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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)
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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)
PHIL OCHS: THERE BUT FOR
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)