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DOOMSDAY — English filmmaker Neil Marshall ("The Descent") returns with this post-apocalyptic thriller. To be reviewed next week, running time: 109 minutes, R (violence, gore, profanity, sex, nudity)

DR. SEUSS' HORTON HEARS A WHO! — ***— This mostly charming comic fantasy is rendered in state-of-the-art digital animation and includes more of Seuss' material. Complete review on Page W3, running time: 88 minutes, G (comic violence, mild vulgarity, brief drugs, slurs)

FUNNY GAMES — **— All this unpleasant thriller remake shows is that a film can be restrained and subtle and still be in bad taste. Naomi Watts stars. Complete review on Page W4, running time: 112 minutes, R (violence, profanity, torture, gore, vulgarity, brief drugs, slurs)

GEORGE A. ROMERO'S DIARY OF THE DEAD — ** 1/2— By mocking himself and "The Blair Witch Project," the veteran horror director gets more life out of his long-running zombie movie concept. Complete review on Page W4, running time: 95 minutes, R (violence, gore, profanity, vulgarity, brief drugs, nude art)

HONEYDRIPPER — ***— Audiences who are patient with screenwriter/director John Sayles' Deep South music parable will be rewarded. Complete review on Page W5, running time: 124 minutes, PG-13 (violence, profanity, slurs, vulgarity)

NEVER BACK DOWN — **— The mixed-martial arts fighting drama is watchable — if you can stand the sight of people pummeling each other. Complete review on Page W4, running time: 110 minutes, PG-13 (violence, profanity, slurs, brief gore, vulgarity, brief sex)

MIDNIGHT MOVIE

FRANK MILLER'S SIN CITY — *** 1/2— The violent and sexual content means it's not for everyone, but this multistoried 2005 thriller is visually stunning. Black and white, running time: 126 minutes, R (violence, gore, profanity, torture, nudity, drugs, vulgarity, sex) (Tonight and Saturday: Tower)

SPECIAL SCREENINGS

ATONEMENT — See listing under "Continuing films." (Tonight and Saturday, 8 p.m.; Sunday, 6 p.m.: Park City Library)

DR. JEKYLL AND MR. HYDE — *** 1/2— Frederic March plays both characters in this effective, 1931 version of the much-filmed tale. Black and white, running time: 98 minutes, made before ratings, probable PG (violence) (Tonight, 7 p.m.: Museum of Art, Brigham Young University, Provo)

THE KING OF KINGS *** — Cecil B. De Mille's occasionally overwrought 1927 epic telling of the life of Jesus is also surprisingly moving. Live musical accompaniment, black and white, running time: 115 minutes, made before ratings, probable PG (violence) (Thursday, 7:30 p.m. Organ Loft)

MEXICAN FILM AND CULTURAL FESTIVAL — Local Hispanic businesses and groups are co-sponsoring this four-day event featuring dance and music performances, as well as screenings of such films as "El Violin" and "La Zona." A schedule is available at www.slcfilmcenter.org. (Through Sunday: Rose Wagner Center)

PETER GRIMES — Filmed performance of the Benjamin Britten work, featuring the New York Metropolitan Opera. Running time: 225 minutes. (Saturday, 11:30 a.m.; Sunday, 1 p.m.: Century Sandy, Century South Salt Lake, Jordan Landing; $22, $20 for senior citizens, $15 for children)

SALT LAKE CITY FILM CENTER SCREENINGS — This week's movies include "Autism: The Musical," "Bush's War" and "The Wind That Shakes the Barley." A schedule is available at www.slcfilmcenter.org. (Saturday, 3 p.m.; Tuesday, 7 p.m.: Salt Lake City Library; Tuesday, 7 p.m.: Rose Wagner Center)

WALLACE & GROMIT: THE CURSE OF THE WERE-RABBIT — *** 1/2— Despite some questionable humor, this Oscar-winning, 2005 horror-spoof is a welcome return for the clay-animated, human-and-dog duo. Running time: 95 minutes, G (vulgarity, violence, mild profanity, brief partial nudity) (Saturday, 1 p.m.: Peery's Egyptian Theater, Ogden)

