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Capsule reviews of movies playing in Utah

Deseret News

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

Jonah Hill, left, and Channing Tatum star in Columbia Pictures' action comedy "21 Jump Street."

Scott Garfield, Scott Garfield

NEW FRIDAY

21 JUMP STREET — Two cops use their youthful appearances as they return to high school to undercover drug investigation. 109 minutes; R (crude and sexual content, pervasive language, drug material, teen drinking and some violence); David Germain, AP: ★★1/2

BEING FLYNN — A man re-encounters with his always absent, con man father while working in a Boston homeless shelter. 102 minutes; R (language throughout, some sexual content, drug use, and brief nudity); (Broadway); Roger Moore, MCT: ★★★

CASA DE MI PADRE — Two brothers scheme to save their father's ranch from financial ruin but instead find themselves in a war with Mexico's most notorious drug lord. 84 minutes; R (bloody violence, language, some sexual content and drug use); Rene Rodriguez, MCT: ★★1/2

CRAZY HORSE — This documentary gives an inside look at the Crazy Horse nude cabaret in Paris. 134 minutes; Not rated but probable R for nudity throughout; (Tower): Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribute: ★★1/2

CHICK MAGNETS — Three awkward friends make multiple clumsy attempts to win the girls of their dreams. 107 minutes; PG (thematic elements and language); not screened for critics, to be reviewed later.

JEFF, WHO LIVES AT HOME — A man sets out on an errand for his mother but instead might discover the destiny he has lazily been waiting for. 83 minutes; R (language including sexual references and some drug use); (Broadway); Christy Lemire, AP: ★★★

Special Screenings

COMING TO AMERICA — Film Buff Night at Brewvies (March 19, 10 p.m.: Brewvies, must be 21 or older)

THE GENERAL — Silent film screening (March 22, 7:30 p.m.: The Organ Loft)

GHOST RIDER: SPIRIT OF VENGEANCE 3D — (Ritz, Century South Salt Lake)

INTO THE CURRENT: BURMA'S POLITICAL PRISONERS — Free screening (March 20, 7 p.m.: Salt Lake City Library)

JOHN CARTER 3D — (Layton Hills, Carmike 12, Ritz, Wynnsong, Century South Salt Lake, Century Sandy, Cinemark American Fork, Provo Towne Center, Jordan Landing, Cinemark Bountiful, Tinseltown Ogden, Tinseltown Layton, University Mall, Cinemark Draper, Cinemark Farmington, Cinemark Park City, Gateway, Junction, Jordan Commons, District, Thanksgiving Point, Legacy Crossing)

JOURNEY 2: THE MYSTERIOUS ISLAND 3D — (Cinemark Bountiful, Tinseltown Ogden)

LARKS ON A STRING — Czech New Wave Cinema (March 21: 7 p.m.: Wildcat Theater, Weber State University, Ogden)

THE LORAX 3D — (Layton Hills, Carmike 12, Ritz, Wynnsong, Century South Salt Lake, Century Sandy, Cinemark American Fork, Provo Towne Center, Jordan Landing, Cinemark Bountiful, Tinseltown Ogden, Tinseltown Layton, University Mall, Cinemark Draper, Cinemark Farmington, Gateway, Junction, Jordan Commons, District, Thanksgiving Point, Legacy Crossing)

MISS REPRESENTATION — Free screening (March 22, 6 p.m.: Dixie State College Eccles Theater, St. George)

THE OX-BOW INCIDENT — Tower through Time series (March 16-22, times vary: Tower)

STAR WARS: EPISODE I –THE PHANTOM MENACE 3D — (Jordan Landing, Tinseltown Layton, District)

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)

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)

CONTINUING FILMS

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

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: ★★★

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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