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Dwayne Johnson - better known as The Rock - Rosario Dawson and Seann William Scott star in the action-adventure "The Rundown," which is being screened at Salt Lake-area theaters Saturday.
Dwayne Johnson - better known as The Rock - Rosario Dawson and Seann William Scott star in the action-adventure "The Rundown," which is being screened at Salt Lake-area theaters Saturday.
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NEW FILMS FRIDAY

ANYTHING ELSE — Woody Allen's latest is a romantic comedy starring Jason Biggs and Christina Ricci as a young couple whose insecurities keep tearing them apart; Allen heads up the supporting cast. R (vulgarity, drugs, sex, mild profanity, violence). (Century, Jordan Landing, Megaplex 12, Megaplex 17, Ritz.)

THE BREAD, MY SWEET — Scott Baio stars in this independently produced comedy-drama about a corporate raider who tries to clean up his act to fulfill the wishes of a dying woman. Kristin Minter co-stars. Not rated, probable R (profanity, vulgarity, brief sex). (Madstone.)

COLD CREEK MANOR — Mike Figgis directed this thriller (with horror overtones), which stars Dennis Quaid and Sharon Stone as a couple that buy a country home, only to discover the awful secrets of the former occupants. R (violence, profanity, sex). (Carmike 12, Century, Gateway, Jordan Landing, Megaplex 12, Megaplex 17, Ritz.)

THE FIGHTING TEMPTATIONS — Musical-comedy starring Cuba Gooding Jr. as a man who must put a gospel choir together if he's going to collect his inheritance. Beyonce Knowles co-stars. PG-13 (vulgarity, profanity, slapstick violence). (Carmike 12; Century; Jordan Landing; Megaplex 12; Megaplex 17; Redwood, with "Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star"; Ritz.)

THE LEGEND OF SURIYOTHAI — The title of this historical epic — which is being "presented" by Francis Ford Coppola — refers to a 16th-century Thai queen who sacrificed herself for her kingdom. In Thai, with English subtitles. R (violence, gore, brief partial nudity, brief sex). (Tower.)

THE MAGDALENE SISTERS — Already the subject of some controversy, this fact-based drama from director Peter Mullan follows three supposedly wayward girls sent to a Catholic "asylum" during the 1960s. R (profanity, violence, vulgarity, nudity, rape, brief sex, brief gore, racial epithets). (Broadway.)

THE PRINCESS BLADE — Live-action science-fiction thriller based on Japanese manga (comic books) about a group of rebels trying to overthrow the monarchy in futuristic Tokyo. In Japanese, with English subtitles. Not screened for local critics; national wire review in this section. R (violence). (Madstone.)

SECONDHAND LIONS — Haley Joel Osment stars in this coming-of-age comedy-drama about a pre-teen sent to live with his colorful great-uncles (Robert Duvall and Michael Caine). PG (violence, mild profanity, vulgarity). (Carmike 12; Century; 5-Star; Gateway; Holladay; Jordan Landing; Megaplex 12; Megaplex 17; Redwood, with "Uptown Girls"; Ritz.)

SENORITA EXTRAVIADA — Lourdes Portillo's feature-length documentary looks into the mysterious disappearance of hundreds of young female factory workers in Mexico. A selection of the 2002 Sundance Film Festival. In English and Spanish, with English subtitles. Not rated, probable R (adult themes, mild profanity, brief drugs, nude artwork). (Madstone.)

STONE READER — This feature film follows Mark Moskowitz, an avid reader who turned his search for the long-lost author of one of his favorite novels into this nonfiction film with some documentary aspects. Winners of two awards from the 2003 Slamdance Film Festival. PG-13 (profanity). (Madstone.)

THIRTEEN — Winner of a directing award from this year's Sundance Film Festival, this already controversial drama stars Evan Rachel Wood as a seemingly straitlaced teen who becomes a rebel almost overnight. Holly Hunter co-stars. R (profanity, drug use, vulgarity, violence, brief sex, brief nudity, brief gore). (Broadway.)

