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BEFORE THE DEVIL KNOWS YOU'RE DEAD — ***Veteran director Sidney Lumet's latest is one of the most gut-wrenching thrillers in recent memory. Philip Seymour Hoffman stars. Complete review on Page W3, running time: 116 minutes, R (profanity, violence, nudity, sex, drugs, vulgarity, brief gore, slurs)


DARK SIDE OF THE RAINBOW — A program combining "The Wizard of Oz" and the Pink Floyd album "Dark Side of the Moon" (the film's original soundtrack is replaced with the Pink Floyd songs). Running time: 119 minutes, not rated, probable PG-13 (violence, drugs) (Tonight and Saturday: Tower)


BEOWULF DIGITAL 3-D — The new animated feature, shown in the digital 3-D format. (See Continuing Films)

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) (Tonight and Saturday, 8 p.m.; Sunday, 6 p.m.: Park City Library)

SALT LAKE FILM CENTER SCREENINGS — This week's film is the transgender documentary "You Don't Know." A monthly schedule is available at (Tuesday, 7 p.m.: Salt Lake City Library)

THE UTAH CONNECTION — A compilation of silent-film clips featuring Utah actors and filmmakers, including highlights from "A Trip to Utah," "Sunrise" and others. Black and white, live musical accompaniment, made before ratings, probable PG (violence) (Thursday, 7:30 p.m.: Organ Loft)


BEOWULF 3-D IMAX — The new animated feature, shown in the large-screen, 3-D format. (Jordan Commons) (See Continuing Films)

DINOSAURS 3-D: GIANTS OF PATAGONIA — *** — The makers of this IMAX science 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 carnivores and other creatures. Running time: 40 minutes, not rated, probable PG (violence)

SANTA VS. THE SNOWMAN 3-D — ** 1/2 — An expanded version of a 1997 TV short with Jonathan Winters as the voice of Santa Claus. Running time: 35 minutes, not rated, probable G (animated violence) —Ivan M. Lincoln

SEA MONSTERS: A PREHISTORIC ADVENTURE — *** —What makes this IMAX 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


3:10 TO YUMA — *** — The acting duel between Christian Bale and Russell Crowe is the highlight of this remake of the classic 1957 western. 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 — literally and figuratively. Running time: 110 minutes, R (violence, gore, profanity, drugs, vulgarity)

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

AMERICAN GANGSTER — ** 1/2 — The performances are terrific (especially Denzel Washington), but this 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)

AUGUST RUSH — ** — A revisionist version of "Oliver Twist" that's so ridiculous and sappy it defies the best efforts of a pretty good cast. Running time: 114 minutes, PG (violence, profanity, vulgarity, brief drugs)

BEE MOVIE — *** — In many respects, this animated comedy starring Jerry Seinfeld is more educational and more exciting than it is laugh-out-loud funny. Running time: 90 minutes, PG (vulgarity, violence, brief drugs)

BELLA — ** — A well-intentioned, clumsy message movie that tries to conceal its far-too-obvious pro-life message. Running time: 91 minutes, PG-13 (violence, brief gore, brief drugs)

BEOWULF — ** — All the digital bells and whistles in the world can't conceal how hollow this animated adventure is at its core. Running time: 114 minutes, PG-13 (violence, gore, nudity, vulgarity, profanity, brief sex)

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)

DAN IN REAL LIFE — *** — A warm, genuine comedy that succeeds, at least in part, because of some gutsy casting choices. Steve Carell stars. Running time: 95 minutes, PG-13 (vulgarity, mild profanity, violence, brief partial nudity)

THE DARJEELING LIMITED — *** — It's a little warmer and more dramatic, but Wes Anderson's latest is still rather quirky and goofy. Running time: 92 minutes, R (profanity, drugs, violence, brief sex, nudity)

DRAGON WARS (D-WAR) — * — A monster epic so dismal that it doesn't even register as a guilty pleasure. Running time: 107 minutes, PG-13 (violence) —John Monaghan, Detroit Free Press

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

ENCHANTED — *** — Amy Adams enchants as a fairy-tale princess trapped in the real world in this cheeky romantic comedy/fantasy. Running time: 95 minutes, PG (violence, mild vulgarity, mild profanity, nude art)

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)

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 — *** 1/2 — This 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 as an overweight woman is the one sore-thumb element in this musical comedy. Running time: 107 minutes, PG (vulgarity, profanity, racial epithets, violence)

HALLOWEEN — * 1/2 — Adding sex, nudity, blood and a lame back story does not make a better "Halloween" movie. Running time: 109 minutes, R (violence, gore, profanity, nudity, vulgarity, sex, slurs)

