CONTROL — ***A bleak but well-acted biography of late Joy Division singer Ian Curtis that will probably be of interest to the band's fans. Black and white, running time: 121 minutes, R (profanity, drugs, vulgarity, brief sex, violence)

FINISHING THE GAME — **This poor-taste, martial-arts "mockumentary" offers a couple of chuckles ... mostly the guilty kind. Running time: 84 minutes, not rated, probable R (profanity, vulgarity, violence, drugs, nudity, slurs, brief sex)

FRED CLAUS — **Your enjoyment of this so-so yule comedy may depend on how you feel about motor-mouthed Vince Vaughn. Running time: 114 minutes, PG (violence, vulgarity, mild profanity)

LAKE OF FIRE — ***Tony Kaye's even-handed, 2 1/2-hour-long documentary about the abortion debate is not an easy film to watch. Black and white, running time: 152 minutes, not rated, probable R (violence, gore, profanity, drugs, slurs, partial nudity)

LIONS FOR LAMBS — **Robert Redford's talk-heavy, Iraq war screed has a terrific cast (which includes Meryl Streep and Tom Cruise), but is preaching to the converted. Running time: 88 minutes, R (violence, profanity, brief gore, vulgarity, slurs, brief drugs)

P2 — *A thriller so graphic and bloody that it's an endurance test for anyone with even a shred of taste. Running time: 98 minutes, R (violence, gore, profanity, brief drugs, brief sex, vulgarity)


BLADE RUNNER: THE FINAL CUT — ***Probably the definitive version of the 1982 science-fiction thriller starring Harrison Ford. Running time: 117 minutes, R (violence, gore, vulgarity, brief nudity, profanity, slurs, brief drugs)

TIM BURTON'S THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS — *** 1/2Wonderfully bizarre 1993 animated fantasy-musical. Shown in the 3-D format, running time: 76 minutes, PG (animated violence, disturbing imagery)


JOHN CARPENTER'S ESCAPE FROM L.A. — **Kurt Russell is the only redeeming aspect of filmmaker Carpenter's lame 1996 sequel. Running time: 101 minutes, R (violence, gore, profanity, drugs, vulgarity) (Tonight, Saturday and Wednesday: Tower)


AFTER DARK HORRORFEST — A national festival spotlighting eight independently produced horror movies. A schedule is available at (Through Thursday: Century South Salt Lake, Jordan Landing)

IDA DOCUWEEK SCREENINGS — Six documentary works hoping to qualify for Academy Award consideration. A schedule is available at (Through Sunday: Tower)

JEWISH ART & FOOD FESTIVAL — Two-day event includes screenings of such movies as the Oscar-winning short "West Bank Story." A schedule is available at (Saturday and Sunday: Wagner Jewish Community Center)

LITTLE CAESAR — *** 1/2Edward G. Robinson is terrific as the title character of this 1931 crime thriller. Black and white, running time: 79 minutes, made before ratings, probable PG (violence) (Wednesday, 7 p.m.: Park City Library)

THE MENAGERIE — Selected Cinemark theaters are showing the two-part episode of the original "Star Trek" television series. (Tuesday and Thursday, 7:30 p.m.: Jordan Landing; $12.50)

OZONE KITE — Documentary feature about paragliding. Not rated, probable PG (sports-related violence) (Thursday, 8 p.m.: Brewvies, must be 21 or older)

RESCUE DAWN — *** 1/2A smart, involving war movie. Running time: 126 minutes, PG-13 (violence, torture, profanity, vulgarity, slurs, brief drugs, brief gore) (Tonight and Saturday, 8 p.m.; Sunday, 6 p.m.: Park City Library)

SALT LAKE FILM CENTER SCREENINGS — This week's films include "The Coldest Winter" and a human rights film festival. A monthly schedule is available at (Salt Lake City Library)

