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Brooke Palmer
"Saw 3D" — Area theaters — see New Friday

New Friday

CONVICTION — A gritty yet touching story about a working class mother who puts herself through law school in an effort to represent her brother, who has been wrongfully convicted of murder. 107 minutes; R; CNS rating: L (gruesome crime scene images, brief rear nudity, a suicide theme, about a dozen uses of profanity, close to 60 instances of rough language). Bill Goodykoontz, Arizona Republic: ★★½

SAW 3D — As a deadly battle rages over Jigsaw's brutal legacy, a group of Jigsaw survivors gathers to seek the support of self-help guru and fellow survivor Bobby Dagen, a man whose own dark secrets unleash a new wave of terror. Not screened for critics; to be reviewed next week; 90 minutes; R (violence, torture, language).

Special Screenings

BEYOND THE CALL — Part of Westminster's documentary film series (Nov. 5, 8 p.m.: Westminster College)

BREWVIES SPECIAL SCREENINGS — Brain Candy (Nov. 1, 10 p.m.: Brewvies, must be 21 or older)

BUTCH CASSIDY AND THE SUNDANCE KID — Robert Redford and Paul Newman star in this 1969 Western. (Oct. 29, 8 p.m.: Sundance Institute)

JEREMIAH JOHNSON — Robert Redford and Will Greer star in this 1972 film (Oct. 30, 8 p.m.: Sundance Institute)

DR. STRANGELOVE OR: HOW I LEARNED TO STOP WORRYING AND LOVE THE BOMB — Free screening of Stanley Kubrick's 1964 satire starring Peter Sellers (Nov. 2, 6:30 p.m.: The Salt Lake City Library)

GERRYMANDERING — A film about the political party fight to control Congress (Nov. 1, 7 p.m.: SLC Film Center)

THE GRUDGE — Midnight screening (Oct. 29, 12 p.m.: Century Salt Lake, Tinseltown Ogden)

JACKA-- 3-D — (Layton Hills, Wynnsong, Century Salt Lake, Century Sandy, Cinemark American Fork, Cinemark Bountiful, Jordan Landing, University Mall, Gateway, Junction, Jordan Commons, District, , Provo Towne Center, Tinseltown Ogden, Tinseltown Layton)

LEGEND OF THE GUARDIANS: THE OWLS OF THE GA'HOOLE 3D — Animated kids film. Shown in 3D (Thanksgiving Point, Stadium Cinemas Payson, Tinseltown Layton, University Mall)

ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW — (Oct. 29-30 at 8 p.m.: Peery's Egyptian Theater, Ogden; Oct. 28 at 9:30 p.m., Oct. 29-30, 7:30 p.m. and 11:30 p.m.: The Tower)

SALTY HORROR FILM FESTIVAL — Featuring 18 horror films (Nov. 4-7, 7 p.m.-12 a.m.: The Tower)

SCERA CINEMA CLASSICS ?— See schedule at www.scera.org. (Tuesdays through Nov. 30, 10 a.m.)


SPACE STATION 3D — ★★★ — An elegant portrait of the best spy cam humanity has ever invented. Shown in 3-D; 43 minutes; G (nothing offensive) (Clark Planetarium)

LEGEND OF THE GUARDIANS: THE OWLS OF THE GA'HOOLE — ★★½ — Director Zack Snyder's somewhat bulky adaptation of the first three novels in Kathryn Lasky's popular series of children's books. 90 minutes; PG (violence) (District)

SEA REX 3-D: JOURNEY TO A PREHISTORIC WORLD — A large-screen short about extinct deep-sea life forms. Shown in 3-D; 30 minutes; not rated, probable G (nothing offensive) (Thanksgiving Point)

UNDER THE SEA — ★★★½ — This "sequel" to the 2006 large-screen hit "Deep Sea 3-D" holds our interest just fine. Narrated by Jim Carrey. Shown in 3-D; 40 minutes; G (violence) (Clark Planetarium)


ALPHA AND OMEGA — ★½ — A kids film that comes up short. 85 minutes; PG (violence, vulgarity); CNS rating: A-I

BURIED — ★★★ — Everybody's-worst-nightmare thriller starring Ryan Reynolds. 93 minutes; R (profanity, violence)

CASE 39 — ★½ — A clumsy self-parody of a horror film starring Renee Zellweger. 109 minutes; R; CNS rating: A-III (crude language, a scene of nonsexual child abuse and brief but intense bloody violence)

CATFISH — ★★★½ — A documentary full of twists and turns. 86 minutes; PG-13 (adult themes).

