clock menu more-arrow no yes

Filed under:

Capsule reviews of movies playing in Utah


THE CABIN IN THE WOODS — Five friends go to a remote cabin in the woods and vacation turns to horror as bad things begin to take place. 95 minutes; R (strong bloody horror violence and gore, language, drug use and some sexuality/nudity): Roger Moore, MCT: ★★1/2

THE KID WITH THE BIKE — When a young boy is abandoned by his father, he is left to live in a state-run youth farm until a local hairdresser agrees to foster him on weekends. 87 minutes; Note rated; (Broadway); Moira Macdonald, Seattle Times: ★★★

LOCKOUT — A falsely convicted ex-government agent is offered his one chance at obtaining freedom if he can rescue the president's daughter from an outer space prison. 95 minutes; PG-13 (intense sequences of violence and action, and language including some sexual references); Roger Moore, MCT: ★★

OCTOBER BABY — A college freshman's world is turned upside down when she discovers she is the adopted survivor of an attempted abortion. 107 minutes; PG-13 (mature thematic material); (Century South Salt Lake, Jordan Landing, Jordan Commons, District); Roger Moore, MCT: ★1/2

THE RAID: REDEMPTION — A SWAT team raids a 15-story apartment building to extract a crime lord. When their cover is blown, the team must fight for their lives against an army of killers and thugs. 101 minutes; R (strong brutal bloody violence throughout, and language); Roger Moore, MCT: ★★1/2

THE THREE STOOGES — While trying to save their childhood orphanage, Moe, Larry, and Curly inadvertently stumble into a murder plot and wind up starring in a reality TV show. 92 minutes; PG (slapstick action violence, some rude and suggestive humor including language); Shawn O'Neill, for the Deseret News: ★

TOUCHBACK — A former football star-turned-farmer and family man revisits his glory days before the injury that ended his career. 118 minutes; PG-13 (some mature thematic elements); Shawn O'Neill, for the Deseret News: ★★

YOUNG GOETHE IN LOVE — An aspiring poet is sent to a provincial court to reform after failing his law exams. While there, he falls in love with a woman, unaware that her father has already promised her hand to another man. 100 minutes; Not rated; (Tower); Moira Macdonald, Seattle Times: ★★★

Special Screenings

CAVE OF FORGOTTEN DREAMS — Free Screening (April 19, 7 p.m.: Star Hall, Moab)

CIRCUS — Film series (April 18, 6 p.m.: Utah Museum of Fine Arts)

CITY LIGHTS — Tower Through Time series (April 13-19, times vary: Tower)

THE HOUSE I LIVE IN — Screening and Skype interview with the director (April 18, 8 p.m.: Westminster College)

LA TRAVIATA — Metropolitan Opera Screening (April 14, 10:55 a.m.: Provo Towne Center, Jordan Landing, Cinemark Boutniful, Tinseltown Ogden, Tinseltown Layton, University Mall, Cinemark Draper, Cinemark Farmington)

THE LORAX 3D — (Jordan Landing)

MANTRAP — Silent film screening (April 19, 7:30 p.m.: The Organ Loft)

SON OF BABYLON — Free screening (April 17, 7 p.m.: Salt Lake City Library)

TITANIC 3D — (Layton Hills, Ritz, Carmike 12, 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)

WEST SIDE STORY — Sing With: Great Musicals (April 14, 2 and 6 p.m.: Tower)

WRATH OF THE TITANS 3D — (Layton Hills, Ritz, Carmike 12, 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)


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 process that created our present-day continents. (Thanksgiving Point)

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


21 JUMP STREET — Two cops use their youthful appearances as they return to high school to undercover drug investigation. 109 minutes; R (crude and sexual content, pervasive language, drug material, teen drinking and some violence); David Germain, AP: ★★1/2

ACT OF VALOR — Inspired by a true story and starring 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: ★★★

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: ★★

AMERICAN REUNION — The characters of "American Pie" reunite to reminisce about the past, see who and what have changed and discover that distance and time can't break their friendship. 113 minutes; R (for crude and sexual content throughout, nudity, language, brief drug use and teen drinking); Doug Wright, KSL Radio: ★

