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BLUEBIRD The lives of the residents of a rural Maine town are turned upside down when a child is left in a freezing school bus overnight and blame is passed around. Filmmaker Lance Edmands treats his characters with generosity, but leaves too many plot threads dangling in the end. Amy Morton, John Slattery, and Emily Meade provide nice performances, but the real attraction is the way the camerawork of Jody Lee Lipes ( Martha Marcy
May Marlene ) draws viewers into the town. Not rated. 90 minutes. The Screen , Santa Fe. (Robert Ker) See review, Page 44.
BUZZARD Joshua Burge gives a wry performance as Marty Jackitansky, an obsessive slacker who survives through small-time check scams. When his activities come under suspicion, Marty, increasingly paranoid and possibly delusional, flees to Detroit with the Nintendo Power Glove he’s fitted with blades to resemble the one used by A Nightmare on Elm Street ’s Freddy Krueger. Buzzard is a cynical film, a sly commentary on the struggles of the working class in a system that sets it up for failure, but it doesn’t inspire much sympathy for its antisocial protagonist. Not rated. 97 minutes. Center for Contemporary Arts , Santa Fe. (Michael Abatemarco) See review, Page 46.
CINDERELLA Director Kenneth Branagh tackles the famed fairy tale, shooting it as an all-ages costume drama devoid of singing mice. Lily James plays the title character, Richard Madden plays Prince Charming, Cate Blanchett plays the wicked stepmother, and Helena Bonham Carter plays the fairy godmother. Rated PG. 112 minutes. Regal Stadium 14 , Santa Fe; DreamCatcher , Española. (Not reviewed)
THE LAST UNICORN This 1982 animated fable about a unicorn that joins a magician to find out what happened to the rest of its species is back. It returns to the Jean Cocteau Cinema with book and screenplay author Peter S. Beagle present for a book signing at all screenings. Friday and Saturday, March 13 and 14 only. Rated G. 92 minutes. Jean Cocteau Cinema , Santa Fe. (Not reviewed)
THE LAST WHITE KNIGHT Paul Saltzman, a civil rights worker turned filmmaker, returns to smalltown Mississippi 40 years after he was assaulted by the son of a notorious white supremacist and murderer. With the camera rolling, Saltzman explores whether reconciliation is possible in a series of interviews with his assailant (Byron “Delay” De La Beckwith), Morgan Freeman, Harry Belafonte, and others. Presented by the filmmaker at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 14, in a free screening, at El Museo Cultural de Santa Fe (555 Camino de la Familia, 505-992-0591). Not rated. 79 minutes. (Not reviewed) See story, Page 40.
THE MET LIVE IN HD: LA DONNA DEL LAGO Joyce DiDonato and Juan Diego Flórez star in this staging of Rossini’s opera, which is broadcast live from the Met. 11 a.m. Saturday, March 14, with a 6 p.m. encore. Lensic Performing Arts Center , Santa Fe. (Not reviewed)
NATIONAL THEATRE LIVE: BEHIND THE BEAUTIFUL FOREVERS This staging of David Hare’s play, based on Katherine Boo’s National Book Award-winning work of narrative nonfiction, looks at the slums in Mumbai and the struggles of the people who live there. Meera Syal stars. 7 p.m. Thursday, March 19. Lensic Performing Arts Center , Santa Fe. (Not reviewed)
PROM NIGHT IN MISSISSIPPI In 1997, actor Morgan Freeman offered to pay for the senior prom at Charleston High School in Mississippi. His one condition? It had to be racially integrated. The offer was refused. Freeman repeated his offer in 2008 with the participation of filmmaker Paul Saltzman. This time it was accepted, allowing Saltzman to capture the events culminating in the night of the historic dance. Presented by the filmmaker at 7 p.m. on Friday, March 13, only, in a free screening, at El Museo Cultural de Santa Fe (555 Camino de la Familia, 505-992-0591). Not rated. 91 minutes. (Not reviewed) See story, Page 40.
RED ARMY This fascinating indepth documentary pulls back the veil shrouding Red Army, the Soviet hockey team that came to prominence during the Cold War era. Produced, written and directed by Gabe Polsky, it chronicles the rise and fall of the greatest sports dynasty the world has ever known. More important, it humanizes the men who lived under the harshness of the Communist regime and the heavy hand of a brutal coach. A must-see for anyone interested in Cold War tactics. Not rated. 76 minutes. Center for Contemporary Arts , Santa Fe. (Will Webber) See review, Page 48.
RUN ALL NIGHT Liam Neeson takes a break from playing a man whose daughter is in danger in the Taken series to change things up. Here, he plays a man whose son is in danger, when an angry mob boss (Ed Harris) wants revenge. Rated R. 114 minutes. Regal Stadium 14 , Santa Fe; DreamCatcher , Española. (Not reviewed)
THE SALVATION Kristian Levring’s Danish Western was shot in South Africa but traces its roots to both the American and European Westerns of days gone by. Mads Mikkelsen is the protagonist, a Danish settler who embarks on a course of retribution after some
bad guys kill his wife and child — and that’s really simplifying the plot, which includes the influence of the railroad, the machinations of a greedy oil baron, a PTSD-wracked villain, crooked politicians and the usual array of beatings and shootouts. It’s highly derivative, but that’s part of the appeal if you just take it for what it is: a solid revenge Western — that will carry you along with its dark, unsettling energy. Eva Green is one of the few in the cast to act with nuance, and she’s riveting. Most of the other characters and performances are of the white hat/black hat variety. Not rated, 92 minutes. Jean Cocteau Cinema , Santa Fe. (Robert Nott)