OPENING THIS WEEK
Bradley Cooper heads up this kitchen-based drama, playing a star chef who blew his career due to an oversized ego and a drug problem. Cleaned up and seeking redemption, he heads to London to assemble the best restaurant in the world. Sienna Miller and Emma Thompson also star. Rated R. 100 minutes. Regal Stadium 14; Violet Crown; DreamCatcher. (Not reviewed)
Rated PG-13. 109 minutes. In Mandarin with subtitles. Violet Crown. See review, Page 40.
THE CREEPING GARDEN
Just when you thought you’d seen documentaries about every subject possible, here comes one about slime mold. Tim Grabham and Jasper Sharp’s film, which includes early cinematic techniques, looks at the scientists, artists, and hobbyists who have studied or found inspiration in the funguslike organism. Not rated. 81 minutes. Jean Cocteau Cinema. (Not reviewed)
DANCIN’: IT’S ON
This low-budget dance movie banks on some standard tropes, including the new girl in town (Whitney Carson) who falls for the cute guy (Chehon Wespi-Tschopp), deals with the disapproving parents, and enters the big competition. The evergreen notions that dance crosses cultures and love conquers all reinforce the relationship — and the film. Oh yes, it’s on. Rated PG.
89 minutes. Regal Stadium 14. (Not reviewed)
THE MET LIVE IN HD: TANNHÄUSER
Johan Botha stars in this staging of Wagner’s opera, which is broadcast live from the Met. The cast also includes Günther Groissböck, Eva-Maria Westbroek, and Michelle DeYoung. James Levine conducts. 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 31. Lensic Performing Arts Center, Santa Fe. (Not reviewed)
Chilean director Sebastián Silva (The Maid) presents an absurdist English-language comedy about a couple named Freddy and Mo (played by Silva and Tunde Adebimpe, respectively) who want to have a baby but, both being men, need to enlist the help of a friend (Kristen Wiig). At the same time, Freddy attempts to make a short film in which he plays a screaming baby. Rated R. 100 minutes. Center for Contemporary Arts. (Not reviewed)
NATIONAL THEATRE LIVE: HAMLET
Benedict Cumberbatch (TV’s Sherlock) has been earning accolades for his performance in the title role of Shakespeare’s great tragedy, filmed at London’s Barbican. Lyndsey Turner directs. 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 30. Lensic Performing Arts Center. Call 505-988-1234 for ticket availability. (Not reviewed)
OUR BRAND IS CRISIS
Sandra Bullock plays Jane Bodine, a political consultant who is hired to help a Bolivian politician (Joaquim de Almeida) win his election in 2002. Unfortunately, his opponent hired Jane’s nemesis, consultant Pat Candy (Billy Bob Thornton), setting off a political chess match. This movie is loosely based on actual events (seen in the 2005 documentary of the same name) but played for dramedy at the hands of director David Gordon Green. Rated R. 107 minutes. Regal Stadium 14; Violet Crown. (Not reviewed)
PERFORMANCE AT THE SCREEN
The series of high-definition screenings continues with a showing of the Romantic classic Giselle, in a version choreographed by Yuri Grigorovich and danced by members of the Bolshoi Ballet. 11:15 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 1, only. Not rated. The Screen, Santa Fe. (Not reviewed)
This documentary, which screened in early October as part of a celebration of the work of director Aviva Kempner, returns for an encore showing. It centers on Julius Rosenwald, part owner of Sears, Roebuck, who was inspired by the writing of Booker T. Washington and worked extensively to build schools in African-American communities during the early part of the 20th century. Not rated. 100 minutes. Center for Contemporary Arts. (Not reviewed)
Images from Stanley Kubrick’s 1980 foray into horror have thoroughly entered our collective mythology, from the creepy twins to the “Here’s Johnny” moment. The film tells the story of a man (Jack Nicholson) who takes his family to a remote Colorado resort for an isolated caretaking job, where he learns that all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. Thanks to decades of DVD special features and documentaries such as Room 237, the lore about the movie is almost as well known as the movie itself; Kubrick’s long shoot nearly broke Shelley Duvall, and author Stephen King hated the final film, which was adapted from his book. Yet the movie retains its power to scare, thanks in part to cold, clinical cinematography and the ghostly images that get under your skin. It’s still great fun. 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31, only. Rated R. 146 minutes. Lensic Performing Arts Center. (Robert Ker)
Not rated. 82 minutes. In Persian with subtitles. The Screen. See review, Page 38.
Rated R. 121 minutes. Violet Crown. See review, Page 36.
Cuddle puddle: Tunde Adebimpe and Kristen Wiig in Nasty Baby, at the Center for Contemporary Arts