Capsule reviews of movies playing in Utah

Published: Thursday, Sept. 8 2011 4:00 p.m. MDT

"The Creature" — Area theaters — see New Friday

Teddy Smith


BUCKY LARSON: BORN TO BE A STAR — A Midwestern grocery bagger moves to L.A. to follow in his parents' footsteps and become a porn star. 96 minutes; R (pervasive crude sexual content, language and some nudity); not screened for critics; to be reviewed later.

CONTAGION — As a lethal, airborne virus rapidly spreads, a group of international doctors must find a cure amidst society's widespread panic. 105 minutes; PG-13 (disturbing content and some language); Josh Terry, for the Deseret News: ★★

CREATURE — A group of friends' curiosity unleashes a half man, half alligator monster in the Louisiana swamp. 93 minutes; R (bloody violence and grisly images, some sexual content, graphic); not screened for critics; to be reviewed later.

THE FUTURE — A stray cat changes the life of a couple, alters their perspective and challenges their faith in each other. 91 minutes; R (sexual content) (Broadway); Jake Coyle, AP: ★★½

WARRIOR — A son returns home to receive training from his father for a mixed martial arts tournament and is forced to fight against his brother, who enters the competition to save his family from financial ruin. 139 minutes; PG-13 (sequences of intense mixed martial arts fighting, some language and thematic material); Roger Moore, The Orlando Sentinel: ★★★

Special Screenings

CONAN THE BARBARIAN 3D — (Century South Salt Lake)

DOCUTAH INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL — (through Sept 17; times and locations vary throughout Springdale, Kanab, St. George and Ivins; www.docutah.com)

FINAL DESTINATION 5 3D — (Jordan Landing)

FLY AWAY HOME — Free screening (Sept. 12, 6:30 p.m.: Orem Library)

THE GATES — Free screening (Sept. 9, 7 p.m.: Salt Lake Art Center)

GLOBAL LENS SERIES — Global Film Initiative (Sept. 9-15, times vary: Broadway)

LANDMARKS OF EARLY CINEMA — (Sept. 9, 7:30 p.m.: The Organ Loft)

MY GIRLFRIEND'S BOYFRIEND — Benefit (Sept. 10, 5 p.m.: Jordan Commons)

REPO MAN — Film Buff Night at Brewvies (Sept. 12, 10 p.m.: Brewvies, must be 21 or older)

SHARK NIGHT 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, Cinemark Draper, Cinemark Farmington, Gatway, Junction, Jordan Commons, District, Thanksgiving Point)

SWISS FAMILY ROBINSON — Free screening (Sept. 9, 6:30 p.m.: Orem Library)

TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD — Free screening (Sept. 14, 6 p.m.: Utah Museum of Fine Arts)


BORN TO BE WILD — A documentary about orphaned orangutans and elephants and the people who seek to rescue and raise them. 40 minutes; G (nothing offensive) (Clark Planetarium)

DINOSAURS ALIVE — American Museum of Natural History paleontologists explore dinosaur history. (Thanksgiving Point)

SEA REX 3D: JOURNEY TO A PREHISTORIC WORLD — A large-screen short about extinct deep-sea life forms. Shown in 3-D; 30 minutes; not rated, probable G (nothing offensive) (Clark Planetarium)

WAKING THE T-REX — This documentary tells the story of Sue, the largest, most complete T-rex ever discovered by paleontologists. (Thanksgiving Point)


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