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"Most Dangerous Man" — salt lake film center — Special Screenings
"Most Dangerous Man" — salt lake film center — Special Screenings
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NEW FILMS FRIDAY

THE OSCAR NOMINATED SHORT FILMS 2010 (ANIMATED PROGRAM) — ★★★ — A winning compilation of all five animated shorts that were nominated this year. With subtitles; running time: 97 minutes; not rated, probable R (violence, profanity, vulgarity, slurs, brief partial nudity)

THE OSCAR NOMINATED SHORT FILMS 2010 (LIVE-ACTION PROGRAM) — ★★½ — An uneven collection of this year's live-action shorts nominees. With subtitles; running time: 94 minutes; not rated, probable R (violence, profanity, drugs, brief gore, slurs, vulgarity)

THE LAST STATION — ★★½ — The Oscar-nominated drama features good performances but is a little too sexually explicit. Running time: 112 minutes; R (vulgarity, sex, brief nudity, slurs, profanity, violence)

SHUTTER ISLAND — Leonardo DiCaprio stars in Martin Scorsese's latest thriller, based on the Dennis Lehane novel. Running time: 138 minutes; R (violence, profanity, nudity)

SPECIAL SCREENINGS

AVATAR 3-D — James Cameron's new science-fiction thriller, shown in 3-D. (Carmike 12, Century Sandy, Century South Salt Lake, Cinemark American Fork, District, Gateway, Jordan Commons, Jordan Landing, Layton Hills, Provo Towne Centre, Ritz, Thanksgiving Point, Tinseltown Ogden, Tinseltown Layton, University Mall, Wynnsong)

BLACK HISTORY MONTH SCREENINGS — Films include "Capoeira: The Dance of Freedom." A schedule can be found at www.culturalcelebration.org. (Feb. 24, 7 p.m.: Utah Cultural Celebration Center, West Valley City)

BREWVIES SPECIAL SCREENINGS — This week's films include "Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Movie" (1996). A schedule is available at www.brewvies.com. (Feb. 22, 10:30 p.m.; Feb. 24, 8 p.m.: Brewvies, must be 21 or older)

CELINE: THROUGH THE EYES OF THE WORLD — Concert film featuring Canadian singer Celine Dion, shot during her 2008-2009 world tour. Running time: 117 minutes; not rated, probable G (nothing offensive) (Feb. 20-23: District, Gateway, Jordan Commons, Jordan Landing, Junction, Provo Towne Centre)

CLASSICAL 89 SILENT MOVIE NIGHT — A special screening of the silent comedy "Safety Last" (1923). (Feb. 19, 7:30 p.m.: Harris Fine Arts Center, Brigham Young University, Provo)

ORGAN LOFT SPECIAL SCREENINGS — This week's film is "Monte Cristo" (1922). A schedule is available at HREF="http://www.organloftslc.com" www.organloftslc.com" TARGET="_blank">TARGET="_blank">www.organloftslc.com. (Feb. 19, 7:30 p.m.: Organ Loft)

PARK CITY FILM SERIES — This week's film is "Coco Before Chanel." A schedule is available at www.parkcityfilmseries.com. (Feb. 19 and 20, 8 p.m.; Feb. 21, 6 p.m.: Park City Library)

PEERY'S EGYPTIAN THEATER SPECIAL SCREENINGS — This week's films are from the Banff Mountain Film Festival. A schedule is available at www.peerysegyptiantheater.com. (Feb. 20, 7 p.m.; Feb. 21, 6 p.m.: Peery's Egyptian Theater, Ogden)

PREACHER'S KID — Drama starring Letoya Tuckett as the worldly daughter of a preacher. Running time: 101 minutes; PG-13 (sex, violence, brief drugs) (Through Feb. 25: Carmike 12, Wynnsong)

SALT LAKE FILM CENTER SPECIAL SCREENINGS — This week's films are "America the Beautiful," "The Most Dangerous Man in America" and "Which Way Home." A schedule is available at www.slcfilmcenter.org. (Feb. 22, 24 and 25, 7 p.m.: Salt Lake City Library)

SCERA SPECIAL SCREENINGS — This week's films are "Invincible" (2006) and "A More Perfect Union" (1990). A schedule is available at www.scera.org. (Feb. 22, 6:30 p.m.; Feb. 23, 10 a.m.: SCERA, Orem)

LARGE-FORMAT

AVATAR: THE IMAX EXPERIENCE — James Cameron's new science-fiction thriller, shown in the large-screen format. (Jordan Commons)

BUGS! — ★★★ This British-made documentary about insects has plenty of "wow" moments. Shown in 3-D. Running time: 40 minutes; not rated, probable G (violence) (Clark Planetarium, Thanksgiving Point)

