Ron Batzdorf
"Drive Angry"

New Friday

DRIVE ANGRY — A felon (Nicolas Cage) is intent on seeking revenge against the cult who murdered his daughter and kidnapped his granddaughter. 104 minutes; R (strong brutal violence throughout, grisly images, some graphic sexual content, nudity and pervasive language); to be reviewed Saturday

FROM PRADA TO NADA — A romantic comedy that puts a modern twist on Jane Austen's "Sense and Sesibility." 107 minutes; PG-13 (brief drug use and a sexual situation); Mike Hale, New York Times: ★★

HALL PASS — Those "There's Something About Mary" Farrelly Brothers try to get their edge back with "Hall Pass," a rude and seriously crude riff on taking a vacation from marriage. 105 minutes; R (crude and sexual humor throughout, language, some graphic nudity and drug use); Roger Moore, The Orlando Sentinel: ★1/2

OUTSIDE THE LAW — A drama detailing Algeria's battle for independence from France through the stories of three Algerian brothers. 138 minutes; Not rated; (Broadway); Walter Addiego, San Francisco Chronicle: ★★

WASTE LAND — A documentary following the Brooklyn-based, Brazilian-born artist Vik Muniz as he captures portraits of pickers in one of the world's larges landfills, Rio de Janeiro's Jardim Gramacho. 98 minuges; Not rated; (Tower); Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer: ★★★

Special Screenings

A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM — Shakespearean film festival (March 3, 7 p.m.: Southern Utah University Smith Center)

AIRBAG — Spanish film festival (March 2, 7 p.m.: Weber State University)

BASKETBALL — Film Buff Night at Brewvies (Feb. 28, 10 p.m.: Brewvies, must be 21 or older)

BORN SWEET — Free screening (March 1, 7 p.m.: Salt Lake City Library)

THE DEFIANT ONES — Free screening (Feb. 25, 6:30 p.m.: Orem Library)

DRIVE ANGRY 3D — (Layton Hills, Carmike 12, Ritz, Wynnsong, Century South Salt Lake, Century Sandy, Cinemark American Fork, Provo Towne Center, Jordan Landing, Tinseltown Ogden, Tinseltown Layton, University Mall, Gateway, Jordan Commons, District, Showstar Cinemas)

GNOMEO AND JULIET 3D — (Layton Hills, Carmike 12, Ritz, Wynnsong, Century South Salt Lake, Cinemark American Fork, Provo Towne Center, Jordan Landing, Tinseltown Layton, Junction, Jordan Commons, District, Thanksgiving Point, Showstar Cinemas)

HANDS UP! — (Feb. 25, 7:30 p.m.: The Organ Loft)

JUSTIN BIEBER: NEVER SAY NEVER 3D — (Layton Hills, Carmike 12, Ritz, Wynnsong, Century South Salt Lake, Century Sandy, Cinemark American Fork, Provo Towne Center, Jordan Landing, Cinemark Bountiful, Tinseltown Ogden, Tinseltown Layton, University Mall, Gateway, Junction, Jordan Commons, District, Thanksgiving Point, Showstar Cinemas)

KILLING IN THE NAME — Free screening (March 1, 7 p.m.: Salt Lake City Library)

LILIES OF THE FIELD — Free screening (Feb. 28, 6:30 p.m.: Orem Library)

ONE THOUSAND PICTURES: RFK'S LAST JOURNEY — Free screening (March 1, 7 p.m.: Salt Lake City Library)

OSCAR SHORTS, ANIMATED — "Day and Night," "The Gruffalo," "Let's Pollute" and more. (Feb. 25-March 3, 3 p.m.: Tower)

OSCAR SHORTS, LIVE ACTION — "The Confession," "The Crush, "God of Love" and more. (Feb. 25-March 3, 4:45 p.m.: Tower)


HUBBLE 3D — A documentary detailing the experience of seven astronauts as they repair the Hubble space telescope. 45 minutes, G (nothing offensive)

SEA REX 3D: 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)

