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Mr. Magorium (Dustin Hoffman) in "Mr. Magorium's wonder Emporium."


THE DUCHESS OF LANGEAIS — **This adaptation of an Honore de Balzac novel, about an ill-fated romance, is so slow-moving that it's nearly impenetrable. French with subtitles, running time: 137 minutes, not rated, probable PG-13 (violence, vulgarity, mild profanity)


CITY OF GOD — ****This Oscar-nominated look at violence in Brazil is a must-see, if you can stomach the violence. Portuguese with subtitles. Running time: 130 minutes, R (violence, profanity, drug use, vulgarity, gore, rape, brief nudity, brief sex, racial epithets) (tonight and Saturday: Tower)

NAPOLEON DYNAMITE — ** 1/2 Local filmmaker Jared Hess' comedy about Idaho misfits is quirkier than it is funny. Running time: 86 minutes, PG (violence, vulgarity) (tonight and Saturday: Sugarhouse)


SCERA SUMMER MATINEES — This week's selections are "Daddy Day Care" and "Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium." A schedule is available at www.scera.org. (Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.: SCERA, Orem)

SUMMER MOVIE CLUBHOUSE — This week's matinees include "Bee Movie," "Doogal" and other films. A schedule is available at www.cinemark.com. (Cinemark American Fork, Jordan Landing, Provo Towne Centre, Sandy 9, Tinseltown Layton, Tinseltown Ogden, Valley Fair)

TOWNE CINEMA SUMMER MATINEES — This week's selection is "Lassie" (1994). A schedule is available at www.townecinema.com. (Today, Tuesday-Thursday, 11 a.m.: Towne Cinema, American Fork)


FILM BUFF LUNCH SERIES — This week's event features movies by Christopher Guest ("Waiting for Guffman"). A schedule is available at www.brewvies.com. (Thursday, noon: Brewvies, must be 21 or older)

HELL ON WHEELS — Bob Ray's 2007 documentary looks at the rebirth of roller derby. This program is not rated. (Sunday, 7 p.m.: Brewvies, must be 21 or older)

KILLER AT LARGE — Local filmmaker Steven Greenstreet ("This Divided State") returns with this documentary feature about America's obesity "epidemic." This program is not rated. (Wednesday, 6:30 p.m.: Tower)

MONDAY MUNCHIES AND MOVIE — A free screening of the 1996 comedy "Kingpin." (Monday, 10:15 p.m.: Brewvies, must be 21 or older)

SALT LAKE CITY FILM CENTER SCREENINGS — This week's movie is "Los Zafiros." A schedule is available at www.slcfilmcenter.org. (Monday, 7 p.m.: Salt Lake City Library)


THE ALPS — ***A fascinating documentary short that puts viewers at the base of, on the side of and on top of the European mountain range. Running time: 45 minutes, not rated, probable G (nothing offensive)

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)

KUNG FU PANDA IMAX — The new animated kids film, shown in the large-screen format. (Jordan Commons)

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)

SEA MONSTERS: A PREHISTORIC ADVENTURE — *** — What makes this IMAX mini-feature stand out from the pack is its eye-popping visuals. Running time: 40 minutes, not rated, probable PG (violence) —John Monaghan, Detroit Free Press

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)

WILD OCEAN 3-D — Large-screen documentary that examines fish migrations off the coast of South Africa. Running time: 45 minutes, not rated, probable PG (violence)


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 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)

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)

BIGGER, STRONGER, FASTER* — ***It's not perfect, but this insider documentary about steroids use does make a few interesting points. Running time: 106 minutes, PG-13 (drugs, violence, profanity, vulgarity, slurs, nude art, brief gore)

THE CHILDREN OF HUANG SHI — **Despite a good cast and a good premise, this tale about the Japanese occupation of China never moves us like it should. With subtitles, running time: 125 minutes, PG-13 (drugs, violence, profanity, vulgarity, slurs, nude art, brief gore)

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)

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)

