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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