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THE ADJUSTMENT BUREAU Philip K. Dick, the late sci-fi writer whose stories and novels have been catnip for filmmakers
over the years ( Blade Runner, Minority Report), gets another outing with this adaptation of his 1954 story “Adjustment Team,” a dark tale about looking behind the curtain of reality. Stars Matt Damon and Emily Blunt are appealing, but in the hands of debut director George Nolfi (who wrote the script for The Bourne
Ultimatum), the mood strays from gritty, provocative sci-fi into romance, and it doesn’t pay off in the long run. Rated PG-13. 107 minutes. Regal DeVargas, Santa Fe. ( Jonathan Richards)
BATTLE: LOS ANGELES Everything about this movie looks as if it’s the latest video game. Instead of playing, you get to watch Aaron Eckhart as a Marine who slugs it out with aliens. Rated PG-13. 112 minutes. Regal
Stadium 14, Santa Fe. (Not reviewed)
BEASTLY This update of the “Beauty and the Beast” fable centers on a stuck-up teenager (Alex Pettyfer) who is stricken with a curse that makes him ugly and from which only true love can free him. Rated PG-13. 95 minutes. Regal North, Santa Fe. (Not reviewed)
BLACK SWAN Darren Aronofsky turns his brutal vision on the world of ballet in this story of a young dancer driven to madness by artistic ambition. Rising ballerina Nina (Natalie Portman, who won an Oscar for her performance) must get in touch with her dark side to play the Black Swan while maintaining her virginal goodness for the White Swan in a famous ballet. The movie has lots of pain, blood, eroticism, and conspicuous excess.
Regal North, Santa Fe. ( Jonathan Richards)
CEDAR RAPIDS Ed Helms ( The Hangover) plays an insurance agent who attends an insurance convention in Iowa. John C. Reilly is his hard-partying roommate, and Anne Heche plays a temptress. What happens in Cedar Rapids stays in Cedar Rapids. Rated R. 86 minutes. Regal DeVargas, Santa Fe. (Not reviewed) DIARY OF A WIMPY KID: RODRICK RULES If you saw the first Diary of a Wimpy Kid movie or read the book series it was based on, then you might remember Rodrick. He’s the big brother (played by Devon Bostick) of the wimpy kid (Zachary Gordon), and in this film, their mom forces the two to bond. Oh, brother! The whole cast of freaks and geeks returns. Rated PG. 96 minutes. Regal Stadium 14, Santa Fe;
DreamCatcher, Española. (Not reviewed)
DRIVE ANGRY Nicolas Cage plays a man who escapes from hell to take revenge on a devil-worshipping cult while driving a muscle car away from the law, Satan’s accountant (a game William Fichtner), and good taste. To call this movie atrocious is beside the point. It’s atrocious in all the ways it intends to be, and it will please fans of trashy cinema. Rated R. 104 minutes. Screens in 2-D only at Regal North, Santa Fe. (Robert B. Ker)
EVEN THE RAIN Movies about the making of movies tend to coil back upon themselves. In Icíar Bollaín’s powerful, provocative movie about a Spanish film company on location in South America to shoot a story about Christopher Columbus’ arrival in the New World, life imitates art imitating life and then some. The filming of the film-within-a-film takes place against the background of the water wars that roiled parts of Bolivia in 2000. There’s great spectacle and fine acting, particularly from Luis Tosar as the producer and Juan Carlos Aduviri as a native actor and activist. Not rated. 104 minutes. In Spanish, Quechua, and English with subtitles. The Screen, Santa Fe. ( Jonathan Richards)
GNOMEO & JULIET William Shakespeare’s romantic tragedy Romeo and Juliet finally gets the animatedgarden-gnome treatment. Rated G. 84 minutes. Screens in 2-D only at Regal North, Santa Fe. (Not reviewed)
HOP Here’s a film about the Easter Bunny that combines CGI and live action, and it’s full of the David Hasselhoff cameos, sarcasm, and scatological humor that everyone associates with the holiday. 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)
THE ILLUSIONIST The latest animated film from French director Sylvain Chomet ( The Triplets of Belleville) is a fitting homage to iconic filmmaker Jacques Tati in both style and substance. At the hands of lead illustrator Laurent Kircher and his animation team, it’s also a masterful contribution to the history of animation. When a down-and-out magician befriends a young girl in Scotland, the two form a father-daughter bond that can only be maintained by the girl’s belief that his magic is real. Rated PG. 82 minutes. Regal
DeVargas, Santa Fe. (Rob DeWalt)
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 (dreamy Michael Fassbender), 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)
JUST GO WITH IT Adam Sandler plays a plastic surgeon who pretends to be married in order to seduce women. When he falls for one of these women (Brooklyn Decker), he asks his assistant ( Jennifer Aniston) to pose as his wife so that he can “divorce” her and pursue the relationship. Rated PG-13. 110 minutes. Regal North, Santa Fe. (Not reviewed)
THE KING’S SPEECH It’s not easy being king, and it’s tougher if you can’t utter a sentence without a stammer.
