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CASE 39 Renée Zell­weger plays Emily, a so­cial worker who meets a young girl (Jodelle Fer­land) and has her at “hello.” When she dis­cov­ers that the girl’s par­ents are try­ing to kill her, she res­cues the poor kid. But that “hello” be­comes “help!” when Emily re­al­izes the par­ents may have had good rea­son to do away with their daugh­ter. Rated R. 109 min­utes. Re­gal Sta­dium 14, Santa Fe; Dream­Catcher, Es­pañola. (Not re­viewed) GHOST BIRD This doc­u­men­tary ex­plores the hope and con­tro­versy cre­ated by the al­leged re­dis­cov­ery of the sup­posedex­tinct ivory-billed wood­pecker in a wildlife refuge out­side the small, fi­nan­cially strapped town of Brink­ley, Arkansas, in 2004. The film cap­tures the town­peo­ple’s ex­cite­ment and the even­tual fall­out sur­round­ing the find; un­for­tu­nately, the film­mak­ers’ fix­a­tion with dry sci­ence and an un­suc­cess­ful at­tempt at po­lit­i­cal hu­mor rob the story of its emo­tional weight. Even a hip in­die-rock sound­track fea­tur­ing Pix­ies, White Stripes, and com­poser David Lang can’t keep the film in flight. Not rated. 85 min­utes. The Screen, Santa Fe. (Rob DeWalt). See re­view, Page 50.

LE AMÍCHE Michelan­gelo An­to­nioni’s 1955 film (the ti­tle trans­lates as The Girl­friends) about the chang­ing role of women in Italy comes to Santa Fe in a re­stored 35 mm print. The story cen­ters on a fashion de­signer (Eleonora Rossi Drago) who moves from Rome to north­ern Italy and ex­pe­ri­ences ups and downs in her ca­reer while get­ting by with a lit­tle help from her new women friends. Not rated. 104 min­utes. In Ital­ian with sub­ti­tles. CCA Cine­math­eque, Santa Fe. (Not re­viewed) LET ME IN The 2008 Swedish vam­pire flick Let

the Right One In be­came an in­stant cult clas­sic on the in­die-cin­ema cir­cuit. Here’s the Hollywood adap­ta­tion, which, judg­ing from the trailer, looks an aw­ful lot like the orig­i­nal — mi­nus the sub­ti­tles. It was filmed lo­cally, which may be the first time New Mex­ico has ever stood in for Swe­den. Rated R. 115 min­utes. Re­gal Sta­dium 14, Santa Fe;

Dream­Catcher, Es­pañola; Reel Deal, Los Alamos; Sto­ry­teller, Taos. (Not re­viewed)

LIFE DUR­ING WARTIME Filmmaker Todd Solondz re­turns with a se­quel to his 1998 film, Hap­pi­ness. There’s an all-new cast play­ing the same roles (Michael K. Wil­liams re­places Philip Sey­mour Hoff­man, Ciarán Hinds re­places Dylan Baker, and so on). As in the first film, these char­ac­ters are search­ing for any com­fort in a world in which hap­pi­ness is off the menu. There’s a taste­ful sense of awk­ward­ness through­out, and mo­ments of very black hu­mor are among the film’s main draws, but there’s also a lack of the kind of emo­tional depth that this ma­te­rial re­quires. Rated R. 98 min­utes. CCA Cine­math­eque, Santa Fe. (Robert B. Ker) See re­view, Page 52.

THE SO­CIAL NET­WORK Here’s that Face­book movie you may have heard about. Writ­ten by Aaron Sorkin ( The West Wing) and di­rected by David Fincher ( Fight Club) — who no doubt hope you will “like” it — the film tells the story of Mark Zucker­berg ( Jesse Eisen­berg), a Har­vard stu­dent who cre­ates the on­line net­work. Or did he? The story ex­plores the ques­tion of who de­serves credit for the idea — not to men­tion the bil­lions of dol­lars it’s gen­er­ated. Rated PG-13. 121 min­utes. Re­gal Sta­dium 14, Santa Fe;

Dream­Catcher, Es­pañola; Reel Deal, Los Alamos; Sto­ry­teller, Taos. (Not re­viewed)

SOUL KITCHEN Di­rec­tor Fatih Akin ( The Edge of Heaven) takes a break from chal­leng­ing work to present a broad com­edy about a restau­ra­teur (Adam Bous­doukos, who also helped write the script) who strug­gles to keep his life and busi­ness afloat. The genre con­ven­tions are well worn and the hu­mor is broad and ob­vi­ous, but the film is kept afloat by a win­some cast and lively cam­er­a­work by Rainer Klaus­mann. Not rated. 99 min­utes. In Ger­man and Greek with sub­ti­tles. The Screen, Santa Fe. (Robert B. Ker) See re­view, Page 52. A WOMAN, A GUN, AND A NOO­DLE SHOP Chi­nese di­rec­tor Zhang Yi­mou ( House of

Fly­ing Dag­gers) takes a stab — a blind­folded shot, ac­tu­ally — at re­mak­ing the Coen broth­ers’ noirish 1985 de­but, Blood Sim­ple, and winds up with a bowl of slap­stick mince­meat. Gor­geous land­scapes, col­or­ful set pieces filmed by cin­e­matog­ra­pher Zhao Xiaod­ing, and clever sound mix­ing can’t make up for the film’s goofy com­edy and one-di­men­sional char­ac­ters. What may have been in­tended as a hu­mor­ous trib­ute to the Coens’ mas­ter­piece feels more like a film that avoided sus­pense at ev­ery pos­si­ble turn. Pretty? Yes. Poignant? Not even close. Rated R. 95 min­utes. In Man­darin with sub­ti­tles.

Re­gal DeVargas, Santa Fe. (Rob DeWalt)

The power of A-pos­i­tive drink­ing: Chloë Grace Moretz in Let Me In, at Re­gal Sta­dium 14 in Santa Fe and Dream­Catcher in Es­pañola

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