Capsule reviews of movies playing in Utah

Published: Thursday, Feb. 9 2012 4:00 p.m. MST

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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); David Germain, AP: ★1/2

READY TO FLY — This film tells the true story of Lindsey Van and her women's ski jumping family through their 15-year fight to achieve gender equality in the Olympic Winter Games. 106 minutes; Not rated; not screened for critics

SAFE HOUSE — A rookie operative finds himself on the run with a renegade CIA agent when a safe house is attached by mercenaries. 115 minutes; R (strong violence throughout and some language); Roger Moore, MCT: ★★★

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THE VOW — A newlywed couple recovers from a car accident that puts the wife in a coma. Waking up with severe memory loss, her husband endeavors to win her heart again. 104 minutes; PG-13 (an accident scene, sexual content, partial nudity and some language)


STAR WARS: EPISODE I –THE PHANTOM MENACE — Two Jedi knights discover Anakin Skywalker's potential in the force. 136 minutes; PG (sci-fi action/violence)

Special Screenings

2012 OSCAR NOMINATED SHORTS — Animated and live action (Feb. 10-16, times vary: Tower)


ANOTHER EARTH — Science movie night (Feb. 14, 6:30 p.m.: Salt Lake City Library)

BEAUTY AND THE BEAST 3D — (Jordan Landing, Junction)

BOB LE FLAMBEUR — 1956 French film (Tower)

CLOSELY WATCHED TRAINS — Czech New Wave Cinema (Feb. 15, 7 p.m.: Wildcat Theater, Weber State University, Ogden)

THE CRUCIBLE — Free screening (Feb. 15, 7:30 p.m.: The Grand Theatre)

ELLA CINDERS — Silent film (Feb. 10, 7:30 p.m.: The Organ Loft)

FAST RUNNER — Anthropology film series (Feb. 15, 5:30 p.m.: Utah Museum of Fine Arts)

HAROLD AND MAUDE — Film Buff Night at Brewvies (Feb. 13, 10 p.m.: Brewvies, must be 21 or older)

HUGO 3D — (Ritz, Century South Salt Lake, Cinemark Bountiful)

I AM SECRETLY AN IMPORTANT MAN — Free screening (Feb. 10, 7 p.m.: Utah Museum of Contemporary Art)

JOURNEY 2: THE MYSTERIOUS ISLAND 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, Jordan Commons, District, Thanksgiving Point, Legacy Crossing)

PRINCESS O'ROURKE — BYU Motion Picture Archive Film Series (Feb. 10, 7 p.m.: Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University, Provo)

STAR WARS: EPISODE I –THE PHANTOM MENACE 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, Jordan Commons, District, Thanksgiving Point, Legacy Crossing)

UNDERWORLD: AWAKENING 3D — (Carmike 12, Ritz, Jordan Landing, Gateway, Junction, Jordan Commons, District, Legacy Crossing)

WEST SIDE STORY — Valentine's Day screening (Feb. 14, 7 p.m.: Peery's Egyptian Theater, Ogden)

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, McClatchy-Tribune News Service: ★★★1/2

ALBERT NOBBS — Glenn Close stars as woman who passes herself off as a man to find work in 19th-century Ireland. 113 minutes; R (some sexuality, brief nudity and language); Doug Wright, KSL: ★★★

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 ARTIST — Set in 1927, a silent movie star sees the introduction of talking films as a threat to his career while a young dancer sees it as a bright opportunity. 100 minutes; PG-13 (a disturbing image and a crude gesture); (Broadway); Roger Moore, McClatchy-Tribune News Service: ★★★1/2

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 is showing in 3D in selected theaters. 84 minutes; G (nothing offensive)

BIG MIRACLE — Inspired by a true story, a news reporter and his Greenpeace volunteer ex-girlfriend lead a campaign in a small Alaskan town to save a family of gray whales trapped by rapidly forming ice. 107 minutes; PG (language); Shawn O'Neill, for the Deseret News: ★★★

CHRONICLE — Three high school friends make a discovery that leads them to develop special powers. Their darker sides emerge as they learn to control their new abilities. 83 minutes; PG-13 (intense action and violence, thematic material, some language, sexual content and teen drinking); Roger Moore, MCT: ★★★

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, McClatchy-Tribune News Service: ★★★

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: ★★★

EXTREMELY LOUD AND INCREDIBLY CLOSE — A 9-year-old boy embarks on a search through the five boroughs of New York City to find the lock that fits a mysterious key left behind by his father, who died in the attacks on the World Trade Center. 129 minutes; PG-13 (emotional thematic material, some disturbing images, and language); Roger Moore, McClatchy-Tribune News Service: ★★★

THE GREY — An oil drilling team stranded in the Alaskan wilderness fights to survive the elements and a vicious pack of wolves. 117 minutes; R (violence/disturbing content including bloody images, and for pervasive language); Roger Moore, MCT: ★★1/2

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: ★★★

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

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

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: ★★★

MAN ON A LEDGE — A police negotiator tries to talk a wanted fugitive down from the ledge of a Manhattan hotel. 102 minutes; PG-13 (violence and brief strong language); 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, McClatchy-Tribune News Servicel: ★★★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: ★★★

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

ONE FOR THE MONEY — An unemployed woman finds work at her cousin's bail-bond business. Her first assignment is to find a local cop-turned-murder suspect who also happens to be her former love interest. 106 minutes; PG-13 (violence, sexual references and language, some drug material and partial nudity); Roger Moore, McClatchy-Tribune News Service: ★

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: ★★★

RED TAILS — A crew of African-American pilots in the World War II Tuskegee training program are on the brink of being sent home when they are called upon to take to the skies to fight for their country. 120 minutes; PG-13 (some sequences of war violence); Tish Wells, McClatchy Newspapers: ★★1/2

SHAME — A New Yorker (Michael Fassbender) lives his life acting out on his addiction to sex. His private life spins out of control when his younger sister moves into his apartment, reminding him of their painful past. 107 minutes; NC-17 (some explicit sexual content); (Broadway); Roger Moore, MCT: ★★★

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, McClatchy-Tribune News Service: ★★

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: ★

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

UNDERWORLD: AWAKENING — A vampire warrioress escapes imprisonment to lead a war against the humans who have discovered the existence of vampire and Lycan clans. 88 minutes; R (strong violence and gore, and for some language); Roger Moore, McClatchy-Tribune News Service: ★

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 WOMAN IN BLACK — A young lawyer travels to a remote village where he discovers the vengeful ghost of a scorned woman is terrorizing the locals. 95 minutes; PG-13 (thematic material and violence/disturbing images); Roger Moore, MCT: ★★★

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