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BUR­LESQUE In what has po­ten­tial to be a cult clas­sic, Christina Aguil­era por­trays a small-town girl who flees to Los An­ge­les and be­comes 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. Rated PG-13. 100 min­utes. Re­gal Sta­dium 14, Santa Fe; Re­gal DeVargas, Santa Fe; Dream­Catcher, Es­pañola; Sto­ry­teller, Taos. (Not re­viewed) 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, Dec. 4 and 5, only. Not rated. 80 min­utes. In English and Rus­sian with sub­ti­tles. The Screen, Santa Fe. (Dou­glas Fair­field) DUE DATE For this 2010 update of the Planes, Trains and Au­to­mo­biles for­mula, Robert Downey Jr. and Zach Gal­i­fi­anakis play un­likely travel com­pan­ions who at­tempt to get to a cer­tain place by a cer­tain time. Per­haps you can guess who is the up­tight pro­tag­o­nist and who is his comic foil. Rated R. 100 min­utes. Re­gal Sta­dium 14, Santa Fe; Dream­Catcher, Es­pañola. (Not re­viewed) EXIT THROUGH THE GIFT SHOP This is a strange gem of a film. Os­ten­si­bly a pro­file of provo­ca­teur artist Banksy, this “pranku­men­tary” shows how over the course of a decade, street art was trans­formed from an un­der­ground artis­tic pur­suit into a highly profitable farce. Rated R. 87 min­utes. CCA Cine­math­eque, Santa Fe. (Casey Sanchez) THE EX­PEND­ABLES This all-star ac­tion flick fea­tures the bi­ceps of Sylvester Stallone, Jet Li, Ja­son Statham, Mickey Rourke, Eric Roberts, Dolph

Lund­gren, Steve Austin, and oth­ers. The ac­tors even de­liver some lines when­ever there’s a quiet moment amid the gun­fire. Rated R. 103 min­utes. Re­gal North, Santa Fe. (Not re­viewed)

FAIR GAME Based on real-life events and the au­to­bi­ogra­phies of its 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)

FASTER Dwayne “The Rock” John­son, who is pos­si­bly up­set over not be­ing in­vited to join the cast of The Ex­pend­ables, 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. Merry Christ­mas! Rated R. 95 min­utes. Re­gal Sta­dium 14, Santa Fe; Dream­Catcher, Es­pañola. (Not re­viewed)

THE GIRL WHO KICKED THE

HOR­NETS’ NEST Part three of the Mil­len­nium tril­ogy picks up where the sec­ond in­stall­ment left off, with a bul­let in its hero­ine’s brain. There are shad­owy plots afoot to ter­mi­nate Lis­beth Sa­lan­der (the won­der­ful Noomi Ra­pace), while Micke Blomkvist (Michael Nyqvist) races to as­sem­ble the ev­i­dence to clear her name. Di­rec­tor Daniel Al­fred­son builds ten­sion ex­pertly, cred­it­ing his au­di­ence with the in­tel­li­gence and pa­tience to bear with him as he metic­u­lously as­sem­bles his scenes. The movie is beau­ti­fully pho­tographed with a chilly pal­ette of grays and blues. Per­haps the best film of the se­ries. Rated R. 148 min­utes. In Swedish with sub­ti­tles. The Screen, Santa Fe. ( Jonathan Richards)

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)

ID­IOTS AND AN­GELS In an­i­ma­tor Bill Plymp­ton’s sixth fea­ture, a bit­ter man with seem­ingly in­fi­nite vices is pre­sented with an un­wanted gift: two wings that sprout from his back and ap­pear to have a life of their own. As the man whiles away his mis­er­able life from the com­fort of a barstool, the peo­ple he den­i­grates daily and uses for his own en­joy­ment turn the ta­bles on him. Darkly drawn both vis­ually and nar­ra­tively,

Id­iots and An­gels is a vis­ual feast that un­set­tles the soul with a spir­ited mix of the beau­ti­ful and the grotesque — and not a word of di­a­logue. Not rated. 78 min­utes. CCA Cine­math­eque, Santa Fe. (Rob DeWalt)

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 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)

LEG­END OF THE GUARDIANS: THE OWLS OF

GA’HOOLE If any­one still gives a hoot, Re­gal has brought this an­i­mated owl ad­ven­ture back to the big screen. 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 North, Santa Fe. (Not re­viewed)

LOVE AND OTHER DRUGS Pe­nis jokes abound in this con­fused at­tempt at a com­bi­na­tion of rom-com, frat flick, ter­mi­nal dis­ease melo­drama, and phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal-in­dus­try ex­posé. Anne Hath­away and Jake Gyl­len­haal can­not rise above the trea­cle of the screen­play, but they do have lots of chore­ographed sex. Hath­away’s glow­ing white teeth and phe­nom­e­nal tresses don’t make her lik­able, and Gyl­len­haal chews enough scenery to feed a small vil­lage. Thank­fully there are a cou­ple of shlubby side char­ac­ters to hate even more than the pro­tag­o­nists. Rated R. 113 min­utes. Re­gal Sta­dium 14, Santa Fe; Re­gal DeVargas, Santa Fe; Dream­Catcher, Es­pañola;

Sto­ry­teller, Taos. ( Jen­nifer Levin) 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. Not rated. 101 min­utes. In French with sub­ti­tles. The Screen, Santa Fe. ( Jonathan Richards)

