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Capsule reviews of movies playing in Utah

Published: Thursday, June 23 2011 4:01 p.m. MDT

Paul Giamatti as Barney in "Barney's Version."

Takashi Seida, Takashi Seida

NEW FRIDAY

BAD TEACHER — Cameron Diaz stars as a foul-mouthed junior high teacher who gets dumped by her wealthy fiance. She is left to compete with another teacher for a colleague's affections while fighting off the advances of the gym teacher. 92 minutes; R (sexual content, nudity, language and some drug use); By Connie Ogle, McClatchy Newspapers: ★★½

CARS 2 — Racecar Lightning McQueen and tow truck Mater travel to the World Grand Prix to find the world's fastest car. While McQueen prepares for the high-profile race, Mater gets involved in international espionage. 113 minutes; G (nothing offensive); Roger Moore, The Orlando Sentinel: ★★★

CONAN O'BRIEN CAN'T STOP — This documentary follows comedian Conan O'Brien during his "Legally Prohibited From Being Funny on Television Tour," which he performed in 32 cities after severing his 22-year relationship with NBC. 89 minutes; R (language) (Tower); Frazier Moore, Associated Press: ★★★½

L'AMOUR FOU — Fashion designer Yves Saint-Laurent's longtime lover, Pierre Bergé, reflects on Laurent's career and personal life. 98 minutes; Not rated; (Broadway); Colin Covert, Star Tribune (Minneapolis): ★★½

NEW WEDNESDAY

TRANSFORMERS: DARK OF THE MOON — The Autobots learn of a Cybertronian spacecraft hidden on the Moon, and race against the Decepticons to reach it and to learn its secrets before it brings war to Earth. 140 minutes; PG-13 (intense prolonged sequences of sci-fi action violence, mayhem and destruction, and for language, some sexuality and innuendo)

SPECIAL SCREENINGS

CIVIL RIGHTS FILM SERIES — Free screening (June 28, 6:30 p.m.: Salt Lake City Library)

A FISTFUL OF DOLLARS — Summer of 35mm late show (June 24-25, 11 p.m.; June 26, noon: Tower)

FOOTLOOSE — SLC's Friday Night Flicks free screening (June 24, 8 p.m.: Lindsey Gardens)

GREEN LANTERN 3D — (Layton Hills, Carmike 12, Ritz, Wynnsong, Century South Salt Lake, Century Sandy, Cinemark American Fork, Provo Towne Center, Jordan Landing, Cinemark Bountiful, Tinseltown Ogden, Tinseltown Layton, University Mall, Gateway, Junction, Jordan Commons, District, Thanksgiving Point)

KUNG FU PANDA 2 3-D — (Century South Salt Lake, Century Sandy, Cinemark American Fork, Provo Towne Center, Jordan Landing, Tinseltown Ogden, Tinseltown Layton, University Mall)

THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE RETURN OF THE KING — Extended edition screening (June 21, 7 p.m.: University Mall, Cinemark Bountiful, Tinseltown Layton, Tinseltown Ogden, Provo Towne Center, Jordan Landing, Century South Salt Lake, Century Sandy, Layton Hills)

THE MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR — Shakespeare's works from the Globe Theatre (June 27, 7 p.m.: Century South Salt Lake)

MY BIG FAT GREEK WEDDING — Movie Under the Stars free screening (June 24, 9 p.m.: Utah State Capitol)

PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: ON STRANGER TIDES 3D — (Jordan Landing)

SIMON BOCCANEGRA — Metropolitan Opera screening (June 22, 6:30 p.m.: Provo Towne Center, Jordan Landing, Cinemark Bountiful, Tinseltown Layton, Tinseltown Ogden, Century South Salt Lake, Century Sandy, University Mall)

VITUS — Free screening (June 24, 6:30 p.m.: Orem Library)

WAYNE'S WORLD — Film Buff Night at Brewvies (June 20, 10 p.m.: Brewvies, must be 21 or older)

LARGE FORMAT

HUBBLE 3D — A documentary detailing the experience of seven astronauts as they repair the Hubble Space Telescope. 45 minutes, G (nothing offensive)

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