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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)


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

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