opening this week
THE BICYCLE THIEF Vittorio De Sica’s 1948 Italian neorealist masterpiece tells the story of a father who discovers how far he will go to secure a job. It is every bit as moving and powerful (and, sadly, timely) as it was decades ago. If you haven’t seen it in years, its depth with surprise you all over again. Friday and Saturday, April 9 and 10, only, with a fundraiser screening for the Chainbreaker Collective, a local organization that repairs and redistributes bikes, at 8 p.m. Friday. Not rated. 93 minutes. In Italian with subtitles. CCA Cinematheque, Santa Fe. (Robert Benziker)
DATE NIGHT Director Shawn Levy (the Night at the Museum franchise) abandons his walking dinoskeletons and miniature cowboys for romantic comedy. Don’t worry — there are still wild antics aplenty. Steve Carell and Tina Fey play a couple who have a “date night” to help rekindle their marriage, only to find that a case of mistaken identity leads to an unforgettable evening. Mark Wahlberg and James Franco co-star. Rated PG-13. 88 minutes. Regal
Stadium 14, Santa Fe; DreamCatcher, Española; Reel Deal, Los Alamos; Storyteller, Taos. (Not reviewed)
MOTHER Promoted as something of a revenge noir, Mother is just as much about the lengths a mama will go to in proving her love for her offspring. When the title character’s son is framed for the murder of a seemingly innocent schoolgirl, she (Hye-ja Kim) sets off on her own warpath to find the guilty party. Directed and co-written by South Korean filmmaker Joon-ho Bong (who brought us 2006’s socio-ecological horror film The Host), this film is a tense thriller with a few plot holes and some lax directing. The acting is first-rate across the board. Rated R. 128 minutes. In Korean with subtitles. Regal
DeVargas, Santa Fe. (Robert Nott) See review, page 48.
THE RUNAWAYS In the 1970s, the all-girl rock group The Runaways bucked trends and kicked butt. Several members went on to successful solo careers, including Joan Jett and Lita Ford. The film is based on the memoirs of band member Cherie Currie. Dakota Fanning plays sex symbol Currie, and Kristen Stewart plays hard rocker Jett. The film centers on their friendship and rise to fame. Rated R. 105 minutes.
Regal DeVargas, Santa Fe. (Not reviewed)
THE SECRET OF KELLS This animated film centers on a young boy who sets out on an adventure to complete the Book of Kells and fights Vikings and a serpent god along the way. It was nominated for a 2010 Academy Award for Best Animated Feature but didn’t reach American theaters until now. Not rated. 75 minutes. CCA Cinematheque, Santa Fe. (Not reviewed)
VOICES FROM INSIDE: ISRAELIS SPEAK Director Lucy Martens interviewed 16 people in the Israeli peace movement for this documentary on the history and future of Zionism. Producer Marjorie Wright appears in person. 6 p.m. Sunday, April 11, only. Not rated. 64 minutes. CCA Cinematheque, Santa Fe. (Not reviewed)
I love rock ’n’ roll, so put another dime in my iTunes account, baby: from left, Alia Shawkat, Scout Taylor Compton, Stella Maeve,
Kristen Stewart, and Dakota Fanning in The Runaways, at Regal DeVargas in Santa Fe