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AND EVERYTHING IS GOING FINE By the end of his life in 2004, Spalding Gray had amassed a glowing critical reputation and an adoring fan base; now director Steven Soderbergh has created a biography of Gray told memoir-style, in Gray’s own voice, through clips from performances, interviews, and other footage, including conversations with his father. And Everything Is Going Fine is an homage for serious Gray fans as well as a tantalizing primer for novices just discovering his work. Not rated. 89 minutes. CCA Cinematheque, Santa Fe. ( Jennifer Levin)
See review, Page 48. DRIVE ANGRY This Oscar weekend, why not treat yourself to Academy Award winner Nicolas Cage’s latest film? He plays a dead man who escapes from hell when his granddaughter is kidnapped by a demon-worshipping cult. Armed only with an exhaustive supply of guns and muscle cars and with a foxy lady (Amber Heard) riding shotgun, he goes after the cult while outrunning the forces of Satan. Roger Corman would be proud. Rated R. 104 minutes. Screens in 3-D only at Regal Stadium 14, Santa Fe;
DreamCatcher, Española. Screens in 2-D only at Storyteller, Taos. (Not reviewed)
HALL PASS The Farrelly brothers return with their first film since 2007’s The Heartbreak Kid. Owen Wilson and Jason Sudeikis play men whose wives grant them a week off from marriage to pursue other women. Sexual misadventures and affirmation of these guys’ lameness follow. Rated R. 98 minutes. Regal Stadium 14, Santa Fe; DreamCatcher, Española; Storyteller, Taos. (Not reviewed)
MY DOG TULIP British writer J.R. Ackerley considered the 15 years that he spent with his female Alsatian dog the happiest years of this life. In this animated feature, we come to understand that this erratic, unruly dog gave purpose and companionship to the aging writer, something he had never before experienced. The appeal of this charming, if occasionally morose, film lies in its ability to give quick-sketch illustrations of Ackerley’s lively prose, which is read in a stately fashion by narrator Christopher Plummer. Not rated but not for children. 82 minutes. The Screen, Santa Fe. (Casey Sanchez) See review, Page 48.
PERFORMANCE AT THE SCREEN The series of high-definition screenings of performances from afar continues with Verdi’s Rigoletto, taped live in the streets and palaces of Mantua. Plácido Domingo stars in the title role. 12:30 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 27, only.
The Screen, Santa Fe. (Not reviewed)
TAHAAN Santosh Sivan ( Before the Rains) takes his time getting going with his story of a little boy, his donkey, a missing father, moneylenders, soldiers, terrorists, and a hand grenade; but patience pays off, and once the movie picks up steam it tells a tale that is both simple and suspenseful, despite some lack of polish and some loose ends. Beautiful images of rural Kashmir and a likable cast enhance this story of a child’s innocence in a corrupting and violent world. An Indian film that owes more to Iranian cinema than to Bollywood. Not rated. 95 minutes. In Hindi with subtitles. The Screen, Santa Fe. ( Jonathan Richards)
In the late 1960s and early 1970s, the rock ’ n’ roll explosion gave way to the gentle strumming of the singer-songwriter, and a lot of the music was played in Los Angeles’ Troubadour club. This documentary looks at the rise of that scene and includes interviews with and archival footage of artists such as Carole King, Jackson Browne, and Joni Mitchell. Recommended for anyone who’s seen fire and rain and sunny days that they thought would never end. Not rated. 91 minutes. Santa Fe. (Not reviewed)