Marvel and DC superheroes are set to flood cinemas in 2016, and the first such film to arrive is an action- comedy with enough gore, violence, and cursing to warrant an R rating. Ryan Reynolds, who failed to jumpstart a superhero franchise with 2011’s Green Lantern, tries again as Deadpool, a mercenary so smart-alecky he’s often called the Merc with a Mouth. This film tells his origin as a cancer patient who undergoes an experimental cure that makes him indestructible. He soon finds an enemy named Ajax (Ed Skrein) and teams up with the X-Man Colossus (Stefan Kapičić) to fight him. Rated R. 108 minutes. Regal Stadium 14; Violet Crown; DreamCatcher. (Not reviewed)
The Lensic Performing Arts Center’s 15th-anniversary celebration continues with a “Big Screen Classics” showing of the 1987 Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey romance Dirty Dancing. Grey plays a teenager in the summer of 1963, who falls in love with the dance instructor at a local camp (Swayze). The movie remains famous for its dance sequences and its music — in this free screening, you just might have the time of your life all over again. 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 13, only. Rated PG-13. 100 minutes. Lensic Performing Arts Center. (Not reviewed)
DURANT’S NEVER CLOSES
Tom Sizemore plays Jack Durant, a real-life restaurateur who famously owned a popular steakhouse in Phoenix. Durant, who died in 1987, was a ladies’ man who cozied up to movie stars and politicians, and may have been tied to the mob. Peter Bogdanovich and Michelle Stafford co-star. Not rated.
80 minutes. Jean Cocteau Cinema. (Not reviewed)
HOW TO BE SINGLE
Rebel Wilson, who rose to fame thanks in large part to the
Pitch Perfect films, brings her sassy, raunchy on-screen persona to this comedy, in which she plays a young woman who just wants to help a friend (Dakota Johnson) enjoy the single life in New York City. This life naturally involves a lot of pampering, alcohol, clubs, and one-night stands — all attended to with zany aplomb. Rated R. 110 minutes. Regal Stadium 14; Violet Crown; DreamCatcher. (Not reviewed)
INGRID BERGMAN: IN HER OWN WORDS
Not rated. 114 minutes. In English, Swedish, French, and Italian with subtitles. Center for Contemporary Arts. See review, Page 46.
JANIS: LITTLE GIRL BLUE
Not rated. 105 minutes. The Screen. See review, Page 44.
THE MASQUE OF THE RED DEATH
From its ominous opening scene, director Roger Corman’s nightmarish The Masque of the Red Death delivers the chills. In the midst of plague devastating the medieval Italian countryside, the satanic Prince Prospero ( Vincent Price) has imprisoned two of his subjects at his castle. Francesca (Jane Asher), the daughter of one of the prisoners, tries to help them escape, as Prospero brings decadence and sadistic entertainment to his castle guests and attempts to corrupt Francesca. But Prospero’s debauchery is undermined by the mysterious presence of a figure in red, who may be Death itself. Price’s malicious Prince is memorable and chilling. The film, based on a short story by Edgar Allan Poe, is notable for its psychedelic dream sequence, a Corman signature, and for its cinematography by director Nicolas Roeg (director of The
Man Who Fell to Earth). Masque is among the best of Corman’s Poe-inspired films, made when the champion director of lowbrow fare was still at the top of his game. Not rated. 89 minutes. Jean Cocteau Cinema. (Michael Abatemarco)
PERFORMANCE AT THE SCREEN
The series of high- definition screenings continues with a showing of The Taming of the Shrew. Jean- Christophe Maillot choreographed this adaptation of Shakespeare’s tale specifically for the Bolshoi ballet, whose dancers perform it here, with music by Shostakovich. 11:15 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 14, only. Not rated. The Screen. (Not reviewed)
The ever- popular traveling festival featuring short f ilms about environmental concerns — including concerns about dwindling natural resources and kayaking in a drainage ditch — returns to Santa Fe courtesy of local conservation group WildEarth Guardians. 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 18, only. Not rated. Approximately 126 minutes. Lensic Performing Arts Center. (Not reviewed)
Hannah (Rebecca Hall) is the young widow of a musician who died before putting out a second album. She lives in the Maine woods, mourning her loss and trying to write his biography. Enter Andrew (Jason Sudeikis), a hip professor working on a book about artistic geniuses who died too soon, who shows up in town to convince her to help him. Despite its serious premise, Tumbledown is basically a rom-com for pseudo- intellectuals. Though performances are strong, the characters are cut from genre stock, including Andrew’s shallow city girlfriend and Hannah’s dumb brute of a hometown lay, rendering the overall viewing experience unnervingly predictable. There is real potential for a great movie here, but
Tumbledown is too slick and too conventional to make it work.
Rated R. 105 minutes. The Screen. (Jennifer Levin)
WHERE TO INVADE NEXT
Rated R. 100 minutes. Regal DeVargas. See review, Page 42.
Ben Stiller once again dons outrageous clothes and puckers up for the camera as Derek Zoolander — the preening, selfabsorbed (and fairly stupid) supermodel — 15 years after the original film. Since the last movie, Derek has moved to the business side of the industry, but when this may fail, he and Hansel (Owen Wilson) must hit the runways again. Benedict Cumberbatch, Kristen Wiig, and Will Ferrell co-star. Rated PG-13. 102 minutes. Regal Stadium 14; Violet Crown; DreamCatcher. (Not reviewed)
Smart-mouth superhero: Ryan Reynolds in Deadpool, at Regal Stadium 14, Violet Crown, and DreamCatcher in Española