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Tim Blake Nelson, left, and Owen Wilson look to the skies for inspiration during the biggest year of their lives.


THE BIG YEAR — Steve Martin, Jack Black and Owen Wilson star in a comedy about three bird watchers who dedicate a year of their lives to spotting the rarest birds in North America. 100 minutes; PG (language and some sensuality);

FOOTLOOSE ?— This new take on the 1984 film follows a rebellious city kid who moves to a small town where loud music and dancing are prohibited. 113 minutes; PG-13 (some teen drug and alcohol use, sexual content, violence and language); Shawn ONeill, for the Deseret News: ★★★

GUN HILL ROAD — A man must re-examine his perception of manhood when he returns from three years in prison to find his wife involved in an affair and his son exploring a sexual transformation. 88 minutes; R (strong sexual content, language and some violence); (Broadway); Wesley Morris, Boston Globe: ★★★

LABIOS ROJOS — A successful publicist and his young wife go through a sexual crisis that tests their marriage and forces them to rekindle their romance. The film is shown in Spanish with English subtitles. 98 minutes; R (strong sexual content, nudity and language); not screened for critics.

POINT BLANK — A nurse must break a man out of police surveillance when his pregnant wife is taken hostage. 90 minutes; R (strong violence and some language); (Broadway); Colin Covert, Star Tribune (Minneapolis): ★★★

THE THING — A group of researchers in Antarctica discover an extraterrestrial ship buried in the ice and accidentally unleash a shape-shifting creature. 103 minutes; R (strong creature violence and gore, disturbing images, and language); Roger Moore, The Orlando Sentinel: ★1/2


ANNIE HALL — By filmmaker Woody Allen, the film follows neurotic New York comedian Alvy Singer who falls in love with the ditsy Annie Hall. 93 minutes; PG (language, sexuality, drug use); (Tower)


ANNA BOLENA — Metropolitan Opera screening (Oct. 15, 10:55 a.m.: Cinemark Bountiful, Cinemark Draper, Cinemark Farmington, Tinseltown Layton, Century Sandy, Tinseltown Ogden, University Mall, Cinemark Park City, Provo Towne Center, Century South Salt Lake, Jordan Landing)

DEAD ALIVE — Film Buff Night at Brewvies (Oct. 17, 10 p.m.: Brewvies, must be 21 or older)

DOLPHIN TALE 3D — (Carmike 12, Ritz, Wynnsong, Century South Salt Lake, Cinemark American Fork, Provo Towne Center, Cinemark Bountiful, Tinseltown Layton, University Mall, Cinemark Draper, Cinemark Farmington, Thanksgiving Point, Legacy Crossing)

FRIDA — Free screening (Oct. 16, 3 p.m.: Salt Lake City Library)

LA MISSION — Free screening (Oct. 17, 1 p.m.: Marriott Library, U.)

LIFE IN A DAY — (Oct. 20, 7 p.m.: Rose Wagner Center Performing Arts Center)

LIKE THERE'S NO TOMORROW — A Warren Miller sports film (Oct. 14-15, 8 p.m.: Abravanel Hall; Oct. 18-19, 7:30 p.m., and Oct. 20, 6 and 9 p.m.: SCERA Center for the Arts, Orem)

LION KING 3D — (Layton Hills, Century South Salt Lake, Century Sandy, Cinemark American Fork, Provo Towne Center, Jordan Landing, Cinemark Bountiful, Tinseltown Ogden, University Mall, Cinemark Park City, Cinemark Farmington, Gateway, Junction, Jordan Commons, District, Legacy Crossing)

MODERN TIMES — Free screening (Oct. 19, 6 p.m.: Utah Museum of Fine Arts)

THE PHNTOM OF THE OPERA — Organ Loft screening (Oct. 19-20, 7:30 p.m.: The Organ Loft)

THE PRUITT-IGOE MYTH — (Oct. 19, 7 p.m.: Salt Lake City Library)

PUBLIC SPEAKING — Free screening (Oct. 14, 7 p.m.: Salt Lake Art Center)

REED, MEXICO INSUGENTE — Free screening (Oct. 18, 7 p.m.: Salt Lake City Library)

X96 HORROR-THON — Horror film marathon (Oct. 14, 11 p.m.-dawn: Tower)


BORN TO BE WILD — A documentary about orphaned orangutans and elephants. 40 minutes; G (nothing offensive) (Clark Planetarium)

DINOSAURS ALIVE — American Museum of Natural History paleontologists explore dinosaur history. (Thanksgiving Point)

RESCUE 3D — An inspirational and exciting film about international response to humanitarian crises. (Thanksgiving Point)

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) (Clark Planetarium)

WAKING THE T-REX — This documentary tells the story of Sue, the largest, most complete T-rex ever discovered by paleontologists. (Thanksgiving Point)


