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AJAMI This tough, gritty Is­raeli movie 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 one an­other. It’s a patch­work tale of drugs, feuds, love, and death in the mean streets of Ajami, a mul­ti­eth­nic, mul­ti­faith ghetto in Jaffa. Grim and some­times mud­dled, the movie packs a pow­er­ful punch. Not rated. 120 min­utes. In He­brew and Ara­bic with sub­ti­tles. CCA Cin­e­math­eque, Santa Fe. ( Jonathan Richards)

ALICE IN WON­DER­LAND Tim Bur­ton’s unin­spired foray into Won­der­land fea­tures some nice char­ac­ter de­sign and choice work by a cast of mostly Bri­tish ac­tors, but that’s it. As a se­quel to the Lewis Car­roll books, not an adap­ta­tion, it fea­tures an older Alice (Mia Wasikowska) and a lame Lord of the

Rings-style plot. But most sur­pris­ing, the vis­ual style is dim, drab, and muddy — per­haps the looking glass needs some Win­dex. Screens in 2-D. Rated PG. 108 min­utes. Re­gal Sta­dium 14, Santa Fe;

Dream­Catcher, Es­pañola; Sto­ry­teller, Taos . (Robert Ben­ziker)

AVATAR James Cameron’s ad­ven­ture, which won three Academy Awards, in­clud­ing Best Cin­e­matog­ra­phy, is about an ex-sol­dier (Sam Wor­thing­ton) who uses a syn­thetic body to in­fil­trate a race of gi­ant blue aliens and help the mil­i­tary tap into its nat­u­ral re­sources. The script is stale, and the film is an hour too long. To put it bluntly, now that the 3-D prints are gone, it’s not worth see­ing. Rated PG-13. 162 min­utes. Re­gal

North, Santa Fe. (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 scores the ex­tra point for not go­ing long into melo­dra­matic ter­ri­tory. San­dra Bul­lock won the Academy Award for Best Ac­tress for her per­for­mance. Rated PG-13. 128 min­utes. Re­gal

North, Santa Fe. (Lau­rel Glad­den)

THE BOUNTY HUNTER Those an­noy­ing ads you’ve seen with Jen­nifer Anis­ton and Ger­ard But­ler have sub­sided now that the 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)

CHLOE A woman (Ju­lianne Moore) sus­pects that her hus­band (Liam Nee­son) is cheat­ing, so she hires a young pros­ti­tute (Amanda Seyfried) to se­duce him. What ensues is a mild vari­a­tion of Fa­tal At­trac­tion with a Sap­phic twist. This is an artsy, pre­ten­tious sex­ual thriller, di­rected by Atom Egoyan, that im­me­di­ately calls to mind di­rect-to-video erotic films of the 1990s that starred Tanya Roberts, Shan­non Tweed, and An­drew Stevens. Moore does what she can with the shal­low role as­signed her; the rest of the cast mostly makes con­cerned or crazy faces as they slog through the non­sense. Rated R. 96 min­utes. Re­gal DeVar­gas, Santa Fe. (Robert Nott)

CRAZY HEART Jeff Bridges plays Bad Blake, an ag­ing coun­try-mu­sic singer trav­el­ing the bumpy down­hill road of a washed-up, bro­ken-down ca­reer. He finds re­demp­tion through a pretty young re­porter (Mag­gie Gyl­len­haal) 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 — which won him the Best Ac­tor Os­car — al­most saves it. Rated R. 112 min­utes.

Re­gal DeVar­gas, Santa Fe; Dream­Catcher, Es­pañola. (Jonathan Richards)

DI­ARY OF A WIMPY KID The car­toon fig­ures of Jeff Kin­ney’s highly pop­u­lar il­lus­trated nov­els are brought to flesh and blood with af­fec­tion for the ma­te­rial and good hu­mor. Greg (Zachary Gor­don) is the kid, who feels that he’s des­tined for great­ness and can’t un­der­stand why all his at­tempts to gain mid­dle-school pop­u­lar­ity back­fire. Wimpy Kid can be too over-the-top, but it’s a goof­ball of a film that is sure to please not just the young read­ers of the books but any­one who oc­ca­sion­ally feels that they’re sur­rounded by id­iots. Rated PG. 120 min­utes. Re­gal Sta­dium 14, Santa Fe;

Dream­Catcher, Es­pañola; Sto­ry­teller, Taos. (Robert


THE GHOST WRITER The ti­tle char­ac­ter (Ewan McGre­gor) is hired to write the mem­oirs of a po­lit­i­cally be­lea­guered for­mer Bri­tish prime min­is­ter (Pierce Bros­nan) in an iso­lated is­land man­sion. This is a solid but not sen­sa­tional thriller di­rected and co-writ­ten by the man who gave us grip­ping films such as Re­pul­sion (1965) and Chi­na­town (1974). It falls apart near the end, but un­til then, it’s a jolly good show. Rated PG-13. 128 min­utes.

