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AVATAR James Cameron’s lat­est ad­ven­ture is about an ex-sol­dier (SamWor­thing­ton) who uses a syn­thetic body to in­fil­trate a race of gi­ant blue aliens and help the mil­i­tary tap into their nat­u­ral re­sources. The script is stale and the film is an hour too long, but the planet of Pan­dora is the most fully re­al­ized fic­tional world that’s ever been put up on screen. Nom­i­nated for nine Academy Awards, in­clud­ing Best Pic­ture. Rated PG-13. 162 min­utes. Screens in dig­i­tal 3-D at Re­gal Sta­dium 14, Santa Fe; Dream­Catcher, Es­pañola; Sto­ry­teller, Taos. (Robert Ben­ziker) THE BLIND SIDE This crowd pleaser re­counts the story of Michael Oher (Quin­ton Aaron), a home­less Mem­phis teen who, af­ter be­ing taken in by the wealthy Tuohy fam­ily, went on to be­come an NFL draft pick. It’s a feel-good yarn that would be nau­se­at­ing if it weren’t true, but it scores the ex­tra point for not go­ing long into melo­dra­matic ter­ri­tory. Nom­i­nated for Academy Awards for Best Pic­ture and Best Ac­tress (San­dra Bul­lock). Rated PG-13. 128 min­utes. Re­gal North, Santa Fe; Dream­Catcher, Es­pañola. (Lau­rel Glad­den) THE BOOK OF ELI Den­zel Wash­ing­ton plays a sur­vivor of the apoca­lypse who has spent the en­su­ing 31 years guided by voices in his head to carry the world’s only re­main­ing Bi­ble west. The en­ter­tain­ing psy­chopath Carnegie (Gary Old­man) wants the book so he can rule the world. The movie is fast-paced, with some stylish vi­su­als and plenty of action; it’s also pon­der­ously righ­teous and wildly silly, with leaps of logic to try the pa­tience of a saint. Rated R. 118 min­utes. Re­gal Sta­dium 14, Santa Fe. ( Jonathan Richards) BRO­KEN EM­BRACES Pe­dro Almod­ó­var has spent decades craft­ing bil­lets-doux to film, and while not his finest, this may be his most pas­sion­ate and rev­er­en­tial. Pené­lope Cruz plays Lena, an ac­tress and mis­tress to ty­coon Ernesto ( José Luis Gómez) who gets a part in di­rec­tor Ma­teo Blanco’s (Lluís Ho­mar) lat­est film. She and Ma­teo fall in love, but Ernesto is jeal­ous and venge­ful. Almod­ó­var tells their tale through flash­backs, con­jur­ing up pas­sion and hu­mor in a noirish drama of the Hitch­cock­ian per­sua­sion. Rated R. 127 min­utes. In Span­ish with sub­ti­tles. Re­gal DeVar­gas, Santa Fe. (Lau­rel Glad­den) CRAZY HEART Jeff Bridges plays Bad Blake, an ag­ing coun­try mu­sic singer now trav­el­ing the bumpy down­hill road of a washed-up, bro­ken-down ca­reer. He finds re­demp­tion through a pretty young re­porter (Mag­gie Gyl­len­haal, nom­i­nated for an Academy Award for Best Sup­port­ing Ac­tress) and her lit­tle boy. Crazy Heart doesn’t have much of a story, and what it has we’ve seen be­fore, but Bridges’ fine per­for­mance al­most saves it and makes him a fa­vorite for the Best Ac­tor Os­car. Rated R. 112 min­utes. Re­gal DeVar­gas, Santa Fe. ( Jonathan Richards) DEAR JOHN It’s April 2001. Spe­cial Forces sol­dier John (Chan­ning Ta­tum) is on leave near Charleston when he meets Sa­van­nah (Amanda Seyfried). They fall in love, but she has to re­turn to school, he to his post over­seas. They vow to keep in touch, but the course of true love never did run smooth. This war­time weepie is gun­ning for your heart­strings, but un­de­vel­oped char­ac­ters and unin­spired di­a­logue keep it from sweep­ing any­one away. Rated PG-13. 