50/50 — This comedy shows two best friends whose lives are completely changed when one of them is diagnosed with cancer. 99 minutes; R (language throughout, sexual content and some drug use): Roger Moore, The Orlando Sentinel: ★★★

ABDUCTION ?— A young man finds his baby picture on a missing persons website and sets out to find the truth about his past. 106 minutes; PG-13 (sequences of intense violence and action, brief language, some sexual content and teen partying); Roger Moore, The Orlando Sentinel: ★★

CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE FIRST AVENGER — A man (Chris Evans) volunteers for a secret experimental program and becomes super soldier Captain America. 125 minutes; PG-13 (intense sequences of sci-fi violence and action); Shawn O'Neill, for the Deseret News: ★★★

CARS 2 — Race car Lightning McQueen and tow truck Mater travel to the World Grand Prix to find the world's fastest car. 113 minutes; G (nothing offensive); Roger Moore, The Orlando Sentinel: ★★★

COLOMBIANA — A young woman becomes a professional assassin and vows to hunt down those responsible for her parents' murder. 107 minutes; PG-13 (violence, disturbing images, intense sequences of action, sexuality and brief strong language); Christy Lemire, AP: ★★1/2

CONAN THE BARBARIAN — A fierce warrior faces battle to avenge the murder of his father and the slaughter of his village. 112 minutes; R (strong bloody violence, some sexuality and nudity); Roger Moore, The Orlando Sentinel: ★★

CONTAGION — As a lethal, airborne virus rapidly spreads, a group of international doctors must find a cure. 105 minutes; PG-13 (disturbing content and some language); Shawn O'Neill, for the Deseret News: ★★

COURAGEOUS — Four police officers go from being confident and focused to struggling with their faith and family roles when a tragedy strikes close to home. 130 minutes; PG-13 (some violence and drug content); Roger Moore, The Orlando Sentinel: ★1/2

COWBOYS AND ALIENS — A stranger must help save a small town in Arizona in 1873 when an alien spaceship invades the region. 118 minutes; PG-13 (intense sequences of western and sci-fi action and violence, some partial nudity and a brief crude reference); Roger Moore, The Orlando Sentinel: ★★½

CRAZY, STUPID, LOVE — A man's seemingly perfect life unravels when his wife decides she wants a divorce. 118 minutes; PG-13 (coarse humor, sexual content and language); Jeff Peterson, for the Deseret News: ★★★1/2

THE DEBT — Three secret agents have spent decades being revered by their country for locating a Nazi war criminal in 1966, but in 1997 they find out their mission may not have been completed. 114 minutes; R (violence and language); Roger Moore, The Orlando Sentinel ★★★

DOLPHIN TALE — Dolphin Tale follows a young boy, a prosthetics doctor and a marine biologist as they try to rehabilitate a dolphin that lost its tail in a crab trap. 113 minutes; PG (some mild thematic elements); Roger Moore, The Orlando Sentinel: ★★1/2

DRIVE — A stunt performer spends his nights driving getaway vehicles and gets distracted by love and becomes involved in a bad heist. 100 minutes; R (strong brutal bloody violence, language and some nudity); Roger Moore, The Orlando Sentinel: ★★★

DREAM HOUSE — A family moves into a quiet New England neighborhood only to find themselves living in a former murder scene. 92 minutes; PG-13 (violence, terror, some sexuality and brief strong language); Roger Moore, The Orlando Sentinel: ★1/2

HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS PART 2 — In the final film of the series, Harry, Ron and Hermione work to destroy Voldemort's remaining horcruxes in an ultimate battle between good and evil. 130 minutes; PG-13 (some sequences of intense action violence and frightening images); Christine Rappleye, Deseret News: ★★★1/2

THE HEDGEHOG — A serious, pessimistic 11-year-old girl plans on killing herself on her next birthday, but begins to rethink her vow while studying the people around her. 100 minutes; Not rated; (Broadway); Roger Moore, The Orlando Sentinel: ★★★½

THE HELP — Based on Kathryn Stockett's novel, the film takes a look at the South during the civil rights movement through the view of the black maids in the community. Doug Wright, KSL Radio: ★★★★

HIGHER GROUND — The film follows a woman's struggle of spiritual and self-discovery during the 1960s. 110 minutes; R (some language and sexual content); Roger Moore, The Orlando Sentinel: ★★★

HORRIBLE BOSSES — Three friends plot to remove the drudgery of their jobs by murdering their bosses,. 100 mintues; R (crude and sexual content, pervasive language and some drug material); Doug Wright, KSL Radio: ★★½

I DON'T KNOW HOW SHE DOES IT — Sarah Jessica Parker stars as a finance executive trying to juggle marriage, children and the stress of her career. 91 minutes; PG-13 (profanity, sexual references); Shawn O'Neill, for the Deseret News: ★★★