UNDERWORLD — Borrowing the fashion sense of "The Matrix" and some themes from "Romeo & Juliet," this horror-thriller stars Kate Beckinsale and Scott Speedman as lovers in the middle of a war between vampires and werewolves. R (violence, gore, profanity, drugs, vulgarity, torture). (Carmike 12; Century; 5-Star; Gateway; Jordan Landing; Megaplex 12; Megaplex 17; Redwood, with "Once Upon a Time in Mexico"; Ritz; Tu Cine.)

SNEAK PREVIEWS

THE RUNDOWN — Dwayne Johnson (a k a The Rock) stars in this action-comedy as a bounty hunter who teams with his quarry (Seann William Scott) to search for riches in the Amazon. To be reviewed when it opens next week. PG-13 (violence, profanity, vulgarity). (Saturday: Century, Jordan Landing, Megaplex 17.)

MIDNIGHT MOVIE

WELCOME TO THE DOLLHOUSE — ** 1/2 — Director Todd Solondz's look at junior high school angst features some great performances and extremely funny barbs directed at the nuclear family. However, the characters are unsympathetic and it's too brutal. Running time: 87 minutes. R (profanity, violence, vulgarity, attempted rape, nude photos). (Tower, tonight and Saturday.)

SPECIAL SCREENINGS

ADRENALINE RUSH: THE SCIENCE OF RISK — ** 1/2 — This adventure can't make up its mind between being a documentary or an "extreme-sports" travelogue. Sky diver Adrian Nicholas puts to a real-life test Leonardo da Vinci's 500-year-old sketch for a parachute. Shown in the large-screen format. Running time: 40 minutes. Not rated, probable G (nothing offensive). (Megaplex 17.) (April 22, 2003) — Ivan M. Lincoln

AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL — A three-day festival sponsored by the international human-rights organization and featuring 16 documentary films on a variety of subjects. Screenings will be held at Rowland Hall-St. Marks in Salt Lake City and Juan Diego High School in Draper. A full rundown films is available online (www.amnestyutah.org). (Tonight, Saturday and Sunday: Rowland Hall-St. Marks, Juan Diego High School.)

BEAVERS — *** 1/2 — Cleverly tagged "the biggest dam movie ever made," this large-screen documentary is timed to be just long enough for most youngsters' brief attention spans — and it's packed with plenty of interesting activity, both on land and underwater. Shown in the large-screen format. Running time: 40 minutes. Not rated, probable G (nothing offensive). (Clark Planetarium IMAX Theater.) (May 23, 2003) — Ivan M. Lincoln

BUGS! — *** — The 3-D format both helps and hurts this British-made documentary, which looks at the life cycles of butterflies and praying mantises. At times the 3-D effects are too gimmicky and distracting. However, Judi Dench makes the perfect narrator. Shown in the large-screen format. Running time: 40 minutes. Not rated, probable G (violence). (Clark Planetarium IMAX Theater.) (Aug. 1, 2003)

SPACE STATION 3-D — **** — Tom Cruise narrates, but the real stars of this breathtaking 3-D film are the U.S. astronauts, Russian cosmonauts and the global crew assembling the International Space Station. There's humor and suspense in an adventure that blends "in your face" with "larger than life." Shown in the large-screen format. Running time: 47 minutes. Not rated, probable G (nothing offensive). (Clark Planetarium IMAX Theater.) (April 22, 2003) — Ivan M. Lincoln

SPY HOP YOUTH SCREENING — Sponsored by the Sundance Institute and Spy Hop Productions, this one-night program features screenings of films produced by teens participating in Spy Hop, a local program that teaches teens and at-risk youths about filmmaking. These films have not been rated but may contain some PG-13 rated elements. (Tower, Wednesday only, 7 p.m.)

