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"27 Dresses" area theaters


BILLY THE KID — *** There are a few revealing, unforced moments in this documentary about a Maine teenager. Running time: 85 minutes, not rated, probable PG-13 (profanity, vulgarity, slurs, brief drugs)

THE BUCKET LIST — ** Stars Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman can't save this predictable, "Grumpy Old Dying Men" comedy. Running time: 97 minutes, PG-13 (profanity, drugs, vulgarity)

FIRST SUNDAY — * 1/2A misguided attempt at comedy that needs to go last on anyone's list of movie options. Running time: 98 minutes, PG-13 (profanity, vulgarity, brief drugs, violence) —Claudia Puig, USA Today

IN THE NAME OF THE KING: A DUNGEON SIEGE TALE — Revenge-fantasy starring Jason Statham as a farmer trying to rescue his kidnapped wife. To be reviewed next week, running time: 130 minutes, PG-13 (violence)

THE ORPHANAGE — ** The Spanish-Mexican co-production features a few decent chills and has a distinctive tone and look. Spanish with subtitles, running time: 105 minutes, R (violence, brief gore, brief drugs)

THE PIRATES WHO DON'T DO ANYTHING: A VEGGIETALES MOVIE — ***The latest theatrical "VeggieTale" has plenty of kid-level humor, a decent story and a positive message. Running time: 85 minutes, G (nothing offensive) —Bill Goodykoontz, Gannett News Service


27 DRESSES — Romantic comedy starring Katherine Heigl as a perpetual bridesmaid. To be reviewed when it opens next week. Running time: 112 minutes, PG-13 (vulgarity, profanity, violence, brief sex) (Sunday: Gateway, Jordan Commons, Jordan Landing)


BATTLING BUTLER — Buster Keaton stars as the title character in this 1926 comedy. Live musical accompaniment, black and white, running time: 71 minutes, made before ratings, probable G (nothing offensive) (Tonight, 7:30 p.m.: Organ Loft)

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

MACBETH — Select Cinemark theaters are showing this performance of the Verdi opera, featuring the New York Metropolitan Opera. (Saturday, 11:30 a.m.; Sunday 1 p.m.: Century Sandy, Century South Salt Lake, Jordan Landing; $22 for adults, $15 for children)

SALT LAKE CITY FILM CENTER SCREENINGS — This week's movie is the first part of the six-hour, public television documentary "The Jewish Americans." (Tuesday, 7 p.m.: Salt Lake City Library)

SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL 08 — The premier showcase for independent film kicks off with showings of the comic thriller "In Bruges." A full schedule of screenings is available at www.sundance.org/festival. (Thursday, 6 and 9:30 p.m.: Eccles Theatre, Park City)


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 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)

I AM LEGEND IMAX — The new science-fiction thriller, shown in the large-screen format. (Jordan Commons)

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

SPACE STATION 3-D — Tom Cruise narrates this documentary short about the International Space Station crew. Running time: 47 minutes, not rated, probable G (nothing offensive)


30 DAYS OF NIGHT — **This comics-based vampire yarn is a real mess — both 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)

ALIENS VS. PREDATOR: REQUIEM — ** 1/2Not classic sci-fi like the original "Alien," but it's a perfectly respectable next step in the series. Running time: 86 minutes, R (violence, gore, profanity) —Neil Genzlinger, New York Times News Service

ALVIN AND THE CHIPMUNKS — ** Not as eye-gougingly awful as you might expect, this live-action version is simply mediocre and immediately forgettable. Running time: 92 minutes, PG (vulgarity, violence, mild profanity)

AMERICAN GANGSTER — ** 1/2Denzel Washington's performance is terrific, 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)

ATONEMENT — *** A reasonably engaging period piece that suggests Keira Knightley is at her best in "costume dramas." Running time: 128 minutes, R (profanity, violence, sex, vulgarity, gore, partial nudity, drugs)

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)

BECOMING JANE — ***This fictionalized drama about author Jane Austen is well-acted. Running time: 113 minutes, PG (vulgarity, violence, brief nudity, mild profanity, brief sex, slurs)

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)

