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Benno Furmann and Heath Ledger star in "The Order," which opens today but wasn't screened for critics.
Benno Furmann and Heath Ledger star in "The Order," which opens today but wasn't screened for critics.
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NEW FILMS FRIDAY

DICKIE ROBERTS: FORMER CHILD STAR — The title character of this comedy is a washed-up performer (David Spade) trying to become a star again — or to at least recapture his youth, with help from a "foster family." PG-13 (vulgarity, slapstick violence, profanity). (Carmike 12, Century, Jordan Landing, Megaplex 12, Megaplex 17, Ritz.)

DIRTY PRETTY THINGS — "Amelie" star Audrey Tautou leads an international cast in this dramatic thriller from director Stephen Frears, about a Nigerian immigrant (newcomer Chiwetel Ejiofor) who runs into trouble in London. R (profanity, drugs, sex, gore, violence, vulgarity). (Broadway.)

THE HEART OF ME — Helena Bonham Carter and Olivia Williams star in this costume drama, an adaptation of Rosamond Lehmann's novel about sisters squabbling over the men in their lives. Not screened for local critics; national wire review in this section. R (sex, vulgarity). (Madstone.)

LUCIA LUCIA — This Mexican drama explores the relationship between the title character, a fortysomething writer (Cecilia Roth) whose husband is missing, and the two new men in her life. In Spanish, with English subtitles. Not screened for local critics; national wire review in this section. R (sex, profanity, brief drug use). (Madstone.)

MONDAYS IN THE SUN — Comedy-drama starring Javier Bardem as one of a group of aging dockworkers dealing with the consequences of unemployment. In Spanish, with English subtitles. R (profanity, vulgarity, brief sex, violence). (Tower.)

THE ORDER — This long-delayed thriller stars Heath Ledger as a young priest investigating crimes that may hint at a conspiracy within the Vatican. Shannyn Sossamon and Peter Weller co-star. Not screened for critics; to be reviewed later. R (violence, profanity, sex, gore). (Carmike 12; Century; 5-Star; Gateway; Jordan Landing; Megaplex 12; Megaplex 17; Redwood, with "28 days later . . . "; Ritz.)

THE SECRET LIVES OF DENTISTS — Director Alan Rudolph's latest stars Campbell Scott and Hope Davis as a couple whose suspicions of infidelity get the best of them. A selection of the 2003 Sundance Film Festival. R (profanity, sex, brief drugs, violence, vulgarity, brief gore). (Broadway, Ritz.)

MIDNIGHT MOVIE

THE USUAL SUSPECTS — *** 1/2 — Director Bryan Singer's crafty 1995 crime thriller is still a fascinating — and occasionally funny — thriller about career criminals (including Gabriel Byrne, Oscar winner Kevin Spacey and Benicio Del Toro) trying to pull off the ultimate heist for their shadowy boss. The ending is a classic, even when you know it's coming. Running time: 105 minutes. R (violence, profanity, vulgarity). (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. Skydiver 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

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)

DANCES WITH WOLVES — *** — In retrospect, director/star Kevin Costner's Oscar-winning 1990 Western drama seems too long, and as if he keeps making the same points over and over again. Still, the performances are solid (especially by Graham Greene in support) and it's a handsome-looking piece. In English and Lakota Sioux, with English subtitles. R (violence, profanity, vulgarity, nudity, sex). (Thursday only: Broadway, 7 p.m.)

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

THE WARRIORS — ** 1/2 — SLUG Magazine presents special screenings of director Walter Hill's 1979 action drama about a New York gang defending its turf while being torn apart by dissension from within. As ludicrous as it is at times, it's also got some exciting moments. R (violence, profanity, racial epithets, sex, drugs). (Sunday: Brewvies, must be 21 or older.)

