SALT LAKE CITY (KUTV) — I'm playing a little catch up this week. It gives me the opportunity to highlight a couple releases that I haven't had space to talk about yet.
"Our Friend" is seeing the widest release this weekend as it appears in 540 theaters and is also available on demand. The film is about Nicole (Dakota Johnson), her husband Matt (Casey Affleck) and their best friend Dane (Jason Segel). When Nicole is diagnosed with cancer, Dane moves in to help Matt take care of the couple's two children. Based on real events, "Our Friend" isn't told in a traditional, linear way. We see moments from prior to Nicole's diagnosis, days deep into her treatment and events in between. It's still organized and ultimately comes together to present a complex view of three interconnected people who gradually grow up when faced with the probability of death.
Where to watch: Theaters, On Demand
Outside the Wire
Damson Idris stars as Harp, a drone pilot with a quick trigger finger, who finds himself sent to the frontlines where he is teamed with Leo (Anthony Mackie), a cyborg soldier that appears to be human. Leo and Harp are sent to deliver medicine to the civilians trapped between the waring factions. Leo shows Harp that war on the ground is far more complicated than it is when viewed through a drone camera from the other side of the world. But can Leo be trusted? "Outside the Wire" is a decent afternoon watch. It's not smart enough to be original, but isn't absentminded enough to be overlooked by those looking for an action film with sci-elements.
Where to watch: Netflix
Pieces of a Woman
"Pieces of a Woman" explores the life Martha (Vanessa Kirby), as she unravels following the death of her child during a home birth. Shia LaBeouf stars as Martha's husband and Ellen Burstyn as Elizabeth, Martha's overbearing mother. "Piece of a Woman" is not an easy film to digest. It fearlessly goes into the dark places of Martha's grief and the impact it has on those around her is devastating. Kirby is fantastic.
The Reason I Jump
Inspired by "The Reason I Jump," a memoir written by autistic and nonverbal teen Naoki Higashida, that attempts to explain how the author sees and processes the world. Director Jerry Rothwell weaves Higashida's story around the exploration of other individuals from around the world who are also autistic and nonverbal. It's a beautiful film that gives its subjects a voice. What they have to say might change the way you look at the world. It certainly did for me.
Where to watch: Virtual Cinemas