opening this week
ARTHUR In this unnecessary, uninspired remake of the mediocre 1981 Dudley Moore hit, Russell Brand plays the drunken billionaire man-child, who must choose money and marriage (to Jennifer Garner) or love (with Greta Gerwig) and losing his fortune. Most of the movie plays like a string of vignettes designed for Brand to deliver one-liners (some of which are admittedly funny), but for the most part Arthur comes across less as an immature guy and more as an insane one. Like John Gielgud before her, Helen Mirren is a delight as the acerbic but concerned butler Hobson. I don’t know who Gerwig did favors for to get her part, but she needs to do us all a favor and take acting lessons. Rated PG-13. 110 minutes. Regal Stadium 14, Santa Fe; DreamCatcher, Española; Storyteller, Taos. (Laurel Gladden) CERTIFIED COPY Do you like that topsy-turvy feeling you get from riding a roller coaster, when down suddenly becomes up? Do you prefer movies in which nothing much happens except a conversation between two people? If so, see this film from esteemed Iranian director Abbas Kiarostami. Starring Juliette Binoche and opera baritone William Shimell, it’s something like a middle-aged version of Before Sunrise, only with a critical disorienting twist. It may be a little too clever for its own good. Not rated. 106 minutes. In English, Italian, and French with subtitles. The Screen, Santa Fe. (Laurel Gladden) See review, Page 40.
THE CONCERT Thirty years ago, Andrei Filipov (Aleksey Guskov) was fired from his post as conductor of the Bolshoi Orchestra for hiring Jewish musicians. When the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris invites the Bolshoi to perform, Filipov (now a cleaning man) decides to get his old band back together, so to speak, and play in the Bolshoi’s stead. This comedy also stars Mélanie Laurent ( Inglourious Basterds). Rated PG-13. 113 minutes. In French and Russian with subtitles.
CCA Cinematheque, Santa Fe. (Not reviewed) HANNA Saoirse Ronan got an Oscar nomination for
Atonement, but one thing she hasn’t done is kick butt as an action star. In Hanna, she gets her chance. She plays the daughter of a rogue CIA agent (Eric Bana), who is trained by daddy to be an assassin. When a mean lady from the agency (Cate Blanchett) comes for her, the training pays off. Rated PG-13. 111 minutes. Regal Stadium 14, Santa Fe; DreamCatcher, Española; Storyteller, Taos. (Not reviewed)
THE MET LIVE IN HD: LE COMTE ORY Juan Diego Flórez stars in this staging of Rossini’s comedic opera, which is broadcast live from the Met. 11 a.m. Saturday, April 9, with a 6 p.m. encore. Lensic
Performing Arts Center, Santa Fe. (Not reviewed)
OF GODS AND MEN Writer/director Xavier Beauvois delivers a quiet, compelling account of real-life drama that took place in Algiers in 1996, when a brotherhood of French Trappist monks was caught up in the Algerian Civil War. This is a fascinating, closely observed study of tolerance, extremism, responsibility, culpability, and faith performed with powerful understatement by a cast headed by Michel Lonsdale and Lambert Wilson and beautifully photographed by Caroline Champetier. Rated PG-13. 120 minutes. In French and Arabic with subtitles. Regal DeVargas, Santa Fe. ( Jonathan Richards) See review, Page 42.
PERFORMANCE AT THE SCREEN The series of high-definition screenings of performances from afar continues with an encore presentation of Caligula, presented by the Paris Opera Ballet. 12:30 p.m. Sunday, April 10, only. The Screen, Santa Fe. (Not reviewed)
SOUL SURFER The latest Hollywood trend seems to be inspirational movies about outdoorsy types who lose their arms in horrible accidents. On the heels of 127 Hours comes Soul Surfer, a film based on the true story of Bethany Hamilton (AnnaSophia Robb), a teenage surfer who loses an arm in a shark attack and goes on to become a champion nevertheless. Rated PG. 106 minutes. Regal Stadium 14, Santa Fe;
DreamCatcher, Española; Storyteller, Taos. (Not reviewed)
YOUR HIGHNESS If you know that this comedy is by the director (David Gordon Green) of and stars some of the actors (Danny McBride, James Franco) who appeared in Pineapple Express, then the joke in the title suddenly makes sense. The premise only barely makes any: it’s based in a fantasy world and involves wizards, weed, and damsels in distress. It’s sure to be terrible or hilarious, depending on your sensibilities and, well, your highness. Natalie Portman and Zooey Deschanel also star. Rated R. 102 minutes. Regal Stadium 14, Santa Fe; DreamCatcher, Española; Reel Deal, Los Alamos; Storyteller, Taos. (Not reviewed)
Tonight, we feast on swan: Natalie Portman in Your Highness, at Regal Stadium 14
in Santa Fe and DreamCatcher in Española