Facebook Twitter

Playing at local movie theaters

SHARE Playing at local movie theaters


THE CIRCLE — Banned in its home country, this controversial drama follows several young Iranian women trying to avoid being jailed in Tehran. Directed by Jafar Panahi (1995's "The White Balloon"). In Farsi, with English subtitles. Not rated, probable R (violence, drug use, mild profanity). (Exclusive, Tower.)

KISS OF THE DRAGON — Jet Li and producer Luc Besson created this action-thriller about a mysterious operative who seeks revenge on his former employers when he's double-crossed. Bridget Fonda co-stars. R (violence, gore, profanity, drug use, sex, vulgarity). (Broadway; Carmike 12; Century; Gateway; Jordan Commons; Jordan Landing; Midvalley; Redwood, with "Swordfish"; Ritz.)

SEXY BEAST — Thriller about an ex-con (British character actor Ray Winstone) dragged back into a life of crime by one of his former colleagues (Ben Kingsley). A selection of the 2001 Sundance Film Festival. R (profanity, violence, gore, vulgarity, brief sex, brief nudity). (Exclusive, Tower.)


FINAL FANTASY: THE SPIRITS WITHIN — Based on the hit video game, this science-fiction/fantasy film features some of the most sophisticated computer-generated animation ever. The voice cast include Ming-Na, Alec Baldwin and Donald Sutherland. To be reviewed when it opens. PG-13 (violence).


LEGALLY BLONDE — Comedy based on Amanda Brown's novel, about a perky sorority girl (Reese Witherspoon) who will go to any lengths to win the man of her dreams — including enrolling in a prestigious Ivy League law school. Luke Wilson and Selma Blair co-star. To be reviewed when it opens next week. PG-13 (profanity, vulgarity). (Friday: Carmike 12, Century, Jordan Commons, Jordan Landing.)

LADYHAWKE — *** — Director Richard Donner's romantic 1985 fantasy has the offbeat pairing of Rutger Hauer and Michelle Pfeiffer as a knight and his lady, whose love seems doomed because of a curse placed on them by an evil wizard. But the stars make it work, and a pre-"Ferris Bueller" Matthew Broderick steals the show as Hauer's thief sidekick. PG-13 (violence, partial nudity). (Tower, Friday and Saturday.)


ALASKA: SPIRIT OF THE WILD —*** 1/2 — This large-screen documentary is a pleasurable 39-minute trip away from the Utah desert. But apparently the filmmakers felt they had to set up conflicts — potentially violent ones — to keep our attention. Narrated by Charlton Heston. Shown in the large-screen format. Not rated, probable G. (Exclusive, Jordan Commons.) (April 20, 2001) — Diane Urbani

CIRQUE DU SOLEIL: JOURNEY OF MAN —*** 1/2 — A vista of sheer beauty, the kind that mesmerizes your children and seduces adults into a warm visual bath. The images wash over you for 38 minutes — and the less you think and analyze, the better. Three routines by the Montreal-based circus troupe, which symbolize the birth of mankind. Narrated by Ian McKellen. Shown in the large-screen format. G (nothing offensive). (Jordan Commons.) (March 2, 2001) — Diane Urbani

DR. STRANGELOVE OR: HOW I LEARNED TO STOP WORRYING AND LOVE THE BOMB — **** — Late director Stanley Kubrick's 1964 dark comedy has gotten even better with age, thanks to the still-pungent messages about nuclear proliferation and cultural intolerance, as well as Peter Sellers' bravura performances (he plays three very different characters here, and pulls all of them off). One of Kubrick's best, and one of the greatest satires of all time. In black and white. Made before ratings, probable PG (violence). (Jordan Commons.)

THE SEVEN YEAR ITCH —*** 1/2 — Before their collaboration on "Some Like It Hot," Marilyn Monroe and director Billy Wilder teamed up for this 1957 comedy starring Marilyn as the buxom neighbor of married man Tom Ewell, who winds up taking him on a series of misadventures. Besides providing one of the enduring images of Monroe (the steam-grate sequence), it's silly, but charming fun. Made before ratings, probable PG (vulgarity). (Jordan Commons.)


