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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)

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