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21 — ** — The first hour of this fact-based gambling is pretty good. But it grows increasingly ridiculous and laughable. Complete review on Page W4, running time: 122 minutes, PG-13 (violence, profanity, brief sex, vulgarity, slurs, brief partial nudity, brief gore)

HAPPY VALLEY — *** — A surprisingly powerful piece, this locally produced documentary examines the drug-addiction "epidemic." Complete review on Page W5, running time: 90 minutes, PG-13 (drugs, mild profanity, vulgarity, slurs)

MARRIED LIFE — *** — Despite some sexual material, this darkly comic dramatic thriller is smart, old-fashioned entertainment. Pierce Brosnan stars. Complete review on Page W5, running time: 91 minutes, PG-13 (vulgarity, brief sex, drugs, mild profanity)

NATIONAL LAMPOON'S BAG BOY — ** — This mediocre comedy's competitive-bagging bit was already done in last year's Dane Cook flop "Employee of the Month." To be reviewed next week, running time: 95 minutes, PG-13 (vulgarity, profanity, violence, brief sex, brief drugs, slurs)

PARANOID PARK — ** — A less-than-involving, skateboarding-culture thriller that's for the art-house crowd only. Complete review on Page W6, running time: 85 minutes, R (violence, profanity, brief gore, brief sex, vulgarity, slurs, drugs)

RUN FATBOY RUN — ** 1/2 — British comic actor Simon Pegg gets more mileage out of this predictable, romantic comedy material than you'd expect. Complete review on Page W4, running time: 100 minutes, PG-13 (vulgarity, profanity, violence, brief partial nudity, slurs, brief drugs)

STOP-LOSS — ** 1/2 — The Iraq war drama appears to be at odds with itself. At times it's subtle. At other times, it's crushingly heavy-handed. Complete review on Page W3, running time: 112 minutes, R (violence, profanity, gore, slurs, vulgarity)

SUPERHERO MOVIE — Comedy that spoofs comic book adaptations, especially the "Spider-Man" movies. To be reviewed next week, running time: 85 minutes, PG-13 (vulgarity, sex, violence, drugs, profanity)

TAXI TO THE DARK SIDE — *** 1/2 — The powerful, Oscar-winning documentary about U.S. military prison abuses is not an easy film to watch. Complete review on Page W6, running time: 106 minutes, R (torture, nudity, violence, drugs, slurs, vulgarity, profanity)

MIDNIGHT MOVIE

NAPOLEON DYNAMITE — ** 1/2 — Local filmmaker Jared Hess' 2004 hit about Idaho misfits is quirkier than it is funny. Running time: 86 minutes, PG (violence, vulgarity) (Tonight and Saturday: Tower)

SPECIAL SCREENINGS

ARCTIC TALE — ** 1/2 — At times this watchable wildlife documentary seems obsessed with the bodily functions of arctic beasts. Running time: 84 minutes, G (violence, vulgarity, gore) (Tuesday, 6:30 p.m.: Salt Lake City Library)

FILM FRONT SERIES — This week's film is the Egyptian drama "Date Wine" (1998). This program is not rated. (Sunday, 7 p.m.: Orson Spencer Hall, University of Utah)

GREAT EXPECTATIONS — John Mills and Alec Guinness star in David Lean's 1946 version of the Charles Dickens tale. Black and white, running time: 118 minutes, made before ratings, probable G (violence) (Tonight, 7: Museum of Fine Arts, BYU, Provo)

I'M NOT THERE — ** 1/2 — Todd Haynes' odd biography of Bob Dylan is probably of less interest to those who aren't already fans of Dylan or his music. Running time: 135 minutes, R (violence, profanity, drugs, sex, vulgarity, nudity, slurs, brief gore) (Tonight and Saturday, 8 p.m.; Sunday, 6 p.m.: Park City Library)

JEWISH FILM FESTIVAL — Local Jewish organizations are sponsoring this event featuring documentaries and feature films with Jewish themes and characters. A schedule is available at www.slcfilmcenter.org. (Wednesday and Thursday: Rose Wagner Center)

MAKE'N MOVES — Documentary feature spotlights skateboarding and other board sports. This program is not rated. (Tuesday, 7 and 8 p.m.: Tower; Tuesday, 10 p.m.: Brewvies, must be 21 or older)

