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Twentieth Century Fox
"Home Alone" at Brewvies. See Special Screenings

NEW FILMS FRIDAY

CRUDE — ★★★ — A surprisingly tense and thrilling documentary about an Amazonian environmental disaster. Spanish with subtitles, running time: 105 minutes, not rated, probable PG-13 (profanity, slurs, drugs)

INVICTUS — ★★½ — Clint Eastwood couldn't decide which movie he wanted to make — a sports drama or a biography. Running time: 132 minutes, PG-13 (violence, profanity, slurs, vulgarity, brief drugs)

THE MAID — ★★½ — The absence of likable characters in this Chilean drama becomes troublesome. Spanish with English subtitles, running time: 95 minutes, not rated, probable R (nudity, profanity, violence, brief sex, slurs, vulgarity, brief drugs)

THE PRINCESS AND THE FROG — ★★★½ — Disney's latest, traditionally animated fantasy, is a rousing return to form. Running time: 97 minutes, G (violence, vulgarity, slurs, brief drugs)

SPECIAL SCREENINGS

BREWVIES SPECIAL SCREENINGS — Films include "Home Alone" (1990). A schedule is available at www.brewvies.com. (Dec. 14, 10:30 p.m.: Brewvies, must be 21 or older)

A CHRISTMAS CAROL 3-D — The new animated comedy-fantasy, shown in 3-D. (Carmike 12, Century Sandy, Century South Salt Lake, Cinemark American Fork, District, Gateway, Holladay Centre, Jordan Commons, Jordan Landing, Layton Hills, Provo Towne Centre, Ritz, Thanksgiving Point, Tinseltown Ogden, Tinseltown Layton, University Mall, Wynnsong)

DAVE MATTHEWS BAND: LARGER THAN LIFE 3D — Concert film starring the popular rock group. Shown in 3D. (Through Dec. 17: Carmike 12, Ritz, Wynnsong)

PARK CITY FILM SERIES — This week's film is "Moon." A schedule is available at www.parkcityfilmseries.com. (Dec. 11 and 12, 8 p.m.; Dec. 13, 6 p.m.: Park City Library)

PEERY'S EGYPTIAN THEATER SPECIAL SCREENINGS — This week's selections include the Children's Christmas Matinee. A schedule is available at www.peerysegyptiantheater .com. (Dec. 5, 1 p.m.: Peery's Egyptian Theater, Ogden)

SALT LAKE FILM CENTER SPECIAL SCREENINGS — This week's films are "Make the Yuletide Gay," "Manufactured Landscapes" and "So Much So Fast." A schedule is available at www.slcfilmcenter.org. (Dec. 11, 7 p.m.: Salt Lake Art Center; Dec. 14, 7 p.m.: Tower; Dec. 16, 7 p.m.: Utah Museum of Fine Arts, University of Utah)

WASSAIL & WAFFLE HOLIDAY FAMILY FILM SERIES — This week's film is "The Muppet Christmas Carol" (1992). A schedule is available at www.saltlakefilmsociety.org. (Dec. 12, 10 a.m.: Broadway)

LARGE-FORMAT

BUGS! — ★★★ — This British-made documentary about insects has plenty of "wow" moments. Shown in 3-D, running time: 40 minutes, not rated, probable G (violence) (Clark Planetarium, Thanksgiving Point)

A CHRISTMAS CAROL IMAX — The new animated comedy-fantasy, shown in the 70mm format. (Jordan Commons)

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. Shown in 3-D, running time: 48 minutes, not rated, probable PG (violence) (Thanksgiving Point) — Jeff Strickler, Star-Tribune (Minneapolis)

THE LIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS — Locally produced animated short with a holiday theme. Running time: 31 minutes, not rated, probable G (nothing offensive) (Thanksgiving Point)

MAGNIFICENT DESOLATION: WALKING ON THE MOON 3D — ★★★½ — This minifeature on manned space missions is as entertaining as it is educational. Shown in 3-D, running time: 40 minutes, not rated, probable G (nothing offensive) (Clark Planetarium)

