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AGORA There is a hero in Ale­jan­dro Amenábar’s Agora, and there is a vil­lain. The hero is knowl­edge. The vil­lain is re­li­gion. This vivid story of the strug­gle be­tween ab­stract con­cepts is set against the de­struc­tion of the Royal Li­brary of Alexan­dria in A.D. 391. Rachel Weisz plays Hy­pa­tia, a le­gendary philoso­pher, as­tronomer, and math­e­ma­ti­cian. Chris­tian fun­da­men­tal­ism gets the worst of it in Amenábar’s telling, but the par­al­lels to mod­ern Is­lamic fun­da­men­tal­ism, as well as the ex­cesses of other con­tem­po­rary re­li­gions, are hard to miss. Not rated. 126 min­utes. The Screen, Santa Fe. (Jonathan Richards) See re­view, Page 66.

BRAN NUE DAE Loosely based on the 1990s mu­si­cal about Aus­tralian Abo­rig­ines, Bran Nue Dae comes to the screen cour­tesy of di­rec­tor Rachel Perkins. Al­ready a hit in Aus­tralia, the film tells the story of a young man named Wil­lie (Rocky McKenzie), who runs away from his re­li­gious mis­sion in 1969. Ge­of­frey Rush co-stars. A con­ver­sa­tion with Perkins fol­lows the screen­ing. 2 p.m. Wed­nes­day, Aug. 18, only. Not rated. 88 min­utes. Len­sic Per­form­ing Arts

Cen­ter, Santa Fe. No charge. (Not re­viewed)

CLASS X The ti­tle of this event refers to the 10th clas­si­fi­ca­tion of In­dian Mar­ket: film and video. The win­ners in all four di­vi­sions — Nar­ra­tive Short, Doc­u­men­tary Short, An­i­ma­tion, and Ex­per­i­men­tal — screen at this event. 7 p.m. Mon­day, Aug. 16, only.

Al­lan Houser Sculp­ture Gar­dens and Gallery, south of Santa Fe. Email fin­eart@al­lan­houser.com or call 471-1528 for de­tails and di­rec­tions. (Not re­viewed)

EAT PRAY LOVE It’s time to get your book groups to­gether, put down the tea and scones, and head down to the mul­ti­plex: El­iz­a­beth Gil­bert’s mam­moth best­seller is hit­ting the big screen. Ju­lia Roberts plays the author, who, af­ter she goes through a divorce, eats, prays, and loves her way around the world. It’s not clear if the movie gets to the part where Gil­bert writes a book about her trav­els and makes a gajil­lion dol­lars. Rated PG-13. 113 min­utes. Re­gal Sta­dium 14, Santa Fe; Dream-Catcher, Es­pañola; Reel Deal, Los

Alamos; Sto­ry­teller, Taos. (Not re­viewed)

THE EX­PEND­ABLES And now, here’s the men’s ver­sion of Eat Pray Love: maim, murder, de­stroy. Sylvester Stallone (who co-wrote and di­rected), Ja­son Statham, Jet Li, Dolph Lund­gren, and Mickey Rourke sup­ply the testos­terone (with Bruce Wil­lis and Arnold Sch­warzeneg­ger in un­cred­ited roles). You bring the pop­corn. The plot cen­ters on a bunch of peo­ple who vi­o­lently kill other peo­ple. Rated R. 103 min­utes. Re­gal

Sta­dium 14, Santa Fe; Dream-Catcher, Es­pañola; Reel Deal, Los Alamos; Sto­ry­teller, Taos. (Not re­viewed)

NA­TIVE CIN­EMA SHOW­CASE The an­nual fes­ti­val of films by or about in­dige­nous peo­ple, along with work­shops and mu­sic, re­turns to North­ern New Mex­ico. While the fes­tiv­i­ties hit full stride on Fri­day, Aug. 20, Reel In­jun opens with two screen­ings: 7 p.m. Wed­nes­day, Aug. 18, at Taos Cen­ter for the Arts, 133 Paseo del Pue­blo Norte, Taos, 575-758-2052; and 7:30 p.m. Thurs­day, Aug. 19, at CCA Cine­math­eque, Santa Fe. Events run through Aug. 22. Call CCA Cine­math­eque for de­tails. (Not re­viewed)

SCOTT PIL­GRIM VS. THE WORLD Based on the su­per-duper awe­some (ob­jec­tively speak­ing) comic books, Scott Pil­grim vs. The World stars Michael Cera as Scott Pil­grim, an emo-y bass player in an in­die band. He doesn’t fight the whole world, but in or­der to win the love of Ra­mona Flow­ers (Mary El­iz­a­beth Win­stead), he must fight her evil ex-boyfriends (in­clud­ing Chris Evans, Bran­don Routh, and Ja­son Schwartz­man). Co-writ­ten and di­rected by Edgar Wright ( Shaun of the Dead). Rated PG-13. 113 min­utes.

Re­gal Sta­dium 14, Santa Fe; Dream-Catcher, Es­pañola; Sto­ry­teller, Taos. (Not re­viewed)

SPO­KEN WORD Co-writ­ten by lo­cal spo­ken-word poet Joe Ray San­doval, this semi­au­to­bi­o­graph­i­cal de­pic­tion of San­doval’s life in North­ern New Mex­ico is well penned, but it’s lazily di­rected by Vic­tor Nuñez ( Ulee’s Gold). When spo­ken-word artist and re­cov­er­ing drug ad­dict Cruz Mon­toya (Kuno Becker) learns that his wid­owed fa­ther (Rubén Blades) is dy­ing of can­cer, he re­turns to his na­tive Santa Fe to take care of him. Nu­mer­ous Latin-male clichés and some un­suc­cess­ful nar­ra­tive de­vices ren­der this rel­a­tively low-bud­get film more prob­lem­atic than po­etic. Not rated. 116 min­utes.

Santa Fe. (Rob DeWalt)

CCA Cine­math­eque,

VAM­PIRES SUCK Some­times it seems as if hat­ing Twi­light is as wide­spread as lov­ing Twi­light. Judg­ing from the lame ti­tle and the ex­cru­ci­at­ing trailer, this spoof seems to be aimed at the teenage boys who think that de­spis­ing the pop­u­lar vam­pire se­ries is some kind of dumb sta­tus sym­bol. Let’s hope they out­grow this phase by col­lege. Opens Wed­nes­day, Aug. 18. Rated PG-13. 88 min­utes. Re­gal Sta­dium 14, Santa Fe; Dream-Catcher, Es­pañola; Sto­ry­teller, Taos. (Not re­viewed)

I said dance, suck­ers: Eric Roberts and Steve Austin in The Ex­pend­ables, at Re­gal Sta­dium 14

in Santa Fe and Dream­Catcher in Es­pañola

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