Rated R. 82 minutes. Center for Contemporary Arts. See review, Page 40.
HELL AND BACK
This potty-mouthed animated film by some of the creators of Robot Chicken features the voices of Nick Swardson and T.J. Miller as two meatheads who travel to hell, where they come across the Devil (Bob Odenkirk), Orpheus (Danny McBride), and others. You won’t find many stop-motion-animated films more vulgar than this one. Rated R. 86 minutes.
Regal DeVargas. (Not reviewed)
The recent information that there is liquid water on Mars is fortuitous for director Ridley Scott. In the director’s latest film, Matt Damon plays an astronaut who travels to the Red Planet, and is then presumed dead and left behind by his crew. He uses all of his resources to survive and return home. The screenplay is adapted from Andy Weir’s popular novel. Kristen Wiig, Jeff Daniels, and Jessica Chastain co-star. Rated PG-13. 141 minutes. Screens in 3-D and 2-D at Regal Stadium 14; Violet Crown; DreamCatcher. (Not reviewed)
THE NEW GIRLFRIEND
In director François Ozon’s relationship drama, Claire (Anaïs Demoustier) befriends David (Romain Duris) after the death of his wife, who was Claire’s best friend. Claire is committed to helping David raise his infant child, but she discovers one day, on a visit to his home, that David is a transvestite with a habit of wearing his late wife’s clothes. Claire takes an interest in David’s cross-dressing, and together they fashion a new persona for him, calling him Virginia. Ozon deftly weaves Hitchcockian suspense with hijinks. The New Girlfriend is a thoughtful exploration of gender roles and identity, but it falls into cliché in its third act, spilling over into unnecessary melodrama. Rated R. 108 minutes. In French with subtitles. The Screen. (Michael Abatemarco)
PERFORMANCE AT THE SCREEN
The series of high-definition screenings continues with a showing of Verdi’s Aida from Teatro alla Scala in Milan. Anita Rachvelishvili and Kristin Lewis star; Zubin Mehta conducts. 11:15 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 4, only. Not rated. 150 minutes. The Screen. (Not reviewed)
PAUL TAYLOR: CREATIVE DOMAIN
Monica Morris, former dancer with the Taylor company, appears following the 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 2,
screening. Not rated. 82 minutes. Center for Contemporary Arts. See review, Page 36.
An FBI agent (Emily Blunt) is tasked with taking down a druglord on the U.S.-Mexico border. Josh Brolin plays a mystery man involved in the whole affair, and Benicio Del Toro is the sicario, or hit man, who travels alongside him. Denis Villeneuve
(Prisoners) directs. The movie won raves on the festival circuit in part for the cinematography by Roger Deakins. Rated R. 121 minutes. Regal Stadium 14; Violet Crown. (Not reviewed)
SLEEPING WITH OTHER PEOPLE
Rated R. 101 minutes. Violet Crown. See review, Page 38.
TWO FILMS BY AVIVA KEMPNER
The Santa Fe Jewish Film Festival presents two movies by Aviva Kempner, with the filmmaker in attendance at all screenings.
Rosenwald (2015, not rated, 100 minutes) — a documentary about Julius Rosenwald, part owner of Sears, who worked extensively to build schools in African-American communities during the early part of the 20th century — screens at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 3. The Life and Times of Hank Greenberg (1998, rated PG, 90 minutes), a documentary about the great Jewish ballplayer for the Detroit Tigers, who rose to fame when the Major League was racially segregated, screens at 11 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 4. Center for Contemporary Arts. Call for ticket availability. (Not reviewed)
The Santa Fe Jewish Film Festival presents two films by Aviva Kempner: from left, The Life and Times of Hank Greenberg and Rosenwald, at the Center for Contemporary Arts