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IN THE LAND OF BLOOD AND HONEY — Set during the Bosnian War of the 1990s, a man and a woman who once had a promising relationship are now on opposite sides of the ethnic conflict. 127 minutes; R (war violence and atrocities including rape, sexuality, nudity and language); (Broadway); Roger Moore, MCT: ★★★

THE LORAX — A 12-year-old boy seeks to discover the story of the Lorax in order to win the affection of the girl of his dreams. 94 minutes; PG (brief mild language); Jamshid Askar and Erin Askar, Deseret News:

PARIAH — A Brooklyn teenager seeks to balance her family and personal life as she chooses to embrace a homosexual lifestyle. 86 minutes; R (sexual content and language); (Broadway); Christy Lemire, AP: ★★★

PROJECT X — Three high school seniors seek to make a name for themselves by throwing a party. The situation spirals out of control as word of the party spreads. 88 minutes; R (crude and sexual content throughout, nudity, drugs, drinking, pervasive language, reckless behavior and mayhem all involving teens); Roger Moore, MCT: ★★


GHOSTBUSTERS — Film Buff Night at Brewvies (March 5, 10 p.m.: Brewvies, must be 21 or older)

GHOST RIDER: SPIRIT OF VENGEANCE 3D —(Carmike 12, Ritz, Century South Salt Lake, Century Sandy, Cinemark American Fork, Provo Towne Center, Jordan Landing, Cinemark Bountiful, Tinseltown Ogden, Tinseltown Layton, University Mall, Cinemark Farmington, Gateway, Junction)

JOURNEY 2: THE MYSTERIOUS ISLAND 3D — (Layton Hills, Carmike 12, Ritz, Century South Salt Lake, Century Sandy, Cinemark American Fork, Provo Towne Center, Jordan Landing, Cinemark Bountiful, Tinseltown Ogden, University Mall, Jordan Commons, District, Junction, Thanksgiving Point, Legacy Crossing)

THE LORAX 3D — (Layton Hills, Carmike 12, Ritz, Wynnsong, Century South Salt Lake, Century Sandy, Cinemark American Fork, Provo Towne Center, Jordan Landing, Cinemark Bountiful, Tinseltown Ogden, Tinseltown Layton, University Mall, Cinemark Draper, Cinemark Farmington, Gateway, Junction, Jordan Commons, District, Thanksgiving Point, Legacy Crossing)

SAND — Western film (March 8-9, 7:30 p.m.: The Organ Loft)

THE SEARCHERS — 1956 film (March 3-8, times vary: Tower)

STAR WARS: EPISODE I –THE PHANTOM MENACE 3D — (Ritz, Wynnsong, Century South Salt Lake, Century Sandy, Provo Towne Center, Jordan Landing, Tinseltown Layton, University Mall, Cinemark Draper, Cinemark Farmington, Jordan Commons, District, Thanksgiving Point, Legacy Crossing)

WOMEN ON THE VERGE OF A NERVOUS BREAKDOWN — Free Ivory Tower screening (March 5, 7 p.m.: Tower)


BORN TO BE WILD — A documentary about orphaned orangutans and elephants and the people who seek to rescue and raise them. 40 minutes; G (nothing offensive) (Clark Planetarium)

DINOSAURS ALIVE — American Museum of Natural History paleontologists explore dinosaur history. (Thanksgiving Point)

DINOSAUR PASSAGE TO PANGEA — When two children embark on a geology field trip back in time, they are thrown into a fantastic voyage where they witness incredible geological wonders and learn the mysterious process that created our present-day continents. (Thanksgiving Point)

RESCUE 3D — An inspirational and exciting film about international response to humanitarian crises. (Thanksgiving Point)


ACT OF VALOR — Inspired by a true story and staring a group of active-duty Navy SEALs, the film tells the story of a covert mission to rescue a captive CIA agent. 101 minutes; R (strong violence including some torture, and for language); Doug Wright, KSL Radio: ★★★

THE ADVENTURES OF TINTIN — A curious young reporter, Tintin, and his dog take on villains and adventure as they set off to find a sunken ship. 107 minutes; PG (adventure action violence, some drunkenness and brief smoking); Roger Moore, MCT: ★★★1/2

ALVIN AND THE CHIPMUNKS: CHIP-WRECKED — The Chipmunks and Chipettes accidentally go overboard on a cruise liner and find their way to a remote island. 87 minutes; G (nothing offensive); Shawn O'Neill, for the Deseret News: ★★

