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"The Shining" Tower Theatre
"The Shining" Tower Theatre
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NEW FILMS FRIDAY

BRIGHT YOUNG THINGS — ** Stephen Fry's adaptation of Evelyn Waugh isn't nearly as wry and witty as it should have been. Complete review on Page W4. Running time: 106 minutes. R (vulgarity, drug use, mild profanity).

GOING UPRIVER: THE LONG WAR OF JOHN KERRY — ** More of a political advertisement for the presidential candidate than a cohesive, coherent documentary. Complete review on Page W5. Running time: 90 minutes. Not rated, probable PG-13 (violence, gore).

LADDER 49 — ** 1/2 Joaquin Phoenix's terrific performance as a dedicated firefighter elevates this familiar drama. Complete review on Page W3. Running time: 115 minutes. PG-13 (profanity, violence, vulgarity).

SHARK TALE — ** The majority of the jokes fall flat in this underwater animated comedy starring the voices of Will Smith and Jack Black. Complete review on Page W3. Running time: 91 minutes. PG (animated violence, vulgarity).

TWILIGHT SAMURAI — *** More dramatic than thrilling, but this tale of a world-weary warrior has its rewarding moments. Japanese with subtitles. Complete review on Page W4. Running time: 129 minutes. not rated, probable PG-13 (violence, gore).

MATINEES

GARFIELD: THE MOVIE — * 1/2 —Bill Murray sounds bored voicing the overweight feline in this live-action comedy based on the long-running comic strip. Running time: 90 minutes. PG (violence, vulgarity, mild profanity, brief drugs). (Monday-Thursday, 11:30 a.m., Jordan Commons.)

NEW YORK MINUTE — * — The Olsen twins' latest is a painfully unfunny screwball comedy. Running time: 87 minutes. PG (vulgarity, slapstick violence, mild profanity). (Today, 11:20 a.m., Jordan Commons.)

MIDNIGHT MOVIES

THE SHINING — ** 1/2 —Stanley Kubrick's adaptation of the Stephen King best-seller is a mixed bag, but Jack Nicholson is as watchable as always. Running time: 146 minutes. R (violence, gore, profanity, vulgarity, nudity). (Tonight and Saturday, Tower.)

LARGE-FORMAT FILMS

BUGS! — *** — This British-made documentary about insects has plenty of "wow" moments. Running time: 40 minutes. Not rated, probable G (violence).

FORCES OF NATURE — *** 1/2 — This large-screen look at the science of natural disasters is much more fun that that sounds. Running time: 40 minutes. Not rated, probable G (violent images).

GRAND CANYON: THE HIDDEN SECRETS — ** 1/2 — The scenery is the real star of Kieth Merrill's documentary short (one of the first IMAX films), which re-creates the Powell expedition. Running time: 35 minutes. Not rated, probable G (violence).

NASCAR 3D: THE IMAX EXPERIENCE — ** 1/2 — The racing scenes are great, but the documentary aspects of this large-screen look at stock car racing are not. Running time: 40 minutes. PG (sports-related violence).

ROLLING STONES: AT THE MAX — *** — This feature-length concert film showcasing the veteran British rockers is for fans. Running time: 90 minutes. Not rated, probable PG-13 (vulgarity, brief drugs, mild profanity). (Tonight and Saturday, 10 p.m., Clark Planetarium)

SACRED PLANET — Robert Redford narrates this "Earth-First" documentary that looks at differences between cultures and their relationship with nature. Running time: 40 minutes. G (nothing offensive).

SPACE STATION 3-D — **** — Tom Cruise narrates, but the real stars of this breathtaking 3-D film are the International Space Station crew. Running time: 47 minutes. Not rated, probable G (nothing offensive). — Ivan M. Lincoln

VOLCANOES OF THE DEEP SEA — This documentary short (narrated by Ed Harris) looks at underwater volcanic eruptions, as well undersea life-forms. Running time: 40 minutes. Not rated, probable G (nothing offensive).