LARGE-FORMAT FILMS

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)

THE HUMAN BODY — The 2001 documentary short looks at digestive processes and other functions of humans. Large screen format, running time: 40 minutes, not rated, probable PG (vulgarity)

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

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)

THE SPIDERWICK CHRONICLES IMAX — The new fantasy-adventure film, shown in the large-screen format. (Jordan Commons)

U2 3D IMAX — *** 1/2 — The concert film — showing the Irish rock band on its worldwide "Vertigo" tour — is the next best thing to being at one of the concerts in person. Large-screen format, running time: 85 minutes, G (nude artwork)

CONTINUING FILMS

10,000 B.C. — ** 1/2— An over-the-top spectacle that doesn't quite match the powerful popcorn standards of director Roland Emmerich's other films. Running time: 108 minutes, PG-13 (violence) —Betsy Pickle, Scripps Howard News Service

27 DRESSES — ** — A safe starring vehicle for "Grey's Anatomy" actress Katherine Heigl. Running time: 112 minutes, PG-13 (vulgarity, profanity, violence, brief sex)

4 MONTHS, 3 WEEKS AND 2 DAYS — ***— A well-acted but somewhat disturbing Romanian drama that broaches the abortion issue. Romanian with subtitles, running time: 113 minutes, not rated, probable R (profanity, brief nudity, drugs, brief gore, brief sex, slurs)

ALVIN AND THE CHIPMUNKS — ** — This live-action version is simply mediocre and immediately forgettable. Running time: 92 minutes, PG (vulgarity, violence, mild profanity)

ATONEMENT — *** — A reasonably engaging period piece. Running time: 128 minutes, R (profanity, violence, sex, vulgarity, gore, partial nudity, drugs)

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

THE BAND'S VISIT — *** 1/2— A charming, witty and surprisingly character-driven piece about a waylaid, Egyptian police band. With subtitles, running time: 84 minutes, PG-13 (profanity, slurs, vulgarity)

THE BANK JOB — **— This is a sleazy caper thriller filled with unpleasant, unlikable characters. Running time: 110 minutes, R (profanity, violence, nudity, sex, torture, drugs, vulgarity, brief gore, slurs)

BE KIND REWIND — **— The movie "remakes" are the one really amusing thing about this silly comic fantasy. Jack Black stars. Running time: 101 minutes, PG-13 (vulgarity, profanity, violence, brief drugs, 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

BONNEVILLE — ***— A sometimes meandering comedy-drama that boasts a terrific cast of middle-age actors (which includes Jessica Lange and Kathy Bates). Running time: 93 minutes, PG (mild profanity, vulgarity, violence)

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

CHARLIE BARTLETT — **— This teen comedy turns much too serious about midway through. Running time: 97 minutes, R (profanity, drugs, vulgarity, violence, brief sex, brief nudity, slurs)

CLOVERFIELD — *** — This sci-fi/thriller is a lean, mean, monster movie. Running time: 84 minutes, PG-13 (violence, gore, profanity, vulgarity)

COLLEGE ROAD TRIP — * 1/2— A disingenuous attempt to turn the formerly R-rated comedian Martin Lawrence into a cuddly, family-friendly film star. Running time: 83 minutes, G (violence, mild vulgarity, brief drugs)

DEFINITELY, MAYBE — ***— This "mystery love story" has considerable appeal — including Ryan Reynolds' performance. Running time: 111 minutes, PG-13 (vulgarity, profanity, brief drugs, slurs, brief sex)

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)

THE EYE — * 1/2— The real stiff in this horror remake is Jessica Alba, who gives a flat performance. Running time: 97 minutes, PG-13 (violence) —Roger Moore, The Orlando Sentinel

FOOL'S GOLD — * 1/2— A charmless romantic comedy-adventure that's dumber even than the recent "National Treasure" sequel. Running time: 110 minutes, PG-13 (violence, profanity, vulgarity, brief sex, brief partial nudity)

