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BLACK SWAN Dar­ren Aronof­sky ( The Wrestler) turns his bru­tal vi­sion on the world of bal­let in this story of a young dancer driven to mad­ness by artis­tic am­bi­tion. Ris­ing bal­le­rina Nina (Natalie Port­man) must get in touch with her dark side to play the Black Swan while main­tain­ing her vir­ginal good­ness for the White Swan in a fa­mous bal­let. The movie has lots of pain, blood, eroti­cism, and con­spic­u­ous ex­cess. Vin­cent Cas­sel is ex­cel­lent as the im­pre­sario who chal­lenges Nina to this trip into schizophre­nia. Port­man delivers the char­ac­ter, but she’s no prima bal­le­rina. Rated R. 110 min­utes. Re­gal DeVargas, Santa Fe. ( Jonathan Richards) See re­view, Page 60. Leo as the brassy, con­trol­ling mother. Amy Adams is the tough but ten­der girl­friend who helps steer Micky on the right path. The movie is as much about fam­ily as it is about boxing; bat­tling his way clear of his fam­ily may have been Ward’s tough­est fight. Rated R. 115 min­utes. Re­gal DeVargas and Re­gal Sta­dium 14, Santa Fe; Dream­Catcher, Es­pañola; Sto­ry­teller, Taos. ( Jonathan Richards) See re­view, Page 64.


Writer and di­rec­tor James L. Brooks of­fers up his first movie since 2004’s Span­glish and no doubt hopes his cast (Paul Rudd, Reese Wither­spoon, and Owen Wil­son) can find the Os­car suc­cess that their co-star Jack Ni­chol­son — who has twice won Academy Awards for roles in Brooks’ films — has en­joyed. This dram­edy about a love triangle be­tween a woman (Wither­spoon), a dimwit ath­lete (Wil­son), and a stressed-out busi­ness­man (Rudd) looks a bit too wishy-washy for Academy af­fec­tion, so work­ing with Ni­chol­son may be as good as it gets for them. Rated PG-13. 116 min­utes. Re­gal Sta­dium 14, Santa Fe; Dream­Catcher, Es­pañola. (Not re­viewed)


What some par­ents will do to see that their kids get a proper ed­u­ca­tion. In Fred­er­ick Marx’s doc­u­men­tary, two ded­i­cated Bud­dhist monks lead 14 chil­dren (ages 4 to 11) across a treach­er­ous moun­tain pass on a 180-mile trek to en­sure that they get Bud­dhist and Western school­ing. You might ques­tion the no­tion of tak­ing chil­dren from their homes (their par­ents won’t see them for a good 10 years), but the in­ter­play be­tween the par­ents and their off­spring is in­spir­ing and heart­break­ing. There are the ex­pected thrills (a rock slide) and some comic re­lief (a mis­chief-mak­ing boy) as the group works to over­come ad­ver­sity along the way. It’s a bit too long and not al­ways great movie-mak­ing, but it’s a ter­rific story all the same. 90 min­utes. Not rated.

The Screen, Santa Fe. (Robert Nott)


You usu­ally know that a tele­vi­sion sit-com has run its course when the pro­ducer bring in some cute kids to shake things up. You can tell from the painful ti­tle just what hap­pens in this sec­ond se­quel to Meet the Par­ents. Robert De Niro, Ben Stiller, Dustin Hoff­man, Bar­bra Streisand, and Owen Wil­son all re­turn to pick up their pay­checks. Opens Wed­nes­day, Dec. 22. Rated PG-13. 98 min­utes.

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


Fin­nish screen­writer/di­rec­tor Jal­mari He­lander ex­pands on his two pre­vi­ous short films to de­liver a bizarre, some­times-in­co­her­ent, beau­ti­fully pho­tographed tale that casts Christ­mas in a de­cid­edly grim light. Partly based on Scan­di­na­vian folk­lore but set in mod­ern-day Fin­land, the film finds pre-teen Pi­etari (Onni Tom­mila) and Rauno, his hard­edged fa­ther ( Jorma Tom­mila), strug­gling to cope af­ter the loss of mom. When Pi­etari stum­bles upon an evil, blood­thirsty Santa, the race is on to de­stroy him and his in­ex­pli­ca­bly can­ni­bal­is­tic, geri­atric, and naked elves. Yes, you read that cor­rectly. Rated R. 80 min­utes. In English and Fin­nish with sub­ti­tles.

CCA Cine­math­eque, Santa Fe. (Rob DeWalt)

See re­view, Page 64.

As with its pre­de­ces­sor, the best things about this se­quel to the 1982 cult clas­sic TRON are com­put­er­gen­er­ated. Sam Flynn (Gar­rett Hed­lund) hasn’t seen his com­puter-ge­nius fa­ther (Jeff Bridges) since 1989. One night, Sam re­vis­its dad’s old hang­out and gets zapped into a dig­i­tal world called the Grid, where he finds both his fa­ther and dad’s evil dop­pel­gänger. Sound crazy? Re­lax — you’ll have more fun if you let the de­tails slide and just en­joy the daz­zling dig­i­tal ride. Rated PG-13. 126 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. Screens in 2-D only at Sto­ry­teller, Taos. (Lau­rel Glad­den) See re­view, Page 70.



The Coen Broth­ers won Os­cars the last time they filmed in New Mex­ico ( No Coun­try for

Old Men). Jeff Bridges won an Os­car the last time he filmed in New Mex­ico ( Crazy Heart). With True Grit, THE FIGHTER Di­rec­tor David O. Rus­sell ( Three Kings, I Heart Huck­abees) re­turns to the screen af­ter a six-year ab­sence with a ter­rific boxing story based on the ca­reer of “Ir­ish” Micky Ward, a tough brawler from Low­ell, Mas­sachusetts. The cast is great, with Mark Wahlberg por­tray­ing the stolid Ward, Chris­tian Bale as his flaky, drug-ad­dict half-brother Dicky Ek­lund (a for­mer fighter who helps train Micky), and Melissa

Yogi Bear, at Re­gal Sta­dium 14 in Santa Fe and Dream­Catcher in Es­pañola

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