CONTINUING FILMS

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). (Century; Jordan Landing; Megaplex 17; Redwood, with "My Boss's Daughter"; Ritz.) (Aug. 1, 2003)

BAD BOYS II — turkey — Bad is right! This sequel is sickeningly violent and grotesquely cartoonish. And Will Smith and Martin Lawrence make one of the least likable screen teams ever. Running time: 150 minutes. R (violence, profanity, gore, vulgarity, drugs). (Century; Jordan Landing; Redwood, with "S.W.A.T.") (July 18, 2003)

BEND IT LIKE BECKHAM — *** — More cute than it is funny, this still-winning British comedy follows two teens (charming newcomers Parminder Nagra and Keira Knightley) whose mothers are horrified when they join a soccer team. The message about tolerance is a welcome one as well. Running time: 112 minutes. PG-13 (profanity, vulgarity, brief sex, violence, ethnic slurs). (Sandy, Sugar House, Valley Fair.) (April 11, 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, Trolley Corners, Valley Fair.) (May 23, 2003)

CAMP — *** — This musical-comedy follows musical theater students hoping to get their big break. The music's the selling point, and the gay subplot is kept to a minimum. Running time: 114 minutes. PG-13 (profanity, vulgarity, slapstick violence, brief drugs). (Broadway.) (Aug. 29, 2003)

CAPTURING THE FRIEDMANS — *** — Questions about its truthfulness aside, this documentary about two New York men accused of child sexual abuse is so effective in the way it challenges our perceptions about what we believe and what we think we know that it qualifies as a must-see. Running time: 106 minutes. Not rated, probable R (profanity, vulgarity, nude artwork). (Madstone.) (Aug. 15, 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). (Kaysville, Sandy, Showcase, Sugar House, Trolley Corners, 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, Showcase, Sugar House, Valley Fair.) (May 9, 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). (Century, Jordan Landing, Megaplex 17.) (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; Century; 5-Star; 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). (Century; 5-Star; Jordan Landing; Redwood, with "Jeepers Creepers 2"; Ritz.) (Aug. 15, 2003)

HOLES — *** — This off-beat adventure/mystery, based on the young-adult novel, has a pleasant "Goonies"-like vibe to it. And Sigourney Weaver and Jon Voight have fun in showy supporting roles. Running time: 111 minutes. PG (vulgarity, violence, mild profanity). (Sandy, Sugar House.) (April 18, 2003)

HOLLYWOOD HOMICIDE — ** — The first 90 minutes of this lame comic thriller starring Harrison Ford and Josh Hartnett is a set-up for a 20-minute car chase at the end. Running time: 111 minutes. PG-13 (violence, profanity, brief sex, gore, vulgarity, brief drugs, racial epithets, nude artwork). (Sugar House.) (June 13, 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). (Carmike 12, Century, Jordan Landing, Megaplex 12, Megaplex 17.) (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). (Carmike 12; Century; 5-Star; Gateway; Jordan Landing; Megaplex 12; Megaplex 17; Redwood, with "Freddy vs. Jason"; Ritz.) (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). (Sandy.) (July 18, 2003)

LARA CROFT, TOMB RAIDER: THE CRADLE OF LIFE — ** — The second "Tomb Raider" movie is an improvement on the first one. But it still feels too much like a filmed video game, and Angelina Jolie (who plays the title character) seems a bit bored. Running time: 107 minutes. PG-13 (violence, brief gore, profanity, vulgarity, brief sex). (Jordan Landing.) (July 25, 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). (Sandy, Showcase, Sugar House, Valley Fair.) (Aug. 11. 2003)

LE DIVORCE — ** — This European comedy-drama starring Kate Hudson and Naomi Watts as two young Americans in Paris wouldn't be so bad . . . if it could make up its mind about what it wants to be. In English and French, with English subtitles. Running time: 115 minutes. PG-13 (vulgarity, profanity, violence, brief sex, brief gore). (Broadway, Century, Jordan Landing.) (Aug. 29, 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, Showcase, Sugar House, Valley Fair.) (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, Century, Gateway, Holladay, Jordan Landing, Megaplex 12, Megaplex 17, Ritz.) (Aug. 29, 2003)

THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE TWO TOWERS — **** — The second of director Peter Jackson's ambitious J.R.R. Tolkein adaptations is a constantly enthralling, but decidedly much darker adventure, as the Fellowship of the Ring is scattered and is facing several different threats. The cast is exceptional. Running time: 179 minutes. PG-13 (violence, gore, mild vulgarity). (Sugar House.) (Dec. 18, 2002)

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). (Brewvies, must be 21 or older; Sandy; Showcase; Sugar House; Trolley Corners; Valley Fair.) (May 15, 2003)

THE MEDALLION — * 1/2 — Yet another Jackie Chan movie in which the outtakes 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). (Carmike 12; Century; Holladay; Jordan Landing; Megaplex 12; Megaplex 17; Redwood, with "Open Range"; Ritz.) (Aug. 22, 2003)

A MIGHTY WIND — *** — Writer-director Christopher Guest returns with this gentle send-up of folk music, which not only features funny performances by Guest regulars Fred Willard and Eugene Levy, it also features some surprisingly listenable, original songs. Running time: 92 minutes. PG-13 (vulgarity, sex, profanity). (Brewvies, must be 21 or older.) (May 9, 2003)

MY BOSS'S DAUGHTER — * — This tasteless, borderline-offensive Ashton Kutcher vehicle wants us to believe it's a comedy. But there's little evidence here to back that claim up. Running time: 85 minutes. PG-13 (vulgarity, drugs, profanity). (Carmike 12; Century; Jordan Landing; Megaplex 12; Megaplex 17; Redwood, with "American Wedding"; Ritz.) (Aug. 23, 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; 5-Star; Gateway; Holladay; Jordan Landing; Megaplex 12; Megaplex 17; Redwood, with "The Medallion"; Ritz.) (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; Holladay; Jordan Landing; Megaplex 12; Megaplex 17; Redwood, with "Freaky Friday"; Ritz.) (July 9, 2003)

RUGRATS GO WILD — *** — Though it starts slow, this pairing of characters from the popular Nickelodeon cartoon series "Rugrats" and "The Wild Thornberrys" is pretty fun stuff. Running time: 81 minutes. PG (mild vulgarity, animated violence). (Valley Fair.) (June 13, 2003)

RUSSIAN ARK — *** — In essence, director Aleksandr Sokurov's odd fantasy is a filmed tour of St. Petersburg's Hermitage Museum — as fun as that sounds. Still, it's handsome-looking and Russian history scholars will probably be enthralled. In Russian and French, with English subtitles. Running time: 96 minutes. Not rated, probable PG (violence, mild profanity, vulgarity). (Madstone.) (Aug. 15, 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, Gateway, Holladay, Jordan Landing, Megaplex 12, Megaplex 17, Ritz.) (July 25, 2003)

SINBAD: LEGEND OF THE SEVEN SEAS — ** — One of the more nondescript animated features, 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). (Kaysville, Sandy, Sugar House, Trolley Corners, Valley Fair.) (July 2, 2003)

SPELLBOUND — *** 1/2 — As enthralling and as riveting as a particular heated sports competition, director Jeffrey Blitz's Oscar-nominated documentary follows eight of the more than 250 contestants in the 1999 Scripps Howard National Spelling Bee competition. Included are interviews with the young contestants, as well as previous winners. Running time: 95 minutes. G (mild profanity). (Brewvies, must be 21 or older.) (July 18, 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, Gateway, Jordan Landing, Megaplex 17, Ritz.) (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; Century; Gateway; Jordan Landing; Megaplex 12; Megaplex 17; Redwood, with "Bad Boys II"; Ritz.) (Aug. 8, 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; Redwood, with "The Order.") (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). (Sugar House, 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). (Century, Jordan Landing, Megaplex 12, Megaplex 17, Ritz.) (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, Jordan Landing.) (June 27, 2003)

WINGED MIGRATION — **** — This breathtaking 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). (Broadway.) (July 25, 2003)