DINOSAURS 3-D: GIANTS OF PATAGONIA — ★★★ This science film gets us about as close as we'd ever want to be to these enormous creatures. Shown in 3-D. Running time: 48 minutes; not rated, probable PG (violence) (Clark Planetarium, Thanksgiving Point) — Jeff Strickler, Star-Tribune (Minneapolis)

MAGNIFICENT DESOLATION: WALKING ON THE MOON 3D — ★★★½ — This mini feature on space missions is entertaining and educational. Shown in 3-D. Running time: 40 minutes; not rated, probable G (nothing offensive) (Clark Planetarium)

MYSTERY OF THE NILE — This large-screen documentary short focuses on ancient African history. Running time: 48 minutes; not rated, probable G (violence) (Clark Planetarium)

OCEAN WONDERLAND 3-D — A large-screen diving adventure. Shown in 3-D. Running time: 30 minutes; not rated, probable G (nothing offensive) (Thanksgiving Point)

UNDER THE SEA 3-D — ★★★½ — This "sequel" to the 2006, large-screen hit "Deep Sea 3-D" holds our interest just fine. Narrated by Jim Carrey. Shown in 3-D. Running time: 40 minutes; G (violence) (Clark Planetarium)

CONTINUING FILMS

ALVIN AND THE CHIPMUNKS: THE SQUEAKQUEL — ★½ — A completely unnecessary follow-up to the surprising 2007 hit. Running time: 88 minutes; PG (violence, vulgarity, slurs, brief drugs, mild profanity)

ARMORED — ★½ — Overfamiliar and industrial, a factory film. Running time: 88 minutes; PG-13 (violence, profanity) — Roger Moore, The Orlando Sentinel

AVATAR — ★★½ — James Cameron's latest is a feast for the eyes, though it fails in terms of plot. Running time: 161 minutes; PG-13 (violence, profanity, slurs, brief drugs, brief partial nudity, brief gore, vulgarity, brief sex)

THE BLIND SIDE — ★★★ This cinematic "comfort food" goes down pretty well. Sandra Bullock stars. Running time: 126 minutes; PG-13 (violence, slurs, vulgarity, brief drugs, profanity, brief gore, brief sex)

THE BOOK OF ELI — ★★ An unconvincing, contrived final third proves to be this apocalyptic thriller's undoing. Running time: 118 minutes; R (violence, gore, profanity, torture, rape, vulgarity, slurs)

BROKEN EMBRACES — ★★½ Penelope Cruz is terrific, but this is not one of Pedro Almodovar's better films. Spanish with subtitles; running time: 127 minutes; R (vulgarity, sex, nudity, profanity, drugs, slurs, violence)

COUPLES RETREAT — ★★ They should have scrapped this crude relationship comedy entirely. Running time: 109 minutes; PG-13 (vulgarity, profanity, sex, violence, brief partial nudity, brief drugs, brief gore, slurs)

CRAZY HEART — ★★★ — Oscar nominee Jeff Bridges is even likable as this broken-down wreck of a man. Running time: 112 minutes; R (profanity, vulgarity, sex, violence, brief drugs, slurs, brief gore)

DEAR JOHN — ★★ There are the customary Nicholas Sparks plot twists and tragedies, which this story doesn't need. Running time: 107 minutes; PG-13 (violence, sex, profanity, brief gore, vulgarity, slurs)

DID YOU HEAR ABOUT THE MORGANS? — ★½ — One of the most surprising comedy duds of the year. Running time: 103 minutes; PG-13 (violence, profanity, vulgarity, slurs, brief drugs, brief sex)

EDGE OF DARKNESS — ★★ "Perversely watchable" might be the right term to describe this thriller, which stars Mel Gibson. Running time: 117 minutes; R (violence, profanity, gore, slurs, torture, brief drugs, vulgarity, nude photos)

AN EDUCATION — ★★★½ — A fairly classy spin on some distasteful material. Carey Mulligan stars. Running time: 95 minutes; PG-13 (vulgarity, profanity, brief sex, slurs)

EVERYBODY'S FINE — ★★ The performances are the only things that are fine in this cliched comedy-drama. Running time: 95 minutes; PG-13 (profanity, drugs, vulgarity, slurs, nude art, violence)

EXTRAORDINARY MEASURES — ★★ This dull drama probably should have played on the small screen. Brendan Fraser stars. Running time: 106 minutes; PG (profanity, drugs, brief sex, vulgarity, slurs)