MEGAMIND This an­i­mated su­per­hero ad­ven­ture has a sim­i­lar tone to that of the su­pe­rior The In­cred­i­bles. It cen­ters on the ex­is­ten­tial cri­sis of a su­pervil­lain who van­quishes the lo­cal su­per­hero and then won­ders what to do next. The slick pro­duc­tion val­ues, steady stream of plot twists, and ex­u­ber­ant voice work (pri­mar­ily by Will Fer­rell, Brad Pitt, Jonah Hill, and Tina Fey) war­rant a mild rec­om­men­da­tion for fam­i­lies in search of an af­ter­noon mati­nee, but the style of hu­mor isn’t par­tic­u­larly fresh. Rated PG. 96 min­utes. Screens in 3-D at Re­gal Sta­dium 14, Santa Fe; Dream­Catcher, Es­pañola; Sto­ry­teller, Taos. (Robert B. Ker)

MORN­ING GLORY 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 Gold­blum co-star, which can

only mean good things. Rated PG-13. 95 min­utes. Re­gal Sta­dium 14, Santa Fe; Sto­ry­teller, Taos. (Not re­viewed)

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 PG13. 122 min­utes. Re­gal Sta­dium 14, Santa Fe;

Dream­Catcher, Es­pañola; Reel Deal, Los Alamos; Sto­ry­teller, Taos. (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 in the fall of 2009. 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 North, Santa Fe. (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 are played by John Malkovich, Helen Mir­ren, and Mor­gan Free­man, who are just as tough, smart, and sea­soned as Wil­lis and enor­mous fun to watch. MaryLouise Parker lends beauty, pluck, and goofi­ness to the film as Wil­lis’ ini­tially re­luc­tant girl­friend. Brian Cox, Karl Ur­ban, Re­becca Pid­geon, Richard Drey­fuss, and Ernest Borg­nine add to the en­ter­tain­ment. Rated PG-13. 111 min­utes. Re­gal DeVargas, Santa Fe. ( Jonathan Richards)

SEC­RE­TAR­IAT This feel-good Dis­ney movie re­counts the true story of Penny Chen­ery (Diane Lane), a house­wife in late-’60s Den­ver who takes over her fam­ily’s Vir­ginia horse farm. 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 old­fash­ioned fam­ily-friendly film, de­void of any­thing scan­dalous, con­tro­ver­sial, or es­pe­cially in­ter­est­ing. Rated PG. 116 min­utes. Re­gal North, Santa Fe. (Lau­rel Glad­den)

SKY­LINE 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 vi­su­als, but these smaller-bud­get sci-fi films some­times show all the best ef­fect shots in the trail­ers. Rated PG-13. 100 min­utes. Re­gal North, Santa Fe. (Not re­viewed)

TANGLED Fairy-tale spoofs were tired be­fore Shrek started rock­ing out to Smash Mouth songs, and some­one should prob­a­bly read the genre a bed­time story and shut off the lights. But they’re an easy sell, so here’s an­other one. Dis­ney’s an­i­mated ad­ven­ture helps the Ra­pun­zel tale let its hair down and in­jects it with what it’s al­ways lacked: snark and self-aware hu­mor. Rated PG. 92 min­utes. Screens in 3-D and 2-D at Re­gal Sta­dium 14, Santa Fe. Screens in 3-D only at Dream­Catcher, Es­pañola; Reel Deal, Los Alamos; Sto­ry­teller, Taos. (Not re­viewed)

THE TOWN At its best, this crime drama with a ro­man­tic sub­plot brings to mind the taut, tense heist scenes from clas­sic film noirs. It misses the mark a bit, though, be­cause of the script, which al­lows smart peo­ple to do stupid things a lit­tle too of­ten and be­cause the ro­mance an­gle isn’t given enough at­ten­tion. Ben Af­fleck di­rects (he does a nice job) and stars as the one mem­ber of a rob­bery crew who has a con­science. Jeremy Ren­ner is ex­cel­lent as the trig­ger-happy mem­ber of the gang. Rated R. 125 min­utes. Re­gal North, Santa Fe. (Robert Nott)

UN­STOP­PABLE Den­zel Washington is a 28-year vet­eran en­gi­neer tu­tor­ing a first-day rookie (Chris Pine) on a Penn­syl­va­nia train when hell threat­ens to break loose, thanks to an un­manned run­away train. Martin Bom­back’s script fea­tures a slew of lik­able but flawed char­ac­ters all try­ing to do the right thing, and Tony Scott’s di­rec­tion is on the money when it comes to edit­ing, act­ing, and ac­tion. The ac­tors give a con­stant sense of in­ten­sity to their char­ac­ters, but it does wear thin af­ter a bit, and there’s a lot of corn sprin­kled into the pro­ceed­ings near the end. Still, it’s a good film that should ap­peal to all ages. Rated PG-13. 98 min­utes. Re­gal Sta­dium 14, Santa Fe; Dream­Catcher, Es­pañola; Sto­ry­teller, Taos. (Robert Nott)

VIS­UAL ACOUS­TICS: THE MOD­ERNISM OF JULIUS SHUL­MAN

If you love the Mod­ernist homes built in the Case Study House pro­gram and oth­ers de­signed by ar­chi­tects such as Richard Neu­tra and Al­bert Frey in the mid­dle part of the 20th cen­tury, you will find a bit of nir­vana in this doc­u­men­tary film by Eric Bricker. Nar­rated by Dustin Hoff­man, it fea­tures in­ter­views with other ar­chi­tects and crit­ics, as well as seg­ments with Shul­man and scads of dy­namic vi­su­als. Not rated. 83 min­utes.

CCA Cine­math­eque, Santa Fe. (Paul Wei­de­man)

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