SHADOW OF AFGHANISTAN — Jim Burroughs' documentary feature looks at 50 years' worth of Afghan history. With subtitles, running time: 101 minutes, not rated, probable PG-13 (violence, slurs) (Monday-Wednesday, 12:30 and 3 p.m.: Trolley Square)

THE SON OF THE SHEIK Rudolph Valentino's posthumous, final film is this sequel of sorts to "The Sheik," the film that made him a star. Live musical accompaniment, black and white, running time: 68 minutes, made before ratings (1926), probable PG (violence) (Tonight, 7:30 p.m.: Organ Loft)

WESTERNS OF THE WORLD FILM SERIES — This week's selection is the Japanese feature "Tampopo" (1985). Japanese with subtitles, running time: 114 minutes, not rated, probable PG-13 (violence) (Tuesday, 7 p.m.: Broadway)


ANTARCTICA — The 1991 IMAX documentary explores one of the most remote places on Earth. Running time: 40 minutes, not rated, probable G (nothing offensive)

DEEP SEA 3-D — *** — This entertaining documentary is an up-close look at various forms of aquatic life. Running time: 40 minutes, G (animal violence)

DINOSAURS 3-D: GIANTS OF PATAGONIA — *** — The makers of this film get us about as close as we'd ever want to be to these enormous creatures. Running time: 48 minutes, not rated, probable PG (violence) —Jeff Strickler, Star-Tribune (Minneapolis)

DINOSAURS ALIVE! — Large-screen documentary featuring computerized re-creations of Jurassic-era creatures. Running time: 40 minutes, not rated, probable PG (violence)

HARRY POTTER AND THE ORDER OF THE PHOENIX 3-D — The new film in the large-screen format, with a handful of 3-D sequences.

SEA MONSTERS: A PREHISTORIC ADVENTURE — *** — What makes this minifeature stand out from the pack is its eye-popping visuals. Running time: 40 minutes, not rated, probable PG (violence) —John Monaghan, Detroit Free Press

TRANSFORMERS: THE IMAX EXPERIENCE — The summer blockbuster, converted to the large-screen format.


3:10 TO YUMA — ***The acting duel between Christian Bale and Russell Crowe is the highlight of this remake. Running time: 117 minutes, R (violence, gore, profanity, slurs, vulgarity, nude art, torture)

30 DAYS OF NIGHT — **This comics-based vampire yarn is a real mess. Running time: 110 minutes, R (violence, gore, profanity, drugs, vulgarity)

ACROSS THE UNIVERSE — **The Beatles song covers are the highlight of this muddled, musical fantasy/romance. Running time: 134 minutes, PG-13 (violence, vulgarity, profanity, drugs, nudity, brief sex, slurs, brief gore)

AMERICAN GANGSTER — ** 1/2This crime thriller takes too long trying to find the center of its story. Running time: 157 minutes, R (violence, drugs, profanity, gore, nudity, sex, slurs, torture)

THE ASSASSINATION OF JESSE JAMES BY THE COWARD ROBERT FORD — ***This "Assassination" offers enough in the way of performance and mood to earn itself a solid place in the ranks of Jesse James movies. running time: 160 minutes, R (violence, profanity, vulgarity) —Mary F. Pols, Contra Costa Times

BALLS OF FURY — *A table-tennis spoof that's considerably dumber than it is funny. Running time: 90 minutes, PG-13 (vulgarity, violence, profanity, slurs, brief drugs, brief sex)

BEE MOVIE — ***This animated comedy is more educational than laugh-out-loud funny. Running time: 90 minutes, PG (vulgarity, violence, brief drugs)

THE BOURNE ULTIMATUM — ***The third Bourne film begins with an exciting foot-chase scene and doesn't let up. Running time: 111 minutes, PG-13 (violence, drugs, profanity, torture, brief gore)

THE BRAVE ONE — **This vigilante thriller is ludicrous and wrongheaded. Running time: 119 minutes, R (violence, profanity, gore, vulgarity, sex, drugs, brief nudity, slurs)

