Capsule reviews of movies playing in Utah

Deseret News

Published: Thursday, March 15 2012 6:00 p.m. MDT

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 process that created our present-day continents. (Thanksgiving Point)

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


ACT OF VALOR — Inspired by a true story and starring a group of active-duty Navy SEALs, the film tells the story of a covert mission to rescue a captive CIA agent. 101 minutes; R (strong violence including some torture, and for language); Doug Wright, KSL Radio: ★★★

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, MCT: ★★★1/2

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, MCT: ★★★1/2

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: ★★★

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: ★★★

THE DEVIL INSIDE — A daughter seeks to discover whether her mother is mentally ill or demonically possessed. She recruits two exorcists of her own and must face pure evil when they unleash four powerful demons. 87 minutes; R (disturbing violent content and grisly images, language including some sexual references); Roger Moore, McClatchy-Tribune News Service: ★

FRIENDS WITH KIDS — Two friends choose to have a child together and date other people after seeing the effect children had on their friends' marriages. 107 minutes; R (sexual content and language); Christy Lemire, AP: ★★

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); Doug Wright, KSL: ★★★

GHOST RIDER: SPIRIT OF VENGEANCE — A man cursed to be the devil's bounty hunter is recruited to save a young boy from evil spirits, which may rid him of the burden forever. 95 minutes; PG-13 (intense sequences of action and violence, some disturbing images and language); Roger Moore, MCT: ★★1/2

GONE — A woman suspects the same serial killer who previously kidnapped her has abducted her sister. She must now confront her former captor to save her sister's life. 94 minutes; PG-13 (violence and terror, some sexual material, brief language and drug references); Roger Moore, MCT: ★1/2

GOOD DEEDS — A wealthy businessman encounters a change in perspective when he helps a single mother who works for his office's cleaning crew get back on her feet. 111 minutes; PG-13 (sexual content, language, some violence and thematic material); Roger Moore, MCT: ★1/2

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