OPENING THIS WEEK
THE KINDERGARTEN TEACHER
Not rated. 119 minutes. In Hebrew with subtitles. The Screen. See review, Page 48. According to European folklore, Krampus is a horned figure who punishes children who misbehave. This horror movie pits the monster against a family whose members can’t be nice to one another. Soon, they start disappearing one by one. The scares come with a darkly comic element, provided in part by a cast full of people with comedy backgrounds, including Adam Scott, Toni Collette, and David Koechner. Rated R. 98 minutes. Regal DeVargas; Regal Stadium 14; DreamCatcher. (Not reviewed)
One doesn’t expect a complex “warts and all” biopic of Mother Teresa, but even as hagiography, her life could have yielded a much more engaging film than this one. Juliet Stevenson plays Teresa, mostly while going through a crisis of faith during her time helping the poor in India. She’s up for the role, and co-stars Rutger Hauer and Max von Sydow are predictably excellent. Unfortunately, the dialogue they deliver is painfully expository, and despite the fact that the film doesn’t look cheap, the staging frequently resembles a soap opera. Teresa’s devotion and tireless work is undeniably inspiring, but cinema this bad crushes the spirit. Rated PG. 114 minutes. Regal
DeVargas. (Robert Ker)
NATIONAL THEATRE LIVE: JANE EYRE
Madeleine Worrall stars as the title character in the latest staging of Charlotte Brontë’s novel, playing her from birth through adulthood, which is broadcast from London’s National Theatre. Director Sally Cookson presents the latest version of this re-imagining. 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 10. Lensic Performing Arts Center. (Not reviewed)
A ROYAL NIGHT OUT
It’s V.E. Day in London in 1945, and all of the city is celebrating the return of peace to Europe. Princess Elizabeth (Sarah Gadon) and Princess Margaret (Bel Powley) want to get out and join the festivities. King George VI (Rupert Everett) agrees to let them go, against the wishes of Queen Elizabeth (Emily Watson). And so they drink, and dance, and have a smashing time with the common people. Rated PG-13. 97 minutes. Violet Crown. (Not
SANTA FE FILM FESTIVAL
The “original” Santa Fe Film Festival continues with screenings, panels, and parties through Sunday, Dec. 6. A great many of this year’s films deal with themes of war, memory, and prospects for peace. Legendary American director Peter Bogdanovich receives a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Scottish Rite Center on Sunday, Dec. 6. All-access passes are $300. Individual movies are $12-$15, with special pricing for some screenings and events. Tickets for screenings are available at each venue. Call 505-988-7414 or visit www.santafefilmfestival.com for a full schedule. See stories beginning on Page 30.
SEX, DEATH AND BOWLING
Rated R. 92 minutes. Jean Cocteau Cinema. See review, Page 46.