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FAST FIVE This long-run­ning vroom-vroom fran­chise, which be­gan with 2001’s The Fast and the Fu­ri­ous and is not based on a Tracy Chap­man song, re­turns with an­other film, which is sure to be an­other mod­est hit. Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, and Jor­dana Brewster are here again to rev en­gines loudly, en­gage in over-the-top stunts, toss off one-lin­ers to hip-hop beats, and seem­ingly walk ev­ery­where side by side, in slow mo­tion. Rated PG-13. 130 min­utes. Re­gal Sta­dium 14, Santa Fe; Dream­Catcher, Española; Reel Deal, Los Alamos; Sto­ry­teller, Taos. (Not re­viewed) HOOD­WINKED TOO! HOOD VS. EVIL The 2005 film Hood­winked earned fairly pal­try box-of­fice re­turns by an­i­mated, fairy-tale-spoof stan­dards, and there doesn’t seem to be much de­mand for a se­quel six years later. But there is a lit­tle win­dow of op­por­tu­nity for prof­its be­fore the sum­mer block­busters ar­rive, so here’s a tale of Red Rid­ing Hood (voiced by Hay­den Panet­tiere), who is on a mis­sion to res­cue Hansel and Gre­tel (Bill Hader and Amy Poehler) from a witch ( Joan Cu­sack). Rated PG. 91 min­utes. Screens in 3-D and 2-D at Re­gal Sta­dium 14, Santa Fe. Screens in 3-D only at Dream­Catcher, Española; Sto­ry­teller, Taos. (Not re­viewed) I AM Af­ter di­rec­tor Tom Shadyac, whose cred­its

in­clude Ace Ven­tura, Pet De­tec­tive, and Bruce Almighty, was in a bi­cy­cle ac­ci­dent that nearly in­ca­pac­i­tated him, he de­cided that he no longer wanted to film Jim Car­rey mak­ing funny faces. In­stead, he set off with a doc­u­men­tary crew to ask some great thinkers, “What is wrong with the world, and what can we do about it?” This film con­tains their an­swers. Not rated. 76 min­utes.

Re­gal DeVargas, Santa Fe. (Not re­viewed)

THE MET LIVE IN HD: IL TROVA­TORE A re­vival of Verdi’s opera is broad­cast live from the Met. 11 a.m. Satur­day, April 30, 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 Don Quixote danced by mem­bers of Moscow’s Bolshoi Bal­let. 12:30 p.m. Sun­day, May 1. The Screen, Santa Fe. (Not re­viewed)

THE PRINCESS OF MONT­PEN­SIER Ah, the good old days, when men were men and women were prop­erty. Marie (Mélanie Thierry) loves Henri (Gas­pard Ul­liel), but her fa­ther prom­ises her to a prince (Gré­goire LeprinceRinguet) in­stead. Com­pli­ca­tions in­volv­ing Marie’s tu­tor (Lambert Wil­son) and the Duc d’An­jou (Raphaël Per­son­naz) en­sue. Set dur­ing the an era of con­flict be­tween Catholics and Huguenots, this film isn’t

con­cerned about re­li­gious dis­po­si­tions or who wins the war. It’s a Re­nais­sance-era ro­man­tic quad­ran­gle and battle of the sexes. Not rated. 139 min­utes. In French with sub­ti­tles. CCA Cine­math­eque, Santa Fe. (Laurel Glad­den) See re­view, Page 50.

PROM This film from Dis­ney looks at the one night in high school that means ev­ery­thing in the world be­fore it hap­pens and noth­ing at all al­most im­me­di­ately af­ter­ward. There’s vir­tu­ally no chance that this movie will come close to reach­ing the heights of the great­est prom movie ever, Car­rie. Rated PG. 103 min­utes.

Re­gal Sta­dium 14, Santa Fe; Dream­Catcher, Española; Sto­ry­teller, Taos. (Not re­viewed) THE STRANGE CASE OF AN­GEL­ICA That pro­lific Por­tuguese writer and di­rec­tor Ma­noel de Oliveira cre­ated this film at age 102 is a com­mend­able ac­com­plish­ment, and the re­sults — about a man (Ri­cardo Trêpa) who pho­to­graphs the corpse of a girl named Angélica (Pilar López de Ayala), and be­comes en­chanted when she springs to life in his pho­tos — brims over with cin­e­matic touches from the silent era on. One the­ory Oliveira doesn’t sub­scribe to is that a di­rec­tor should en­ter each scene late and leave early: he bal­loons ev­ery scene at both ends. The ap­proach pro­duces more awk­ward si­lences than pen­sive mo­ments. That’s for­giv­able, but the am­at­uer­ish acting by Trêpa and the overly pre­cious cen­tral con­ceit are less so. Fans of com­po­si­tion will find many shots to sa­vor, but fans of acting, writ­ing, mu­sic, and hav­ing a point will want to stay away. Not rated. 97 min­utes. In Por­tuguese with sub­ti­tles. The Screen, Santa Fe. (Robert B. Ker)

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