Capsule reviews of movies playing in Utah

Published: Thursday, Sept. 15 2011 6:09 p.m. MDT

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)

CONTINUING FILMS

17 MIRACLES — Filmmaker T.C. Christensen tells the story of Levi Savage, a member of the Willie Handcart Company, who sees miracles in the tragedies the pioneers faced. 112 minutes; PG (thematic material involving hardships and suffering); Doug Wright, KSL Radio: ★★★

ANOTHER EARTH — A young astrophysics student crosses paths with an accomplished composer the night before a duplicate Earth is discovered. 93 minutes; PG-13 (disturbing images, some sexuality, nudity and brief drug use); (Broadway); Shawn O'Neill, for the Deseret News: ★★★

APOLLO 18 — Almost 40 years after two American astronauts were sent on a final secret mission, footage reveals the reason the U.S. has never returned to the moon. 90 minutes; PG-13 (some disturbing sequences, and language); Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune: ★★1/2

ATTACK THE BLOCK — A gang in South London must defend their territory from a group of aliens. 88 minutes; R (creature violence, drug content and pervasive language); (Broadway); Christy Lemire, AP: ★★★

BUCK — This documentary follows American cowboy Buck Brannaman as he travels the country sharing his compassion and helping horses. 88 minutes; PG (thematic elements, mild language and an injury); (Broadway); Caitlin Orton, for the Deseret News: ★★★

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); By Rafer Guzman, Newsday: ½

CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE FIRST AVENGER — A man (Chris Evans) volunteers for a secret experimental program and becomes super soldier Captain America. 125 minutes; PG-13 (intense sequences of sci-fi violence and action); Shawn O'Neill, for the Deseret News: ★★★

CARS 2 — Race car Lightning McQueen and tow truck Mater travel to the World Grand Prix to find the world's fastest car. 113 minutes; G (nothing offensive); Roger Moore, The Orlando Sentinel: ★★★

THE CHANGE-UP — A father of three with a steady job and a loving wife switches bodies with his seemingly carefree, single, childhood best friend. 101 minutes; R (pervasive strong crude sexual content and language, some graphic nudity and drug use); Roger Moore, The Orlando Sentinel: ★★

COLOMBIANA — A young woman becomes a professional assassin and vows to hunt down those responsible for her parents' murder. 107 minutes; PG-13 (violence, disturbing images, intense sequences of action, sexuality and brief strong language); Christy Lemire, AP: ★★1/2

CONAN THE BARBARIAN — A fierce warrior faces battle to avenge the murder of his father and the slaughter of his village. 112 minutes; R (strong bloody violence, some sexuality and nudity); Roger Moore, The Orlando Sentinel: ★★

CONTAGION — As a lethal, airborne virus rapidly spreads, a group of international doctors must find a cure. 105 minutes; PG-13 (disturbing content and some language); Shawn O'Neill, for the Deseret News: ★★

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