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AFRICAN CATS The lat­est Earth Day re­lease from Disneynature is a Sa­muel L. Jack­son-nar­rated doc­u­men­tary that tells the tales of a lion cub, a chee­tah mom, and a pride leader. Ex­pect it to be cute, silly, and ac­tion-packed, un­doubt­edly with some sober­ing in­for­ma­tion on de­clin­ing num­bers and van­ish­ing habi­tats. Hakuna matata! Rated G. 89 min­utes. Re­gal Sta­dium 14, Santa Fe. (Not re­viewed) ESPAÑOLA VAL­LEY HIGH SCHOOL FILM FES­TI­VAL Ev­ery year for the past eight years, Ellen Z. Kaiper’s Española high school stu­dents have writ­ten, di­rected, pro­duced, and acted in short films (three to four min­utes) de­signed to show­case their tal­ents. This year’s ar­ray of 27 shorts in­cludes a mu­sic video to the tune of that old ’ 50s song “Stupid Cupid,” a doc­u­men­tary on train­ing race horses, the darkly funny satire Four Ways to An­noy Us Mex­i­cans, and a spoof of re­al­ity-na­ture-shows called Man vs. Wild. At just 53 min­utes, the event al­lows lit­tle time to be bored. It’s free, but do­na­tions are wel­come. 6:30 p.m. Thurs­day, April 28. North­ern New Mex­ico Col­lege’s Cen­ter for the Arts Au­di­to­rium, 921 N. Paseo de Oñate, Española, 505-747-2100. (Robert Nott)

THE MET LIVE IN HD: CAPRIC­CIO Renée Flem­ing stars in this stag­ing of Richard Strauss’ opera, which will be broad­cast live from the Met. 11 a.m. Satur­day, April 23, with a 6 p.m. encore. Len­sic Per­form­ing

Arts Cen­ter, Santa Fe. (Not re­viewed)

PER­FOR­MANCE AT THE SCREEN The se­ries of high-def­i­ni­tion screen­ings of per­for­mances from afar con­tin­ues with a pre­sen­ta­tion of Shake­speare’s As You

Like It at Lon­don’s Globe Theatre. 12:30 p.m. Sun­day,

April 24. The Screen, Santa Fe. (Not re­viewed)

POTICHE In a nod to her lead­ing role in Jac­ques Demy’s The Um­brel­las of Cher­bourg, the leg­endary Cather­ine Deneuve plays the shel­tered mid­dle-aged wife of an um­brella-fac­tory ex­ec­u­tive in this film from François Ozon ( Swim­ming

Pool). When strik­ing work­ers take her chau­vin­ist-pig hus­band hostage, Deneuve’s Suzanne turns to left­ist politi­cian and for­mer friend-with-ben­e­fits Mau­rice (Gérard Depar­dieu). She then steps in and over­hauls the com­pany like a Dis­ney Cin­derella CEO. With its some­what-dated fem­i­nist mes­sage, candy-col­ored cloth­ing, poufy and feath­ered hair, and cheesy pop mu­sic, the film is a silly, mostly shal­low, some­time­samus­ing retro tri­fle. Rated R. 103 min­utes. In French with sub­ti­tles. The Screen, Santa Fe. (Laurel Glad­den) QUEEN OF THE SUN: WHAT ARE THE BEES TELLING US? Taggart Siegel’s ab­sorb­ing, en­ter­tain­ing, and dis­turb­ing doc­u­men­tary walks us through Colony Col­lapse Dis­or­der, the mys­te­ri­ous and fright­en­ing phe­nom­e­non that could have a dev­as­tat­ing ef­fect on the fu­ture of our food chain. For some years now, honey­bees have been dis­ap­pear­ing world­wide at an alarm­ing rate. In the last 40 years, Amer­ica may have lost as much as half its honey­bee pop­u­la­tion. No­body is sure why, though pes­ti­cides and mono­cul­ture are lead­ing sus­pects. “If we kill all the bees,” an ex­pert warns, “there will be no agri­cul­ture.” You do the math. Not rated. 82 min­utes. CCA Cine­math­eque, Santa Fe. ( Jonathan Richards) See re­view, Page 40. TYLER PERRY’S MADEA’S BIG HAPPY FAM­ILY With a mouth­ful of a ti­tle and a trailer that looks like a dozen sit-coms mashed to­gether, this film fea­tures Tyler Perry re­turn­ing in drag as his seem­ingly end­less cash cow, Madea. Ac­cord­ing to ur­ban­dic­tionary.com, her most notable catch phrase is, “I ain’t afraid of the po-po,” so there’s that. Rated PG-13. 106 min­utes.

Re­gal Sta­dium 14, Santa Fe; Dream­Catcher, Española; Sto­ry­teller, Taos. (Not re­viewed)

WA­TER FOR ELE­PHANTS Step right up! Step right up! The big top is open for the film adap­ta­tion of Sara Gruen’s best­seller! The story fea­tures a De­pres­sion-era love quad­ran­gle be­tween a cir­cus per­former (Reese Wither­spoon), her vi­o­lent hus­band (Christoph Waltz), a hot ve­teri­nar­ian (Robert Pat­tin­son), and an ele­phant. Fran­cis Lawrence ( I Am Le­gend) di­rects. Rated PG-13. 120 min­utes. Re­gal Sta­dium 14, Santa Fe; Dream­Catcher, Española; Reel Deal, Los Alamos; Sto­ry­teller, Taos. (Not re­viewed)

WHOLE FOODS MAR­KET DO SOME­THING

REEL FES­TI­VAL This mini-fes­ti­val of films about food-re­lated and en­vi­ron­men­tal is­sues fea­tures Bag It! at 4 p.m. Fri­day, April 22, and 5:30 p.m. Wed­nes­day, April 27; Lunch Line at 12:30 p.m. Satur­day, April 23;

Coal River at 2:15 Satur­day, April 23, and 5:30 p.m. Tues­day, April 26; Planeat at 12:30 p.m. Sun­day, April 24; Ur­ban Roots at 2:30 p.m. Sun­day, April 24. See www.do­some­thin­greel.com for de­tails. CCA

Cine­math­eque, Santa Fe. (Not re­viewed)

The ele­phant whis­perer: Robert Pat­tin­son in Wa­ter for Ele­phants, at Re­gal Sta­dium 14

in Santa Fe and Dream­Catcher, Española

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