On the screen: Capsules of films playing in Utah

Published: Thursday, Feb. 3 2011 5:10 p.m. MST

THE GREEN HORNET — A mine field of edgier material that was placed in what was almost a family-friendly film ends up jolting audience members who would have otherwise been able to turn their brain off and enjoy the ride. PG-13; CNS rating: L (violent action, pervasive crude and crass language, sensuality and drug content); Travis Poppleton, for the Deseret News: ★½

GULLIVER'S TRAVELS — Jack Black's "Gulliver's Travels" is a movie that sullies a piece of literature that has endured for nearly 300 years for the sake of a cheap kiddie flick that will be forgotten in a month. 85 minutes; PG; CNS rating: O (skewed moral values, graphic scatological humor and some intense action scenes); David Germain, Associated Press: ★½

HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS, PART 1 — One of the more action-packed and darker films in the series in which Harry Potter (Daniel Radcliffe), Hermione Granger (Emma Watson) and Ron Weasley (Rupert Grint) learn to battle their fears as they search out the horcruxes where the evil Lord Voldemort (Ralph Fiennes) has hidden parts of his soul. 139 minutes; PG-13; CNS rating: A-III (action violence, scenes of murder and torture, frightening images; brief sensuality, a few vaguely sexual references); Christine Rappleye, Deseret News: ★★★

HOW DO YOU KNOW — Former athlete Lisa Jorgenson (Reese Witherspoon) finds herself in the middle of a love triangle between her baseball pitcher boyfriend (Owen Wilson) and a corporate executive (Paul Rudd). If you give it a chance, you'll remember it far longer than the assembly-line romantic comedies Hollywood usually pushes out. 116 minutes; PG-13; CNS rating: A-III (brief nongraphic sexual activity, a nonmarital situation, a promiscuity theme, an out-of-wedlock pregnancy, a birth-control reference, profanity); Travis Poppleton, for the Deseret News: ★★★

THE KING'S SPEECH — Based on a true story, the film follows King George VI's (Colin Firth) quest to find his voice after suffering from a debilitating speech impediment all his life. 118 minutes; R; CNS rating: A-III (two brief but intense outbursts of vulgarity, a couple of uses of profanity, a few crass terms and a mildly irreverent joke); Christy Lemire, Associated Press: ★★★½

LITTLE FOCKERS — The test of wills between Jack Byrnes (Robert De Niro) and Greg Focker (Ben Stiller) continues in the third installment of the series that began with "Meet the Parents." 98 minutes; PG-13; CNS rating: L (frequent sexual banter, including references to sex toys and condoms; some sexual situations and profanity; much crude and crass language; toilet humor; and a bruising fistfight); Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel: ★½

THE MECHANIC — Follows an elite assassin as he seeks to avenge his mentor's murder while also attempting to train an apprentice in his trade. 92 minutes; R (strong brutal violence, profanity, sex, nudity); Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinal: ★1/2

MEGAMIND — Generally endearing 3-D animated adventure about a good-hearted, perpetually inept alien villain (voice of Will Ferrell) who, with the aid of his trusty assistant (voice of David Cross), finally defeats his longtime superhero rival (voice of Brad Pitt), also a visitor to Earth, only to find that mastery of the city the good guy once protected is not all he had dreamed; 96 minutes; PG; CNS rating: A-II (peril, crude humor, slightly naughty language). David Germain, Associated Press: ★★½

THE NEXT THREE DAYS — A married couple's life is turned upside down when the wife is accused of a murder. 122 minutes; PG-13; CNS rating: A-III (one instance of rough language, a smattering of profanity and crass terms, some gunplay and other nongraphic violence, an off-screen suicide attempt, drug dealing and brief sexual banter); Christy Lemire, Associated Press: ★★

NO STRINGS ATTACHED — Best friends (Natalie Portman and Ashton Kutcher) attempt to maintain a physical relationship without allowing love to get in the way. Somewhere in this film, a cute romantic comedy lurks, but the strong cast is utterly wasted. 108 minutes; R (lewd language, sexual content, drug use); Doug Wright, KSL Radio: ★★

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