108 min­utes. Re­gal Sta­dium 14, Santa Fe; Dream­Catcher, Es­pañola; Sto­ry­teller, Taos. (Lau­rel Glad­den) EDGE OF DARK­NESS Mel Gib­son’s bullish, action-hero per­sona doesn’t quite work in this tale of a Bos­ton cop who in­ves­ti­gates the mur­der of his daugh­ter and un­cov­ers a con­spir­acy. The film is hand­somely mounted and well paced, and the act­ing is mostly strong. But the story is pre­dictable, and it even­tu­ally shifts from thriller to stan­dard re­venge flick. Rated R. 117 min­utes. Re­gal North, Santa Fe. (Robert Ben­ziker) AN ED­U­CA­TION Lynn Bar­ber, a Bri­tish jour­nal­ist with a rep­u­ta­tion for the jugu­lar, fell in with a shady older man when she was 16, and 40 years later she wrote a mem­oir. Carey Mul­li­gan plays the teenage Jenny, Bar­ber’s al­ter ego, and a star is born. It’s a comin­gof-age movie that ex­am­ines the rel­a­tive im­por­tance of dif­fer­ent ap­proaches to an ed­u­ca­tion. Nom­i­nated for three Academy Awards, in­clud­ing Best Pic­ture and Best Ac­tress. Rated PG-13. 95 min­utes. Re­gal DeVar­gas, Santa Fe. ( Jonathan Richards) FROM PARIS WITH LOVE In this fast-paced action “com­edy”/spy thriller di­rected by Pierre Morel ( Taken), a se­nior CIA op­er­a­tive ( John Tra­volta) with a few loose screws and a mighty short fuse takes a low-level agent (Dublin heart­throb Jonathan Rhys Mey­ers) on a bul­let-rid­den mis­sion through La Ville Lu­mière. The film is painful to watch, thanks to the script’s cringe-wor­thy di­a­logue, Tra­volta’s sad at­tempts at cool­ness, and a herky-jerky vis­ual style. Rated R. 95 min­utes. Re­gal Sta­dium 14, Santa Fe; Dream­Catcher, Es­pañola. (Rob DeWalt) THE IMAG­I­NAR­IUM OF DOC­TOR PAR­NAS­SUS Doc­tor Par­nas­sus (Christo­pher Plum­mer) is a show­man with as­ton­ish­ing pow­ers of the imagination. So is this film’s writer and di­rec­tor— Terry Gil­liam, whose best films (and this is one of them) make a bit of magic. The movie is haunted by the death of its star, Heath Ledger, dur­ing shoot­ing, but the so­lu­tion Gil­liam found to re­place him does honor to his friend. Rated PG-13. 122 min­utes. Re­gal DeVar­gas, Santa Fe. ( Jonathan Richards) IN SEARCH OF MEM­ORY Pe­tra Seeger’s doc­u­men­tary fol­lows No­bel Prize-winning neu­ro­sci­en­tist Eric Kan­del as he ex­plains the phys­i­ol­ogy of mem­ory and ex­plores his child­hood — in Brook­lyn and in the Nazi-rav­aged Vi­enna of his birth. As dy­namic film­mak­ing it leaves some­thing to be de­sired, but its sub­ject mat­ter is al­ways en­gag­ing, and the ir­re­press­ible Dr. Kan­del is a treat. Not rated. 95 min­utes. In English and Ger­man with sub­ti­tles. The Screen, Santa Fe. (Jonathan Richards) IT’S COM­PLI­CATED This frothy com­edy from writer/di­rec­tor Nancy Mey­ers re­volves around a naughty bit of adul­tery in­volv­ing a man (Alec Bald­win) hav­ing sex with his wife (Meryl Streep). The com­pli­ca­tion arises from the fact that she’s not his cur­rent wife. There’s noth­ing wildly orig­i­nal here, but it’s funny, and it lets us es­cape for a cou­ple of hours into a world where ev­ery­thing is beau­ti­ful, even ad­vanc­ing mid­dle age. Rated R. 118 min­utes. Re­gal North, Santa Fe. ( Jonathan Richards) NORTH FACE This chill­ing bergfilme is based on the true story of Toni Kurz and An­dreas Hin­ter­stoisser, moun­taineers urged by Nazi pro­pa­ganda to as­cend the north face