SPECIAL SCREENINGS

BUSTER KEATON TRIBUTE — A compilation of four shorts starring the beloved silent comedian, a k a Old Stoneface: "The Scarecrow," "The Boat," "Neighbors" and "The Love Nest." Black and white. Live musical accompaniment. Made before ratings, probable G (slapstick violence). (Tonight, 7:30 p.m., Organ Loft.)

PEDRO INFANTE FILM SERIES — Five films starring the Mexican heartthrob, including "Gavilan Pollero" and "Cartas Marcadas." Spanish with subtitles. Made before ratings, probable PG (violence). (Saturday and Sunday, various times, Salt Lake City Library, free, 746-7000.)

THE QUIET MAN — *** 1/2 — John Wayne gives one of his best performances as a disgraced American boxer in John Ford's 1952 love letter to Ireland. Running time: 129 minutes. Made before ratings, probable PG (violence). (Wednesday, 7:30 p.m., Language and Communication Building, University of Utah, free.)

WORKS FROM ALONG THE WASATCH FRONT — This special program spotlights locally made short films and videos. Running time: 85 minutes. Not rated, probable PG-13 (profanity, violence, vulgarity). (Tonight, 8 p.m., Salt Lake Art Center.)

CONTINUING FILMS

ALIEN VS. PREDATOR— * 1/2 — The two killer alien species face off — with humans in the middle — in this awful sci-fi/thriller. Running time: 100 minutes. PG-13 (violence, profanity, gore).

ANACONDAS: THE HUNT FOR THE BLOOD ORCHID — ** This sequel to the surprising 1997 hit has no name stars and fewer scares — and not nearly as many unintentional laughs as the first film. Running time: 97 minutes. PG-13 (violence, gore, profanity, vulgarity, brief drugs).

ANCHORMAN: THE LEGEND OF RON BURGUNDY— *** — As crude as it is, this '70s period spoof of television news (starring Will Ferrell) is hilarious. Running time: 91 minutes. PG-13 (vulgarity, violence, profanity, brief sex, brief gore).

AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS — ** —Jackie Chan and Steve Coogan are left adrift in this episodic and lengthy remake of the Jules Verne classic. Running time: 125 minutes. PG (violence, vulgarity, mild profanity).

THE BOURNE SUPREMACY— ** 1/2 — Matt Damon is solid in this action-packed sequel to 2002's "The Bourne Identity." But the jittery camera work is distracting. Running time: 108 minutes. PG-13 (violence, gore, profanity, vulgarity, brief drugs).

CATWOMAN — * — This superhero spin-off may be the lamest comic book movie ever. Halle Berry is awful as the title character. Running time: 105 minutes. PG-13 (violence, vulgarity, mild profanity, nude artwork).

CELLULAR — * 1/2 As silly as it is, this thriller about a cell-phone user trying to foil a kidnapping is pretty unpleasant. Running time: 94 minutes. PG-13 (violence, profanity, vulgarity, gore).

A CINDERELLA STORY— * 1/2 — This update of the fairy tale is lame, even by star Hilary Duff's usual standards. Running time: 97 minutes. PG (slapstick violence, vulgarity, mild profanity).

COLLATERAL— ** 1/2 — Tom Cruise is unconvincing in this muddled thriller about a hitman who hires a cabbie (Jamie Foxx) — at gunpoint. Running time: 127 minutes. R (violence, profanity, gore, vulgarity, brief drugs).

A DIRTY SHAME — * Sadly, filmmaker John Waters' latest outrageous comedy lives down to its title. Running time: 89 minutes. NC-17 (vulgarity nudity, sex, profanity, violence, drugs).

FAHRENHEIT 9/11 — *** — Michael Moore's documentary about the Bush Administration has some effective moments — when it's not about Moore. Running time: 122 minutes. R (violence, profanity, gore, vulgarity, brief drugs).

