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Breath Made Visible As a Left Coast artist, dance pioneer Anna Halprin was able to create work that was utterly unique, unaffected by the New York scene. This is a fascinating document of a career that evolved to encompass avant-garde theater, sexual politics, civil rights, mortality, psychology, and, most important, nature. Swiss filmmaker Ruedi Gerber has turned a patchwork of interviews, historical footage, and performance films into a perfectly paced, transformational work of art — not unlike one of Halprin’s dances. Not rated. 80 minutes.
The Screen, Santa Fe. (Michael Wade Simpson) See review, Page 52.
Close-UP Director Abbas Kiarostami’s 1990 fiction-documentary hybrid about a man who is arrested for impersonating filmmaker Mohsen Makhmalbaf screens in a new 35 mm print. It plays as part of the Cinema
Iran series, which runs from Friday, June 4, to June 17. Not rated. 97 minutes. In Farsi with subtitles.
CCA Cinematheque, Santa Fe. (Not reviewed)
Get him to the Greek If you saw 2008’s Forgetting Sarah Marshall, you may remember Russell Brand’s scene-stealing turn as an obnoxious musician. Here, he expands on that role by playing a rock star who must be escorted to the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles. Jonah Hill portrays the poor intern who gets the assignment. And what do you know? It’s directed by Nicholas Stoller, the man responsible for
Forgetting Sarah Marshall. Judd Apatow is one of the producers. Rated R. 109 minutes. Regal Stadium 14, Santa Fe; DreamCatcher, Española; Storyteller, Taos. (Not reviewed)
HAUSU Nobuhiko Obayashi’s 1977 horror film, about seven girls who travel to a haunted house where they disappear one by one, is a cult gem full of decapitations (which are neither scary nor gory), slapstick humor, and musical numbers. Obayashi perfectly combines his background in experimental film and TV commercials, and his attention to art design, music, special effects, and camera tricks elevates the film from “so bad it’s good” to simply good. You will see better movies than
Hausu, but you will never see any movie quite like it. Not rated. 88 minutes. In Japanese with subtitles.
The Screen, Santa Fe. (Robert B. Ker) See Screen Gems, Page 44.
Killers On June 25, Knight and Day opens nationwide. In that action-comedy, Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz play a couple who fall in love and have high-caliber adventures. Consider Killers to be the B-grade undercard to that film, with Ashton Kutcher and Katherine Heigl in the lead roles. Kutcher plays a highly skilled assassin, and Heigl is the unsuspecting woman who falls for him. Rated PG-13. 90 minutes.
Regal Stadium 14, Santa Fe; DreamCatcher, Española; Storyteller, Taos. (Not reviewed)
MARMADUKE Woof, woof, this movie look like a dog! Owen Wilson gives voice to a giant, 2Pac-loving, wisecracking, surfing version of the cartoon dog from the Sunday funnies. William H. Macy plays a guy who gets knocked over by Marmaduke twice in the trailer. Rated PG. 88 minutes. Regal Stadium 14, Santa Fe;
DreamCatcher, Española; Reel Deal, Los Alamos; Storyteller, Taos. (Not reviewed) THE SECRET IN THEIR EYES Juan José Campanella’s film (Academy Award winner for Best Foreign Language Film of 2009) is the story of two men emotionally tied together by a dead woman. It’s the tale of a retired cop (Ricardo Darín) and his efforts to reconcile love and justice as he re-examines a 25-year-old murder case in Buenos Aires. The actors (including Darín, Soledad Villamil, and especially Guillermo Francella) are excellent, but it has a few goofy scenes, and the plot points don’t always add up. Rated R. 127 minutes. In Spanish with subtitles. Regal DeVargas, Santa Fe. (Robert Nott) See review, Page 52.
SPLICE It seems like it’s been a while since we’ve had a new spin on the Frankenstein story, so here are Adrien Brody and Sarah Polley as well-intended scientists who splice together human DNA for medical research. It is their hope that the freaky-looking woman they create doesn’t turn deadly. Sadly, it is nearly impossible to rewire human DNA without awaking the “evil” gene, and violence follows. Rated R. 104 minutes. Regal Stadium 14, Santa Fe;
DreamCatcher, Española. (Not reviewed)
WOMEN WITHOUT MEN This magic-realist tale follows three Iranian women as they escape to a lush orchard outpost to rebuild their lives apart from the men that abuse them. The first-time feature by Shirin Neshat offsets its heavy-handed narrative with cinematography that is as rich and stunning as anything you will see on-screen this year. Given that Avatar came with 3-D glasses, you can’t help but feel that this movie should come with earplugs to help audiences enjoy a film that is at once a visual miracle and a narrative train wreck. Plays as part of the Cinema Iran series, which runs from Friday,
He’s like Sting, Bono, and Chris Martin combined — which is terrifying: Russell Brand in Get Him to the Greek, at Regal Stadium 14 in Santa Fe and DreamCatcher in Española