Capsule reviews of movies playing in Utah

Published: Thursday, June 23 2011 3:00 p.m. MDT

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BAD TEACHER — Cameron Diaz stars as a foul-mouthed junior high teacher who gets dumped by her wealthy fiance. She is left to compete with another teacher for a colleague's affections while fighting off the advances of the gym teacher. 92 minutes; R (sexual content, nudity, language and some drug use); By Connie Ogle, McClatchy Newspapers: ★★½

CARS 2 — Racecar Lightning McQueen and tow truck Mater travel to the World Grand Prix to find the world's fastest car. While McQueen prepares for the high-profile race, Mater gets involved in international espionage. 113 minutes; G (nothing offensive); Roger Moore, The Orlando Sentinel: ★★★

CONAN O'BRIEN CAN'T STOP — This documentary follows comedian Conan O'Brien during his "Legally Prohibited From Being Funny on Television Tour," which he performed in 32 cities after severing his 22-year relationship with NBC. 89 minutes; R (language) (Tower); Frazier Moore, Associated Press: ★★★½

"Transformers" — area theaters — see New Wednesday (Jaimie Trueblood)

L'AMOUR FOU — Fashion designer Yves Saint-Laurent's longtime lover, Pierre Bergé, reflects on Laurent's career and personal life. 98 minutes; Not rated; (Broadway); Colin Covert, Star Tribune (Minneapolis): ★★½


TRANSFORMERS: DARK OF THE MOON — The Autobots learn of a Cybertronian spacecraft hidden on the Moon, and race against the Decepticons to reach it and to learn its secrets before it brings war to Earth. 140 minutes; PG-13 (intense prolonged sequences of sci-fi action violence, mayhem and destruction, and for language, some sexuality and innuendo)


CIVIL RIGHTS FILM SERIES — Free screening (June 28, 6:30 p.m.: Salt Lake City Library)

L-r, Cameron Diaz and Justin Timberlake star in Columbia Pictures' comedy L-r, Cameron Diaz and Justin Timberlake star in Columbia Pictures' comedy "Bad Teacher." (Photo Credit: Gemma Lamana, Gemma Lamana)

A FISTFUL OF DOLLARS — Summer of 35mm late show (June 24-25, 11 p.m.; June 26, noon: Tower)

FOOTLOOSE — SLC's Friday Night Flicks free screening (June 24, 8 p.m.: Lindsey Gardens)

GREEN LANTERN 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, Gateway, Junction, Jordan Commons, District, Thanksgiving Point)

KUNG FU PANDA 2 3-D — (Century South Salt Lake, Century Sandy, Cinemark American Fork, Provo Towne Center, Jordan Landing, Tinseltown Ogden, Tinseltown Layton, University Mall)

THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE RETURN OF THE KING — Extended edition screening (June 21, 7 p.m.: University Mall, Cinemark Bountiful, Tinseltown Layton, Tinseltown Ogden, Provo Towne Center, Jordan Landing, Century South Salt Lake, Century Sandy, Layton Hills)

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THE MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR — Shakespeare's works from the Globe Theatre (June 27, 7 p.m.: Century South Salt Lake)

MY BIG FAT GREEK WEDDING — Movie Under the Stars free screening (June 24, 9 p.m.: Utah State Capitol)


SIMON BOCCANEGRA — Metropolitan Opera screening (June 22, 6:30 p.m.: Provo Towne Center, Jordan Landing, Cinemark Bountiful, Tinseltown Layton, Tinseltown Ogden, Century South Salt Lake, Century Sandy, University Mall)

VITUS — Free screening (June 24, 6:30 p.m.: Orem Library)

WAYNE'S WORLD — Film Buff Night at Brewvies (June 20, 10 p.m.: Brewvies, must be 21 or older)


HUBBLE 3D — A documentary detailing the experience of seven astronauts as they repair the Hubble Space Telescope. 45 minutes, G (nothing offensive)

SEA REX 3D: JOURNEY TO A PREHISTORIC WORLD — A large-screen short about extinct deep-sea life forms. Shown in 3-D; 30 minutes; not rated, probable G (nothing offensive) (Thanksgiving Point)


17 MIRACLES — Filmmaker T.C. Christensen tells the story of Levi Savage, a member of the Willie Handcart Company, who sees miracles in the tragedies the pioneers faced. 112 minutes; PG (thematic material involving hardships and suffering); Doug Wright, KSL Radio: ★★★

THE ART OF GETTING BY — Two teens, a lonely boy who has never worked a day in his life and a beautiful, complicated girl, become friends near the end of their high school years. 84 minutes; PG-13 (thematic elements including sexual content, language, teen drinking and partying); Roger Moore, The Orlando Sentinel: ★½

BRIDESMAIDS — From the producers of "Superbad," the film follows a maid of honor (Kristen Wiig) as she leads an odd group of bridesmaids through the various rituals leading up to her best friend's wedding. 125 minutes; R (strong sexuality, language throughout); Christy Lemire, AP: ★★★½

CAVE OF FORGOTTEN DREAMS — The documentary follows an expedition into the Chauvet caves in Southern France, home to the oldest known man-made art, created over 30,000 years ago. 95 minutes; G (nothing offensive); Christy Lemire, AP: ★★★

FAST FIVE — A former cop (Paul Walker) teams up with an ex-con (Vin Diesel). The two find themselves in Rio do Janeiro putting together one final race team in order to gain their freedom. 130 minutes; PG-13 (intense sequences of violence and action, sexual content and language); David Germain, AP: ★★½

