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Condal and Evan Spiliotopoulos adapts the late Steve Moore’s comic book “Hercules: The Thracia... Director Brett Ratner’s “Hercules” may be as pure an example of “what you see is what you get” in movie history. It’s Dwayne Johnson, the artist formerly known as “The Rock,” playing Hercules, the strongman demigod of Greek legend. Movies don’t come any more basic, and straight-forward, than that. Actually, the movie does try to complicate things a bit, as Ratner (“Rush Hour”) and screenwriters Ryan J. Condal and Evan Spiliotopoulos adapts the late Steve Moore’s comic book “Hercules: The Thracia... <img src="http://mngislctrib.112.2O7.net/b/ss/mngislctrib/1/H.17--NS/0?&pageName=RSS" height="1" width="1" border="0" alt=""/> 58224506@www.sltrib.com Mon, 28 Jul 2014 10:53:36 MDT Art meets science in the making of ‘I Origins’ http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/58216237-223/cahill-origins-pitt-science.html.csp For filmmaker Mike Cahill, the road to “I Origins” began with one photograph and one remarkable set of eyes. The photo, shot by Steve McCurry in 1984, was of an Afghan refugee girl, maybe 13 years old, whose haunting green eyes hinted at the hard life she had lived. It ran on the cover of the June 1985 issue of National Geographic and became an international sensation. The photo, Cahill said in a recent phone interview, “became very, very iconic, but we didn’t know what that girl’s name was.” ... For filmmaker Mike Cahill, the road to “I Origins” began with one photograph and one remarkable set of eyes. The photo, shot by Steve McCurry in 1984, was of an Afghan refugee girl, maybe 13 years old, whose haunting green eyes hinted at the hard life she had lived. It ran on the cover of the June 1985 issue of National Geographic and became an international sensation. The photo, Cahill said in a recent phone interview, “became very, very iconic, but we didn’t know what that girl’s name was.” ... 58216237@www.sltrib.com Mon, 28 Jul 2014 10:47:46 MDT Movie review: Hoffman compelling in spy drama ‘A Most Wanted Man’ http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/58207672-223/hoffman-wanted-bachmann-spy.html.csp The brooding, low-key spy drama “A Most Wanted Man” comes wrapped in an extra layer of despair it didn’t have when it premiered at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. That’s because between then and now, the film’s star, Philip Seymour Hoffman, died of a heroin overdose — and every moment of his performance is now weighted with a sense of foreboding doom. That doom might have been there anyway, because John LeCarré’s novel provides director Anton Corbijn (“The American”) with plenty of dark mate... The brooding, low-key spy drama “A Most Wanted Man” comes wrapped in an extra layer of despair it didn’t have when it premiered at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. That’s because between then and now, the film’s star, Philip Seymour Hoffman, died of a heroin overdose — and every moment of his performance is now weighted with a sense of foreboding doom. That doom might have been there anyway, because John LeCarré’s novel provides director Anton Corbijn (“The American”) with plenty of dark mate... 58207672@www.sltrib.com Thu, 24 Jul 2014 15:48:25 MDT Movie review: Reiner’s ‘And So It Goes’ is a comic low point http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/58206433-223/oren-stars-movie-goes.html.csp Rob Reiner hits the bottom of the romantic-comedy barrel in “And So It Goes,” a desperately unfunny movie that assaults the dignity of its stars and the audience. Michael Douglas stars as Oren Little, a self-absorbed, mean-spirited and bigoted real-estate agent in a sleepy Connecticut town. Oren is suddenly saddled with caring for Sarah (Sterling Jerins), the daughter of his estranged son, Luke (Scott Shepherd), who is soon to serve a brief prison stretch for insider trading. Oren tries to fob ... Rob Reiner hits the bottom of the romantic-comedy barrel in “And So It Goes,” a desperately unfunny movie that assaults the dignity of its stars and the audience. Michael Douglas stars as Oren Little, a self-absorbed, mean-spirited and bigoted real-estate agent in a sleepy Connecticut town. Oren is suddenly saddled with caring for Sarah (Sterling Jerins), the daughter of his estranged son, Luke (Scott Shepherd), who is soon to serve a brief prison stretch for insider trading. Oren tries to fob ... 