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Capsule reviews of movies playing in Utah

Published: Thursday, April 12 2012 7:13 p.m. MDT

THE HUNGER GAMES — Set in a future where the government selects a boy and girl from the 12 Districts to fight to the death on live television, Katniss Everdeen volunteers to take her younger sister's place for the latest match. 142 minutes; PG-13 (intense violent thematic material and disturbing images — all involving teens); Aaron Shill, Deseret News: ★★★

IN DARKNESS — A sewer worker helps Jewish refugees escape in a Nazi-occupied Polish city. 145 minutes; R (violence, disturbing images, sexuality, nudity and language); (Broadway); Rene Rodriguez, MCT: ★★★

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); Doug Wright, KSL Radio: ★★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: ★★★

MIRROR MIRROR — This retelling of "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" follows an evil queen as she steals control of a kingdom. She faces opposition when an exiled princess calls upon the help of seven rebels to help her reclaim her birthright. 106 minutes; PG (some fantasy action and mild rude humor); Rachel Brutsch, Deseret News: ★★1/2

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. 133 minutes; PG-13 (sequences of intense action and violence); Shawn O'Neill, for the Deseret News: ★★★

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: ★★

REDEMPTION — Based on a true story, "Redemption" follows the story of a sheriff who discovers shortly after burying his only daughter that a man in the town has been robbing the dead. The sheriff faces outrage and guilt to become the man's only defense against the angry community. 115 minutes; PG (thematic material, some violence and mild language); Sharon Haddock, Deseret News: ★★★

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: ★★★

SALMON FISHING IN THE YEMEN — A British fisheries expert is asked to help realize a sheikh's vision of bringing fly-fishing to the desert. 107 minutes; PG-13 (some violence and sexual content, and brief language); (Broadway); Moira Macdonald, The Seattle Times: ★★1/2

THE SECRET WORLD OF ARRIETTY— A family of four-inch-tall people live quietly beneath the floorboards of a home until their daughter, Arrietty, is discovered. 94 minutes; G (nothing offensive); Jeff Peterson, for the Deseret News: ★★★★

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: ★★★★

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