Ghostbusters - Sugar House


BLIND MOUNTAIN — ***A potent drama about rural Chinese "wives," from Yang Li, one of his country's Sixth Generation filmmakers. Mandarin with subtitles, complete review on Page W5, running time: 95 minutes, not rated, probable R (rape) —Walter Addiego, San Francisco Chronicle

ENCOUNTERS AT THE END OF THE WORLD — *** 1/2Werner Herzog's peculiar but fascinating documentary about Antarctica broaches deep subjects. Complete review on Page W7, running time: 95 minutes, G (violence, mild vulgarity)

STEP BROTHERS — **Once the shock from some of the more noxious jokes wears off, this doofus comedy just turns annoying and repetitive. Complete review on Page W4, running time: 95 minutes, R (vulgarity, profanity, violence, sex, brief nudity, slurs, brief drugs, brief gore)

THE WACKNESS — **This comedy-drama is an overly familiar, predictable and cliched period piece (in this case, it's the mid-'90s). Complete review on Page W4, running time: 95 minutes, R (drugs, sex, profanity, vulgarity, brief nudity, slurs)

THE X-FILES: I WANT TO BELIEVE — **It's hard to believe that it took the television show creators more than five years to come up with this dull movie spin-off. Complete review on Page W3, running time: 104 minutes, PG-13 (violence, gore, drugs, profanity, vulgarity)


GHOSTBUSTERS — *** 1/2 Forget the inferior sequel, this 1984 comedy about professional ghost hunters (including a never-better Bill Murray) is hilarious. Running time: 105 minutes, PG (violence, vulgarity, profanity, brief sex) (Tonight and Saturday: Sugar House)

THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE UGLY — ****Sergio Leone's Spaghetti Western trilogy starring Clint Eastwood comes to a rousing conclusion in this epic-length, 1967 feature. Running time: 161 minutes, R (violence, gore, torture, slurs) (Tonight and Saturday: Tower)


SUMMER MOVIE CLUBHOUSE — This week's matinees include "Happy Feet," "Shrek the Third" and other films. A schedule is available at (Cinemark American Fork, Jordan Landing, Provo Towne Centre, Sandy 9, Tinseltown Layton, Tinseltown Ogden, Valley Fair)

TOWNE CINEMA SUMMER MATINEES — This week's selections are "Flushed Away" and "The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie." A schedule is available at (Today, Tuesday-Thursday, 11 a.m.: Towne Cinema, American Fork)


THE BICKNELL INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL — Southern Utah's self-proclaimed "smallest international film festival in the world" features B-movie westerns this year. A full schedule is available at (Today and Saturday: Wayne Theatre, Bicknell)

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

FRIDAY NIGHT FLICKS — This week's film is "The Muppet Movie" (1979). A schedule is available at (Tonight, 9 p.m.: Lindsey Gardens)

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. (Tonight, 7 p.m.: 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 comedy "Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure." (Monday, 10:30 p.m.: Brewvies must be 21 or older)

POINT BREAK — **Keanu Reeves stars as a conflicted, undercover FBI agent in this so-bad-it's-almost-good thriller from 1991. Running time: 120 minutes, R (violence, profanity, vulgarity, nudity, sex, drugs) (Wednesday, 8 p.m.: Brewvies must be 21 or older)

PROOF — An "extreme hunting" documentary. This program is not rated. (Saturday, 7 p.m.: Brewvies, must be 21 or older)

SUNDANCE INSTITUTE OUTDOOR FILM SERIES — This week's selection is the 2008 comedy "Adventures of Power." A schedule is available at (Tonight, 9 p.m.: Park City Park; Monday, 9 p.m.: Gallivan Center; Wednesday, 9 p.m.: Sundance resort, Provo Canyon)


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)

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)


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 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 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)

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)

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)

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)

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 bestselling 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)

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

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)