Capsule reviews of movies playing in Utah

Published: Thursday, Dec. 1 2011 4:42 p.m. MST

In this publicity image released by Universal Pictures, Daniel Craig is shown in a scene from "Cowboys & Aliens." (AP Photo/Universal Pictures, Timothy White)

Associated Press

New Friday

MELANCHOLIA — The celebration of a marriage and the threat of a new planet colliding into Earth cause tension to mount between two sisters. 136 minutes; R (some graphic nudity, sexual content and language); (Broadway); Colin Covert, Star Tribune (Minneapolis): ★★★1/2

PASTORELA — A man has always played the Devil in his town's traditional Nativity play, but when he arrives late to auditions, the new pastor of the church has already cast all the roles. The man then makes it his personal battle to recover his traditional role. 95 minutes; R (language throughout, brief sexual content and some violence); (Jordan Landing); not reviewed for critics

POKÉMON THE MOVIE: WHITE — VICTINI AND ZEKROM — Ash and his friends travel to a town built around a castle and encounter, Victini, a Pokémon from the ancient Kingdom of the Vale. When a descendant of the People of the Vale seeks to restore the lost kingdom by harnessing the Pokémon's power, the entire town is put in danger. 106 minutes; Not rated; (Dec. 2-3 only, times vary: Gateway, Junction, District, Legacy Crossing); not reviewed for critics.

THE SKIN I LIVE IN — After his wife was burned in a car crash, a plastic surgeon becomes obsessed with creating a synthetic skin that can withstand any kind of damage. His genius turns into a dangerous obsession as he looks for a human guinea pig to test his creation. 117 minutes; R (disturbing violent content including sexual assault, strong sexuality, graphic nudity, drug use and language); (Broadway); Colin Covert, Star Tribune (Minneapolis): ★★★

Special Screenings

ARTHUR CHRISTMAS 3D — (Carmike 12, Ritz, Wynnsong, Century South Salt Lake, Century Sandy, Cinmark American Fork, Provo Towne Center, Jordan Landing, Cinemark Bountiful, Tinseltown Ogden, Tinseltown Layton, University Mall, Cinemark Draper, Cinemark Farmington, Cinemark Park City, Gateway, Junction, Jordan Commons, District, Thanksgiving Point, Legacy Crossing)

BUCK — Free screening (Dec. 8, 7 p.m.: Star Hall, Moab)

A CHRISTMAS STORY — Free screening (Dec. 3, 11 a.m.: Salt Lake City Library)

HAPPY FEET 3D — (Century South Salt Lake, Provo Towne Center, District, Legacy Crossing)

HUGO 3D — (Layton Hills, Carmike 12, Ritz, Wynnsong, Century South Salt Lake, Century Sandy, Cinmark American Fork, Provo Towne Center, Jordan Landing, Cinemark Bountiful Tinseltown Ogden, Tinseltown Layton, University Mall, Cinemark Draper, Cinemark Farmington, Gateway, Junction, Jordan Commons, District, Thanksgiving Point, Legacy Crossing)

IMMORTALS 3D — (Layton Hills, Jordan Landing)

MUPPET CHRISTMAS CAROL — Film Buff Night at Brewvies (Dec. 5, 10 p.m.: Brewvies, must be 21 or older)

NORTH BY NORTHWEST — 35mm Film Series (Dec. 2, 4 and 9 p.m.: Tower)

PUSS IN BOOTS 3D — (Jordan Landing)

RODELINDA — Metropolitan Opera screening (Dec. 3, 10:30 am.: Century South Salt Lake, Century Sandy, Provo Towne Center, Jordan Landing, Cinemark Bountiful, Tinseltown Ogden, Tinseltown Layton, University Mall, Cinemark Draper, Cinemark Farmington, Cinemark Park City)

SANTA CLAUS CONQUERS THE MARTIANS — 1964 film (Dec. 2-4, times vary: Carmike 12, Ritz, Wynnsong, Gateway, Junction, Jordan Commons, District, Legacy Crossing)

A VERY HAROLD & KUMAR 3D CHRISTMAS — (Jordan Landing)

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)

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