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THE EA­GLE Chan­ning Ta­tum takes his cam­paign for “worst ac­tor alive” into the swords-and-san­dals genre, as Sam Wor­thing­ton did last year with Clash of the Ti­tans. Ta­tum plays a Ro­man cen­tu­rion who brings his Bri­tish slave ( Jamie Bell) on a mis­sion to Scot­land to fig­ure out why a le­gion of Ro­man sol­diers dis­ap­peared there, only to be taken cap­tive. Rated PG-13. 114 min­utes. Re­gal Sta­dium 14, Santa Fe; Dream­Catcher, Española. (Not re­viewed) GNOMEO & JULIET Wil­liam Shake­speare is no doubt do­ing som­er­saults in his grave thanks to this 3-D movie, which trans­forms his great ro­man­tic tragedy Romeo and Juliet into an ob­nox­ious com­edy star­ring an­i­mated gar­den gnomes. The movie’s lingo (“Call me!”), pop-cul­ture ref­er­ences ( The Ma­trix), and mu­sic (1970s-era El­ton John) feel more dated than the Bard’s time­less tale. Rated G. 84 min­utes. Screens in 3-D only at Re­gal Sta­dium 14, Santa Fe; Sto­ry­teller, Taos. Screens in 2-D only at Dream­Catcher, Española; Reel Deal, Los Alamos. (Not re­viewed) THE IL­LU­SION­IST The lat­est an­i­mated film from French di­rec­tor Syl­vain Chomet ( The Triplets of Belleville) is a fit­ting homage to iconic film­maker Jac­ques Tati in both style and sub­stance. At the hands of lead il­lus­tra­tor Lau­rent Kircher and his an­i­ma­tion team, it is also a mas­ter­ful con­tem­po­rary con­tri­bu­tion to the his­tory of 2-D an­i­ma­tion. When a down-and­out ma­gi­cian be­friends a young girl in Scot­land, the two form a fa­ther-daugh­ter bond that can only be main­tained by the girl’s be­lief that his magic is real. Nom­i­nated for a 2011 Academy Award for best an­i­mated film. Rated PG. 82 min­utes. Re­gal DeVargas, Santa Fe. (Rob DeWalt) See re­view, Page 54.

JUST GO WITH IT Adam San­dler plays a plas­tic sur­geon who pre­tends to be mar­ried in or­der to get women to sleep with him. When he falls for one of these women (Brook­lyn Decker), he asks his as­sis­tant ( Jen­nifer Anis­ton) to make be­lieve she’s his wife, so that he can “di­vorce” her and pur­sue the re­la­tion­ship. Don’t ask how this scheme is go­ing to work. Don’t even ask what Ni­cole Kid­man is do­ing in a movie like this. Just go with it. Rated PG-13. 110 min­utes. Re­gal

Sta­dium 14, Santa Fe; Dream­Catcher, Española; Reel Deal, Los Alamos; Sto­ry­teller, Taos. (Not re­viewed)

JUSTIN BIEBER: NEVER SAY NEVER For any­one over the age of 20 who isn’t a par­ent, here’s a primer: Justin Bieber is a singer who made a huge splash in the pop-mu­sic world at 14, af­ter be­ing dis­cov­ered on YouTube. Never Say Never of­fers a look at his in­cred­i­ble re­solve dur­ing this ar­dous rise to suc­cess, along with a healthy heap­ing of con­cert footage and a chance to see his fa­mous hair in three glo­ri­ous di­men­sions. Rated G. 105 min­utes. Screens in 3-D only at Re­gal Sta­dium 14, Santa Fe; Dream­Catcher, Española. (Not re­viewed) THE MET: LIVE IN HD — NIXON IN CHINA Di­rec­tor Peter Sel­lars makes his Met de­but with com­poser and long­time col­lab­o­ra­tor John Adams’ 1987 opera about the 1972 meet­ing be­tween Richard Nixon and Mao Ze­dong. Adams con­ducts. Bari­tone James Mad­dalena stars. 11 a.m. & 6 p.m. Satur­day, Feb. 12, only. Len­sic Per­form­ing Arts Cen­ter, Santa Fe.

PER­FOR­MANCE AT THE SCREEN The se­ries of high-def­i­ni­tion screen­ings of per­for­mances from afar con­tin­ues with a stag­ing of Shake­speare’s Romeo

and Juliet from Lon­don’s Globe Theatre, star­ring Adetomiwa Edun and El­lie Ken­drick. 12:30 p.m., Sun­day, Feb. 13, with an encore per­for­mance at 7 p.m., Mon­day, Feb. 14. The Screen, Santa Fe. (Not re­viewed)

RAB­BIT HOLE Sto­ries that ex­am­ine how the death of a child af­fects the par­ents have made for strong — if bleak — movies, from In the Bed­room to An­tichrist. The last per­son you may ex­pect one such film from is di­rec­tor John Cameron Mitchell, he of the exuberant

Hed­wig and the An­gry Itch and Short­bus. Ni­cole Kid­man and Aaron Eck­hart play the cou­ple here, who strug­gle to cope with the loss of their tod­dler. Rated PG-13. 91 min­utes. Sto­ry­teller, Taos. (Not re­viewed)

SOME­WHERE Sofia Cop­pola grew up in a bub­ble of Hol­ly­wood roy­alty, and ap­par­ently it still hurts. In her lat­est riff on the lone­li­ness of celebrity, movie star Johnny Marco (Stephen Dorff) wres­tles with the empti­ness of his life and bonds with his lovely 11-year-old daugh­ter Cleo (Elle Fan­ning). There are au­to­bi­o­graph­i­cal notes and mo­ments of real per­cep­tion but a lot of empty air. This movie de­mands pa­tience, tol­er­ance, and a fas­ci­na­tion with the prob­lems of the priv­i­leged. Rated R. 98 min­utes. Re­gal DeVargas, Santa Fe. ( Jonathan Richards) See re­view, Page 54.

TOOT­SIE Syd­ney Pol­lack’s 1982 com­edy cen­ters on an ac­tor (Dustin Hoff­man) who gets sick of be­ing re­jected for roles, so he tries au­di­tion­ing — and soon finds run­away suc­cess — dressed as a woman. The script re­port­edly went through nu­mer­ous drafts by writers both cred­ited and not, but the fi­nal prod­uct is a tightly plot­ted, of­ten-hi­lar­i­ous look at gen­der pol­i­tics, the life of strug­gling ac­tors, and the com­pli­cated af­fairs of the heart. 7 p.m. Mon­day, Feb. 14, only. Rated PG. 116 min­utes. Len­sic Per­form­ing Arts

Cen­ter, Santa Fe. (Robert B. Ker)

2011 OS­CAR-NOM­I­NATED AN­I­MATED

SHORT FILMS If you saw Toy Story 3 on the big screen, you might also have caught the sweet, clever Day & Night, one of this year’s Os­car-nom­i­nated shorts. Take this op­por­tu­nity to see se­lec­tions with­out the Pixar pedigree — The Lost Thing

What light through yon­der 3-D win­dow breaks? Gnomeo & Juliet, at Re­gal Sta­dium 14

in Santa Fe and Dream­Catcher in Española

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