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AGOrA The hero in Ale­jan­dro Amenábar’s Agora 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)

THE AmEr­I­CAN An­ton Cor­bijn is Dutch, and he seems to have been con­vinced that he was work­ing in full Euro­pean au­teur mode when he made The Amer­i­can. His movie just wound up bor­ing, not artis­tic, though. Ge­orge Clooney is the Amer­i­can, but his con­sid­er­able charm is un­der wraps, and he’s given no room to grab hold of the movie. He spends long pe­ri­ods build­ing a gun. The di­a­logue is sparse and not very good, and the plot never adds up. Rated R. 105 min­utes. In English and Ital­ian with sub­ti­tles. Rated R. 95 min­utes. Re­gal Sta­dium 14, Santa Fe; Dream­Catcher, Es­pañola; Reel Deal, Los Alamos; Sto­ry­teller, Taos. (Jonathan Richards) See re­view, Page 60. AVATAr: SPE­CIAl EDI­TION 3D One crit­i­cism that I didn’t have about Avatar was that it was too short. Yet here we have an ex­tended edi­tion with ad­di­tional scenes that push the film closer to the three-hour mark. For those

who don’t know, James Cameron’s sci-fi ad­ven­ture is about an ex-sol­dier (Sam Wor­thing­ton) who uses a ge­net­i­cally en­gi­neered body to in­fil­trate a race of gi­ant blue be­ings and help the mil­i­tary tap into their planet’s nat­u­ral re­sources. Rated PG-13. 171 min­utes. Screens in 3-D at Re­gal Sta­dium 14, Santa Fe. (Robert B. Ker)

CAIRO TIME Lonely Juli­ette Grant (Pa­tri­cia Clark­son) trav­els to Cairo to visit her hus­band. While there, she has an un­ex­pected af­fair with his best friend, Tareq Khal­ifa (Alexan­der Sid­dig). No word on whether this love af­fair comes with a side of eat­ing or pray­ing. Rated PG. 90 min­utes. CCA Cine­math­eque, Santa Fe. (Not re­viewed)

DE­SPI­CA­BLE ME An evil ge­nius named Gru (voiced by Steve Carell) plots to steal the moon. He adopts three or­phans to help spy on a ri­val and de­vel­ops pa­ter­nal in­stincts along the way. This an­i­mated film feels half-baked in both con­cept and ex­e­cu­tion and is lit­tered with lame hu­mor of the “chillax” and fart-gun va­ri­ety. Most kids should like it, but only take them if you’ve al­ready seen Toy Story 3 at least twice. Rated PG. 95 min­utes. Screens in 2-D at Re­gal North, Santa Fe. (Robert B. Ker)

EAT PRAY LOVE Screen­writer Jen­nifer Salt and writer-di­rec­tor Ryan Mur­phy ( Glee) have gut­ted El­iz­a­beth Gil­bert’s best­selling 2006 mem­oir in this si­mul­ta­ne­ously glossy and flat adap­ta­tion. Af­ter a messy divorce, the writer ( Ju­lia Roberts) spends a year in Italy, In­dia, and In­done­sia at­tempt­ing to “find bal­ance.” The strength of the book is Gil­bert’s witty, in­tro­spec­tive prose, which sim­ply doesn’t trans­late to the big screen. Cin­e­matog­ra­pher Robert Richardson earns his pay­check, though: the cast, the lo­ca­tions, and the food all glow. Rated PG-13. 133 min­utes. Re­gal Sta­dium 14, Santa Fe; Sto­ry­teller, Taos. (Lau­rel Glad­den)

EXIT THROUGH THE GIFT SHOP This is a strange gem of a film. Af­ter the orig­i­nal filmmaker proved in­ept at mak­ing the movie, the sub­ject of the doc­u­men­tary took over. Os­ten­si­bly a pro­file of Banksy, the Bri­tish provo­ca­teur artist, this “pranku­men­tary” shows how over the course of a decade, street art — the post­graf­fiti re­nais­sance of sten­cil­ing, wheat­past­ing, LED art, and sticker bomb­ing in hi­jacked pub­lic spa­ces — trans­formed from an un­der­ground artis­tic pur­suit into a highly profitable farce. Rated R. 87 min­utes.