GREEN LANTERN — A test pilot joins the Green Lantern Corps when the intergalactic warriors grant him with a ring full of powers. The corps hopes that this human will be the key to overcoming their enemy Parallax. 105 minutes; PG-13 (intense sequences of sci-fi violence and action); Christy Lemire, AP: ★½

THE HANGOVER PART II — This raunchy sequel full of untold debauchery follows Phil, Stu, Alan and Doug as they leave their wild Las Vegas bachelor party and travel to Bangkok, Thailand for Stu's wedding. 102 minutes; R (pervasive language, strong sexual content including graphic nudity, drug use and brief violent images); Doug Wright, KSL-Radio: 0 stars

HOP — The Easter Bunny's teenage son, E.B., leaves the family business to become a drummer in Hollywood. He manipulates a man who hits him with his car into letting him stay at his home.90 minutes; PG (some mild rude humor); Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel: ★

JUDY MOODY AND THE NOT BUMMER SUMMER — Based on the children's book series by Megan McDonald, third-grader Judy Moody is forced to find new summer plans with her Aunt Opal when her best friends go away for the summer. 91 minutes; PG (some mild rude humor and language); Caitlin Orton, Deseret News: ★★★

KUNG FU PANDA 2 — Jack Black returns as the voice of Po the panda, the new kung fu master who must save his friends from an evil villain who plans to take over China and destroy kung fu. 90 minutes; PG (sequences of martial arts action and mild violence); Travis Poppleton, for the Deseret News: ★★★★

LIMITLESS — An action thriller detailing the experience of an unpublished writer who discovers a drug that allows him to use 100 percent of his brain and develop superhuman abilities. 105 minutes; PG-13 (thematic material involving a drug, violence including disturbing images, sexuality and language); Bill Goodykoontz, Gannett: ★★★

MIDNIGHT IN PARIS — This romantic comedy follows an engaged couple as they travel to Paris with their family and find experiences can change their lives. 100 minutes; PG-13 (some sexual references and smoking); (Broadway); Jeffrey Peterson, for the Deseret News: ★★★★

MR. POPPER'S PENGUINS — A real estate agent is about to receive his big break when his long-lost father sends him a crate of six penguins. Now as a caretaker, the man is forced to rearrange his life. 95 minutes; PG (mild rude humor and some language); Roger Moore, The Orlando Sentinel: ★★

PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: ON STRANGER TIDES — The fourth movie in the "Pirates of the Caribbean" series follows Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) and Barbossa as they journey to find the fountain of youth. They meet up with Blackbeard and his beautiful daughter, and Sparrow must determine whether he is in love or just being conned. 145 minutes; PG-13(intense sequences of action/adventure violence, some frightening images and some sensuality/innuendo); Trent Toone, Deseret News: ★★★

RIO — Blu, a domesticated macaw, leaves his home in Minnesota for Rio de Janeiro to meet Jewel, a female macaw of his same species. They go on an unforgettable journey together, putting aside their differences to learn about love, friendship and life.96 minutes; G (nothing offensive); Christy Lemire, Associated Press: ★★★

SOMETHING BORROWED — Rachel, the always loyal friend, finds herself in a complicated situation when she falls in love with her best friend's fiancé. 123 minutes; PG-13 (sexual content including dialogue, and some drug material); Sharon Haddock, for the Deseret News: ★★

SOUL SURFER — Based on a true story, the film follows a young surfer who returns to the sport she loves after loosing her arm in a shark attack. 106 minutes; PG (intense accident sequence and some thematic material); Stephanie Moreton, Deseret News: ★★★

SOURCE CODE — A soldier becomes part of a government experiment called the Source Code that allows him to enter into another man's body for the last 8 minutes of his life. It is his job to repeatedly relive those minutes and discover a bomber on a Chicago commuter train. 93 minutes; PG-13 (some violence including disturbing images, language); Christy Lemire, Associated Press: ★★½

SUPER 8 — A group of friends witnesses a train crash during the summer of 1979. What they thought was an accident turns out to be something more as strange happenings begin to happen around their town. 112 minutes; PG-13 (intense sequence of sci-fi action and violence, language and some drug use); Christy Lemire, AP: ★★★

THOR — A powerful warrior is banished from his native Asgard after recklessly reigniting an ancient war. Forced to live among humans, Thor must protect Earth from evil forces. 114 minutes; PG-13 (sequences of intense sci-fi action and violence); Travis Poppleton, for the Deseret News: ★★★★

THE TREE OF LIFE — The film follows a Midwestern family in the 1950s as the oldest son, Jack, witnesses a loss of innocence as he attempts to mend his relationship with his father. 138 minutes; PG-13 (some thematic material); (Broadway); Colin Covert, Star Tribune (Minneapolis): ★★★★

WATER FOR ELEPHANTS — A veterinary student falls in love with a star performer when he abandons his studies to join a traveling circus. Their love blossoms as they care for a stubborn elephant but is threatened by the performer's dangerous, circus ringmaster husband. 122 minutes; PG-13 (moments of intense violence and sexual content); Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune: ★★★

WINTER IN WARTIME — A 14-year-old boy becomes involved with the Resistance movement in Nazi-occupied Holland near the end of World War II after helping a wounded British soldier. 103 minutes; R (language); (Broadway); Roger Moore, The Orlando Sentinel: ★★★

X-MEN: FIRST CLASS — The film tells the story of the beginning of the X-Men saga by following Charles Xavier and Erick Lehnsherr before they became archenemies Professor X and Magneto. 132 minutes; PG-13 (intense sequences of action and violence, some sexual content including brief partial nudity and language); Roger Moore: The Orlando Sentinel: ★★★

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