THE ARTIST — Set in 1927, a silent movie star sees the introduction of talking films as a threat to his career while a young dancer sees it as a bright opportunity. 100 minutes; PG-13 (a disturbing image and a crude gesture); (Broadway); Roger Moore, MCT: ★★★1/2

BIG MIRACLE — Inspired by a true story, a news reporter and his Greenpeace volunteer ex-girlfriend lead a campaign in a small Alaskan town to save a family of gray whales trapped by rapidly forming ice. 107 minutes; PG (language); Shawn O'Neill, for the Deseret News: ★★★

CHRONICLE — Three high school friends make a discovery that leads them to develop special powers. Their darker sides emerge as they learn to control their new abilities. 83 minutes; PG-13 (intense action and violence, thematic material, some language, sexual content and teen drinking); Roger Moore, MCT: ★★★

CONTRABAND — A former legendary smuggler is forced to return to his life of crime to settle the debt of his brother-in-law's botched drug deal. The man makes one final trip to Panama to obtain millions of dollars in counterfeit bills to protect his family. 110 minutes; R (violence, pervasive language and brief drug use); Roger Moore, MCT: ★★★

THE DESCENDANTS — A man must learn to connect with his young daughters and wrestle with the decision to sell the family land in Hawaii after his wife suffers a boating accident. 115 minutes; R (language including some sexual references); Christy Lemire, AP: ★★★

EXTREMELY LOUD AND INCREDIBLY CLOSE — A 9-year-old boy embarks on a search through the five boroughs of New York City to find the lock that fits a mysterious key left behind by his father, who died in the attacks on the World Trade Center. 129 minutes; PG-13 (emotional thematic material, some disturbing images, and language); Roger Moore, MCT: ★★★

GHOST RIDER: SPIRIT OF VENGEANCE — A man cursed to be the devil's bounty hunter is recruited to save a young boy from evil spirits, which may rid him of the burden forever. 95 minutes; PG-13 (intense sequences of action and violence, some disturbing images and language); Roger Moore, MCT: ★★1/2

GONE — A woman suspects the same serial killer who previously kidnapped her has abducted her sister. She must now confront her former captor to save her sister's life. 94 minutes; PG-13 (violence and terror, some sexual material, brief language and drug references); Roger Moore, MCT: ★1/2

GOOD DEEDS — A wealthy businessman encounters a change in perspective when he helps a single mother who works for his office's cleaning crew get back on her feet. 111 minutes; PG-13 (sexual content, language, some violence and thematic material); Roger Moore, MCT: ★1/2

THE GREY — An oil drilling team stranded in the Alaskan wilderness fights to survive the elements and a vicious pack of wolves. 117 minutes; R (violence/disturbing content including bloody images, and for pervasive language); Roger Moore, MCT: ★★1/2

HUGO — An orphan in Paris during the 1930s goes on a quest to unlock the secret left to him by his father. 127 minutes; PG (mild thematic material, some action/peril and smoking); Shawn O'Neill, for the Deseret News: ★★★

IN TIME — In a world where people must literally pay to live past the age of 25, a man is accused of murder and must fight to bring down the corrupt system. 109 minutes; PG-13 (violence, some sexuality and partial nudity, and strong language); Shawn O'Neill, for the Deseret News: ★★1/2

THE IRON LADY — Meryl Streep depicts the life of Margaret Thatcher, the United Kingdom's first female prime minister, and the price she paid for the power to break through barriers of gender and class in a male dominated political world. 105 minutes; PG-13 (some violent images and brief nudity); Doug Wright, KSL: ★★1/2

JOURNEY 2: THE MYSTERIOUS ISLAND — In this sequel to "Journey to the Center of the Earth," a young man and his stepfather embark on a quest to find a mysterious island and rescue its lone inhabitant. 94 minutes; PG (some adventure action, and brief mild language); Doug Wright, KSL: ★★1/2

JOYFUL NOISE — A small town Georgia choir has the opportunity to compete in a national choir competition, but the choir faces opposition as two members argue about whether to stick with the choir's traditional methods or push the envelope with a new style. 117 minutes; PG-13 (some language including a sexual reference); Roger Moore, MCT: ★★

MAN ON A LEDGE — A police negotiator tries to talk a wanted fugitive down from the ledge of a Manhattan hotel. 102 minutes; PG-13 (violence and brief strong language); Shawn O'Neill, for the Deseret News: ★★

MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE - GHOST PROTOCOL — In this fourth installment of the "Mission: Impossible" series, Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) and his team go undercover to clear the IMF's name when it is accused of a terrorist bombing. 133 minutes; PG-13 (sequences of intense action and violence); Shawn O'Neill, for the Deseret News: ★★★