(or “mur­der wall”) of the Eiger, a 13,025-foot peak in Switzer­land’s Ber­nese Alps. Di­rec­tor Philipp Stölzl and cin­e­matog­ra­pher Kolja Brandt ex­pertly re-cre­ate the nail-bit­ing climb and all its set­backs. Not rated. 126 min­utes. In Ger­man with sub­ti­tles. The Screen, Santa Fe. (Lau­rel Glad­den) PERCY JACK­SON & THE OLYMPIANS: THE LIGHT­NING THIEF Chris Colum­bus helms this tepid adap­ta­tion of the first book in Rick Rior­dan’s se­ries about a boy (Lo­gan Lerman) who learns he is the son of Po­sei­don and sets out to find Zeus’ stolen light­ning bolt. The open­ing half is amus­ing in a soap-opera way, and there is some in­spired cast­ing (best of all is Uma Thur­man as a sexy and scary Me­dusa), but the script is stretched too thin and the action is for­get­table. Rated PG. 120 min­utes. Re­gal Sta­dium 14, Santa Fe; Dream­Catcher, Es­pañola; Reel Deal, Los Alamos; Sto­ry­teller, Taos. (Robert Ben­ziker) See re­view, Page 38. THE PRI­VATE LIVES OF PIPPA LEE A su­perb per­for­mance by Robin Wright Penn il­lu­mi­nates Re­becca Miller’s in­tel­li­gent and re­veal­ing look at a Con­necti­cut ma­tron’s in­ner wild child. The spot-on sup­port­ing cast is an­chored by Alan Arkin as Pippa’s ail­ing but ebul­lient older hus­band and in­cludes Blake Lively as her younger self, Maria Bello as her pill-pop­ping mother, Zoe Kazan as her dis­af­fected daugh­ter, and Keanu Reeves as a brood­ing, Je­sus-tat­tooed neigh­bor. Rated R. 93 min­utes. Re­gal DeVar­gas, Santa Fe. ( Jonathan Richards) SHER­LOCK HOLMES Robert Downey Jr. com­bines wit, in­tel­lect, and the phys­i­cal vir­tu­os­ity of an action hero in a tour-de­force up­dat­ing of the sleuth of Baker Street. De­spite a few lag­gard mo­ments, di­rec­tor Guy Ritchie gives us a Holmes for the 21st cen­tury. Rated PG-13. 128 min­utes. Re­gal North, Santa Fe. ( Jonathan Richards) A SIN­GLE MAN This de­but from fash­ion de­signer and some­time Santa Fe res­i­dent Tom Ford re­counts a day in the life of Ge­orge (Colin Firth, nom­i­nated for an Academy Award), a lit­er­a­ture pro­fes­sor mourn­ing the death of his long­time lover (Matthew Goode). As you might ex­pect, the film is metic­u­lously tai­lored and beau­ti­fully styled — some­times overly so — but it’s also touch­ing and heart­break­ing. Rated R. 101 min­utes. CCA Cin­e­math­eque, Santa Fe. (Lau­rel Glad­den) THAT EVENING SUN Not ready to be put out to pas­ture, can­tan­ker­ous 80-some­thing Ab­ner Meecham (Hal Holbrook) walks out of his nurs­ing home and takes a cab back to his farm in Ten­nessee. Ab­ner’s son, though, has leased the prop­erty to a lo­cal ne’er-do-well (Ray McKinnon). Ab­ner re­fuses to leave, and a bat­tle of wills ensues. Writer-di­rec­tor Scott Teems elim­i­nates syrupy sen­ti­ment and en­dear­ing cur­mud­geonly man­ner­isms, while lov­ingly, pa­tiently cap­tur­ing the at­mos­phere of the South. Rated PG-13. 