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"The Blind Side" "” Utah state capitol "” see Special Screenings

“The Blind Side” "” Utah state capitol "” see Special Screenings

Ralph Nelson


LIFE DURING WARTIME — ★★The coldness and aloofness only makes this film more off-putting. Running time: 98 minutes; not rated, probable R (profanity, sex, vulgarity, slurs, brief nudity)

LOTTERY TICKET — ★★½ — A blend of comic lunacy with sweet sentimentality. Bow Wow stars. Running time: 99 minutes; PG-13 (vulgarity, profanity) — Rick Bentley, McClatchy Newspapers

NANNY MCPHEE RETURNS — ★★½ — Though it's crude, this sequel actually betters its predecessor. Emma Thompson stars. Running time: 109 minutes; PG (vulgarity, violence, slurs)

PIRAHNA 3-D Remake of the killer-fish thriller from 1978, starring Elisabeth Shue. Running time: 89 minutes; R (violence, gore, nudity, sex, profanity, drugs) Will be reviewed later.

THE SWITCH — Planned-pregnancy comedy starring Jennifer Aniston and Jason Bateman as longtime friends. Running time: 100 minutes; PG-13 (sex, vulgarity, nudity, drugs, profanity)

VAMPIRES SUCK — ★ The spoof of vampire movies a step above completely awful — barely. Running time: 80 minutes; PG-13 (vulgarity, sex, violence, profanity) — Peter Hartlaub, San Francisco Chronicle

WILD GRASS — ★★The payoff to this absurdist fantasy isn't worth the cinematic journey. French with subtitles; running time: 104 minutes; PG (profanity, vulgarity)


TOWER NIGHT 'N' NOON SERIES — This week's film is "Scarface" (1983). A schedule is available at www.saltlakefilmsociety.org. (Aug. 20-22: Tower)


TOWNE CINEMAS SUMMER MATINEES — This week's movie is "The Wizard of Oz" (1939). See schedule at www.townecinema.com. (Aug. 20, 11 a.m.: Towne Cinemas, American Fork)


BICYCLE DREAMS — Independently produced documentary following devoted bicycle riders. (Through Aug. 26: Gateway)

BREWVIES SPECIAL SCREENINGS — Programs include the Wasatch Coop fundraiser and "Hedwig & The Angry Inch" (2001). See schedule at www.brewvies.com. (Aug. 23, 10 p.m.; Aug. 24, 6:30 p.m. and Aug. 25, 8 p.m.: Brewvies, must be 21 or older)

CHASING LEGENDS — Independently produced documentary following Tour de France competitors. (Through Aug. 26: Jordan Commons)

DESPICABLE ME 3-D — The new animated comedy, shown in 3-D. (Century Sandy, Century South Salt Lake, Cinemark American Fork, Jordan Commons, Jordan Landing, Provo Towne Centre, Ritz, Showcase, Tinseltown Ogden)

FRESH — Independently produced documentary looks at agriculture and nutrition. (Through Aug. 26: Tower)

LAS ARTES DE MEXICO FILM SERIES — This week's films are "Danzon" (1991) and "Macario" (1960). See schedule at www.umfa.utah.edu/mexicoprograms. (Aug. 21, 2 p.m.; Aug. 25, 6 p.m.: Salt Lake Main Library)

THE LAST AIRBENDER 3-D — M. Night Shyamalan's new fantasy-adventure, shown in 3-D. (Ritz)

MOVIE UNDER THE STARS SERIES — This week's screening is "The Blind Side" (2009). See schedule at www.film.utah.gov. (Aug. 26, 8:30 p.m.: Utah State Capitol)

PEERY'S EGYPTIAN THEATER SPECIAL SCREENINGS — This week's films are "Dr. Strangelove" (1964) and "Tooth Fairy" (2010). See schedule at www.peerysegyptiantheater.com. (Aug. 20, 7 p.m.; Aug. 21, 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.: Peery's Egyptian Theater, Ogden)

PLAYGROUND — Libby Spears' documentary examines the sex trade and child slavery. (Through Aug. 26: Tower)

SALT LAKE FILM CENTER SPECIAL SCREENINGS — This week's films are "Heavy Metal in Baghdad" (2007). See schedule at www.slcfilmcenter.org. (Aug. 20, 9 p.m.: Pioneer Park)

TOY STORY 3-D — Disney/Pixar's new animated comedy/adventure, shown in 3-D. (Carmike 12, Ritz, SCERA, University Mall)


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

INCEPTION: THE IMAX EXPERIENCE — The new science-fiction thriller, shown in the large-screen format. (Jordan Commons)

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)

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)

THE WILDEST DREAM: CONQUEST OF EVEREST — ★★★ An air of sadness hangs over this enthralling documentary feature about efforts to scale Mount Everest's summit. Running time: 93 minutes; PG (violence, profanity) (Clark Planetarium)


THE A-TEAM — ★★★ It's sort of refreshing to see something this summer that doesn't take itself too seriously. Liam Neeson stars. Running time: 117 minutes; PG-13 (violence, profanity, slurs, brief gore, brief drugs, torture, vulgarity)

