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GROWN UPS Adam Sandler, Chris Rock, Kevin James, David Spade, and Rob Schneider play childhood chums who reunite and realize that, despite being married and having kids, they haven’t matured a day. Maria Bello and Salma Hayek are two of the poor women married to these guys. Rated PG-13. 102 minutes. Regal Stadium 14, Santa Fe; Dream Catcher, Española; Reel Deal, Los Alamos; Storyteller, Taos. (Not reviewed)
THE LAST AIRBENDER Writer and director M. Night Shyamalan takes a break from crafting original movies that fewer and fewer people seem to like each time, in order to take on an established manga property that a lot of kiddies like. The story has something to do with mastering the elements, a global struggle, and a boy (Noah Ringer) who is the last hope for humankind. You know, the usual. Opens Thursday, July 1. Not rated. 94 minutes. Screens in 3-D and 2-D at Regal Stadium 14, Santa Fe; Dream Catcher, Española. Screens in 2-D only at Reel Deal, Los Alamos; Storyteller, Taos. (Not reviewed)
MID-AUGUST LUNCH Poor Gianni (writer-director Gianni Di Gregorio). He’s a 50-something bachelor living with his mother (Valeria De Franciscis), and he’s behind on his bills. To help erase the debt, he agrees to take care of a neighbor’s mother during the holiday weekend of Ferragosto. One thing leads to another, and Gianni finds himself at the beck and call of four octogenarian women. Nothing dramatic or especially hilarious ensues; instead, the film has subtle, sometimes funny scenes that deliver a timeless message about savoring life’s simple pleasures. Not rated. 75 minutes. In Italian with subtitles. The Screen, Santa Fe. (Laurel Gladden) See review, Page 58.
MOTHER AND CHILD This treacly drama about motherhood, adoption, and the motherdaughter bond has a few rich moments that work so well on their own that it’s easy to overlook the fact that this is basically a Hallmark Hall of Fame soaper with flashes of nudity, sex, and profanity. A well-assembled cast, including Samuel L. Jackson, Naomi Watts, Annette Bening, and Jimmy Smits, manages to give incredible weight to dialogue that’s lighter than air. (“Sometimes when you fall, it’s hard to get up,” and “She doesn’t know a thing — your baby — only her mother’s heartbeat.”) Rated R. 127 minutes.
Regal DeVargas, Santa Fe. (Robert Nott)
ONDINE With Ondine, writer and director Neil Jordan returns to the realm of folklore and fishes out a beautiful, mysterious womanlike creature (Alicja Bachleda) from the deep. She comes up in the net of a fisherman, Syracuse (Colin Farrell), off the Beara Peninsula in southwest Ireland. Is she a selkie? Or is there a more prosaic explanation? The appearance in town of a dark, menacing stranger holds a clue, and an eruption of violence shifts the tone. The thick dialect can be hard to follow, but the story is entertaining, and the coast of Cork looks lush and beautiful. Rated PG-13. 111 minutes. CCA Cinematheque, Santa Fe. ( Jonathan Richards) See review, Page 58.
THE TWILIGHT SAGA: ECLIPSE If you think that it was just last November that we had a new Twilight movie, you’re right. But it’s not as if it takes a long time to make these things, and since they’ve clearly tapped a vein, they may as well suck it dry. The plot of this one involves vampire revenge schemes, werewolf shenanigans, and Bella (Kristen Stewart) proving her love for Edward (Robert Pattinson) once more. Opens Wednesday, June 30. Rated PG-13. 124 minutes. Regal Stadium 14, Santa Fe; Dream Catcher, Española; Reel Deal, Los Alamos; Storyteller, Taos. (Not reviewed)