THE STRONG MAN — The Organ Loft's Fall Silent Movie Series continues with screenings of this 1926 comedy featuring silent-film star Harry Langdon as a soldier who heads to the states to find the woman he's been corresponding with — only to discover how many many Browns there are. Featuring organ accompaniment by Blaine Gale. In black and white. Made before ratings, probable G (slapstick violence). (Organ Loft, Thursday, 7:30 p.m.)

CONTINUING FILMS

AMERICAN SPLENDOR — *** 1/2 — Sure to appeal to some of the same audiences who loved "Ghost World," this drama features a terrific performance by character actor Paul Giamatti as highly iconoclastic comic book writer Harvey Pekar (as well as co-star Hope Davis). Running time: 104 minutes. R (profanity, vulgarity, ethnic slurs, brief sex). (Broadway, Century.) (Sept. 12, 2003)

AMERICAN WEDDING — ** 1/2 — The third "American Pie" movie is sour and nearly offensive, yet the central story line — about the marriage of Jim (Jason Biggs) and Michelle (Alyson Hannigan) — is surprisingly sweet. Running time: 96 minutes. R (vulgarity, profanity, nudity, sex, slapstick violence). (Jordan Landing.) (Aug. 1, 2003)

BEND IT LIKE BECKHAM — *** — More cute than it is funny, this still-winning British comedy follows two teens (Parminder Nagra and Keira Knightley) whose mothers are horrified when they join a soccer team. The message about tolerance is a welcome one. Running time: 112 minutes. PG-13 (profanity, vulgarity, brief sex, violence, ethnic slurs). (Sandy, Sugar House, Trolley Corners.) (April 11, 2003)

THE BOOK OF MORMON MOVIE, VOLUME 1: THE JOURNEY — ** — Proving that good intentions don't translate to good filmmaking, the first part of director Gary Rogers' ambitious live-action series (based on LDS scripture) is a lackluster re-telling of the books of Nephi, with actor Noah Danby making a bland hero. Running time: 119 minutes. PG-13 (violence, brief gore). (5-Star, Gateway, Holladay, Jordan Landing, Megaplex 12, Megaplex 17, Ritz.) (Sept. 12, 2003)

BRUCE ALMIGHTY — ** 1/2 — Jim Carrey mines a few guilty laughs from this sloppy, irreverent comedy — a virtual retread of "Oh, God!" in which a man is given omnipotence to teach him a lesson about humility. Running time: 100 minutes. PG-13 (vulgarity, profanity, violence, brief sex, brief drugs). (Kaysville, Sandy, Showcase, Sugar House, Valley Fair.) (May 23, 2003)

CABIN FEVER — ** 1/2 — Before it runs out of steam about halfway through, this gory horror movie about college students infected with a flesh-eating virus does have some good thrills. And more importantly, it has a sense of humor. Running time: 94 minutes. R (gore, profanity, violence, vulgarity, sex, drug use, brief nudity, racial epithets). (Carmike 12, Century, Jordan Landing, Megaplex 12, Megaplex 17, Ritz.) (Sept. 12, 2003)

CHARLIE'S ANGELS: FULL THROTTLE — ** — Drew Barrymore, Cameron Diaz and Lucy Liu return for this meaner, not-as-fun sequel to the tongue-in-cheek 2001 hit. This time they have to face-off against a former "angel" gone bad (Demi Moore). Running time: 105 minutes. PG-13 (violence, vulgarity, profanity, bikini babes). (Showcase, Sugar House, Valley Fair.) (June 27, 2003)

DADDY DAY CARE — * 1/2 — Eddie Murphy practically phones in his performance in this lame comedy about a man who, when he is laid off, starts his own day-care center — with predictable results. Running time: 93 minutes. PG (vulgarity, slapstick violence, profanity). (Sandy, Valley Fair.) (May 9, 2003)

DICKIE ROBERTS: FORMER CHILD STAR — * 1/2 — David Spade has never been as unlikable as he is in this unfunny comedy, in which he plays a man trying to become a star again — or to at least recapture his youth, with help from a "foster family." Running time: 99 minutes. PG-13 (vulgarity, slapstick violence, profanity). (Carmike 12; Century; Jordan Landing; Megaplex 12; Megaplex 17; Redwood, with "The Fighting Temptations"; Ritz.) (Sept. 5, 2003)