CHARLIE WILSON'S WAR — *** A mostly amusing film that features smart performances and even-smarter dialogue. Tom Hanks stars. Running time: 97 minutes, R (profanity, violence, nudity, drugs, vulgarity, brief sex, slurs, brief gore)

DAN IN REAL LIFE — ***A pretty 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)

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)

THE GOLDEN COMPASS — ** A muddled, confusing fantasy that adds up to little more than the "Yawn-icles of Narnia." Running time: 113 minutes, PG-13 (violence)

THE GREAT DEBATERS — ** 1/2This fact-based drama directed by and starring Denzel Washington settles for being merely watchable. Running time: 123 minutes, PG-13 (violence, slurs, profanity, brief sex, vulgarity)

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

I AM LEGEND — *** More of an improved, "Omega Man" remake than a faithful adaptation of Richard Matheson's story. Will Smith stars. Running time: 100 minutes, PG-13 (violence, gore, drugs, profanity)

I'M NOT THERE — ** 1/2Todd Haynes' odd biography of Bob Dylan is probably of less interest to those who aren't already fans of Dylan or his music. 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 touching, thoughtful, sad, funny, sweet and ultimately redemptive — all at once. Running time: 149 minutes, R (violence, profanity, nudity, gore, brief sex, vulgarity, brief drugs)

JUNO — ****A warm and smart, sometimes-crude, teen-pregnancy comedy filled with witty dialogue and genuine emotion. Running time: 97 minutes, PG-13 (vulgarity, profanity, brief sex, brief drugs, brief gore, slurs)

THE KITE RUNNER — ** A cinematic "Cliffs Notes" version of Khaled Hosseini's best-selling book. With subtitles, running time: 122 minutes, PG-13 (violence, profanity, rape, slurs, vulgarity, brief gore)

MARGOT AT THE WEDDING — ** 1/2 — An at-times grueling, dysfunctional family comedy-drama. Nicole Kidman stars. Running time: 92 minutes, R (profanity, vulgarity, brief sex, brief nudity, violence)

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)

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

NATIONAL TREASURE: BOOK OF SECRETS — ** Not without a few goofy thrills, but we've seen most — if not all — of this done better before. Running time: 124 minutes, PG (violence, vulgarity, mild profanity)

NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN — *** 1/2A well-acted and tense thriller, the Coen brothers' most assured accomplished movie in years. Josh Brolin and Tommy Lee Jones star. Running time: 117 minutes, R (violence, gore, profanity, drugs, vulgarity, slurs)

ONE MISSED CALL — * 1/2This mysterious, "Can you hear me now?" thriller is spoiled by too many answers to too many questions. Reviewed Saturday, running time: 87 minutes, PG-13 (violence, sex) —Roger Moore, The Orlando Sentinel

P.S. I LOVE YOU — ** Hilary Swank seems out of sorts in this two-hour-long sitcom. Running time: 126 minutes, PG-13 (vulgarity, profanity, brief sex, brief partial nudity, slapstick violence, slurs, 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

ROMANCE & CIGARETTES — ** It doesn't matter how strong this musical comedy-drama's cast is. This is unpleasant stuff. Running time: 106 minutes, R (profanity, vulgarity, sex, violence, slurs, brief drugs)

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

STEEP — ** 1/2This extreme-skiing documentary often sounds like a promotional film. Running time: 92 minutes, PG (violence, profanity) —Stephen Holden, New York Times News Service

SWEENEY TODD: THE DEMON BARBER OF FLEET STREET — *** 1/2 Tim Burton's sometimes-gory adaptation of the Stephen Sondheim musical is bloody good fun. Johnny Depp stars. Running time: 116 minutes, R (violence, gore, profanity, vulgarity, nude art)

WALK HARD: THE DEWEY COX STORY — ** 1/2 There are some laugh-out-loud moments in this musical biography spoof, but it's very R-rated. Running time: 95 minutes, R (vulgarity, drugs, nudity, profanity, violence, sex, slurs, brief gore)

THE WATER HORSE: LEGEND OF THE DEEP — ***The boy-and-his-creature fantasy has some genuine appeal, much of it being the talented European cast. Running time: 108 minutes, PG (violence, vulgarity, mild profanity)