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THE DARK KNIGHT — ****As much a morality thriller and a gangster epic as it is a comic book action/adventure, this thrilling Bat-tale is definitely not for young ones. Running time: 152 minutes, PG-13 (violence, torture, drugs, profanity, brief gore, slurs, vulgarity)

MAMMA MIA! THE MOVIE — ***Pierce Brosnan's a sour note, but Meryl Streep is terrific, and this enjoyable song-fest should appeal to audiences. Running time: 108 minutes, PG-13 (vulgarity, profanity, brief drugs, slurs, brief partial nudity)

OPERATION FILMMAKER — ***The subject of this moviemaking documentary comes off badly, which makes it pretty interesting. With subtitles, running time: 92 minutes, not rated, probable R (violence, profanity, gore, nude photos, slurs, brief drugs)

SAVAGE GRACE — **Based on real-life events, this is savagery of an overrefined sort — with no grace at all. Julianne Moore stars. Running time: 97 minutes, not rated, probable R (sex, nudity, drugs, profanity) —Walter Addiego, San Francisco Chronicle

SPACE CHIMPS — **Filled with lame pop-culture references and groan-worthy puns, this cartoon pales in comparison to other, recent animated hits. Running time: 81 minutes, G (violence, vulgarity, slurs, mild profanity)

UP THE YANGTZE — ***Though it is a bit slow-moving, this documentary feature about China's Three Gorges Dam project is visually stunning. Chinese with subtitles, running time: 94 minutes, not rated, probable PG-13 (profanity, violence, slurs)

MIDNIGHT MOVIES

BEETLEJUICE — *** 1/2 Michael Keaton's a hoot as the gross, ghostly title character of director Tim Burton's cult classic, 1988 dark comedy. Running time: 92 minutes, PG (violence, vulgarity, profanity) (Tonight and Saturday: Sugarhouse)

JAWS — ****Steven Spielberg's thrilling and sometimes funny 1975 killer shark movie has been imitated a lot of times, but it has never been equaled. Running time: 124 minutes, PG (violence, gore, profanity, brief nudity) (Tonight and Saturday: Tower)

KIDS MATINEES

SUMMER MOVIE CLUBHOUSE — This week's matinees include "Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium," "The Water Horse: Legend of the Deep" 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 "The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie." A schedule is available at www.townecinema.com. (Tuesday-Thursday, 11 a.m.: Towne Cinema, American Fork)

SPECIAL SCREENINGS

AMERICAN FORK — Locally produced 2007 comedy-drama about an obese slacker (Hubbel Palmer, who also wrote the movie). This film is not rated. (Through Thursday: Towne Cinemas, American Fork)

THE BLUES BROTHERS — ** 1/2 Cameos by blues and R&B music legends help this overstuffed musical comedy starring the late John Belushi. Running time: 132 minutes, R (profanity, violence, vulgarity) (Through Thursday: Festival Cinemas, Orem)

THE COVERED WAGON — Director James Cruze's 1923 adaptation of the novel is regarded by many as the first great film Western and was largely shot in Utah. Live musical accompaniment, black and white, running time: 98 minutes, not rated, probable PG (violence) (Thursday, 11:45 a.m.: Peery's Egyptian Theater, Ogden)

FILM BUFFS LUNCH SERIES — This week's event features movies featuring Frances McDormand ("Fargo"). A schedule is available at www.brewvies.com. (Thursday, noon: Brewvies, must be 21 or older)

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

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 1995 science-fiction thriller "12 Monkeys." (Monday, 10:15 p.m.: Brewvies, must be 21 or older)

SALT LAKE CITY FILM CENTER SCREENINGS — This week's movies are "Movement " and "A Soldier's Peace." A schedule is available at www.slcfilmcenter.org. (Monday and Tuesday, 7 p.m.: Salt Lake City Library)

SUNDANCE INSTITUTE OUTDOOR FILM SERIES — This week's selection is the 1999 animated feature "The Iron Giant." 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)

THE UP BEAT — Locally produced documentary about the state's ska music scene, featuring interviews with members of Swim Herschel Swim and other acts. This program is not rated. (Wednesday, 7 p.m.: Tower)

WARGAMES — *** It's occasionally hokey, but Matthew Broderick is terrific as a hacker who must prevent a nuclear holocaust in this 1983 suspense-thriller. Running time: 114 minutes, PG (violence, profanity) (Thursday, 7:30 p.m.: Century Sandy, Century South Salt Lake, Jordan Landing)

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)

THE DARK KNIGHT IMAX — The new superhero thriller, with select sequences shown in the large-screen format. (Jordan Commons)

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)

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)

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)

CONTINUING FILMS

21 — **The first hour of this fact-based gambling film 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 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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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