Movie Reviews: Entourage, Love & Mercy | Buzz Blog
We need your help.

Newspapers and media companies nationwide are closing or suffering mass layoffs since the coronavirus impacted all of us starting in March. City Weekly's entire existence is directly tied to people getting together in groups--in clubs, restaurants, and at concerts and events--which are the industries most affected by new coronavirus regulations.

Our industry is not healthy. Yet, City Weekly has continued publishing thanks to the generosity of readers like you. Utah needs independent journalism more than ever, and we're asking for your continued support of our editorial voice. We are fighting for you and all the people and businesses hardest hit by this pandemic.

You can help by making a one-time or recurring donation on PressBackers.com, which directs you to our Galena Fund 501(c)(3) non-profit, a resource dedicated to help fund local journalism. It is never too late. It is never too little. Thank you. DONATE

Movie Reviews: Entourage, Love & Mercy

Also: Sunshine Superman, The Cokeville Miracle, I'll See You in My Dreams

by

comment
cinema_1_150604.jpg
The big-screen return of HBO bros, a Beach Boy's biography and a fact-based faith-infused drama are among new arrivals in Utah theaters this week.

Scott Renshaw laments the complete embrace of shallow, talentless Hollywood in Entourage (pictured), a show he's never seen and isn't inclined to sample now. The story of Beach Boy Brian Wilson gets half a terrific treatment in Love & Mercy, as great material featuring Paul Dano as circa-1965 Wilson clashes with formulaic material involving John Cusack as his 1980s counterpart. Blythe Danner's lovely performance as a long-time widow seeking new connections elevates the gentle drama of I'll See You in My Dreams. Utah filmmaker T.C. Christensen takes the real-life story of The Cokeville Miracle and fashions yet another faith-based story unlikely to move anyone who doesn't already believe. Sunshine Superman tells the documentary story of BASE jumping pioneer Carl Boenish with great footage but too much emphasis on the end of his life.

Also opening this week, but not yet screened: the horror prequel Insidious: Chapter 3.

In this week's feature review, MaryAnn Johanson celebrates Paul Feig's espionage comedy Spy not just for its hilarious jokes, but for its savvy look at women trying to survive workplace hostility and flying bullets.