DIRTY PRETTY THINGS — *** 1/2 — It's occasionally heavy-handed, but director Stephen Frears' latest is also an effective dramatic thriller about a Nigerian immigrant (newcomer Chiwetel Ejiofor) who runs into trouble in London. Audrey Tautou is terrific in a supporting role. Running time: 107 minutes. R (profanity, drugs, sex, gore, violence, vulgarity). (Broadway.) (Sept. 5, 2003)

FINDING NEMO — *** 1/2 — Not quite as good as their "Toy Story" movies, but the Pixar folks have scored another hit with this clever, computer-animated, comedy-adventure about a clown fish searching for his lost son. The the voice cast is great (especially Ellen DeGeneres). Running time: 104 minutes. G (animated violence, mild vulgarity). (Tu Cine.) (May 30, 2003)

FREAKY FRIDAY — *** — Jamie Lee Curtis and Lindsay Lohan are terrific as a squabbling mother and daughter who switch bodies is this surprisingly charming remake of the 1977 Disney hit. Running time: 97 minutes. PG (vulgarity, slapstick violence, mild profanity). (Carmike 12; Gateway; Holladay; Jordan Landing; Megaplex 12; Megaplex 17; Redwood, with "Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl"; Ritz.) (Aug. 6, 2003)

FREDDY VS. JASON — * 1/2 — The long-awaited throwdown between movie monsters Freddy Krueger (Robert Englund) and Jason Voorhees occurs in the final third of this gore-fest. And then it's not that spectacular. Running time: 95 minutes. R (violence, gore, profanity, drugs, nudity, sex, vulgarity). (Redwood, with "Jeepers Creepers 2"; Ritz.) (Aug. 15, 2003)

HULK — ** 1/2 — The live-action adaptation of the Marvel Comics series only comes to life when the CGI version of the title character is seen. Otherwise, it's too cerebral (talk-heavy) for its own good. Running time: 138 minutes. PG-13 (violence, drugs, brief gore, brief nudity, mild profanity). (Sandy, Showcase, Sugar House, Trolley Corners, Valley Fair.) (June 20, 2003)

THE ITALIAN JOB — ** 1/2 — The final third is an extended car commercial, but this remake of the 1969 European hit does feature some exciting vehicular action. Mark Wahlberg, Edward Norton and Charlize Theron star. Running time: 104 minutes. PG-13 (violence, profanity, vulgarity). (Brewvies, must be 21 or older; Kaysville; Sandy; Showcase; Sugar House; Trolley Corners; Valley Fair.) (May 30, 2003)

JEEPERS CREEPERS 2 — * 1/2 — Jeepers, creepers. Why'd they make these features? It's tough enough to figure why the nonsensical, unimaginative first film had to be made, let alone this unasked-for sequel. Running time: 101 minutes. R (violence, gore, profanity). (Jordan Landing; Redwood, with "Freddy vs. Jason"; Tu Cine.) (Aug. 29, 2003) — Phil Villareal, Arizona Daily Star

JOHNNY ENGLISH — ** — Rowan Atkinson is annoying as the bumbling title character of this spy spoof. There are a couple of guilty laughs. But many more dead spots. Running time: 87 minutes. PG (violence, vulgarity, profanity, brief partial nudity, brief drugs). (Kaysville, Sandy, Showcase, Sugar House, Valley Fair.) (July 18, 2003)

THE LEAGUE OF EXTRAORDINARY GENTLEMEN — ** — Sean Connery stars in this dumbed-down version of the comic book in which literary characters team up to stop a worldwide threat. Not nearly thrilling or smart enough. Running time: 110 minutes. PG-13 (violence, gore, vulgarity, mild profanity). (Kaysville, Sandy, Sugar House, Valley Fair.) (Aug. 11. 2003)

