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Be­fore the Mon­key Trial, be­fore In­tel­li­gent De­sign and Pat Robert­son and the Bush Ad­min­is­tra­tion, there was a face-off be­tween God and Sci­ence in the house­hold of Charles Dar­win (Paul Bet­tany). His wife, Emma ( Jen­nifer Con­nelly), was a de­vout Chris­tian who be­lieved that her hus­band’s the­o­ries on evo­lu­tion put his im­mor­tal soul in jeop­ardy. In Jon Amiel’s movie, Dar­win’s sem­i­nal pro­posal is prof­fered as the back­drop of a fam­ily drama steeped in ro­mance, de­spair, joy, guilt, and pathos. Some fine act­ing and cin­e­matog­ra­phy are wa­tered down in a tepid yawner that moves with the speed of nat­u­ral se­lec­tion but without its sense of pur­pose. Rated PG-13. 108 min­utes.

CCA Cin­e­math­eque, Santa Fe. ( Jonathan Richards)


Os­car-winning film­maker An­drea Arnold writes and di­rects this tense and sub­tly me­lan­choly film, which is fo­cused on a young teenager and hope­ful hip-hop dancer strug­gling to es­cape her trou­bled fam­ily and life of poverty in Es­sex, Eng­land. Ex­plor­ing themes of bur­geon­ing fe­male sex­u­al­ity and teen alien­ation while art­fully tackling some rather


un­com­fort­able sub­jects (statu­tory rape, for one), Arnold also in­tro­duces audiences to a bril­liant non­ac­tor— 17-year-old Katie Jarvis in the lead role. Not rated. 124 min­utes. The Screen, Santa Fe. (Rob DeWalt) See re­view, Page 44.


Film critic Ger­ald Peary’s doc­u­men­tary looks at the his­tory of film crit­i­cism and ques­tions its fu­ture. The talk­ing heads, in­clud­ing Roger Ebert, Molly Haskell, and Harry Knowles, of­fer in­sight­ful and witty com­ments on crit­i­cism, and the ques­tion “What qual­i­fies you to be a critic?” is an­swered with dis­arm­ing hon­esty. Not rated. 80 min­utes. 1 p.m. Satur­day, March 13 only. CCA

Cin­e­math­eque, Santa Fe; 9 p.m. Sun­day, March 14, only. Taos Com­mu­nity Au­di­to­rium, 133 Paseo del Pue­blo Norte, 575-758-2052. The di­rec­tor ap­pears at both screen­ings. (Robert Nott) See “The Big Pic­ture,” Page 38.


In di­rec­tor Ro­man Polan­ski’s new­est thriller, Ewan McGre­gor plays a ghost writer who takes on a for­mer Bri­tish Prime Min­is­ter’s mem­oirs, only to find that some of the chap­ters are much darker than he ex­pected. Soon enough, his life is in jeop­ardy. Pierce Bros­nan, Tom Wilkin­son, and Kim Cat­trall star. Rated PG-13. 128 min­utes. Re­gal

DeVar­gas, Santa Fe. (Not re­viewed)


Di­rec­tor Paul Green­grass and ac­tor Matt Da­mon, who teamed up on the last two Bourne movies, re­turn with an un-Bourne movie about in­ter­na­tional es­pi­onage. Ex­pect hand-held cam­er­a­work, beige tones, and “you have no idea who you’re deal­ing with here” di­a­logue. Greg Kin­n­ear, Bren­dan Glee­son, and Amy Ryan co-star. Rated R. 115 min­utes. Re­gal

Sta­dium 14, Santa Fe; Dream­Catcher, Es­pañola; Reel Deal, Los Alamos; Sto­ry­teller, Taos. (Not re­viewed)


For­est Whi­taker and Car­los Mencia play men whose chil­dren are get­ting mar­ried. Al­though the fathers ini­tially hate each other, they even­tu­ally learn that African Amer­i­cans and Mex­i­can Amer­i­cans both think love is peachy and that it’s most amus­ing when dig­ni­fied-looking peo­ple fall into swim­ming pools. Rated PG-13. 90 min­utes.

Re­gal Sta­dium 14, Santa Fe; Dream­Catcher, Es­pañola. (Not re­viewed)


Robert Pat­tin­son is so dreamy. Here, he takes out his Twi­light fangs to play a cute, gifted, and emo­tion­ally wounded rebel— part James Dean, part puppy dog— who just needs the right girl to clean him up, teach him to love, and help him re­al­ize his true po­ten­tial. Any tak­ers? Em­i­lie de Ravin ( Lost’s Claire) plays the gal who lands this catch. Chris Cooper and Pierce Bros­nan play the dad­dies of th­ese two crazy kids. Rated PG-13. 128 min­utes.

Re­gal Sta­dium 14, Santa Fe. (Not re­viewed)


Fi­nally, here’s a com­edy that cel­e­brates the phe­nom­e­non of men who date women who are much more at­trac­tive than them. Wait, isn’t that ev­ery ro­man­tic com­edy? Billy Crys­tal and Meg Ryan. Ben Stiller and Cameron Diaz. Seth Ro­gen and Katherine Heigl. Dud­ley Moore and any of his fe­male leads. She’s Out of My

League is ap­par­ently dif­fer­ent be­cause it tack­les the ma­te­rial di­rectly and is raunchier about it. Rated R. 104 min­utes. Re­gal Sta­dium 14, Santa Fe;

Dream­Catcher, Es­pañola. (Not re­viewed)

Dogs are just plain cool. But how do you bring that across to mem­bers of the gen­eral pub­lic who re­gard dogs as, well, just dogs? Film­mak­ers Barry Stone and Kim Web­ster think they have the an­swer with Sniff— The Dog Movie. They wrap a se­ri­ous “dogu­men­tary” around a comedic story line about two out-of-work Bri­tish ac­tors who dis­cover that dogs are not just won­der­ful crit­ters, they can also save lives and make things eas­ier for so many. The heart­warm­ing real-life dog sto­ries help the film go be­yond the rather weak sub­plot. Not rated. 90 min­utes. 5:30 and 7:30 p.m. Thurs­day, March 18, only. Q&A with Stone and Web­ster fol­low the screen­ings. The Screen, Santa Fe. (Ben Swan)



Emily and Sarah Kunstler, the daugh­ters of rad­i­cal lawyer William Kunstler, take on the con­tro­ver­sial legacy of their fa­ther. Us­ing home movies, archival footage, and in­ter­views, they piece to­gether a fairly un­sen­ti­men­tal por­trait of a man who de­fended Free­dom Rid­ers, the Chicago Seven, and in­mates in­volved in the At­tica Prison ri­ots but who also won highly con­tentious ac­quit­tals for known ter­ror­ists and as­sas­sins in the 1980s. Kunstler’s life was lived at the in­ter­sec­tion of many of the so­cial move­ments of the 1960s and 1970s, mak­ing this a daz­zling por­trait of a by­gone era. Not rated. 86 min­utes. The Screen, Santa Fe. (Casey Sanchez) See re­view, Page 44.

Olé! Olé! Har­ri­son San­sostri, Jen­nifer Con­nelly, and Paul Bet­tany in Cre­ation, at CCA Cin­e­math­eque in Santa Fe

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