110 min­utes. CCA Cin­e­math­eque, Santa Fe. (Lau­rel Glad­den) TOOTH FAIRY Dwayne “The Rock” John­son stars as a jaded mi­nor-league hockey player who’s sum­moned to Fairy­land for reck­less “dis­sem­i­na­tion of dis­be­lief” and sen­tenced to two weeks’ Tooth Fairy duty. Even though its script was “crafted” by five screen­writ­ers, the movie feels like a cheap knock­off of The Santa Clause filled with puns, dou­ble en­ten­dres, and sickly sweet dare-to-dream mes­sages. Rated PG. 101 min­utes. Re­gal Sta­dium 14, Santa Fe; Dream­Catcher, Es­pañola. (Lau­rel Glad­den) UP IN THE AIR Di­rec­tor Ja­son Reit­man ( Juno) de­liv­ers a comic win­ner with un­der­tones of con­tem­po­rary angst. Ryan Bing­ham (an im­pec­ca­ble Ge­orge Clooney) spends most of his life on planes, hap­pily trav­el­ing to the cities where he fires peo­ple as a hired gun for down­siz­ing cor­po­ra­tions. Anna Ken­drick and Vera Farmiga are bril­liant as the two women in Ryan’s life. Nom­i­nated for six Academy Awards, in­clud­ing Best Pic­ture and act­ing awards for Clooney, Ken­drick, and Farmiga. Rated R. 109 min­utes. Re­gal Sta­dium 14, Santa Fe; Dream­Catcher, Es­pañola. ( Jonathan Richards) VALEN­TINE’S DAY Reed (Ash­ton Kutcher) pro­poses to Mor­ley ( Jes­sica Alba) and then shares the news with Ju­lia ( Jen­nifer Gar­ner), who’s dat­ing a mar­ried guy (Pa­trick Dempsey), much to the cha­grin of her BFF ( Jes­sica Biel), who is a pub­li­cist for a foot­ball star (Eric Dane). His agent (Queen Lat­i­fah) has a new sec­re­tary (Anne Hath­away), who’s got a new boyfriend (To­pher Grace). Wait! There’s more— but who cares? Di­rec­tor Garry Mar­shall stuffs two hours with stale gen­der and racial stereotypes, tired jokes, ro­man­tic clichés, and Hol­ly­wood A-lis­ters, and then weaves them into a weary web of in­ter­con­nect­ed­ness. Rated PG-13, 125 min­utes. Re­gal Sta­dium 14, Santa Fe; Dream­Catcher, Es­pañola; Reel Deal, Los Alamos; Sto­ry­teller, Taos. (Lau­rel Glad­den) WHEN IN ROME Beth (Kris­ten Bell) is a bro­ken-hearted, spunky-but-sweet type-A gal. In Rome for her sis­ter’s wed­ding, she meets Nick ( Josh Duhamel), with whom she quickly hits it off. Af­ter a mis­un­der­stand­ing, though, she wades de­ject­edly into the “foun­tain of love” and takes five coins, caus­ing the men who tossed them to fall in love with her. Flimsy, un­funny jokes de­stroy a po­ten­tially cute, clever con­ceit. Rated PG-13. 91 min­utes. Re­gal North, Santa Fe. (Lau­rel Glad­den) THE WOLF­MAN Lawrence Tal­bot (Beni­cio Del Toro) is an Amer­i­can stage ac­tor who ends up play­ing am­a­teur de­tec­tive in the case of his brother’s mys­te­ri­ous death on the English moors. It turns out that a were­wolf got his bro, and once it puts the bite on Lawrence, he not only moons over his late brother’s love (Emily Blunt), he starts eat­ing peo­ple as he be­comes the ti­tle char­ac­ter. This re­make of the fun 1941 B hor­ror film is not in­ept enough to be un­in­ten­tion­ally funny or hu­mor­ous enough to be camp. The spe­cial ef­fects are OK, it has a few de­cent action scenes, but it’s kind of de­press­ing and at times down­right bor­ing. Rated R. 125 min­utes. Re­gal Sta­dium 14, Santa Fe; Dream­Catcher, Es­pañola; Reel Deal, Los Alamos; Sto­ry­teller, Taos. (Robert Nott) THE YOUNG VIC­TO­RIA Emily Blunt is lovely and strong-minded as the young Vic, and Ru­pert Friend is a charm­ing Prince Al­bert once he over­comes a first meet­ing with the Queen ap­par­ent in which he plays the awk­ward­ness rather than try­ing to dis­guise it. With a lit­er­ate script by Ju­lian Fel­lowes and fluid but some­times self-con­scious di­rec­tion from Jean-Marc Val­lée, this biopic is in­for­ma­tive, el­e­gant, and lushly ro­man­tic. Rated PG. 104 min­utes. Re­gal DeVar­gas, Santa Fe. ( Jonathan Richards) ◀

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