CATS & DOGS: THE REVENGE OF KITTY GALORE — ★½ A completely unnecessary, nearly laughless sequel to the surprising 2001 hit. Running time: 88 minutes; PG (violence, vulgarity

CHARLIE ST. CLOUD — ★★ A ludicrous blend of melodrama and supernatural elements. Zac Efron stars. Running time: 99 minutes; PG-13 (violence, profanity, brief sex, vulgarity)

CYRUS — ★★★½ This well-acted comedy is much warmer, more raw and real than you would think. John C. Reilly stars. Running time: 92 minutes; R (vulgarity, profanity, brief sex, brief partial nudity, violence)

DESPICABLE ME — ★★½ There are some genuine laughs in this animated feature, even if much of the material is predictable. Running time: 95 minutes; PG (violence, vulgarity, slurs)

DINNER FOR SCHMUCKS — ★★★ — The remake of a French hit is an embarrassment of comic riches. Steve Carell stars. Running time: 114 minutes; PG-13 (vulgarity, sex, partial nudity, profanity) — Roger Moore, The Orlando Sentinel

EAT PRAY LOVE — ★★ A talk-heavy adaptation of travel writer Elizabeth Gilbert's best-selling memoirs. Julia Roberts stars. Running time: 133 minutes; PG-13 (profanity, vulgarity, brief nudity)

THE EXPENDABLES — ★★½ — You certainly can't say this over-the-top, R-rated thriller skimps on action. Running time: 98 minutes; R (violence, gore, profanity, torture)

THE GIRL WHO PLAYED WITH FIRE — ★★ The dour, murky follow-up thriller is not particularly fun. Swedish with subtitles; running time: 129 minutes; R (violence, sex, gore, torture, nudity, profanity, slurs)

HOLY ROLLERS — ★★ Yet another predictable take on the true-life, drug-trade tale. Jesse Eisenberg stars. Running time: 89 minutes; R (profanity, drugs, vulgarity, brief sex)

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)

INCEPTION — ★★★★ — A mind-blowing mix of heady concepts and thrilling, inventive action. Leonardo DiCaprio stars. Running time: 148 minutes; PG-13 (violence, profanity, brief gore)

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 KARATE KID — ★★★ As fun and winning as the remake can be, some of the film's violent content is troubling. With subtitles; running time: 140 minutes; PG (violence, profanity, vulgarity, slurs)

THE KIDS ARE ALL RIGHT — ★★½ The cast helps salvage this occasionally heavy-handed comedy-drama about a same-sex family. Running time: 106 minutes; R (sex, vulgarity, profanity, drugs, brief nudity, slurs)

KNIGHT AND DAY — ★★★ The comic action-thriller has almost everything you could ask from a supposed "popcorn" movie. Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz star. Running time: 110 minutes; PG-13 (violence, profanity, brief gore, vulgarity)

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)

MARMADUKE — ★½ — A wrong-headed attempt to stretch the long-running comic strip's one-joke concept out for 90 minutes. Running time: 87 minutes; PG (violence, vulgarity, brief drugs, slurs)

THE OTHER GUYS — ★★★ The matching up of Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg in this buddy cop spoof is inspired. Running time: 107 minutes; PG-13 (vulgarity, sex, profanity, violence, drugs)

PREDATORS — ★★ One scene turns this dumb fun movie into simply a dumb one. Adrien Brody stars. Running time: 106 minutes; R (violence, gore, profanity, brief drugs, slurs)

PRINCE OF PERSIA: THE SANDS OF TIME — ★★½ More watchable than some of the other summer movie disappointments, at least. Running time: 116 minutes; PG-13 (violence, brief gore, vulgarity, slurs, brief drugs, torture, nude artwork)

SALT — ★★ A ridiculously convoluted tale that only gets more ridiculous as it goes along. Angelina Jolie stars. Running time: 100 minutes; PG-13 (violence, gore, profanity, torture)

SCOTT PILGRIM VS. THE WORLD — ★★★ The romantic/action-comedy is manic but also funny and exciting. Running time: 112 minutes; PG-13 (violence, vulgarity, brief sex, profanity)

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)

THE SORCERER'S APPRENTICE — ★★★ This action-fantasy has a good combination of thrills and laughs. Nicolas Cage stars. Running time: 107 minutes; PG (violence, vulgarity, slurs)

STEP UP 3-D — ★★ The dance scenes in this dopey drama are energetic and are sort of fun to watch. Running time: 107 minutes; PG-13 (profanity, vulgarity)

TOY STORY 3 — ★★★★ The animated "three-quel" is funny, thrilling, smart and is even a little touching and is easily the best film of the summer so far. Running time: 103 minutes; G (violence, vulgarity, slurs)

THE TWILIGHT SAGA: ECLIPSE — ★★ Hordes of "Twi-hards" may enjoy it, but the clunky third film will not win over any casual fans or newcomers. Running time: 124 minutes; PG-13 (violence, vulgarity, mild profanity, brief gore)

WINTER'S BONE — ★★★ Newcomer Jennifer Lawrence keeps our interest throughout this bleak Ozarks thriller. Running time: 100 minutes; R (violence, profanity, drugs, slurs)