opening this week
CARNIVAL IN THE NIGHT Director Masashi Yamamoto’s 1982 film shot in grainy 16 mm with amateur actors portraying abstract sketches of themselves could be considered the Liquid Sky of Japan’s first generation of punk rockers: it’s vile, anarchic, nihilistic, and for anyone harboring an ounce of genuine punk ethos, well worth the price of admission. Kumi (Kumiko Ota) leads a double life, raising her son alone while living an existentialist’s surreal dream among seedy elements of the punk/New Wave clubs in Tokyo’s Shinjuku ward. Kumi’s fate becomes tied to that of a mad bomber, a gay hustler, a band of rapists, and a psychotic drunk who likes to burn money. 8 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 8, only. Q&A with producer Tetsuki Ijichi follows screening. Not rated. 108 minutes. In Japanese with subtitles.
Santa Fe. (Rob DeWalt) COCO CHANEL & IGOR STRAVINSKY Based on the book by Chris Greenhalgh and directed by Jan Kounen, this film imagines a purported affair between the famed Russian composer (Mads Mikkelsen) and the iconic French fashion designer (Anna Mouglalis) of the title. It’s alluring and captivating, thanks to gorgeous cinematography, settings, and costumes. The actors embody their characters nicely and do well with the limited material they’re given. But beneath its glamorous surface, the film is lifeless and uninspiring. Rated R. 120 minutes. In French and Russian with subtitles, Regal DeVargas, Santa Fe. (Laurel Gladden) See review, Page 62
COUNTDOWN TO ZERO There are something like 23,000 nuclear weapons in the hands of various states — and the material and know-how for terrorists to make many more. As things stand now, the question is not whether nuclear weapons will be used on a major city again but when. Lucy Walker’s powerful film makes the case that we must demand elimination of all nukes. As leaders from Reagan and Gorbachev to Obama and Medvedev agree, this is not a partisan issue; it’s an issue of global survival. Former undercover CIA counterproliferation operative Valerie Plame Wilson introduces the film at the Friday, Aug. 6, screening and CCA benefit. Rated PG. 90 minutes.
CCA Cinematheque, Santa Fe. (Jonathan Richards)
See review, Page 62.
THE KILLER INSIDE ME Casey Affleck masterfully invokes innocence and malice in his portrayal of soulless lawman Lou Ford, a fellow who starts a mess of trouble and makes it messier and messier in his attempts to get out of it. Director Michael Winterbottom’s slice of postwar noir, based on the Jim Thompson novel, was partially shot in New Mexico, with vivid colors and an objective eye on its awful antihero. Be warned: there are two scenes of ugly, unflinching violence against women that have greatly upset some audiences. But if you can handle this picture, you won’t soon forget it. Rated R. 109 minutes. The Screen, Santa Fe. (Robert B. Ker) See review, Page 62.
THE OTHER GUYS Will Ferrell reteams with co-writer and director Adam McKay for this spoof of buddy-cop movies. Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg play two policemen who mainly stay in the office and are overshadowed by a tough-guy duo played by Samuel L. Jackson and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. One day, they get their chance to shine. Let’s hope that this McKay/Ferrell effort is closer in quality to Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy and
Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby than their last one, Step Brothers. Rated PG-13. 107 minutes. Regal Stadium 14, Santa Fe; DreamCatcher,
Española; Storyteller, Taos. (Not reviewed)
STEP UP 3D We’re used to seeing things like toys, dragons, and blue aliens in 3-D, but is the world ready for street dancing? Well, step up! It’s not clear what you need to know about this film besides “street dancing in 3-D,” but it’s directed by Jon M. Chu, who also did 2008’s Step Up 2: The Streets. U know U want 2 go. Rated PG-13. 97 minutes. Screens in 3-D at Regal Stadium 14, Santa Fe; DreamCatcher, Española; Storyteller, Taos. (Not reviewed)
Talladega Boogie Nights: Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg in The Other Guys at Regal Stadium 14 in Santa Fe
and DreamCatcher in Española