LEGALLY BLONDE 2: RED, WHITE AND BLONDE — ** 1/2 — Reese Witherspoon's as charming as ever in this otherwise sketchy sequel to the 2001 comedy hit. In this one, crusading attorney Elle Woods (Witherspoon) goes to Washington, D.C., to lobby on animal rights. Running time: 94 minutes. PG-13 (vulgarity, profanity). (Kaysville, Sandy, Sugar House.) (July 2, 2003)

THE LEGEND OF JOHNNY LINGO — ** — This feature film stretches a thin premise (also the inspiration for the BYU-produced short film from the 1960s) too far. It looks good, but at times it feels like a 90-minute "infomercial." Running time: 90 minutes. G (mild vulgarity, slapstick violence). (Carmike 12.) (Aug. 29, 2003)

MATCHSTICK MEN — *** — Recalling 1974's "Paper Moon," this solid comedy-drama follows a neurotic con man (Nicolas Cage) who drags his teenage daughter (Alison Lohman) into the family business. It's clever stuff, though it turns overly sentimental at the end. Running time: 116 minutes. PG-13 (profanity, violence, drugs, vulgarity, brief gore, brief partial nudity). (Carmike 12; Century; Gateway; Holladay; Jordan Landing; Megaplex 12; Megaplex 17; Redwood, with "The Medallion"; Ritz.) (Sept. 12, 2003)

THE MATRIX RELOADED — ** 1/2 — This sequel to the 1999 smash sci-fi is like its predecessor in the fact that its action scenes are terrific. But the plot is nonsensical mumbo-jumbo and the performances are awful. Running time: 138 minutes. R (violence, profanity, sex, vulgarity, brief gore, brief partial nudity, brief drugs). (Kaysville, Sugar House.) (May 15, 2003)

THE MEDALLION — * 1/2 — Yet another Jackie Chan movie in which the out-takes are better than the film itself. And frankly, this action-comedy was done better as "Highlander." Running time: 89 minutes. PG-13 (violence, vulgarity, mild profanity, torture). (Jordan Landing; Redwood, with "Matchstick Men.") (Aug. 22, 2003)

ONCE UPON A TIME IN MEXICO — ** 1/2 — Director Robert Rodriguez's sequel of sorts to 1995's "Desperado" doesn't make a lick of sense. But Johnny Depp provides some goofy fun as a CIA agent stirring up trouble for Antonio Banderas' mariachi character. Running time: 100 minutes. R (violence, gore, profanity, vulgarity, brief drugs). (Carmike 12; Century; 5-Star; Gateway; Holladay; Jordan Landing; Megaplex 12; Megaplex 17; Redwood, with "Underworld"; Ritz; Tu Cine.) (Sept. 12, 2003)

OPEN RANGE — ** 1/2 — Kevin Costner the director fares better than Kevin Costner the actor in this derivative Western about cowboys taking revenge on the men who killed their friend. Robert Duvall is superb as always, though. Running time: 135 minutes. R (violence, profanity, brief gore, brief drugs, vulgarity). (Carmike 12, Century, Jordan Landing, Megaplex 17.) (Aug. 15, 2003)

PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: THE CURSE OF THE BLACK PEARL — *** — Johnny Depp's a hoot as a besotted pirate captain in this swashbuckling adventure based on the popular Disneyland attraction. One of the few movies this summer that's actually fun. Running time: 138 minutes. PG-13 (violence, gore, mild profanity, vulgarity). (Carmike 12; Century; 5-Star; Gateway; Jordan Landing; Megaplex 12; Megaplex 17; Redwood, with "Freaky Friday"; Ritz.) (July 9, 2003)

SEABISCUIT — *** 1/2 — Tobey Maguire, Jeff Bridges and Chris Cooper all shine in this wonderfully low-key drama, based on the best-selling non-fiction novel about the famous race horse, as well as its owners and jockey. Running time: 141 minutes. PG-13 (violence, profanity, vulgarity). (Century, Holladay, Jordan Landing, Megaplex 12, Megaplex 17.) (July 25, 2003)