Continuing films

127 HOURS — A mountain climber becomes trapped under a boulder while canyoneering alone near Moab, Utah. 94 minutes; R (language and some disturbing violent content/bloody images); Erica Hansen, Deseret News: ★★★½

ANOTHER YEAR — As the title suggests, the film follows the usual comings and goings, ups and downs that transpire over four seasons among a longtime happily married coupl. 129 minutes; PG-13 (profanity); (Broadway); Christy Lemire, AP: ★★★

BARNEY'S VERSION— Based on Mordecai Richler's novel, the film tells the story of four decades of Barney Panofsky's life from his own point of view. 134 minutes; R (language, sexual content); Broadway; David Germain, Associated Press: ★★★½

BIG MOMMA'S: LIKE FATHER, LIKE SON — Another film in the "Big Momma" series, FBI agent Malcom Turner goes undercover with his stepson, Trent. 107 minutes; PG-13 (sexual humor, brief violence); Roger Moore, The Orlando Sentinel: ★

BIUTIFUL — Set in modern Barcelona, the film is a "love story between a father and his children," as the father learns he is fatally ill and soon to die. 148 minutes; R (disturbing images, language, sexual content, nudity, drug use); Broadway; Jake Coyle, AP: ★★½

BLACK SWAN —The real-life back stage story that mirrors the plot and characters on stage makes "Black Swan" simply mesmerizing. Be aware that "Black Swan" lives up to its name; it is dark — even disturbing — and clearly is not for everyone. It richly deserves its R rating. 108 minutes; R; CNS rating: O (strong sexual content, including graphic lesbian and nonmarital heterosexual activity, disturbing violent images, profanity, drugs) (Broadway, Tinseltown Layton, Tinseltown Ogden, Junction); Doug Wright, KSL Radio: ★★★½

BLUE VALENTINE — A drama detailing the struggles of a married couple to save their marriage. 112 minutes; R (strong sexual content, language, violence); David Germain, AP: ★★★½

THE COMPANY MEN — Follows three men as they go from living blissfully with the perfect corporate jobs and families to unemployed, forcing them to re-examine their lives. 104 minutes; R (language, nudity); Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel: ★★

COUNTRY STRONG — Gwyneth Paltrow stars as Kelly Canter, a country singer back on the rise after spending time in rehab. 112 minutes; PG-13; CNS rating: A-III (implied adulterous and premarital sex, prevasive crude language and fleeting profanity); Bill Goodykoontz, Gannett: ★½

THE DILEMMA — A man (Vince Vaughn) tries to collect evidence and determine when to tell his best friend (Kevin James) that his wife is having an affair in this uncertain comedy from director Ron Howard. 118 minutes; PG-13; CNS rating: L (brief graphic adulterous sexual activity with fleeting rear nudity, cohabitation, a prostitution theme, much sexual humor, a half-dozen uses of profanity, at least one instance of the f-word, considerable crude and crass language and obscene gestures); Jeff Peterson, for the Deseret News: ★★

THE EAGLE — A Roman epic adventure chronicling the journey of a young man (Channing Tatum) as he seeks to restore his father's reputation. 114 minutes; PG-13 (battle sequences, some disturbing images); CNS rating: A-III; Jeff Peterson, for the Deseret News: ★★★

THE FIGHTER —Take the intensity of "Raging Bull," add a dose of "Rocky" inspiration, and mix in the tawdry family squabbles featured on TV's "The Jerry Springer Show" and you have "The Fighter", a fact-based drama that follows two half-brothers who long for fame — and redemption — via the boxing ring. 114 minutes; R; CNS rating: L (excessive boxing and other violence, familial strife, nongraphic premarital sexual activity, explicit drug use, profanity, rough and crude language); Claudia Puig, USA Today: ★★

GNOMEO AND JULIET — This animation retells William Shakespeare's classic, "Romeo and Juliet," as Gnomeo and Juliet find love despite the long-standing feud between their red and blue garden gnome families. 84 minutes; G; CNS rating: A-I; Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel: ★★½

THE GREEN HORNET — A mine field of edgier material that was placed in what was almost a family-friendly film ends up jolting audience members who would have otherwise been able to turn their brain off and enjoy the ride. PG-13; CNS rating: L (violent action, pervasive crude and crass language, sensuality and drug content); Travis Poppleton, for the Deseret News: ★½