This terrific movie stems from the true circumstance of the speech impediment suffered by England’s King George VI. There are superb performances by Colin Firth as the afflicted monarch, Geoffrey Rush as his speech therapist, and Helena Bonham Carter as the king’s devoted wife, Elizabeth. The film earned four Oscar wins, including for best picture, leading actor, and director. Rated R. 110 minutes. Regal DeVargas, Santa Fe. ( Jonathan Richards)
LIMITLESS Bradley Cooper plays Eddie, a man who is given a drug that allows him to unlock his brain’s full potential. A powerful mogul (Robert De Niro) finds Eddie and attempts to coerce him into arranging a corporate merger. The characters are so undeveloped that it’s impossible to care what happens to them, and the story, while rich with potential, is embarrassingly stupid. Rated PG-13. 105 minutes.
Regal Stadium 14, Santa Fe; DreamCatcher, Española.
( Jennifer Levin)
THE LINCOLN LAWYER This adaptation of a Michael Connelly novel might have been good. Matthew McConaughey lends considerable anchorage to the title character, a lawyer who defends a young hothead (Ryan Phillippe) from an assault charge and comes to think his client may not be innocent. The cast (which includes Marisa Tomei, Frances Fisher, and William H. Macy) is on the money, but plot points bounce around, and the labored direction slows things down. Still, it’s likely to be a crowd pleaser. Rated R. 119 minutes. Regal
Stadium 14, Santa Fe; DreamCatcher, Española. (Robert Nott)
MARS NEEDS MOMS Boy, moms can be such downers — 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 sets off to rescue her and comes to appreciate her more. Rated PG. 88 minutes. Screens in 2-D only at
Regal North, Santa Fe. (Not reviewed)
PAUL Part road movie, part love letter to sci-fi cinema, Paul usually hits the funny bone dead center. Simon Pegg and Nick Frost ( Shaun of the Dead) reunite as screenwriters and lead characters for a giddily offensive RV ride across the U.S. to fulfill a lifelong fantasy: go to Comic-Con and visit UFO landmarks. When Paul (voiced by America’s reigning cinematic man-child, Seth Rogen) — a foul-mouthed extraterrestrial looking for a way home — and government agents enter the fray, the result is E.T. meets Superbad. Paul is too much of a Rogen lovefest to be considered original, but it has a good heart and a strong supporting cast. Rated R. 104 minutes. Regal Stadium 14, Santa Fe;
DreamCatcher, Española. (Rob DeWalt)
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)
RANGO There are moments of genius in this animated film about a scrawny lizard (voiced by Johnny Depp), a tiny Southwestern town with a dwindling water supply, and the spirit of the West. Most of those moments are visual — the texture of the desert-dwelling characters’ skin, scales, feathers, and fur is amazing. Depp’s voice work is delightful, and the casting of Bill Nighy as a villainous rattlesnake counts as another coup. The script is only so-so, however — it occasionally aspires toward profundity but leaves it gleaming in the distance like a mirage. Rated PG. 107 minutes. Regal Stadium 14, Santa Fe; Storyteller, Taos. ( Jeff Acker) 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 ruin your movie-going experience. Better to put aside the physics textbook, suspend your disbelief, and enjoy the ride. Rated PG-13. 93 minutes. Regal Stadium 14, Santa Fe; DreamCatcher, Española; Reel Deal, Los Alamos; Storyteller, Taos. (Laurel Gladden) SUCKER PUNCH Director Zack Snyder’s first stab at original material has the same style as his adaptations of graphic novels 300 and Watchmen. Baby Doll (Emily Browning) imagines the psychiatric hospital that she’s staying in is a burlesque house and conspires with fellow inmates to escape. Somehow, this involves action sequences with samurai, steampunk Nazis, dragons, and more. Sucker Punch sounds fun — or at the very least so bad it’s good — but it’s just boring. The lack of continuity and internal logic rob the action of any excitement, and what’s left is a blandly trashy combination of prison-girl film and 1990s rock video. Rated PG-13. 110 minutes. Regal Stadium 14, Santa Fe; DreamCatcher, Española; Storyteller, Taos. (Robert B. Ker) UNKNOWN Director Jaime Collet-Serra displays a real hand for maintaining suspense in this involving thriller about a man (Liam Neeson) who wakes up from a coma in Berlin and discovers that nobody — not even his wife — knows who he is. The story is strong enough to carry you along for a good three-fourths of the film, and you’ll be so involved you won’t be too harsh in judging the rest. All the actors commit fully, and there are some good chase scenes. Rated PG-13. 113 minutes. Regal North, Santa Fe. (Robert Nott) WINSTON CHURCHILL: WALKING WITH DESTINY Richard Trank’s stirring documentary about Winston Churchill’s stand against Hitler and Nazi Germany focuses on the years between Churchill’s political low in 1930 and America’s entry into the war. It plays like a History Channel special, but it’s beautifully produced and full of great wartime footage, brilliant oratory, and fascinating history. Saturday and Sunday, April 9 and 10, only. Not rated. 100 minutes. The Screen, Santa Fe. ( Jonathan Richards)