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This 1963 film is sus­pense mas­ter Al­fred Hitch­cock’s only real foray into crea­ture fea­tures, with the crea­tures in this case be­ing or­di­nary birds. The premise is silly, but it’s oc­ca­sion­ally un­set­tling as well. Full of iconic mo­ments like the crows on the jun­gle gym and clas­sic horror tropes such as the hero­ine run­ning up­stairs for no rea­son, it’s a jolly good time. Screens on DVD as part of the Big Screen Clas­sics se­ries. 7 p.m. Fri­day, May 28, only. Len­sic Per­form­ing

Arts Cen­ter, Santa Fe. (Robert Ben­ziker)


Hollywood pro­ducer and D.C. lob­by­ist Jack Abramoff was a world-class con man. This fast-paced doc­u­men­tary by Alex Gib­ney ( En­ron: The Smartest

Guys in the Room) makes it clear that Abramoff wasn’t just mas­sively cor­rupt, he also tor­pe­doed the ca­reers of con­gress­men, dal­lied with the mob, sank In­dian gam­ing casi­nos, and toyed with the lives of down­trod­den Asian gar­ment work­ers — all in or­der to trans­form his life into some­thing re­sem­bling the pulp spy movies he de­voured as a teenager. Rated R. 118 min­utes. CCA Cine­math­eque, Santa Fe. (Casey Sanchez) See re­view, Page 44.


Sam Wain­wright Dou­glas’ bi­og­ra­phy of the late ar­chi­tect Sa­muel “Sambo” Mock­bee is more about build­ing cool, af­ford­able build­ings for peo­ple who need them than it is about glitzy ar­chi­tec­ture. Mock­bee founded and di­rected a de­sign-build pro­gram at Auburn Uni­ver­sity known as the Ru­ral Stu­dio. Dozens of in­ter­views, in­clud­ing with Mock­bee, Ru­ral Stu­dio stu­dents and clients, and other ar­chi­tects il­lu­mi­nate a prac­tice based on com­pas­sion and so­cial re­spon­si­bil­ity. 7:30 p.m. Tues­day, June 1, only. Dis­cus­sion fol­lows screen­ing. Not rated. 57 min­utes. CCA Cine­math­eque (Paul Wei­de­man) See re­view, Page 46.

A ro­man­tic triangle un­folds at a lit­er­ary fes­ti­val on the coast of Ire­land. It in­volves a lovely Bri­tish writer of ghost sto­ries (Dan­ish ac­tress Iben Hje­jle), an ob­nox­ious Amer­i­can writer of best­sellers (Ai­dan Quinn), and a griev­ing Ir­ish wid­ower (Ciarán Hinds)


who is a vol­un­teer driver for the vis­it­ing lu­mi­nar­ies. It also in­volves a few ghosts and a smat­ter­ing of horror seeded in coun­ter­point to the oth­er­wise thought­ful, char­ac­ter-driven pro­ceed­ings. It’s the work of ac­claimed Ir­ish play­wright Conor McPher­son ( The Sea­farer, The Weir), who is prov­ing adept at film as well. Rated R. 88 min­utes. The Screen, Santa Fe. ( Jonathan Richards) See re­view, Page 46.


Based on the video-game se­ries, this silly sum­mer crowd-pleaser has some­thing for ev­ery­one — The Mummy meets Glad­i­a­tor Lite, with a lit­tle In­di­ana Jones thrown in for good mea­sure. Adopted Prince Das­tan (Jake Gyl­len­haal) teams up with sassy Princess Tam­ina (Gemma Arter­ton) to keep a magic dag­ger out of the wrong hands — namely those of the king’s jeal­ous brother, Nizam (a kohl-eyed Ben Kings­ley). It’s rea­son­ably fun, though the fight­ing, video-game-style rooftop bound­ing and jokes about the size of a man’s “sword” wear thin. Thank good­ness for Al­fred Molina, who brings a wel­come dose of hu­mor. Rated PG-13. 116 min­utes. Re­gal Sta­dium 14, Santa Fe;

Dream­Catcher, Es­pañola; Reel Deal, Los Alamos; Sto­ry­teller, Taos. (Lau­rel Glad­den)

Quan­tum of bodice: Prince of Per­sia: The Sands of Time at Re­gal Sta­dium 14 in Santa Fe and Dream­Catcher in Es­pañola

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