THE SECRET LIVES OF DENTISTS — *** — At times it's as fun as a real trip to the dentist's office, but the drama features superb performances by Campbell Scott and Hope Davis as married tooth-pullers whose suspicions of infidelity get the best of them. Running time: 104 minutes. R (profanity, sex, brief drugs, violence, vulgarity, brief gore). (Broadway.) (Sept. 5, 2003)

SINBAD: LEGEND OF THE SEVEN SEAS — ** — One of the more nondescript animated features in recent, this adventure stars Brad Pitt as the legendary sea captain. He sounds bored, and most audiences will be as well. Running time: 86 minutes. PG (animated violence). (Sandy, Sugar House.) (July 2, 2003)

SPY KIDS 3-D: GAME OVER — ** 1/2 — The third film in the series overuses its 3-D gimmick. Still, Sylvester Stallone does seem to be having fun as the villainous Toymaker, who menaces the title characters. Running time: 87 minutes. PG (violence). (Carmike 12, Ritz, Tu Cine.) (July 25, 2003)

S.W.A.T. — *** — Better than it has a right to be, this crime thriller based on the '70s television series is surprisingly exciting. Colin Farrell and Samuel L. Jackson star. Running time: 117 minutes. PG-13 (violence, profanity, brief gore, vulgarity). (Carmike 12, Jordan Landing, Megaplex 12, Megaplex 17, Ritz.) (Aug. 8, 2003)

TERMINATOR 3: RISE OF THE MACHINES — ** 1/2 — Arnold Schwarzenegger looks old as the nearly indestructible cyborg, who again treks to the past to save mankind from the robotic threat. But there's still life in the character and this franchise. Running time: 109 minutes. R (violence, profanity, brief nudity). (Sandy, Showcase, Sugar House, Trolley Corners, Valley Fair.) (July 2, 2003)

28 DAYS LATER . . . — *** 1/2 — Creepier than any other movie in recent memory, this clever sci-fi/horror film from Danny Boyle examines what happens when a virus turns the population of London into murderous, bloodthirsty zombies. Running time: 108 minutes. R (violence, gore, profanity, drug use, brief nudity, vulgarity). (Brewvies, must be 21 or older; Showcase; Valley Fair.) (June 27, 2003)

2 FAST 2 FURIOUS — ** — In this even-sillier sequel to the 2001 hit "The Fast and the Furious," street-racer Paul Walker take down a Miami crime lord. Co-star Tyrese is good, but the plot's howlingly bad. Running time: 109 minutes. PG-13 (violence, profanity, vulgarity, torture, bikini babes). (Valley Fair.) (June 6, 2003)

UPTOWN GIRLS — * 1/2 — Brittany Murphy is irritating in this supposed comedy about a New York socialite who winds up becoming a nanny to a spoiled rich brat (Dakota Fanning). Lazy, unfunny and it seems twice as long as it actually is. Running time: 89 minutes. PG-13 (vulgarity, mild profanity, slapstick violence, brief drugs). (Jordan Landing; Redwood, with "Secondhand Lions.") (Aug. 15, 2003)

WHALE RIDER — *** 1/2 — Newcomer Keisha Castle-Hughes impresses as the title character of this New Zealand drama, which explores the relationship between a girl and her tradition-minded grandfather. Sweet without becoming treacly, and it's refreshing to get a glimpse into the Maori culture. Running time: 105 minutes. PG-13 (vulgarity, brief violence, brief drugs). (Broadway, Century.) (June 27, 2003)

WINGED MIGRATION — **** — This breath-taking documentary feature — from some of the same people who made 1996's "MicroCosmos" — tracks several flocks of migratory birds on the four major "axes" (one of which includes parts of Monument Valley). Directed and narrated by French actor and naturalist Jacques Perrin. In English and French, with English subtitles. Running time: 89 minutes. G (violence). (Brewvies, must be 21 or older.) (July 25, 2003)