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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. Screens in 2-D. Rated PG. 108 min­utes. Re­gal Sta­dium 14, Santa Fe;

Sto­ry­teller, Taos. (Robert Ben­ziker)

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. Santa Fe. (Robert Ben­ziker)


Re­gal North,


Au­thor Ni­cholas Sparks is the best thing to hap­pen to Kleenex since pollen. Han­nah Mon­tana (aka Mi­ley Cyrus) is the best thing to hap­pen to ju­nior-high lock­ers since Corey Haim.

The two col­lab­o­rate on a film for mommies and daugh­ters alike — the story cen­ters on a daddy (Greg Kin­n­ear) who hopes to re­con­nect with his lit­tle girl (Cyrus). Rated PG. 107 min­utes. Re­gal Sta­dium 14, Santa Fe; Dream Catcher, Es­pañola; 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. ( Jonathan Richards)

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)

THE RUNAWAYS Loosely based on a mem­oir by The Runaways’ lead singer, Cherie Cur­rie (played by Dakota Fan­ning), this biopic about the ’ 70s-era all-girl rock band that also in­cluded Joan Jett ( Twi­light’s Kris­ten Ste­wart) and Lita Ford cap­tures the essence of the band’s strug­gle to make it big be­fore im­plod­ing in 1978. Di­rec­tor and screen­writer Flo­ria Sigis­mondi’s mu­sic-video back­ground is in­stru­men­tal in set­ting the mood, as are a stel­lar sound­track and tal­ented pro­duc­tion and cos­tume de­sign. Ste­wart, Fan­ning, and Michael Shan­non as the band’s abu­sive man­ager/cre­ator Kim Fow­ley de­liver strong per­for­mances. Un­for­tu­nately, they are over­shad­owed by weak char­ac­ter de­vel­op­ment and a story rid­dled with rock-’n’-roll-movie clichés. Rated R. 109 min­utes. Re­gal DeVar­gas, Santa Fe. (Rob DeWalt) See re­view, Page 50.

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)

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 North, 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)


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 even heard of it, then keep mov­ing. Rated PG-13. 120 min­utes. Re­gal North, Santa Fe. (Not re­viewed)

THE WHITE RIB­BON Here is a por­trait of what ap­pears to be a pas­toral vil­lage in 1913-1914 Ger­many. But as this is 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 ar­gues that we are never in­no­cent. Fri­day and Satur­day, April 16 and 17, only. Rated R. 144 min­utes. In Ger­man with sub­ti­tles.

CCA Cin­e­math­eque, Santa Fe. (Robert Ben­ziker)

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