ANNAPOLIS — *** — Despite the lack of originality, this naval drama is dandy entertainment with compelling characters and clear conflicts. Running time: 98 minutes. PG-13 (violence, sex, profanity).— Chris Hewitt, Knight Ridder

BIG MOMMA'S HOUSE 2 — * — Martin Lawrence goes undercover — in drag — again. Even worse than the comic moments are the sentimental ones. Running time: 99 minutes. PG-13 (profanity, vulgarity, drugs). — John Monaghan, Detroit Free Press

THE MATADOR — *** 1/2 — Pierce Brosnan's performance as a foul-mouthed, boozy, crass killer in this wry dark comedy is perhaps his best to date. Running time: 97 minutes. R (profanity, violence, vulgarity, sex, partial nudity, ethnic slurs).

NANNY MCPHEE — * 1/2 — It's hard to believe this charmless comic fantasy was written by Emma Thompson, who won an Oscar for her "Sense and Sensibility" screenplay. Running time: 98 minutes. PG (slapstick violence, vulgarity, mild profanity).

ROVING MARS — *** 1/2 —If the mission of this exceptional large-format film is to get us jazzed again about outer space, it's mission: accomplished. Running time: 40 minutes. G (nothing offensive).— Chris Hewitt, Knight Ridder


THE 2006 SLAMDANCE FILM FESTIVAL — The grandfather of all Sundance alternative festivals concludes this weekend with screenings at two Sugar House locations and the Treasure Mountain Inn in Park City. Film schedules are available at; catalogs are also available at theaters. (Today, Sprague Library, Westminster College)

THE GUNS OF NAVARONE — **** — Thrilling 1961 adaptation of Alistair MacLean's best seller about World War II intrigue. Gregory Peck and David Niven star. Running time: 158 minutes. Made before ratings, probable PG (violence). (Tuesday, 10 a.m., SCERA, Orem)

ONLY ANGELS HAVE WINGS — Cary Grant and Jean Arthur star in director Howard Hawks' 1939 romantic adventure about cargo plane pilots. Black and white. Running time: 121 minutes. Made before ratings, probable PG (violence). (Tonight, 7 p.m., Harold B. Lee City Library, BYU, Provo, free)

SEVEN CHANCES — *** 1/2 — Buster Keaton's 1925 comedy about marriage and inheritance. Black and white. Live musical accompaniment. Not rated, probable G (slapstick comedy). (Tonight, 7:30 p.m., Organ Loft)

SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL 06 — The "Cannes of the West" wraps up its 28th edition this weekend with screenings of independent features, documentaries and short works in a variety of Salt Lake City and Park City venues. An online film guide is available at; catalogs are also available at theaters. (Through Sunday: Broadway, Rose Wagner Center, Tower)


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 "Continuing films."Shown in the large-screen format. (Megaplex 17)

JOURNEY INTO AMAZING CAVES — *** 1/2 — The makers of "Everest" manage to scale new heights in their latest big-screen documentary. Running time: 40 minutes. Not rated, probable G (nothing offensive) — Margaret McGurk, The Cincinnati Enquirer

THE MAGIC OF FLIGHT — *** — This minidocumentary on flying gives viewers the chance to hitchhike on the wildest thrill ride on — or near — the Earth. Running time: 40 minutes. Not rated, probable G (nothing offensive). — Margaret McGurk, The Cincinnati Enquirer

MAGNIFICENT DESOLATION: WALKING ON THE MOON 3D — *** 1/2 — This IMAX minifeature 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).

T-REX: BACK TO THE CRETACEOUS — *** — The 3-D headgear may make you feel like Rick Moranis in "Spaceballs," but this IMAX minifeature about dinosaurs is a trip. Running time: 45 minutes. Not rated, probable G (nothing offensive). — John Anderson, Los Angeles Times

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


AEON FLUX — ** — This futuristic thriller with black-haired Charlize Theron in the title role is overly familiar and less than gripping — but it looks terrific. Running time: 93 minutes. PG-13 (violence, sex). — William Arnold, Seattle Post-Intelligencer

BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN — *** 1/2 — Director Ang Lee's "gay-cowboy"film is not a homosexual-rights statement but an unexpectedly moving drama with tragic elements. Running time: 134 minutes. R (profanity, sex, violence, nudity, vulgarity).

