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"Aliens in the Attic" — SCERA — see Kids Matinees

“Aliens in the Attic” — SCERA — see Kids Matinees

Twentieth Century Fox


BEST WORST MOVIE — ★★★ — A pretty good and pretty fun documentary about the infamous 1990 horror film "Troll 2." Running time: 93 minutes; not rated, probable R (violence, gore, profanity, drugs, vulgarity, slurs

CASINO JACK AND THE UNITED STATES OF MONEY — ★★½ — This snarky, jokey take on this Washington, D.C., lobbying expose actually detracts from smart, heady material. Running time: 118 minutes; R (profanity, vulgarity, violence, brief gore, slurs)

PRINCE OF PERSIA: THE SANDS OF TIME — ★★½ — More watchable than either the dull "Robin Hood" origin story or the uninspired "Shrek" finale at least. Running time: 116 minutes; PG-13 (violence, brief gore, vulgarity, slurs, brief drugs, torture, nude artwork)

THE SECRET IN THEIR EYES — ★★★½ — There is some rough material, but the Best Foreign Language Feature Oscar winner is rewarding. Spanish with subtitles; running time: 127 minutes; R (violence, profanity, rape, nudity, gore, slurs, brief drugs)


TOWER AT MIDNIGHT SERIES — This week's movie is "Repo! The Genetic Opera" (2008). A schedule is available at www.towertheatre.com. (May 28 and 29: Tower)


SCERA SUMMER MATINEES — This week's films are "Aliens in the Attic" and "Night at the Museum 2." A schedule is available at www.scera.org. (May 31, June 1-3, 10 and 10:30 a.m., 1 p.m.: SCERA, Orem)


AVATAR 3-D — James Cameron's new science-fiction/fantasy blockbuster, shown in 3-D. (Ritz)

BREWVIES SPECIAL SCREENINGS — This week's programs include "Batman" (1966) and "Batman" (1989). A schedule is available at www.brewvies.com. (May 30, 5 p.m.: Brewvies, must be 21 or older)

BYU MOTION PICTURE ARCHIVES FILM SERIES — This month's film is "The Best Years of Our Lives" (1946). A schedule is available at www.lib.byu.edu/sites/sc. (May 28, 7 p.m.: Lee Library, Brigham Young University, Provo)

HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON 3-D — DreamWorks' new animated fantasy-adventure, shown in 3-D. (Ritz)

PARK CITY FILM SERIES — This week's film is "The Yellow Handkerchief." A schedule is available at www.parkcityfilmseries.com. (May 28 and May 29, 8 p.m.; May 30, 6 p.m.: Park City Library)

SHREK FOREVER AFTER 3-D — DreamWorks' new animated, comedy fantasy, shown in 3-D. (Carmike 12, Century Sandy, Century South Salt Lake, Cinemark American Fork, District, Gateway, Jordan Commons, Jordan Landing, Junction, Layton Hills, Provo Towne Centre, Ritz, SCERA, Showcase, Stadium Payson, Thanksgiving Point, Tinseltown Ogden, University Mall, Wynnsong)


FLY ME TO THE MOON — ★★★ This state-of-the-art cartoon falls short in several crucial areas. Shown in 3-D; running time: 45 minutes; G (violence, vulgarity) (Thanksgiving Point)

HUBBLE 3-D — ★★★ An elegant portrait of the best spy cam humanity has ever invented. Shown in 3-D; running time: 43 minutes; G (nothing offensive) (Clark Planetarium) — David Germain, Associated Press

SEA REX 3-D: JOURNEY TO A PREHISTORIC WORLD — A large-screen short about extinct, deep-sea life forms. Shown in 3-D; running time: 30 minutes; not rated, probable G (nothing offensive) (Thanksgiving Point)

SHREK FOREVER AFTER: AN IMAX 3-D EXPERIENCE — DreamWorks' new animated, comedy fantasy, shown in 3-D and in the large-screen format. (Jordan Commons)

UNDER THE SEA — ★★★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)


ALICE IN WONDERLAND — ★★★ Tim Burton's version of the much-filmed Lewis Carroll tale is visually stunning. Johnny Depp stars. Running time: 108 minutes; PG (violence, brief drugs, slurs, brief gore, mild vulgarity)

BABIES — ★★★ — The nonfiction film about newborns from around the world doesn't overstay its welcome, and it has some genuinely cute and cuddly subjects. Running time: 79 minutes; PG (nudity, vulgarity, violence, brief drugs, brief gore)

THE BACK-UP PLAN — ★ — A crude comedy that's not exactly a great big-screen return for Jennifer Lopez. Running time: 100 minutes; PG-13 (vulgarity, profanity, sex, violence, brief partial nudity, slurs)

CITY ISLAND — ★★★ — A dysfunctional comedy-drama that works pretty well, thanks to its very good cast. Andy Garcia stars. Running time: 103 minutes; PG-13 (vulgarity, profanity, brief nudity, brief drugs, brief sex, violence, slurs, brief gore)

CLASH OF THE TITANS — ★★ The fantasy remake is one of the flatter would-be blockbusters of late. Sam Worthington stars. Running time: 106 minutes; PG-13 (violence, gore, profanity, slurs, vulgarity, brief sex, nude art)

