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Capsule reviews of movies playing in Utah

Published: Friday, Jan. 13 2012 12:00 a.m. MST

Karen (Lily Collins) and Nathan (Taylor Lautner) in ABDUCTION.  (Photo credit: Bruce Talamon, Bruce Talamon) Karen (Lily Collins) and Nathan (Taylor Lautner) in ABDUCTION. (Photo credit: Bruce Talamon, Bruce Talamon)

NEW FRIDAY

CARNAGE — Two sets of parents meet after their sons are involved in a fight. What begins as a civil discussion escalates into chaotic verbal warfare mixed with childish behavior. 79 minutes; R (language); (Broadway); Roger Moore, MCT: ★★★1/2

CONTRABAND — A former legendary smuggler is forced to return to his life of crime to settle the debt of his brother-in-law's botched drug deal. The man makes one final trip to Panama to obtain millions of dollars in counterfeit bills to protect his family. 110 minutes; R (violence, pervasive language and brief drug use); Roger Moore, MCT: ★★★

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

"Footloose" — area theaters — see Continuing Films (Paramount)

JOYFUL NOISE — A small town Georgia choir has the opportunity to compete in a national choir competition, but the choir faces opposition as two members argue about whether to stick with the choir's traditional methods or push the envelope with a new style. 117 minutes; PG-13 (some language including a sexual reference); Roger Moore, MCT: ★★

TOMBOY — A 10-year-old girl moves into a new neighborhood during the summer holidays and is mistaken for a boy due to her short haircut and tomboy ways. She decides to go along with the misunderstanding and lives a double life. 85 minutes; Not rated; (Tower); Moira Macdonald, Seattle Times: ★★★

RE-RELEASES

BEAUTY AND THE BEAST — Disney re-releases its 1991 classic tale of Belle as she offers herself as a prisoner instead of her father and finds there is much more to her captor than his beastly exterior. The film will be shown in 3D in selected theaters. 84 minutes; G (nothing offensive)

Christoph Waltz as Alan Cowan and Kate Winslet as Nancy Cowan  (Paramount) Christoph Waltz as Alan Cowan and Kate Winslet as Nancy Cowan (Paramount)

Special Screenings

THE ADVENTURES OF TINTIN 3D — (Layton Hills, Century South Salt Lake)

AFTER INNOCENCE — Free screening (Jan. 14, 7 p.m.: Westminster College)

BEAUTY AND THE BEAST 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)

THE COLOR OF YOUR SOCKS: A YEAR WITH PIPILOTTI RIST — Free screening (Jan. 13, 7 p.m.: Utah Museum of Contemporary Art)

 (Paramount) (Paramount)

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

FOREIGN CORRESPONDENT — Free screening (Jan. 13, 7 p.m.: Harold B. Lee Library, Provo)

HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY ITCH ?— Film Buff Night at Brewvies (Jan. 16, 10 p.m.: Brewvies, must be 21 or older)

HUGO 3D — (Century South Salt Lake)

THE CAMERAMAN — Organ Loft screening (Jan. 19, 7:30 p.m.: The Organ Loft)

ROMEO, JULIET AND DARKNESS — Czech New Wave Cinema (Jan. 18, 7 p.m.: Wildcat Theater, Weber State University)

X-DANCE ACTION SPORTS FILM FESTIVAL — (Jan. 13-15: The Depot)

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 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)

CONTINUING FILMS

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: ★★

THE DARKEST HOUR — Five young people stranded in Moscow must fight to survive an alien attack. 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: ★★★

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, The Orlando Sentinel: ★

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); Doug Wright, KSL: ★★★

HAPPY FEET TWO — This sequel follows Mumble's dance-fearing son, Erik, who runs away from his family and discovers a new threat to their penguin home. 100 minutes; PG (some rude humor and mild peril); Shawn O'Neill, for the Deseret News: ★★★

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: ★★★

IMMORTALS — Thesus is a mortal man chosen to fight against a power-hungry king on a rampage across Greece in search of a legendary weapon that will destroy the Gods of Olympus. 110 minutes; R (sequences of strong bloody violence, and a scene of sexuality); Rick Bentley, McClatchy Newspapers: ★1/2

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

JACK AND JILL — Jack prepares for the dreaded Thanksgiving visit of his passive-aggressive twin sister, Jill. 93 minutes; PG (crude and sexual humor, language, comic violence and brief smoking); 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: ★★★

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: ★★

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

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: ★★★

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

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