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On the screen: Movie listings

Reviews by Jeff Vice

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"Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs" — area theaters — see Kids Matinees

“Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs” — area theaters — see Kids Matinees

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NEW FRIDAY

COCO CHANEL & IGOR STRAVINSKY — ★★ This sometimes sexually graphic film quickly turns into a dull slog. French with subtitles; running time:116 minutes; R (sex, nudity, violence)

COUNTDOWN TO ZERO — ★★★ The nuclear proliferation documentary is one of the scariest movies this year. Running time: 89 minutes; PG (violence)

THE OTHER GUYS — ★★★ Buddy cop spoof pairing Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg. Running time: 107 minutes; PG-13 (vulgarity, sex, profanity, violence, drugs)

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)

MIDNIGHT MOVIE

TOWER NIGHT 'N' NOON SERIES — This week's film is "THX 1138" (1971). A schedule is available at www.saltlakefilmsociety.org. (Aug. 6-8: Tower)

KIDS MATINEES

CINEMARK SUMMER MOVIE CLUBHOUSE — This week's films include "Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs" (2009) and "Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian" (2009). See schedule at www.cinemark.com/summermovieclubhouse. (Aug. 10-12: Cinemark American Fork, Jordan Landing, Sandy 9, Tinseltown Layton, Tinseltown Ogden)

SCERA SUMMER MATINEES — This week's films are "Astro Boy" (2009) and "The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor" (2008). See schedule at www.scera.org. (Aug. 9-12, 10 and 10:30 a.m., 1 p.m.: SCERA, Orem)

TOWNE CINEMAS SUMMER MATINEES — This week's movies are "Shark Tale" (2004) and "Shrek the Third" (2007). See schedule at www.townecinema.com. (Aug. 6, 10-12, 11 a.m.: Towne Cinemas, American Fork)

SPECIAL SCREENINGS

A CLOCKWORK ORANGE — A screening of the 1971 cult film, introduced by actor Malcolm McDowell. Information is available at www.murraytheater.com. (Aug. 6, p.m.: Murray Theater)

BREWVIES SPECIAL SCREENINGS — This week's film is "Amelie" (2001). See schedule at www.brewvies.com. (Aug. 9, 10 p.m.: Brewvies, must be 21 or older)

CATS & DOGS 2 3-D — The new live-action comedy, shown in 3-D. (Carmike 12, Century Sandy, Century South Salt Lake, Cinemark American Fork, Cinemark Bountiful, District, Gateway, Jordan Commons, Jordan Landing, Junction, Layton Hills, Provo Towne Centre, Showcase, Stadium Payson, Thanksgiving Point, Tinseltown Layton, University Mall, Wynnsong)

DESPICABLE ME 3-D — The new animated comedy, shown in 3-D. (Century South Salt Lake, District, Jordan Commons, Jordan Landing, Provo Towne Centre, Ritz, Showcase, Thanksgiving Point, Tinseltown Ogden, University Mall)

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 Twilight Saga: New Moon" (2009). See schedule at www.film.utah.gov. Aug. 12, 8:30 p.m.: Utah State Capitol)

PARK CITY FILM SERIES — This week's movies are "Herb & Dorothy" (2008) and "The Thomas Crown Affair" (1999). See schedule at www.parkcityfilmseries.com. (Aug. 7, 8 p.m.; Aug. 8, 6 p.m.: Park City Library)

PEERY'S EGYPTIAN THEATER SPECIAL SCREENINGS — This week's films are "To Catch a Thief" (1955) and "The Wizard of Oz" (1939). See schedule at www.peerysegyptiantheater.com. (Aug. 6, 7 p.m.; Aug. 7, 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.: Peery's Egyptian Theater, Ogden)

SALT LAKE FILM CENTER SPECIAL SCREENINGS — This week's films are "4 Minutes" (2006) and "Soul Power" (2009). See schedule at www.slcfilmcenter.org. (Aug. 6, 9 p.m.: Pioneer Park; Aug. 9, 7 p.m.: Tower)

SCERA OUTDOOR FILM SERIES — This week's film is "The Blind Side" (2009). See schedule at www.scera.org. (Aug. 11, 8:30 p.m.: SCERA, Orem)

STEP UP 3-D — The new dance drama, shown in 3-D. (Century South Salt Lake, District, Gateway, Jordan Commons, Jordan Landing, Junction, Provo Towne Centre, Ritz, Tinseltown Ogden, Wynnsong)

SUNDANCE INSTITUTE FILM SERIES — This week's film is "Mary and Max" (2009). See schedule at www.sundance.org. (Aug. 6, 9 p.m.: Park City)

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

LARGE-FORMAT

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)

CONTINUING FILMS

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)

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

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

GET HIM TO THE GREEK — ★★ Highly divisive British comic Russell Brand is best kept to small doses and certainly not in extended appearances. Running time: 109 minutes; R (vulgarity, profanity, drugs, sex, violence, nudity, slurs, brief gore)

THE GIRL WHO PLAYED WITH FIRE — ★★ The follow-up to "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo" is not particularly fun. Swedish with subtitles; running time: 129 minutes; R (violence, sex, gore, torture, nudity, profanity, slurs)

GROWN UPS — ★½ This Adam Sandler comedy's brand of "humor" consists mostly of insults — and the usual, expected crudities. Running time: 102 minutes; PG-13 (vulgarity, slapstick violence, profanity, slurs, brief partial nudity, brief gore)

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 sequences. 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)

JOAN RIVERS: A PIECE OF WORK — ★★★½ A strong argument about what the comedienne has meant to other women in the entertainment industry. Running time: 85 minutes; not rated, probable R (profanity, vulgarity, slurs)

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)

THE KILLER INSIDE ME — ★½ One of the most repellent and reprehensible movies in recent memory. Running time: 110 minutes; R (violence, sex, profanity, nudity, vulgarity, gore, 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)

THE LAST AIRBENDER — ★½ M. Night Shyamalan's live-action adaptation of the popular animated series is laughably awful. Running time: 103 minutes; PG (violence)

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)

RAMONA AND BEEZUS — ★★½ — Young star Joey King is the best thing about this live-action adaptation of the novels. Running time: 104 minutes; G (slapstick violence, slurs, mild vulgarity)

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)

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

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)

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)