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Pasatiempo - - Moving Images - — com­piled by Robert B. Ker

DEAR PY­ONGYANG Filmmaker Yang Yonghi doc­u­ments the story of her fa­ther, an ex­pa­tri­ate from the south­ern part of the Korean penin­sula who moved to Ja­pan as a child. As an adult, he adopted Marx­ist be­liefs and, af­ter the penin­sula was di­vided, claimed North Korea as his home­land. In 1971, he sent his three sons to live there, and the coun­try crum­bled around them. Dear

Py­ongyang is en­gross­ing and in­for­ma­tive, and it’s al­ways in­ter­est­ing to see footage of daily life in North Korea, al­though the home-movie bits veer to­ward self-in­dul­gence. The film screens as part of the Asia

Now se­ries. 8 p.m. Sun­day, July 11, only. In Ja­panese and Korean with sub­ti­tles. Not rated. 107 min­utes.

The Screen, Santa Fe. (Robert B. Ker)

CYRUS Sad sack John (played by vet­eran por­trayer of sad sacks John C. Reilly) meets the ideal woman (Marisa Tomei) and thinks he has fi­nally found hap­pi­ness. Alas, her 20-some­thing son (Jonah Hill) still lives with her — and he’s a lit­tle bit too much of a mama’s boy. Is it creepy? Is it com­edy? You de­cide! Rated R. 92 min­utes. Re­gal DeVargas, Santa Fe. (Not re­viewed)

DE­SPI­CA­BLE ME An evil ge­nius named Gru (voiced by Steve Carell) plots to steal the moon in this an­i­mated com­edy. He is forced to watch over three or­phans and de­vel­ops pa­ter­nal in­stincts. Be­tween the gen­tle an­tics and Gru’s cute lit­tle hench­men, the movie looks more like “Adorable Me.” The cast of funny peo­ple who pro­vide voices in­cludes Rus­sell Brand, Ja­son Segel, Will Ar­nett, Kris­ten Wiig, and Danny McBride. Rated PG. 95 min­utes. Screens in 3-D and 2-D at Re­gal Sta­dium 14, Santa Fe. Screens in 2-D only at Dream­Catcher, Es­pañola; Reel Deal, Los Alamos. Screens in 3-D only at Sto­ry­teller, Taos. (Not re­viewed) ThE GOOD, ThE BAD, ThE WEIRD An ex­am­ple of cin­e­matic ex­cess, this wild Korean Western, di­rected and co-writ­ten by Kim Jee-Woon, is set some­time in the 1930s, in Ja­panese-oc­cu­pied Manchuria. There the trio of dis­parate ti­tle char­ac­ters bat­tle one an­other — as well as hordes of Chi­nese ban­dits, Ja­panese sol­diers, and the dreaded Ghost Mar­ket gang — to get their mitts on a trea­sure map. The ac­tion scenes are of­ten thrilling, some­times rep­e­ti­tious, and ul­ti­mately ex­haust­ing. It’s def­i­nitely a guy flick, and an­i­mal lovers should be warned that a lot of horses end up get­ting shot. But then, so do a lot of peo­ple. Rated R. 132 min­utes. In Korean with sub­ti­tles. The Screen, Santa Fe. (Robert Nott) See re­view, page 68.

ThE MAT­TER OF EV­ERY­ThING En­rico Lap­pano co-pro­duced, co-wrote, and di­rected this doc­u­men­tary about “quan­tum re­al­ity and in­ter­con­nect­ed­ness of na­ture from the quan­tum to uni­verse” (ac­cord­ing to the film’s web­site) — and plays cello at the screen­ing. Maybe he can ex­plain the film, as well. A Q&A with Lap­pano, co-pro­ducer Olga Ant­zoulatos, and par­ti­cle physi­cist Scott Me­nary (via Skype) fol­lows. 2:30 p.m. Satur­day, July 10, only. Not rated. 100 min­utes.

CCA Cine­math­eque, Santa Fe. (Not re­viewed)

MIC­MACS Do you have enough whimsy in your diet? Whether you do or don’t, di­rec­tor Jean-Pierre Je­unet ( Amélie) re­turns to give you a fresh dose. His lat­est pic­ture cen­ters on a video-store clerk (Dany Boon) who is hit by a stray bul­let, finds his way to an un­der­ground com­mu­nity, and sets off to get re­venge on the mu­ni­tions man­u­fac­turer that crafted the bomb that killed his fa­ther and the bul­let that wounded him. In French with sub­ti­tles. Rated R. 104 min­utes. Re­gal

DeVargas, Santa Fe. (Not re­viewed)

MIL­LEN­NIUM: ThE STORY This doc­u­men­tary looks at Swedish author Stieg Lars­son (1954-2004), who wrote the megaselling Mil­len­nium tril­ogy and died of a heart at­tack be­fore his first book was pub­lished. The free screen­ings show in ad­vance of the U.S. the­atri­cal re­lease of The Girl Who Played

With Fire, the sec­ond book’s film adap­ta­tion, which opens in Santa Fe on July 16. Not rated. 53 min­utes.

The Screen, Santa Fe. (Not re­viewed)

PIRINOP The lat­est doc­u­men­tary in the Na­tive Cin­ema Show­case se­ries cen­ters on the Ikpeng tribe from Brazil and its first en­coun­ters with the out­side world, in 1964. A Q&A by phone with Pa­tri­cia Aufder­heide, di­rec­tor at Amer­i­can Uni­ver­sity’s Cen­ter for So­cial Me­dia, pre­cedes the screen­ing. 7:30 p.m. Tues­day, July 13, only. Not rated. 83 min­utes.

CCA Cine­math­eque, Santa Fe. (Not re­viewed)

PREDA­TORS The 1980s re­vival con­tin­ues as those aliens with the heat-sens­ing vi­sion and cloak­ing de­vices hunt Earth’s most dan­ger­ous game once more. The cast of the 1987 film boasted two fu­ture gov­er­nors (Arnold Sch­warzeneg­ger and Jesse Ven­tura), so keep an eye on the po­lit­i­cal ca­reers of Preda­tors stars Adrien Brody, Lau­rence Fish­burne, and To­pher Grace. Nim­ród Antal ( Kon­troll, Va­cancy) di­rects. Rated R. 108 min­utes.

Re­gal Sta­dium 14, Santa Fe; Dream­Catcher, Es­pañola; Sto­ry­teller, Taos. (Not re­viewed)

ThE SOR­CERER’S AP­PREN­TICE Don’t ex­pect a fea­ture-length ver­sion of the Fan­ta­sia se­quence — de­spite the ti­tle, the Dis­ney ban­ner, and the fact that Jo­hann Wolf­gang von Goethe (who wrote the 1797 bal­lad that the se­quence was based on) gets a story credit. Just as Goethe imag­ined it, this film takes place in mod­ern Man­hat­tan and stars Nicolas Cage and his

wild hair. Cage plays the sor­cerer, Jay Baruchel plays the ap­pren­tice, and Al­fred Molina plays the bad guy. Jon Turteltaub (of the Na­tional Trea­sure se­ries) di­rects. Opens Wed­nes­day, July 14. Rated PG. 111 min­utes.

Re­gal Sta­dium 14, Santa Fe; Dream­Catcher, Es­pañola; Sto­ry­teller, Taos. (Not re­viewed)

Stop him, he’s a power-hun­gry lu­nar-tic! Gru in De­spi­ca­ble Me at Re­gal Sta­dium 14 in Santa Fe

and Dream­Catcher in Es­pañola

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