Capsule reviews of movies playing in Utah

Deseret News

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

A SEPARATION — A married couple is torn between leaving Iran to establish a better life for their child in another country or staying to care for the husband's father who has Alzheimer's. 123 minutes; PG-13 (mature thematic material); Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald: ★★★★

SHERLOCK HOLMES: A GAME OF SHADOWS — Sherlock Holmes may have met his intellectual equal in the form of the evil Professor Moriarty. Holmes and Dr. Watson join forces and travel to France, Germany and Switzerland to outwit the villain. 129 minutes; PG-13 (intense sequences of violence and action, and some drug material); Roger Moore, MCT: ★★

SILENT HOUSE — A young women is trapped in her family's lakeside house and is unable to contact the outside world or escape her ominous surroundings. 85 minutes; R (disturbing violent content and terror); Roger Moore, MCT: ★★1/2

STAR WARS: EPISODE I –THE PHANTOM MENACE — Two Jedi knights discover Anakin Skywalker's potential in the force. 136 minutes; PG (sci-fi action/violence)

THIS MEANS WAR — Two best friends and highly trained CIA operatives battle against each other when they discover they are dating the same woman. 98 minutes; PG-13 (sexual content including references, some violence and action, and for language): Shawn O'Neill, for the Deseret News: ★★★

A THOUSAND WORDS — A successful literary agent attempts to sign a new author for selfish reasons. As a consequence, a magical tree appears in his backyard, and every word he speaks leads to a leaf falling off the tree, bringing him closer to his personal ending. 91 minutes; PG-13 (sexual situations including dialogue, language and some drug-related humor); Rene Rodriguez, MCT: ★

UNICORN CITY — A man attempts to prove his leadership ability to a potential employer by persuading a group of local gamers to participate in a live-action role-playing utopia. 96 minutes; PG (language); Rachel Brutsch, Deseret News: ★★★

THE VOW — A newlywed couple recovers from a car accident that puts the wife in a coma. She wakes up with severe memory loss, and her husband endeavors to win her heart again. 104 minutes; PG-13 (an accident scene, sexual content, partial nudity and some language); Rick Bentley, MCT: ★★★

WANDERLUST — A Manhattan couple leaves the city behind when faced with unemployment. They move to a rural community where free love and self expression triumph over money and careers. 96 minutes; R (sexual content, graphic nudity, language and drug use); Christy Lemire, AP: ★★1/2

WAR HORSE — A young man is separated from the beloved horse he tamed and trained when the horse is sold during World War I. The film follows the horse as he moves through the war and influences the lives of many. 146 minutes; PG-13 (intense sequences of war violence); Bill Goodykoontz, Gannett: ★★★

WE BOUGHT A ZOO — A recently widowed father moves his two children away from the city to a small town and buys a rundown zoo with hopes to return it to its former glory. 124 minutes; PG (language and some thematic elements); Shawn O'Neill, for the Deseret News: ★★★1/2

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: ★★★

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