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In Ital­ian di­rec­tor Michelan­gelo An­to­nioni’s 1966 tour of Swing­ing Lon­don, David Hem­mings plays a high-fash­ion pho­tog­ra­pher who may have ac­ci­den­tally cap­tured a mur­der on film. He wan­ders around the city, from a photo shoot with Ver­uschka to a park where he sur­rep­ti­tiously pho­to­graphs two lovers. One of them is Jane (a furtive Vanessa Red­grave), who wants the film back. Once he de­vel­ops it, he sees why — en­large­ments show a dead body in the grass. His in­ves­ti­ga­tion is dis­tracted in all the best ways: by a three­some, a per­for­mance by the Yard­birds, and a druggy party scene. The film, based on a Julio Cortázar story, is warmer and fun­nier than the di­rec­tor’s Ital­ian­lan­guage work, show­cas­ing all the hall­marks of An­to­nioni’s visually com­plex style while plung­ing fur­ther into the realm of psychedelia. It’s a sprawl­ing day-in-the-life that de­light­fully blurs the borders of re­al­ism. Screens at 7 p.m. Tues­day, Aug. 9, only. Not rated. 111 min­utes. Vi­o­let Crown. (Molly Boyle)


Fans of Stephen King’s writ­ing have long clam­ored for a film adap­ta­tion of his epic, eight-book Dark Tower se­ries, and the first in­stall­ment is fi­nally here. The story, which takes place in a realm called the Mid-World and com­bines el­e­ments of fantasy, Western, and hor­ror, fo­cuses on Roland Deschain (Idris Elba), a mem­ber of a knightly or­der of gun­slingers. Roland’s mis­sion in life is to pro­tect the Dark Tower, which serves as a gateway be­tween worlds, from the evil Man in Black (Matthew McConaughey). Rated PG-13. 95 min­utes. Re­gal Sta­dium 14; Vi­o­let Crown; Dream­Catcher. (Not re­viewed)


Di­rec­tor Kathryn Bigelow (The Hurt Locker) turns her at­ten­tion to the 1967 re­bel­lion in Detroit, which be­gan with a po­lice raid on an un­li­censed bar and grew into five days of ri­ot­ing and the pres­ence of the Na­tional Guard. This film looks at the so­cial causes that led to the up­ris­ing, but the dra­matic nar­ra­tive cen­ters on the Al­giers Mo­tel in­ci­dent in the midst of the event, in which three black men were mur­dered. John Boyega (Star

Wars: The Force Awak­ens) stars. Rated R. 143 min­utes. Re­gal Sta­dium 14; Vi­o­let Crown; Dream­Catcher. (Not re­viewed)


The for­mula from 2008’s sur­prise hit Taken keeps turn­ing up again and again, and this time, it’s Halle Berry as the ag­grieved par­ent. She plays Karla, a mother whose son is kid­napped from a park. She sees the per­pe­tra­tors pull away, and takes off af­ter them in her car, ini­ti­at­ing a re­lent­less pur­suit un­til she gets her son back. Rated R. 94 min­utes. Re­gal Sta­dium 14; Dream­Catcher. (Not re­viewed)


89 min­utes. Rated R. Vi­o­let Crown. See re­view, Page 51.


Not rated. 93 min­utes. Cen­ter for Con­tem­po­rary Arts. See re­view, Page 55.


Not rated. 117 min­utes. In French with sub­ti­tles. Cen­ter for Con­tem­po­rary Arts. See re­view, Page 50. MY JOUR­NEY THROUGH FRENCH CIN­EMA Not rated. 190 min­utes. In French with sub­ti­tles. The Screen. See re­view, Page 53.


Not rated. 91 min­utes. In French, with sub­ti­tles. Vi­o­let Crown. See Screen Gems, Page 49. THE PULITZER AT 100 The Santa Fe Jewish Film Fes­ti­val presents this doc­u­men­tary about the Pulitzer Prize, which cel­e­brates its cen­ten­nial this year. It tells the story of Joseph Pulitzer, the Hun­gar­ian im­mi­grant who came to Amer­ica and es­tab­lished the award. There are in­ter­views with nu­mer­ous peo­ple who have re­ceived the prize over the years. James McGrath Mor­ris, au­thor of Pulitzer: A Life

in Pol­i­tics, Print, and Power (and Pasatiempo con­trib­u­tor), is fea­tured promi­nently in the film and will also at­tend the screen­ing to dis­cuss it. Screens at 5 p.m. Sun­day, Aug. 6 only. Not rated. 91 min­utes. Cen­ter for Con­tem­po­rary Arts. (Not re­viewed)


Sam Shep­ard. He was a pro­lific and Pulitzer Prize-win­ning play­wright, an Os­car-nom­i­nated actor, a di­rec­tor, and a screen­writer. He was an Amer­i­can orig­i­nal and a Santa Fe leg­end. And sud­denly, shock­ingly, he’s gone. His role as test pi­lot Chuck Yea­ger in writer-di­rec­tor Philip Kaufman’s great trib­ute to the Mer­cury 7 as­tro­nauts earned him a 1984 Best Sup­port­ing Actor nom­i­na­tion (well de­served — Shep­ard was afraid of fly­ing.) Vi­o­let Crown pays homage to Shep­ard with a screen­ing of this Space Age clas­sic, a hymn to youth, courage, ad­ven­ture, and un­known fron­tiers. Screens at 7 p.m. Sun­day, Aug. 6, only. Rated PG. 193 min­utes. Vi­o­let Crown. (Jonathan Richards)


This 1970 movie stirred up con­tro­versy dur­ing its film­ing — the Depart­ment of Jus­tice in­ves­ti­gated its hazy desert orgy scene as a vi­o­la­tion of the Mann Act — but was sum­mar­ily panned by crit­ics and ig­nored by au­di­ences. It has since been largely con­fined to the dust­bin of coun­ter­cul­ture cu­rios (see also 1971’s Two-Lane Black­top). The sec­ond of three English-lan­guage movies by Michelan­gelo An­to­nioni, Zabriskie

Point cen­ters on a Los An­ge­les col­lege dropout named Mark (Mark Frechette) who al­legedly shoots a cop dur­ing a stu­dent protest, then steals a small plane to es­cape. In Death Val­ley, he com­munes with a sec­re­tary named Daria (Daria Hal­prin) in grand psy­che­delic fash­ion un­til fate in­ter­venes in their

A swing­ing day in Lon­don town: David Hem­mings in Blow-Up, at Vi­o­let Crown

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