SANTA VS. THE SNOWMAN 3-D — An expanded version of a 1997 TV short with Jonathan Winters as the voice of Santa Claus. Shown in 3-D, running time: 35 minutes, not rated, probable G (animated violence) (Clark Planetarium)

UNDER THE SEA 3-D — ★★★ — This "sequel" to the 2006, large-screen hit "Deep Sea 3-D" holds our interest just fine. Narrated by Jim Carrey. Shown in 3-D, running time: 40 minutes, G (violence) (Clark Planetarium)

CONTINUING FILMS

9 — ★★½ — It's a pity the story for this animated feature didn't get the attention and creativity the animation designs did. Running time: 79 minutes, PG-13 (violence, slurs, brief drugs)

2012 — ★★½ — Don't think too hard about this dopey science-fiction thriller and its sketchy plotting. Running time: 158 minutes, PG-13 (violence, profanity, vulgarity, brief gore, brief nudity, slurs)

ADAM — ★★½ — The plotting in this otherwise sensitive drama seems unconvincing and confusing. Running time: 97 minutes, PG-13 (profanity, vulgarity, brief sex, slurs, violence, brief gore, nude art)

ARMORED — ★½ — Over-familiar and industrial, a factory film. Reviewed Saturday, running time: 88 minutes, PG-13 (violence, profanity) Roger Moore, The Orlando Sentinel

THE BLIND SIDE — ★★★ — This cinematic "comfort food" goes down pretty well. Sandra Bullock stars. Running time: 126 minutes, PG-13 (violence, slurs, vulgarity, brief drugs, profanity, brief gore, brief sex)

BOONDOCK SAINTS II: ALL SAINTS DAY — ★ — Cloaking vigilante justice in religion turns this revenge-thriller into a distasteful movie. Running time: 117 minutes, R (violence, gore, profanity, nudity) — Jake Coyle, Associated Press

THE BOX — ★ — This science-fiction thriller provokes laughs. Cameron Diaz stars. Running time: 115 minutes, PG-13 (violence) — David German, Associated Press

BROTHERS — ★★★ — A movie built on that jarring disconnect between combat zone and "back home." Running time: 94 minutes, PG-13 (profanity) Roger Moore, The Orlando Sentinel

A CHRISTMAS CAROL — ★★ — An unengaging adaptation of the much-told tale. Running time: 96 minutes, PG (violence, vulgarity, slurs, mild profanity)

COCO BEFORE CHANEL — ★★★ — Audrey Tautou is as winning as ever. French with subtitles, running time: 110 minutes, PG-13 (vulgarity, sex, slurs, mild profanity, nude artwork)

COUPLES RETREAT — ★★ — They should have scrapped this crude relationship comedy entirely. Running time: 109 minutes, PG-13 (vulgarity, profanity, sex, violence, brief partial nudity, brief drugs, brief gore, slurs)

AN EDUCATION — ★★★½ — A fairly classy spin on some distasteful material. Carey Mulligan stars. Running time: 95 minutes, PG-13 (vulgarity, profanity, brief sex, slurs)

EVERYBODY'S FINE — ★★ — The performances are the only things that are fine in this cliched comedy-drama. Running time: 95 minutes, PG-13 (profanity, drugs, vulgarity, slurs, nude art, violence)

FAME — ★★ — This updated take on the original 1980 movie is played too straight-faced. Running time: 107 minutes, PG (vulgarity, profanity, slurs, brief sex, brief drugs)

FANTASTIC MR. FOX — ★★★½ — Proof that there's quality animation being done by studios that aren't named Disney and Pixar. Running time: 87 minutes, PG (violence, vulgarity, slurs, brief drugs)

G-FORCE — ★½ — Despite a committed voice cast, these jokes aren't all that. Running time: 90 minutes, PG (violence, vulgarity) — Roger Moore, The Orlando Sentinel

