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IT’S KIND OF A FUNNY STORY Perhaps the key part of this movie’s title is “kind of.” It’s an indie dramedy staged in a mental-health clinic; a teenager (Keir Gilchrist) checks himself in and learns life lessons from an adult patient (Zach Galifianakis). From the trailer it looks less like One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest and more like Garden State, which was kind of a funny movie. Rated PG-13. 101 minutes. Regal DeVargas, Santa Fe. (Not reviewed) JACK GOES BOATING Philip Seymour Hoffman’s directorial debut is an indie rom-com that features at least one scene in which Hoffman sits at the end of a bed and whimpers over his shoulder to a woman (there seems to be one in every Hoffman film). In this movie, the woman is portrayed by the whimper-worthy Amy Ryan. Hoffman plays a lonely limo driver who finds the potential for new love with her. John Ortiz portrays his best friend, who is going through a divorce. Regal DeVargas, Santa Fe. (Not reviewed) LEBANON Virtually the entire hour and a half of Samuel Moaz’s claustrophobic and painful movie is spent inside a tank as it rumbles into Lebanon on the first day of the 1982 invasion, a war that seems to be weighing on the consciences of the generation of Israeli filmmakers who took part in it (see also Ari Folman’s Waltz with
Bashir). The tank’s gunner, 20-year-old Shmulik (Yoav Donat), is the stand-in for the director. The film is powerful and personal, and draws its strengths and its occasional weaknesses from the forced confinement of its format. Rated R. 94 minutes. In Hebrew, Arabic, and English with subtitles. Regal
DeVargas, Santa Fe. ( Jonathan Richards) See review,
LIFE AS WE KNOW IT After enjoying success with 2007’s Knocked Up, Katherine Heigl once more helps give birth to a film in which she plays a woman who must face the prospect of raising children with an immature man (Josh Duhamel). This time, for some undoubtedly contrived reason, the kid is willed to this mismatched couple who don’t even seem to like each other. Anyway, poop jokes are exchanged, love blossoms, and life lessons are learned. Rated PG-13. 112 minutes. Regal Stadium 14, Santa Fe; Dream Catcher, Española; Storyteller, Taos. (Not reviewed) MESRINE: KILLER INSTINCT & MESRINE: PUBLIC ENEMY #1
Shot back-to-back in 2007 and 2008, this ambitious, roughly four-hour epic (directed by Jean-François Richet) covers the slow rise and very quick fall of the French John Dillinger of the 1970s, who reportedly said, “No one kills me until I say.” Mesrine is played by Vincent Cassel, whose inherent charm and grace lend a sense of romance to the character. Gérard Depardieu is memorable as a slimy mentor. Part I is 113 minutes; part II is 133 minutes. Rated R. The Screen, Santa Fe. (Robert Nott) See review, Page 52.
MY SOUL TO TAKE Wes Craven writes and directs an original horror film for the first time since 1991’s
The People Under the Stairs. This one looks similar to his classic A Nightmare on Elm Street: a group of teenagers are offed one by one, courtesy of a supernatural boogeyman. But the villain may be one of the teens. Screen in 3-D at Regal Stadium 14, Santa Fe; DreamCatcher, Española; Storyteller, Taos.
ONLY WHEN I DANCE This feel-good documentary traces two aspiring ballet dancers from the rough-andtumble slums of Brazil to intense ballet competitions in New York and Switzerland. Will they realize their dreams? Not rated. 78 minutes. In English and Portuguese with subtitles CCA Cinematheque, Santa Fe. (Not reviewed)
RIDE THE DIVIDE Named the best adventure film at the 2010 Vail Film Festival, this documentary follows a group of mountain-bike racers as they compete in the roughly 2,700-mile Tour Divide, which runs between snowy Banff, Canada, and the dusty Mexican Plateau. Those who make it tackle 200,000 feet of vertical, the equivalent of climbing to the summit of Mount Everest from sea level — seven times. Slices of smalltown America (like Pie Town, New Mexico) mingle with footage of the grueling race, but the spectacular scenery steals the show. 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 13, only. Not rated. 80 minutes. The Screen, Santa Fe. (Rob DeWalt)
SECRETARIAT This feel-good Disney production recounts the true story of Penny Chenery (Diane Lane), a housewife in late’60s Denver. Despite a lack of knowledge about the male-dominated business, she takes over her family’s Virginia horse farm when her father’s health fails. Along with trainer Lucien Laurin (John Malkovich), groom Eddie Sweat ( True Blood’s Nelsan Ellis), and jockey Ron Turcotte (Otto Thorwarth), she raises and trains Secretariat, perhaps the greatest racehorse of all time. This is an old-fashioned family-friendly film, devoid of anything scandalous, controversial, or especially interesting. Rated PG. 116 minutes. Regal
Stadium 14, Santa Fe; DreamCatcher, Española; Reel Deal, Los Alamos; Storyteller, Taos. (Laurel Gladden) See review, Page 54.
It’s kind of a yummy dinner: from left, Lauren Graham, Keir Gilchrist, Dana DeVestern,
and Jim Gaffigan in It’s Kind of a Funny Story, at Regal DeVargas in Santa Fe