Murder, monsters and Mormons

For, Oct. 10, 2014

A murder mystery, a family comedy, a revisionist horror movie and four others make for a very eclectic week of openings in theaters around Utah.



"Meet the Mormons" (PG) is a church-sanctioned documentary from filmmaker Blair Treu ("Little Secrets") that puts on display six faithful members and their families from various parts of the world, each with a disparate background and an interesting story to tell. Not a proselyting film but rather a demonstration that members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are just like everyone else. Net proceeds go to the American Red Cross.

"The Judge" (R) is Robert Duvall, estranged from his hotshot lawyer son Robert Downey Jr. until the latter returns to his hometown for his mother's funeral. While there, his father is charged with murder and Downey reluctantly tries to help. Co-stars include Vera Farmiga, Billy Bob Thornton and Dax Shepard.

"Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day" (PG). Based on the popular children's book, this Disney family comedy follows the misadventures of one family during a string of unfortunate mishaps in a single day. The parents are played by Steve Carell and Jennifer Garner.



"Kill the Messenger" (R). Conspiracy-theory thriller stars Jeremy Renner as a real-life journalist whose reputation was smeared and whose family was threatened after he uncovered a link between cocaine dealers and the CIA, the latter being complicit as it used funds to arm Nicaraguan rebels. Co-stars include Ray Liotta, Rosmaire DeWitt, Tim Blake Nelson and Andy Garcia.

"Dracula Untold" (PG-13) is an origin story that is far afield from the Bram Stoker novel as Transylvanian Prince Vlad Tepes (Luke Evans) purposely becomes a vampire to gain powers so he can protect his family from the Ottoman Empire's ruthless takeover.

"Tracks" (PG-13) is an Australian film adapting a memoir by Robyn Davidson (Mia Wasikowska) about her 1997 nine-month trek across 1,700 miles of Australian desert with her dog and four camels as a National Geographic photographer chronicles her journey. Playing exclusively at the Broadway Centre Cinemas in downtown Salt Lake City.

"One Chance" (PG-13). Comedy-drama about Paul Potts, a Welsh clerk at a mobile phone store when he decided to take his natural operatic singing talent to the reality show "Britain's Got Talent" and in true underdog fashion won the competition. James Corden stars, with Julie Walters and Colm Meaney in support. Exclusively at Salt Lake's Tower Theater.