MONKEY BUSINESS — Howard Hawks' 1952 comedy about scientific research teams Cary Grant and Marilyn Monroe. Black and white, running time: 97 minutes, made before ratings, probable PG (slapstick violence, drugs) (Tonight, 7: Lee Library, BYU, Provo)

SALT LAKE CITY FILM CENTER SCREENINGS — This week's movie is "Kick Like a Girl." A schedule is available at www.slcfilmcenter.org. (Tonight, 7:30: Rowland Hall-St. Marks)

UTAH DOCS — Short documentary and nonfiction works produced by University of Utah students. This program is not rated. (Tonight, 7:30: Post Theater, Fort Douglas, University of Utah)

WHATEVER IT TAKES — Christopher Wong's work-in-progress documentary chronicles the first year of a South Bronx public school. This program is not rated. (Wednesday, 7 p.m.: Park City Library)

THE ZULA PATROL: ANIMAL ADVENTURES IN SPACE! — Five never-seen-before episodes of the animated public television series. Running time: 75 minutes, not rated, probable G (nothing offensive) (Saturday, 10 a.m.: Century Sandy, Century South Salt Lake, Jordan Landing, Provo Towne Center, Tinseltown Layton, Tinseltown Ogden)

LARGE-FORMAT FILMS

DEEP SEA 3-D — *** — This entertaining documentary is an up-close look at various forms of aquatic life. Running time: 40 minutes, G (animal violence)

DINOSAURS 3-D: GIANTS OF PATAGONIA — *** — The makers of this IMAX science film get us about as close as we'd ever want to be to these enormous creatures. Running time: 48 minutes, not rated, probable PG (violence) —Jeff Strickler, Star-Tribune (Minneapolis)

DINOSAURS ALIVE! — Large-screen documentary featuring computerized re-creations of Jurassic-era carnivores and other creatures. Running time: 40 minutes, not rated, probable PG (violence)

THE HUMAN BODY — The 2001 documentary short looks at digestive processes and other functions of humans. Large-screen format, running time: 40 minutes, not rated, probable PG (vulgarity)

SEA MONSTERS: A PREHISTORIC ADVENTURE — *** — What makes this IMAX mini-feature stand out from the pack is its eye-popping visuals. Running time: 40 minutes, not rated, probable PG (violence) —John Monaghan, Detroit Free Press

SPACE STATION 3-D — Tom Cruise narrates this documentary about the International Space Station crew. Running time: 47 minutes, not rated, probable G (nothing offensive)

THE SPIDERWICK CHRONICLES IMAX — The new fantasy-adventure film, shown in the large-screen format. (Jordan Commons)

U2 3D IMAX — *** 1/2 — The concert film — showing the Irish rock band on its worldwide "Vertigo" tour — is the next best thing to being at one of the concerts in person. Large-screen format, running time: 85 minutes, G (nude artwork)

CONTINUING FILMS

27 DRESSES — ** — A safe starring vehicle for "Grey's Anatomy" actress Katherine Heigl, though it feels like an overlong sitcom. Running time: 112 minutes, PG-13 (vulgarity, profanity, violence, brief sex)

10,000 B.C. — ** 1/2 — An over-the-top spectacle that doesn't quite match the powerful popcorn standards of director Roland Emmerich's other films. Running time: 108 minutes, PG-13 (violence) —Betsy Pickle, Scripps Howard News Service

ALVIN AND THE CHIPMUNKS — ** —Not as eye-gougingly awful as expected, this live-action version is simply mediocre and immediately forgettable. Running time: 92 minutes, PG (vulgarity, violence, mild profanity)

THE BAND'S VISIT — *** 1/2 — A charming, witty and surprisingly character-driven piece about a waylaid Egyptian police band. With subtitles, running time: 84 minutes, PG-13 (profanity, slurs, vulgarity)

THE BANK JOB — ** — Allegedly based on a true story, this is a sleazy caper thriller filled with unpleasant, unlikable characters. Running time: 110 minutes, R (profanity, violence, nudity, sex, torture, drugs, vulgarity, brief gore, slurs)

BE KIND REWIND — ** — The movie "remakes" are the one really amusing thing about this silly comic fantasy. Jack Black stars. Running time: 101 minutes, PG-13 (vulgarity, profanity, violence, brief drugs, slurs)

