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Capsule reviews of movies playing in Utah

Deseret News

Published: Thursday, March 15 2012 6:50 p.m. MDT

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: ★★★

THE IRON LADY — Meryl Streep depicts the life of Margaret Thatcher, the United Kingdom's first female prime minister, and the price she paid for the power to break through barriers of gender and class in a male dominated political world. 105 minutes; PG-13 (some violent images and brief nudity); Doug Wright, KSL: ★★1/2

JOHN CARTER — A former Civil War military captain is inexplicably transported to Mars and reluctantly finds himself in the middle of a large conflict. 132 minutes; PG-13 (intense sequences of violence and action); Doug Wright, KSL Radio: ★★★

JOURNEY 2: THE MYSTERIOUS ISLAND — In this sequel to "Journey to the Center of the Earth," a young man and his stepfather embark on a quest to find a mysterious island and rescue its lone inhabitant. 94 minutes; PG (some adventure action, and brief mild language); Doug Wright, KSL: ★★1/2

THE LORAX — A 12-year-old boy seeks to discover the story of the Lorax in order to win the affection of the girl of his dreams. 94 minutes; PG (brief mild language); Shawn O'Neill, for the Deseret News: ★★★

MAN ON A LEDGE — A police negotiator tries to talk a wanted fugitive down from the ledge of a Manhattan hotel. 102 minutes; PG-13 (violence and brief strong language); Shawn O'Neill, 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: ★★★

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: ★★★

ONE FOR THE MONEY — An unemployed woman finds work at her cousin's bail-bond business. Her first assignment is to find a local cop-turned-murder suspect who also happens to be her former love interest. 106 minutes; PG-13 (violence, sexual references and language, some drug material and partial nudity); Roger Moore, McClatchy-Tribune News Service: ★

PINA — Members of Pina Bausch's original company provide interviews and performances as a tribute to the legendary choreographer. 103 minutes; PG (some sensuality/partial nudity and smoking); by Steven Rea, The Philadelphia Inquirer: ★★★★

PROJECT X — Three high school seniors seek to make a name for themselves by throwing a party. The situation spirals out of control as word of the party spreads. 88 minutes; R (crude and sexual content throughout, nudity, drugs, drinking, pervasive language, reckless behavior and mayhem all involving teens); Roger Moore, MCT: ★★

RAMPART — A Vietnam veteran and renegade cop gets caught in a downward spiral that causes him to face his past mistakes. 108 minutes; R (pervasive language, sexual content and some violence); (Broadway); Colin Covert, Star Tribune (Minneapolis): ★★★

RED TAILS — A crew of African-American pilots in the World War II Tuskegee training program are on the brink of being sent home when they are called upon to take to the skies to fight for their country. 120 minutes; PG-13 (some sequences of war violence); Tish Wells, McClatchy Newspapers: ★★1/2

SAFE HOUSE — A rookie operative finds himself on the run with a renegade CIA agent when a safe house is attacked by mercenaries. 115 minutes; R (strong violence throughout and some language); Roger Moore, MCT: ★★★

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