.csp Before “The Hunger Games” and “Divergent” and a slew of imitators of dystopian young-adult fiction, there was “The Giver,” Lois Lowry’s acclaimed 1994 novel of a seemingly perfect but actually repressive society. A story that was a trailblazer in print has become a follower on film. It’s a shame, really, because director Phillip Noyce’s adaptation of “The Giver” is a solid thriller brimming with interesting ideas — and only feels derivative because other titles have gotten to the screen first. ... Before “The Hunger Games” and “Divergent” and a slew of imitators of dystopian young-adult fiction, there was “The Giver,” Lois Lowry’s acclaimed 1994 novel of a seemingly perfect but actually repressive society. A story that was a trailblazer in print has become a follower on film. It’s a shame, really, because director Phillip Noyce’s adaptation of “The Giver” is a solid thriller brimming with interesting ideas — and only feels derivative because other titles have gotten to the screen first. ... 58285086@www.sltrib.com Sat, 16 Aug 2014 16:33:44 MDT Movie review: Third ‘Saints and Soldiers’ film is a riveting war story http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/58285085-223/soldiers-war-tank-saints.html.csp The third installment of director Ryan Little’s Utah-made World War II series “Saints and Soldiers,” this one called “The Void,” is a riveting action drama with a strong message. In Germany, 1945, during the final days of the Allied victory, a two-tank American crew is sent on a clean-up mission in the Harz mountains — only to discover a platoon of German soldiers and three Panzer tanks have just ambushed a troop transport. The decimated tank crew must team with survivors of the transport, incl... The third installment of director Ryan Little’s Utah-made World War II series “Saints and Soldiers,” this one called “The Void,” is a riveting action drama with a strong message. In Germany, 1945, during the final days of the Allied victory, a two-tank American crew is sent on a clean-up mission in the Harz mountains — only to discover a platoon of German soldiers and three Panzer tanks have just ambushed a troop transport. The decimated tank crew must team with survivors of the transport, incl... 58285085@www.sltrib.com Fri, 15 Aug 2014 14:30:38 MDT Movie review: Chemistry fails to materialize in ‘Magic in the Moonlight’ http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/58285060-223/stanley-magic-moonlight-allen.html.csp There’s nothing magical about Woody Allen’s latest, the wheezing period piece “Magic in the Moonlight.” Set in the not-so-roaring 1920s, Allen’s comedy starts with Stanley Crawford (Colin Firth), an illusionist who performs as a stereotyped Chinese character. On the side, Stanley works undercover exposing phony psychics, so he’s game when his old colleague Howard Burkan (Simon McBurney) challenges him to check out a medium who seems to be the real thing. Stanley goes to Provence, where this ps... There’s nothing magical about Woody Allen’s latest, the wheezing period piece “Magic in the Moonlight.” Set in the not-so-roaring 1920s, Allen’s comedy starts with Stanley Crawford (Colin Firth), an illusionist who performs as a stereotyped Chinese character. On the side, Stanley works undercover exposing phony psychics, so he’s game when his old colleague Howard Burkan (Simon McBurney) challenges him to check out a medium who seems to be the real thing. Stanley goes to Provence, where this ps... 58285060@www.sltrib.com Fri, 15 Aug 2014 11:25:25 MDT Movie review: Priesthood isn’t what it used to be in powerful ‘Calvary’ http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/58285087-223/calvary-james-gleeson-irish.html.csp Devout Catholics will likely blanch at the Irish drama “Calvary,” and that’s their right. If a movie showed a harsh depiction of something I hold in high regard, the way Catholics feel about the priesthood, I might be offended, too. But that’s one of the points writer-director John Michael McDonagh makes in this dark, involving character study: Even in Ireland, where the Mother Church has long held sway in spite of decades of sex-abuse scandals, the priesthood isn’t what it used to be. There are... Devout Catholics will likely blanch at the Irish drama “Calvary,” and that’s their right. If a movie showed a harsh depiction of something I hold in high regard, the way Catholics feel about the priesthood, I might be offended, too. But that’s one of the points writer-director John Michael McDonagh makes in this dark, involving character study: Even in Ireland, where the Mother Church has long held sway in spite of decades of sex-abuse scandals, the priesthood isn’t what it used to be. There are... 58285087@www.sltrib.com Fri, 15 Aug 2014 11:25:25 MDT Movie review: Sweet cast helps ‘What If’ through questionable premise http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/58285089-223/romantic-comedy-config-data.html.csp Every generation gets its version of a “When Harry Met Sally …” movie — a romantic comedy that gets philosophical about whether men and women can be “just” friends — and for this generation, that movie is the briskly witty “What If.” Now the problem with the underlying question is that a romantic comedy isn’t the place to ask it. Sure, in the real world, a man and a woman can be friends without the urge to turn it into a romantic or sexual relationship. But a man and a woman who are the main fig... Every generation gets its version of a “When Harry Met Sally …” movie — a romantic comedy that gets philosophical about whether men and women can be “just” friends — and for this generation, that movie is the briskly witty “What If.” Now the problem with the underlying question is that a romantic comedy isn’t the place to ask it. Sure, in the real world, a man and a woman can be friends without the urge to turn it into a romantic or sexual relationship. But a man and a woman who are the main fig... 58285089@www.sltrib.com Fri, 15 Aug 2014 11:25:25 MDT Special screenings: ‘God Help the Girl’ at Red Butte