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"Me and Orson Welles" — Park City Library — see Special Screenings
"Me and Orson Welles" — Park City Library — see Special Screenings
Liam Daniel


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)

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)

FROM PARIS WITH LOVE — ★½ — Thriller starring John Travolta as a spy trying to stop a terrorist attack. Running time: 92 minutes; R (violence, gore, drugs, profanity, brief sex)

FROZEN — ★½ — Most of this dull, stranded-skiers thriller consists of petty bickering between the characters. Running time: 93 minutes; R (violence, profanity, gore, vulgarity, slurs, brief drugs)


3 IDIOTS — Bollywood comedy featuring Aamir Khan and Madhavan. Hindi with subtitles; running time: 160 minutes; not rated, probable PG-13 (slapstick violence, vulgarity) (Through Feb. 11: Sandy 9)

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)

BREWVIES SPECIAL SCREENINGS — Films include the Monday Munchies selection. A schedule is available at (Feb. 8, 10:30 p.m.: Brewvies, must be 21 or older)

ORGAN LOFT SPECIAL SCREENINGS — This week's film is "Bardelys the Magnificent" (1926). A schedule is available at HREF=""" TARGET="_blank">TARGET="_blank"> (Feb. 5, 7:30 p.m.: Organ Loft)

PARK CITY FILM SERIES — This week's film is "Me and Orson Welles." A schedule is available at (Feb. 5 and 6, 8 p.m.; Feb. 7, 6 p.m.: Park City Library)

SALT LAKE FILM CENTER SPECIAL SCREENINGS — This week's films are "Chef's Special" and "Sophie Scholl: The Final Days." A schedule is available at www.slcfilmcenter .org. (Feb. 8, 7 p.m.: Tower; Feb. 11, 7 p.m.: Salt Lake City Library)


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 minifeature 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)


2012 — ★★½ — Don't think too hard about this dopey science-fiction thriller and its sketchy plotting. Running time: 158 minutes; PG-13 (violence, profanity, vulgarity, brief gore, brief nudity, slurs)

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)

CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF MEATBALLS — ★★★½ — A delicious farce that may be the funniest animated film of the year. Running time: 81 minutes; PG (mild profanity) — Roger Moore, The Orlando Sentinel

COCO BEFORE CHANEL — ★★★ Audrey Tautou is as winning as ever. French with subtitles. Running time: 110 minutes; PG-13 (vulgarity, sex, slurs, mild profanity, nude artwork)

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)

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)

FANTASTIC MR. FOX — ★★★½ — Proof that there's quality animation being done by studios that aren't named Disney and Pixar. Running time: 87 minutes; PG (violence, vulgarity, slurs, brief drugs)

THE FOURTH KIND — ★½ — An unconvincing alien abduction tale. Running time: 98 minutes; PG-13 (violence, profanity, brief sex, brief gore, slurs, brief drugs, vulgarity)

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)

INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS — ★★★ Those who enjoy Quentin Tarantino's off-the-wall filmmaking will enjoy this World War II thriller. Running time: 153 minutes, R (violence, gore, profanity, slurs, torture, brief drugs, brief sex, vulgarity)

INVICTUS — ★★½ — Clint Eastwood couldn't decide which movie he wanted to make a sports drama or a biography. Running time: 132 minutes; PG-13 (violence, profanity, slurs, vulgarity, brief drugs)

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

THE LOVELY BONES — ★★ Peter Jackson's lovely looking take on the best-selling novel is too aloof and distanced. Running time: 135 minutes; PG-13 (violence, profanity, brief gore, slurs, vulgarity, nude art, brief drugs)

THE MEN WHO STARE AT GOATS — ★★★ This quirky, darkly comic film won't appeal to all audiences. George Clooney stars. Running time: 95 minutes, R (violence, profanity, drugs, brief nudity, torture, vulgarity, slurs)

NINJA ASSASSIN — ★★ For a movie that's so gory, this revenge-thriller is not half-bad. Running time: 99 minutes; R (violence, gore, profanity, torture, slurs, vulgarity, brief drugs)

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)

THE ROAD — ★★★ As dark as this apocalyptic thriller is, it's worthwhile for its character development. Running time: 113 minutes; R (violence, gore, profanity, brief nudity, vulgarity, slurs)

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)

THE SPY NEXT DOOR — ★★ Jackie Chan plays second fiddle to bratty youngsters in this irritating action-comedy. Running time: 91 minutes; PG (violence, vulgarity, brief drugs, slurs, mild profanity)

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)

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)

WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE — ★★★ The long-awaited, live-action fantasy looks beautiful but is too intense for children. Running time: 104 minutes; PG (violence, mild vulgarity, mild profanity, slurs)

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)