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Pasatiempo - - MOVING IMAGES - — com­piled by Robert Ker

ABOUT ELLY Not rated. 92 min­utes, in Persian with sub­ti­tles. The Screen, Santa Fe. See re­view, Page 52.

ADULT BEGIN­NERS With a cast that in­cludes Joel McHale, Jane Krakowski, and Rose Byrne, this indie com­edy about a self­ab­sorbed, tech-startup wannabe (Nick Kroll) who re­turns to his home­town in dis­grace and learns the value of fam­ily seems poised for some suc­cess. There isn’t much orig­i­nal­ity go­ing on here, and the easy­go­ing, feel-good vibe, sac­cha­rine char­ac­ter mo­ments, and sit-commy hu­mor feel ex­cru­ci­at­ingly la­bored. Rated R. 90 min­utes. Cen­ter for Con­tem­po­rary Arts, Santa Fe. (Robert Ker)

AVENGERS: AGE OF UL­TRON Marvel’s all-star su­per­hero squad is back, with direc­tor Joss Whe­don at the wheel again. This in­stall­ment is darker and a lit­tle less fo­cused. The orig­i­nal lineup (Iron Man, Thor, Cap­tain Amer­ica, Black Widow, Hulk, and Hawk­eye) is al­ready kind of a smor­gas­bord, but the gang has new ad­ver­saries, twins Quick­sil­ver and Scar­let Witch (Aaron Tay­lor-John­son and El­iz­a­beth Olsen) and the AI robot Ul­tron (voiced with smooth, deep-throated creepi­ness by James Spader), who in­sists the only way to save the planet

is to kill off the hu­man race. Whe­don hangs on to the hu­mor, and he lends less-de­vel­oped char­ac­ters some depth — ro­mance is blos­som­ing be­tween Black Widow and Hulk (giv­ing a whole new mean­ing to the word “crush”), and we learn that Hawk­eye has a wife (Linda Cardellini) and kids and a big house in the coun­try. We get a few too many wild ac­tion se­quences, and some­times it’s hard to tell ex­actly what’s hap­pen­ing, but the spe­cial ef­fects are eye-pop­ping, as usual, and with all that go­ing on, you won’t have time to check your watch. Rated PG-13. 141 min­utes. Screens in 3-D and 2-D at Re­gal Sta­dium 14 and Vi­o­let Crown, Santa Fe; Dream­Catcher, Es­pañola (Lau­rel Glad­den)

CLOUDS OF SILS MARIA Rated R. 123 min­utes. In English and French with sub­ti­tles. Vi­o­let Crown, Santa Fe. See re­view, Page 46.

DALAI LAMA AWAK­EN­ING The land­scape of cinema in Santa Fe is con­stantly chang­ing, but one con­stant is that peo­ple will al­ways come out for a doc­u­men­tary about the Dalai Lama. This one, which fea­tures West­ern thinkers dis­cussing world prob­lems with His Ho­li­ness, is nar­rated by Har­ri­son Ford. At 6 p.m. Satur­day, May 2, the film screens with

Com­pas­sion in Ac­tion with Khash­yar Dar­vich, direc­tor of both films, in at­ten­dance. Not rated. 120 min­utes. In English, Hindi, and Ti­betan with sub­ti­tles. Jean Cocteau Cinema, Santa Fe. (Not re­viewed)

THE DEAD LANDS This film, set among the Maori peo­ple in the time be­fore set­tlers ar­rived in New Zealand, stars James Rolle­ston as Hongi, a chief­tain’s son, out to re­venge his fa­ther’s mur­der with the help of a ruth­less war­rior (Lawrence Makoare). Rated R. 107 min­utes. In Maori with sub­ti­tles. Jean Cocteau Cinema, Santa Fe. (Not re­viewed)

DESERT DANCER Af­shin Ghaf­far­ian (Reece Ritchie) as­pires to dance pro­fes­sion­ally and have his com­pany in Iran, where his dreams are thwarted in the cul­tur­ally re­pressed stated. Based on Ghaf­far­ian’s true story, it also stars Freida Pinto and fea­tures dances by renowned chore­og­ra­pher Akram Khan. Rated PG-13. 98 min­utes. Re­gal DeVar­gas, Santa Fe. (Not re­viewed)

DIOR AND I Not rated. 90 min­utes. In English, French, and Ital­ian with sub­ti­tles. Cen­ter for Con­tem­po­rary Arts, Santa Fe. See re­view, Page 48.

OF HORSES AND MEN And women, it must be em­phat­i­cally added. Benedikt Er­lings­son’s trim ode to Ice­landic horses and their rid­ers plays out in short episodes, each in­tro­duced by a close-up of a horse’s eye in which some­thing is re­flected. The im­pli­ca­tion might be that it’s a horse’s-eye view of life, but that would be mis­lead­ing. The sto­ries are at times comic, grim, and dev­as­tat­ing. The horses and the Ice­landic scenery are beau­ti­ful. An end ti­tle swears that no horses were harmed in the mak­ing of the movie. This is in­for­ma­tion you will want as you watch a cou­ple of scenes. Not rated. 81 min­utes. In Ice­landic with sub­ti­tles. The Screen, Santa Fe. ( Jonathan Richards)

ROAR Rated PG. 102 min­utes. Jean Cocteau Cinema, Santa Fe. See re­view,

Page 50. THE SALT OF THE EARTH Rated PG-13. 110 min­utes. Vi­o­let Crown, Santa Fe. See re­view, Page 54.

Handy men: Chris Evans and Robert Downey Jr. in Avengers: Age of Ul­tron, at Re­gal Sta­dium 14 and Vi­o­let Crown in Santa Fe

and Dream­Catcher in Es­pañola

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