CCA Cine­math­eque, Santa Fe. (Casey Sanchez)

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; Dream­Catcher, Es­pañola; Sto­ry­teller, Taos. (Not re­viewed)

THE EX­TRA MAN Kevin Kline is one of our great­est ac­tors, and he acts up a storm here as a rent-a-gent es­cort­ing rich women. Paul Dano is sweet and touch­ing as his sex­u­ally con­fused room­mate. But di­rec­tors Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pul­cini (co-di­rec­tors of Amer­i­can Splen­dor) floun­der seek­ing a story line for Jonathan Ames’ novel. And John C. Reilly wears out his wel­come fast as an ec­cen­tric (well, they’re all ec­cen­tric) neigh­bor with a grat­ing falsetto. This could have been called “Desperately Seek­ing Whimsy.” It’s not with­out funny mo­ments, and Kline and Dano try their best, but the movie never con­nects. Rated R. 108 min­utes.

The Screen, Santa Fe. ( Jonathan Richards)

GET LOW An aged back­woods her­mit (Robert Du­vall, also one of the film’s ex­ec­u­tive pro­duc­ers) comes to town to ar­range his own fu­neral, even though he’s not plan­ning to die any­time soon. The trailer sug­gests a wry com­edy, but in fact, this film of­fers an odd­ball com­bi­na­tion of hu­mor, old-time re­li­gion, and tragedy. The cast is good, with Bill Mur­ray ex­celling as the darkly amus­ing head of the fu­neral home. Rated PG-13. 103 min­utes. Re­gal

DeVargas, Santa Fe. (Robert Nott)

THE GIRL WHO PLAYED WITH FIRE Part two of the in­ter­na­tional pub­lish­ing and film phe­nom­e­non known as the Mil­len­nium Tril­ogy picks up where the first part,

The Girl With the Dragon Tat­too, left off, with only a slight dip in qual­ity, which may have as much to do with loss of nov­elty as any­thing else. Noomi Ra­pace is again mem­o­rable as the brood­ing, bristling com­puter ge­nius Lis­beth Sa­lan­der. Rated R. 129 min­utes. In Swedish with sub­ti­tles. The Screen, Santa Fe. ( Jonathan Richards)

GROWN UPS Adam San­dler, Chris Rock, Kevin James, David Spade, and Rob Schneider play child­hood chums who re­unite and re­al­ize that, de­spite be­ing mar­ried and hav­ing kids, they haven’t ma­tured. Maria Bello and Salma Hayek are two of the poor women mar­ried to these guys. Rated PG-13. 102 min­utes. Re­gal North, Santa Fe. (Not re­viewed)

I AM LOVE Luca Guadagnino has fash­ioned a sweep­ing melo­drama with the feel of a clas­sic. Tilda Swin­ton (who also pro­duced) is mag­nif­i­cent as the alabaster icon who serves a wealthy Mi­lanese fam­ily as wife, mother, host­ess, and do­mes­tic CEO with pas­sion­less ef­fi­ciency un­til her in­ner fires are kin­dled by a per­fectly pre­pared shrimp and the young chef with the recipe. The film

is su­perbly pho­tographed by Yorick Le Saux and bol­stered by a mus­cu­lar John Adams score. Rated R. 119 min­utes. In Ital­ian with sub­ti­tles. Re­gal DeVargas, Santa Fe. ( Jonathan Richards)

IN­CEP­TION A star-stud­ded cast led by Leonardo DiCaprio and Mar­ion Cotil­lard makes its way through a dream­ing man’s sub­con­scious in one of the strangest vari­a­tions on the heist flick ever to play the mul­ti­plexes. Writer/di­rec­tor Christo­pher Nolan’s sprawl­ing, in­ven­tive ex­am­i­na­tion of dream­ing and for­give­ness rarely fails to en­ter­tain, though like a dream, it makes more sense while it’s un­fold­ing than it does when it’s over. Rated PG-13. 148 min­utes. Re­gal Sta­dium 14, Santa Fe. ( Jeff Acker)

