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Merie Weismiller Wallace
"Tropic Thunder"

NEW FILMS FRIDAY

BABYLON A.D. — Vin Diesel and Michelle Yeoh join forces for this post-apocalyptic, science fiction-thriller. To be reviewed next week, running time: 90 minutes, PG-13 (violence, profanity, sex)

COLLEGE — This comedy looks at high school students preparing for a university education. To be reviewed next week, running time: 94 minutes, R (vulgarity, sex, nudity, profanity, drugs)

DISASTER MOVIE — The creators of "Meet the Spartans" return with this comedy spoofing some of this summer's biggest hits. To be reviewed next week, running time: 90 minutes, PG-13 (vulgarity, sex, profanity, drugs, violence)

ELEGY — ***Ben Kingsley is part of a rock-solid acting ensemble that makes this faulty drama better than it should be. Running time: 108 minutes, R (sex, nudity, profanity, vulgarity, slurs)

THE LAST MISTRESS — **Asia Argento is easily the best thing in this rather talky (and somewhat explicit), period drama. French with subtitles, complete review on Page W6, running time: 115 minutes, not rated, probable R (sex, nudity, vulgarity, brief gore, violence, mild profanity, slurs, brief drugs)

MAN ON WIRE — *** 1/2A fascinating documentary feature that examines the 1974 "artistic crime of the century." French with subtitles, complete review on Page W4, running time: 94 minutes, PG-13 (violence, brief drugs, vulgarity, brief nudity, brief sex)

TRAITOR — **Even the film's usually dependable star, Don Cheadle, seems bored by this silly terrorist thriller. Opened Wednesday, running time: 114 minutes, PG-13 (violence, profanity, torture, brief gore, slurs, vulgarity)

MIDNIGHT MOVIE

THE GOONIES — ** 1/2This 1985 teen adventure has some exciting moments, but it's much too long and sometimes too violent. Running time: 111 minutes, PG (violence, vulgarity) (Tonight and Saturday: Tower)

SPECIAL SCREENINGS

FILM BUFFS LUNCH SERIES — This week's event spotlights movies featuring actress Kate Winslet. A schedule is available at www.brewvies.com. (Thursday, noon: Brewvies, must be 21 or older)

GEEK MOVIE NIGHT — A free screening of "The Empire Strikes Back" (1980) and "Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan" (1982). (Sunday, 5 p.m.: 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.

MAMMA MIA!: SING-ALONG EDITION — Select theaters are showing the new musical in a format that encourages audience participation. (District, Jordan Commons)

MONDAY MUNCHIES AND MOVIE — A free screening of the 1985 comedy "Better Off Dead." (Monday, 10:30 p.m.: Brewvies, must be 21 or older)

PIONEER PARK PICTURE SHOW — This week's film is "The Year My Parents Went on Vacation" (2006). A schedule is available at www.slcityevents.com. (Tonight, 9 p.m.: Pioneer Park)

SALT LAKE CITY FILM CENTER SCREENINGS — This week's movie is "Uncounted." A schedule is available at www.slcfilmcenter.org. (Wednesday, 7 p.m.: Post Theatre, Fort Douglas, University of Utah)

SCIENCE MOVIE NIGHT — This month's movie is the animated feature "Bee Movie" (2007). (Tuesday, 6:30 p.m.: Salt Lake City Library)

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. (Saturday, 9:30 p.m.: Festival Cinemas, Orem)

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 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

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

BOTTLE SHOCK — **A good germ of a concept (a true tale of California winemaking) that's been buried under layers of bad "Hollywood" storytelling. Running time: 106 minutes, PG-13 (profanity, violence, vulgarity, brief drugs, slurs, brief sex)

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 features 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)

DEATH RACE — * 1/2Paul W.S. Anderson's "re-envisioning" of the 1975 cult film is headache-inducing and incomprehensible. Running time: 106 minutes, R (violence, profanity, gore, slurs, vulgarity, brief drugs, brief partial nudity, brief sex)

THE ERRAND OF ANGELS — ** 1/2This locally produced, LDS-themed drama is one of the more earnest and well-intentioned movies in recent memory. Running time: 91 minutes, PG (thematic material)

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)

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)

HAMLET 2 — ** 1/2To most audiences, this irreverent comedy will be either howlingly offensive or just plain offensive. Running time: 92 minutes, R (profanity, vulgarity, violence, brief drugs, slurs, brief 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)

HELL RIDE — *This slavish Quentin Tarantino imitation becomes more obvious and annoying as the movie plays out. Running time: 83 minutes, R (violence, sex, nudity, profanity, vulgarity, drugs)

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)

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)

THE HOUSE BUNNY — **This dumb comedy about a Playboy Bunny is what you get when you allow males to make a supposed, "girl-power" movie. Running time: 97 minutes, PG-13 (vulgarity, profanity, slapstick violence, slurs, brief partial nudity)

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 Ford 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)

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 LONGSHOTS — ** 1/2Ice Cube's sports bioflick is formulaic, which is kind of a shame since the story is a pretty unique one. Running time: 94 minutes, PG (violence, mild profanity, vulgarity) —Bob Strauss, Los Angeles Daily News

MAMMA MIA! — ***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)

MIRRORS — **A grisly, high-gloss horror picture with barely a scare in it. Kiefer Sutherland is better than this. Or should be. Running time: 110 minutes, R (violence, gore, profanity, brief nudity) —Roger Moore, The Orlando Sentinel

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)

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)

THE ROCKER — ** 1/2Unlike a few other smug, self-satisfied comedies that have come along recently, this one at least seems to have a heart at its center. Reviewed Wednesday, running time: 103 minutes, PG-13 (vulgarity, violence, brief nudity, profanity, brief drugs)

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)

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

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)

TELL NO ONE — ** 1/2This European thriller is so overplotted, so contrived and so convoluted that it becomes frustrating to watch. French with subtitles, running time: 125 minutes, not rated, probable R (violence, profanity, torture, slurs, nudity, gore, brief sex, brief drugs, vulgarity)

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

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)

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)

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)