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THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA: THE VOYAGE OF THE DAWN TREADER The Narnia movies have been mostly wishy-washy, but this latest entry has a few things going for it: director Michael Apted ( Coal Miner’s Daughter, The World Is Not Enough), a holiday opening, a shorter running time, and the fact that many readers consider Dawn Treader to be the finest book of the series. You can expect magic, adventure, Tilda Swinton as the White Witch, Liam Neeson giving voice to Aslan the lion, Simon Pegg voicing Reepicheep the mouse, and possibly some Christian symbolism. Rated PG. 112 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) HOWL The creation and performance of the poem Howl, Allen Ginsberg’s saga of disaffected American youth, and the subsequent obscenity trial are the subjects of this mind-bending movie. The film delights in making a visual spectacle of Ginsberg’s language; cartoonist Eric Drooker designed a series of vivid animations to accompany the writer’s verse. James Franco as Ginsberg emotes the poem in a dark, smoky café, and the courtroom scenes are rendered with surprising finesse that makes electric drama out of the unlikely topic of literary criticism. Not rated. 90 minutes. The
Screen, Santa Fe. (Casey Sanchez) See review, page 60.
LEAVING Kristin Scott Thomas is the main reason to watch this erotic romance about a woman who deserts her comfortable haute-bourgeois life as a doctor’s wife for a passionate attachment to a man (Sergi López) of lower social and economic standing. In many respects the plot and themes of Leaving are remarkably similar to those of
I Am Love, the Tilda Swinton vehicle released earlier this year — a woman risking and losing everything for love. Not rated. 85 minutes. In French with subtitles. CCA Cinematheque, Santa Fe. ( Jonathan Richards) See review, Page 60.
TIBET IN SONG In 1995, Ngawang Choephel, a filmmaker, musicologist, and Tibetan refugee, returned to his homeland to document eroding dance and song traditions. Two months after his arrival, Choephel was arrested by Chinese authorities and sentenced to 18 years in prison. Upon his release in 2002, Choephel boldly continued to work on his documentary project.
Tibet in Song details China’s subjugation of Tibetan culture while displaying the Tibetan peoples’ lasting passions for their musical heritage. The doc suffers from competing storylines and poor editing, but it provides a snapshot of a region struggling to preserve its identity. Not rated. 86 minutes. In English and Tibetan with subtitles. The Screen, Santa Fe. (Rob DeWalt)
THE TILLMAN STORY Josh Brolin narrates this documentary on the life of Pat Tillman, the football player for the Arizona Cardinals who left his lucrative career and joined the Army Rangers in the wake of the Sept. 11 attacks. He was killed by friendly fire in Afghanistan in 2004, and this film explores the extent to which the Bush administration and the U.S. military covered up the truth about his death to push his story as propaganda. The documentary features extensive interviews with Tillman’s family and fellow soldiers. Rated R. 94 minutes. Regal DeVargas, Santa Fe. (Not reviewed)
THE TOURIST If hotties like Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie are your two lead actors, does it matter what your movie is about? Probably not, but for those who are interested: Depp plays Frank, an American in Italy who encounters a femme fatale named Elise ( Jolie). She somehow tricks authorities into thinking Frank is a major criminal, and a cat-and-mouse game full of plot twists ensues. This remake of the 2005 French film Anthony Zimmer is directed by Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck ( The Lives of Others). Rated PG-13. 103 minutes. Regal Stadium 14, Santa Fe; DreamCatcher, Española; Storyteller, Taos. (Not reviewed)
Turn off the ingenue when you leave the room: The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader,
at Regal Stadium 14 in Santa Fe and DreamCatcher in Española