A.I.: ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE — *** — Uneven, frustrating and even a bit aloof, Steven Spielberg's science-fiction epic is also one of the most provocative, edgy films to come from a major studio in a long time. Haley Joel Osment as a robotic boy trying to find his reason for existence, while Jude Law, Frances O'Connor and William Hurt co-star. Running time: 144 minutes. PG-13 (violence, vulgarity, profanity, nude artwork, brief gore). (Carmike 12; Century; Five-Star; Gateway; Holladay; Jordan Com- mons; Jordan Landing; Midvalley, Redwood, with "Cats & Dogs"; Ritz; Trolley Corners.) (June 29, 2001)

ALONG CAME A SPIDER —* 1/2 — Executive producer/star Morgan Freeman does his best to make this prequel to "Kiss the Girls" watchable. But it's a lost cause, thanks to the suspenseless action and ludicrous plot twists. Running time: 103 minutes. R (violence, profanity, vulgarity). (Sandy, Showcase, Sugar House, Valley Fair.) (April 6, 2001)

ANGEL EYES — ** — An interesting premise goes for naught in this lackluster drama about a Chicago police officer (Jennifer Lopez) who falls for the mysterious man (Jim Caviezel) who saved her life — only to find herself with more questions than answers about his true identity. Running time: 103 minutes. R (violence, profanity, vulgarity, brief sex, brief gore). (Sandy, Sugar House, Valley Fair.) (May 18, 2001)

ATLANTIS: THE LOST EMPIRE — *** — It's troublingly violent and a little thin in the story department, but the latest Disney animated feature is a pretty exciting action-adventure tale about a linguist (the voice of Michael J. Fox) involved in an expedition to find the legendary underwater city. Running time: 98 minutes. PG (animated violence, vulgarity). (Carmike 12; Century; Five-Star; Gateway; Holladay; Jordan Commons; Jordan Landing; Midvalley; Redwood, with "Pearl Harbor"; Ritz.) (June 15, 2001)

BABY BOY — * 1/2 — Director John Singleton's seminal 1991 drama "Boyz N the Hood" was a plea for some communal soul-searching, but this follow-up of sorts seems more concerned with giving viewers a palatable mixture of violence, laughter, tears and sex, and sending them home with their hearts warmed. Running time: 127 minutes. R (sex, profanity, violence, nudity, drug use, racial epithets). (Broadway, Century, Cottonwood, Jordan Landing, Midvalley, Ritz.) (June 27, 2001) — Christopher Kelly, Forth Worth Star-Telegram

BRIDGET JONES'S DIARY — *** — Despite the initial flap about the casting of the decidedly American Renee Zellweger as Helen Fielding's British heroine, this romantic comedy is surprisingly funny and well-done (though it's somewhat R-rated). And Hugh Grant steals the show as her lothario boss and sometimes love interest. Running time: 95 minutes. R (profanity, vulgarity, violence, partial nudity, brief sex, brief gore). (Brewvies, must be 21 or older.) (April 13, 2001)

BRIGHAM CITY —** 1/2 — Utah filmmaker Richard Dutcher's follow-up to "God's Army" is an ambitious but muddled dramatic thriller about a small-town sheriff who must solve his community's first murder. The dramatic elements work, but the murder mystery itself is more problematic. Running time: 120 minutes. PG-13 (gore, violence, mild profanity, racial epithets). (Kaysville, Sandy, Showcase, Sugar House, Valley Fair.) (April 6, 2001)

CATS & DOGS — *** — Surprisingly funny and gentle family comedy about a "war" between felines and canines. The all-star voice cast steals the show, particularly Sean Hayes (from TV's "Will and Grace") as the voice of the evil Mr. Tinkles. Running time: 85 minutes. PG (slapstick violence, vulgarity, mild profanity). (Broadway; Carmike 12; Century; Five-Star; Jordan Commons; Jordan Landing; Midvalley; Redwood, with "A.I.: Artificial Intelligence"; Ritz; Trolley North; Villa) (July 4, 2001)