THE FOOT FIST WAY —** — This iffy comedy about a martial-arts instructor feels like a sketch-show bit that was stretched out to feature length. Running time: 85 minutes, R (profanity, violence, vulgarity, brief sex, nude photos, brief drugs, slurs)

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)

GET SMART — **This mostly comic espionage thriller is a little too heavy on big, loud, dumb action. Steve Carell stars. Running time: 111 minutes, PG-13 (violence, vulgarity, profanity, drugs, slurs, brief partial nudity)

HANCOCK — **One of the more frustratingly inconsistent movies in recent memory, this darkly comic superhero tale stars Will Smith. Reviewed Wednesday, running time: 92 minutes, PG-13 (violence, profanity, vulgarity, brief gore, slurs, brief drugs, brief partial nudity)

THE HAPPENING — *M. Night Shyamalan's latest is pretty gory, and features a rather heavy-handed environmental message. Mark Wahlberg stars. Running time: 91 minutes, R (violence, gore, profanity, brief drugs, vulgarity, slurs)

THE INCREDIBLE HULK — ***The more-pleasing follow-up to Ang Lee's disappointing 2003 comic book film features more action and less angst. Edward Norton stars. Running time: 114 minutes, PG-13 (violence, drugs, brief gore, profanity, vulgarity, brief sex)

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 is just spry enough. 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 — **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)

KIT KITTREDGE: AN AMERICAN GIRL — ** 1/2Young charmer Abigail Breslin helps redeem this overly earnest mystery tale, set during the Great Depression. Reviewed Wednesday, running time: 100 minutes, G (violence, slurs)

KUNG FU PANDA — ***A pretty goofy and mostly good-natured comedy, though it is a little violent for an animated kids movie. Jack Black stars. Running time: 116 minutes, PG (violence, mild vulgarity)

THE LOVE GURU — *Mike Myers' latest comedy is so unfunny that it almost makes you long for the return of the irksome Austin Powers. Running time: 88 minutes, PG-13 (vulgarity, violence, profanity, brief drugs, brief sex, slurs, brief gore)

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)

MONGOL — *** — It may be a little disjointed, but this epic about 13th-century Mongolian conqueror Genghis Khan has some breathtaking sequences. Mongolian with subtitles, running time: 126 minutes, R (violence, gore, brief sex, profanity, slurs, brief drugs, brief partial nudity)

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)

NOTE BY NOTE: THE MAKING OF STEINWAY L1307 — ****Ben Niles' fascinating documentary about the construction of a concert grand piano sounds every bit as good as it looks. Running time: 80 minutes, not rated, probable G (nothing offensive)

PRICELESS (HORS DE PRIX) ** 1/2The always charming Audrey Tautou makes this sometimes creaky, comic creation work better than it should. French with subtitles, running time: 45 minutes, PG-13 (profanity, vulgarity, brief sex, brief partial nudity, slurs)

SEX AND THE CITY — ** — The television show's creative folks stretch the normally half-hour concept to nearly 2 1/2 hours in this raunchy, overstuffed comedy. Running time: 145 minutes, R (vulgarity, sex, profanity, nudity, brief drugs, slurs)

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

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)

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

THE VISITOR — *** 1/2 — There 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)

WALL*E — ****Disney-Pixar's engrossing, animated science-fiction tale about a lonely robot is not only a triumph in terms of style, it's also a triumph in terms of story. Running time: 97 minutes, G (animated violence)

WANTED — ** 1/2As violent and reprehensible as it is, there is some guilty fun to be had from this adaptation of the best-selling comic book miniseries. Running time: 110 minutes, R (violence, gore, profanity, drugs, sex, vulgarity, brief nudity, slurs)

WHAT HAPPENS IN VEGAS — * — 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)

YOU DON'T MESS WITH THE ZOHAN — * 1/2Adam Sandler's latest comedy, in which he plays a secret-agent-turned-hairdresser is dumb with a capital "D." Running time: 116 minutes, PG-13 (vulgarity, violence, sex, profanity, nudity, slurs, brief drugs)