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).

CASANOVA — ** 1/2 — This comic film about the legendary ladies man (Heath Ledger) has its amusing moments — many of them unintentional. Running time: 108 minutes. R (violence, vulgarity, brief sex, mild profanity, torture, nude artwork).

CHEAPER BY THE DOZEN 2 — * 1/2 —Steve Martin stars in this half-hearted sequel to the 2003 holiday hit; labored and it feels longer than it is. Running time: 94 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).

THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA: THE LION, THE WITCH AND THE WARDROBE — ** — This live-action adaptation of C.S. Lewis' beloved fantasy novel is more yawn-inspiring than awe-inspiring, especially for those who haven't read the book. Running time: 140 minutes. PG (violence).

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

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

END OF THE SPEAR — *** —A compelling true story about how the killing of missionaries in Ecuador led an Amazon tribe to embrace Christian teachings. Running time: 105 minutes. PG-13 (violence).— James Ward, Visalia (Calif.) Times-Delta

THE FAMILY STONE — ** 1/2 — An appealing cast (which includes Diane Keaton, Sarah Jessica Parker and Luke Wilson) salvages this formulaic comedy-drama about a disastrous family holiday. Running time: 102 minutes. PG-13 (vulgarity, profanity, drugs, slapstick violence, brief sex).

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

FUN WITH DICK AND JANE — ** —This strained, painful Jim Carrey-driven update of the 1977 comedy makes the original movie look better. Running time: 89 minutes. PG-13 (slapstick violence, vulgarity, profanity, brief sex, brief drugs, brief nudity).

GLORY ROAD — ** 1/2 — This racially conscious basketball drama set in the 1960s recalls "Remember the Titans," though it's not quite up to that film. Running time: 116 minutes. PG (racial epithets, violence, vulgarity, mild profanity, brief drugs).

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).

HARRY POTTER AND THE GOBLET OF FIRE — *** — The fourth "Harry Potter" adventure is rewarding, though the 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).

HOODWINKED! — ** — This animated spoof of "Little Red Riding Hood" is filled with pop-culture references and other unfunny show-biz jokes. Running time: 86 minutes. PG (violence, vulgarity, brief drugs).

HOSTEL — ** 1/2 — A lot of horror movies come out every year, but few of them are truly disturbing. This one about hapless backpackers is. Running time: 95 minutes. R (violence, gore, torture, profanity, sex, nudity, drugs). — Christy Lemire, Associated Press

THE ICE HARVEST — * 1/2 — Supposedly a thriller with dark comic elements, this vehicle for John Cusack and Billy Bob Thornton stops being entertaining fairly early on. Running time: 88 minutes. R (profanity, violence, gore, vulgarity, nudity, sex, brief drugs).

IN THE MIX — * 1/2 — Though Usher exhibits easy, likable charm, there's just nothing for him in this lightweight yet leaden romantic crime comedy. Running time: 97 minutes. PG-13 (sex, nudity, violence, profanity). — Bob Strauss, Los Angeles Daily News

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 FRIENDS — *** 1/2 —A transparent Farrelly brothers knock-off that tries to get by on Ryan Reynolds' supposed charms. Running time: 96 minutes. PG-13 (vulgarity, slapstick violence, profanity, brief sex, brief drugs).

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

KING KONG — *** 1/2 — The giant ape is the most noble and sympathetic cast member in director Peter Jackson's handsome and exciting period remake of the 1933 classic. Running time: 187 minutes. PG-13 (violence, profanity, vulgarity, gore, drugs).

