New Friday

MELANCHOLIA — The celebration of a marriage and the threat of a new planet colliding into Earth cause tension to mount between two sisters. 136 minutes; R (some graphic nudity, sexual content and language); (Broadway); Colin Covert, Star Tribune (Minneapolis): ★★★1/2

PASTORELA — A man has always played the Devil in his town's traditional Nativity play, but when he arrives late to auditions, the new pastor of the church has already cast all the roles. The man then makes it his personal battle to recover his traditional role. 95 minutes; R (language throughout, brief sexual content and some violence); (Jordan Landing); not reviewed for critics

POKÉMON THE MOVIE: WHITE — VICTINI AND ZEKROM — Ash and his friends travel to a town built around a castle and encounter, Victini, a Pokémon from the ancient Kingdom of the Vale. When a descendant of the People of the Vale seeks to restore the lost kingdom by harnessing the Pokémon's power, the entire town is put in danger. 106 minutes; Not rated; (Dec. 2-3 only, times vary: Gateway, Junction, District, Legacy Crossing); not reviewed for critics.

THE SKIN I LIVE IN — After his wife was burned in a car crash, a plastic surgeon becomes obsessed with creating a synthetic skin that can withstand any kind of damage. His genius turns into a dangerous obsession as he looks for a human guinea pig to test his creation. 117 minutes; R (disturbing violent content including sexual assault, strong sexuality, graphic nudity, drug use and language); (Broadway); Colin Covert, Star Tribune (Minneapolis): ★★★

Special Screenings

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

BUCK — Free screening (Dec. 8, 7 p.m.: Star Hall, Moab)

A CHRISTMAS STORY — Free screening (Dec. 3, 11 a.m.: Salt Lake City Library)

HAPPY FEET 3D — (Century South Salt Lake, Provo Towne Center, District, Legacy Crossing)

HUGO 3D — (Layton Hills, Carmike 12, Ritz, Wynnsong, Century South Salt Lake, Century Sandy, Cinmark 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)

IMMORTALS 3D — (Layton Hills, Jordan Landing)

MUPPET CHRISTMAS CAROL — Film Buff Night at Brewvies (Dec. 5, 10 p.m.: Brewvies, must be 21 or older)

NORTH BY NORTHWEST — 35mm Film Series (Dec. 2, 4 and 9 p.m.: Tower)

PUSS IN BOOTS 3D — (Jordan Landing)

RODELINDA — Metropolitan Opera screening (Dec. 3, 10:30 am.: Century South Salt Lake, Century Sandy, Provo Towne Center, Jordan Landing, Cinemark Bountiful, Tinseltown Ogden, Tinseltown Layton, University Mall, Cinemark Draper, Cinemark Farmington, Cinemark Park City)

SANTA CLAUS CONQUERS THE MARTIANS — 1964 film (Dec. 2-4, times vary: Carmike 12, Ritz, Wynnsong, Gateway, Junction, Jordan Commons, District, Legacy Crossing)

A VERY HAROLD & KUMAR 3D CHRISTMAS — (Jordan Landing)

LARGE FORMAT

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)

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

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

WAKING THE T-REX — This documentary tells the story of Sue, the largest, most complete T-rex ever discovered by paleontologists. (Thanksgiving Point)

CONTINUING FILMS

ABDUCTION ?— A young man finds his baby picture on a missing persons website and sets out to find the truth about his past. 106 minutes; PG-13 (sequences of intense violence and action, brief language, some sexual content and teen partying); Roger Moore, The Orlando Sentinel: ★★

ANONYMOUS — This political thriller explores a theory behind who actually penned Shakespeare's plays 130 minutes; PG-13 (some violence and sexual content); Doug Wright, KSL Radio: ★★★

ARTHUR CHRISTMAS — Santa's youngest son, Arthur, must use his father's high-tech present delivering operation to complete an urgent mission. The film will be shown in regular and 3D. 97 minutes; PG (some mild rude humor); Shawn O'Neill, for the Deseret News: ★★★★

THE BIG YEAR — Steve Martin, Jack Black and Owen Wilson star in a comedy about three bird watchers who dedicate a year of their lives to spotting the rarest birds in North America. 100 minutes; PG (language and some sensuality); Shawn O'Neill, for the Deseret News: ★★★

CONTAGION — As a lethal, airborne virus rapidly spreads around the world, a group of international doctors must find a cure amidst society's widespread panic. 105 minutes; PG-13 (disturbing content and some language); Shawn O'Neill, for the Deseret News: ★★

COWBOYS AND ALIENS — A stranger must help save a small town in Arizona in 1873 when an alien spaceship invades the region. 118 minutes; PG-13 (intense sequences of western and sci-fi action and violence, some partial nudity and a brief crude reference); Roger Moore, The Orlando Sentinel: ★★1/2

CRAZY, STUPID, LOVE — A man's seemingly perfect life unravels when his wife decides she wants a divorce. 118 minutes; PG-13 (coarse humor, sexual content and language); Jeff Peterson, for the Deseret News: ★★★1/2

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: ★★★

DOLPHIN TALE — Inspired by a true story, Dolphin Tale follows a young boy, a prosthetics doctor and a marine biologist as they try to rehabilitate a dolphin. 113 minutes; PG (some mild thematic elements); Roger Moore, The Orlando Sentinel: ★★1/2