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

THE HEARTBREAK KID — * 1/2 — The Farrelly brothers' latest comedy reunites them with Ben Stiller and is so raunchy it's grotesque. Running time: 114 minutes, R (vulgarity, profanity, sex, nudity, drugs, violence, slurs)

HITMAN — ** — A dopey action-thriller based on a video game, which tells you everything you need to know about this film. Reviewed Thursday, running time: 100 minutes, R (violence, gore, profanity, nudity, torture, drugs, vulgarity, brief sex)

I'M NOT THERE — ** 1/2 — Todd Haynes' odd biography of Bob Dylan is probably of less interest to those who aren't already fans of Dylan or his music. Reviewed Thursday, running time: 135 minutes, R (violence, profanity, drugs, sex, vulgarity, nudity, slurs, brief gore)

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

JOE STRUMMER: THE FUTURE IS UNWRITTEN — *** — Julien Temple's documentary profile of the late Clash frontman was a labor of love for the filmmaker. Reviewed Thursday, running time: 123 minutes, not rated, probable R (profanity, vulgarity, drugs, violence, 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)

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

LOVE IN THE TIME OF CHOLERA — * 1/2 — An overripe melodrama that completely misses the point of Gabriel Garcia Marquez's best-selling book. Running time: 138 minutes, R (sex, nudity, violence, vulgarity, profanity, brief drugs)

MARTIAN CHILD — ** — The second half of this comedy-drama starring John Cusack gets pretty messy and 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 well-directed thriller that provides a quality vehicle for George Clooney. Running time: 119 minutes, R (profanity, drugs, violence, vulgarity)

MR. BEAN'S HOLIDAY — ** — The second big-screen Mr. Bean adventure is a slight improvement over its predecessor. Running time: 84 minutes, G (violence, vulgarity)

MR. MAGORIUM'S WONDER EMPORIUM — *** — It starts to lose some of its magic about midway through, but this family-friendly comic fantasy has charm. Running time: 94 minutes, G (slapstick violence, mild vulgarity)

MY KID COULD PAINT THAT — *** 1/2 — This portrait of a young painting prodigy is one of the most fascinating documentaries you'll see all year. Running time: 83 minutes, PG-13 (profanity, vulgarity, nudity)

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 COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN — *** 1/2 — A well-acted and tense thriller, the Coen brothers' most accomplished movie in years. Josh Brolin and Tommy Lee Jones star. Running time: 117 minutes, R (violence, gore, profanity, drugs, vulgarity, slurs)

PASSAGE TO ZARAHEMLA — * — This locally produced adventure-fantasy is laughably awful at times, with some jaw-dropping dumb plotting. Running time: 107 minutes, PG-13 (violence, gore, brief drugs, slurs)

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

RUSH HOUR 3 — * — Easily the most unnecessary and least inspired "three-quel" of the 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," growing weaker and weaker in their excruciating, squirm-inducing scenes. Running time: 108 minutes, R (violence, gore, torture, profanity) —Roger Moore, The Orlando Sentinel

THE SEEKER: THE DARK IS RISING — * 1/2 — Some well-done computer-graphic effects are all this unexciting fantasy has going for it. Running time: 99 minutes, PG (violence)

SLEUTH — ** — Supposed "next Michael Caine" Jude Law can't hold his own with the real thing in this dull remake of the 1972 hit. Running time: 86 minutes, R (profanity, vulgarity, violence)

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

STEPHEN KING'S THE MIST — ** — Frank Darabont, who earlier directed "The Shawshank Redemption" and "The Green Mile," stumbles with his third Stephen King adaptation, a messy version of the horror yarn. Running time: 125 minutes, R (violence, gore, profanity, vulgarity, drugs)

SUPERBAD — *** — The preoccupation with teen sex will turn off many, but some of this buddy comedy is laugh-out-loud funny. Running time: 113 minutes, R (vulgarity, profanity, nudity, sex, violence, drugs, slurs)

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

THIS CHRISTMAS — ** — The story being about a large extended black family gives it a twist, but mostly this is a warmed-over collection of holiday-movie cliches. Reviewed Thursday, running time: 120 minutes, PG-13 (sex, vulgarity, violence) —Roger Moore, The Orlando Sentinel

UNDERDOG — * 1/2 — A juvenile and 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, as well as a first-rate cast. Joaquin Phoenix stars. Running time: 116 minutes, R (violence, profanity, drugs, sex, gore, vulgarity, nudity, slurs, torture)

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