58206433@www.sltrib.com Thu, 24 Jul 2014 15:41:02 MDT Movie review: ‘Life Itself’ presents Roger Ebert from all sides http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/58207675-223/ebert-film-james-movie.html.csp It was inevitable that the mourning period for the people who knew the great film critic Roger Ebert — either personally (like me) or through his writing — would end with a movie. Thankfully, that movie, Steve James’ documentary “Life Itself,” is a good one — a movie Roger would have enjoyed watching, and one in which he would have been proud to be participating. James owes Ebert his career, since Ebert and his then-partner, Gene Siskel, championed James’ first film, “Hoop Dreams,” back in 1994.... It was inevitable that the mourning period for the people who knew the great film critic Roger Ebert — either personally (like me) or through his writing — would end with a movie. Thankfully, that movie, Steve James’ documentary “Life Itself,” is a good one — a movie Roger would have enjoyed watching, and one in which he would have been proud to be participating. James owes Ebert his career, since Ebert and his then-partner, Gene Siskel, championed James’ first film, “Hoop Dreams,” back in 1994.... 58207675@www.sltrib.com Thu, 24 Jul 2014 15:41:02 MDT Movie review: ‘Lucy’ is convoluted sci-fi that’s not crazy enough http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/58215368-223/lucy-movie-besson-crazy.html.csp Those expecting a straight-ahead action movie in Luc Besson’s “Lucy” may find this sci-fi head-scratcher a little crazy — but I don’t think it’s crazy enough. Scarlett Johansson stars as Lucy, an American student in Taiwan who becomes an unwilling drug mule for a nasty Asian crime boss, Mr. Jang (played by the Korean star Choi Min-Sik). A pouch of a mysterious drug is surgically implanted in her belly, but when the parcel bursts into her bloodstream, the drug takes effect, opening up her mental... Those expecting a straight-ahead action movie in Luc Besson’s “Lucy” may find this sci-fi head-scratcher a little crazy — but I don’t think it’s crazy enough. Scarlett Johansson stars as Lucy, an American student in Taiwan who becomes an unwilling drug mule for a nasty Asian crime boss, Mr. Jang (played by the Korean star Choi Min-Sik). A pouch of a mysterious drug is surgically implanted in her belly, but when the parcel bursts into her bloodstream, the drug takes effect, opening up her mental... 58215368@www.sltrib.com Thu, 24 Jul 2014 15:41:02 MDT Movie review: In ‘Wish I Was Here,’ Braff mixes high drama and low comedy http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/58211773-223/braff-movie-wish-config.html.csp Director/star Zach Braff shows in the famously crowd-funded comedy-drama “Wish I Was Here” that he’s equally appealing and infuriating on both sides of the camera. Braff stars as Aiden Bloom, a 35-year-old Los Angeleno whose dream of being a successful actor could be hitting its sell-by date. His patient wife, Sarah (Kate Hudson), is supporting the family with a dead-end job at the water department; his father, Gabe (Mandy Patinkin), is paying to send their kids, Grace (Joey King) and Ticker (P... Director/star Zach Braff shows in the famously crowd-funded comedy-drama “Wish I Was Here” that he’s equally appealing and infuriating on both sides of the camera. Braff stars as Aiden Bloom, a 35-year-old Los Angeleno whose dream of being a successful actor could be hitting its sell-by date. His patient wife, Sarah (Kate Hudson), is supporting the family with a dead-end job at the water department; his father, Gabe (Mandy Patinkin), is paying to send their kids, Grace (Joey King) and Ticker (P... 58211773@www.sltrib.com Thu, 24 Jul 2014 15:40:02 MDT Filmmaker Michael Moore’s divorce is finalized http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/58215003-223/moore-divorce-glynn-filmmaker.html.csp Bellaire, Mich. • Filmmaker Michael Moore’s divorce from Kathleen Glynn has been finalized, ending their two-decade-long marriage. Moore filed a divorce complaint on June 17, 2013, in Michigan’s Antrim County, where the couple has a lakefront home. According to a document posted to the county circuit court’s website, a consent judgment of divorce was entered and the case closed Tuesday. Moore’s filing from last year said his relationship with Glynn had broken down and there remained “no reasonab... Bellaire, Mich. • Filmmaker Michael Moore’s divorce from Kathleen Glynn has been finalized, ending their two-decade-long marriage. Moore filed a divorce complaint on June 17, 2013, in Michigan’s Antrim County, where the couple has a lakefront home. According to a document posted to the county circuit court’s website, a consent judgment of divorce was entered and the case closed Tuesday. Moore’s filing from last year said his relationship with Glynn had broken down and there remained “no reasonab... 