What’s On? — July 2018

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Image Movie Poster — Avengers

Movie: Avengers: Infinity War
Rating: 3.5/5

Rating: PG-13 for intense sequences of action, violence, and some language.

Marvel Studios celebrates 10 years of superhero magic with Avengers: Infinity War. Thanos the Mad Titan takes it upon himself to gather the powerful Infinity Stones to eliminate half of all life in existence, with only an ensemble of heroes to interfere. Infinity War is the movie Marvel has been building up to for a decade, and it (mostly) delivers. The spectacle is incredible; seeing almost every hero in the same film is mind-blowing. It’s not perfect: its large cast spreads the individual story lines and performances thin, relegating some characters to five or 10 minutes maximum on screen. This leaves some of the writing stale, making the film feel like a dry build up to the final confrontation. Surprisingly, the majority of the emotional weight stems not from our heroes, but the villain. While not my favorite Marvel film, it’s definitely worth a watch for dedicated fans.

Image Movie Poster — Isle of Dogs

Movie: Isle of Dogs
Rating: 4/5

Rating: PG-13 for thematic elements and violent images.

How far would you go for man’s best friend? Atari Kobayashi, a 12-year-old boy, is willing to do anything to rescue his dog, Spots. When his plane crashes over the condemned Isle of Dogs, he encounters a group of forsaken canines set on helping him. Wes Anderson is, to say the least, an interesting film maker. The film is immersive, utilizing charming stop-motion animation, a balance of Japanese and English, and a convincing adoption of the classic Japanese film style. The story is simple, the action minimal, but the creativity and heart put into making this vastly outweighs many other films. Having never seen a Wes Anderson film before, I didn’t understand all of his choices, however, I liked them. His quirky style is definitely a breath of fresh air. If you want a different kind of movie, Isle of Dogs might be what you’re looking for.

Image Movie Poster —NCIS Los Angeles

Movie: NCIS, Los Angeles
Rating: 4/5

Rating: TV-14

Based in California, four special agents and their team form NCIS, Los Angeles—a long running (and in my opinion vastly superior) spin-off of the even longer running NCIS. While on the surface it may be just another action-crime drama, NCIS: Los Angeles relies more on its character dynamics than its cases. It’s about the characters, not the crime. Thanks to good writing, this strategy works very well. Each character feels distinct and consistent, playing off of one another to provide an entertaining and enjoyable product. It has its flaws, such as language and instances of inappropriate conduct/conversation, but when it’s above board it’s really good. As a team, NCIS always has each others’ backs, especially when the going gets tough. As the body of Christ, we are to do the same. 1 Thessalonians 5:11 says: “So encourage each other and build each other up, just as you are already doing.”

Micah Trimmer | Salt Lake City | Intermountain Division