GULLIVER'S TRAVELS — Jack Black's "Gulliver's Travels" is a movie that sullies a piece of literature that has endured for nearly 300 years for the sake of a cheap kiddie flick. 85 minutes; PG; CNS rating: O (skewed moral values, graphic scatological humor and some intense action scenes); David Germain, Associated Press: ★½

HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS, PART 1 — One of the more action-packed and darker films in the series in which Harry Potter (Daniel Radcliffe), Hermione Granger (Emma Watson) and Ron Weasley (Rupert Grint) learn to battle their fears as they search out the horcruxes where the evil Lord Voldemort (Ralph Fiennes) has hidden parts of his soul. 139 minutes; PG-13; CNS rating: A-III (action violence, scenes of murder and torture, frightening images; brief sensuality, a few vaguely sexual references); Christine Rappleye, Deseret News: ★★★

I AM NUMBER FOUR — As one of nine "gifted" children rescued from his planet, John is constantly on the run from those who seek to destroy him. 110 minutes; PG-13 (sequences of intense violence and action, language); Roger Moore, The Orlando Sentinel: ★★½

THE ILLUSIONIST — An animation that tells the story of a French illusionist as he travels to Scotland and mesmerizes a young girl, who believes his illusions are true magic. (Broadway); Ty Burr, Boston Globe: ★★★★

JUST GO WITH IT — A plastic surgeon (Adam Sandler) asks his assistant (Jennifer Aniston) to pretend to be his ex-wife to cover up a lie he told his young girlfriend. Things get even more complicated when the group, including his assistant's children, take a vacation to Hawaii. 116 minutes, PG-13 (frequent crude and sexual content, partial nudity, drug references, language); CNS rating: A-III; Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel: ★½

JUSTIN BIEBER: NEVER SAY NEVER — A documentary following teen sensation Justin Bieber through his 2010 tour. 105 minutes, G; CNS rating: A-I; Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel: ★★

THE KING'S SPEECH — Based on a true story, the film follows King George VI's (Colin Firth) quest to find his voice after suffering from a debilitating speech impediment all his life. 118 minutes; R; CNS rating: A-III (two brief but intense outbursts of vulgarity, a couple of uses of profanity, a few crass terms and a mildly irreverent joke); Christy Lemire, Associated Press: ★★★½

LITTLE FOCKERS — The test of wills between Jack Byrnes (Robert De Niro) and Greg Focker (Ben Stiller) continues in the third installment of the series." 98 minutes; PG-13; CNS rating: L (frequent sexual banter, including references to sex toys and condoms; some sexual situations and profanity; much crude and crass language; toilet humor; and a bruising fistfight); Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel: ★½

THE MECHANIC — Follows an elite assassin as he seeks to avenge his mentor's murder while also attempting to train an apprentice in his trade. 92 minutes; R; CNS rating: O (excessive gory violence; strong sexual content, including graphic scenes of prostitution, lesbian-themed pornography and nongraphic male homosexual activity; upper female and brief rear nudity; a half-dozen uses of profanity; and much rough and crude language); Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinal: ★½

MEGAMIND — Generally endearing 3-D animated adventure about a good-hearted, perpetually inept alien villain (voice of Will Ferrell) who, with the aid of his trusty assistant (voice of David Cross), finally defeats his longtime superhero rival; 96 minutes; PG; CNS rating: A-II (peril, crude humor, slightly naughty language). David Germain, Associated Press: ★★½

MIDWAY TO HEAVEN — An adaptation of Dean Hughes' novel, the film follows a widower, Ned (Curt Doussett, "Saints & Soldiers", "The R.M."), as he struggles to get back in the dating game, especially when he has to keep an eye on his daughter's new boyfriend, David (Kirby Heyborne, "Saints & Soldiers," "The Best Two Years"). 92 minutes; PG (mild thematic elements); Stephanie Moreton, Deseret News: ★★