HARRY POTTER AND THE HALF-BLOOD PRINCE — ★★★½ — The sixth adventure feels fresher and looser and is much more enjoyable. Running time: 153 minutes, PG (violence, brief gore, vulgarity, slurs, mild profanity, drugs)

ICE AGE: DAWN OF THE DINOSAURS — ★★½ — The third installment is considerably less fresh than the original. Running time: 94 minutes, PG (violence, vulgarity, slurs, brief drugs)

THE INFORMANT — ★★½ — The fact-based, '80s-period comedy-drama is too talky for its own good. Matt Damon stars. Running time: 108 minutes, R (profanity, vulgarity, slurs, brief drugs)

THE INVENTION OF LYING — ★★★½ — A droll, witty and thoughtful comedy. Running time: 100 minutes, PG-13 (profanity, vulgarity, drugs, slurs) — Roger Moore, The Orlando Sentinel

JULIE & JULIA — ★★★ — Meryl Streep (as Julia Child) shines in this winning comedy-drama. Running time: 123 minutes, PG-13 (profanity, vulgarity, brief sex, slurs, brief drugs, nude artwork)

THE MEN WHO STARE AT GOATS — ★★★ — This film won't appeal to all audiences. George Clooney stars. Running time: 95 minutes, R (violence, profanity, drugs, brief nudity, torture, vulgarity, slurs)

THE MESSENGER — ★★★ — This well-acted drama is not a happy film. Ben Foster stars. Running time: 112 minutes, R (profanity, nudity, sex, vulgarity, slurs, violence, brief drugs)

NINJA ASSASSIN — ★★ — This revenge-thriller is over-the-top violent and gory — but isn't half-bad. Running time: 99 minutes, R (violence, gore, profanity, torture, slurs, vulgarity, brief drugs)

OLD DOGS — ★ — A thematic sequel to the inexplicable 2007 hit "Wild Hogs." Robin Williams and John Travolta star. Running time: 88 minutes, PG (vulgarity, violence, slurs, drugs)

PRECIOUS: BASED ON THE NOVEL 'PUSH' BY SAPPHIRE — ★★★ — The unflinching depiction of incest and physical abuse makes this well-acted film hard to watch. Running time: 109 minutes, R (profanity, violence, slurs, rape, vulgarity, brief drugs, brief sex, brief nudity)

A SERIOUS MAN — ★★★½ — The Coen brothers' most thoughtful and personal film. Michael Stuhlbarg stars. Running time: 105 minutes, R (profanity, sex, nudity, violence) — Christy Lemire, Associated Press

THE STEPFATHER — ★★ — The suspense is there, but because there's no mystery to this thriller remake. Running time: 101 minutes, PG-13 (violence, brief sex) — Roger Moore, The Orlando Sentinel

SURROGATES — ★ — This science-fiction thriller starring Bruce Willis is inept in nearly every facet of filmmaking. Running time: 88 minutes, PG-13 (violence, gore, profanity, brief sex, vulgarity, slurs, brief drugs)

TRANSYLMANIA — ★ — A bad movie with a cast of no-names. Reviewed Saturday, running time: 92 minutes, R (vulgarity, sex, nudity, drugs, profanity, violence) — Roger Moore, The Orlando Sentinel

THE TWILIGHT SAGA: NEW MOON — ★★ — A more ridiculous movie than its predecessor, last year's "Twilight." Running time: 130 minutes, PG-13 (violence, brief gore, slurs, brief drugs, mild profanity, vulgarity)

UP — ★★★★ — Disney-Pixar's latest cartoon feature strikes a good balance between humor and necessary character drama. Running time: 96 minutes, PG (violence, mild vulgarity, slurs)

WHITEOUT — ★★ — Not much makes sense in Dominic Sena's Antarctic thriller. Kate Beckinsale stars. Running time: 101 minutes, R (violence, gore, profanity, nudity) — Robert Butler, McClatchy Newspapers

ZOMBIELAND — ★★★ — A gory horror-comedy that is "all killer and no filler." Running time: 82 minutes, R (violence, gore, profanity, vulgarity, brief drugs, slurs, brief partial nudity)