I’M STILL HERE Joaquin Phoenix’s documentary of his career-shredding self-destructive and drug-addled nervous breakdown is less a hoax and more an exhausted middle finger to fame, fortune, and reputation. Sandwiched between grainy footage of Phoenix having sex with prostitutes and more grainy footage of his assistants defecating on him are long, painful takes of his ludicrous attempt to become a rap star and score a record deal with Sean “Diddy” Combs. Yes, Phoenix may have staged much of this film, but the anger that accompanies him in every frame seems nothing but real. Rated R. 108 minutes. The Screen, Santa Fe. (Casey Sanchez) See review, Page 66.
THE TOWN Ben Affleck earned a second career as a director with 2007’s excellent Gone Baby Gone, and now he’s here with another feature. Based on a novel by Chuck Hogan, it revolves around a combustible crew of bank robbers in (where else?) Boston who are trying to evade the law. Affleck, Jon Hamm, Jeremy Renner, and Rebecca Hall star. Rated R. 125 minutes. Regal
Stadium 14, Santa Fe; DreamCatcher, Española; Reel Deal, Los Alamos; Storyteller, Taos. (Not reviewed)
Snog more, bark less: Kate (Hayden Panettiere) and Humphrey (Justin Long) in Alpha and Omega,
at Regal Stadium 14 in Santa Fe and DreamCatcher in Española