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Capsule reviews of movies playing in Utah

Published: Thursday, Jan. 5 2012 5:05 p.m. MST

ARTHUR CHRISTMAS — Santa's youngest son, Arthur, must use his father's high-tech present delivering operation to complete an urgent mission. The film will be shown in regular and 3D. 97 minutes; PG (some mild rude humor); Shawn O'Neill, for the Deseret News: ★★★★

CONTAGION — As a lethal, airborne virus rapidly spreads around the world, a group of international doctors must find a cure amidst society's widespread panic. 105 minutes; PG-13 (disturbing content and some language); Shawn O'Neill, for the Deseret News: ★★

THE DARKEST HOUR — Five young people stranded in Moscow must fight to survive an alien attach. 89 minutes; PG-13 (sci-fi action violence and some language); Joel Brown, Boston Globe: ★

THE DESCENDANTS — A man must learn to connect with his young daughters and wrestle with the decision to sell the family land in Hawaii after his wife suffers a boating accident. 115 minutes; R (language including some sexual references); Christy Lemire, AP: ★★★

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. 113 minutes; PG (some mild thematic elements); Roger Moore, The Orlando Sentinel: ★★1/2

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); Doug Wright, KSL: ★★★1/2

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); Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune: ★★★

HUGO — An orphan in Paris during the 1930s goes on a quest to unlock the secret left to him by his father. 127 minutes; PG (mild thematic material, some action/peril and smoking); Shawn O'Neill, for the Deseret News: ★★★

IN TIME — In a world where people must literally pay to live past the age of 25, a man is accused of murder and must fight to bring down the corrupt system. 109 minutes; PG-13 (violence, some sexuality and partial nudity, and strong language); Shawn O'Neill, for the Deseret News: ★★1/2

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: ★★★★

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: ★★★

MONEYBALL — Brad Pitt stars as Oakland A's general manager Billy Beane, who turns his team around on a tight budget and employs methods that will change the world of baseball. 133 minutes; PG-13 (some strong language) ; Roger Moore, The Orlando Sentinel: ★★★1/2

THE MUPPETS — Three Muppet fans work to reunite the crew and help them raise money to save their theater from being torn down by an oil tycoon. 120 minutes; PG (some mild rude humor); Doug Wright, KSL Radio: ★★★

MY WEEK WITH MARILYN — A young film assistant introduces Marilyn Monroe to British life during the filming of "The Prince and the Showgirl." 99 minutes; R (some language); (Broadway); Roger Moore, The Orlando Sentinel: ★★★

NEW YEAR'S EVE — From the director of "Valentine's Day," Garry Marshall, comes a similarly formatted film following the lives of several people on New Year's Eve in New York City. 118 minutes; PG-13 (language including some sexual references); Doug Wright, KSL Radio: ★★1/2

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