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"Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired" Broadway
NEW FILMS FRIDAY

BRIDESHEAD REVISITED — **A slowly paced, uninvolving "revisitation" of Evelyn Waugh's beloved novel. Running time: 135 minutes, PG-13 (sex, brief nudity, profanity, slurs, violence)

THE MIDNIGHT MEAT TRAIN — Horror writer Clive Barker crafted this tale about a photographer on the trail of a serial killer. To be reviewed next week, running time: 100 minutes, R (violence, gore, nudity, sex, profanity)

THE MUMMY: TOMB OF THE DRAGON EMPEROR — **A half-hearted "medley" of other summer movies that exists simply to cash in on the success of the earlier "Mummy" films. Running time: 112 minutes, PG-13 (violence, vulgarity, profanity, brief gore, brief sex, brief drugs, nude artwork)

SURFWISE — ***Doug Pray's documentary about surfing's so-called "first family" is watchable and surprisingly complex. Running time: 93 minutes, R (profanity, vulgarity, violence, brief nudity, brief sex, brief drugs, slurs)

SWING VOTE — **We want to like this "populist" comedy starring Kevin Costner. Unfortunately, it keeps doing things that make that nearly impossible. Running time: 119 minutes, PG-13 (profanity, violence, slurs, vulgarity)

NEW FILMS WEDNESDAY

PINEAPPLE EXPRESS — This drug-culture comedy/thriller from the "Knocked Up" creators pairs James Franco and Seth Rogen. To be reviewed when it opens next week, running time: 111 minutes, R (profanity, drugs, vulgarity, violence)

THE SISTERHOOD OF THE TRAVELING PANTS 2 — The title characters reunite to track down the missing article of clothing in this sequel. To be reviewed when it opens next week, running time: 117 minutes, PG-13 (vulgarity)

MIDNIGHT MOVIE

THE LOST BOYS — ** Joel Schumacher's inexplicably popular 1987 vampire romance/thriller has become painfully dated. Running time: 98 minutes, R (violence, gore, sex, profanity, vulgarity) (Tonight and Saturday: Sugarhouse)

SILENCE OF THE LAMBS — ** 1/2The overrated, Oscar-winning 1991 thriller is notable for the character interplay between Anthony Hopkins' chilling Hannibal Lecter and Jodie Foster's FBI agent. Running time: 118 minutes, R (violence, gore, profanity, vulgarity, nudity) (Tonight and Saturday: Tower)

KIDS MATINEES

SUMMER MOVIE CLUBHOUSE — This week's matinees include "Happy Feet," "Shrek the Third" 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 selections are "Flushed Away" and "The Wizard of Oz." A schedule is available at www.townecinema.com. (Today, Tuesday-Thursday, 11 a.m.: Towne Cinema, American Fork)

SPECIAL SCREENINGS

CAN'T STOP THE SERENITY — A charity event featuring a screening of the 2005 science-fiction thriller "Serenity." More information is available at either cantstoptheserenity.com or utahbrowncoats.angelfire.com. (Wednesday, 6:30 p.m.: Brewvies, must be 21 or older)

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

THE GLORIA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL — Feature-length movies and short works intended to "stir the soul, heal the heart and enrich the world." A full schedule is available at www.gloriafilmfest.org. (Through Saturday: Utah Cultural Celebration Center, West Valley City)

JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH — *** 1/2Imaginative adaptation of the classic children's book, by the creators of "Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas." Running time: 80 minutes, PG (violence, mild vulgarity) (Saturday, 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.: Peery's Egyptian Theater, Ogden)

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 1986 comedy "Ferris Bueller's Day Off." (Monday, 10:30 p.m.: Brewvies, must be 21 or older)

PIONEER PARK PICTURE SHOW — This week's film is "Across the Universe" (2007). A schedule is available at www.slcityevents.com. (Tonight, 9 p.m.: Pioneer Park)

ROMAN POLANSKI: WANTED AND DESIRED — Marina Zenovich's made-for-pay-cable documentary looks at the still-controversial filmmaker Polanski. This program is not rated. (Through Thursday: Broadway)

SUNDANCE INSTITUTE OUTDOOR FILM SERIES — This week's selection is the 1982 comedy "Tootsie." 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)

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)

CONTINUING FILMS

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 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)

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

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)

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 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)

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 with other, recent animated hits. Running time: 81 minutes, G (violence, vulgarity, slurs, mild profanity)

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

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)

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

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. Running time: 104 minutes, PG-13 (violence, gore, drugs, profanity, vulgarity)

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)