THE GOLDEN COMPASS — ** — A muddled, confusing fantasy. Running time: 113 minutes, PG-13 (violence) —Eleanor O'Sullivan, Asbury Park (N.J.) Press

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)

IN BRUGES — ***— Those who can withstand this darkly comic thriller's verbal assault on their sensibilities will be rewarded. Running time: 101 minutes, R (profanity, violence, gore, drugs, vulgarity, slurs, brief sex, nude art)

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)

JUMPER — **— A science-fiction adventure film doesn't do anything with its cool premise. It also has a wooden lead, Hayden Christensen. Running time: 88 minutes, PG-13 (violence, profanity, vulgarity, brief sex)

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

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

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

MAD MONEY — ** — A cutesy-poo caper comedy of the overfamiliar variety. Diane Keaton stars. Running time: 98 minutes, PG-13 (sex, vulgarity, profanity, brief drugs) — Roger Moore, The Orlando Sentinel

MEET THE SPARTANS — *— These cut-and-paste comedies are so worn out that they have devolved to simple pop-culture riffs. Running time: 84 minutes, PG-13 (vulgarity, sex, profanity, violence) — Roger Moore, The Orlando Sentinel

MISS PETTIGREW LIVES FOR A DAY — ***— The delightful acting ensemble helps save this pre-World War II period comedy from its humdrum direction. Running time: 92 minutes, minutes PG-13 (vulgarity, profanity, brief partial nudity, violence, brief sex)

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 — *** 1/2— The Coen brothers' most assured accomplished movie in years. Running time: 117 minutes, R (violence, gore, profanity, drugs, vulgarity, slurs)

THE OTHER BOLEYN GIRL — **— This costume drama features a yawn-inducing, sketchy and fairly questionable version of historical events. Scarlett Johansson stars. Running time: 110 minutes, PG-13 (sex, violence, vulgarity, mild profanity, brief gore, slurs)

OVER HER DEAD BODY — * 1/2— A charmless, mediocre romantic comedy with supernatural overtones. Eva Longoria Parker stars. Running time: 96 minutes, PG-13 (vulgarity, profanity, violence, brief sex, brief nudity, brief drugs)

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

PENELOPE — ** 1/2— This modern-day fairy tale is generally charming but is seriously thin on laugh-out-loud moments. Christina Ricci stars. Running time: 85 minutes, PG (vulgarity, profanity) — Roger Moore, The Orlando Sentinel

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

RAMBO — **— This "Rambo" redux at least recognizes that something subtler than the clamor of its predecessors is needed. Running time: 93 minutes, R (violence, rape, profanity) — Gene Seymour, Newsday

SEMI-PRO — **— Will Ferrell's latest is a '70s-period sports comedy that's only funny about half of the time. Running time: 91 minutes, R (profanity, violence, vulgarity, sex, drugs, slurs, brief gore)

THE SPIDERWICK CHRONICLES — *** — This is also the best fantasy movie to come along in a while. Running time: 97 minutes, PG (violence, vulgarity, mild profanity, slurs)

STEP UP 2 THE STREETS — **— The same movie as the 2006 step-dancing hit, at least in terms of story arc. Running time: 97 minutes, PG-13 (profanity, vulgarity, violence) —Roger Moore, The Orlando Sentinel

THERE WILL BE BLOOD — *** — P.T. Anderson's oil drama is pretty riveting stuff — despite the rushed and ridiculous finale. Best Actor Oscar winner Daniel Day-Lewis stars. Running time: 158 minutes, R (violence, profanity, vulgarity, gore)

VANTAGE POINT — * 1/2— A hopelessly convoluted and contrived thriller clearly trying to duplicate the style of "24." Running time: 90 minutes, PG-13 (violence, profanity, gore, brief drugs)

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)

WELCOME HOME ROSCOE JENKINS — *— An alternately gooey and annoying comedy in which Martin Lawrence tries to play straight man. Running time: 114 minutes, PG-13 (vulgarity, violence, profanity, sex, racial epithets, brief drugs)


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