Capsule reviews of movies playing in Utah

Published: Thursday, Oct. 20 2011 4:00 p.m. MDT

VERTIGO — (Oct. 21-27, 4 p.m.; some 7 p.m. shows: Tower)

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)

RESCUE 3D — An inspirational and exciting film about international response to humanitarian crises. (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)


50/50 — This comedy shows two best friends whose lives are completely changed when one of them is diagnosed with cancer. 99 minutes; R (language throughout, sexual content and some drug use): Roger Moore, The Orlando Sentinel: ★★★

ABDUCTION ?— A young man finds his baby picture on a missing persons website and sets out to find the truth about his past. 106 minutes; PG-13 (sequences of intense violence and action, brief language, some sexual content and teen partying); Roger Moore, The Orlando Sentinel: ★★

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); Shawn O'Neill, for the Deseret News: ★★★

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: ★★★

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

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. 118 minutes; PG-13 (coarse humor, sexual content and language); Jeff Peterson, for the Deseret News: ★★★1/2

DOLPHIN TALE — Inspired by a true story, Dolphin Tale follows a young boy, a prosthetics doctor and a marine biologist as they try to rehabilitate a dolphin that lost its tail in a crab trap. 113 minutes; PG (some mild thematic elements); Roger Moore, The Orlando Sentinel: ★★1/2