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THE SARATOV APPROACH

For Hicksflicks.com, Oct. 11, 2013

There are some very good movies out there right now, led by, as mentioned above, Sandra Bullock and George Clooney in "Gravity" and Tom Hanks as "Captain Phillips." but those pictures will hang around in local theaters for a good long while.

"The equally good but low-budget, no-star "The Saratov Approach" is the one you should take in. This one needs your fist-weekend box-office dollars much more than "Gravity" and "Captain Phillips."

And If you go see "The Saratov Approach" in your friendly neighborhood movie house, it will stick around for a while longer.

"Saratov" is the true story of a pair of LDS missionaries who were held for ransom in Russia some 16 years ago, and the most recognizable face is that of Corbin Allred, who has been in a number of movies and TV shows, both locally made and of the Hollywood variety.

The film is surprisingly good, squeezing every penny of its budget to give the film a larger look, and it may actually have a reach beyond the Mormon audience, which few other locally produced films in the "Mormon Cinema" oeuvre have managed to achieve.

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Other new films in town include "Machete Kills" (R), a bloody, gory, sex-drenched revenge sequel to the surprise hit "Machete," and a traditional version of "Romeo & Juliet" (PG-13). Exclusively at Salt Lake City's art houses, the Broadway Centre downtown is showing "The Summit" (R), a documentary about a K2 hike that killed 11 climbers, and "Inequality for All" (PG), a documentary about America's widening economic gap, and the Tower Theater has "Blue Caprice" (R), a drama about the 2002 Beltway sniper.