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

CHICK MAGNETS — Three awkward friends make multiple clumsy attempts to win the girls of their dreams. 107 minutes; PG (thematic elements and language)

CHICO & RITA — A young piano player with big dreams and a beautiful singer unite in music and romance, only to be faced with heartache and torment. 94 minutes; Not rated (Broadway); Colin Covert, Star Tribune (Minneapolis): ★★★

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: ★★★

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

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: ★★★

THE HUNGER GAMES — Set in a future where the government selects a boy and girl from the 12 Districts to fight to the death on live television, Katniss Everdeen volunteers to take her younger sister's place for the latest match. 142 minutes; PG-13 (intense violent thematic material and disturbing images — all involving teens); Aaron Shill, Deseret News: ★★★

IN DARKNESS — A sewer worker helps Jewish refugees escape in a Nazi-occupied Polish city. 145 minutes; R (violence, disturbing images, sexuality, nudity and language); (Broadway); Rene Rodriguez, MCT: ★★★

JEFF, WHO LIVES AT HOME — A man sets out on an errand for his mother but instead might discover the destiny he has lazily been waiting for. 83 minutes; R (language including sexual references and some drug use); (Broadway); Doug Wright, KSL Radio: ★★1/2

JOHN CARTER — A former Civil War military captain is inexplicably transported to Mars and reluctantly finds himself in the middle of a large conflict. 132 minutes; PG-13 (intense sequences of violence and action); Doug Wright, KSL Radio: ★★★

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

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); Shawn O'Neill, for the Deseret News: ★★★

MIRROR MIRROR — This retelling of "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" follows an evil queen as she steals control of a kingdom. She faces opposition when an exiled princess calls upon the help of seven rebels to help her reclaim her birthright. 106 minutes; PG (some fantasy action and mild rude humor); Rachel Brutsch, Deseret News: ★★1/2

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. 133 minutes; PG-13 (sequences of intense action and violence); Shawn O'Neill, for the Deseret News: ★★★

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: ★★

REDEMPTION — Based on a true story, "Redemption" follows the story of a sheriff who discovers shortly after burying his only daughter that a man in the town has been robbing the dead. The sheriff faces outrage and guilt to become the man's only defense against the angry community. 115 minutes; PG (thematic material, some violence and mild language); Sharon Haddock, 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: ★★★

SALMON FISHING IN THE YEMEN — A British fisheries expert is asked to help realize a sheikh's vision of bringing fly-fishing to the desert. 107 minutes; PG-13 (some violence and sexual content, and brief language); (Broadway); Moira Macdonald, The Seattle Times: ★★1/2

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: ★★★★

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)

THIN ICE — A small town insurance agent looks for his big break out of Wisconsin and tries to con a farmer out of something bigger than an insurance commission. 93 minutes; R (for language, and brief violent and sexual content); (Broadway); Steven Rea, The Philadelphia Inquirer: ★★★

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: ★★★

A THOUSAND WORDS — A successful literary agent attempts to sign a new author for selfish reasons. As a consequence, a magical tree appears in his backyard, and every word he speaks leads to a leaf falling off the tree, bringing him closer to his personal ending. 91 minutes; PG-13 (sexual situations including dialogue, language and some drug-related humor); Rene Rodriguez, MCT: ★

TITANIC 3D — A boy and a girl from vastly different social backgrounds meet during the ill-fated maiden voyage of the Titanic. 194 minutes; PG-13 (disaster related peril and violence, nudity, sensuality and brief language); Roger Moore, MCT: ★★★

THE VOW — A newlywed couple recovers from a car accident that put 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

WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT KEVIN — A mother struggles to understand and raise her son, whose innately evil nature causes him to say and do vicious things. 112 minutes; R (disturbing violence and behavior, some sexuality and language); (Broadway); Roger Moore, MCT: ★★★

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: ★★★

WRATH OF THE TITANS — Perseus bravely embarks on a treacherous quest into the underworld to rescue his father, Zeus, who has been captured by his brother and son. 99 minutes; PG-13 (intense sequences of fantasy violence and action); Shawn O'Neill, for the Deseret News: ★★