opening this week
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