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CON­VIC­TION A heroic true story runs out of steam un­der the light of the bigscreen pro­jec­tor, de­spite a fine cast headed by Hi­lary Swank and Sam Rock­well and an­chored by some ter­rific un­der­card per­for­mances from Melissa Leo and Juli­ette Lewis. With the out­come of the court de­ci­sion at the cen­ter of this story al­ready in the books, there’s no sus­pense; the movie has to work hard at all its mo­ments, be­cause we know where it’s go­ing. But, come to think of it, much the same can be said of life. Rated R. 107 min­utes. Re­gal DeVargas, Santa Fe. ( Jonathan Richards) EASY A There is an un­de­ni­able link be­tween the clas­sics and high school. That’s where most of us first read them, and young screen­writ­ers bent on re­venge re­write them as high school come­dies. Some­times it works, but this one pulls up lame. Olive (Emma Stone) al­lows the lie that she has lost her vir­gin­ity to cir­cu­late and turns false ad­ver­tis­ing into a cot­tage in­dus­try. Rated PG-13. 93 min­utes. Re­gal North, Santa Fe. (Jonathan Richards) THE DESERT OF FOR­BID­DEN ART This doc­u­men­tary 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 sin­gle-hand­edly saved the art from the scrapheap of Stalin’s Soviet Union. Satur­day and Sun­day, Nov. 6 and 7, only. Not rated. 80 min­utes. In English and Rus­sian with sub­ti­tles. The Screen, Santa Fe. (Dou­glas Fair­field) DE­SPI­CA­BLE ME An evil ge­nius named Gru (voiced by Steve Carell) plots to steal the moon. He adopts three or­phans to help spy on a ri­val and de­vel­ops pa­ter­nal in­stincts along the way. This an­i­mated film feels half-baked and is lit­tered with lame hu­mor. Rated PG. 95 min­utes. Screens in 2-D at Re­gal North, Santa Fe. (Robert B. Ker)

LEG­END OF THE GUARDIANS: THE OWLS OF GA’HOOLE

A group of owlets must save their king­dom from evil forces in this an­i­mated adap­ta­tion of the Guardians of Ga’Hoole se­ries of chil­dren’s fan­tasy nov­els. Zack Sny­der ( 300) di­rects. Rated PG. 90 min­utes. Screens in 2-D at Re­gal Sta­dium 14, Santa Fe. (Not re­viewed)

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 a child with an im­ma­ture man (Josh Duhamel). Here the kid is willed to a mis­matched cou­ple who don’t even seem to like each other. Rated PG-13. 112 min­utes. Re­gal

Sta­dium 14, Santa Fe; Dream­Catcher, Es­pañola. (Not re­viewed)

MY SOUL TO TAKE

Wes Craven has writ­ten and di­rected an orig­i­nal horror film for the first time since 1991’s The Peo­ple Un­der the Stairs. The plot sounds sim­i­lar to that of Craven’s 1984 clas­sic A Night­mare on

Elm Street: a group of teenagers are offed one by one, cour­tesy of a su­per­nat­u­ral boogey­man. Screens in 2-D at Re­gal North, Santa Fe. (Not re­viewed)

PARA­NOR­MAL AC­TIV­ITY 2

The first Para­nor­mal Ac­tiv­ity was made for tens of thou­sands of dol­lars and made hun­dreds of mil­lions when it was re­leased last fall. The only ques­tion with the se­quel is, What took so long? Now it’s a child’s nurs­ery that is haunted rather than a cou­ple’s bed­room. Rated R. 91 min­utes. Re­gal

Sta­dium 14, Santa Fe; Dream­Catcher, Es­pañola; Reel Deal, Los Alamos; Sto­ry­teller, Taos. (Not re­viewed)

