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HELLBOY II: THE GOLDEN ARMY — ***Like its 2004 predecessor, this cheeky action-thriller about a heroic demon is very much an acquired taste. Running time: 110 minutes, PG-13 (violence, gore, profanity, vulgarity, torture, nude art)

JOURNEY TO THE CENTER OF THE EARTH — **A story-thin version of the Jules Verne tale that comes as a 90-minute version of a ride attraction. Brendan Fraser stars. Running time: 92 minutes, PG (violence)

MEET DAVE — *What's really baffling about this awful, science-fiction comedy is that Eddie Murphy chose it to be a follow-up project to "Dreamgirls." Running time: 92 minutes, PG (vulgarity, violence, slurs, profanity, brief partial nudity)

THE PROMOTION — ** 1/2While it does have a few chuckles, this workplace rivalry comedy isn't as sharply honed as it probably should be. Running time: 85 minutes, R (profanity, vulgarity, brief drugs, violence, slurs, brief sex)

STILL LIFE — **This slow-moving drama about supposed "progress" in China sometimes lives up to its title. Mandarin with subtitles, running time: 110 minutes, not rated, probable PG (profanity, vulgarity, violence)

WHEN DID YOU LAST SEE YOUR FATHER? — ** 1/2The cast saves this familiar drama about the strained relationship between a writer (Colin Firth) and his dying father (Jim Broadbent). Running time: 92 minutes, PG-13 (profanity, sex, vulgarity, slurs, brief drugs, brief gore)

MIDNIGHT MOVIE

FIGHT CLUB — *** The ultra-violent dark comedy starring Brad Pitt and Edward Norton is both irritating and a kinetic wild ride. Running time: 139 minutes. R (violence, profanity, gore, sex, nudity, vulgarity) (Tonight and Saturday: Sugarhouse)

PULP FICTION — ***Quentin Tarantino's overlong, lurid ensemble piece does boast a terrific cast. Running time: 153 minutes, R (violence, profanity, gore, drugs, vulgarity, sex, nudity, rape, racial epithets) (Tonight and Saturday: Tower)

KIDS MATINEES

SUMMER MOVIE CLUBHOUSE — This week's matinees include "Alvin and the Chipmunks," "Bee Movie" 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, 11 a.m.: Towne Cinema, American Fork)

SPECIAL SCREENINGS

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

FRIDAY NIGHT FLICKS — This week's film is "Charlotte's Web" (2006). A schedule is available at www.slcityevents.com. (Tonight, 9 p.m.: Liberty Park)

HAIRSPRAY — ***John Travolta's turn is the one sore-thumb element in this fun musical comedy. Running time: 107 minutes, PG (vulgarity, profanity, racial epithets, violence) (Through Thursday: Festival Cinemas, Orem)

JOURNEY TO THE CENTER OF THE EARTH 3-D — Select theaters are showing the new science-fiction adventure film in the 3-D format.

MONDAY MUNCHIES AND MOVIE — A free screening of the 1989 version of "Batman." (Monday, 10:15 p.m.: Brewvies, must be 21 or older)

SALT LAKE CITY FILM CENTER SCREENINGS — This week's movie is "The Ballad of Esequiel Hernandez." A schedule is available at www.slcfilmcenter.org. (Tuesday, 7 p.m.: Salt Lake City Library)

SCERA OUTDOOR FILM SERIES — This week's selection is "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix." A schedule is available at www.scera.org. (Wednesday, 8 p.m.: SCERA, Orem)

SUNDANCE INSTITUTE OUTDOOR FILM SERIES — This week's selection is the 1987 Coen brothers comedy "Raising Arizona." A schedule is available at www.sundance.org. (Tonight, 9 p.m.: Park City Park; Monday, 9 p.m.: Gallivan Center; Wednesday, 9 p.m.: Sundance resort, Provo Canyon)

LARGE-FORMAT FILMS

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

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

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 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)

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)

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)

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 FORBIDDEN KINGDOM — ** 1/2A silly martial-arts fantasy that forces Jackie Chan and Jet Li to play second-fiddle to a 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. 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)

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)

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)

KIT KITTREDGE: AN AMERICAN GIRL — ** 1/2Young charmer Abigail Breslin helps redeem this overly earnest mystery tale, set during the Great Depression. 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)

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: 101 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)

THE STRANGERS — ** — Aside from the obvious visual homages to the original "Halloween," there's not much to this horror/suspense-thriller starring Liv Tyler. Running time: 85 minutes, R (violence, gore, profanity, brief sex, 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

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)