FIRST DAUGHTER — ** This drama starring Katie Holmes has a tired screenplay and uneventful direction. Running time: 104 minutes. PG (profanity, vulgarity). — Eleanor O'Sullivan, Asbury Park (N.J.) Press

THE FORGOTTEN — ** This thriller, starring Julianne Moore as a grieving mother, plays out like a longer, less-effective episode of "The X-Files." Running time: 91 minutes. PG-13 (violence, profanity, vulgarity).

GARDEN STATE — *** 1/2 — "Scrubs" star Zach Braff's first film is a funny and often-poignant comedy about coping to loss and coming to terms with the past. Running time: 102 minutes. R (profanity, drug use, vulgarity, sex, violence, nude artwork).

HAROLD & KUMAR GO TO WHITE CASTLE — ** — Surprisingly, this comedy about two stoner pals (John Cho and Kal Penn) is nearly as funny as it is crude. Running time: 87 minutes. R (vulgarity, profanity, drug use, violence, nudity, gore, sex, racial epithets).

HARRY POTTER AND THE PRISONER OF AZKABAN — *** 1/2 —The third in this series about young wizards may be darker, but it's also funnier and considerably more imaginative. Running time: 142 minutes. PG (violence, brief gore, mild profanity).

HERO — *** 1/2 This stylish, Oscar-nominated martial-arts film starring Jet Li doesn't skimp on the action. Mandarin with subtitles. Running time: 96 minutes. PG-13 (violence, gore, brief sex, brief partial nudity).

I, ROBOT — ** — Director Alex Proyas' cerebral sci-fi tale gets really dumb in the second hour. Running time: 115 minutes. PG-13 (violence, profanity, gore, brief partial nudity, vulgarity).

KING ARTHUR — ** — This is what happens when filmmakers decide to throw away the legends and get real. As in really boring. Running time: 125 minutes. PG-13 (violence, sex, profanity).— Betsy Pickle, Scripps Howard News Service

LITTLE BLACK BOOK — * 1/2 — Brittany Murphy is at her most irksome in this painfully unfunny romantic comedy. Running time: 105 minutes. PG-13 (vulgarity, violence, profanity).

THE MANCHURIAN CANDIDATE — *** — It's not as mind-blowing as the original, but this remake starring Denzel Washington has its effective moments. Running time: 130 minutes. R (violence, profanity, gore, drugs).

MR. 3000 — **Despite Bernie Mac's efforts, this baseball comedy is nearly laughless. Running time: 104 minutes. PG-13 (profanity, vulgarity, violence, brief sex).

NAPOLEON DYNAMITE — ** 1/2 — Local filmmaker Jared Hess' comedy about Idaho misfits is quirkier than it is funny. Running time: 86 minutes. PG (violence, vulgarity).

NATIONAL LAMPOON'S GOLD DIGGERS — * A slow, painful death would be preferable to suffering through the infinitely more painful, supposed comedy. Running time: 87 minutes. PG-13 (vulgarity, violence, sex, profanity, drugs, brief partial nudity).

THE NOTEBOOK — ** — Yet another treacly, predictable drama based on a Nicholas Sparks novel. Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams star. Running time: 121 minutes. PG-13 (sex, violence, profanity, brief partial nudity, brief drugs).

OPEN WATER — ** — The two lead characters in this thriller are so irritating you'll be rooting for them to be shark fodder. Running time: 79 minutes. R (violence, profanity, brief gore, brief nudity, brief sex).

THE PRINCESS DIARIES 2: ROYAL ENGAGEMENT — ** — This half-hearted, uninspired sequel to the 2001 sleeper hit wastes the talents of returning stars Anne Hathaway and Julie Andrews. Running time: 120 minutes. G (slapstick violence).