CHOCOLAT —** 1/2 — Filling but unsatisfying comedy/fantasy from director Lasse Hallstrom, adapting the acclaimed novel about a mysterious woman (the always luminous Juliette Binoche) who rankles some in a small French village when she opens a chocolate shop. A good cast helps, but the sometimes inappropriate tone is a distraction. Running time: 121 minutes. PG-13 (profanity, sex, violence, brief vulgarity, brief partial nudity). (Kaysville, Sandy, Sugar House.) (Dec. 22, 2000)

CRAZY/BEAUTIFUL — *** — Good performances by Kirsten Dunst and newcomer Jay Hernandez greatly help this well-meaning but soft teen drama about the seemingly ill-fated romance between a wealthy but troubled girl and a studious teen who comes from "the wrong side of the tracks." Running time: 95 minutes. PG-13 (profanity, sex, violence, drugs, brief partial nudity). (Broadway; Carmike 12; Century; Cottonwood; Gateway; Jordan Commons; Jordan Landing; Midvalley; Redwood, with "Dr. Dolittle 2"; Ritz.) (June 29, 2001)

"CROCODILE" DUNDEE IN LOS ANGELES —** 1/2 — The premise is tired, but Paul Hogan still charms in his role as Aussie wildlife wrangler Mick Dundee, who takes his family to the City of Angels. Lightweight and not nearly funny enough, but at least it's clean. Running time: 95 minutes. PG (slapstick violence, profanity, vulgarity). (Kaysville, Sandy, Showcase, Sugar House, Valley Fair.) (April 20,2001)

CROUCHING TIGER, HIDDEN DRAGON — **** — More than "just" a martial-arts film, director Ang Lee's period fantasy is a beautiful-looking, breathtaking and ultimately heartbreaking piece that finally puts veteran Hong Kong performers Michelle Yeoh and Chow-Yun Fat on the screen together. Easily the best film of 2000, and arguably the best in the history of the underappreciated genre. Winner of four Academy Awards. In Mandarin, with English subtitles. Running time: 120 minutes. PG-13 (violence, gore, brief sex). (Sandy, Sugar House, Valley Fair.) (Jan. 12, 2001)

DR. DOLITTLE 2 — ** — More clever but just as crude as its predecessor, this sequel to the 1999 smash hit has a good message about preserving wildlife, but buries it under tons of inappropriate sexual humor. Eddie Murphy and an all-star voice cast do try hard, though. Running time: 88 minutes. PG (vulgarity, slapstick violence, mild profanity). (Carmike 12; Century; Holladay; Jordan Commons; Jordan Landing; Redwood, with "crazy/beautiful"; Ritz; Trolley North.) (June 22, 2001)

DRIVEN — ** — The race-car driving scenes in this Sylvester Stallone vehicle are thrilling enough, but the plot is so dumb and the performances are so over-the-top (especially those by Burt Reynolds and Gina Gershon) that you'll have a hard time keeping a straight face. Running time: 117 minutes. PG-13 (profanity, violence, vulgarity). (Sugar House, Valley Fair.) (April 27, 2001)

EVOLUTION — *** — It's derivative and decidedly lowbrow, but this sci-fi comedy from director Ivan Reitman has some funny moments and great special effects. And David Duchovny has fun as a scientist who must stop an alien life-form from taking over the Earth. Running time: 104 minutes. PG-13 (vulgarity, violence, profanity, alien goo, brief partial nudity). (Carmike 12, Ritz.) (June 8, 2001)

THE FAST AND THE FURIOUS — ** — Exciting but brain-dead action thriller that swipes the plot of "Point Break," adding some street-racing for variety. Bleached blond Paul Walker makes a poor substitute for Keanu Reeves, though, and some of the dialogue is howlingly bad. Running time: 107 minutes. PG-13 (violence, sex, profanity, vulgarity). (Carmike 12; Century; Holladay; Jordan Commons; Jordan Landing; Midvalley; Redwood, with "The Mummy Returns"; Ritz; Trolley Corners; Trolley North.)