BEE MOVIE — *** — In many respects, this animated comedy starring Jerry Seinfeld is more educational and more exciting than it is laugh-out-loud funny. Running time: 90 minutes, PG (vulgarity, violence, brief drugs)

THE BUCKET LIST — ** — Stars Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman can't save this predictable, "Grumpy Old Dying Men" comedy. Running time: 97 minutes, PG-13 (profanity, drugs, vulgarity)

CLOVERFIELD — *** — No mere "Blair Monster Project," this sci-fi/thriller is lean and mean. Running time: 84 minutes, PG-13 (violence, gore, profanity, vulgarity)

COLLEGE ROAD TRIP — * 1/2 — A disingenuous attempt to turn the formerly R-rated comedian Martin Lawrence into a cuddly, family-friendly film star. Running time: 83 minutes, G (violence, mild vulgarity, brief drugs)

DEFINITELY, MAYBE — *** — This "mystery love story" does have considerable appeal — including Ryan Reynolds' performance. Running time: 111 minutes, PG-13 (vulgarity, profanity, brief drugs, slurs, brief sex)

DOOMSDAY — * — A dopey sci-fi thriller that copies "28 Days Later" and every other "virus wipes us out" movie of recent vintage. Running time: 105 minutes, R (violence, gore, profanity, sex, nudity) —Roger Moore, The Orlando Sentinel

DR. SEUSS' HORTON HEARS A WHO! — *** — This mostly charming comic fantasy is rendered in state-of-the-art digital animation and includes more of the actual Seuss material. Running time: 88 minutes, G (comic violence, mild vulgarity, brief drugs, slurs)

DRILLBIT TAYLOR — *** — There may be some questionable humor, but this Owen Wilson vehicle recalls the cultily adored 1980 hit "My Bodyguard." Running time: 102 minutes, PG-13 (violence, vulgarity, profanity, brief partial nudity, drugs, brief sex, slurs)

ENCHANTED — *** — Amy Adams enchants as a fairy-tale princess trapped in the real world in this cheeky romantic comedy/fantasy. Running time: 95 minutes, PG (violence, mild vulgarity, mild profanity, nude art)

THE EYE — <* 1/2 — The real stiff in this horror remake is Jessica Alba, who gives a flat, utterly un-affecting performance. Running time: 97 minutes, PG-13 (violence) —Roger Moore, The Orlando Sentinel

FOOL'S GOLD — * 1/2 — A charmless romantic comedy-adventure that's dumber even than the recent "National Treasure" sequel. Running time: 110 minutes, PG-13 (violence, profanity, vulgarity, brief sex, brief partial nudity)

FUNNY GAMES — ** — All this unpleasant thriller remake shows is that a film can be somewhat restrained and subtle and still be in bad taste. Naomi Watts stars. Running time: 112 minutes, R (violence, profanity, torture, gore, vulgarity, brief drugs, slurs)

THE GOLDEN COMPASS — * — A muddled, confusing fantasy that adds up to little more than the "Yawn-icles of Narnia." Running time: 113 minutes, PG-13 (violence) —Eleanor O'Sullivan, Asbury Park (N.J.) Press

THE GREAT DEBATERS — ** 1/2 — This fact-based drama directed by and starring Denzel Washington settles for being merely watchable. Running time: 123 minutes, PG-13 (violence, slurs, profanity, brief sex, vulgarity)

I AM LEGEND — *** — More of an improved "Omega Man" remake than a faithful adaptation of Richard Matheson's story. Will Smith stars. Running time: 100 minutes, PG-13 (violence, gore, drugs, profanity)

IN BRUGES — *** — Those who can withstand this darkly comic thriller's verbal assault on their sensibilities will be rewarded. Colin Farrell stars. Running time: 101 minutes, R (profanity, violence, gore, drugs, vulgarity, slurs, brief sex, nude art)

JUMPER — ** — A science-fiction adventure film doesn't do anything with its cool premise. It also has a wooden lead, Hayden Christensen. Running time: 88 minutes, PG-13 (violence, profanity, vulgarity, brief sex)

JUNO — **** — A teen-pregnancy comedy filled with witty dialogue and genuine emotion — and occasional crudeness. Running time: 97 minutes, PG-13 (vulgarity, profanity, brief sex, brief drugs, brief gore, slurs)

