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"Edward Scissorhands" Tower Theatre
"Edward Scissorhands" Tower Theatre
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NEW FILMS FRIDAY

EL CRIMEN PERFECTO — *** — Director Alex de la Iglesia's bright, gaudy and tremendously satisfying, anti-romantic comedy is also a sly critique of consumerism. Spanish with subtitles. Running time: 104 minutes. Not rated, probable R (sex, violence). — Dana Stevens, New York Times News Service

HARRY POTTER AND THE GOBLET OF FIRE — *** — Like its predecessor, the fourth "Harry Potter" adventure is a rewarding cinematic experience — though the pervasive darkness and creepiness of some material may put off a few viewers. Running time: 156 minutes. PG-13 (violence, mild profanity, vulgarity, brief drugs, brief gore).

LILA SAYS — ** — An underdeveloped exercise in carnal awakening that thinks its characters are far more special than they ever prove to be. French with subtitles. Running time: 86 minutes. R (sex, profanity, vulgarity, violence). — Wesley Morris, The Boston Globe

PARADISE NOW — *** — In its stripped-down way, this drama about suicide bombers puts a human face on the unwieldy subject of Israeli-Palestinian violence. Arabic with subtitles. Running time: 90 minutes. PG-13 (adult themes, profanity). — Christy Lemire, Associated Press

WALK THE LINE — *** 1/2 — Joaquin Phoenix and Reese Witherspoon's sterling musical performances give this biographical drama about country-music legend Johnny Cash some much-needed authenticity. Running time: 136 minutes. PG-13 (drugs, profanity, violence, vulgarity, racial epithets, brief gore).

NEW FILMS WEDNESDAY

BEE SEASON — Richard Gere and Juliette Binoche star in this drama about a couple torn apart by the husband's obsession with his daughter's spelling talents. To be reviewed when it opens next week. PG-13 (sex, profanity).

THE ICE HARVEST — John Cusack and Billy Bob Thornton play double-crossing, partners in crime in this caper-comedy from director Harold Ramis ("Groundhog Day," "Analyze This"). To be reviewed when it opens next week. R (violence, profanity, vulgarity, sex, nudity).

IN THE MIX — Comedy-thriller starring Usher as a DJ who finds himself thrust into the role of bodyguard to a pampered Mafia princess. To be reviewed when it opens next week. PG-13 (violence, sex, profanity).

JUST FRIENDS — Ryan Reynolds plays a womanizer trying to reform for his high school crush (Amy Smart) in this romantic comedy. To be reviewed when it opens next week. PG-13 (vulgarity, slapstick violence, profanity, brief sex, brief drugs).

RENT — The award-winning Broadway musical comes to the big screen, with Taye Diggs and Rosario Dawson heading the cast. To be reviewed when it opens next week. PG-13 (profanity, sex, vulgarity, drugs).

THE SQUID AND THE WHALE — Writer-director Noah Baumbach's semiautobiographical tale stars Jeff Daniels and Laura Linney as squabbling parents. To be reviewed when it opens next week. R (sex, profanity, vulgarity).

YOURS, MINE & OURS — This remake of the 1968 hit stars Dennis Quaid and Rene Russo as newlyweds with 18 children between them. To be reviewed when it opens next week. PG (mild vulgarity).

MIDNIGHT MOVIE

EDWARD SCISSORHANDS — *** —Tim Burton's quirky, "Frankenstein"-like fairy-tale about the title character (Johnny Depp), is surprisingly sweet, though there are some disturbing shifts in tone. Running time: 105 minutes. PG-13 (violence, profanity, vulgarity). (Tonight and Saturday, Tower)

SPECIAL SCREENINGS

ASOKA — ** 1/2 — Uneven and too-long epic from Indian director/cinematographer Santosh Sivan, fictionalizing the legend of the title character. Hindi with subtitles. Running time: 169 minutes. R (violence, gore, vulgarity). (Saturday, 2 p.m., Salt Lake City Library)

CHICKEN LITTLE 3D — Select theaters are showing the animated film in the new Disney Digital 3D format (see review under "Continuing Films.") (Megaplex 17)

THE EASTERN & ORIENTAL EXPRESS — Director Buddy Hatton's travel documentary takes viewers on a train trip through the Malaysian Peninsula. Not rated, probable G (nothing offensive). (Monday, 7:30 p.m., Kingsbury Hall)

THE GOLD RUSH — **** — Charlie Chaplin's first great movie, a comedy set during the California Gold Rush, features several laugh-out-loud sequences. Black and white. Live musical accompaniment. Made before ratings (1925), probable G (slapstick violence). (Tonight, 7:30 p.m., Peery's Egyptian Theater, Ogden)

