A WESTERN? REALLY?

       

For Hicksflicks.com, Friday, Dec. 5, 2014

That's right. As fans of the Old West will tell you, even if it comes with offbeat 21st century sensibilities any old Western in a storm.

And that's just what "The Homesman" is, now playing the art-house circuit around the country. But here in Salt Lake City it has opened in several theaters beyond just the Broadway Centre Cinemas downtown.

"The Homesman" (R). Tommy Lee Jones directed and stars in this adaptation of the Glendon Swarthout novel. The story has Hilary Swank recruiting grizzled Jones to help her escort a trio of madwomen (Grace Gummer, Miranda Otto, Sonja Richter) on a long trek via covered wagon. Let the adventures begin. Supporting players include Gummer's real-life mother, Meryl Streep, along with John Lithgow, James Spader and Hailee Steinfeld.

        

"The Pyramid" (R) is a horror movie about a team of archaeologists discovering a buried pyramid in the Egyptian desert, which leads to their getting lost inside and finding themselves hunted by an unknown entity. A mummy, perhaps?

      

"Sundance Film Festival Shorts 2014" (not rated). A collection of eight short live-action films rotate with a collection of eight short animated films, all of which played at the Sundance Film Festival this past January. Exclusively at the Tower Theater, otherwise known as "That other art house in Salt Lake City."