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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; Dream Catcher, Española; Reel Deal, Los Alamos; Storyteller, Taos. ( 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 is the male lead. 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) set sail with Caspian (Ben Barnes), Reepicheep (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 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 at Regal Stadium 14, Santa Fe. (Laurel Gladden)
COUNTRY STRONG Gwyneth Paltrow plays Kelly Canter, a down-and-out country singer who attempts a career comeback with the help of her husband and manager (Tim McGraw), fights off a hot up-andcomer (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)
THE DILEMMA This comedy might signal the end of Vince Vaughn’s career, and Kevin James proves once and for all that he is only convincing as a human being in 30-minute increments. Jennifer Connelly is wasted, as the screenwriters didn’t bother to create a plot for her, and Winona Ryder is apparently still being punished for that time she got caught shoplifting. The Dilemma isn’t funny or romantic; it is a disheartening display of disdain for the moviegoing public by mainstream Hollywood, which, led by its reliance on a marketingdriven hive-mind, seems to believe that we are all shallow, selfish, manipulative, and violent. Rated PG-13. 118 minutes. Regal Stadium 14, Santa Fe;
DreamCatcher, Española; Reel Deal, Los Alamos; Storyteller, Taos. ( Jennifer Levin)
DUE DATE Robert Downey Jr. plays Peter, an uptight man hoping to make it home in time for the birth of his child. First, he must contend with a big, bearded baby in the form of unlikely travel companion Ethan (Zach Galifianakis). Rated R. 100 minutes. Regal
North, Santa Fe. (Not reviewed)
THE FIGHTER Director David O. Russell 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 drug-addict half-brother Dicky Eklund, and Melissa Leo as their 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. ( Jonathan Richards)
FOUR LIONS A farce until it’s not, Four Lions explores religious fanaticism and the dangerous ineptitude that can accompany unfocused rage. It would be as unwise to assume the film is a comedy about funny, violent Muslims as it is to assume it’s a skewering of anti-Muslim fear and bias. Four Lions is a dramatic narrative with just enough of the ridiculous and the sublime to expose the danger in the arguments around terrorism and widespread assumptions about Muslims throughout the world. Rated R. 97 minutes.
The Screen, Santa Fe. ( Jennifer Levin)
THE GREEN HORNET Writer/star Seth Rogen tailors his slacker character to the Green Hornet, the action hero born as a 1930s radio serial, later a TV show that launched Bruce Lee to stardom as Kato, the Hornet’s Asian chauffeur, inventor, and martial-arts sidekick (played here by Jay Chou). Rogen’s Britt Reid (the Hornet’s alter ego) is a jerk. Director Michel Gondry compensates with explosions, battles, and enough destruction to ensure that if there’s a sequel it won’t be in L.A., because there’s not enough of it left. With Christoph Waltz, Cameron Diaz, Tom Wilkinson, and an uncredited James Franco. Rated PG-13. 110 minutes. Screens in 3-D and 2-D at Regal Stadium 14, Santa Fe. Screens in 2-D only at Reel Deal, Los Alamos; 3-D only at DreamCatcher, Española; Storyteller, Taos. ( Jonathan Richards)
GULLIVER’S TRAVELS Jack Black brings the comic persona he made famous in School of
Rock to a film based on the nearly 300-yearold political satire by Jonathan Swift. The movie is predictable and relies heavily on Black’s repetitive 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 Gulliver does. Rated PG. 85 minutes. Screens in 2-D only at Regal Stadium 14, Santa Fe. (Nicolas Roesler)
THE KIDS ARE ALL RIGHT This comedy-drama, directed and co-written by Lisa Cholodenko, is both a thinking person’s movie and a highly entertaining flick. The lives of a seemingly happy couple (Annette Bening and Julianne Moore) and their two children (Mia Wasikowska and Josh Hutcherson) are filled with joy and turmoil when the free-spirited goofball (Mark Ruffalo) who donated his sperm to the couple enters the scene. Rated R. 104 minutes. DreamCatcher, Española; Storyteller, Taos. (Robert Nott)
THE KING’S SPEECH It’s not easy being king, and infinitely tougher if you can’t utter a sentence without an agonizing stammer. This terrific movie stems from the
true circumstance of the speech impediment suffered by England’s King George VI, father of the current queen. It’s a story of courage and determination told with wit and feeling. There are superb performances by a great cast headed by Colin Firth as the afflicted monarch, Geoffrey Rush as his speech therapist, and Helena Bonham Carter as the king’s devoted wife,
Elizabeth. Rated R. 110 minutes. Regal DeVargas, Santa Fe. ( Jonathan Richards)
THE LEGEND OF PALE MALE The redtailed hawks that fly over New York City today were all likely sired by Pale Male, the 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 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. Not rated. 85 minutes.
CCA Cinematheque, Santa Fe. (Casey Sanchez)
LITTLE FOCKERS You usually know that a sit-com has run its course when the producers bring in some cute kids to shake things up. You can tell from the painful title that the same thing happens in this second sequel to Meet the Parents. Robert De Niro, Ben Stiller, Dustin Hoffman, Owen Wilson, Blythe Danner, and Barbra Streisand all return to pick up their paychecks. Rated PG-13. 98 minutes. Regal Stadium 14, Santa Fe; DreamCatcher, Española; Storyteller, Taos. (Not reviewed)
MADE IN DAGENHAM Director Nigel Cole ( Calendar Girls) has fashioned a lovable, sprightly crowd-pleaser from the events of a women’s strike for equal pay at London’s Dagenham Ford plant in 1968. A terrific cast lifts the true story above the film’s predictable and sometimes hackneyed script and makes it special. Heading the list