JOE DIRT — * — David Spade is largely to blame for this painfully unfunny comedy: He co-scripted and stars as the title character, a white-trash janitor who heads out on a cross-country search to find his biological parents. Running time: 93 minutes. PG-13 (vulgarity, profanity, violence, sex, brief partial nudity). (Sandy, Showcase, Sugar House, Valley Fair.) (April 11, 2001)

A KNIGHT'S TALE —** 1/2 — A mixed bag if there ever was one, this medieval comedy-adventure film has exciting action and a good performance by Aussie actor Heath Ledger as a commoner who tries to become a knight. But it's also ridiculous anachronistic and plays out like an MTV production of "Gladiator." Running time: 132 minutes. PG-13 (violence, profanity, brief nudity, vulgarity). (Kaysville, Sandy, Showcase, Sugar House, Valley Fair.) (May 11, 2001)

LARA CROFT: TOMB RAIDER — ** — Despite having the perfect choice for the title character — Angelina Jolie, who plays the video-game heroine — this is a substandard, lethargic action-adventure piece with relatively few memorable sequences. Running time: 101 minutes. PG-13 (violence, vulgarity). (Carmike 12; Century; Cottonwood; Five-Star; Gateway; Jordan Commons; Jordan Landing; Midvalley; Redwood, with "Scary Movie 2"; Ritz, Trolley Corners.) (June 15, 2001)

MEMENTO —*** 1/2 — A deserved hit at the 2001 Sundance Film Festival, this neo-noir piece is a mind-blowing thriller about a partial amnesiac (Guy Pearce) who is trying to figure out who is friend or foe before it's too late. Great performances, as well as a clever, labyrinthine plot that begs for repeated viewings. Running time: 116 minutes. R (profanity, violence, gore, vulgarity, brief drug use, brief nudity). (Brewvies, must be 21 or older.) (April 27, 2001)

MOULIN ROUGE —** 1/2 — The extravagant period design and oddly exhilarating musical numbers make sure director Baz Luhrmann's avant-garde musical isn't unwatchable. But he counters every clever move with an equally disastrous one. Still worth a look, though. Running time: 126 minutes. PG-13 (vulgarity, brief sex, brief violence, attempted rape, brief drug use, nude artwork). (Broadway, Century, Jordan Commons, Jordan Landing.) (June 1, 2001)

THE MUMMY RETURNS —** 1/2 — So-so sequel to the 1999 smash hit, with Brendan Fraser repeating his role as archeologist/adventurer Rick O'Connell, who must stop the title character once again. The action's fine, but the script's not funny enough, and some of the CGI effects look chintzy. Running time: 127 minutes. PG-13 (violence, vulgarity, profanity, brief partial nudity). (Carmike 12; Redwood, with "The Fast and the Furious.") (May 4, 2001)

O BROTHER, WHERE ART THOU? —*** 1/2 — The Coen brothers bounce back nicely from some recent disappointments with this hysterically funny Depression-era comedy, based very loosely on "The Odyssey." The period bluegrass music is terrific, and George Clooney has never been better as he is here, as the fast-talking leader of three prisoners who escape from a chain gang. Running time: 103 minutes. PG-13 (violence, profanity, torture, racial epithets). (Kaysville, Sandy, Showcase, Sugar House, Valley Fair.) (Jan. 12, 2001)