DESPICABLE ME — ★★½ — There are some genuine laughs in this animated feature, even if much of the material is predictable. 95 minutes; PG (violence, vulgarity, slurs); CNS rating: A-I

DEVIL — ★★ — M. Night Shyamalan's thriller about a group of people trapped in an elevator who realize that the devil is among them. 76 minutes. PG-13 (violence, profanity, vulgarity); CNS rating: A-III

EASY A — ★★★— Freely and giddily borrows from and pays tribute to John Hughes' famous '80s teen angst comedies. 92 minutes; PG-13; CNS rating: O (negative portrayal of Christianity, benign view of premarital sex and homosexuality, implied drug use, brief partial nudity, venereal disease theme, some sexual humor, profanity, much crude and crass language)

ENTER THE VOID —A drug-dealing teen is killed in Japan, after which he reappears as a ghost to watch over his sister. 138 minutes; not rated but probable NC-17 (vulgarity, nudity, explicit sex, violence). (Tower). Walter Addiego, San Francisco Chronicle: 0 stars

THE EXPENDABLES — ★★½ — You certainly can't say this over-the-top thriller skimps on action. 98 minutes; R (violence, gore, profanity, torture); CNS rating: O

THE GIRL WHO PLAYED WITH FIRE — ★★ — The dour, murky follow-up thriller is not particularly fun. Swedish with subtitles; 129 minutes; R (violence, sex, gore, torture, nudity, profanity, slurs)

HEREAFTER — Clint Eastwood's ambitious drama charts the ultimately intersecting paths of three individuals all seeking enlightenment about what, if anything, follows for us after we die. 129 minutes, PG-13; CNS rating: A-III (disturbing disaster and accident images, complex religious issues, alcoholism and drug-addiction theme; fleeting upper female nudity, crude terms); Christy Lemire, AP: ★★★

HOWL — A drama centered on the obscenity trial Allen Ginsberg faced after the publication of his poem, "Howl." 90 minutes; not rated; (Broadway). Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star-Tribune: ★★½

HUMAN CENTIPEDE — Film about a mad scientist's experiments is a slick piece of schlock that's dull and ultimately boring. 90 minutes; not rated but probable R (profanity, violence, gore, nudity, surgical depravity). Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald: ★

I'M STILL HERE — ★★★— A film documenting the year in Joaquin Phoenix's life when he quit acting in order to pursue a hip-hop career. 107 minutes; R (profanity, nudity, sex, drugs)

I WANT YOUR MONEY — Film contrasting the role of the federal government through the words and actions of Ronald Reagan and Barack Obama. To be reviewed later; 92 minutes; not rated.

INCEPTION — ★★★★ — A mind-blowing mix of heady concepts and thrilling, inventive action. Leonardo DiCaprio stars. 148 minutes; PG-13 (violence, profanity, brief gore); CNS rating: A-III

IT'S KIND OF A FUNNY STORY — ★★ — A trite letdown based on Ned Vizzini's semi-autobiographical novel of the same name. 101 minutes; PG-13 (adult themes, sexual content, drugs, profanity)

JACKA-- 3-D — Very little occurs in 3-D that wouldn't have sufficed in 2-D. Plus it's crude to the extreme. 94 minutes; R; CNS rating: O (extremely crude stunts, constant sexual and body-part references, pervasive profane and crude language). Christy Lemire of the AP: ★★

LEGEND OF THE GUARDIANS: THE OWLS OF THE GA'HOOLE" —★★½ — Director Zack Snyder's somewhat bulky adaptation of the first three novels in Kathryn Lasky's popular series of children's books. 90 minutes; PG; CNS rating: A-II (intense animal combat, situations of peril)

LET ME IN — ★★ — This unlikely tale of vampire lore and first love becomes, at times, far too gruesome for endorsement. 115 minutes; R (violence, gore, profanity, sex); CNS rating: O (gory violence, a scene of voyeurism with brief graphic sexual activity and fleeting upper female nudity, about a half-dozen uses of profanity, a few crude and crass terms)

LIFE AS WE KNOW IT — Predictable yarn of opposites attracting and animosity gradually yielding to a very different emotion also showcases a variety of lifestyle choices at variance with traditional morality. 113 minutes; PG-13 (profanity, sexual situations, drugs); CNS rating: L. Roger Moore of the Orlando Sentinel: ★★

MACHETE — ★★½ — Danny Trejo plays the title character in Robert Rodriguez's bloody revenge-thriller. 105 minutes; R (violence, gore, profanity, sex, nudity); Catholic News Service rating: O

