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Capsule reviews of movies playing in Utah

Published: Thursday, Feb. 9 2012 4:51 p.m. MST

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)

DINOSAUR PASSAGE TO PANGEA — When two children embark on a geology field trip back in time, they are thrown into a fantastic voyage where they witness incredible geological wonders and learn the mysterious process that created our present-day continents. (Thanksgiving Point)

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

Continuing Films

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); Roger Moore, McClatchy-Tribune News Service: ★★★1/2

ALBERT NOBBS — Glenn Close stars as woman who passes herself off as a man to find work in 19th-century Ireland. 113 minutes; R (some sexuality, brief nudity and language); Doug Wright, KSL: ★★★

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: ★★

THE ARTIST — Set in 1927, a silent movie star sees the introduction of talking films as a threat to his career while a young dancer sees it as a bright opportunity. 100 minutes; PG-13 (a disturbing image and a crude gesture); (Broadway); Roger Moore, McClatchy-Tribune News Service: ★★★1/2

BEAUTY AND THE BEAST — Disney re-releases its 1991 classic tale of Belle as she offers herself as a prisoner instead of her father and finds there is much more to her captor than his beastly exterior. The film is showing in 3D in selected theaters. 84 minutes; G (nothing offensive)

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: ★★★

CONTRABAND — A former legendary smuggler is forced to return to his life of crime to settle the debt of his brother-in-law's botched drug deal. The man makes one final trip to Panama to obtain millions of dollars in counterfeit bills to protect his family. 110 minutes; R (violence, pervasive language and brief drug use); Roger Moore, McClatchy-Tribune News Service: ★★★

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: ★★★

EXTREMELY LOUD AND INCREDIBLY CLOSE — A 9-year-old boy embarks on a search through the five boroughs of New York City to find the lock that fits a mysterious key left behind by his father, who died in the attacks on the World Trade Center. 129 minutes; PG-13 (emotional thematic material, some disturbing images, and language); Roger Moore, McClatchy-Tribune News Service: ★★★

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