opening this week
The Legend of PaLe MaLe Twenty-six red-tailed hawks now fly over greater New York City — likely all sired by Pale Male, a ferocious, handsome raptor who has presided over Central Park for much of the past two decades. This delightful, if uneven, documentary follows the bird as he battles eviction by co-op boards, attracts a phalanx of celebrity admirers, fends off a pack of crows, and courts females. We root for Pale Male as an up-by-his-bootstraps New Yorker, fending off gentrification and other city terrors to keep his mates and brood alive. Opens Saturday, Jan. 1. Not rated. 85 minutes. CCA Cinematheque, Santa Fe. (Casey Sanchez) See review, Page 44.
now in theaters
aLL good ThIngS Kirsten Dunst and Ryan Gosling give excellent performances in this confused, belabored film based on the “true story” of Robert Durst — long a suspect in his wife’s disappearance. It’s a tale rife with possibilities that are utterly squandered by the screenwriters, who rely on cliché and derivative stylistic tricks to fill the gaps in the narrative. The film is directed by awardwinning documentary filmmaker Andrew Jarecki, and there are noteworthy supporting performances by Nick Offerman, Kristen Wiig, and Philip Baker Hall. Rated R. 101 minutes. CCA Cinematheque, Santa Fe. (Jennifer Levin)
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)
Christina Aguilera portrays a smalltown girl who flees to Los Angeles and becomes a rising star at a burlesque club. Cher plays her mentor, and Stanley Tucci is the male lead in an estrogenheavy movie once again. Rated PG-13. 100 minutes.
Regal North, Santa Fe. (Not reviewed)
The ChRonICLeS of naRnIa: The VoYage of The daWn TReadeR
In this snoozy adaptation of the third book in C.S. Lewis’ beloved series, Edmund (Skandar Keynes), Lucy (Georgie Henley), and their obnoxious cousin Eustace (Will Poulter, wonderful) set sail with Caspian (Ben Barnes), Reepicheep (confidently voiced by Simon Pegg), and crew to reclaim seven magic swords and free Narnians captured by an “eeevilll” green mist. Director Michael Apted is less interested in story, though, than he is in swashbuckling sword fights and CGI effects that are only occasionally special. A better title might have been “Voyage of the Yawn Treader.” Rated PG. 115 minutes. Screens in 2-D only at Regal Stadium 14, Santa Fe; Storyteller, Taos. Screens in 3-D only at DreamCatcher, Española. (Laurel Gladden)
Director David O. Russell ( Three Kings) 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 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)
Jack Black brings the comic persona he made famous in School of
Rock to Gulliver’s Travels, a film based on the political satire by Jonathan Swift that was published almost 300 years ago. The movie is predictable and relies heavily on Black’s repetitive rambunctious humor, which has seen its day. Jason Segel as Horatio and Amanda Peet as Darcy Silverman struggle to give the film some balance. The movie has a whisper of appeal but doesn’t travel nearly the distance that Lemuel Gulliver does. Rated PG. 85 minutes. Screens in 2-D only at Regal Stadium 14, Santa Fe, and
DreamCatcher, Española. Screens in 3-D only at Storyteller, Taos. (Nicolas Roesler)
Tourist attraction: Rufus Sewell and Angelina Jolie in The Tourist, at Regal Stadium 14
in Santa Fe and DreamCatcher in Española