LAST HOLIDAY — ** — You keep expecting Queen Latifah to bust out of this bloated comedy, which should have been kept to 80 or 90 minutes at best. Running time: 112 minutes. PG-13 (vulgarity, profanity, slapstick violence, nude artwork).

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 the title role. Running time: 128 minutes. PG (violence, profanity, vulgarity, racial epithets, brief partial nudity).

LOOKING FOR COMEDY IN THE MUSLIM WORLD — ** 1/2 — Albert Brooks' silly mockumentary is more likely to elicit appreciative smiles than belly laughs. Running time: 98 minutes. PG-13 (profanity, vulgarity, ethnic slurs, brief drugs).

MATCH POINT — *** 1/2 — Woody Allen returns to form with this erotic thriller, which has a distinct, refreshing European feel to it. Running time: 124 minutes. R (sex, violence, profanity, brief drugs).

MEMOIRS OF A GEISHA — ** —Director Rob Marshall's adaptation of the best-selling novel — with non-Japanese actresses Ziyi Zhang, Michelle Yeoh and Gong Li— is beautiful-looking but empty-headed. Running time: 145 minutes. PG-13 (violence, sex, vulgarity, mild profanity).

MUNICH — ** 1/2 —Steven Spielberg's politically charged thriller tries too hard to be even-handed and is a little overstuffed as a result. Eric Bana stars. With subtitles. Running time: 160 minutes. R (violence, gore, profanity, nudity, sex, ethnic slurs, vulgarity).

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).

THE NEW WORLD — ** 1/2 —Terrence Malick's historical drama about Pocahontas is pretty as a postcard. Unfortunately, it moves at a snail's pace. Running time: 150 minutes. PG-13 (violence, brief gore, brief sex, nude artwork).

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).

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

RENT — ** —Director Chris Columbus delivers an elaborately constructed yet unimaginative rendering of the Broadway musical smash. Running time: 135 minutes. PG-13 (drugs, sex, vulgarity, profanity, partial nudity). — David Germain, Associated Press

THE RINGER — ** 1/2 — This Johnny Knoxville vehicle could have been painful to watch in its political incorrectness but is surprisingly funny — and yes, inspirational. Running time: 93 minutes. PG-13 (vulgarity, profanity, brief drugs).— Christy Lemire, Associated Press

RUMOR HAS IT . . . ** —This flat comedy, inspired by "The Graduate," squanders its best comic opportunities and wastes the efforts of a game cast, led by Jennifer Aniston. Running time: 97 minutes. PG-13 (vulgarity, profanity, brief sex, brief drugs, brief partial nudity).

SARAH SILVERMAN: JESUS IS MAGIC — ** 1/2 — Comedienne Sarah Silverman's comedy concert film has some funny moments, though it may be too crude and politically incorrect for audiences. Running time: 70 minutes. Not rated, probable R (profanity, vulgarity, drugs, brief sex, racial epithets, nude artwork).

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).

THE SQUID AND THE WHALE — *** —The most praiseworthy thing about this domestic comedy-drama is its use of language. Jeff Daniels and Laura Linney star. Running time: 88 minutes. R (vulgarity, sex, profanity). — Michael Booth, The Denver Post

SYRIANA — ** — Filmmaker Stephen Gaghan's dramatic ensemble thriller about Middle East oil politics is a little heavy-handed and brazen with its political leanings. Running time: 126 minutes. R (violence, profanity, torture, brief gore, brief drugs).

TRISTAN & ISOLDE — ** — American actor James Franco looks ridiculous as a British warrior, but handsome scenery ensures that this soapy romantic fantasy isn't unwatchable. Running time: 125 minutes. PG-13 (violence, sex, gore, brief drugs, vulgarity).

UNDERWORLD: EVOLUTION * — This vampire movie is the movie equivalent of those "So-and-so begot whoozit" verses in the Bible and is about as interesting. Running time: 105 minutes. R (violence, gore, sex, nudity, profanity). — Roger Moore, The Orlando Sentinel

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).

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).

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).