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BATTLE: LOS AN­GE­LES Ev­ery­thing about this movie looks and sounds like it’s the lat­est PlayS­ta­tion game. In­stead of play­ing, though, you get to sit and watch Aaron Eck­hart as a Marine who slugs it out with aliens. Jonathan Liebesman ( The Texas Chain­saw Mas­sacre: The Be­gin­ning) di­rects. Rated PG-13. 112 min­utes. Re­gal Sta­dium 14, Santa Fe; Dream­Catcher, Española; Sto­ry­teller, Taos. (Not re­viewed) CEDAR RAPIDS This com­edy works on the premise that in­surance agents from small-town Wis­con­sin are in­her­ently funny — es­pe­cially when they’re played by Ed Helms ( The Hang­over). His char­ac­ter at­tends an in­surance con­ven­tion in Iowa, where he’s ex­pected to come home with a big award. But will his hard-par­ty­ing room­mate (John C. Reilly) and a temptress (Anne Heche) keep him from suc­ceed­ing? What hap­pens in Cedar Rapids stays in Cedar Rapids. Rated R. 86 min­utes. Re­gal DeVargas, Santa Fe. (Not re­viewed) MARS NEEDS MOMS Boy, moms can be such down­ers, you know? They’re all about do­ing your home­work and eat­ing your veg­gies. That’s what 9-year-old Milo (voiced by Seth Green) thinks un­til his mother ( Joan Cu­sack) is cap­tured by Mar­tians in this an­i­mated ad­ven­ture. Af­ter Mom goes miss­ing, Milo comes to ap­pre­ci­ate her more — at least un­til he’s older and his mom has the “when are you go­ing to find some­one nice and set­tle down?” con­ver­sa­tion. Rated PG. 88 min­utes. Screens in 3-D at Re­gal

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


FRANKEN­STEIN The lat­est in­stall­ment in this se­ries is a broad­cast of a stag­ing of Mary Shel­ley’s hor­ror novel, adapted for the stage by writer Nick Dear and di­rected by Danny Boyle (whose film ca­reer in­cludes

127 Hours and Slum­dog Mil­lion­aire). 7 p.m. Thurs­day, March 17. The Len­sic Per­form­ing Arts Cen­ter, Santa Fe. (Not re­viewed)

PER­FOR­MANCE AT THE SCREEN The se­ries of high-def­i­ni­tion screen­ings of per­for­mances from afar con­tin­ues with an encore of the dou­ble bill of Class

Con­cert and Giselle, per­formed by the Bolshoi Bal­let, at 12:30 p.m. on Satur­day, March 12. A per­for­mance of Verdi’s La Travi­ata from the Royal Opera House in Lon­don screens at 12:30 p.m. on Sun­day, March 13.

The Screen, Santa Fe. (Not re­viewed)


FOR­TUNE Ken­neth Bowser bril­liantly cap­tures the essence of the ’60s protest move­ment in this un­spar­ing, haunt­ing, and some­times ex­hil­a­rat­ing por­trait of one of the great singer-song­writ­ers of the era. Ochs was an in­spi­ra­tional and tragic fig­ure, and some of his songs be­came an­thems for his gen­er­a­tion. Not rated. 97 min­utes. The Screen, Santa Fe. ( Jonathan Richards) See re­view, Page 52.

RED RID­ING HOOD Once upon a time, beau­ti­ful young Va­lerie (Amanda Seyfried) was torn be­tween her hunky but poor child­hood sweet­heart (Shiloh Fer­nan­dez) and the rich, valiant, and also hunky black­smith (Max Irons) to whom she was be­trothed. Then poor Va­lerie learned that one of her beaus — or some­one else close to her — might be the were­wolf ter­ror­iz­ing her vil­lage. For­bid­den love, a su­per­nat­u­ral se­cret, sweep­ing views of wooded moun­tains — sound fa­mil­iar? Di­rec­tor Cather­ine Hard­wicke helmed the first Twi­light film and is shame­lessly at­tempt­ing to cap­i­tal­ize on its suc­cess — as are Gary Old­man, Julie Christie, and Vir­ginia Mad­sen, pros who should know bet­ter. Shoddy sets, lousy light­ing, too much hair gel, non­sen­si­cal di­a­logue, and cheap spe­cial ef­fects turn this re­vised fairy tale into a tween girl’s bad dream. Rated PG-13. 109 min­utes. Re­gal Sta­dium 14, Santa Fe; Dream­Catcher, Española; Reel Deal, Los Alamos; Sto­ry­teller, Taos. (Laurel Glad­den)

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