opening this week
DUE DATE For this 2010 update of the Planes, Trains, and Automobiles formula, two of the hottest names in Hollywood — Robert Downey Jr. and Zach Galifianakis — play two unlikely travel companions who attempt to get to a certain place by a certain time (the birth of a child). Perhaps you can guess who is the uptight protagonist and who is his comic foil. Directed by Todd Phillips ( The Hangover). Rated R. 100 minutes. Regal Stadium 14, Santa Fe; DreamCatcher, Española; Reel Deal, Los Alamos; Storyteller, Taos. (Not reviewed) FAIR GAME Director Doug Liman’s feature about the lives of Joe Wilson and Valerie Plame Wilson (portrayed by Sean Penn and Naomi Watts) gets an advance screening in Santa Fe, with the Wilsons in attendance for a post-screening Q&A session. 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 5, only. Rated PG-13. 108 minutes. Lensic Performing Arts Center, Santa Fe. (Not reviewed)
See story, Page 44. FOR COLORED GIRLS Based on the 1975 Obie Award-winning play by Ntozake Shange, Tyler Perry’s film has an ensemble cast that includes Janet Jackson, Thandie Newton, Kerry Washington, Phylicia Rashad, and Whoopi Goldberg). From the trailer, it looks more artful than the director’s usual offerings. Rated R. 120 minutes. Regal Stadium 14, Santa Fe;
DreamCatcher, Española. (Not reviewed)
HENRI-GEORGES CLOUzOT’S INFERNO
In 1964, famed French film director Henri-Georges Clouzot assembled an excellent cast and crew to make a film about how jealousy could “deform the universe.” But the project, Inferno, burned out Clouzot and most participants in months. The movie was never completed. The 13 hours of surviving footage is the main focus of this documentary by film historians Serge Bromberg and Ruxandra Medrea. The original uncompleted film is still fascinating and experimental and filled with scenes of seduction — hot stuff, as any inferno should be. 95 minutes. Not rated.
CCA Cinematheque, Santa Fe. (Robert Nott)
See review, Page 54.
LAST TRAIN HOME
This documentary follows parents Zhang Changhua and Chen Suqin as they join 130 million other Chinese migrant factory workers in a mass holiday exodus to see their families. The director, Chineseborn Canadian citizen Lixin Fan, followed Zhang and Chen for three years as they struggled to hold together their family while working 14-hour shifts in a factory a thousand miles away from their family. As the movie reveals, the new industrial China promises families the opportunity for advancement while depriving children of the only thing that actually holds the family together — their parents. Not rated. 87 minutes. In Mandarin and Sichuan dialect with subtitles. The Screen, Santa Fe. (Casey Sanchez) See review, Page 54.
Not six months after Despicable Me, here comes another animated action/comedy about an evil genius who is forced to try his hand at becoming a hero and saving the day. But Megamind is totally different — Will Ferrell supplies the voice of the lead character, not Steve Carell, and it’s about superheroes, not spies. Rated PG. 96 minutes. Screens in 3-D and 2-D at Regal Stadium 14, Santa Fe; DreamCatcher, Española; Storyteller, Taos. Screens in 3-D only at Reel Deal, Los Alamos. (Not reviewed)
In a workplace comedy written by The Devil Wears Prada scribe Aline Brosh McKenna, Rachel McAdams plays an upstart producer who brings in a grizzled veteran anchorman (Harrison Ford) to help save her morning show. Diane Keaton and Jeff Goldbum co-star, which can only mean good things. Opens Wednesday, Nov. 10. Rated PG-13. 95 minutes. Regal Stadium 14, Santa Fe;
DreamCatcher, Española. (Not reviewed)
Timed to coincide with the 30th anniversary of John Lennon’s death, Nowhere Boy, a biopic directed by Sam Taylor-Wood and starring actor Aaron Johnson, paints a portrait of the artist as a troubled young man in Liverpool, portraying him as a self-knowing genius from an early age. The trailer makes the film seem as if it’s canonizing its subject while preaching to the converted. Then again, when it comes to Lennon, who isn’t among the converted? Rated R. 98 minutes. Regal DeVargas, Santa Fe;
Storyteller, Taos. (Not reviewed)
STRAIGHT TO HELL RETURNS
Alex Cox’s 1987 homage to spaghetti Westerns was roasted by contemporary critics, but time has treated it well. Four bank robbers on the lam try to hide out in an isolated desert town that is overrun by bandits, politicos, gunmen, goons, and other weirdos. Its once-in-a-lifetime cast includes Elvis Costello, Joe Strummer, Dick Rude (who co-wrote the script), Dennis Hopper, Courtney Love, Jim Jarmusch, and Grace Jones. 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 11, only. Cox introduces the film, which contains footage cut from the original theatrical release. Rated R. 90 minutes. CCA Cinematheque, Santa Fe. (Robert Nott) See story, page 42.