Re­gal DeVar­gas, Santa Fe. (Robert Nott)

GREEN ZONE Di­rec­tor Paul Green­grass and ac­tor Matt Da­mon, who teamed up for the last two Bourne films, present a thriller staged in 2003 Iraq. Da­mon plays Roy Miller, a sol­dier who is sick of men dy­ing while looking for weapons of mass de­struc­tion that don’t ex­ist. He com­plains to his su­pe­ri­ors and opens up one heck of a can of worms. Green Zone is heavy on ex­po­si­tion, but it’s a strong mil­i­tary thriller. Rated R. 115 min­utes.

Re­gal Sta­dium 14, Santa Fe. (Robert Ben­ziker)

GREEN­bERG Noah Baum­bach’s lat­est drama re­quires a lot of pa­tience but ex­udes enough charm to carry it through. It’s the story of a de­pressed neu­rotic (Ben Stiller) who agrees to do a six-week house-sit in Los An­ge­les and finds him­self con­tem­plat­ing the no­tion of love for the first time. Stiller’s per­for­mance is an­noy­ing, but Greta Ger­wig scores as a young woman adrift in a world that seems to have no use for her — which doesn’t stop her from chug­ging along, hop­ing that some­thing or some­one will tow her into port. Rated R. 107 min­utes. Re­gal

DeVar­gas, Santa Fe. (Robert Nott) See re­view,

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HOT TUb TIME MA­CHINE John Cu­sack, Craig Robin­son, Clark Duke, and Rob Corddry play a quar­tet of losers who find a hot tub that trans­ports them back to the 1980s, where they have a chance to fix past er­rors. The pro­duc­tion de­sign crew does a nice job of cre­at­ing an at­mos­phere that isn’t quite of the 1980s but rather of bad 1980s come­dies. But the gross-out hu­mor is rarely funny, and Corddry works over­time for al­most no laughs. The goofy premise and pres­ence of Cu­sack keep it en­ter­tain­ing, though not as much as the ti­tle prom­ises. Rated R. 100 min­utes. Re­gal Sta­dium 14, Santa Fe;

Dream­Catcher, Es­pañola; Sto­ry­teller, Taos. (Robert Ben­ziker) See re­view, Page 44. HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON Based on a book by Cres­sida Cow­ell, this re­fresh­ing an­i­mated ad­ven­ture spares us the tired el­e­ments of wise­crack­ing an­i­mals and toi­let hu­mor and in­stead de­liv­ers a fully en­gag­ing com­ing-of-age tale. Vik­ing teenager and wannabe dragon slayer Hic­cup (voiced by Jay Baruchel) sets out to earn the re­spect of his fa­ther (Ger­ard But­ler) and his towns­peo­ple by killing a fire-breath­ing beast. But things do not go as planned, and Hic­cup be­friends his in­tended prey (by Odin’s beard!). The ten­dency to let breath­tak­ing en­vi­ron­ments and action se­quences rather than sim­ple ob­jects be the cen­ter of the film’s 3-D fo­cus make it worth the ex­tra cash. Rated PG. 98 min­utes. Screens in dig­i­tal 3-D at Re­gal

Sta­dium 14, Santa Fe; Dream­Catcher, Es­pañola; Reel Deal, Los Alamos. Also screens in 2-D at Re­gal

Sta­dium 14, Santa Fe. (Rob DeWalt)

THE HURT LOCKER Kathryn Bigelow is one of Hol­ly­wood’s best action direc­tors. Here, with a script by jour­nal­ist Mark Boal, she de­liv­ers a taut drama about a trio of Ex­plo­sive Ord­nance Dis­posal sol­diers. It’s not de­press­ing, it’s not too vi­o­lent, and it doesn’t ad­dress the pol­i­tics of war be­yond the no­tion that a lot of peo­ple are go­ing to die. It was the big win­ner on Os­car night, tak­ing home six stat­uettes, in­clud­ing those for Best Pic­ture and Best Di­rec­tor. Rated R. 131 min­utes. Re­gal North, Santa Fe. (Robert Nott)

THE LAST SONG It’s been a cou­ple of months since Dear John de­throned the mighty Avatar from its reign as the top movie in the coun­try. Get ready for more gen­tle weep­ing, be­cause here is an­other film based on a novel by Ni­cholas Sparks. This one cen­ters on a fa­ther (Greg Kin­n­ear) who hopes to re­con­nect with his daugh­ter (Mi­ley Cyrus). Rated PG. 107 min­utes. Re­gal

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

THE LAST STA­TION Over the lat­ter part of his life, Leo Tol­stoy was known not just for his nov­els but also for the phi­los­o­phy of paci­fism, egal­i­tar­i­an­ism, and celibacy to which he gave his name. The movie shows the epic strug­gle be­tween the writer (Christo­pher Plum­mer) and his wife of al­most 50 years (He­len Mir­ren). The third point of the tri­an­gle is the cal­cu­lat­ing Chertkov (Paul Gia­matti), who is more Tol­stoyan than Tol­stoy and wants the copy­rights of his work for the pub­lic

do­main. Rated R. 110 min­utes. Re­gal DeVar­gas, Santa Fe; Taos Cen­ter for the Arts, 133 Paseo del Pue­blo Norte, 575-758-2052. ( Jonathan Richards)