THE SEA INSIDE — *** — Javier Bardem's performance as right-to-die advocate Ramon Sampedro boosts this drama, the Best Foreign Film Oscar winner. Spanish with subtitles. Running time: 125 minutes. PG-13 (profanity, brief sex, brief drugs, vulgarity, violence). (Monday, 7 p.m., Salt Lake City Library)

WAGON MASTER — Director John Ford's 1950 tale about the "Hole in the Rock Saints" was shot in Moab. Ford called this one his favorite of his many films. Black and white. Running time: 86 minutes. Made before ratings, probable PG (violence). (Tonight, 7 p.m., Harold B. Lee Library, BYU, Provo)

WAL-MART: THE HIGH COST OF LOW PRICE — Salt Lake City is one of several cities hosting screenings of this documentary feature, which examines some of the corporate giant's business practices. Running time: 95 minutes. This film is not rated but may feature some PG-13-level content. (Sunday, 3:30 and 6:30 p.m., Brewvies, must be 21 or older)

LARGE-FORMAT FILMS

ADRENALINE RUSH: THE SCIENCE OF RISK — ** 1/2 —This adventure can't decide if it's a documentary or an "extreme-sports" travelog. Running time: 40 minutes. Not rated, probable G (nothing offensive). (Tonight and Saturday, 10 and 11 p.m., Clark Planetarium) — Ivan M. Lincoln

ALIENS OF THE DEEP — ** 1/2 — James Cameron's latest 3-D IMAX extravaganza about undersea exploration could do with less of him on camera. Running time: 47 minutes. G (nothing offensive). — Christy Lemire, Associated Press

HARRY POTTER AND THE GOBLET OF FIRE — See listing under "New films Friday." (Jordan Commons)

THE LIVING SEA — *** — Even for the landlocked, this large-screen documentary about the ocean resonates, reminding us that we're like so many fish in a school. Running time: 40 minutes. Not rated, probable G (nothing offensive). — Diane Urbani

MAGNIFICENT DESOLATION: WALKING ON THE MOON 3D — *** 1/2 — This IMAX mini-feature on manned space missions is as entertaining as it is educational. Narrated by Tom Hanks. Running time: 40 minutes. Not rated, probable G (nothing offensive).

SANTA VS. THE SNOWMAN 3-D — ** 1/2 — This digitally animated IMAX comedy is an expanded version of a 1997 TV short with Jonathan Winters as the voice of Santa Claus. Running time: 35 minutes. Not rated, probable G (animated violence). — Ivan M. Lincoln

WILD SAFARI 3D: A SOUTH AFRICAN ADVENTURE — *** — This cinematic safari's simple pleasures are best experienced with the littlest ticket-holders, who get a thrill ride and a sense of a wider world. Running time: 45 minutes. Not rated, probable G (nothing offensive). — Ned Martel, New York Times News Service

CONTINUING FILMS

THE 40-YEAR-OLD VIRGIN — *** 1/2 — It's extremely raunchy and crude, but this Steve Carell vehicle just might be the funniest movie since "There's Something About Mary." Running time: 116 minutes. R (vulgarity, profanity, sex, nudity, slapstick violence, drugs, brief gore, racial epithets).

THE BROTHERS GRIMM — ** 1/2 — Terry Gilliam's dark comic fantasy has its share of good and bad moments.Heath Ledger and Matt Damon star. Running time: 118 minutes. PG-13 (violence, vulgarity, mild profanity, torture, gore).

CAPOTE — *** — Philip Seymour Hoffman's Oscar-worthy performance as Truman Capote propels this effective, albeit sometimes too-aloof, drama about his writing the true-crime novel "In Cold Blood." Running time: 110 minutes. R (violence, profanity, gore, racial epithets).

CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY — *** 1/2 — In many respects, Tim Burton's inventive, visually rich fantasy about a tour of a mysterious candy factory is quite faithful to Roald Dahl's source material. Johnny Depp stars. Running time: 110 minutes. PG (slapstick violence, vulgarity, mild profanity).

CHICKEN LITTLE — *** — More clever than funny, this digitally animated feature does have a peculiar, goofy sweetness to it. Zach Braff voices the title character. Running time: 80 minutes. G (animated violence, vulgarity).

DERAILED — * 1/2 — This story of would-be adulterers caught in a blackmail plot is ugly and predictable. Clive Owen and Jennifer Aniston star. Running time: 100 minutes. R (violence, profanity, sex). — Carla Meyer, Sacramento Bee

DOMINO — * 1/2 — Even the person who inspired this headache-inducing thriller, bounty hunter Domino Harvey, wanted nothing to do with it. Keira Knightley stars. Running time: 120 minutes. R (violence, profanity, gore, vulgarity, nudity, sex, brief drugs, racial epithets).