THE NEXT THREE DAYS — A married couple's life is turned upside down when the wife is accused of a murder. 122 minutes; PG-13; CNS rating: A-III (one instance of rough language, a smattering of profanity and crass terms, some gunplay and other nongraphic violence, an off-screen suicide attempt, drug dealing and brief sexual banter); Christy Lemire, Associated Press: ★★

NO STRINGS ATTACHED — Best friends (Natalie Portman and Ashton Kutcher) attempt to maintain a physical relationship without allowing love to get in the way. 108 minutes; R (lewd language, sexual content, drug use); CNS rating: O; Doug Wright, KSL Radio: ★★

THE RITE — A thriller chronicling an American priest's experience as he travels to Rome to study at an Italian exorcism school. 110 minutes; PG-13 (disturbing thematic material, violence, frightening images and language, including sexual references); CNS rating: A-III; Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel: ★★

THE ROOMMATE — Not much at all is up with this timid thriller that manages a couple of mild jolts and a couple of creepy-cringe-worthy moments in a story about a college freshman (Leighton Meester) who becomes obsessed with her new roommate (Minka Kelly). 93 minutes; PG-13; CNS rating: L (bloodless but occasionally deadly mayhem, nongraphic nonmarital sexual activity, cohabitation, same-sex kissing, brief partial nudity, language); Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel: ★

SANCTUM — An action-thriller chronicling the crisis of deepwater divers as they explore an unexplored underwater cave. 109 minutes, R; CNS rating: O (skewed values, some gore, fleeting rear male nudity, rough, crude and crass language, occasional sexual banter, toilet humor, an obscene gesture); Jake Coyle, AP: ★½

SEASON OF THE WITCH — A film set in the 14th century as knights take a suspected witch, whose powers are believed to be the source of the Black Plague, to a monastery to dispel her curse. 113 minutes; PG-13 (thematic elements, violence and disturbing content); Christy Lemire, AP: ★

SKYLINE — Extraterrestrials invade Los Angeles in this film full of special effects that are in search of a real movie. 92 minutes; PG-13: CNS rating: A-III (sci-fi action, violence, profanity, sexual content); Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel: ★

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, Associated Press: ★★★★

SONS OF PERDITION — A documentary detailing the experiences of teens who leave their polygamist community. 85 minutes; Not rated; Tower; Doug Wright, KSL Radio: ★★★

TANGLED — Rapunzel gets a sassy, spirited screen treatment from Disney. 93 minutes; PG (mild violence); CNS rating: A-I. Animated, also shown in 3D. Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel: ★★★

THE TOURIST — Angelina Jolie and Johnny Depp make this spy romance bleed charm, despite its uninspired script. With anyone else, it would have gone straight to DVD. 103 minutes; PG-13; CNS rating: A-III (brief graphic violence, at least one use of the f-word, sexual references, crude and crass language); Travis Poppleton, for the Deseret News: ★★½

TRON: LEGACY — The selling point is mind-blowing CGI, but its heart is about the relationship between fathers and sons. "Legacy" isn't breaking new frontiers as much as updating its old ones, but it does so with style. 127 minutes; PG; CNS rating: A-II (sci-fi action violence, images of severed limbs, brief mild language); Joshua Terry, for the Deseret News: ★★★

TRUE GRIT — A tough U.S. marshal (Jeff Bridges) helps a stubborn young woman track down her father's murderer. 110 minutes; PG-13; CNS rating: A-III (considerable, occasionally bloody violence, brief gruesome imagery, a half-dozen uses of profanity and a few crass terms) Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel: ★★★

UNKNOWN — A man awakes from a coma to find another man has assumed his identity. The film details his journey into the mystery of reclaiming his identity. 113 minutes, PG-13 (intense sequences of violence and action, brief sexual content); Roger Moore, The Orlando Sentinel: ★★

UNSTOPPABLE — An action drama based on real events about a rail company's efforts to stop a half-mile-long freight train carrying combustible liquids and poisonous gas from wiping out a city. 98 minutes; PG-13; CNS rating: A-III (graphic injury, profanity, including at least one instance of the f-word); Travis Poppleton, for the Deseret News: ★★★