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ARMORED Some armored truck drivers decide to rob their employers to the tune of millions of dollars. Does the heist go wrong? Do heists ever go right? Matt Dillon, Laurence Fishburne, Jean Reno, and Columbus Short head the cast. Rated PG-13. 88 minutes. Regal Stadium 14, Santa Fe. (Not reviewed) BROTHERS You may remember when this movie was being shot in Santa Fe and many women were hoping to encounter Tobey Maguire or Jake Gyllenhaal out and about. Now we can all finally see the two heartthrobs— for the price of admission, that is, as Jim Sheridan’s ( In America) drama hits screens. The story centers on an underachiever (Gyllenhaal) who thinks his brother (Maguire) died in war, and in the process of comforting the widow (Natalie Portman) falls in love. Rated R. 110 minutes. Regal Stadium 14, Santa Fe; DreamCatcher, Española; Reel Deal, Los Alamos; Storyteller, Taos. (Not reviewed) EVERYBODY’S FINE When Frank’s (Robert De Niro) kids all back out of Christmas plans, he travels to each of their houses to surprise them. It turns out that the surprise is on him, as the kids haven’t been too frank with Frank. He learns what their lives are really like, and if the title is to be believed, they’re not doing that badly. Kate Beckinsale, Sam Rockwell, and Drew Barrymore co-star. Rated PG-13. 100 minutes. Regal Stadium 14, Santa Fe; DreamCatcher, Española. (Not reviewed) THE GOOD SOLDIER The latest Veterans for Peace screening is a documentary about five veterans of different wars, who describe their experience in the armed forces. A live satellite interview with filmmakers Michael Uys and Lexy Lovell precedes the screening. 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5. Not rated. 79 minutes. CCA Cinematheque, Santa Fe. (Not reviewed) THE HEADLESS WOMAN Verónica (María Onetto) tries to answer her cellphone while driving and hits something. Is it a dog or a child? She keeps driving and remains passive for the rest of the film. Argentine director Lucrecia Martel ( The Holy Girl) keeps the movie active, however — with a variety of tricks that will remind viewers of films like Repulsion and Mulholland Drive. Part ambiguous thriller and part social commentary, The Headless Woman is a taut, fascinating film. Not rated. 87 minutes. In Spanish with subtitles. The Screen, Santa Fe. (Robert Benziker) See review, Page 60. HOME Photographer Yann Arthus-Bertrand captured aerial shots of landscapes from around the world for this documentary narrated by Glenn Close. A discussion follows the screening, which is presented by Santa Fe Accueil. 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 6, only. Not rated. 118 minutes. CCA Cinematheque, Santa Fe. (Not reviewed) THE MESSENGER How do you respond when war knocks on your door? Oren Moverman’s moving drama takes a refreshing approach to the subject as it focuses on two emotionally wounded warriors (played by Ben Foster andWoody Harrelson) who work in a Casualty Notification unit as messengers of death. Seemingly unscripted scenes in the first half resonate with the raw reality that shrapnel from war injures those back home. The second half suffers from a slow pace and some soap-opera scripting. The acting is top flight. Rated R. 112 minutes. Regal DeVargas, Santa Fe. (Robert Nott) See review, Page 60. THE SANTA FE FILM FESTIVAL It’s back and smaller than ever! This five-day love affair with cinema is celebrating 10 years, saying good-bye to its founder/ executive director Jon Bowman and welcoming soon-to-be executive director Karen RedHawk Dallett. Roughly 125 titles will screen, with an emphasis on documentaries. This year’s tributees are actors Tommy Lee Jones andWes Studi, director/actor Mark Rydell, and cinematographer Ellen Kuras. Plus there are parties, workshops, panel talks, and socializing galore. Through Sunday, Dec. 6. At various venues. See stories, beginning on Page 38. THE SANTA FE INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL Presenting an alternative to the Santa Fe Film Festival, this mini-fest focuses on independent films, many of them locally made. Actor Gary Farmer and director Norman Patrick Brown receive Body ofWork Awards. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, Dec. 4, 5, and 6. Venues vary. Visit santafeindependentfilmfestival.com or call 795-8480 for details.
Robert De Niro’s waiting:
Everybody’s Fine, at Regal Stadium 14 in Santa Fe and DreamCatcher in Española