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THE BIG UNEASY Harry Shearer may be best known as the voice of Mr. Burns and Principal Skinner (among other characters) on The Simpsons, but in this bracing documentary, the part-time New Orleans resident has put together a convincing tell-all that shows just why the city’s federal levee system failed in 2005 after Hurricane Katrina. Using the work of two independent investigative teams, the film makes clear that the flooding of 80 percent of the Crescent City wasn’t a natural disaster but a manmade catastrophe with roots in shoddy construction by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Rated PG-13. 95 minutes. Shearer appears at the 8 p.m. Saturday, April 2, screening at CCA Cinematheque, Santa Fe. It also screens Sunday-Tuesday, April 3-5, at Taos Community Auditorium, 133 Paseo del Pueblo Norte, Taos, 575-758-2052. (Casey Sanchez) See story, Page 50. scatological humor that everyone associates with the holiday. In a movie that looks eerily like Alvin
and the Chipmunks, Russell Brand voices the teenage son of the famous bunny, who travels from Easter Island (groan) to Los Angeles to pursue his music dreams, before taking over the family business. James Marsden plays the exasperated human that he rooms with. Rated PG. 95 minutes. Regal Stadium 14, Santa Fe; DreamCatcher, Española; Reel Deal, Los Alamos; Storyteller, Taos. (Not reviewed)
I SAW THE DEVIL Even if you’re a longtime fan of horror cinema that features as much artistry as depravity, you still won’t guess where the relentlessly dark and expertly shot South Korean thriller I Saw the
Devil is going. It opens with a killer (Choi Min-sik) gruesomely slaying the fiancée of a policeman (Lee Byung-hun), which sets up a cat-and-mouse game that tinkers playfully with the standard revenge story. Devil is helmed by Kim Jee-woon (of 2003’s masterfully creepy A Tale of Two Sisters) and boasts spot-on casting, terrific acting, and exquisite lighting. It doesn’t quite explore the nature of evil and vengeance as much as the title suggests, and it runs a bit long, but it feels like the next cult classic on the international horror circuit. Too bad most domestic horror fans are deathly afraid of subtitles. Not rated. 141 minutes. In Korean with subtitles. The Screen, Santa Fe. (Robert B. Ker)
INSIDIOUS After years of girls possessed by demons ( The Exorcist, The Exorcism of Emily Rose, The Last Exorcism), we finally have gender equality in the horror subgenre. Insidious stars a boy (Ty Simpkins) who is tormented by evil beings. Patrick Wilson plays the concerned father. James Wan ( Saw) directs. Rated PG-13. 102 minutes. Regal Stadium 14, Santa Fe; DreamCatcher, Española. (Not reviewed)
JANE EYRE In case you don’t remember, reader, Jane Eyre (Mia Wasikowska, brilliant) is a plain but intelligent tormented orphan who finds work as a governess at Thornfield Hall, the estate of brooding bachelor Edward Rochester (Michael Fassbender, who made my knees buckle), with whom she slowly falls in love, unaware of a well-kept secret. Purists may balk at Moira Buffini’s economical script or director Cary Fukunaga’s lively pacing, but this luminous film remains faithful to Charlotte Brontë’s spirit while freeing the tale of stuffiness and turning up its nose at the Twilight set. The cinematography is gorgeous, the performances (from Judi Dench, Sally Hawkins, and youngsters Amelia Clarkson and Romy Settbon Moore, among others) impeccable. Rated PG-13. 120 minutes.
Regal DeVargas, Santa Fe. (Laurel Gladden)
PERFORMANCE AT THE SCREEN The series of high-definition screenings of performances from afar continues with Caligula, presented by the Paris Opera Ballet. 12:30 p.m. on Sunday, April 3, only.
The Screen, Santa Fe. (Not reviewed)
PUBLIC SPEAKING This movie is a love story. The central romance revealed in Martin Scorsese’s deft, unobtrusive, and affectionate (a term its subject would not embrace) documentary is Fran Lebowitz’s love affair with herself. If there is another principal in this story, a thou to her I, it is the city of New York. The celebrated author of two books of humorous essays and three decades of writer’s block holds forth on wit, fame, and other calamities from her regular table beneath her immortalized image in the brilliant Ed Sorel mural at The Waverly Inn in Greenwich Village. Not rated. 82 minutes. CCA Cinematheque, Santa Fe. ( Jonathan Richards) See review, Page 57.
SOURCE CODE Groundhog Day meets 24 in this gripping, engaging, preposterous
film from director Duncan Jones ( Moon). Jake Gyllenhaal is Colter Stevens, an Army pilot who wakes up on a commuter train in another man’s body. After a bomb kills everyone onboard, Colter learns he’s part of a covert experiment that “allows” him to repeatedly relive the minutes before the train exploded until he identifies the bomber. You could get all cerebral about this movie’s quantum “time reassignment” claptrap, but in the process, you might HOP Considering that Santa Claus seems to star in at least one new movie a year, it’s a wonder there haven’t been more movies about the Easter Bunny. Here’s one that combines CGI and live action, and it’s full of the David Hasselhoff cameos, sarcasm, and
Chicks flick: Hop, at Regal Stadium 14 in Santa Fe and DreamCatcher in Española