DOOM — * 1/2 — Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson stars in this moronic science-fiction thriller, which is too similar to the smash hit video game it's based on. Running time: 100 minutes. R (violence, gore, profanity, drugs, vulgarity).

DREAMER: INSPIRED BY A TRUE STORY — *** — Stars Dakota Fanning and Kurt Russell are both charming in this unassuming but crowd-pleasing, horse-racing drama. Running time: 105 minutes. PG (mild profanity, violence, racial epithets, brief drugs).

ELIZABETHTOWN — ** — Cameron Crowe's latest comedy-drama goes off in a million different directions but winds up going nowhere. Orlando Bloom stars. Running time: 117 minutes. PG-13 (profanity, vulgarity, violence).

THE EXORCISM OF EMILY ROSE — ** — More boring than scary, this demonic-possession thriller wastes the talents of Laura Linney and Tom Wilkinson. Running time: 116 minutes. PG-13 (violence, profanity, drugs, brief gore).

FANTASTIC FOUR —** — It's not as horrid as the trailers make it appear, but this superhero adventure is more of a "Mediocre Four." Running time: 110 minutes. PG-13 (violence, vulgarity, profanity, brief gore).

FLIGHTPLAN — * 1/2 — This kidnapping thriller completely falls apart in the final third as it jettisons reason and logic. Jodie Foster stars. Running time: 93 minutes. PG-13 (violence, profanity, brief drugs, vulgarity, racial epithets).

THE FOG — * 1/2 — Like most remakes, this reprise of the 1980 John Carpenter horror film is pretty unnecessary. Tom Welling and Maggie Grace star. Running time: 100 minutes. PG-13 (violence, brief sex). — Christy Lemire, Associated Press

GET RICH OR DIE TRYIN' — * 1/2 — The film debut of 50 Cent (real name: Curtis Jackson), plays like a feeble retread of Eminem's film debut "8 Mile." Running time: 117 minutes. Reviewed Wednesday. R (violence, profanity, drugs, sex, nudity). — Christy Lemire, Associated Press

GOD'S ARMY 2: STATES OF GRACE — *** 1/2 — Equal parts drama and thriller, Richard Dutcher's nervy follow-up to his 2000 hit goes much further in exploring the weighty concepts of faith and redemption. Running time: 128 minutes. PG-13 (violence, brief gore).

GOOD NIGHT, AND GOOD LUCK. — *** 1/2 — George Clooney's fact-based drama about CBS News during the '50s "Red Scare" is probably the best feature film made about journalism since "All the President's Men" in 1976. Black and white. Running time: 93 minutes. PG (profanity, racial epithets).

THE GREATEST GAME EVER PLAYED — ** 1/2 — Gimmicky filmmaking almost proves to be the undoing of this sports drama, based on the true story of the 1913 U.S. Open Golf Championship. Running time: 115 minutes. PG (mild profanity, violence).

IN HER SHOES — *** — Shirley MacLaine steals the show in this well-acted comedy-drama as grandmother to squabbling sisters Cameron Diaz and Toni Collette. Running time: 131 minutes. PG-13 (vulgarity, profanity, sex, violence, brief drugs).

INTO THE BLUE — * — Jessica Alba and Paul Walker star in this adventure-thriller filled with groan-inducing dialogue and equally groan-inducing performances. Running time: 110 minutes. PG-13 (violence, drugs, profanity, gore, vulgarity).

JARHEAD — ** —This overly familiar war drama is reminiscent of other, better movies, especially "Full Metal Jacket." Jake Gyllenhaal stars. Running time: 118 minutes. R (profanity, violence, vulgarity, sex, nudity, brief drugs, racial epithets).

JUST LIKE HEAVEN — ** 1/2 — It isn't nearly as funny as it should be, but this comedy-fantasy gets by on the charms of stars Reese Witherspoon and Mark Ruffalo. John Heder (a k a "Napoleon Dynamite") has a supporting role. Running time: 102 minutes. PG-13 (profanity, brief drugs, brief partial nudity, vulgarity, violence).

KISS KISS, BANG BANG — *** — Robert Downey Jr. and Val Kilmer star in this comic thriller, which is as much fun as the title suggests. Running time: 103 minutes. R (profanity, violence, sex, nudity). — Christy Lemire, Associated Press

THE LEGEND OF ZORRO — ** — This sequel's propensity for silliness would be forgivable if there wasn't a real nastiness to some of its violence. Antonio Banderas reprises his role as the title character. Running time: 128 minutes. PG (violence, profanity, vulgarity, racial epithets, brief partial nudity).