MEET THE SPARTANS — * — These cut-and-paste comedies are so worn out that they have devolved to simple pop-culture riffs. Running time: 84 minutes, PG-13 (vulgarity, sex, profanity, violence) —Roger Moore, The Orlando Sentinel

MISS PETTIGREW LIVES FOR A DAY — *** — The delightful acting ensemble helps save this pre-World War II period comedy from its humdrum direction. Running time: 92 minutes, minutes PG-13 (vulgarity, profanity, brief partial nudity, violence, brief sex)

NATIONAL TREASURE: BOOK OF SECRETS — ** — Not without a few goofy thrills, but we've seen most — if not all — of this done better before. Running time: 124 minutes, PG (violence, vulgarity, mild profanity)

NEVER BACK DOWN — ** — The mixed-martial arts fighting drama is watchable — if you can stand the sight of people pummeling each other. Running time: 110 minutes, PG-13 (violence, profanity, slurs, brief gore, vulgarity, brief sex)

THE OTHER BOLEYN GIRL — ** — This costume drama features a yawn-inducing, sketchy and fairly questionable version of historical events. Scarlett Johansson stars. Running time: 110 minutes, PG-13 (sex, violence, vulgarity, mild profanity, brief gore, slurs)

OVER HER DEAD BODY — * 1/2 — A charmless, mediocre romantic comedy with supernatural overtones. Eva Longoria Parker stars. Running time: 96 minutes, PG-13 (vulgarity, profanity, violence, brief sex, brief nudity, brief drugs)

PENELOPE — ** 1/2 — This modern-day fairy tale is generally charming but is seriously thin on laugh-out-loud moments. Christina Ricci stars. Running time: 85 minutes, PG (vulgarity, profanity) —Roger Moore, The Orlando Sentinel

SEMI-PRO — ** — Will Ferrell's latest is a '70s-period sports comedy that's only funny about half of the time. Running time: 91 minutes, R (profanity, violence, vulgarity, sex, drugs, slurs, brief gore)

SHUTTER —** — This uncredited remake of a 2004 Thai horror film has its moments. But even at 86 minutes, it's a drag. Reviewed Saturday, running time: 86 minutes, PG-13 (violence, sex, profanity) —Roger Moore, The Orlando Sentinel

SLEEPWALKING — * 1/2 — A movie so unoriginal it might as well have been titled "Generic Bleak Film Festival Drama No. 500." Charlize Theron stars. Running time: 100 minutes, R (profanity, drugs, violence, vulgarity, brief sex, slurs, brief gore)

THE SPIDERWICK CHRONICLES — *** — It's too creepy for little ones, but this is also the best fantasy movie to come along in a while. Running time: 97 minutes, PG (violence, vulgarity, mild profanity, slurs)

THERE WILL BE BLOOD — *** — P.T. Anderson's oil drama is pretty riveting stuff — despite the rushed and ridiculous finale. Best Actor Oscar winner Daniel Day-Lewis stars. Running time: 158 minutes, R (violence, profanity, vulgarity, gore)

TYLER PERRY'S MEET THE BROWNS — ** — A Madea-sized, big fat step backward for filmmaker Tyler Perry. Angela Bassett stars. Reviewed Monday, running time: 100 minutes, PG-13 (drugs, profanity, vulgarity, violence) —Roger Moore, The Orlando Sentinel

UNTRACEABLE — * 1/2 — The latest "torture-porn" thriller should have been titled "Unwatchable." Diane Lane stars. Running time: 100 minutes, R (torture, violence, gore, profanity, drugs)

VANTAGE POINT — * 1/2 — A hopelessly convoluted and contrived thriller clearly trying to duplicate the style and feel of the vastly superior television series "24." Running time: 90 minutes, PG-13 (violence, profanity, gore, brief drugs)

THE WATER HORSE: LEGEND OF THE DEEP — *** — The boy-and-his-creature fantasy has some genuine appeal, much of it being the talented European cast. Running time: 108 minutes, PG (violence, vulgarity, mild profanity)

WELCOME HOME ROSCOE JENKINS — * — An alternately gooey and annoying comedy in which Martin Lawrence tries to play straight man. Running time: 114 minutes, PG-13 (vulgarity, violence, profanity, sex, racial epithets, brief drugs)


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