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Capsule reviews of movies playing in Utah

Published: Thursday, Aug. 18 2011 5:24 p.m. MDT

In this film publicity image released by Summit Entertainment, Riley Thomas Stewart, left, and Mel Gibson are shown in a scene from, In this film publicity image released by Summit Entertainment, Riley Thomas Stewart, left, and Mel Gibson are shown in a scene from, "The Beaver." (AP Photo/Summit Entertainment, Ken Regan) (Associated Press)

New Friday

CONAN THE BARBARIAN — A fierce warrior faces battle to avenge the murder of his father and the slaughter of his village, as well as protect the nation of Hyboria from the reign of evil. 112 minutes; R (strong bloody violence, some sexuality and nudity); Roger Moore, The Orlando Sentinel: ★★

FRIGHT NIGHT — A teenager (Anton Yelchin) who seems to have it all during his final year of high school must stop his new vampire neighbor (Colin Farrell) from preying on unsuspecting and trusting victims. 106 minutes; R (bloody horror violence and language including some sexual references); Roger Moore, The Orlando Sentinel: ★★★

"Spy Kids" — area theaters — see New Friday (Rico Torres)

ONE DAY — A man (Jim Sturgess) and a woman (Anne Hathaway) begin a friendship on July 15, 1988 that is revisited on the same date for 20 years to show where their lives have taken them. 108 minutes; PG-13 (sexual content, partial nudity, language, some violence and substance abuse); Roger Moore, The Orlando Sentinel: ★★

SARAH'S KEY — An American journalist (Kristin Scott Thomas) travels to France to research the 1942 Vel' d'Hiv Roundup, and her life becomes entwined with that of a girl named Sarah, who was forced to leave her home as a young girl. 111 minutes; PG-13 (thematic material including disturbing situations involving the Holocaust); (Broadway); Moira Macdonald, The Seattle Times: ★★1/2

 (Rico Torres) (Rico Torres)

SPY KIDS: ALL THE TIME IN THE WORLD — A retired spy brings her stepchildren into the world of being a secret agent when she is called to stop the Timekeeper's evil plan to take over the world. 89 minutes; PG (mild action, rude humor); not screened for critics; to be reviewed at a later date.

TERRI — A well-meaning vice principal (John C. Reilly) in a small town takes an interest in an oversize 15-year-old boy named Terri (Jacob Wysocki). 105 minutes; R (sexual content, language and some drug and alcohol use, all involving teens); (Broadway); Christy Lemire, AP: ★★★

Special Screenings

Jason Momoa stars as 'Conan' in CONAN THE BARBARIAN. (Photo credit: Guy Roland, Guy Roland) Jason Momoa stars as 'Conan' in CONAN THE BARBARIAN. (Photo credit: Guy Roland, Guy Roland)

AUSTIN POWERS: THE SPY WHO SHAGGED ME — Film Buff Night at Brewvies (Aug. 22, 10 p.m.: Brewvies, must be 21 or older)

CHARADE — Senior Movie Afternoons (Aug. 24, 2 p.m.: Salt Lake City Library)

CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND — Free screening (Aug. 19, 6:30 p.m.: Orem Library)

CONAN THE BARBARIAN 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)

FINAL DESTINATION 5 3D — (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)

FRIGHT NIGHT 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, Junction, Jordan Commons, District)

GLEE THE 3D CONCERT — (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)

GREASE — Sing along (Aug. 24, 7 p.m.: Peery's Egyptian Theater, Ogden)

HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS PART 2 3D — (Gateway, Jordan Commons, District)

JERUSALEM COUNTDOWN — Premiere (Aug. 19, 7 p.m.: Calvary Chapel Salt Lake)

MAN ON WIRE — Free outdoor movie (Aug. 19, 8 p.m.: Pioneer Park)

SALT LAKE FILM FESTIVAL — (Aug. 19-21: Tower, Broadway, Brewvies and Post Theater)

THE SMURFS 3D — (Century South Salt Lake, Cinemark, Jordan Landing, Tinseltown Layton)

SPY KIDS: ALL THE TIME IN THE WORLD 3D — (Layton Hills, Century South Salt Lake, Century Sandy, Cinemark American Fork, Provo Towne Center, Jordan Landing, Cinemark Bountiful, Tinseltown Ogden, Tinseltown Layton, University Mall, Jordan Commons)

STAR WARS EPISODE V: THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK — Free screening (Aug. 22, 6:30 p.m.: Orem Library)

LARGE FORMAT

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)

CONTINUING FILMS

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: ★★★

30 MINUTES OR LESS — A pizza delivery guy is thrown into the high-risk world of crime when two men strap a bomb to his chest and threaten his life to get him to rob a bank. 83 minutes; R (crude and sexual content, pervasive language, nudity and some violence); Roger Moore: The Orlando Sentinel: ★★1/2

ANOTHER EARTH — A young astrophysics student crosses paths with an accomplished composer the night before a duplicate Earth is discovered. 93 minutes; PG-13 (disturbing images, some sexuality, nudity and brief drug use); (Broadway); Shawn O'Neill, for the Deseret News: ★★★

