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Film Capsules 

A rundown of what's in theaters this week

Seven Days in Utopia (G)

Golfer Luke Chisolm (played by Lucas Black, who has a fine swing), pushed to excel since childhood by his ambitious dad (shades of Tiger Woods), has a humiliating meltdown during his tournament debut. He hits the road and crashes into a fence in golden-hued Utopia, Texas, where he's rescued by Robert Duvall on horseback. Rancher Johnny Crawford, an ex-pro who lost his career to the bottle, offers to help Luke find his game in seven days, teaching him the Zen of golf via fly fishing, washer tossing, and painting. Disturbingly, Seven Days in Utopia doubles as an infomercial for Christian golf retreats led by the guy who wrote the book the movie is based on. Nonetheless, there are some things to like about this old-fashioned movie, which offers some interesting ideas about spirituality and the mental game of golf. (Pamela Zoslov)

The Debt (R) — The Debt bounces between eras, with two sets of actors telling the story of a trio of spies on a mission to bring a notorious Nazi butcher to justice in 1965. But something went wrong, and justice ended up being served on the streets of Berlin. Or was it? There's some action here, but The Debt isn't about explosions, gunfights, and car chases, which you would expect from a movie starring Helen Mirren. In that way it comes a lot closer to the lives of real-world spies than the stuff you usually see in movies. But do you really want to watch secret agents prep for their mission by talking about it? (Michael Gallucci)

The Devil's Double (R) — This Brian DePalma-style plunge into the excesses, crimes, and vainglorious pseudo-rock-star life of the hard-partying son of late Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein is seen through the eyes of his "double," a look-alike employed for the purpose of dispersing Uday Hussein's influence and his odds of being assassinated. Dominic Cooper plays both the fake Uday and the real Uday, and his performance is a marvel of schizophrenic acting. (Justin Strout)

Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (R) — The made-for-TV Don't Be Afraid of the Dark had kids trembling in their pajamas back in 1973. For some reason, Guillermo del Toro decided to remake this cheap shocker as a glossy feature, co-writing and producing with comic book artist/writer Troy Nixey directing. The film's moody Gothic style is resonant of del Toro projects like The Orphanage and Pan's Labyrinth, but the material remains cheesy and occasionally laughable. (Pamela Zoslov)

Fright Night (R) — Vampire movies are rarely laughing matters, but Fright Night adds just enough humor to its gore. Charley Brewster (Anton Yelchin), a high-school senior living in Las Vegas, has cool friends, a hot girlfriend, and a new neighbor, who just happens to be a vampire. Charley is suspicious at first, but when a friend goes missing, he cautiously begins spying on the possibly undead Jerry (Colin Farrell). Fright Night doesn't exactly revolutionize the genre, but Farrell nails his bloodsucker's sexual allure. (Gifford)

The Guard (R) — We learn quickly that police Sgt. Gerry Boyle (Brendan Gleeson) sleeps with prostitutes, drinks on the job, and steals. But Boyle is more lunk than villain, and The Guard's central point is that people are generally many things at once. Boyle gets wrapped up in the imminent arrival of a half-billion dollars' worth of cocaine, and FBI agent Wendell Everett (Don Cheadle) is there to intercept it. The movie is occasionally brilliant and purely out of left field. (Michael Byrne)

Our Idiot Brother (R) — Paul Rudd stars as a long-haired, bearded, earthy do-gooder who seems to inadvertently step on every land mine along life's terrain. The movie is studded with likable stars, including Zooey Deschanel, Emily Mortimer, and Elizabeth Banks as Rudd's put-upon sisters. Still, Our Idiot Brother is heavy on situational ephemera, light on narrative thrust. (Strout)

Warrior (PG-13) — Teacher Brendan Conlon resorts to fighting in makeshift parking-lot rings for extra cash to support his family. He's haunted by his formerly drunk father and his brother, a hulking war vet who returns home after a long, unexplained absence. Soon, Tommy and Brendan are training separately for an MMA event. It all culminates in a climactic championship fight that works just as well as Rocky Balboa's 15-rounder. (Strout)

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