RED

The ti­tle of this hi­lar­i­ous, ac­tion­filled romp is an al­leged CIA acro­nym for “Re­tired, Ex­tremely Dan­ger­ous.” Bruce Wil­lis is the re­tiree, but there’s still plenty of tread left on those tires. His out-to-pas­ture team­mates, fill­ing out a geri­atric “dirty third of a dozen” are played by John Malkovich, Helen Mir­ren, and Mor­gan Free­man — they are just as tough, smart, and sea­soned as Wil­lis, and they’re enor­mous fun to watch. Mary-Louise Parker adds beauty, pluck, and goofi­ness as Wil­lis’ ini­tially re­luc­tant girl­friend. The smart, witty screen­play is based on char­ac­ters from a graphic novel, but it’s a lot more fun as di­rected by Robert Sch­wen­tke in fast-paced and ir­rev­er­ent style. Brian Cox, Karl Ur­ban, Re­becca Pid­geon, Richard Drey­fuss, and Ernest Borg­nine add to the en­ter­tain­ment. Rated PG-13. 111 min­utes. Re­gal Sta­dium 14, Santa Fe;

Dream­Catcher, Es­pañola. ( Jonathan Richards)

SAW 3D Ev­ery year the cre­ators of the Saw movies is­sue a new in­stall­ment and prom­ise it’s the fi­nal chap­ter. And ev­ery year the fran­chise re­mains highly profitable, so they trot out yet an­other. This time, it’s in 3-D. Talk about tor­ture. Rated R. 91 min­utes. Screens in 3-D at Re­gal Sta­dium 14, Santa Fe; Dream­Catcher, Es­pañola; Sto­ry­teller, Taos (Not re­viewed)

This feel-good Dis­ney pro­duc­tion re­counts the true story of Penny Chen­ery (Diane Lane), a house­wife in late-’60s Den­ver who takes over her fam­ily’s Vir­ginia horse farm when her fa­ther’s health fails. Along with trainer Lu­cien Lau­rin (John Malkovich), groom Ed­die Sweat (Nel­san El­lis), and jockey Ron Tur­cotte (Otto Thor­warth), she raises and trains Sec­re­tar­iat. 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. (Lau­rel Glad­den)

SEC­RE­TAR­IAT

THE SO­CIAL NET­WORK

Di­rec­tor David Fincher and writer Aaron Sorkin tell the story of Face­book’s ge­n­e­sis with fire­cracker en­ergy and in­ci­sive wit. Framed around the nu­mer­ous law­suits site co-founder Mark Zucker­berg ( Jesse Eisen­berg, in a per­for­mance of un­der­stated depth) faced, the film pro­vides a fas­ci­nat­ing look at a mis­an­thropic ge­nius who had a me­te­oric rise to wealth and may have re-in­vented so­ci­ety in his im­age. Rated PG-13. 121 min­utes.

Santa Fe. (Robert B. Ker)

Sta­dium 14,

Re­gal

WALL STREET: MONEY NEVER SLEEPS

Greed is still good but not as good as it used to be in Gor­don Gekko’s re­turn. Michael Dou­glas nicely reprises his Os­car-win­ning role; the fine cast in­cludes Shia LaBeouf, Carey Mul­li­gan, Frank Lan­gella, and Josh Brolin; but the script doesn’t pack enough punch where it counts in the dra­mat­ics of the fi­nan­cial melt­down, and it doesn’t give Gekko enough solid ma­te­rial to re­store his for­mer rep­til­ian luster. Rated PG-13. 127 min­utes. Re­gal North, Santa Fe. (Jonathan Richards)

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. Rated PG. 105 min­utes.

Re­gal North, Santa Fe. (Not re­viewed)

YOU WILL MEET A TALL DARK STRANGER

Woody Allen’s an­nual movie isn’t a bar­rel of laughs this time, but it’s re­li­ably amus­ing, if dark and dys­pep­tic. Life is mean­ing­less, and all our strug­gling just drives us deeper into the ditch. For­tunetelling is hokum but no more so than any­thing else. A dis­tin­guished cast led by An­thony Hopkins, Gemma Jones, Naomi Watts, and Josh Brolin keeps this hop­ping. Rated R. 98 min­utes.

Re­gal DeVargas, Santa Fe. (Jonathan Richards)

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