58215003@www.sltrib.com Wed, 23 Jul 2014 08:46:02 MDT ‘X-Men’ VR experience coming to Comic-Con http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/58210267-223/comic-con-technology-experience.html.csp Los Angeles • Comic-Con attendees will have a once-in-a-lifetime chance to enter the mind of Professor X. 20th Century Fox has created an “X-Men”-themed virtual reality stunt especially for the pop-culture convention, which kicks off Thursday in San Diego. The interactive digital experience utilizes the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset, which is not yet available to consumers, to simulate the fictional Cerebro technology used to track down mutants by the character portrayed by Patrick Stewart... Los Angeles • Comic-Con attendees will have a once-in-a-lifetime chance to enter the mind of Professor X. 20th Century Fox has created an “X-Men”-themed virtual reality stunt especially for the pop-culture convention, which kicks off Thursday in San Diego. The interactive digital experience utilizes the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset, which is not yet available to consumers, to simulate the fictional Cerebro technology used to track down mutants by the character portrayed by Patrick Stewart... 58210267@www.sltrib.com Tue, 22 Jul 2014 07:59:51 MDT 'Apes' outmuscles 'The Purge' at box office http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/58203490-223/million-owned-purge-weekend.html.csp New York • The summer box office continued to lack mojo, as the R-rated “Sex Tape” failed to turn on moviegoers on a weekend where “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” maintained its rule. 20th Century Fox’s science fiction sequel outmuscled a trio of new films to top the North American box office for the second-straight week with $36 million, according to studio estimates Sunday. The acclaimed sequel to 2011’s reboot of the chimp franchise has now made $139 million domestically in two weeks. Its cl... New York • The summer box office continued to lack mojo, as the R-rated “Sex Tape” failed to turn on moviegoers on a weekend where “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” maintained its rule. 20th Century Fox’s science fiction sequel outmuscled a trio of new films to top the North American box office for the second-straight week with $36 million, according to studio estimates Sunday. The acclaimed sequel to 2011’s reboot of the chimp franchise has now made $139 million domestically in two weeks. Its cl... 58203490@www.sltrib.com Mon, 21 Jul 2014 11:27:58 MDT Movie review: Visuals not enough to heat up ‘Planes: Fire & Rescue’ http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/58190737-223/voiced-fire-dusty-planes.html.csp Disney’s animated tale “Planes: Fire & Rescue” boasts some of the most breathtaking visuals that computer animation can deliver — matched to a story so generic it could have been written by a computer. This second installment of the “Planes” franchise reintroduces audiences to our hero, Dusty Crophopper (voiced by Dane Cook). The former cropduster-turned-racing star is having the time of his life, until his gearbox is damaged. The bad news gets worse when his crew chief, Dottie (voiced by Teri ... Disney’s animated tale “Planes: Fire & Rescue” boasts some of the most breathtaking visuals that computer animation can deliver — matched to a story so generic it could have been written by a computer. This second installment of the “Planes” franchise reintroduces audiences to our hero, Dusty Crophopper (voiced by Dane Cook). The former cropduster-turned-racing star is having the time of his life, until his gearbox is damaged. The bad news gets worse when his crew chief, Dottie (voiced by Teri ... 58190737@www.sltrib.com Fri, 18 Jul 2014 09:05:12 MDT ’The Purge: Anarchy’: Who dies now? It’s complicated http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/58195465-223/purge-anarchy-film-movie.html.csp The sequel “The Purge: Anarchy” takes place in 2023, exactly one year after the action of “The Purge,” a violent thriller that imagined an America so beset by violent crime that the government has instituted an annual holiday from law and order. Over the course of 12 therapeutic hours, from sundown to sunup, “purgers” are allowed - nay, encouraged - to rape, murder and pillage with impunity. It’s good, or so the thinking goes, to evacuate, in one cathartic upchuck, all the hostility that we - or... The sequel “The Purge: Anarchy” takes place in 2023, exactly one year after the action of “The Purge,” a violent thriller that imagined an America so beset by violent crime that the government has instituted an annual holiday from law and order. Over the course of 12 therapeutic hours, from sundown to sunup, “purgers” are allowed - nay, encouraged - to rape, murder and pillage with impunity. It’s good, or so the thinking goes, to evacuate, in one cathartic upchuck, all the hostility that we - or... 58195465@www.sltrib.com Thu, 17 Jul 2014 15:19:02 MDT Movie review: Christian thriller ‘Persecuted’ is unintentionally silly