http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/58294111-223/free-tickets-park-saturday.html.csp ‘The Muppet Movie’ The Utah Film Center celebrates the 35th anniversary of “The Muppet Movie,” the first feature film featuring Kermit the Frog & Co. on a cross-country journey to make it big in Hollywood. When • Friday, 4 p.m. Where • King Koal Theatre, 1171 E. Main, Price Tickets • Free Also • Saturday, Aug. 16, 11 a.m.; Viridian Event Center, 1825 W. 8030 South, West Jordan; free ‘Big Night’ The 2014 Sundance Institute Summer Series continues with “Big Night,” Stanley Tucci and Campbell... ‘The Muppet Movie’ The Utah Film Center celebrates the 35th anniversary of “The Muppet Movie,” the first feature film featuring Kermit the Frog & Co. on a cross-country journey to make it big in Hollywood. When • Friday, 4 p.m. Where • King Koal Theatre, 1171 E. Main, Price Tickets • Free Also • Saturday, Aug. 16, 11 a.m.; Viridian Event Center, 1825 W. 8030 South, West Jordan; free ‘Big Night’ The 2014 Sundance Institute Summer Series continues with “Big Night,” Stanley Tucci and Campbell... 58294111@www.sltrib.com Thu, 14 Aug 2014 16:15:02 MDT Movie review: No laughs in criminally bad ‘Let’s Be Cops’ http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/58285084-223/cops-real-config-data.html.csp There’s a funny, edgy idea rattling around in “Let’s Be Cops,” but the poor thing dies of neglect in a humorless script and weak execution. Jake Johnson and Damon Wayans Jr., co-stars on Fox’s “New Girl,” play Ryan and Justin, loser roommates in Los Angeles. Ryan’s an unemployed former college quarterback, Justin a milquetoast video-game designer who can’t pitch his police-based first-person shooter. The pair put on some authentic LAPD uniforms for a costume party and discover when they’re on ... There’s a funny, edgy idea rattling around in “Let’s Be Cops,” but the poor thing dies of neglect in a humorless script and weak execution. Jake Johnson and Damon Wayans Jr., co-stars on Fox’s “New Girl,” play Ryan and Justin, loser roommates in Los Angeles. Ryan’s an unemployed former college quarterback, Justin a milquetoast video-game designer who can’t pitch his police-based first-person shooter. The pair put on some authentic LAPD uniforms for a costume party and discover when they’re on ... 58285084@www.sltrib.com Thu, 14 Aug 2014 09:50:28 MDT Photos: Film star Lauren Bacall dies at 89 http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/58290062-223/bacall-bogart-film-actress.html.csp Lauren Bacall, a bewitching actress whose husky voice and smoldering onscreen chemistry with her husband Humphrey Bogart made her a defining movie star of the 1940s and who decades later won Tony Awards in the Broadway musicals “Applause” and “Woman of the Year,” has died at 89. Robbert de Klerk, co-managing partner of the Humphrey Bogart Estate, confirmed the death in an email. Bacall was one of the last surviving major stars of the studio system, which flourished from the silent movie era to t... Lauren Bacall, a bewitching actress whose husky voice and smoldering onscreen chemistry with her husband Humphrey Bogart made her a defining movie star of the 1940s and who decades later won Tony Awards in the Broadway musicals “Applause” and “Woman of the Year,” has died at 89. Robbert de Klerk, co-managing partner of the Humphrey Bogart Estate, confirmed the death in an email. Bacall was one of the last surviving major stars of the studio system, which flourished from the silent movie era to t... 58290062@www.sltrib.com Wed, 13 Aug 2014 11:28:00 MDT Cowabunga! ‘Ninja Turtles’ bring box-office power http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/58281321-223/million-international-owned-ninja.html.csp Los Angeles • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” sliced off $65 million at the weekend box office. Paramount Pictures’ comic-book adaptation featuring Megan Fox alongside computer-generated renditions of the pizza-eating, sewer-dwelling superheroes lunged into first place in its debut weekend, according to studio estimates Sunday. The action film’s totally tubular result prompted the studio to announce plans Sunday for a sequel set for June 3, 2016. Megan Colligan, Paramount’s head of domestic market... Los Angeles • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” sliced off $65 million at the weekend box office. Paramount Pictures’ comic-book adaptation featuring Megan Fox alongside computer-generated renditions of the pizza-eating, sewer-dwelling superheroes lunged into first place in its debut weekend, according to studio estimates Sunday. The action film’s totally tubular result prompted the studio to announce plans Sunday for a sequel set for June 3, 2016. Megan Colligan, Paramount’s head of domestic market... 58281321@www.sltrib.com Tue, 12 Aug 2014 09:51:57 MDT Actor Robin Williams, 63, dies in California home http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/58285833-223/williams-robin-comedy-film.html.csp He was the funniest guy in the room, something that made it all the harder for friends and fans to accept that beneath that reservoir of frenetic energy and seemingly endless good humor resided demons so dark they could push Robin Williams to suicide. It was no secret that the Oscar-winning actor had suffered for years from periodic bouts of substance abuse and depression — he made reference to it himself in his comedy routines. But word that he had killed himself Monday at his San Francisco Ba... He was the funniest guy in the room, something that made it all the harder for friends and fans to accept that beneath that reservoir of frenetic energy and seemingly endless good humor resided demons so dark they could push Robin Williams to suicide. It was no secret that the Oscar-winning actor had suffered for years from periodic bouts of substance abuse and depression — he made reference to it himself in his comedy routines. But word that he had killed himself Monday at his San Francisco Ba... 58285833@www.sltrib.com Tue, 12 Aug 2014 09:51:57 MDT