On the screen: Capsules of films playing in Utah

Published: Thursday, Feb. 3 2011 5:00 p.m. MST

127 HOURS — A mountain climber becomes trapped under a boulder while canyoneering alone near Moab, Utah, and resorts to desperate measures in order to survive. 94 minutes; R (language and some disturbing violent content/bloody images); Erica Hansen, Deseret News: ★★★½

BLACK SWAN —The real-life back stage story that mirrors the plot and characters on stage makes "Black Swan" simply mesmerizing. Be aware that "Black Swan" lives up to its name; it is dark — even disturbing — and clearly is not for everyone. It richly deserves its R rating. 108 minutes; R; CNS rating: O (strong sexual content, including graphic lesbian and nonmarital heterosexual activity, disturbing violent images, profanity, drugs) (Broadway, Tinseltown Layton, Tinseltown Ogden, Junction); Doug Wright, KSL Radio: ★★★½

BLUE VALENTINE — A drama detailing the struggles of a married couple to save their marriage. The film flashes back and forth between the present and memories of their courtship as the couple spends the night away from their daughter in hopes of renewing their former romance. 112 minutes; R (strong sexual content, language, violence); David Germain, AP: ★★★1/2

BURLESQUE — Iowa waitress heads to L.A. with a dream of performing. She stumbles across a basement nightclub called Burlesque, is enraptured by the elaborate girly floor shows, gets a job serving drinks and, one special night, must step into the star's shoes.100 minutes; PG-13; CNS rating: O (benign view of premarital sex and homosexuality, an out-of-wedlock pregnancy, fleeting rear nudity, often suggestive and briefly obscene dancing, several uses of profanity and one rough and some crude and crass terms); Robert W. Butler, McClatchy Newspapers: ★★1/2

THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA: THE VOYAGE OF THE DAWN TREADER — This third installment of the film series likely won't disappoint Narnia enthusiasts of either the film or literary variety. It's colorful and visually sharp with steady amounts of action, some of which may be a little too scary for the little ones. Also shown in 3D. 115 minutes; PG; CNS classification: A-II (considerable peril, bloodless violence, mild bathroom jokes); Aaron Shill, Deseret News: ★★★

COUNTRY STRONG — Gwyneth Paltrow stars as Kelly Canter, a country singer back on the rise after spending time in rehab. The drama comes with romantic complications between the country singer, her husband and manager James (Tim McGraw) and her rehab caregiver and new opening act Beau Hutton (Garrett Hedlund). 112 minutes; PG-13; CNS rating: A-III (implied adulterous and premarital sex, prevasive crude language and fleeting profanity); Bill Goodykoontz, Gannett: ★½

THE DILEMMA — A man (Vince Vaughn) tries to collect evidence and determine when to tell his best friend (Kevin James) that his wife is having an affair in this uncertain comedy from director Ron Howard. 118 minutes; PG-13; CNS rating: L (brief graphic adulterous sexual activity with fleeting rear nudity, cohabitation, a prostitution theme, much sexual humor, a half-dozen uses of profanity, at least one instance of the F-word, considerable crude and crass language and obscene gestures); Jeff Peterson, for the Deseret News: ★★

DUE DATE — Sour road comedy pairing a disaster-prone aspiring actor (Zach Galifianakis) on his way to Hollywood and an uptight architect (Robert Downey Jr.) rushing home to Los Angeles for the birth of his first child. 100 minutes; R; CNS classification: O (drug trafficking and use, masturbation, profanity, pervasive rough and crude language, some sexual jokes and references). Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel: ★★★

THE FIGHTER —Take the intensity of "Raging Bull," add a dose of "Rocky" inspiration, and mix in the tawdry family squabbles featured on TV's "The Jerry Springer Show" and you have "The Fighter" (Paramount), a fact-based drama that follows two half-brothers from Lowell, Mass., who long for fame — and redemption — via the boxing ring. 114 minutes; R; CNS rating: L (excessive boxing and other violence, familial strife, nongraphic premarital sexual activity, explicit drug use, profanity, rough and crude language); Claudia Puig, USA Today: ★★

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