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LOVE SONGS — **A flat-footed musical that does little to change Yankee-centric impressions of French cinema. French with subtitles, complete review on Page W4, running time: 95 minutes, not rated, probable R (sex, brief nudity) —Jan Stuart, Newsday

SON OF RAMBOW — ***A pretty good-natured, sweet and goofy coming-of-age tale about would-be filmmakers. Complete review on Page W3, running time: 96 minutes, PG-13 (violence, profanity, vulgarity, brief gore, nude artwork)

MIDNIGHT MOVIE

THE DARK CRYSTAL — ***Muppets creator Jim Henson's bizarre 1982 fantasy uses puppets as its characters and has become a deserved cult favorite. Running time: 93 minutes, PG (violence) (Tonight and Saturday: Tower)

SPECIAL SCREENINGS

9 TO 5 — Free screening of the 1980 workplace comedy starring Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin and Dolly Parton. Running time: 110 minutes, PG (vulgarity, profanity). (Wednesday, 8 p.m.: Brewvies, must be 21 or older)

THE CAINE MUTINY — *** 1/2 — The 1954 adaptation of Herman Wouk's novel features a great cast, including Humphrey Bogart as the increasingly paranoid Capt. Queeg. Running time: 124 minutes, made before ratings, probable PG (violence) (Tonight, 7 p.m.: Lee Library, BYU, Provo)

FERRIS BUELLER'S DAY OFF — *** 1/2 — Writer/director John Hughes' school-sluffing farce (starring Matthew Broderick) is one of the best of the 1980s youth-oriented comedies. Running time: 104 minutes, PG-13 (profanity, vulgarity, slapstick violence) (Through Thursday: Festival Cinemas, Orem)

FISH BUM 1: MONGOLIA RIVER WOLF — Sports documentary spotlighting fly-fishing professionals. This program is not rated. (Tuesday, 7:30 p.m.: Brewvies, must be 21 or older)

PERSEPOLIS — *** 1/2This animated feature works as a history lesson, as a primer on Middle Eastern politics and as an artist biography. With subtitles, running time: 95 minutes, PG-13 (violence, vulgarity, profanity, brief sex, brief drugs) (Tonight and Saturday, 8 p.m.; Sunday, 6 p.m.: Park City Library)

SENIOR MOVIE AFTERNOON — This month's selection is the 2005 film "Mrs. Palfrey at the Claremont." Running time: 108 minutes, not rated, probable PG (adult themes) (Wednesday, 2 p.m.: Salt Lake City Library)

TRAMP, TRAMP, TRAMP — Frank Capra directed this silent comedy featuring Harry Langdon. Live musical accompaniment, black and white, running time: 62 minutes, made before ratings (1926), probable G (slapstick violence) (Thursday, 7:30 p.m.: Organ Loft)

LARGE-FORMAT FILMS

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)

MUMMIES: SECRETS OF THE PHARAOHS — Christopher Lee narrates this 2007 documentary short, which examines ancient Egyptian culture and burial rites. Large screen format, running time: 40 minutes, not rated, probable PG (violence)

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)

SPEED RACER IMAX — The new action/kids 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) (Jordan Commons)

CONTINUING FILMS

10,000 B.C. — ** 1/2An 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

21 — **The first hour of this fact-based gambling story is pretty good. But it grows increasingly ridiculous and laughable. Running time: 122 minutes, PG-13 (violence, profanity, brief sex, vulgarity, slurs, brief partial nudity, brief gore)

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

BABY MAMA — ***An inconsistent comedy that works because of its appealing star, former "Saturday Night Live" head writer Tina Fey. Running time: 99 minutes, PG-13 (vulgarity, drugs, profanity, violence)

THE BANK JOB — **Allegedly based on a true story, 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)

CARAMEL — ** 1/2A well-acted but sticky sweet, comedy-drama confection from Lebanon that has a lot in common with 2005's "Beauty Shop." Arabic with subtitles, running time: 94 minutes, PG (profanity, brief sex, violence, brief drugs, slurs)

THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA: PRINCE CASPIAN — **The second "Narnia" movie adventure does feature more action and is more exciting, arguably, than its predecessor. Running time: 140 minutes, PG (violence, brief drugs)

COLLEGE ROAD TRIP — * 1/2A 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)

THE COUNTERFEITERS — *** 1/2The morally gray shadings enrich this Oscar-winning drama about Jewish counterfeiters in a concentration camp. German with subtitles, running time: 99 minutes, R (violence, profanity, slurs, nudity, brief sex, brief gore, vulgarity, brief drugs)

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

DRILLBIT TAYLOR —***There may be some questionable humor, but this Owen Wilson vehicle recalls the cultily adored 1980 hit "My Bodyguard" in the right way. Running time: 102 minutes, PG-13 (violence, vulgarity, profanity, brief partial nudity, drugs, brief sex, slurs)

EMMA SMITH: MY STORY — ** 1/2The locally produced drama about the wife of LDS Church founder Joseph Smith is episodic but is also well-acted and beautifully shot. Running time: 98 minutes, PG (violence)