MY GIRLFRIEND'S BOYFRIEND — A romantic comedy about a woman who meets "Mr. Right" and "Mr. Perfect" on the same day. 95 minutes; not screened for critics; may be reviewed at a later date. PG (mild thematic elements) (Jordan Commons, District)

MY SOUL TO TAKE — Wes Craven's latest dead teenagers movie is a puzzle without solutions, plus it makes no sense. R; CNS rating — O (bloody violence, pervasive profanity, sexual references and banter among teens). Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel: ★

NANNY MCPHEE RETURNS — ★★½ — Though it's crude, this sequel actually betters its predecessor. Emma Thompson stars. 109 minutes; PG (vulgarity, violence, slurs); CNS rating: A-I

NEVER LET ME GO — A sad and philosophically provocative story of a woman who reunites with her two friends to face the dark secrets tied to their past. 103 minutes; R (language, sex, drugs). Christy Lemire, AP: ★★★½

THE OTHER GUYS — ★★★ — The matching up of Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg in this buddy cop spoof is inspired. 107 minutes; PG-13 (vulgarity, sex, profanity, violence, drugs); CNS rating: O

PARANORMAL ACTIVITY 2 — An efficiently unnerving skin-crawler in which a prosperous California couple try to protect their 1-year-old boy from the malignant designs of a demon. 88 minutes; R; CNS rating: A-III (occasional intense but stylized violence, a few uses of profanity, some rough and crude language, a handful of mild sexual references). Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel: ★★

RED — A witty spy caper about former CIA agents framed for assassination is full of mostly stylized gunfights and explosions. 111 minutes; PG-13; CNS rating: A-III (violence, profanity). Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel: ★★½

SALT — ★★ — A ridiculously convoluted tale that only gets more ridiculous as it goes along. Angelina Jolie stars. 100 minutes; PG-13 (violence, gore, profanity, torture); CNS rating: L

SECRETARIAT — The true story of arguably the greatest racehorse of all time is both thrilling sports adventure and moving family drama. 116 minutes; PG; CNS rating: A-II (tense emotional moments, heated arguments). Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel: ★★

THE SORCERER'S APPRENTICE — ★★★ — This action-fantasy has a good combination of thrills and laughs. Nicolas Cage stars. 107 minutes; PG (violence, vulgarity, slurs); CNS rating: A-II

STONE — A convicted arsonist (Edward Norton) looks to manipulate a parole officer into a plan to secure his parole by placing his beautiful wife in the lawman's path. 105 minutes; R (sexual content, violence, profanity). (Gateway). Christy Lemire, AP: ★★

THE SOCIAL NETWORK — Facebook's founder gets unfriended big-time in an engrossing drama that's definitely not for youngsters. 120 minutes; PG-13; CNS rating: A-III (nongraphic casual sexual activity, same-sex kissing, brief partial nudity, drug use, some sexual references, several uses of profanity, at least one use of the F-word and much crude language); Christy Lemire, AP: ★★★★

THE TILLMAN STORY — Taut and suspenseful documentary about the death of NFL star Pat Tillman in Afghanistan. 94 minutes; R (profanity) (Broadway). Ty Burr of the Boston Globe: ★★★½

THE TOWN— ★★★½ — The best heist picture since "Heat." 120 minutes; R; CNS rating: O (brief graphic nonmarital sexual activity, glimpses of upper female and partial nudity, pervasive rough and crude language)

TOY STORY 3 — ★★★★ — The animated "three-quel" is funny, thrilling, smart and is even a little touching — and is easily the best film of the summer so far. 103 minutes; G (violence, vulgarity, slurs); CNS rating: A-I

VAMPIRES SUCK — ★— The spoof of vampire movies is a step above completely awful — barely. 80 minutes; PG-13 (vulgarity, sex, violence, profanity); CNS rating: A-III (adults)

WAITING FOR "SUPERMAN" — Documentary that follows a group of promising kids through the educational system. 102 minutes; PG (profanity, adult themes). Chris Robinson: ★★★★

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WALL STREET: MONEY NEVER SLEEPS — An uneven sequel with heavy-handed attempts at social comment. 133 minutes; PG-13; CNS rating: A-III (cohabitation, brief sexual imagery and sexual references, profanity). Christy Lemire, AP: ★★★

YOU AGAIN — ★½ — A somewhat entertaining multigenerational comedy about family, forgiveness and second chances. 105 minutes; PG; CNS rating: A-II (mild slapstick violence, some double-entendres)

YOU WILL MEET A TALL DARK STRANGER — Woody Allen's latest film follows a pair of married couples as their passions, ambitions, and anxieties lead them into trouble and out of their minds. 98 minutes, R (vulgarity). (Broadway, District). Christy Lemire, AP: ★★