THE COMEBACKS — **One of those parody movies that presumes that merely making reference to another film constitutes a joke. Running time: 84 minutes, PG-13 (vulgarity, sex, violence, drugs) —Matt Zoller Seitz, New York Times News Service

DAN IN REAL LIFE — ***A pretty warm, genuine comedy. Steve Carell stars. Running time: 95 minutes, PG-13 (vulgarity, mild profanity, violence, brief partial nudity)

THE DARJEELING LIMITED — ***Wes Anderson's latest is rather quirky and goofy. Running time: 92 minutes, R (profanity, drugs, violence, brief sex, brief partial nudity)

DEATH AT A FUNERAL — **A series of good jokes followed by bad jokes followed by really awful jokes. Running time: 91 minutes, R (profanity, drugs, vulgarity, nudity, violence, slurs)

ELIZABETH: THE GOLDEN AGE — **There is little in this "Golden Age'" to distinguish it from other filmed royal soap operas. Cate Blanchett stars. Running time: 114 minutes, PG-13 (violence, sex, nudity) —Eleanor O'Sullivan, Asbury Park (N.J.) Press

THE GAME PLAN — **This attempt to make Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson "cute and cuddly" is not horrible. But it is overly familiar and too long. Running time: 110 minutes, PG (violence, vulgarity, brief drugs)

GONE BABY GONE — *** 1/2This well-acted thriller based on the best-selling novel is an assured and confident directorial debut for Ben Affleck. Running time: 114 minutes, R (profanity, drugs, violence, vulgarity, slurs, brief gore)

GOOD LUCK CHUCK —* 1/2 — This Dane Cook vehicle unsuccessfully tries to duplicate the salty-sweet comic mix of "Knocked Up." Running time: 96 minutes, R (vulgarity, sex, nudity, profanity, violence, drugs, slurs)

HAIRSPRAY — ***John Travolta's turn is the one sore-thumb element in this musical comedy. Running time: 107 minutes, PG (vulgarity, profanity, racial epithets, violence)

HARRY POTTER AND THE ORDER OF THE PHOENIX — ** 1/2For diehard Potter-philes only. Running time: 138 minutes, PG-13 (violence, mild profanity, vulgarity)

THE HUNTING PARTY — ** 1/2This Balkan War satire is a confused and confusing experience. Richard Gere stars. With subtitles, running time: 96 minutes, R (violence, profanity, gore, vulgarity, drugs, brief nudity, brief sex, slurs)

INTO THE WILD — ****Sean Penn's adaptation of the best-selling book is touching. Running time: 149 minutes, R (violence, profanity, nudity, gore, brief sex, vulgarity, brief drugs)

THE JANE AUSTEN BOOK CLUB — **The big-screen adaptation of the "chick-lit" best-seller is too talky. Running time: 105 minutes, PG-13 (sex, vulgarity, profanity, drugs)

THE KINGDOM — **Jamie Foxx stars in this heavy-handed counterpoint to the nightly news. With subtitles. Running time: 110 minutes, R (violence, profanity, gore, torture, vulgarity, slurs)

LARS AND THE REAL GIRL — ***This quirky comedy treats some potentially offensive material with surprising taste and restraint. Running time: 106 minutes, PG-13 (vulgarity, mild profanity, brief drugs, slurs)

LUST, CAUTION — **Despite all the early furor about its graphic sex scenes, Ang Lee's latest is curiously sedate and unexciting. Mandarin with subtitles, running time: 157 minutes, NC-17 (sex, violence, nudity, gore, profanity, slurs, vulgarity, brief drugs)

MARTIAN CHILD — **The second half of this comedy-drama starring John Cusack is a little too dark. Running time: 108 minutes, not rated, probable R (violence, gore, profanity, nudity, brief drugs)

MICHAEL CLAYTON — ***Taut, well-written and directed thriller. Running time: 119 minutes, R (profanity, drugs, violence, vulgarity)

