A talking bear, a heroic dog and an infamous drug lord are among the subjects of new movies in Utah theaters this week.
Seth MacFarlane's potty-mouthed sentient childhood toy returns in Ted 2
(pictured), which manages just enough
huge laughs to balance its pointless plot and icky ain't-I-a-naughty-boy gags. Max
takes a potentially effective boy-and-his-dog/coming-of-age tale and overloads it with a thriller sub-plot involving an international illegal arms deal. Escobar: Paradise Lost
(opening exclusively in St. George) fictionalizes the story of the infamous drug lord with a great Benicio Del Toro performance and some effective suspense. And The Strongest Man
finds some charming elements occasionally overloaded by indie-comedy quirks.
MaryAnn Johanson celebrates the historical fantasy of a female grounds designer in King Louis XIV's court in A Little Chaos
In this week's feature review, the emergence from narcissism of the central character is actually the point in the Sundance hit Me and Earl and the Dying Girl