BEATS RHYMES & LIFE: THE TRAVELS OF A TRIBE CALLED QUEST — Director Michael Rapaport follows the musical group A Tribe Called Quest during their 2008 reunion tour. 97 minutes; R (language); (Broadway); Randy Cordova, The Arizona Republic: ★★★1/2

BUCK — This documentary follows American cowboy Buck Brannaman as he travels the country sharing his compassion and helping horses. 88 minutes; PG (thematic elements, mild language and an injury); (Broadway); Caitlin Orton, for the Deseret News: ★★★

CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE FIRST AVENGER — A man (Chris Evans) volunteers for a secret experimental program and becomes super soldier Captain America. 125 minutes; PG-13 (intense sequences of sci-fi violence and action); Shaw O'Neill, for the Deseret News: ★★★

CARS 2 — Race car Lightning McQueen and tow truck Mater travel to the World Grand Prix to find the world's fastest car. 113 minutes; G (nothing offensive); Roger Moore, The Orlando Sentinel: ★★★

THE CHANGE-UP — A father of three with a steady job and a loving wife switches bodies with his seemingly carefree, single, childhood best friend. 101 minutes; R (pervasive strong crude sexual content and language, some graphic nudity and drug use); Roger Moore, The Orlando Sentinel: ★★

COWBOYS AND ALIENS — A stranger must help save a small town in Arizona in 1873 when an alien spaceship invades the region. 118 minutes; PG-13 (intense sequences of western and sci-fi action and violence, some partial nudity and a brief crude reference); Roger Moore, The Orlando Sentinel: ★★½

CRAZY, STUPID, LOVE — A man's seemingly perfect life unravels when his wife decides she wants a divorce, and he tries to reinvent himself in order to find love again. 118 minutes; PG-13 (coarse humor, sexual content and language); Jeff Peterson, for the Deseret News: ★★★1/2

FINAL DESTINATION 5 — This fifth installment in the Final Destination series follows a group of people who survive a suspension bridge collapse and must continue to run from death. 92 minutes; R (strong violent/gruesome accidents, and some language; Roger Moore, The Orlando Sentinel: ★½

FRIENDS WITH BENEFITS — A man (Justin Timberlake) and a woman (Mila Kunis) think they can avoid complications in their friendship, even when adding sex into the equation, but soon find they were wrong. 109 minutes; R (some violent content and sexuality); Bill Goodykoontz, Gannett: ★★

GLEE: THE 3D CONCERT — Go behind the scenes of the Glee 2011 summer concert tour. 100 minutes; PG (thematic elements, brief language and some sensuality); Shawn O'Neill, for the Deseret News: ★★★

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, Associated Press: ★½

HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS PART 2 — In the final film of the Harry Potter series, Harry, Ron and Hermione work to destroy Voldemort's remaining horcruxes in an ultimate battle between good and evil. 130 minutes; PG-13 (some sequences of intense action violence and frightening images); Christine Rappleye, Deseret News: ★★★1/2

THE HELP — Based on Kathryn Stockett's novel, the film takes a look at the South during the civil-rights movement through the view of the black maids in the community. Doug Wright, KSL Radio: ★★★★

HORRIBLE BOSSES — Three friends plot to remove the drudgery of their jobs by murdering their bosses, but their seemingly perfect plans go awry. 100 mintues; R (crude and sexual content, pervasive language and some drug material); Doug Wright, KSL-Radio: ★★½

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: ★★★★

LARRY CROWNE — A middle-aged man (Tom Hanks) returns to a college after losing his job and becomes friends with a group of misfits. 99 minutes; PG-13 (brief strong language and some sexual content); Roger Moore, The Orlando Sentinel: ★★½

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: ★★★★

MONTE CARLO — An ordinary girl gets the chance to play royalty when she is mistaken for a British heiress while vacationing in Paris. 109 minutes; PG (brief mild language); Jake Coyle, AP: ★★

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 and Barbossa as they journey to find the fountain of youth. 145 minutes; PG-13 (intense sequences of action/adventure violence, some frightening images and some sensuality/innuendo); Trent Toone, Deseret News: ★★★

RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES — A genetic engineering experiment leads to a war between humans and apes. 105 minutes; PG-13 (violence, terror, some sexuality and brief strong language); Larry Curtis, Deseret News: ★★★

THE SMURFS — The evil wizard Gargamel forces the Smurfs from their village into New York City. 86 minutes; PG (some mild rude humor and action); Blair Howell, for the Deseret News: ★

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: ★★★★

TRANSFORMERS: DARK OF THE MOON — The Autobots learn of a Cybertronian spacecraft hidden on the Moon and race against the Decepticons to reach it. 140 minutes; PG-13 (intense prolonged sequences of sci-fi action violence, mayhem and destruction, and for language, some sexuality and innuendo): Roger Moore, The Orlando Sentinel: ★★½

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): ★★★★

WINNIE THE POOH — What begins as an ordinary quest to find some honey leads Pooh and his friends on a quest to find Christopher Robin, whom they believe has been captured by an unknown creature. 69 minutes; G (nothing offensive): Jeff Peterson for the Deseret News: ★★★

ZOOKEEPER — In order to prevent their beloved caretaker (Kevin James) from leaving for another job, the animals at the Franklin Park Zoo break their silence to help him find true love. 104 minutes; PG (some rude and suggestive humor, and language); Travis Poppleton for the Deseret News: ★

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