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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