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Pasatiempo - - Moving Images - — com­piled by Robert Ben­ziker

AJAMI This tough, gritty Is­raeli movie — an Os­car nom­i­nee for Best For­eign Lan­guage film — has a lot of things go­ing for it, but clar­ity is not one of them. Ajami shuf­fles a deck of nar­ra­tive cards and deals them for­ward and back­ward. Sto­ries stop and start, over­lap, re­verse, and side­step. It’s a patch­work tale of drugs, feuds, love, and death in the mean streets of Ajami, a multi-eth­nic, multi-faith ghetto in Jaffa. Grim and some­times mud­dled, the movie packs a pow­er­ful punch. Opens Thurs­day, March 25, with a 6:45 p.m. screen­ing and panel dis­cus­sion. Not rated. 120 min­utes. In He­brew and Ara­bic with sub­ti­tles. CCA Cin­e­math­eque, Santa Fe. ( Jonathan Richards) BANFF IN­TER­NA­TIONAL MOUN­TAIN FILM FES­TI­VAL The an­nual fes­ti­val, which show­cases doc­u­men­taries and nar­ra­tive films about out­door sports and the en­vi­ron­ment, re­turns to Santa Fe. Films in­clude Africa Rev­o­lu­tions Tour, First As­cent: Alone on the Wall, and Project Me­ga­woosh. 7 p.m.

Tues­day, March 23, only. Len­sic Per­form­ing Arts

Cen­ter, Santa Fe. (Not re­viewed)

THE BOUNTY HUNTER Those an­noy­ing ads you’ve seen with Jen­nifer Anis­ton and Ger­ard But­ler should sub­side now that the likely an­noy­ing movie is here. But­ler plays a bounty hunter who is hired to bring in his ex-wife (Anis­ton) — you can fill in the blanks from there. Rated PG-13. 106 min­utes. Re­gal

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

THE CRY OF THE OWL No, it’s not a na­ture doc­u­men­tary. It’s a thriller about a man (Paddy Con­si­dine) who moves to the coun­try to es­cape a messy di­vorce. He is drawn to a lo­cal woman (Ju­lia Stiles) and soon makes her mar­riage messy as well. Based on a novel by Pa­tri­cia High­smith ( The Tal­ented

Mr. Ri­p­ley). Rated R. 100 min­utes. Re­gal DeVar­gas, Santa Fe. (Not re­viewed)

DI­ARY OF A WIMPY KID The car­toon fig­ures of Jeff Kin­ney’s highly pop­u­lar il­lus­trated nov­els are brought to flesh and blood, and if every­one with un­pleas­ant mem­o­ries of mid­dle school goes to see this adap­ta­tion, it will out­gross Avatar. Zachary Gor­don plays the wimpy kid, who’s just try­ing to make it through the school year. Di­rected by the man with one of the best names in Hol­ly­wood: Thor Freuden­thal ( Ho­tel for Dogs). Rated PG. 120 min­utes. Re­gal Sta­dium 14, Santa Fe; Dream­Catcher,

Es­pañola; Sto­ry­teller, Taos. (Not re­viewed)


JEW SÜSS Veit Har­lan was the most suc­cess­ful film di­rec­tor un­der the Third Re­ich, a fa­vorite of Joseph Goebbels, and the au­teur of the most no­to­ri­ous film of the Nazi era, the vir­u­lently anti-Semitic Jew Süss, which his son Thomas calls “a mur­der weapon.” This doc­u­men­tary ex­plores Har­lan’s ter­ri­ble legacy pri­mar­ily through the re­ac­tions and at­ti­tudes of his de­scen­dants. Di­rec­tor Felix Moeller’s film stirs up a hot broth of is­sues and ideas about cul­pa­bil­ity and guilt and the power of art for good and for evil. Not rated. 99 min­utes. In Ger­man, French, and Ital­ian with sub­ti­tles. The Screen, Santa Fe ( Jonathan Richards) See re­view, Page 38.

MYTHIC JOUR­NEYS This mix of doc­u­men­tary and an­i­ma­tion about the world’s myths, which showed at the 2009 Santa Fe Film Fes­ti­val, re­turns to town. Film­mak­ers Stephen Boe and Whit­ney Boe at­tend the screen­ings. Not rated. 90 min­utes.

CCA Cin­e­math­eque, Santa Fe. (Not re­viewed)

REPO MEN In the fu­ture, you will be able to pur­chase me­chan­i­cal or­gans for trans­plant. If you do not make the hefty pay­ments on time, repo men will come and re­trieve the or­gan. OK, so it isn’t that much worse than the cur­rent sys­tem. Try telling that to repo man Remy (Jude Law) who needs a heart trans­plant and finds his old part­ner (For­est Whi­taker) af­ter him. Rated R. 111 min­utes. Re­gal Sta­dium 14, Santa Fe;

Dream­Catcher, Es­pañola; Sto­ry­teller, Taos.

(Not re­viewed)

Leave me alone: Zachary Gor­don in Di­ary of a Wimpy Kid, at Re­gal Sta­dium 14

in Santa Fe and Dream­Catcher in Es­pañola

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