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Encounters at the End of the World


ALL ROADS LEAD HOME — * 1/2— A family drama that's far more hackneyed than it is heartwarming. Vivien Cardone (TV's "Everwood") stars. Complete review in this section, running time: 108 minutes, PG (violence, drugs, vulgarity, mild profanity, slurs, nude artwork)

CHOKE — ** 1/2 — A darkly comic, highly dysfunctional and possibly offensive tale based on the Chuck Palahniuk novel. Complete review in this section, running time: 92 minutes, R (vulgarity, sex, profanity, nudity, slurs, brief drugs, violence)

EAGLE EYE — *** — A thriller that's either one of the year's sillier films or one of its most enjoyable ones. Or possibly both. Complete review in this section, running time: 118 minutes, PG-13 (violence, profanity, vulgarity, brief drugs, slurs)

FOREVER STRONG — *** — This sports drama is the most polished film to emerge from a recent glut of locally produced features. Complete review in this section, running time: 110 minutes, PG-13 (violence, drugs, vulgarity, slurs, brief gore)

THE LUCKY ONES — ** — This all-over-the-place road-picture dramedy is a well-intentioned mess. Complete review in this section, running time: 108 minutes, R (profanity, sex) —Roger Moore, The Orlando Sentinel

MIRACLE AT ST. ANNA — ** — Yet another attempt by Spike Lee to make a grand cinematic statement. This time it's a clumsy World War II tale. Complete review in this section, running time: 155 minutes, R (violence, gore, profanity, slurs, vulgarity, brief nudity, brief drugs, brief sex)

NIGHTS IN RODANTHE — ** — The movie version of the Nicholas Sparks tale begins with promise but drowns in syrupy sentimentality. Complete review in this section, running time: 98 minutes, PG-13 (sex)—Roger Moore, The Orlando Sentinel

TOWELHEAD — ** — A muddled, confused coming-of-age tale that comes from Oscar-winning screenwriter of "American Beauty." Complete review in this section, running time: 124 minutes, R (vulgarity, sex, slurs, profanity, brief partial nudity, violence)


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) (Tonight and Saturday, 7 p.m.; Sunday, 6 p.m.: Park City Library)

THE EXTRA-GIRL — Show business comedy starring Mabel Normand as a would-be actress. Live musical accompaniment, black and white, running time: 68 minutes, made before ratings (1923), probable G (slapstick violence) (Tonight, 7:30 p.m.: Organ Loft)

FILM BUFFS LUNCH SERIES — This week's event spotlights movies featuring actor Guy Pearce. A schedule is available at (Thursday, noon: Brewvies, must be 21 or older)

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 1999 animated spoof "South Park: Bigger, Longer &Uncut." (Monday, 10:30 p.m.: Brewvies, must be 21 or older)

THE PACT — Winter sports documentary spotlighting extreme skiing and snowboarding. This program is not rated. (Wednesday, 7 and 9 p.m.: Brewvies, must be 21 or older)

SALT LAKE CITY FILM CENTER SCREENINGS — This week's movies include "Chicago 10," "Flow: For the Love of Water" and "For the Sake of Your Loved Ones." A schedule is available at (Monday, 7 p.m.: Sorenson Unity Center; Monday, 7 p.m.: Salt Lake City Library; Thursday, 7 p.m.: Post Theatre, Fort Douglas, University of Utah)

STAGECOACH — ****John Ford's 1939 western, starring John Wayne, is still one of the all-time classics of the genre. Black and white, running time: 96 minutes, made before ratings, probably PG (violence, slurs) (Tonight, 7 p.m.: Lee Library, BYU, Provo)


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)

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)

EAGLE EYE IMAX — The new thriller, shown in the large-screen format. (Jordan Commons)

FLY ME TO THE MOON IMAX — 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)

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)


BABYLON A.D. — *** — This sci-fi thriller looked like a trashy throwaway, but instead 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. Running time: 100 minutes, R (violence, profanity, sex) —Roger Moore, The Orlando Sentinel

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

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

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)

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)

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

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)

GHOST TOWN — *** — A surprisingly charming fantasy-comedy starring Ricky Gervais as a man who can converse with the dead. Running time: 102 minutes, PG-13 (profanity, vulgarity, drugs, violence, slurs, nude art)

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)

IGOR — ** — The joke-and-heart-starved script lets down this animated misfire's solid voice cast. Running time: 80 minutes, PG (violence, mild profanity) —Roger Moore, The Orlando Sentinel

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)

LAKEVIEW TERRACE — ** — Neil LaBute's racially charged thriller is determined to make a point — repeatedly and pretty stridently. Running time: 106 minutes, PG-13 (violence, profanity, vulgarity, slurs, brief drugs, brief gore, brief sex)

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)

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)

MY BEST FRIEND'S GIRL — * — An R-rated "Pretty in Pink," with Dane Cook throwing himself at his character with a vulgar vengeance. Reviewed Tuesday, running time: 101 minutes, R (profanity, sex, vulgarity, nudity) —Roger Moore, The Orlando Sentinel

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)

RIGHTEOUS KILL — * 1/2 — A long episode of TV's "Law & Order," unremarkable but for the pairing of Robert De Niro and Al Pacino. Running time: 101 minutes, R (violence, profanity, sex, brief drugs) —Christy Lemire, Associated Press

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)

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)

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)

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)

TRANSSIBERIAN — *** — This independently produced suspense-thriller has more twists and turns than the real-life train route. Running time: 111 minutes, R (violence, profanity, gore, torture, drugs, brief sex, 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 WOMEN — * 1/2 — You'd almost swear that this shallow comedy-drama was a poorly concealed rip-off of "Sex and the City." Running time: 114 minutes, PG-13 (vulgarity, profanity, 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)