FROM PARIS WITH LOVE — ★½ Some audiences may get some laughs from John Travolta's hammy performance in this thriller. Running time: 95 minutes; R (violence, profanity, gore, drugs, vulgarity, torture, brief sex, slurs, nude art)

THE HURT LOCKER — ★★★★ A tense thriller that is arguably the best feature film made about the Iraq war so far. Running time: 131 minutes; R (violence, profanity, gore, vulgarity, slurs, brief drugs)

THE IMAGINARIUM OF DOCTOR PARNASSUS — ★★★ Fans of the late Heath Ledger will want to see this rather offbeat fantasy. Running time: 122 minutes; PG-13 (violence, slurs, profanity, vulgarity, nude artwork, brief sex)

IT'S COMPLICATED — ★★½ It's worth it just to see Meryl Streep, Alec Baldwin and Steve Martin in the same film. Running time: 114 minutes; R (vulgarity, profanity, drugs, sex, slurs, brief partial nudity)

LEAP YEAR — ★★ Even Amy Adams can't do anything with this stale, stupid romantic comedy. Running time: 101 minutes; PG (violence, vulgarity, slurs, profanity, brief drugs, brief partial nudity)

LEGION — ★ Profane, profanely silly and blasphemous. Paul Bettany and Dennis Quaid star. Running time: 100 minutes; R (violence, gore, profanity) — Roger Moore, The Orlando Sentinel

PERCY JACKSON & THE OLYMPIANS: THE LIGHTNING THIEF — ★★½ — It's no "Harry Potter," but this teen fantasy is more fun than you might expect. Running time: 119 minutes; PG (violence, profanity, brief gore, brief drugs, slurs, mild vulgarity, nude art)

PLANET 51 — ★½ — Flatulence, bodily function and other lowbrow jokes and sight gags. Running time: 91 minutes; PG (vulgarity, violence, slurs, profanity, brief drugs)

PRECIOUS: BASED ON THE NOVEL 'PUSH' BY SAPPHIRE — ★★★ The depiction of incest makes this well-acted film trying. Running time: 109 minutes; R (profanity, violence, slurs, rape, vulgarity, brief drugs, brief sex, brief nudity)

THE PRINCESS AND THE FROG — ★★★½ — Disney's latest traditionally animated fantasy is a rousing return to form. Running time: 97 minutes; G (violence, vulgarity, slurs, brief drugs)

A SERIOUS MAN — ★★★½ — The Coen brothers' most thoughtful and personal film. Michael Stuhlbarg stars. Running time: 105 minutes; R (profanity, sex, nudity, violence) — Christy Lemire, Associated Press

SHERLOCK HOLMES — ★★★ One of the more fun, big-budget, big-studio films of late. Robert Downey Jr. stars. Running time: 128 minutes; PG-13 (violence, vulgarity, drugs, brief gore, slurs, nude art, mild profanity)

A SINGLE MAN — ★★ A glossy but snoozy gay-themed drama featuring a terrific performance by Colin Firth. Running time: 99 minutes; R (vulgarity, nudity, profanity, brief drugs, violence, brief gore, slurs, brief sex)

TOOTH FAIRY — ★★ A comic fantasy placing Dwayne Johnson in silly, embarrassing and possibly physically painful situations. Running time: 102 minutes; PG (violence, vulgarity, drugs, slurs, mild profanity)

THE TWILIGHT SAGA: NEW MOON — ★★ A more ridiculous movie than its predecessor, last year's "Twilight." Running time: 130 minutes; PG-13 (violence, brief gore, slurs, brief drugs, mild profanity, vulgarity)

UP IN THE AIR — ★★★½ — This satire's observations about personal priorities really strike home. George Clooney stars. Running time: 108 minutes; R (profanity, vulgarity, slurs, brief nudity, brief sex, brief drugs)

VALENTINE'S DAY — ★★ Garry Marshall's multi-character, multi-story romance tale is overstuffed and a little bit raunchy. Running time: 125 minutes; PG-13 (vulgarity, profanity, brief sex, violence, slurs, brief partial nudity)

WHEN IN ROME — ★ — So unfunny and charmless it even makes other recent duds seem better by comparison. Running time: 91 minutes; PG-13 (vulgarity, slapstick violence, nude artwork, mild profanity, slurs)

THE WOLFMAN — ★★ — The R-rated remake of the 1941 horror classic ends as it begins — messily. Running time: 102 minutes; R (violence, gore, torture, brief drugs, slurs, profanity, brief nudity)

THE YOUNG VICTORIA — ★★½ — Emily Blunt is good, but this film glosses over some interesting parts of Queen Victoria's early life. Running time: 104 minutes; PG (vulgarity, profanity, nude art, brief drugs, slurs, violence, brief sex)