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Pasatiempo - - Moving Images - — com­piled by Robert B. Ker

open­ing this week

COUN­TRY STRONG Jeff Bridges won an Os­car last year for play­ing a down-and-out coun­try singer, so why not Gwyneth Pal­trow? She plays Kelly Can­ter, a per­former who at­tempts a ca­reer come­back with the help of her hus­band and man­ager (Tim McGraw), fights off a hot up-and-comer ( Gos­sip Girl’s Leighton Meester), and belts out a few tunes for y’all along the way. Rated PG-13. 112 min­utes. Re­gal Sta­dium 14, Santa Fe. (Not re­viewed) I LOVE YOU PHILLIP MOR­RIS Movies of­ten con­tain a line of di­a­logue that sums up the whole thing. “How,” the ti­tle char­ac­ter here asks plain­tively, “can I love some­one who doesn’t even ex­ist?” How in­deed? I couldn’t (in fair­ness, other crit­ics have). Jim Car­rey plays Steven Rus­sell, a con man and im­pos­tor who im­per­son­ated a lawyer and a CFO, among other scams. Ewan McGre­gor is Phillip Mor­ris, the sweet, dimwit­ted lover he meets in prison. Rus­sell es­caped so many times that Texas locked him up for 144 years, which seems ex­ces­sive, even given the crime of this movie. It’s a mad­cap com­edy that sinks into syrupy sen­ti­ment. Car­rey plays with his trade­mark verve, but there’s never a be­liev­able moment — and this is based on a true story. Rated R. 100 min­utes. Re­gal DeVargas, Santa Fe. ( Jonathan Richards)

SEA­SON OF THE WITCH De­spite the ti­tle, this movie is not a biopic of Dono­van. It does, how­ever, fea­ture Nicolas Cage sport­ing rock-star hair in a su­per­nat­u­ral ad­ven­ture set in the Mid­dle Ages. Cage and Ron Perl­man play knights who re­turn from the Cru­sades to find their land dev­as­tated by the Black Death. The church be­lieves a young woman (Claire Foy) is a witch re­spon­si­ble for the plague and or­ders the two men to bring her to a monastery where some rit­ual can heal the land. Christo­pher Lee co-stars, be­cause there is no way you could make this movie with­out him. Rated PG-13. 98 min­utes. Re­gal Sta­dium 14, Santa Fe; Dream­Catcher, Es­pañola; Sto­ry­teller, Taos. (Not re­viewed) SUM­MER WARS Di­rected by Mamoru Hosoda ( The Girl Who Leapt Through Time), this Ja­pan­i­ma­tion-eye-candy spec­tac­u­lar ex­plores what might hap­pen if the world’s most pow­er­ful web-based so­cial net­work was hacked to the point of crip­pling in­ter­na­tional com­mu­ni­ca­tion and trade. Hosoda’s story in­volves a large fam­ily with blood ties to sa­mu­rai war­riors, an out­cast of that fam­ily seek­ing ac­cep­tance, and a math geek who has never kissed a girl. At a time when Wik­iLeaks is re­veal­ing un­pre­dictable num­bers of global se­crets and the U.S. is em­broiled in a bat­tle over net neu­tral­ity, Sum­mer

Wars’ mes­sages of blind re­liance on technology and the im­por­tance of fam­ily feel lost in its fluffy pile of an­i­mated (and scripted) cute­ness and awk­ward dub­bing. It’s vis­ually stun­ning, nonethe­less. Rated PG. 114 min­utes. Dubbed in English. CCA Cine­math­eque, Santa Fe. (Rob DeWalt)

WHITE MA­TE­RIAL Di­rec­tor and co-writer Claire De­nis ( 35 Shots of Rum) of­fers lit­tle in­for­ma­tion about the set­ting and po­lit­i­cal sit­u­a­tion por­trayed in her cur­rent film. All we know is that vi­o­lence has bro­ken out be­tween the po­lit­i­cal pow­ers and youth­ful rebels of an African nation, and a French colonist (Is­abelle Hup­pert, in a bravado per­for­mance) stub­bornly fights to keep her cof­fee plan­ta­tion run­ning. It’s a darkly lyrical story of the hu­man con­di­tion, the di­vi­sions we con­struct among one an­other, and fun­da­men­tal ques­tions of “home.” Not rated. 100 min­utes. In French with sub­ti­tles. The Screen, Santa Fe. (Robert B. Ker) See re­view, Page 44.

now in the­aters

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) BUR­LESQUE 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 once again is the male lead in an es­tro­gen-heavy movie. 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

The me­dieval that men do: Nicolas Cage in Sea­son of the Witch, at Re­gal Sta­dium 14

in Santa Fe and Dream­Catcher in Es­pañola

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