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Alvin and the Chipmunk Towne Cinema, American Fork
NEW FILMS FRIDAY

AMERICAN TEEN — ***The documentary about Indiana teens is a painful reminder of the socially awkward atmosphere of public-school education. Running time: 101 minutes, PG-13 (profanity, vulgarity, slurs, brief drugs, violence, nude art)

THE EDGE OF HEAVEN — ***A European drama about strained parental relationships, featuring some very strong performances. With subtitles, running time: 116 minutes, not rated, probable R (violence, profanity, slurs, brief sex, vulgarity, brief drugs, nude art)

FLY ME TO THE MOON — **This state-of-the-art cartoon shows how the 3-D format can be used effectively. But it falls short in other crucial areas. Shown in 3-D, running time: 84 minutes, G (violence, vulgarity)

HENRY POOLE IS HERE — ** 1/2A low-key film that actually tries to say something substantive, instead of just going for the cheapest joke possible. Running time: 99 minutes, PG (profanity, slurs, violence, brief drugs)

MIRRORS — "High Tension" filmmaker Alexandre Aja's latest is a horror-thriller starring Kiefer Sutherland as an ex-cop. To be reviewed next week, running time: 110 minutes, R (violence, gore, profanity, brief nudity)

STAR WARS: THE CLONE WARS — **This digitally animated "prequel" has the same problems that afflicted George Lucas's live-action "Star Wars" films. Running time: 98 minutes, PG (violence, vulgarity, slurs, mild profanity, brief drugs)

VICKY CRISTINA BARCELONA — ** 1/2When Javier Bardem and Penelope Cruz are on-screen, Woody Allen's latest really comes to life. With subtitles, running time: 96 minutes, PG-13 (sex, vulgarity, profanity, violence, slurs, brief drugs, nude photos)

NEW FILM WEDNESDAY

THE ROCKER — Rainn Wilson (TV's "The Office") stars in this comedy about an aging musician who joins his nephew's band. To be reviewed when it opens next week, running time: 103 minutes, PG-13 (vulgarity, violence, brief nudity, profanity, brief drugs)

MIDNIGHT MOVIE

DR. STRANGELOVE, OR: HOW I LEARNED TO STOP WORRYING AND LOVE THE BOMB — ****Director Stanley Kubrick's 1964 tale about Cold War paranoia is still one of the greatest satires of all time. Black and white, running time: 93 minutes, made before ratings, probable PG (violence) (Tonight and Saturday: Tower)

KIDS MATINEES

TOWNE CINEMA SUMMER MATINEES — This week's selection is "Alvin and the Chipmunks." A schedule is available at www.townecinema.com. (Today, 11 a.m.: Towne Cinema, American Fork)

SPECIAL SCREENINGS

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

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 1987 comedy "Spaceballs" (Monday, 10:30 p.m.: Brewvies, must be 21 or older)

PIONEER PARK PICTURE SHOW — This week's film is "Bread and Tulips" (2000). A schedule is available at www.slcityevents .com. (Tonight, 9 p.m.: Pioneer Park)

SALT LAKE CITY FILM CENTER SCREENINGS — This week's movies are "Mandela: Son of Africa, Father of a Nation" and "Wide Angle: Iraqi Exodus." A schedule is available at www.slcfilmcenter.org. (Monday, 7 p.m., and Tuesday, 7 p.m.: Salt Lake City Library)

SUNDANCE INSTITUTE OUTDOOR FILM SERIES — This week's selection is the 1972 dark comedy "Harold and Maude." 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)

FLY ME TO THE MOON — A shorter-length version (for educational facilities) of the new, 3-D animated feature. Running time: 45 minutes, G (violence, vulgarity)

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)

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 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)

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)

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)

GONZO: THE LIFE AND WORK OF DR. HUNTER S. THOMPSON — ***The style of filmmaking in this documentary about the late "gonzo journalist" is surprisingly tame. Running time: 120 minutes, R (violence, drugs, profanity, nudity, vulgarity, sex, rape, slurs)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

PINEAPPLE EXPRESS — ** 1/2 The sudden changes in tone (the film is continually changing gears from drug-culture comedy to action-thriller) are pretty jarring. Running time: 110 minutes, R (violence, drugs, profanity, gore, vulgarity, torture, 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)

THE SISTERHOOD OF THE TRAVELING PANTS 2 — ** 1/2This second installment feels a little stale and forced, though there are a couple of charming performances. Running time: 117 minutes, PG-13 (vulgarity, profanity, brief sex, nude art, brief drugs)

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)

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)

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)

TROPIC THUNDER — **Ben Stiller's spoof of Hollywood action films repeats the same five jokes so many times they become painfully unfunny. Reviewed Wednesday, running time: 107 minutes, R (violence, vulgarity, profanity, gore, drugs, slurs, torture, nude art)

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)