Capsule reviews of movies playing in Utah

Published: Thursday, Jan. 5 2012 4:00 p.m. MST

"Sherlock Holmes" - area theaters - see continuing films (Daniel Smith)


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); not reviewed for critics; to be reviewed later

OUTRAGE — Several yakuza clans fight for power and favor in the Japanese underworld. The clans fight through deceitful and dangerous methods in a constant battle of betrayal. 109 minutes; R (violence, language and brief sexuality); (Tower); Calvin Wilson, St. Louis Post-Dispatch: ★★

TINKER TAILOR SOLDIER SPY — A veteran British MI6 agent is rehired during the Cold War to help discover a secret double agent working for the Soviets. 127 minutes; R (violence, some sexuality/nudity and language); By Colin Covert, Star Tribune (Minneapolis): ★★★1/2

Beat Takeshi and Soichiro Kitamura in OUTRAGE, a Magnet Release. Photo courtesy of Magnet Releasing. (Daniel Smith, Warner Bros.) Beat Takeshi and Soichiro Kitamura in OUTRAGE, a Magnet Release. Photo courtesy of Magnet Releasing. (Daniel Smith, Warner Bros.)


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

BOTTLE ROCKET ?— Film Buff Night at Brewvies (Jan. 9, 10 p.m.: Brewvies, must be 21 or older)

BOYS AND MEN HEALING — Free documentary screening (Jan. 10, 7:30 p.m.: Vieve Gore Concert Hall)

DARKEST HOUR 3D — (Layton Hills, Carmike 12, Ritz, Wynnsong)

HUGO 3D — (Layton Hills, Carmike, Ritz, Wynnsong, Century South Salt Lake)

Brad Pitt, left, and Jonah Hill star in Columbia Pictures'  drama Brad Pitt, left, and Jonah Hill star in Columbia Pictures' drama "Moneyball." (Melinda Sue Gordon)

MISS EVERS' BOYS — Free screening (Jan. 10, 7:30 p.m.: The Grand Theatre)

THE PHANTOM CARRIAGE — 1921 Swedish film (Jan. 6, 7:30 p.m.: The Organ Loft)

SINGIN' IN THE RAIN — 1952 film (Jan. 11, 7 p.m.: Peery's Egyptian Theater)



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 mysterious process that created our present-day continents. (Thanksgiving Point)

RESCUE 3D — An inspirational and exciting film about international response to humanitarian crises. (Thanksgiving Point)


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, The Orlando Sentinel: ★★★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: ★★

ARTHUR CHRISTMAS — Santa's youngest son, Arthur, must use his father's high-tech present delivering operation to complete an urgent mission. The film will be shown in regular and 3D. 97 minutes; PG (some mild rude humor); Shawn O'Neill, for the Deseret News: ★★★★

CONTAGION — As a lethal, airborne virus rapidly spreads around the world, a group of international doctors must find a cure amidst society's widespread panic. 105 minutes; PG-13 (disturbing content and some language); Shawn O'Neill, for the Deseret News: ★★

THE DARKEST HOUR — Five young people stranded in Moscow must fight to survive an alien attach. 89 minutes; PG-13 (sci-fi action violence and some language); Joel Brown, Boston Globe: ★

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: ★★★

DOLPHIN TALE — Inspired by a true story, Dolphin Tale follows a young boy, a prosthetics doctor and a marine biologist as they try to rehabilitate a dolphin. 113 minutes; PG (some mild thematic elements); Roger Moore, The Orlando Sentinel: ★★1/2

FOOTLOOSE ?— This new take on the 1984 film follows a rebellious city kid who moves to a small town where loud music and dancing are prohibited. 113 minutes; PG-13 (some teen drug and alcohol use, sexual content, violence and language); Doug Wright, KSL: ★★★1/2

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); Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune: ★★★

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: ★★★

IN TIME — In a world where people must literally pay to live past the age of 25, a man is accused of murder and must fight to bring down the corrupt system. 109 minutes; PG-13 (violence, some sexuality and partial nudity, and strong language); Shawn O'Neill, for the Deseret News: ★★1/2

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

MONEYBALL — Brad Pitt stars as Oakland A's general manager Billy Beane, who turns his team around on a tight budget and employs methods that will change the world of baseball. 133 minutes; PG-13 (some strong language) ; Roger Moore, The Orlando Sentinel: ★★★1/2

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: ★★★

MY WEEK WITH MARILYN — A young film assistant introduces Marilyn Monroe to British life during the filming of "The Prince and the Showgirl." 99 minutes; R (some language); (Broadway); Roger Moore, The Orlando Sentinel: ★★★

NEW YEAR'S EVE — From the director of "Valentine's Day," Garry Marshall, comes a similarly formatted film following the lives of several people on New Year's Eve in New York City. 118 minutes; PG-13 (language including some sexual references); Doug Wright, KSL Radio: ★★1/2

PUSS IN BOOTS — Puss teams up with other familiar fairy tale characters to steal a valuable goose in this account of the sword fighting cat's life before he met Shrek. 90 minutes; PG (some adventure action and mild rude humor); Shawn O'Neill, for the Deseret News: ★★★

REAL STEEL — A washed-up robot fighter teams up with his recently discovered 11-year-old son to train a robot with potential to win. 127 minutes; PG-13 (some violence, intense action and brief language); Doug Wright, KSL: ★★★

THE SITTER — An ill-equipped college student takes on the task of baby-sitting three misbehaving children for a night in New York City. 81 minutes; R (crude and sexual content, pervasive language, drug material and some violence); Rene Rodriguez, McClatchy Newspapers: ★

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, The Orlando Sentinel: ★★

TOWER HEIST — Eddie Murphy and Ben Stiller star in a comedy about a group of working men who seek revenge on the business man who scammed them. 104 minutes; PG-13 (language and sexual content); Shawn O'Neill, for the Deseret News: ★★★

THE TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN PART 1 — Soon after their marriage, Edward and Bella find they are expecting a child and must hold off the Quileute and the Volturi. 117 minutes; PG-13 (disturbing images, violence, sexuality/partial nudity and some thematic elements); Doug Wright, KSL: ★★1/2

YOUNG ADULT — A newly divorced teen literature author returns to her home town to reclaim the love of her now married high school sweetheart. Along the way, the author forms a bond with a former classmate who is also stuck in a high school mindset. 94 minutes; R vulgar language, brief nudity, sexual situations, adult themes); Rene Rodriguez, McClatchy Newspapers: ★★★

A VERY HAROLD & KUMAR 3D CHRISTMAS — Harold and Kumar's dwindling friendship is rekindled when they attempt to replace Harold's father-in-law's mistakenly burnt down prize Christmas tree. 90 minutes; R (strong crude and sexual content, graphic nudity, pervasive language, drug use and some violence); Rick Bentley, McClatchy Newspapers: ★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 WOMEN ON THE 6th FLOOR — A middle-class business man deeply engrossed in his work learns to look at life in a new way after he and his wife hire a Spanish maid. 104 minutes; Not rated; (Broadway); Colin Covert, Star Tribune (Minneapolis): ★★★

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