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Capsule reviews of movies playing in Utah

Published: Thursday, Feb. 2 2012 6:02 p.m. MST

In this film image released by Columbia Pictures, Jamie Campbell Bower portrays the young Earl of Oxford in a scene from "Anonymous." (AP Photo/Sony, Columbia Pictures, Reiner Bajo)

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NEW FRIDAY

BIG MIRACLE — Inspired by a true story, a news reporter and his Greenpeace volunteer ex-girlfriend lead a campaign in a small Alaskan town to save a family of gray whales trapped by rapidly forming ice. 107 minutes; PG (language); Shawn O'Neill, for the Deseret News: ★★★

CHRONICLE — Three high school friends make a discovery that leads them to develop special powers. Their darker sides emerge as they learn to control their new abilities. 83 minutes; PG-13 (intense action and violence, thematic material, some language, sexual content and teen drinking); Roger Moore, MCT: ★★★

SHAME — A New Yorker (Michael Fassbender) lives his life acting out on his addiction to sex. His private life spins out of control when his younger sister moves into his apartment, reminding him of their painful past. 107 minutes; NC-17(some explicit sexual content ); (Broadway); Roger Moore, MCT: ★★★

THE WOMAN IN BLACK — A young lawyer travels to a remote village where he discovers the vengeful ghost of a scorned woman is terrorizing the locals. 95 minutes; PG-13 (thematic material and violence/disturbing images); Roger Moore, MCT: ★★★

Special Screenings

AMERICAN TEACHER — Free screening (Feb. 9, 6:30 p.m.: Film and Media Arts Building, U.)

ANNIE HALL — Free screening (Feb. 3, 6:30 p.m.: Orem Library)

ARMY OF SHADOWS — 1969 film (Tower)

BEAUTY AND THE BEAST 3D — (Layton Hills, Century South Salt Lake, Century Sandy, Provo Towne Center, Jordan Landing, Tinseltown Ogden, Tinseltown Layton, University Mall, Cinemark Farmington, Gateway, Junction, Jordan Commons, District, Thanksgiving Point, Legacy Crossing)

BRAZIL — Free screening (Feb. 6, 7 p.m.: Tower)

CAPTAIN ABU RAED — Anthropology film series (Feb. 8, 5:30 p.m.: Utah Museum of Fine Arts)

DRIVE — Free screening (Feb. 8, 7 p.m.: Post Theatre, U.)

ELLA CINDERS — Silent film (Feb. 9, 7:30 p.m.: The Organ Loft)

GROUNDHOG DAY — Film Buff Night at Brewvies (Feb. 6, 10 p.m.: Brewvies, must be 21 or older)

HUGO 3D — (Century South Salt Lake, Century Sandy, Cinemark Bountiful, Tinseltown Layton, Cinemark Farmington)

THE LIZARD AND THE LADDER — 3D cartoon (Feb. 8, 10:30 a.m.: Ragan Theater, UVU)

LOUDER THAN A BOMB — Free screening (Feb. 7, 7 p.m.: Salt Lake City Library)

A MAN FOR ALL SEASONS — Free screening (Feb. 6, 6:30 p.m.: Orem Library)

UNDERWORLD: AWAKENING 3D — (Carmike 12, Ritz, Jordan Landing, Gateway, Junction, Jordan Commons, District, Legacy Crossing)

UNFINISHED BUSINESS — Documentary screening (Feb. 3, 7 p.m.: Utah Museum of Contemporary Art)

WHAT'S ON YOUR PLATE — Free screening (Feb. 4, 11 a.m.: Salt Lake City Library)

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)

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