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Capsule reviews of movies playing in Utah

Published: Thursday, Dec. 15 2011 5:00 p.m. MST

"Big Year" — area theaters — see Continuing Films

Murray Close, Murray Close

new fridaY

3 — As a couple in Berlin approaches their 20th anniversary, both become restless with the relationship and fall in love with the same younger man. 119 minutes; Not rated but probable R (adult themes); (Tower); Wesley Morris, Boston Globe: ★★★★

ALVIN AND THE CHIPMUNKS: CHIP-WRECKED — The Chipmunks and Chipettes accidentally go overboard on a cruise liner and find their way to a remote island. 87 minutes; G (nothing offensive); Shawn O'Neill, for the Deseret News: ????

INTO THE ABYSS — This documentary interviews death row inmate Michael Perry in an effort to understand why people, and the government, kill. 107 minutes; PG-13 (mature thematic material and some disturbing images); (Broadway); Christy Lemire, AP: ★★★1/2

MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE - GHOST PROTOCOL — In this fourth installment of the "Mission: Impossible" series, Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) and his team go undercover to clear the IMF's name when it is accused of a terrorist bombing. 133 minutes; PG-13 (sequences of intense action and violence; Shawn O'Neill, for the Deseret News: ????

SHERLOCK HOLMES: A GAME OF SHADOWS — Sherlock Holmes may have met his intellectual equal in the form of the evil Professor Moriarty. Holmes and Dr. Watson join forces and travel to France, Germany and Switzerland to outwit the villain. 129 minutes; PG-13 (intense sequences of violence and action, and some drug material); Shawn O'Neill, for the Deseret News: ????

YOUNG ADULT — A newly divorced teen literature author returns to her home town to reclaim the love of her now married high school sweetheart. Along the way, the author forms a bond with a former classmate who is also stuck in a high school mindset. 94 minutes; R vulgar language, brief nudity, sexual situations, adult themes); Rene Rodriguez, McClatchy Newspapers ★★★

new TUESDAY

THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO — Based on the first novel in the Millennium Trilogy, the film tells the story of a journalist who seeks the assistance of a young computer hacker to help him find a woman who has been missing for 40 years. 158 minutes; R (brutal violent content including rape and torture, strong sexuality, graphic nudity, and language)

new WEDNESDAY

THE ADVENTURES OF TINTIN — A curious young reporter, Tintin, and his dog take on villains and adventure as they set off to find a sunken ship. 107 minutes; PG (adventure action violence, some drunkenness and brief smoking)

Special Screenings

ARTHUR CHRISTMAS 3D — (Junction, Jordan Commons)

HANSEL AND GRETEL — Metropolitan Opera screening (Dec. 22, 6:30 p.m.: 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)

HAPPY FEET 3D — (Legacy Crossing)

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

IMMORTALS 3D — (Layton Hills)

THE MAGIC FLUTE — Metropolitan Opera screening (Dec. 21, 6:30 p.m.: Century South Salt Lake, Century Sandy, Jordan Landing, Cinemark Bountiful, Tinseltown Ogden, Tinseltown Layton, University Mall, Cinemark Draper, Cinemark Farmington, Cinemark Park City)

MALLS R US — Free screening (Dec. 20, 7 p.m.: Salt Lake City Library)

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