MEET THE SPARTANS
In this “300” spoof, 13 strapping warriors (led by Diedrich Bader and Kevin Sorbo) attempt to defend their homeland from invading Persians — and bad jokes. (94 minutes.) PG-13; crude and sexual content, profanity, comic violence.
PASSAGE TO ZERAHEMLA
Novelist-turned-filmmaker Chris Heimerdinger (“Tennis Shoes Among the Nephites”) adds an action-adventure twist to the Book of Mormon as an orphaned teen (Summer Naomi Smart), hiding out with relatives in Southern Utah, discovers a portal to ancient America — and rediscovers a Nephite warrior (Moronai Kanekoa) preparing for battle. At Sam’s Town and Suncoast. (107 minutes.) PG-13; violence, drug references.
PIERROT LE FOU
French filmmaker Jean-Luc Godard’s 1965 existential lovers-on-the-lam adventure follows Ferdinand (Godard’s “Breathless” star, Jean-Paul Belmondo) and Marianne (Godard’s “Alphaville” star, Anna Karina) as they head for the South of France, staging stick-ups along the way. In French with English subtitles. Part of the CineVegas screening series at Neonopolis. (115 minutes.) NR; violence.
After reviving Rocky, Sylvester Stallone resurrects his second iconic character, directing and starring in this adventure about human rights missionaries who recruit long-retired warrior John Rambo to help them deliver supplies to tribes trapped by the decades-long Burmese civil war. At multiple locations (102 minutes.) R; strong graphic bloody violence, sexual assaults, grisly images, profanity.
An FBI agent (Diane Lane) races against the clock to catch an Internet predator who displays his graphic murders online — with visitors to the site determining how fast his captives die. Colin Hanks, Billy Burke, Joseph Cross and Mary Beth Hurt co-star in this high-tech thriller from “Fracture” director Gregory Hoblit. At multiple locations. (111 minutes.) R; strong gruesome violence, profanity.
This concert documentary, filmed in South America on the last leg of U2’s 2005-2006 “Vertigo” tour, captures the Irish superband in action, from close-ups of Bono to sold-out soccer stadiums of frenzied fans. In IMAX 3-D at the Palms and Red Rock. (92 minutes.) G; all ages.
— By CAROL CLING