http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/58186228-223/luther-movie-persecuted-harrison.html.csp They call blockbusters like the “Transformers” franchise “critic-proof,” but the Christian-themed “Persecuted” earns the honor — because, in its title, this ludicrous political thriller tells its audience how to feel if anyone dares to dislike the movie. TV evangelist John Luther (James Remar) tells the liberal Sen. Harrison (Bruce Davison) he won’t support the senator’s sweeping religious-equality bill, so the senator engineers a plot to frame Luther for a teen girl’s murder. Luther, now a fug... They call blockbusters like the “Transformers” franchise “critic-proof,” but the Christian-themed “Persecuted” earns the honor — because, in its title, this ludicrous political thriller tells its audience how to feel if anyone dares to dislike the movie. TV evangelist John Luther (James Remar) tells the liberal Sen. Harrison (Bruce Davison) he won’t support the senator’s sweeping religious-equality bill, so the senator engineers a plot to frame Luther for a teen girl’s murder. Luther, now a fug... 58186228@www.sltrib.com Thu, 17 Jul 2014 15:12:02 MDT Movie review: Polanski takes on kinky Broadway tale ‘Venus in Fur’ http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/58186256-223/polanski-venus-amalric-fur.html.csp Sexual gamesmanship gets a French twist in “Venus in Fur,” director Roman Polanski’s kinky adaptation of David Ives’ Tony-nominated play. Some of the kink is inherent in the story, a two-character tale about a playwright, Thomas (Mathieu Amalric), auditioning an actress, Vanda (Emmanuelle Seigner), for the lead in his adaptation of Leopold von Sacher-Masoch’s 1870 novel “Venus in Furs,” the book that helped coin the word “masochism.” In Ives’ play and the screenplay he and Polanski adapted, t... Sexual gamesmanship gets a French twist in “Venus in Fur,” director Roman Polanski’s kinky adaptation of David Ives’ Tony-nominated play. Some of the kink is inherent in the story, a two-character tale about a playwright, Thomas (Mathieu Amalric), auditioning an actress, Vanda (Emmanuelle Seigner), for the lead in his adaptation of Leopold von Sacher-Masoch’s 1870 novel “Venus in Furs,” the book that helped coin the word “masochism.” In Ives’ play and the screenplay he and Polanski adapted, t... 58186256@www.sltrib.com Thu, 17 Jul 2014 15:12:02 MDT Movie review: ‘Girl on the Train’ a slow trip to nowhere http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/58186257-223/train-girl-movie-review.html.csp The indie thriller “The Girl on the Train” is a mere 80 minutes, but so self-important and slow that it makes time move backward. Danny (“Lost’s” Henry Ian Cusick) is a documentarian who encounters a young beauty, Lexi (Nicki Aycox), on the train. He keeps watching the train to repeat the meeting, and soon Lexi has ensnared him in a “Double Indemnity”-like scenario to put the hurt on a shady lawyer (John L. Payne). Writer-director Larry Brand buries his noir plot under useless layers of flashba... The indie thriller “The Girl on the Train” is a mere 80 minutes, but so self-important and slow that it makes time move backward. Danny (“Lost’s” Henry Ian Cusick) is a documentarian who encounters a young beauty, Lexi (Nicki Aycox), on the train. He keeps watching the train to repeat the meeting, and soon Lexi has ensnared him in a “Double Indemnity”-like scenario to put the hurt on a shady lawyer (John L. Payne). Writer-director Larry Brand buries his noir plot under useless layers of flashba... 58186257@www.sltrib.com Thu, 17 Jul 2014 15:12:02 MDT Movie review: Gentleness of ‘Grand Seduction’ undercuts its own humor http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/58186260-223/town-grand-seduction-lewis.html.csp The Canadian comedy “The Grand Seduction” is too laid-back for its own good, but it’s not without its whimsical charms. In the tiny harbor of Tickle Head, Newfoundland, workers who used to fish for a living now collect welfare checks or move to jobs in the city, St. John’s. The town’s only hope is to lure a petrochemical plant, but the oil company’s insurance requires the town have a doctor in residence. The town lucks out when Dr. Paul Lewis (Taylor Kitsch) is caught at the St. John’s airport... The Canadian comedy “The Grand Seduction” is too laid-back for its own good, but it’s not without its whimsical charms. In the tiny harbor of Tickle Head, Newfoundland, workers who used to fish for a living now collect welfare checks or move to jobs in the city, St. John’s. The town’s only hope is to lure a petrochemical plant, but the oil company’s insurance requires the town have a doctor in residence. The town lucks out when Dr. Paul Lewis (Taylor Kitsch) is caught at the St. John’s airport... 