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

AlA­mAr There isn’t much plot to the award-win­ning Ala­mar, a ne­o­re­al­is­tic film of small, re­ward­ing mo­ments that will surely dis­ap­point peo­ple who re­quire tra­di­tional ac­tion se­quences in their cin­e­matic en­ter­tain­ment. Be­fore he moves to Rome with his mother, 7-yearold Natan spends the sum­mer with his fa­ther and grand­fa­ther in a fish­ing vil­lage in Quin­tana Roo, Mex­ico. In­spired cin­e­matog­ra­phy and the use of non­ac­tors make for a sym­pa­thetic, art­ful por­trait of fa­ther-son re­la­tion­ships and a tri­gen­er­a­tional com­ing-of-age story. Not rated. 73 min­utes. In Span­ish and Ital­ian with sub­ti­tles. The Screen, Santa Fe. ( Jen­nifer Levin) See re­view, Page 60.

THE DrY lAND This drama, deal­ing with the prob­lem of post-trau­matic stress dis­or­der, cen­ters on a sol­dier (Ryan O’Nan) who re­turns home to El Paso (though the movie was shot pri­mar­ily in New Mex­ico) and, with frac­tured mem­o­ries of a har­row­ing ex­pe­ri­ence, strug­gles to reac­cli­mate to do­mes­tic life. Amer­ica Fer­rera and Melissa Leo co-star. Rated R. 92 min­utes. Re­gal DeVargas, Santa Fe. (Not re­viewed)

THE EVIl DEAD The cult clas­sic that birthed the ca­reers of di­rec­tor Sam Raimi and ac­tor Bruce Camp­bell ar­rives in a re­stored 35 mm print. Five col­lege kids travel to a re­mote cabin where demons make ev­ery­thing go bloody crazy and crazily bloody. The ki­netic en­ergy and tan­gi­ble pas­sion for the horror genre have aged well, al­though the film’s back half — full of non­stop “boo!” mo­ments and goopy gore — tends to drag a bit. 10:15 p.m. Satur­day, Sept. 4, only. Rated NC-17. 85 min­utes. The Screen, Santa Fe. (Robert B. Ker) See Screen Gems, Page 54.

GO­ING THE DIS­TANCE On-again, off-again re­al­life cou­ple Justin Long and Drew Bar­ry­more play a boyfriend and girl­friend who de­cide to make a longdis­tance re­la­tion­ship work (nat­u­rally, one lives in New York City and the other in San Fran­cisco — the only places peo­ple live in these kinds of films). The trailer is three min­utes of over­bear­ing, cloy­ing cute­ness, and if you can make it through al­most two hours of that, then more power to you. Rated R. 109 min­utes. Re­gal Sta­dium 14, Santa Fe; Dream­Catcher, Es­pañola; Sto­ry­teller, Taos. (Not re­viewed)

mA­CHETE Re­mem­ber those spoof trail­ers shown with 2007’s Grindhouse? Well, this film is based on the “Mex­ploita­tion” one; it stars Danny Trejo as a mo­tor­cy­cle-rid­ing tough guy named Ma­chete. It’s got Robert De Niro, Jes­sica Alba, Lind­say Lo­han, Steven Sea­gal, and Michelle Ro­driguez in it, so it’s, like, a real movie. Robert Ro­driguez and Ethan Maniquis di­rect. Eli Roth is ap­par­ently de­vel­op­ing the “Thanks­giv­ing” trailer into a fea­ture, too. Rated R. 105 min­utes. Re­gal

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

WIlD GrASS Alain Res­nais, who helped launch the French New Wave half a cen­tury ago with Hiroshima, Mon Amour (1959) and the enig­matic Last Year at Marien­bad (1961), is in top form with this whim­si­cal, sly ro­man­tic com­edy/melo­drama about a lost wal­let and the mid­dle-aged cou­ple (Sabine Azéma and An­dré Dus­sol­lier) it brings to­gether. Sort of. Noth­ing is as it seems, and Res­nais is a lot fun­nier than he used to be — but just as baf­fling. Not rated. 104 min­utes. In French with sub­ti­tles. CCA Cine­math­eque, Santa Fe. ( Jonathan Richards) See re­view, Page 60.

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