HAPPY FEET TWO — This sequel follows Mumble's dance-fearing son, Erik, who runs away from his family and discovers a new threat to their penguin home. 100 minutes; PG (some rude humor and mild peril); Shawn O'Neill, for the Deseret News: ★★★

THE HELP — Based on Kathryn Stockett's novel, the film takes a look at the South during the civil rights movement through the view of the black maids in the community. Doug Wright, KSL Radio: ★★★★

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: ★★★

IMMORTALS — Thesus is a mortal man chosen to fight against a power-hungry king on a rampage across Greece in search of a legendary weapon that will destroy the Gods of Olympus. 110 minutes; R (sequences of strong bloody violence, and a scene of sexuality); Rick Bentley, McClatchy Newspapers: ★1/2

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

J. EDGAR— J. Edgar Hoover served as head of the Federal Bureau of Investigation for nearly 50 years, but his long-lasting quest to protect America was rife with personal secrets swayed by power. 137 minutes; R (brief strong language); Doug Wright, KSL: ★★★

JACK AND JILL — Jack prepares for the dreaded Thanksgiving visit of his passive-aggressive twin sister, Jill. 93 minutes; PG (crude and sexual humor, language, comic violence and brief smoking); Shawn O'Neill, for the Deseret News: ★★★

JOHNNY ENGLISH REBORN — The accidental secret agent returns to go up against international assassins to stop them from killing a world leader and wreaking global havoc. 101 minutes, PG (mild action violence, rude humor, some language and brief sensuality); Christy Lemire, AP: ★1/2

LIKE CRAZY — A British college student falls in love with her American classmate, but they are separated when she violates the terms of her visa. 90 minutes; PG-13 (sexual content and brief strong language); (Broadway); Colin Covert, Star Tribune (Minneapolis): ★★★

MARTHA MARCY MAY MARLENE — A woman tries to leave the painful memories of the abusive cult she was a part of behind and re-assimilate with her family. 102 minutes; R (disturbing violent and sexual content, nudity and language); (Broadway); Christy Lemire, AP: ★★★★

MIDNIGHT IN PARIS — This romantic comedy follows an engaged couple as they travel to Paris with their family. 100 minutes; PG-13 (some sexual references and smoking); (Broadway); Jeffrey Peterson, for the Deseret News: ★★★★

MONEYBALL — Brad Pitt stars as Oakland A's general manager Billy Beane, who turns his team around on a tight budget and employs methods that will change the world of baseball. 133 minutes; PG-13 (some strong language) ; Roger Moore, The Orlando Sentinel: ★★★1/2

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: ★★★

MY WEEK WITH MARILYN — A young film assistant introduces Marilyn Monroe to British life during the filming of "The Prince and the Showgirl." 99 minutes; R (some language); (Broadway); reviewed in Wednesday's paper: By Roger Moore, The Orlando Sentinel: ★★★

PARANORMAL ACTIVITY 3 — The third installment of the Paranormal Activity series follows two young sisters as they befriend an invisible entity that resides in their home. 84 minutes; R (some violence, language, brief sexuality and drug use); Rafer Guzman, Newsday: ★1/2

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: ★★★

REAL STEEL — A washed-up robot fighter teams up with his recently discovered 11-year-old son to train a robot with potential to win. 127 minutes; PG-13 (some violence, intense action and brief language); Doug Wright, KSL: ★★★

RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES — A genetic engineering experiment leads to a war between humans and apes. 105 minutes; PG-13 (violence, terror, some sexuality and brief strong language); Larry Curtis, Deseret News: ★★★

THE SMURFS — The evil wizard Gargamel forces the Smurfs from their village into New York City. 86 minutes; PG (some mild rude humor and action); Blair Howell, for the Deseret News: ★

THE THREE MUSKETEERS — A young, aspiring hero teams up with the legendary Musketeers to defeat a beautiful double agent and protect the King of France. 113 minutes; PG-13 (sequences of adventure action violence); Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune: ★

TOWER HEIST — Eddie Murphy and Ben Stiller star in a comedy about a group of working men who seek revenge on the business man who scammed them. 104 minutes; PG-13 (language and sexual content); Shawn O'Neill, for the Deseret News: ★★★

THE TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN PART 1 — Soon after their marriage, Edward and Bella find they are expecting a child and must hold off the Quileute and the Volturi. 117 minutes; PG-13 (disturbing images, violence, sexuality/partial nudity and some thematic elements); Doug Wright, KSL: ★★1/2

A VERY HAROLD & KUMAR 3D CHRISTMAS — Harold and Kumar's dwindling friendship is rekindled when they attempt to replace Harold's father-in-law's mistakenly burnt down prize Christmas tree. 90 minutes; R (strong crude and sexual content, graphic nudity, pervasive language, drug use and some violence); Rick Bentley, McClatchy Newspapers: ★1/2

THE WAY — A father travels to France to collect the remains of his estranged son and meets pilgrims from around the world as he travels the Camino de Santiago in his son's honor. 121 minutes; PG-13 (some thematic elements, drug use and smoking); (Broadway); Doug Wright, KSL: ★★★