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CLASH OF THE TITANS The 1981 adventure Clash of the Titans is most famous for the stop-motion effects work of Ray Harryhausen. This remake is famous for the CGI effects and Liam Neeson’s reading of “Release the Kraken!” in the ads. Early word is that the hasty transfer to 3-D is a total botch job. Sam Worthington ( Avatar) stars as Perseus, but the real stars, of course, are the mythological monsters. Rated PG-13. 118 minutes. Screens in digital 3-D at Regal Stadium 14, Santa Fe; DreamCatcher, Española; Storyteller, Taos. Also screens in 2-D at Regal Stadium 14, Santa Fe; DreamCatcher, Española; Reel Deal, Los Alamos; Storyteller, Taos. (Not reviewed)
THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON
TATTOO A disgraced Swedish journalist (Michael Nyqvist) is hired to sift through the ashes of a 40-year-old murder mystery while he waits to do jail time. He’s joined by a brooding computer whiz, a girl who happens to have a dragon tattoo. Together they unravel nasty secrets involving Nazis, religious fanatics, and violence against women. There are a few brutal scenes of sexual violence and a heavy running time, but this is still a handsome and involving whodunit. Not rated. 152 minutes. In Swedish with subtitles. The Screen, Santa Fe. (Jonathan Richards) See review, Page 42.
THE SUN Russian director Aleksandr Sokurov ( Russian Ark) presents a look at Emperor Hirohito (played beautifully by Issei Ogata) at the end of World War II. It’s not a sweeping war epic so much as it is a consistently engaging character study shot in an odd sepia tone and edited like a soap opera. The film smudges the line between comedy, drama, and performance art. Not rated. 115 minutes. In English and Japanese with subtitles. CCA Cinematheque, Santa Fe. (Robert Benziker) See review, Page 44.
TYLER PERRY’S WHY DID I GET MARRIED
TOO? You may need to put a “2” in place of the “too” to get the title. This is a sequel to Perry’s 2007 hit. If you’ve seen that, you’ll likely want to see this. If you haven’t seen that — or haven’t even heard of it — then keep moving. Rated PG-13. 120 minutes.
Regal Stadium 14, Santa Fe; DreamCatcher, Española.
Quick, run; it’s James Cameron: Gemma Arterton and Sam Worthington in Clash of the Titans,
at Regal Stadium 14 in Santa Fe and DreamCatcher in Española