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BAGHEAD — *** — Just when you think this odd horror/comedy combo is about to zig, the film zags and heads another direction. Complete review in this section, running time: 84 minutes, R (profanity, violence, vulgarity, brief nudity, brief sex, slurs, brief drugs)

BURN AFTER READING — ** 1/2 — The Coen brothers' latest has a few laughs and some good performances to make up for some of its confused and confusing plot. Complete review in this section, running time: 97 minutes, R (profanity, violence, vulgarity, sex, gore, brief nudity, slurs)

THE FLYBOYS — ** — This locally produced film can't settle on a consistent tone. And that light-dark contrast doesn't really work. Complete review in this section, running time: 122 minutes, PG-13 (violence, profanity, brief gore, slurs, vulgarity, brief partial nudity, brief drugs)

MY WINNIPEG — ** 1/2 — Filmmaker Guy Maddin's bizarre pseudo-documentary about his Canadian hometown is a little hard to believe. Black and white, complete review in this section, running time: 80 minutes, not rated, probable R (vulgarity, nudity, violence, brief sex, slurs)

RIGHTEOUS KILL — Aging New York policemen Al Pacino and Robert De Niro try to stop a vigilante killer in this thriller. To be reviewed Saturday, running time: 100 minutes, R (violence, profanity, sex, brief drugs)

TAKE — ** — Despite some good performances, this sullen, dramatic thriller is introspective to the point of being navel-gazing. Complete review in this section, running time: 98 minutes, PG-13 (violence, brief gore, slurs, brief drugs)

TYLER PERRY'S THE FAMILY THAT PREYS — The playwright-turned-filmmaker returns with this comedy-drama about infidelity. To be reviewed next week, running time: 111 minutes, PG-13 (vulgarity, violence)

THE WOMEN — * 1/2 — You'd almost swear that this shallow comedy-drama was a poorly concealed rip-off of "Sex and the City." Complete review in this section, running time: 114 minutes, PG-13 (vulgarity, profanity, drugs, slurs)

SPECIAL SCREENINGS

THE CAMERAMAN — Buster Keaton plays the title character in this slapstick comedy. Live musical accompaniment, black and white, running time: 75 minutes, made before ratings (1928), probable G (slapstick violence) (Tonight, 7:30 p.m.: Organ Loft)

DOUBLE DECADE/DOWN WITH PEOPLE — Extreme-sports documentaries spotlight snowboarding. This program is not rated. (Wednesday, 7:30 p.m.: Brewvies, must be 21 or older)

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) (Saturday, 1 p.m.: Peery's Egyptian Theater, Ogden)

FILM BUFFS LUNCH SERIES — This week's event spotlights movies made by director Sidney Lumet. 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.

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 1980 comedy "Airplane!" (Monday, 10:30 p.m.: Brewvies, must be 21 or older)

PROUD AMERICAN — Fred Ashman's documentary feature profiles several "ordinary Americans." Running time: minutes, PG (adult themes) (Through Thursday: Carmike 12, Century Sandy, Century South Salt Lake, District, Jordan Commons, Jordan Landing)

SALT LAKE CITY FILM CENTER SCREENINGS — This week's movies are "Critical Condition," "Iron Ladies of Liberia," "Monster Among Us" and "Pray the Devil Back to Hell." A schedule is available at www.slcfilmcenter.org. (Monday and Tuesday, 7 p.m.: Salt Lake Main Library; Wednesday, 7 p.m.: Gore Auditorium, Westminster College; Thursday, 7 p.m.: Jewish Community Center, University of Utah)

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)

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

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)

U2 3D IMAX — *** 1/2 The concert film — showing the Irish rock band on its worldwide "Vertigo" tour — is the next best thing to being at one of the concerts in person. Large-screen format, running time: 85 minutes, G (nude artwork) (Tuesday, 7 p.m.: Jordan Commons)

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

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)

BABYLON A.D. — *** — This sci-fi thriller looked like a trashy throwaway, but instead it is wonderfully executed. Vin Diesel stars. Running time: 90 minutes, PG-13 (violence, profanity, sex) —David Hiltbrand, McClatchy Newspapers

BANGKOK DANGEROUS — * 1/2 — Aside from the over-familiar Thai scenery surrounding him, Nicolas Cage has nothing to say or do in this thriller. Reviewed Monday, running time: 100 minutes, R (violence, profanity, sex) —Roger Moore, The Orlando Sentinel

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)

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 — * — A "Superbad" wanna-be without the smarts, the heart, the originality or the laughs. Running time: 94 minutes, R (vulgarity, sex, nudity, profanity, drugs) —Roger Moore, The Orlando Sentinel

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)

DISASTER MOVIE — * — The latest juvenile attempt to milk laughs out of the movie-spoof formula. Running time: 90 minutes, PG-13 (vulgarity, profanity) —Rick Bentley, McClatchy Newspapers

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 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)

EVERYBODY WANTS TO BE ITALIAN — * — A painfully unfunny, alleged romantic comedy filled with big fat stereotypes, as well as a fair amount of sexual material. Running time: 104 minutes, R (profanity, vulgarity, violence, slurs)

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)

FROZEN RIVER — *** — There's something peculiarly appealing about this "indie" film, which is equal parts thriller and drama. Running time: 97 minutes, R (violence, profanity, slurs, brief drugs, brief gore, vulgarity, nude art)

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)

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 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 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)

THE LONGSHOTS — ** 1/2Ice Cube's sports bio-flick 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)

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

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. 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. Running time: 117 minutes, PG-13 (vulgarity, profanity, brief sex, nude art, brief drugs)

SPACE CHIMPS — **This cartoon pales in comparison to other, recent animated hits. Running time: 81 minutes, G (violence, vulgarity, slurs, mild profanity)

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)

STEP BROTHERS — **This doofus comedy is 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)

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)

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

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)

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