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BANFF MOUNTAIN FILM FESTIVAL WORLD TOUR If there were a Venn diagram depicting the relationship of people who like mountains to people who like movies, a lot of Santa Feans would probably fall into the common area. Fortunately, there are annual traveling festivals that cater to this crowd. This one comes from Banff. Tuesday and Wednesday, March 22 and 23, only. Lensic Performing Arts Center, Santa Fe. (Not reviewed) THE BEATLES CREATED APPLE Jack Oliver, former head of Apple Records, is on hand to present his documentary about the formation of the company. It screens along with Other Side of Zero, a documentary about the workers who cleaned up the former World Trade Center site. 4 p.m. Friday, March 18, only. Design Center Santa Fe, 418 Cerrillos Road, Suite 21. Call 310-739-0107 for details. (Not reviewed) CASINO JACK With his black slouch hat and his trench coat, Jack Abramoff came off in real life as a cartoon villain whose actions had uncartoonish consequences. Director George Hickenlooper can’t corral the many characters and twists that the real Casino Jack dealt him, and although Kevin Spacey works hard, he never quite nails the right blend of righteous rascal and comic scoundrel. Jon Lovitz and Maury Chaykin contribute good support. The most interesting revelation is that the shove that sent Abramoff’s house of cards tumbling down was a pair of red panties accidentally sent out with the dry cleaning. Rated R. 108 minutes. Regal DeVargas, Santa Fe. ( Jonathan Richards)
THE HOUSEMAID A maid and nanny ( Jeon Do-yeon) enters a household made up of four women and a wealthy man (Lee Jung-jae). When the man coerces the maid into sleeping with him, the other women try to expel her from the house. Writer and director Im Sang-soo adeptly films this rise and fall and regards his vapid characters with a cool detachment. He tries to make the film too many things, however, and stumbles on his ambition in the final act. Rated R. 106 minutes. In Korean with subtitles. The Screen, Santa Fe. (Robert B. Ker) See review, Page 50.
THE LAST LIONS Seasoned documentary filmmakers, conservationists, and National Geographic “explorers-in-residence” Dereck and Beverly Joubert return with another harrowing tale of survival in the wild. Set in the Okavango Delta wetlands region of Botswana, Africa, The Last Lions chronicles the dramatic story of Ma di Tau, a widowed lioness who must raise and protect her cubs against seemingly insurmountable odds. High-definition footage and narration by actor Jeremy Irons highlight the global ecological imperative of protecting the world’s big cats, whose numbers have plummeted from 450,000 to 20,000 in just half a century due in part to poaching and habitat reduction. Rated PG. 88 minutes. Regal
DeVargas, Santa Fe. (Not reviewed)
LIMITLESS Bradley Cooper plays Eddie, a man who is given a drug that allows him to unlock his brain’s full potential. He soon transforms himself from an unemployed writer to a Wall Street millionaire. A powerful mogul (Robert De Niro) finds Eddie and attempts to coerce him into arranging a corporate merger. Oh yeah, and someone else is trying to kill him. And one thing that’s not limitless is the drug’s supply. Rated PG-13. 105 minutes. Regal Stadium 14, Santa Fe; DreamCatcher, Española; Storyteller, Taos. (Not reviewed)
THE LINCOLN LAWYER The Michael Connelly novel about a lawyer who works out of his car leaps off of the spinner rack at the airport and on to the big screen. Matthew McConaughey plays the title character, so you can add the adjective “hotshot” to “lawyer.” He represents a wealthy client (Ryan Phillippe) who faces charges of assault and attempted murder. At first, he seems innocent, but all is not as it seems. Rated R. 119 minutes. Regal Stadium 14, Santa Fe; DreamCatcher, Española; Reel Deal, Los Alamos; Storyteller, Taos. (Not reviewed) THE MET LIVE IN HD: LUCIA DI LAMMERMOOR Natalie Dessay stars in this staging of Donizetti’s opera, which will be broadcast live from the Met. 11 a.m. Saturday, March 19, with a 6 p.m. encore. Lensic
Performing Arts Center, Santa Fe. (Not reviewed)
PAUL The talent behind Superbad (Greg Mottola and Seth Rogen) and Shaun of the Dead (Nick Frost and Simon Pegg) team up to spin a yarn about two UFO enthusiasts (Frost and Pegg) who meet a wisecraking alien named Paul (animated with computers and voiced by Rogen) and help him back to the mother ship. Jason Bateman, Kristen Wiig, and Bill Hader head the supporting cast. Rated R. 104 minutes. Regal Stadium 14, Santa Fe; DreamCatcher,
Española; Storyteller, Taos. (Not reviewed)
PERFORMANCE AT THE SCREEN The series of high-definition screenings of performances from afar continues with Verdi’s La Traviata from the Royal Opera House in London. 12:30 p.m. on Sunday, March 20, only. The Screen, Santa Fe. (Not reviewed)
SAINT MISBEHAVIN’: THE WAVY
GRAVY MOVIE Hugh Romney was a rising poet and comic in New York in the late ’50s and ’60s, a pal to Greenwich Village royalty.
Alien-cognito: Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, and an outer-space bandito voiced by Seth Rogen in Paul,
at Regal Stadium 14 in Santa Fe and DreamCatcher in Española