MARCH OF THE PENGUINS — *** 1/2 — This acclaimed penguin documentary features a life-and-death struggle that's much more compelling than any film so far this year. Running time: 80 minutes. G (animal violence).

MOBSTERS AND MORMONS — ** 1/2 — There are a few good laughs in this silly locally made comedy about a Mafia family sent to Utah as part of the Witness Protection Program. Running time: 98 minutes. PG (violence, vulgarity, mild profanity, brief drugs, ethnic slurs).

NEW YORK DOLL — *** 1/2 — Writer-director Greg Whiteley's fascinating and moving musical documentary examines the life of glam-punk musician and LDS Church convert Arthur "Killer" Kane. Running time: 77 minutes. PG-13 (drugs, profanity).

NORTH COUNTRY — ** 1/2 — Charlize Theron's strong performance bolsters in this heavy-handed drama, inspired by the nation's first class-action, sexual-harassment case. Running time: 123 minutes. R (profanity, vulgarity, rape, violence, sex, brief drugs, brief nudity).

PRIDE & PREJUDICE — *** — Put in terms that Jane Austen might have used, the latest big-screen version of her beloved novel is perfectly serviceable. Keira Knightley stars. Running time: 128 minutes. PG (mild profanity, vulgarity, nude artwork).

PRIME — ** — Supporting performer Meryl Streep carries the comic load in this romantic comedy starring Uma Thurman. But when Streep disappears for much of the second half, the film suffers. Running time: 105 minutes. PG-13 (vulgarity, profanity, sex, ethnic slurs, slapstick violence).

PROOF — ** — Most of the sound and fury in this clunky drama comes from its star, Gwyneth Paltrow. Running time: 100 minutes. PG-13 (sex, profanity, drugs). — Christy Lemire, Associated Press

RED EYE — *** — Wes Craven's air-travel thriller moves so quickly that it covers up some of the bigger plot holes. Rachel McAdams stars. Running time: 85 minutes. PG-13 (violence, profanity, brief gore).

SAW II — * — If anything, this blood-spattered, stomach-churning sequel to last year's serial-killer thriller hit is even more moronic. Running time: 91 minutes. R (gore, violence, profanity, drugs, vulgarity).

SHOPGIRL — ** 1/2 — Claire Danes has the title role, but Jason Schwartzman steals the show as a goofy suitor in this uneven adaptation of Steve Martin's novella. Running time: 106 minutes. R (sex, vulgarity, brief drugs, brief partial nudity).

SKY HIGH —*** — The charm eventually wears off of this superhero spoof, but there are a few funny gags. Running time: 98 minutes. PG (violence, mild profanity, mild vulgarity).

TIM BURTON'S CORPSE BRIDE — *** 1/2 — At times this stop-motion animated feature is grotesque, but it's just as often achingly sweet. Johnny Depp stars as one of the voices. Running time: 78 minutes. PG (violence, vulgarity, mild profanity).

VALIANT — ** — The laughs are scarce in this animated action comedy. Running time: 80 minutes. G (slapstick violence, vulgarity). — David Germain, Associated Press

WALLACE & GROMIT: THE CURSE OF THE WERE-RABBIT — *** 1/2 — Despite some questionable humor, this horror-spoof is a welcome return for the clay-animated, human-and-dog duo that has starred in three classic shorts. Running time: 95 minutes. G (vulgarity, violence, mild profanity, brief partial nudity).

WAR OF THE WORLDS — *** — Steven Spielberg's dark and creepy version of the classic alien-invasion tale may be a bit much for young audiences. Running time: 118 minutes. PG-13 (violence, profanity, brief gore, vulgarity).

WEDDING CRASHERS —** 1/2 — Mixing sappy sentiment with crude sexual material makes this Owen Wilson-Vince Vaughn vehicle about womanizing buddies a sweet-and-salty movie snack. Running time: 119 minutes. R (profanity, vulgarity, sex, violence, nudity, drugs).

THE WORK AND THE GLORY: AMERICAN ZION — ** 1/2 — This dramatic sequel about early LDS Church history (based on LDS General Authority Gerald N. Lund's novels) is more intense and dark, and more quickly paced than the first film. Running time: 100 minutes. PG-13 (violence, torture).

ZATHURA — *** — This science-fiction adventure really is what the television ads and movie trailers make it out to be — " 'Jumanji in Space' " — though it's also better and more exciting than that sounds. Running time: 103 minutes. PG (violence, mild profanity, vulgarity).