MR. BEAN'S HOLIDAY — **A slight improvement over its predecessor. Running time: 84 minutes, G (violence, vulgarity)

MR. WOODCOCK — * 1/2A painfully unfunny comedy. Seann William Scott stars. Running time: 87 minutes, PG-13 (vulgarity, violence, profanity, sex, slurs, brief drugs)

THE NANNY DIARIES — **Scarlett Johansson can't pull off this patronizing comedy-drama's pivotal role. Running time: 106 minutes, PG-13 (profanity, vulgarity, brief sex, brief drugs, brief nudity)

NO RESERVATIONS — ***Cinematic comfort food. Running time: 104 minutes, PG (vulgarity, mild profanity)

PASSAGE TO ZARAHEMLA — *This locally produced adventure-fantasy is laughably awful. Running time: 107 minutes, PG-13 (violence, gore, brief drugs, slurs)

RATATOUILLE — *** 1/2The newest Pixar animated comedy lets the humor flow naturally. Running time: 110 minutes, G (violence, vulgarity, mild profanity)

RESERVATION ROAD — * 1/2A hopelessly contrived dramatic thriller that wastes the talents of its cast. Running time: 102 minutes, R (profanity, violence, sex, vulgarity, brief drugs)

RESIDENT EVIL: EXTINCTION — *Cut-rate Laura Croft Milla Jovovich hasn't had much luck turning this hit Z-movie franchise into a career renewal. Running time: 95 minutes, R (violence, gore, nudity) —Roger Moore, The Orlando Sentinel

RUSH HOUR 3 — *The most unnecessary "three-quel" so far this year. Running time: 91 minutes, PG-13 (violence, profanity, vulgarity, slurs, torture, brief sex, brief partial nudity)

SAW IV — * The hit, "torture-porn" movies have "bled out." Running time: 108 minutes, R (violence, gore, torture, profanity) —Roger Moore, The Orlando Sentinel

THE SEEKER: THE DARK IS RISING — * 1/2An unexciting fantasy. Running time: 99 minutes, PG (violence)

SEND A BULLET (MANDA BALA) — ***Fascinating documentary examining the rise in violence and corruption in Brazil. Portuguese with subtitles. Running time: 85 minutes, not rated, probable R (violence, gore, profanity, nudity, brief drugs)

THE SIMPSONS MOVIE — *** 1/2This spin-off of the TV cartoon has big action and bigger laughs. Running time: 87 minutes, PG-13 (vulgarity, violence, profanity, nudity, brief drugs)

STARDUST — ** 1/2The amusing supporting cast helps save this less-than-magical fantasy. Running time: 128 minutes, PG-13 (violence, vulgarity, mild profanity, brief gore)

SUPERBAD — ***Many parts of this buddy comedy are laugh-out-loud funny. Running time: 113 minutes, R (vulgarity, profanity, nudity, sex, violence, drugs, slurs)

SYDNEY WHITE — ** 1/2This "Snow White" tale has some charm. Running time: 95 minutes, PG-13 (vulgarity, violence, profanity, drugs)

TRANSFORMERS — ** 1/2This sometimes rewarding science-fiction thriller's problems are story-related. Running time: 144 minutes, PG-13 (violence, profanity, vulgarity, drug use)

UNDERDOG — * 1/2An ill-conceived live-action version of the old cartoon series. Running time: 84 minutes, PG (violence, vulgarity, drugs, mild profanity)

WE OWN THE NIGHT — **James Gray's crime thriller squanders a lot of opportunities. Running time: 116 minutes, R (violence, profanity, drugs, sex, gore, vulgarity, nudity, slurs, torture)

WRISTCUTTERS: A LOVE STORY — **This meandering comic fantasy flat-lines. Running time: 88 minutes, R (profanity, violence, vulgarity, brief drugs, brief gore, slurs)