THE MUPPETS — Three Muppet fans work to reunite the crew and help them raise money to save their theater from being torn down by an oil tycoon. 120 minutes; PG (some mild rude humor); Doug Wright, KSL Radio: ★★★

PINA — Members of Pina Bausch's original company provide interviews and performances as a tribute to the legendary choreographer. 103 minutes; PG (some sensuality/partial nudity and smoking); by Steven Rea, The Philadelphia Inquirer: ★★★★

PUSS IN BOOTS — Puss teams up with other familiar fairy tale characters to steal a valuable goose in this account of the sword fighting cat's life before he met Shrek. 90 minutes; PG (some adventure action and mild rude humor); Shawn O'Neill, for the Deseret News: ★★★

SAFE HOUSE — A rookie operative finds himself on the run with a renegade CIA agent when a safe house is attacked by mercenaries. 115 minutes; R (strong violence throughout and some language); Roger Moore, MCT: ★★★

THE SECRET WORLD OF ARRIETTY— A family of four-inch-tall people live quietly beneath the floorboards of a home until their daughter, Arrietty, is discovered. 94 minutes; G (nothing offensive); Jeff Peterson, for the Deseret News: ★★★★

A SEPARATION — A married couple is torn between leaving Iran to establish a better life for their child in another country or staying to care for the husband's father who has Alzheimer's. 123 minutes; PG-13 (mature thematic material); Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald: ★★★★

SHAME — A New Yorker (Michael Fassbender) lives his life acting out on his addiction to sex. His private life spins out of control when his younger sister moves into his apartment, reminding him of their painful past. 107 minutes; NC-17 (some explicit sexual content); (Broadway); Roger Moore, MCT: ★★★

SHERLOCK HOLMES: A GAME OF SHADOWS — Sherlock Holmes may have met his intellectual equal in the form of the evil Professor Moriarty. Holmes and Dr. Watson join forces and travel to France, Germany and Switzerland to outwit the villain. 129 minutes; PG-13 (intense sequences of violence and action, and some drug material); Roger Moore, MCT: ★★

STAR WARS: EPISODE I –THE PHANTOM MENACE — Two Jedi knights discover Anakin Skywalker's potential in the force. 136 minutes; PG (sci-fi action/violence)

THIS MEANS WAR — Two best friends and highly trained CIA operatives battle against each other when they discover they are dating the same woman. 98 minutes; PG-13 (sexual content including references, some violence and action, and for language): Shawn O'Neill, for the Deseret News: ★★★

TINKER TAILOR SOLDIER SPY — A veteran British MI6 agent is rehired during the Cold War to help discover a secret double agent working for the Soviets. 127 minutes; R (violence, some sexuality/nudity and language); By Colin Covert, Star Tribune (Minneapolis): ★★★1/2

UNDERWORLD: AWAKENING — A vampire warrioress escapes imprisonment to lead a war against the humans who have discovered the existence of vampire and Lycan clans. 88 minutes; R (strong violence and gore, and for some language); Roger Moore, MCT: ★

UNICORN CITY — A man attempts to prove his leadership ability to a potential employer by persuading a group of local gamers to participate in a live-action role-playing utopia. 96 minutes; PG (language); Rachel Brutsch, Deseret News: ★★★

THE VOW — A newlywed couple recovers from a car accident that puts the wife in a coma. She wakes up with severe memory loss, and her husband endeavors to win her heart again. 104 minutes; PG-13 (an accident scene, sexual content, partial nudity and some language); Rick Bentley, MCT: ★★★

WANDERLUST — A Manhattan couple leaves the city behind when faced with unemployment. They move to a rural community where free love and self expression triumph over money and careers. 96 minutes; R (sexual content, graphic nudity, language and drug use); Christy Lemire, AP: ★★1/2

WAR HORSE — A young man is separated from the beloved horse he tamed and trained when the horse is sold during World War I. The film follows the horse as he moves through the war and influences the lives of many. 146 minutes; PG-13 (intense sequences of war violence); Bill Goodykoontz, Gannett: ★★★

WE BOUGHT A ZOO — A recently widowed father moves his two children away from the city to a small town and buys a rundown zoo with hopes to return it to its former glory. 124 minutes; PG (language and some thematic elements); Shawn O'Neill, for the Deseret News: ★★★1/2

THE WOMAN IN BLACK — A young lawyer travels to a remote village where he discovers the vengeful ghost of a scorned woman is terrorizing the locals. 95 minutes; PG-13 (thematic material and violence/disturbing images); Roger Moore, MCT: ★★★