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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.