BY JENNIFFER WARDELL
Clipper Staff Writer
SALT LAKE CITY — It’s not too late to get a taste of Sundance.
The festival has filled pretty much every movie theater and parking spot in Park City, but Salt Lake venues still have both theater seats and breathing room. For those who want to take in an official Sundance movie without having to worry about waitlists, here are a few offerings ready to welcome you in.
This is Martin Bonner
Director Chad Hartigan’s second film follows the slow-building friendship between a released prisoner and an old man restarting his life in Reno. The leads are unknowns С Paul Eenhoorn and Richmond Arquette С and the pacing is slow and thoughtful. Though it touches on larger issues such as prisoner rehabilitiation and Christian forgiveness, it doesn’t dwell very long on any of them.
Showtime: Saturday, Noon.
Venue: Broadway Centre Cinemas, 111 E., 300 South, Salt Lake
Parking: There’s a parking garage right next to the theater, but you’ll have to pay to get in.
Produced by Roger Corman, the movie follows Sgt. Brooks, the sarcastic lead character in a video game based on the Vietnam War. Though he’s aware he’s in a video game, his buddy has no idea. When he starts to question his existence, he has to look elsewhere for the answers he needs.
Despite the philosophical element, “Virtually Heroes” falls squarely in the action comedy category. Anyone familiar with “Death Race” or other Corman works shouldn’t be surprised by the violence.
Showtime: Saturday, 11:59 p.m.
Venue: Tower Theatre, 876 E. 900 South, Salt Lake
Parking: Tower Theatre has a pay parking garage, though those who are feeling brave can try street parking.
CORAL: Rekindling Venus
Despite the title, the movie has nothing to do with space. Instead, it’s a virtual tour through oceans and coral reefs set to background music. The film has a strong environmentalist message that encourages people to get more worried about the fact that coral reefs are dying around the world.
The movie will be shown in the planetarium’s Hansen Dome, which is the venue for their star shows. The domed screen is angled so that it fills up almost the entirety of the audience’s periphreal vision, increasing the movie’s immersive experience.
Showtime: Saturday, 8:30 p.m.
Venue: Clark Planetarium, 110 S. 400 West, Salt Lake (inside Gateway Mall).
Parking: Gateway Mall has a huge underground parking structure. The south-end entrances will get you closest to the Planetarium.
A documentary about a 2008 California school shooting, “Valentine Road” traces the lives of both the victim and perpetrator. Filmmaker Marta Cunningham finds several parallels in the troubled lives of both young men and asks audiences to understand both of them.
Showtime: Saturday, 12:30 p.m.
Venue: Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center, 138 W. 300 South in Salt Lake.
Parking: There’s an open-air pay lot just to the east of the art center. It can be approached from both 150 West and 300 South. Metered street parking is also available.
Tickets for all shows are $16, and are available online at filmguide.sundance.org (to find an individual show, type the name into the search box in the upper right hand corner of the screen). People can purchase a maximum of four tickets.