Capsule reviews of movies playing in Utah

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

New Friday

BELLFLOWER — Two best friends transition from spending their days building flame-throwers in anticipation of a global apocalypse into a life full of the twists and turns of love and hate. 106 minutes; R (disturbing violence, some strong sexuality, nudity, pervasive language and some drug use); Christie Lemire, AP: ★★★½

BRIGHTON ROCK — A charming gang member cons a woman into a romance to prevent her from spreading information about his crimes. 111 minutes; Not rated but probable R (pervasive language, violence and smoking); Christie Lemire, AP: ★★½

DRIVE — A stunt performer spends his nights driving getaway vehicles and gets distracted by love and becomes involved in a bad heist. 100 minutes; R (strong brutal bloody violence, language and some nudity); Roger Moore, The Orlando Sentinel: ★★★

HIGHER GROUND — The film follows a woman's struggle of spiritual and self-discovery during the 1960s. 110 minutes; R (some language and sexual content)); Roger Moore, The Orlando Sentinel: ★★★

I DON'T KNOW HOW SHE DOES IT — Sarah Jessica Parker stars as a finance executive trying to juggle marriage, children and the stress of her career. 91 minutes; PG-13 (adult situations, language); Roger Moore, The Orlando Sentinel: ★★

STRAW DOGS — A Hollywood screenwriter and his wife return to her hometown in the South to sell the family home where tension in their marriage emerges.110 minutes; R (strong brutal violence including a sexual attack, menace, some sexual content, and pervasive language); Doug Wright, KSL: ★★

Re-releases

LION KING 3D — This rerelease of Disney's 1994 animated feature shows the same adventures of Simba the lion cub destined to be king in 3D. 89 minutes; G (nothing offensive); Travis Poppleton, for the Deseret News: ★★★

Special Screenings

CONAN THE BARBARIAN 3D — (Carmike, Ritz, 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)

LION KING 3D — (Layton Hills, Century South Salt Lake, Century Sandy, Cinemark American Fork, Provo Towne Center, Jordan Landing, Cinemark Bountiful, Tinseltown Ogden, Tinseltown Layton, University Mall, Cinemark Draper, Cinemark Park City, Cinemark Farmington, Gateway, Junction, Jordan Commons, District, Thanksgiving Point)

MEMORIES DE UN MEXICANO — Viva Frida Celebration (Sept. 16-17, 7 p.m.: Salt Lake City Library)

ORGAN LOFT FILM PROGRAMS — "Alice in Wonderland" and "Aladdin and His Wonderful Lamp" (Sept. 22, 7:30 p.m.: The Organ Loft)

SHARK NIGHT 3D — (Carmike 12, Ritz, Wynnsong, Century Sandy, Tinseltown Ogden, Tinseltown Layton, Cinemark Draper, Cinemark Farmington, Junction, District, Thanksgiving Point)

SPY KIDS: ALL THE TIME IN THE WORLD 3D — (Carmike, Ritz)

STAR POWER: MAYWEATHER VS. ORTIZ FIGHT LIVE ?— (Sept. 17, 7 p.m.: University Mall, Cinemark Draper, Cinemark Farmington, Tinseltown Layton, Tinseltown Ogden, Provo Towne Center, Jordan Landing, Century South Salt Lake, Century Sandy)

WAITING FOR GUFFMAN — Film Buff Night at Brewvies (Sept. 19, 10 p.m.: Brewvies, must be 21 or older)

LARGE FORMAT

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: ★★

COWBOYS AND ALIENS — A stranger must help save a small town in Arizona in 1873 when an alien spaceship invades the region. 118 minutes; PG-13 (intense sequences of western and sci-fi action and violence, some partial nudity and a brief crude reference); Roger Moore, The Orlando Sentinel: ★★½

CRAZY, STUPID, LOVE — A man's seemingly perfect life unravels when his wife decides she wants a divorce, and he tries to reinvent himself in order to find love again. 118 minutes; PG-13 (coarse humor, sexual content and language); Jeff Peterson, for the Deseret News: ★★★1/2

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 nudity, language); Roger Moore, The Orlando Sentinel: 1/2

THE DEBT — Three secret agents have spent decades being revered by their country for locating a Nazi war criminal in 1966, but in 1997 they find out their mission may not have been completed. 114 minutes; R (violence and language); Roger Moore, The Orlando Sentinel ★★★

THE DEVIL'S DOUBLE — In order to protect his own family, Iraqi army lieutenant Latif Yahia accepts an assignment to act as the body double for Saddam Hussein's reckless, sex and brutality obsessed son, Uday. 109 minutes; R (strong brutal bloody violence and torture, sexual content, graphic nudity, drug use and pervasive language ); (Broadway); Roger Moore, The Orlando Sentinel: ★★★

DON'T BE AFRAID OF THE DARK — A young girl moves in with her father and his girlfriend and finds menacing creatures in their basement. 99 minutes; R (violence and terror); Roger Moore, The Orlando Sentinel: ★★½

FINAL DESTINATION 5 — This fifth installment in the Final Destination series follows a group of people who survive a suspension bridge collapse and must continue to run from death. 92 minutes; R (strong violent/gruesome accidents, and some language; Roger Moore, The Orlando Sentinel: ★½

FRIGHT NIGHT — A teenager (Anton Yelchin) in his final year of high school must stop his new vampire neighbor (Colin Farrell) from preying on unsuspecting and trusting victims. 106 minutes; R (bloody horror violence and language including some sexual references); Christy Lemire, Associated Press: ★★½

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

GREEN LANTERN — A test pilot joins the Green Lantern Corps when the intergalactic warriors grant him with a ring full of powers. The corps hopes that this human will be the key to overcoming their enemy Parallax. 105 minutes; PG-13 (intense sequences of sci-fi violence and action); Christy Lemire, Associated Press: ★½

