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ANOTHER YEAR Mike Leigh ( HappyGo-Lucky) has turned out another terrific movie using his wonderful repertory company of actors ( Jim Broadbent, Ruth Sheen, and a brilliant Lesley Manville) to tell a story of
a happy couple and their friends and acquaintances, whose lives are variations on a theme of desperation. Leigh holds his central couple up as an ideal, like an idyllic family scene glimpsed through a window by a passing traveler, all warmth and light and everything the less fortunate would like their lives to be. Rated PG-13. 129 minutes. Santa Fe. ( Jonathan Richards)
Director Alejandro González Iñárritu is working here without his former writing collaborator Guillermo Arriaga (with whom he made and The result is more linear than those films, and it’s relentlessly grim. But it’s powerful, and it sometimes shocks you with its beauty and tragedy, while at other times it pummels you with its lugubrious excess. There are many reasons to see the film, highlighted by Javier Bardem’s extraordinary performance, which has earned him an Oscar nomination. Rated R. 148 minutes. In Spanish with subtitles. Santa Fe. ( Jonathan Richards)
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. Nominated for seven Academy Awards, including for best picture and director. Bale, Leo, and Adams also got nods. Rated R. 115 minutes. Santa Fe. ( Jonathan Richards)
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Darren Aronofsky 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. Portman delivers the character, but she’s no prima ballerina. Nominated for five Academy Awards, including for best picture, director, and actress (Portman). Rated R. 110 minutes.
Santa Fe. ( Jonathan Richards)
Channing 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.
Santa Fe; Española. (Not reviewed)
GNOMEO & JULIET
William Shakespeare is no doubt doing somersaults in his grave thanks to this movie, which transforms his great romantic tragedy
into an obnoxious comedy starring animated garden gnomes. The movie’s lingo (“Call me!”), pop-culture references ( 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 Santa Fe; Los Alamos; Taos. Screens in 2-D only at
Española. (Not reviewed)
Romeo and Juliet
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Writer/star Seth Rogen tailors his slacker character to the Green Hornet, the hero born as a 1930s radio serial, later a TV show that launched Bruce Lee to stardom as Kato, the Hornet’s 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. Rated PG-13. 110 minutes. Screens in 3-D only at Santa Fe. Screens in 2-D only at Española. ( Jonathan Richards)
THE GREEN HORNET Regal Stadium 14, DreamCatcher,
The latest animated film from French director Sylvain Chomet ( 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-and-out 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.
Santa Fe. (Rob DeWalt)
The Triplets of
The newest documentary from Oscar-nominated director Charles Ferguson ( may not offer the blood and guts found in other films, but it presents its own brand of carnage in dealing with the recent economic crisis. Interviews with players and victims of the deregulation shell game reveal a decades-old pattern of political and corporate behavior that led to a worldwide implosion of financial markets. Rated PG-13. 108 minutes.
Santa Fe. (Rob DeWalt)
JUST GO WITH IT
No End in Sight)
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.
Santa Fe; Española; Los Alamos; Taos. (Not reviewed) Stadium 14, Deal,
JUSTIN BIEBER: NEVER SAY NEVER Regal
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. offers a look at his incredible resolve during his 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 Santa Fe; Española. (Not reviewed)
Never Say Never
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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 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. The film led the pack in Oscar nominations with 12, including for best picture, actor, and director. Rated R. 110 minutes. Santa Fe; Taos. ( Jonathan Richards)
THE KING’S SPEECH
The red-tailed 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, and courts females. Not rated. 85 minutes.
Santa Fe. (Casey Sanchez)
THE LEGEND OF PALE MALE