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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)