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BEST WORST MOVIE About 20 years ago, a bunch of well-mean­ing amateurs ral­lied around an Ital­ian film di­rec­tor known for his sec­ond-rate genre films to make Troll 2, a pic­ture about veg­e­tar­ian gob­lins who eat peo­ple who have turned into fo­liage. The movie has since be­come re­garded as one of the worst of all time, per­haps even rank­ing be­low Ed Wood Jr.’s Plan 9 From Outer Space. Filmmaker Michael Paul Stephen­son, who was the child star of Troll 2, spot­lights the peo­ple who made the movie and those who have made it a cult clas­sic. While il­lu­mi­nat­ing the lost or aban­doned dreams of those in­volved in Troll 2, he re­minds us of the in­cred­i­ble power that film has over peo­ple. Not rated. 93 min­utes. The Screen, Santa Fe. (Robert Nott) See story, page 52. The DESERT Of FOR­BID­DEN ART Com­bine Hitch­cock­ian in­trigue with the ad­ven­ture of a Spiel­berg film set in an ex­otic land, and you’re swept up in a real-life art drama. This doc­u­men­tary film by Amanda Pope and Tchav­dar Ge­orgiev tells the story of the Nukus mu­seum of Rus­sian avant-garde art in Karakalpak­stan (an in­de­pen­dent re­pub­lic of Uzbek­istan) and Igor Sav­it­sky, the artist and ar­chae­ol­o­gist who sin­gle­hand­edly saved the art from the scrapheap of Stalin’s Soviet Union. Not rated. 80 min­utes. In English and Rus­sian with sub­ti­tles. The Screen, Santa Fe. (Dou­glas Fair­field) See re­view, Page 58. LEG­END OF THE GUARDIANS: THE OWLS Of GA’HOOLE The ex­ten­sive ti­tle of this an­i­mated film will prob­a­bly have a lot of peo­ple ask­ing, “Who?” The an­swer: it’s an adap­ta­tion of the Guardians of Ga’Hoole se­ries of chil­dren’s fan­tasy nov­els. The story is about a group of owlets who must save their king­dom from evil forces. Zack Sny­der ( 300) di­rects. Rated PG. 90 min­utes. Screens in 3-D and 2-D at Re­gal Sta­dium 14, Santa Fe; Dream Catcher, Es­pañola. Screens in 3-D only at Reel Deal, Los Alamos, and Sto­ry­teller, Taos. (Not re­viewed) LOVELY, STILL This is a movie with a se­cret. The shadow of some­thing large and likely sin­is­ter hov­ers over each frame of this film, from the moment we open on Over­ture Street, where ev­ery house is lit for Christ­mas. Robert Malone (Martin Landau) lives alone in a house that is de­void of fam­ily life, and his out­look seems bleak un­til Mary (Ellen Burstyn) and her adult daugh­ter (El­iz­a­beth Banks) move in across the street. Rated PG. 92 min­utes. CCA Cine­math­eque, Santa Fe. ( Jen­nifer Levin) See re­view, Page 60.

WALL STREET: MONEY NEVER SLEEPS Is greed still good? Find out when Gor­don Gekko (Michael Dou­glas) gets out of prison and is re­leased into a world of fi­nan­cial un­cer­tainty and big-bank dis­as­ters. This time, Shia LaBeouf plays Gekko’s pro­tégé and suitor to his daugh­ter (Carey Mul­li­gan). Oliver Stone di­rects this se­quel to his 1987 film. Rated PG-13. 127 min­utes. Re­gal Sta­dium 14, Santa Fe; Dream Catcher, Es­pañola; Reel Deal, Los Alamos; Sto­ry­teller, Taos. (Not re­viewed) THE VIR­GIN­ITY HIT This raunchy, low-bud­get com­edy cen­ters on a group of kids who de­cide to doc­u­ment one buddy’s (Matt Ben­nett) loss of vir­gin­ity on the In­ter­net. It was pro­duced by Will Fer­rell and Adam McKay, but the tepid buzz seems to in­di­cate that they should have just put it on their Funny or Die web­site. Rated R. 86 min­utes. Re­gal Sta­dium 14, Santa Fe. (Not re­viewed) YOU AGAIN High-school ri­val­ries are re­newed for both Marni (Kris­ten Bell) and her mom ( Jamie Lee Cur­tis) when Marni’s ri­val Joanna (Odette Yust­man) and her pas­sive-ag­gres­sive mom (Sigour­ney Weaver) show up in their lives again. The trailer fea­tures much slap­stick and “cat­fight” jokes fol­lowed by some syrupy life lessons; ex­pect the film to fol­low that arc for nearly two hours. Rated PG. 105 min­utes. Re­gal Sta­dium 14, Santa Fe; Dream Catcher, Es­pañola; Sto­ry­teller, Taos. (Not re­viewed)

Kids will be en-rap­tored: Leg­end of the Guardians, at Re­gal Sta­dium 14 in Santa Fe and Dream­Catcher in Es­pañola

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