THE GUARD — An unorthodox Irish policeman with a confrontational personality teams with an uptight FBI in this comedic fish-out-of-water tale of murder, blackmail, & police corruption. 96 minutes; R (pervasive language, some violence, drug material and sexual content); Roger Moore, The Orlando Sentinel: ★★★★

HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS PART 2 — In the final film of the series, Harry, Ron and Hermione work to destroy Voldemort in an ultimate battle between good and evil. 130 minutes; PG-13 (some sequences of intense action violence and frightening images); Christine Rappleye, Deseret News: ★★★1/2

THE HELP — Based on Kathryn Stockett's novel, the film takes a look at the South during the civil-rights movement through the view of the black maids in the community. Doug Wright, KSL Radio: ★★★★

HORRIBLE BOSSES — Three friends plot to remove the drudgery of their jobs by murdering their bosses, but their seemingly perfect plans go awry. 100 mintues; R (crude and sexual content, pervasive language and some drug material); Doug Wright, KSL Radio: ★★½

JOSEPH SMITH VOLUME 1: PLATES OF GOLD —The life of Joseph Smith Jr. leading up to his translation of The Book of Mormon and establishment The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. 102 minutes; PG (some thematic elements)

KUNG FU PANDA 2 — Jack Black returns as the voice of Po the panda, the new kung fu master who must save his friends from an evil villain 90 minutes; PG (sequences of martial arts action and mild violence); Travis Poppleton, for the Deseret News: ★★★★

MIDNIGHT IN PARIS — This romantic comedy follows an engaged couple as they travel to Paris with their family. 100 minutes; PG-13 (some sexual references and smoking); (Broadway); Jeffrey Peterson, for the Deseret News: ★★★★

MR. POPPER'S PENGUINS — A real estate agent is about to receive his big break when his long-lost father sends him a crate of six penguins. Now as a caretaker, the man is forced to rearrange his life. 95 minutes; PG (mild rude humor and some language); Roger Moore, The Orlando Sentinel: ★★

ONE DAY — A man (Jim Sturgess) and a woman (Anne Hathaway) begin a friendship on July 15, 1988, that is revisited on the same date for 20 years to show where their lives have taken them. 108 minutes; PG-13 (sexual content, partial nudity, language, some violence and substance abuse); Roger Moore, The Orlando Sentinel: ★★

OUR IDIOT BROTHER — A care-free, ever-trusting brother takes a turn at living with each of his responsible sisters. 90 minutes; R (sexual content including nudity, and for language throughout); Roger Moore, The Orlando Sentinel: ★★½

PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: ON STRANGER TIDES — The fourth movie in the "Pirates of the Caribbean" series follows Jack Sparrow and Barbossa as they journey to find the fountain of youth. 145 minutes; PG-13 (intense sequences of action/adventure violence, some frightening images and some sensuality/innuendo); Trent Toone, Deseret News: ★★★

RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES — A genetic engineering experiment leads to a war between humans and apes. 105 minutes; PG-13 (violence, terror, some sexuality and brief strong language); Larry Curtis, Deseret News: ★★★

SARAH'S KEY — An American journalist (Kristin Scott Thomas) travels to France to research the 1942 Vel' d'Hiv Roundup, and her life becomes entwined with that of a girl named Sarah, who was forced to leave her home as a young girl. 111 minutes; PG-13 (thematic material including disturbing situations involving the Holocaust); (Broadway); Moira Macdonald, The Seattle Times: ★★1/2

SEVEN DAYS IN UTOPIA — A young golfer ruins his first big shot and finds himself on a journey of self-reflection while stranded in Utopia, Texas. 99 minutes; G (nothing offensive); Roger Moore, The Orlando Sentinel: ★★

SHARK NIGHT 3D — What was supposed to be a vacation turns into a nightmare for a group of college students. 95 minutes; PG-13 (violence and terror, disturbing images, sexual references, partial nudity, language and thematic material); Roger Moore, The Orlando Sentinel: ★

THE SMURFS — The evil wizard Gargamel forces the Smurfs from their village into New York City. 86 minutes; PG (some mild rude humor and action); Blair Howell, for the Deseret News: ★

SPY KIDS: ALL THE TIME IN THE WORLD — A retired spy brings her stepchildren into the world of being a secret agent when she is called to stop the Timekeeper's evil plan to take over the world. 89 minutes; PG (mild action, rude humor); Roger Moore, The Orlando Sentinel: ★½

SUPER 8 — A group of friends witnesses a train crash during the summer of 1979. What they thought was an accident turns out to be something more. 112 minutes; PG-13 (intense sequence of sci-fi action and violence, language and some drug use); Christy Lemire, AP: ★★★

TRANSFORMERS: DARK OF THE MOON — The Autobots learn of a Cybertronian spacecraft hidden on the Moon and race against the Decepticons to reach it. 140 minutes; PG-13 (intense prolonged sequences of sci-fi action violence, mayhem and destruction, and for language, some sexuality and innuendo): Roger Moore, The Orlando Sentinel: ★★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. 139 minutes; PG-13 (sequences of intense mixed martial arts fighting, some language and thematic material); Roger Moore, The Orlando Sentinel: ★★★

WINNIE THE POOH — What begins as an ordinary quest to find some honey leads Pooh and his friends on a quest to find Christopher Robin. 69 minutes; G (nothing offensive): Jeffrey Peterson, for the Deseret News: ★★★

ZOOKEEPER — In order to prevent their beloved caretaker (Kevin James) from leaving for another job, the animals at the Franklin Park Zoo break their silence to help him find true love. 104 minutes; PG (some rude and suggestive humor, and language); Travis Poppleton, for the Deseret News: ★

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