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COOL IT The 2006 Al Gore documentary
An Inconvenient Truth was billed as “the most terrifying film you will ever see.” This doc centers on Bjørn Lomborg, Danish author of The Skeptical
Environmentalist, and suggests that fear tactics aren’t particularly productive. Cool It instead explores more calm, reasoned, and optimistic approaches to the problem of climate change. Rated PG. 89 minutes.
Regal DeVargas, Santa Fe. (Not reviewed)
FAIR GAME Based on real-life events and the autobiographies of the two main characters,
Fair Game is the story of Joe Wilson and Valerie Plame Wilson (now Santa Feans) and their quest for justice after she is outed as a CIA operative in the early years of the Iraq war. The film lacks the weight to explore the irony and tragedy of the couple’s story. Sean Penn is forceful as Wilson, Naomi Watts less so as Plame Wilson. Rated PG-13. 108 minutes. Regal DeVargas, Santa Fe. (Robert Nott) See review, Page 54.
FASTER This Thanksgiving, consider a heavy helping of revenge — after all, there’s no cooking involved, as it’s best served cold. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson takes time off from playing tooth fairies to portray a dude who sets out to avenge his brother’s death using the only proper on-screen way to overcome grief: killing a lot of other people. Opens Wednesday, Nov. 24. Rated R. 95 minutes.
Regal Stadium 14, Santa Fe; DreamCatcher, Española. (Not reviewed)
HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY
HALLOWS: PART 1 Harry, Ron, and Hermione have a mission: track down and destroy Horcruxes — dark magical items that make Voldemort immortal. Meanwhile, Voldy and his Death Eater followers are torturing and imprisoning anyone who opposes them. If you’re a muggle who has been living under a rock, please don’t buy a ticket for this movie. It requires an encyclopedic recall of details and doesn’t really work on its own. That doesn’t mean it’s not good, though. Rated PG-13. 146 minutes. Regal
Stadium 14, Santa Fe; DreamCatcher, Española; Reel Deal, Los Alamos; Storyteller, Taos. (Laurel Gladden) See review, Page 62.)
LOVE AND OTHER DRUGS The love in the title refers to the courtship between characters played by Jake Gyllenhaal and Anne Hathaway, which is served up in true rom-com style: as a main course of commitment issues and cute smiles with a side of playful banter and silly antics. The “other drugs” refers to Viagra, which Gyllenhaal’s character sells and presumably doesn’t use. Opens Wednesday, Nov. 24. Rated R. 113 minutes. Regal Stadium 14, Santa Fe; Regal DeVargas, Santa Fe; DreamCatcher, Española. (Not reviewed)
MADEMOISELLE CHAMBON Stéphane Brizé’s beautifully modulated romantic drama tells an old story of love springing up in an inappropriate place. There
are echoes of Brief Encounter and of Eric Rohmer’s elegant stories of the exquisite agonies of love, with the eloquence of classical music substituting for the verbal symphonies of Rohmer’s characters. Beautifully acted by Sandrine Kiberlain and Vincent Lindon. Opens Wednesday, Nov. 24. Not rated. 101 minutes.
In French with subtitles. The Screen, Santa Fe. ( Jonathan Richards)
THE NEXT THREE DAYS What would you do if your spouse was sent to prison for a murder he or she didn’t commit? If you’re, say, Michael Cera, you research the legal channels to procure her release and whine at the ceiling to gentle indie-rock songs. But if you’re Russell Crowe, you break her out, dagnabbit! Paul Haggis
( Crash) directs this action picture, which stars Crowe, Elizabeth Banks, Liam Neeson, and Brian Dennehy. Rated PG-13. 122 minutes. Regal Stadium 14, Santa Fe; DreamCatcher, Española; Storyteller, Taos. (Not reviewed)
REEL INJUN Cree filmmaker Neil Diamond’s documentary follows the history of (mostly) Western movies from THE AGONY AND THE ECSTASY OF PHIL SPECTOR Vikram Jayanti’s documentary about the life and career of the famous “wall of sound” producer juxtaposes a lengthy interview with Spector alongside clips from his 2007 trial for the murder of Lana Clarkson and performance footage of several of Spector’s bestknown songs. The result is an impressionistic portrait of a brilliant man who was found guilty of murder yet appears to feel victimized by a world that never fully appreciated his genius. Not rated. 102 minutes. The Screen, Santa Fe. (Robert B. Ker) See review,
Page 54. BURLESQUE In what has potential to be a cult classic in some circles, Christina Aguilera plays a small-town gal who flees to Los Angeles and finds herself a rising star at a burlesque club. Cher (who else?) plays her mentor, and Stanley Tucci again plays a male lead in an estrogen-heavy movie. Opens Wednesday, Nov. 24. Rated PG-13. 100 minutes. Regal Stadium 14, Santa Fe; Regal DeVargas, Santa Fe; DreamCatcher, Española. (Not reviewed)