THE KIDS ARE ALL RIGHT This is a highly en­ter­tain­ing think­ing per­son’s com­edy-drama, co-writ­ten by Lisa Cholo­denko. The lives of a seem­ingly happy cou­ple (An­nette Ben­ing and Ju­lianne Moore) and their two chil­dren (Mia Wasikowska and Josh Hutch­er­son) are filled with un­ex­pected joy and turmoil when the goof­ball (Mark Ruf­falo) who do­nated his sperm to the cou­ple en­ters the scene. The act­ing is ster­ling; Ben­ing in par­tic­u­lar delivers one of the strong­est per­for­mances of her ca­reer. Rated R. 104 min­utes. Re­gal DeVargas, Santa Fe. (Robert Nott)

THE LAST EX­OR­CISM De­spite the ti­tle, this is not an ex­ten­sion of the film fran­chise that was spawned by the 1973 film The Ex­or­cist. Di­rected by Daniel Stamm, this movie uses the same fake-doc­u­men­tary ap­proach as The Blair Witch Project. A film crew fol­lows min­is­ter Cot­ton Mar­cus (Pa­trick Fabian) on a rou­tine ex­or­cism, which turns out to be the last one he will ever at­tempt. Rated PG-13. 87 min­utes. Re­gal Sta­dium 14, Santa Fe;

Dream­Catcher, Es­pañola; Sto­ry­teller, Taos. (Not

re­viewed)

LOT­TERY TICKET With this film’s stars, you can’t help but think about the great leg­ends of the sil­ver screen, from Bog­art and Ba­call to New­man and

Red­ford — and now, Bow Wow and Ice Cube. The movie cen­ters around a young man (Bow Wow) who wins the lot­tery and has to fend off his greedy neigh­bors for three days un­til he can claim his prize. Rated PG-13. 99 min­utes. Re­gal Sta­dium 14, Santa Fe;

Dream­Catcher, Es­pañola. (Not re­viewed)

NANNY MCPHEE RE­TURNS In this se­quel to the 2005 fea­ture, Nanny McPhee (Emma Thomp­son) helps out an­other fam­ily with her spe­cial MaryPop­pins­esque blend of magic and whimsy. This time, she’s aid­ing a sin­gle mother (Mag­gie Gyl­len­haal) who is over­whelmed when her chil­dren’s un­ruly cousins ar­rive. Rated PG. 109 min­utes. Re­gal Sta­dium 14, Santa Fe; Dream­Catcher, Es­pañola; Sto­ry­teller, Taos. (Not re­viewed)

THE OTHER GUYS Will Fer­rell once more in­vests him­self in a be­liev­ably bizarre world with co-writer and di­rec­tor Adam McKay. This time, they tackle the buddy-cop spoof and in­ject the sub­genre with new life by tak­ing a sketch-com­edy ap­proach, ex­er­cis­ing pa­tience with their gags, and let­ting the ca­pa­ble cast (in­clud­ing Mark Wahlberg and Michael Keaton) play the ab­sur­dity with straight-faced con­vic­tion. McKay shows sur­pris­ing acu­men for ac­tion scenes, al­though the movie hits lulls when he re­lies on them too much. Rated PG-13. 107 min­utes. Re­gal Sta­dium 14, Santa Fe. (Robert B. Ker)

PIRANHA 3D What can one pos­si­bly say about this movie that isn’t summed up in the ti­tle? It’s deadly pi­ra­nhas in 3-D. Oh, with Richard Drey­fuss and a wet T-shirt con­test, too. Rated R. 89 min­utes. Screens in 3-D at Re­gal Sta­dium 14, Santa Fe. (Not re­viewed)

SALT If you need an ac­tress to dress all in black, wield hand­guns like a pro, jump from trucks to the backs of mo­tor­cy­cles, and dra­mat­i­cally rip open her shirt to re­veal the black bra be­neath, there’s only one per­son you call: Dame Judi Dench. Just kid­ding, it’s An­gelina Jolie. Here she plays Eve­lyn Salt, a CIA agent who is sus­pected of be­ing a Rus­sian spy and must clear her name. Rated PG-13. 99 min­utes. Re­gal

North, Santa Fe. (Not re­viewed)

SCOTT PIL­GRIM VS. THE WORLD Bryan Lee O’Mal­ley’s bril­liant graph­ic­novel se­ries comes to hy­per­ac­tive life cour­tesy of Edgar Wright. The plot cen­ters on the ti­tle char­ac­ter (Michael Cera), an in­die-rock bassist who falls for the new hot­tie in town, Ra­mona Flow­ers (Mary El­iz­a­beth Win­stead), and must bat­tle her seven evil ex-boyfriends to win her love. There’s lit­tle emo­tional core to prop up this story, and the movie ex­hausts it­self on its own en­ergy and ideas. But at least it has en­ergy and ideas. Rated PG-13. 113 min­utes.