THE IDES OF MARCH — A young campaign press secretary for a presidential candidate finds himself involved in a political scandal days before an important primary election. 101 minutes; R (pervasive language); Bill Goody-koontz, Gannett: ★★★

JOSEPH SMITH VOLUME 1: PLATES OF GOLD —The life of Joseph Smith Jr. leading up to his translation of The Book of Mormon and establishment The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. 102 minutes; PG (some thematic elements)

KILLER ELITE — A retired member of Britain's Elite Special Air Service travels the world to rescue his mentor by killing three top assassins. 105 minutes; R (strong violence, language and some sexuality/nudity); Christy Lemire, AP: ★★

KUNG FU PANDA 2 — Jack Black returns as the voice of Po the panda, the new kung fu master who must save his friends from an evil villain 90 minutes; PG (sequences of martial arts action and mild violence); Travis Poppleton, for the Deseret News: ★★★★

LION KING 3D — This rerelease of Disney's 1994 animated feature shows the same adventures of Simba the lion cub destined to be king in 3D. 89 minutes; G (nothing offensive); Travis Poppleton, for the Deseret News: ★★★

MIDNIGHT IN PARIS — This romantic comedy follows an engaged couple as they travel to Paris with their family. 100 minutes; PG-13 (some sexual references and smoking); (Broadway); Jeffrey Peterson, for the Deseret News: ★★★★

MONEYBALL — Brad Pitt stars as Oakland A's general manager Billy Beane, who turns his team around on a tight budget and employs methods that will change the world of baseball. 133 minutes; PG-13 (some strong language) ; Roger Moore, The Orlando Sentinel: ★★★1/2

REAL STEEL — A washed-up robot fighter teams up with his recently discovered 11-year-old son to train a robot with potential to win. 127 minutes; PG-13 (some violence, intense action and brief language); Doug Wright, KSL: ★★★

RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES — A genetic engineering experiment leads to a war between humans and apes. 105 minutes; PG-13 (violence, terror, some sexuality and brief strong language); Larry Curtis, Deseret News: ★★★

SARAH'S KEY — An American journalist (Kristin Scott Thomas) travels to France to research the 1942 Vel' d'Hiv Roundup. 111 minutes; PG-13 (thematic material including disturbing situations involving the Holocaust); (Broadway); Moira Macdonald, The Seattle Times: ★★1/2

SENNA — This documentary tells the story of Brazilian race car driver Ayrton Senna before his death at age 34. 106 minutes; PG-13 (some strong language and disturbing images); (Broadway); Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune: ★★★

THE SMURFS — The evil wizard Gargamel forces the Smurfs from their village into New York City. 86 minutes; PG (some mild rude humor and action); Blair Howell, for the Deseret News: ★

SPY KIDS: ALL THE TIME IN THE WORLD — A retired spy brings her stepchildren into the world of being a secret agent when she is called to stop the Timekeeper's evil plan to take over the world. 89 minutes; PG (mild action, rude humor); Roger Moore, The Orlando Sentinel: ★½

SUPER 8 — A group of friends witnesses a train crash during the summer of 1979. What they thought was an accident turns out to be something more. 112 minutes; PG-13 (intense sequence of sci-fi action and violence, language and some drug use); Christy Lemire, AP: ★★★

TRANSFORMERS: DARK OF THE MOON — The Autobots learn of a Cybertronian spacecraft hidden on the Moon and race against the Decepticons to reach it. 140 minutes; PG-13 (intense prolonged sequences of sci-fi action violence, mayhem and destruction, and for language, some sexuality and innuendo): Roger Moore, The Orlando Sentinel: ★★½

TUCKER & DALE VS. EVIL — Two men go on vacation to a backwoods cabin where a group of college students mistake them for murderous hillbillies. 89 minutes; R (bloody horror violence, language and brief nudity); (Tower); Roger Moore, The Orlando Sentinel: ★1/2

WARRIOR — A son returns home to receive training from his father for a mixed martial arts tournament and is forced to fight against his brother. 139 minutes; PG-13 (sequences of intense mixed martial arts fighting, some language and thematic material); Roger Moore, The Orlando Sentinel: ★★★

WHAT'S YOUR NUMBER? — A woman fears she may be alone forever and decides to search for her best "ex," hoping one of them could be her true love. 106 minutes; R (sexual content and language); Doug Wright, KSL: ★★

ZOOKEEPER — In order to prevent their beloved caretaker (Kevin James) from leaving for another job, the animals at the Franklin Park Zoo break their silence to help him find true love. 104 minutes; PG (some rude and suggestive humor, and language); Travis Poppleton, for the Deseret News: ★