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ENTER THE VOID French director Gaspar Noé calls this film a “psychedelic melodrama,” and that’s putting it mildly. When a young expatriate-turned-drug dealer in Tokyo is killed during a police sting, the movie goes from an arty study of one self-absorbed young man to a tour of a rather hallucinogenic afterlife. Nathaniel Brown and Paz de la Huerta star as a brother and sister who love each other too much for almost anyone’s comfort. The camera acts like a wandering spirit, and the story is told through imagery that is as nonlinear as a dream. Only the hallucinocentric will rave about this film, but it’s unlike anything you’ll find at the multiplex. Not rated. 142 minutes. The Screen, Santa Fe. (Michael Wade Simpson) See review, Page 46. A FILM UNFINISHED After World War II, four reels of footage depicting life in the Jewish ghettos of Warsaw were discovered. These images were accepted as reality until 1998, when a fifth reel — proving the footage was staged as Nazi propaganda — was discovered. This documentary tells the story of the film reels and the truth behind their genesis. Not rated. 89 minutes. Regal DeVargas, Santa Fe. (Not reviewed)
INSIDE JOB The newest documentary from Oscar-nominated director Charles Ferguson ( No End in Sight) may not offer the blood and guts found in other films, but it presents its own brand of widespread carnage in dealing with the recent economic crisis. Interviews with players and victims of the deregulation shell game reveal a decades-old pattern of political and corporate behavior that led to a worldwide implosion of financial markets. When derivatives and subprime mortgages merge with prostitutes, inside-the-Beltway sweetheart deals, and piles of cocaine, one wishes it were just another Bret Easton Ellis novel. Instead, it’s real life. Rated PG-13. 108 minutes. Regal DeVargas, Santa Fe. (Rob DeWalt) See review, Page 46.
MY MAN GODFREY Oh, for the days when zany socialites could go to the local waterfront and find homeless men as part of a scavenger hunt! Produced during the Great Depression, this 1936 classic features Carole Lombard as the lady and William Powell as the tramp, whom she promptly hires as her butler. Written by Morrie Ryskind and Eric Hatch and directed by Gregory La Cava, Godfrey manages to be funny while drawing attention to the severe class differences in this country. Mischa Auer scores as an eccentric artist, who, when prompted by his benefactress (Alice Brady), begrudgingly goes into his monkey imitation. It’s riotous and timely, and it will remind you that Hollywood once produced mainstream films that were both entertaining and enlightening. 7 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 14, only. The screening, in 35 mm, benefits Making Strides. Not rated. 95 minutes.
CCA Cinematheque, Santa Fe. (Robert Nott)
SKYLINE You know the drill: aliens are invading Earth with their advanced technology, and we’re all doomed. At least this time, they’re picking on Los Angeles and not poor New York City. The ads showcase impressive special effects and striking sci-fi visuals, but these small-budget films sometimes show all the best effect shots in the trailers. Rated PG-13. 100 minutes. Regal Stadium 14, Santa Fe; DreamCatcher, Española; Storyteller, Taos. (Not reviewed)
UNSTOPPABLE It’s been some time since we’ve had an “it’s like Speed, except ...” movie, so here’s an action picture that’s like Speed, except it takes place on a train! Denzel Washington and Chris Pine play two engineers who must stop a runaway train with no driver and no brakes and with lots of explosives on board. It’s all in a live-long day’s work. Directed by action veteran Tony Scott. Rated PG-13. 98 minutes. Regal Stadium 14, Santa Fe; DreamCatcher, Española; Reel Deal, Los Alamos; Storyteller, Taos. (Not reviewed)
WASTE LAND In Rio de Janeiro at Jardim Gramacho, the world’s largest dump, workers living in a tin-roof shantytown spend their days wading through waste heaps and building an unlikely community of mutual support and admiration. Into this surreal world comes Vik Muñiz, an artist who has concocted photographic portraits from cotton tufts, sugar, dirt, and chocolate sauce. He makes friends with the Gramacho catadores, convincing them to make soccer-field-size portraits of themselves using the garbage that they spend their days sorting. The art is top-notch and the film is a loving portrait. Not rated. 98 minutes. In English and Portuguese with subtitles. CCA Cinematheque, Santa Fe. (Casey Sanchez) See review, Page 46.
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