THE PEN­TAGON PA­PERS This is the story of Daniel Ells­berg, the RAND an­a­lyst who leaked the Pen­tagon Pa­pers, a top-se­cret gov­ern­ment re­port that con­cluded that the war could not be won, to The New York Times in 1971. Nar­rated by Ells­berg, the film’s sub­ject may be old hat to those who lived through it, but to­day it makes for an eye-open­ing his­tory of an age when the ir­re­press­ible con­science of one highly con­nected man could ac­tu­ally sway pub­lic opin­ion on a war. Satur­day and Sun­day, April 3 and 4, only. Not rated. 94 min­utes. The Screen, Santa Fe. (Casey Sanchez)

OUR FAM­ILY WED­DING For­est Whi­taker and Car­los Mencia play men whose chil­dren are get­ting mar­ried. The fathers ini­tially hate each other, but they learn that African Amer­i­cans and Mex­i­can Amer­i­cans both think that love is peachy and that it’s funny when peo­ple fall into swim­ming pools. Rated PG-13. 90 min­utes.

Dream­Catcher, Es­pañola. (Not re­viewed)

A PROPHET Ma­lik (Ta­har Rahim) ar­rives in prison with vir­tu­ally no his­tory and lit­tle per­son­al­ity. Over his six-year sen­tence, he grows into a man un­der the thumb of Cor­si­can mob­ster César (the great Niels Are­strup), who openly re­gards Ma­lik as a “stupid Arab,” even while en­trust­ing him with in­creas­ingly im­por­tant tasks. Jac­ques Au­di­ard’s film is an ex­am­i­na­tion of the in­flux of Mus­lims into France and an in­dict­ment of the no­tion of prison as re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion as well as a gang­ster flick and com­ing-of-age fa­ble. Rated R. 155 min­utes. In French, Ara­bic, and Cor­si­can with sub­ti­tles. Re­gal DeVar­gas, Santa Fe. (Robert Ben­ziker)

RE­MEM­BER ME In this overly maudlin film, Twi­light heart­throb Robert Pat­tin­son puts his well-de­vel­oped brood­ing skills to work as Tyler, a scruffy young man who’s an­gry at the world, es­pe­cially his emo­tion­ally closed-off fa­ther (Pierce Bros­nan). Af­ter Tyler ends up in jail for mouthing off to a cop (Chris Cooper), his asi­nine room­mate (Tate Elling­ton) sug­gests he woo the cop’s daugh­ter ( Lost’s Em­i­lie de Ravin) to get even. Rated PG-13. 128 min­utes. Re­gal North, Santa Fe. (Lau­rel Glad­den)

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. Repo man Remy (Jude Law), who needs a heart trans­plant, finds his old part­ner (For­est Whi­taker) af­ter him. Rated R. 111 min­utes. Re­gal

North, Santa Fe. (Not re­viewed)

SHE’S OUT OF MY LEAGUE 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. Seth Ro­gen and Katherine Heigl. Dud­ley Moore and any of his fe­male leads.

She’s Out of My League tack­les the ma­te­rial di­rectly and is raunchier about it. Rated R. 104 min­utes.

Re­gal North, Santa Fe. (Not re­viewed)

SHUT­TER IS­LAND The lat­est ex­pertly crafted col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween di­rec­tor Martin Scors­ese and ac­tor Leonardo DiCaprio is also one of the best thrillers in years, filmed in the noir-hor­ror tra­di­tion of pro­ducer Val Lew­ton. It tells a tale of two U.S. mar­shals who in­ves­ti­gate an es­cape at an is­land asy­lum for the crim­i­nally in­sane and dis­cover that ev­ery­thing there is not as it seems. Rated R. 138 min­utes.

Re­gal Sta­dium 14, Santa Fe. (Robert Ben­ziker)

A SIN­GLE MAN This de­but from fash­ion de­signer Tom Ford re­counts a day in the life of Ge­orge (Colin Firth), a lit­er­a­ture pro­fes­sor mourn­ing the death of his long­time lover (Matthew Goode). The film is metic­u­lously tai­lored and beau­ti­fully styled — some­times overly so — but it’s also heart­break­ing. Rated R. 101 min­utes.

CCA Cin­e­math­eque, Santa Fe. (Lau­rel Glad­den)

THE WHITE RIB­BON This is a por­trait of what ap­pears to be a pas­toral vil­lage in 1913-1914 Ger­many. As this is a film from film­maker Michael Haneke ( Caché), life in the burg is any­thing but idyl­lic. In his ex­am­i­na­tion of gen­er­a­tional con­flict and a coun­try on the brink of war, Haneke doesn’t lament the loss of in­no­cence — he ar­gues that we are never in­no­cent. Rated R. 144 min­utes. In Ger­man with sub­ti­tles.

CCA Cin­e­math­eque, Santa Fe. (Robert Ben­ziker)

You don’t know what you’ve got till you marry him: from left, Tasha Smith, Janet Jack­son, and Sharon Leal in

Tyler Perry’s Why Did I Get Mar­ried Too?, at Re­gal Sta­dium 14 in Santa Fe and Dream­Catcher in Es­pañola

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