Capsule reviews of movies playing in Utah

Published: Thursday, Oct. 13 2011 4:00 p.m. MDT

Tim Blake Nelson, left, and Owen Wilson look to the skies for inspiration during the biggest year of their lives.

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THE BIG YEAR — Steve Martin, Jack Black and Owen Wilson star in a comedy about three bird watchers who dedicate a year of their lives to spotting the rarest birds in North America. 100 minutes; PG (language and some sensuality);

FOOTLOOSE ?— This new take on the 1984 film follows a rebellious city kid who moves to a small town where loud music and dancing are prohibited. 113 minutes; PG-13 (some teen drug and alcohol use, sexual content, violence and language); Shawn ONeill, for the Deseret News: ★★★

GUN HILL ROAD — A man must re-examine his perception of manhood when he returns from three years in prison to find his wife involved in an affair and his son exploring a sexual transformation. 88 minutes; R (strong sexual content, language and some violence); (Broadway); Wesley Morris, Boston Globe: ★★★

LABIOS ROJOS — A successful publicist and his young wife go through a sexual crisis that tests their marriage and forces them to rekindle their romance. The film is shown in Spanish with English subtitles. 98 minutes; R (strong sexual content, nudity and language); not screened for critics.

POINT BLANK — A nurse must break a man out of police surveillance when his pregnant wife is taken hostage. 90 minutes; R (strong violence and some language); (Broadway); Colin Covert, Star Tribune (Minneapolis): ★★★

THE THING — A group of researchers in Antarctica discover an extraterrestrial ship buried in the ice and accidentally unleash a shape-shifting creature. 103 minutes; R (strong creature violence and gore, disturbing images, and language); Roger Moore, The Orlando Sentinel: ★1/2


ANNIE HALL — By filmmaker Woody Allen, the film follows neurotic New York comedian Alvy Singer who falls in love with the ditsy Annie Hall. 93 minutes; PG (language, sexuality, drug use); (Tower)


ANNA BOLENA — Metropolitan Opera screening (Oct. 15, 10:55 a.m.: Cinemark Bountiful, Cinemark Draper, Cinemark Farmington, Tinseltown Layton, Century Sandy, Tinseltown Ogden, University Mall, Cinemark Park City, Provo Towne Center, Century South Salt Lake, Jordan Landing)

DEAD ALIVE — Film Buff Night at Brewvies (Oct. 17, 10 p.m.: Brewvies, must be 21 or older)

DOLPHIN TALE 3D — (Carmike 12, Ritz, Wynnsong, Century South Salt Lake, Cinemark American Fork, Provo Towne Center, Cinemark Bountiful, Tinseltown Layton, University Mall, Cinemark Draper, Cinemark Farmington, Thanksgiving Point, Legacy Crossing)

FRIDA — Free screening (Oct. 16, 3 p.m.: Salt Lake City Library)

LA MISSION — Free screening (Oct. 17, 1 p.m.: Marriott Library, U.)

LIFE IN A DAY — (Oct. 20, 7 p.m.: Rose Wagner Center Performing Arts Center)

LIKE THERE'S NO TOMORROW — A Warren Miller sports film (Oct. 14-15, 8 p.m.: Abravanel Hall; Oct. 18-19, 7:30 p.m., and Oct. 20, 6 and 9 p.m.: SCERA Center for the Arts, Orem)

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

MODERN TIMES — Free screening (Oct. 19, 6 p.m.: Utah Museum of Fine Arts)

THE PHNTOM OF THE OPERA — Organ Loft screening (Oct. 19-20, 7:30 p.m.: The Organ Loft)

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