DATE NIGHT — ★★½ — For all this comedy-thriller's problems, stars Steve Carell and Tina Fey keep us interested. Running time: 87 minutes; PG-13 (violence, vulgarity, profanity, drugs, brief sex, slurs, nude art)

DIARY OF A WIMPY KID — ★★ — A movie about an unlikable jerk of a kid is a more apt description. Running time: 91 minutes; PG (vulgarity, violence, slurs, mild profanity)

THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO — ★★½ — Some real nastiness detracts from this thriller's interesting story. Swedish with subtitles. Running time: 145 minutes; not rated, probable R (violence, sex, vulgarity, profanity, slurs, rape, gore, nudity, torture, drugs)

HOT TUB TIME MACHINE — ★★½ — A sloppy, raucous time-travel farce in the grown-men-gone-wild "Hangover" style. John Cusack stars. Running time: 90 minutes; R (vulgarity, sex, nudity, drugs, profanity) — Roger Moore, The Orlando Sentinel

HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON — ★★★ A cartoon feature, based on the popular books, that's a lot more fun and enjoyable than it has any right to be. Running time: 95 minutes; PG (violence, slurs, vulgarity)

IRON MAN 2 — ★★★½ — The superhero sequel may be overstuffed with characters and story, but it's also funny, exciting and even deceptively smart. Running time: 124 minutes; PG-13 (violence, vulgarity, profanity, brief drugs, brief gore, slurs, nude art)

THE JONESES — ★★★ The chemistry between David Duchovny and Demi Moore makes this cynical, satirical tale work. Running time: 93 minutes; R (profanity, vulgarity, drugs, sex, violence, slurs, brief nudity)

JUST WRIGHT — ★★ — The lack of realism and believability is not really the worst of problems for this messy comedy-drama. Queen Latifah stars. Running time: 101 minutes; PG (profanity, vulgarity, slurs, brief sex)

KICK-A-- — ★★ This latest comic-book adaptation to reach the big screen never finds its sweet spot. Running time: 116 minutes; R (violence, gore, profanity, vulgarity, slurs, sex, nudity, drugs) — Roger Moore, The Orlando Sentinel

LETTERS TO JULIET — ★★ — A romantic comedy-drama starring Amanda Seyfried that lacks the most important, meat-and-potatoes parts. Running time: 105 minutes; PG (vulgarity, profanity, slurs, nude artwork)

MACGRUBER — ★★½ — As crude and as dumb as some of it is, the action spoof gets some laughs. Reviewed Saturday; running time: 88 minutes; R (violence, vulgarity, profanity, gore, sex, nudity, slurs)

A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET — ★★ The horror "re-imagining" isn't a nightmare so much as it is a series of missed opportunities. Running time: 95 minutes; R (violence, gore, profanity, drugs, vulgarity, brief nudity, slurs)

OCEANS — ★★★ A good documentary about the world's oceans, of interest to those with an interest in such things. Running time: 87 minutes; G (violence)

PERCY JACKSON & THE OLYMPIANS: THE LIGHTNING THIEF — ★★½ — 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)

REPO MEN — ★★ This science-fiction thriller is a bloody mess. Jude Law stars. Running time: 115 minutes; R (violence, gore, profanity, drugs, sex, vulgarity, brief nudity, slurs)

ROBIN HOOD — ★★ — The revisionist retelling of the English folk legends is the first real dud of the summer movie season. Russell Crowe stars. Running time: 140 minutes; PG-13 (violence, gore, profanity, brief sex, vulgarity, slurs, brief partial nudity, torture)

SEX IN THE CITY 2 — ★½ — In its empty-headed way, this alleged comedy is the kind of thing that sets back cultural relations by decades. Reviewed Thursday; running time: 146 minutes; R (vulgarity, profanity, sex, nudity, drugs, slursgs)

SHREK FOREVER AFTER — ★★ — With the exception of the third film, this is the least funny animated feature of the ultra-successful series. Running time: 93 minutes; PG (vulgarity, violence, slurs, brief drugs)

SHUTTER ISLAND — ★★★Atmosphere is everything in Martin Scorsese's adaptation of the best-selling novel. Leonardo DiCaprio stars. Running time: 138 minutes; R (violence, profanity, gore, drugs, vulgarity, brief nudity, slurs)

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)

THE SQUARE — ★★★ — As dark as this noir tale is, it's worth it just to watch things spiral so far out of control. Running time: 101 minutes; R (violence, profanity, sex, gore, vulgarity, slurs, torture)

TERRIBLY HAPPY — ★★★½ — A dark, noirish thriller that will appeal to those who love the genre. Danish with subtitles, running time: 100 minutes; not rated, probable R (violence, sex, profanity, drugs, vulgarity, brief gore, slurs)

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)

TYLER PERRY'S WHY DID I GET MARRIED TOO? — ★½ — Another production from a filmmaker who'd rather expand his empire than hone his craft. Running time: 121 minutes; PG-13 (sex, vulgarity profanity, drugs, violence) — Rafer Guzman, Newsday