58186260@www.sltrib.com Thu, 17 Jul 2014 15:12:02 MDT Special screenings http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/58191828-223/utah-lake-salt-tickets.html.csp ‘World’s Best Shorts’ A collection of short films, for ages 8 and older, from Canada, the Czech Republic, Italy, the United Kingdom, the United States and Venezuela. Presented by the Utah Film Center. When • Friday, July 18, 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 ‘The Executioner’s Song’ The 1982 TV movie “The Executioner’s Song,” starring Tommy Lee Jones (in a breakout role ... ‘World’s Best Shorts’ A collection of short films, for ages 8 and older, from Canada, the Czech Republic, Italy, the United Kingdom, the United States and Venezuela. Presented by the Utah Film Center. When • Friday, July 18, 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 ‘The Executioner’s Song’ The 1982 TV movie “The Executioner’s Song,” starring Tommy Lee Jones (in a breakout role ... 58191828@www.sltrib.com Thu, 17 Jul 2014 12:07:02 MDT Landscapes, and the people who inhabit them, in Salt Lake Gallery Stroll http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/58190424-223/gallery-http-com-exhibit.html.csp On a hot July night, go look at some cool art during the monthly Salt Lake Gallery Stroll, set for Friday, July 18, from 6 to 9 p.m. at galleries around Salt Lake City. Here are some highlights: ‘NDN Nouveau’ • An exhibit of work by Frank Buffalo Hyde, an artist who traces his lineage to the Onondaga and Nez Perce tribes, opens at Modern West Fine Art, 175 E. 200 South. The show, called “NDN Nouveau,” is an occasionally humorous fusion of iconic American Indian imagery and modern pop culture, ... On a hot July night, go look at some cool art during the monthly Salt Lake Gallery Stroll, set for Friday, July 18, from 6 to 9 p.m. at galleries around Salt Lake City. Here are some highlights: ‘NDN Nouveau’ • An exhibit of work by Frank Buffalo Hyde, an artist who traces his lineage to the Onondaga and Nez Perce tribes, opens at Modern West Fine Art, 175 E. 200 South. The show, called “NDN Nouveau,” is an occasionally humorous fusion of iconic American Indian imagery and modern pop culture, ... 58190424@www.sltrib.com Wed, 16 Jul 2014 13:41:02 MDT ’Planet of the Apes’ thumps chest with $73M debut http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/58179376-223/million-apes-planet-international.html.csp New York • The monkey business is a good business to be in at the box office. “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” roared to $73 million on its opening weekend, one of the summer’s best debuts, according to studio estimates Sunday. The 20th Century Fox sequel easily surpassed the $54.8 million opening to 2011’s “Rise of the Planet of the Apes,” the reboot of the fabled chimp franchise. In a summer heavy on hype but thin on quality, “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” has proven to be one of the few hit... New York • The monkey business is a good business to be in at the box office. “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” roared to $73 million on its opening weekend, one of the summer’s best debuts, according to studio estimates Sunday. The 20th Century Fox sequel easily surpassed the $54.8 million opening to 2011’s “Rise of the Planet of the Apes,” the reboot of the fabled chimp franchise. In a summer heavy on hype but thin on quality, “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” has proven to be one of the few hit... 58179376@www.sltrib.com Mon, 14 Jul 2014 09:08:14 MDT Movie review: Illustrator Steadman more interesting than movie about him http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/58046159-223/steadman-movie-artist-config.html.csp Ralph Steadman is a fascinating artist, but the documentary “For No Good Reason” doesn’t do much to draw out what makes him fascinating. Steadman, now 78, is best known for his illustrations for Hunter S. Thompson’s gonzo journalism, such as “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.” He talks about his collaboration — and many drunken, drug-addled misadventures — with the out-there Thompson, which followed the artist’s youthful ambitions to “change the world” with his acid-dripped political cartoons. F... Ralph Steadman is a fascinating artist, but the documentary “For No Good Reason” doesn’t do much to draw out what makes him fascinating. Steadman, now 78, is best known for his illustrations for Hunter S. Thompson’s gonzo journalism, such as “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.” He talks about his collaboration — and many drunken, drug-addled misadventures — with the out-there Thompson, which followed the artist’s youthful ambitions to “change the world” with his acid-dripped political cartoons. F... 58046159@www.sltrib.com Fri, 11 Jul 2014 13:07:52 MDT