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JUST WRIGHT The NBA playoffs are on, so who is in the mood for a romantic comedy about a New Jersey Nets player (Common) who falls in love with his trainer (Queen Latifah) after sustaining an injury? He shoots — he scores! The real-life Nets were 12-70 this last season. Regardless of how good the movie is, it’s safe to say that it will still be more entertaining than watching a Nets game. Rated PG. 111 minutes. Regal
Stadium 14, Santa Fe. (Not reviewed)
LETTERS TO JULIET In Verona, there is a wall where people leave their questions of love to Juliet Capulet — because, you know, her romance with Romeo ended so well. Sophie (Amanda Seyfried), a young American, answers a letter written 50 years earlier and helps its author (Vanessa Redgrave) find the true love she left behind. And Sophie lands a hottie, too. Rated PG. 104 minutes. Regal Stadium 14, Santa Fe; Regal
DeVargas, Santa Fe; DreamCatcher, Española; Reel Deal, Los Alamos; Storyteller, Taos. (Not reviewed)
ROBIN HOOD The title character of this film has been interpreted in many ways and embodied by many thespians, from Kevin Costner to Daffy Duck. Now, Gladiator director Ridley Scott and star Russell Crowe do their thing with him. They treat the myth semi-seriously, depicting Robin as a macho, macho man leading a violent uprising against a corrupt king. Errol Flynn is no doubt doing some highly acrobatic cartwheels in his grave. Cate Blanchett and William Hurt costar. Rated PG-13. 140 minutes. Regal Stadium 14, Santa Fe; Regal DeVargas, Santa Fe;
Dream Catcher, Española; Reel Deal, Los Alamos; Storyteller, Taos. (Not reviewed)
VINCERE Marco Bellocchio’s movie tells the story of Mussolini’s secret wife and son, whom the Fascist dictator had committed to asylums when they proved inconvenient. Giovanna Mezzogiorno plays the rejected Ida Dalser with searing intensity, and Filippo Timi is powerful and versatile in dual roles as Mussolini and his son. The film is operatic, sometimes hopelessly confusing, and over the top but still compelling and visually sumptuous. It is not so much inherently great as it demands to be great. That makes for an uneven ride but earns its right to our attention. Not rated. 128 minutes. In Italian with subtitles. The Screen, Santa Fe. ( Jonathan Richards) See review, Page 44.
THE WIND JOURNEYS Against the backdrop of Colombia’s jungles, mountains, and desert, Ignacio (Marciano Martínez) and his teenage tagalong Fermin (Yull Núñez) travel, penniless, to return a cursed accordion. Shot in more than 80 locations in Colombia, the film serves as a surreal National Geographic-style guide to the country, set to a blistering soundtrack of Caribbean
vallenato and cumbia. Not rated. 117 minutes. In Spanish, Palenquero, Ikun, and Wayuunaiki with subtitles. CCA Cinematheque, Santa Fe. (Casey Sanchez) See review, Page 44.
Boy nets girl: Common and Queen Latifah in
Just Wright, at Regal Stadium 14