RESIDENT EVIL: APOCALYPSE — * A brainless, earsplitting amalgamation of horror and action cliches, made exclusively for video game fans. Running time: 93 minutes. R (violence, gore, profanity, drugs, nudity). — Christy Lemire, Associated Press

RIDING GIANTS — ****Stacey Peralta's awe-inspiring surfing documentary looks at the history and future of riding big waves. Running time: 101 minutes. PG-13 (violence, profanity, vulgarity).

SAINTS AND SOLDIERS — *** Corbin Allred's solid performance propels this gripping World War II drama, about soldiers trying to survive the Malmedy Massacre. Running time: 91 minutes. PG-13 (violence, gore, mild profanity, ethnic slurs).

SHAUN OF THE DEAD — *** It's certainly not for all tastes, but this gory British horror-comedy has as many outright laughs as it has genuine scares. Running time: 99 minutes. R (violence, gore, profanity, vulgarity, brief drugs, racial epithets).

SHREK 2— *** 1/2 — This improved sequel to the 2001 animated hit is less crude and considerably more clever. Running time: 93 minutes. PG (animated violence, vulgarity).

SILVER CITY — ** Filmmaker John Sayles' ambitious political satire/murder-mystery proves to be a little too ambitious for its own good. Running time: 129 minutes. R (profanity, violence, vulgarity, drug use, racial epithets).

SKY CAPTAIN AND THE WORLD OF TOMORROW — *** 1/2 As corny as it sounds, the only word to describe this period science-fiction adventure film is "neat." Running time: 107 minutes. PG (violence, mild profanity, mild vulgarity).

SPIDER-MAN 2 — **** — This even better sequel to the 2002 hit works well as both a character drama and a superhero spectacle. Running time: 129 minutes PG-13 (violence, profanity).

SUPER SIZE ME — *** 1/2 —Morgan Spurlock's documentary about the possible dangers of fast food is compelling stuff. Running time: 98 minutes. PG-13 (profanity, vulgarity, drugs, brief partial nudity, brief gore).

THE TERMINAL — *** —Tom Hanks buoys this breezy but inconsistent comedy about a man living in an airport terminal. Running time: 128 minutes. PG-13 (profanity, drugs, violence, vulgarity).

VANITY FAIR — ** The latest adaptation of the much-filmed novel — starring Reese Witherspoon — is a handsome-looking snore. Running time: 138 minutes. PG-13 (vulgarity, brief sex, violence, mild profanity, brief partial nudity, brief gore).

THE VILLAGE — * 1/2 —M. Night Shyamalan's latest isn't especially shocking or top-heavy with unexpected twists. But it's just so darn original and thought-provoking. Running time: 105 minutes. PG-13 (violence). — Jack Garner, Gannett News Service

WHAT THE BLEEP DO WE KNOW? — * 1/2 — Part perky educational film, part goofy New Age recruitment effort. Marlee Matlin stars. Running time: 111 minutes. Not rated, probable R (profanity, vulgarity). — Dave Kehr, New York Times News Service

WHITE CHICKS — * This alleged comedy, starring Marlon and Shawn Wayans as black FBI agents going undercover as rich white girls, in insulting. Running time: 110 minutes. PG-13 (vulgarity, violence, profanity, drugs, racial epithets, brief nudity).

WICKER PARK — * 1/2 This thriller starring Josh Hartnett as a man stalking his ex is ludicrous. Running time: 115 minutes. PG-13 (profanity, sex, violence, brief drugs, vulgarity, nude artwork).

WIMBLEDON — ** 1/2 Kirstin Dunst and especially Paul Bettany's winning performances elevate this predictable comedy-drama set in the world of competitive tennis. Running time: 100 minutes. PG-13 (vulgarity, profanity, sex, partial nudity, violence).

WITHOUT A PADDLE — ** — The only laughs are guilty laughs in this rafting comedy starring Matthew Lillard and Seth Green. Running time: 95 minutes. PG-13 (vulgarity, violence, profanity, drugs, brief sex).