PEARL HARBOR —** 1/2 — Producer Jerry Bruckheimer's would-be epic takes nearly 90 minutes to finally get the actual "Date Which Will Live in Infamy" and, as good as the battle scenes are, they're sandwiched between a flat soap-opera romance tale. A disappointment. In color and black and white. In English and Japanese, with English subtitles. Running time: 183. PG-13 (violence, profanity, racial epithets, gore, brief partial nudity, brief sex). (Carmike 12; Century; Gateway; Jordan Commons; Jordan Landing; Midvalley; Redwood, with "Atlantis: The Lost Empire.") (May 25, 2001)

POOTIE TANG — turkey — Calling this comedy/adventure/musical (inspired by cable television's "The Chris Rock Show") incoherent doesn't even begin to describe it. It's more like an audiovisual assault. If the United States ever goes to war again, we can use it as a torture device against our enemies. Running time: 82 minutes. PG-13 (vulgarity, sex, violence, profanity, drugs). (Century, Jordan Landing.) (June 29, 2001) — Christy Lemire, Associated Press

RECESS: SCHOOL'S OUT —** 1/2 — This animated feature, based on the popular Saturday morning cartoon, is acceptable kids fare, though adults may be bored. In it, the elementary school students try to foil a madman's plan to end the summer vacation. The voice cast includes Dabney Coleman and James Woods. Running time: 83 minutes. G (violence, mild profanity). (Sandy.) (Feb. 16, 2001)

SAVE THE LAST DANCE — ** — Formulaic drama about a talented white teen (Julia Stiles) who finds love and and rediscovers her love for dance at an all-black Chicago high school. Stiles and co-star Sean Patrick Thomas give it their all, but the material is too heavy-handed, and there's not enough dancing to save it. Running time: 114 minutes PG-13 (profanity, violence, vulgarity, racial epithets, brief sex). (Sandy.) (Jan. 12, 2001)

SCARY MOVIE 2 — turkey —Much cruder and much less funny than its already unfunny predecessor, this follow-up is nothing more than a series of gross-out gags and stupid movie parodies. Ugh! Running time: 82 minutes. R (vulgarity, slapstick violence, profanity, sex, drug use, nudity, racial epithets). (Broadway; Carmike 12; Century; Gateway; Holladay; Jordan Commons; Jordan Landing; Midvalley; Redwood, with "Tomb Raider"; Ritz.) (July 4, 2001)

SHREK — *** — If you can endure the opening salvo of flatulence jokes, you'll have fun with this extremely irreverent fairy tale, based on the children's book about an ogre (the voice of Mike Myers) who becomes an unwilling hero. Great sight gags, some of which are laugh-at-loud funny. Running time: 87 minutes. PG (vulgarity, animated violence, brief profanity). (Carmike 12, Century, Five-Star, Gateway, Holladay, Jordan Commons, Jordan Landing, Midvalley, Ritz.) (May 18, 2001)

SWORDFISH —* 1/2 — Exploitative thriller starring John Travolta as an anarchistic millionaire who ensnares an ex-con hacker (Hugh Jackman) in his plot to steal billions in illegal government funds. Ludicrous and not very well-acted, with a real nasty streak running through it. Running time: 97 minutes. R (violence, profanity, vulgarity, brief nudity, brief sex, brief gore). (Century; Jordan Landing; Redwood, with "Kiss of the Dragon.") (June 8, 2001)

THE TAILOR OF PANAMA — *** — Pierce Brosnan has a ball sending up his James Bond character in this darkly comic adaptation of John Le Carre's spy novel. Brosnan's terrific, as is Geoffrey Rush, as a would-be "information merchant" who matches wits with a corrupt British spy. Running time: 110 minutes. R (profanity, sex, violence, nudity, vulgarity, brief gore). (Sandy, Sugar House.) (May 4, 2001)

THE TRUMPET OF THE SWAN —* 1/2 — Lame animated musical, based on the beloved children's book by author E.B. White. The songs are unmemorable and the talents of its all-star voice cast (which includes Jason Alexander, Mary Steenburgen, Carol Burnett and Reese Witherspoon) are wasted. Running time: 75 minutes. G (brief violence). (Kaysville.) (May 18, 2001)