Re­gal North, Santa Fe. (Robert B. Ker)

SPO­KEN WORD Co-writ­ten by lo­cal spo­ken-word poet Joe Ray San­doval, this semi­au­to­bi­o­graph­i­cal de­pic­tion of life in North­ern New Mex­ico is well penned, but it’s lazily di­rected by Vic­tor Nuñez. 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 film more prob­lem­atic than po­etic. Not rated. 116 min­utes. CCA Cine­math­eque, Santa Fe; Dream­Catcher, Es­pañola. (Rob DeWalt)

STEP UP 3D We’re used to see­ing things like toys, dragons, and blue aliens in 3-D, but is the world ready for 3-D street danc­ing? Well, too late! The 3-D print of Step Up 3D is gone. But hey, what’s wrong with 2-D? A few years ago, all of our street-danc­ing movies were in 2-D, and dog­gone it, we liked them! Rated PG-13. 107 min­utes. Screens in 2-D at Re­gal North, Santa Fe. (Not re­viewed)

THE SWITCH Jen­nifer Anis­ton plays a 40-year-old woman who im­preg­nates her­self with a turkey baster (it’s that easy?). Ja­son Bate­man plays her best friend TAK­ERS Matt Dil­lon, Hay­den Chris­tensen, Idris Elba, Jay Her­nan­dez, Chris Brown, and T.I. head­line a some­what mul­ti­cul­tural cast in this story about guys who take what­ever they want. How rude! From the trail­ers it looks like we can ex­pect lots of ex­plo­sions, clichés from bad hip-hop songs, and line read­ings that are com­pa­ra­ble to the act­ing in porno flicks. Rated PG-13. 107 min­utes. Re­gal Sta­dium 14, Santa Fe; Dream­Catcher, Es­pañola. (Not re­viewed) and se­cret sperm donor. Di­rected by Josh Gor­don and Will Speck. Wel­come to the fall dry spell at the mul­ti­plex. Rated PG-13. 101 min­utes. Re­gal Sta­dium 14, Santa Fe; Dream­Catcher, Es­pañola; Sto­ry­teller, Taos. (Not re­viewed) TOY STORY 3 With Andy now headed for col­lege, Buzz, Woody, and the other toys are do­nated to a pris­on­like day-care cen­ter, from which they must break free. Along the way, the char­ac­ters face their mor­tal­ity, af­firm the value of friend­ship, and come to cher­ish the things that shaped their lives, even as they let go of those things. Rated G. 103 min­utes. Screens in 2-D. Re­gal North, Santa Fe; Dream­Catcher, Es­pañola; Reel Deal, Los Alamos. (Robert B. Ker) 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. Rated PG-13. 88 min­utes. Re­gal Sta­dium 14, Santa Fe; Dream­Catcher, Es­pañola. (Not re­viewed) WHAT IF... In the lat­est feel-good Chris­tian flick, Kevin Sorbo (TV’s Her­cules: The Le­gendary Jour­neys) plays a busi­ness­man who is vis­ited by an an­gel and shown what his life would have been like if he had be­come a min­is­ter and fam­ily man. Of note: ac­cord­ing to the MPAA, the film is rated PG for “some mild the­matic el­e­ments.” Well, as long as the the­matic el­e­ments are mild! Rated PG. 100 min­utes. Re­gal DeVargas, Santa Fe. (Not re­viewed) WIN­TER’S BONE De­bra Granik’s lean, gritty, and some­times vi­o­lent odyssey of search and sur­vival in the poor­est back­woods of the Ozarks won this year’s Grand Jury Prize at Sun­dance. Ree Dolly, played with tough­ness by 19-year-old Jen­nifer Lawrence, must find her missing fa­ther if she’s to keep the ramshackle home where she takes care of her sib­lings and her men­tally ab­sent mother. Her fam­ily and neigh­bors of­fer lit­tle help or truth; but there’s not a false moment or a false step from the cast. Rated R. 99 min­utes. Re­gal DeVargas, Santa Fe. ( Jonathan Richards)

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