EXPELLED: NO INTELLIGENCE ALLOWED — *A full-on, amply budgeted Michael Moore-style mockery of evolution. Running time: 90 minutes, PG (adult themes) —Roger Moore, The Orlando Sentinel

THE FORBIDDEN KINGDOM — ** 1/2A silly martial-arts fantasy that forces Jackie Chan and Jet Li to play second-fiddle to an American teen. Running time: 108 minutes, PG-13 (violence, vulgarity, slurs, profanity, brief drugs, brief gore)

FORGETTING SARAH MARSHALL — *** 1/2As with all the movies produced by Judd Apatow, this romantic comedy is extremely R-rated. It's also appealingly sweet. Running time: 115 minutes, R (vulgarity, profanity, sex, nudity, drugs, violence, slurs, brief gore)

HAROLD & KUMAR ESCAPE FROM GUANTANAMO BAY — **This stale, flat-footed sequel to the 2004 stoner comedy hit repeats the original film's best jokes. Running time: 102 minutes, R (vulgarity, profanity, drugs, violence, nudity, sex, slurs, rape, brief gore)

INDIANA JONES AND THE KINGDOM OF THE CRYSTAL SKULL — ***It's no "Raiders of the Lost Ark," but the fourth Indiana Jones movie adventure is still fun, and star Harrison Ford is just spry enough. Reviewed Thursday, running time: 122 minutes, PG-13 (violence, profanity, slurs, vulgarity, brief drugs)

IRON MAN — *** 1/2An exciting, enthralling action-thriller that ranks among the best comic book-based movies to date. Robert Downey Jr. stars. Running time: 126 minutes, PG-13 (violence, torture, profanity, brief gore, brief sex, slurs, vulgarity)

JUMPER — **This 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)

LEATHERHEADS — ***George Clooney's crowd-pleasing, screwball/period sports comedy is surprisingly, refreshingly effective at times. Running time: 114 minutes, PG-13 (violence, vulgarity, profanity, slurs)

MADE OF HONOR — ** — This predictable Patrick Dempsey vehicle owes considerable debts to both "When Harry Met Sally" and "My Best Friend's Wedding." Running time: 101 minutes, PG-13 (vulgarity, profanity, violence, brief nudity, slurs, brief sex)

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

MY BLUEBERRY NIGHTS — ** 1/2It's a little artsy, but this ensemble romantic drama starring Jude Law does have some modest charms. Running time: 90 minutes, PG-13 (violence, profanity, brief gore)

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)

NIM'S ISLAND — **Jodie Foster is clearly trying too hard, as is this dopey children's fantasy/adventure film based on the best-selling book. Running time: 95 minutes, PG (violence, vulgarity, profanity, brief drugs)

PENELOPE — ** 1/2This 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

PROM NIGHT — *A slow, obvious and pulse-deadening thriller, based on the 1980 hit. Running time: 88 minutes, PG-13 (violence, sex, profanity) —Roger Moore, The Orlando Sentinel

THE RUINS — **The movie version of the best-selling vacation nightmare tale is full of cheap scares and graphic, often gruesome gore moments. Running time: 91 minutes, R (violence, gore, profanity, brief nudity, brief sex, vulgarity, brief drugs)

SHUTTER — **This uncredited remake of a 2004 Thai horror film has its moments. But even at 86 minutes, it's a drag. Running time: 86 minutes, PG-13 (violence, sex, profanity) —Roger Moore, The Orlando Sentinel

SPEED RACER — **The Wachowski brothers' hyperactive, live-action adaptation of the once-popular cartoon series is pretty violent and mean-spirited for a kids film. Running time: 134 minutes, PG (violence, profanity, torture, brief gore, vulgarity, brief drugs)

THE SPIDERWICK CHRONICLES — *** It's too creepy for little ones, but this is also the best fantasy movie to come along in a while. Running time: 97 minutes, PG (violence, vulgarity, mild profanity, slurs)

SUPERHERO MOVIE — * — This spoof, which leans almost entirely on "Spider-Man," is a movie for the inner 9-year-old in us all. Running time: 76 minutes, PG-13 (vulgarity, sex, violence, drugs, profanity) —Roger Moore, The Orlando Sentinel

THEN SHE FOUND ME — **Helen Hunt's messy, feature filmmaking debut takes itself deadly seriously in seemingly lighthearted moments. Running time: 100 minutes, R (profanity, sex, vulgarity, brief partial nudity)

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

THE VISITOR — *** 1/2There are no big names in its cast, but this low-key comedy-drama about cultural misconceptions makes up for that by having a lot of character. Running time: 98 minutes, PG-13 (profanity, violence, slurs)

WHAT HAPPENS IN VEGAS — *Stars Ashton Kutcher and Cameron Diaz are normally likable, but this painfully unfunny comedy makes you dislike them. Running time: 98 minutes, PG-13 (vulgarity, sex, profanity, violence, drugs, slurs)

YOUNG @ HEART— *** 1/2This music documentary shows there's something enjoyable about seeing senior citizens perform with youthful energy. Running time: 108 minutes, PG (profanity, vulgarity, brief drugs)


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