Mitchell Storyteller 7 Cinemas
Rated PG-13 for some violent/gory imagery and a sexual reference.
I would have loved to read the script for “See How They Run”. I can imagine it playing out in the mind’s eye much like on the big screen: a rich confection of interwoven themes so taut that if one thread was pulled, 20 more would jingle.
This might not be quite the right analogy to use, but, hey, it kinda works and if that sounds like it to you, here you go.
The film plays out like a classic whodunnit, which it’s happy to qualify for in voice-over narration by one of the characters who will soon set the mystery in motion. “You’ve seen one, you’ve seen them all,” he says in a cynical urban drawl. In fact, it’s in one of history’s most classic whodunits, Dame Agatha Christie’s ‘The Mousetrap’, a play that has enjoyed a virtually continuous run at England’s Theater Royal since 1952.
As the film opens, the hit play celebrates its 100th performance, and a film producer named John Woolf (Reece Shearsmith) wants to adapt it into a Hollywood feature film. Demonstrating the complex plot of Christie (Shirley Henderson) and planning to insert action, drama and suspense at all costs, is the famous American director Leo Kopernick (Adrien Brody). Needless to say, its flashy approach to showbiz doesn’t sit well with the play’s director, Mervyn Cocker-Norris (David Oyelowo), who thinks the plot structure is just fine.
Most of it comes later because someone gets murdered, backstage, in the theater, during the celebration. Enter Detective Stoppard (Sam Rockwell) and his rookie partner, Constable Stalker (Saoirse Ronan) – who, in a classic detective story, bring the cast and crew together on stage to see who might be the most likely. These include lead actor Richard Attenborough (Harris Dickenson), theater owner Petula Spencer (Ruth Wilson), and janitor Dennis Corrigan (Charlie Cooper).
Finding out isn’t as easy as a play might suggest, so it’s up to Stoppard and Stalker to uncover clue after clue, as well as twist after twist, which director Tom George and screenwriter Mark Chappell deftly turn into a very funny, fast and completely mysterious.
Some critics have sadly compared this film’s witty production values to Wes Anderson, but I’d say George does him better by reducing his image to the good stuff instead of overloading it with indulgent artistry. It stands on its own as an ingenious piece of admittedly well-made fluff, but in today’s jaundiced creative climate it’s a welcome experience just to enjoy a good movie with laughs and good actors like Ronan and Rockwell watching at work. He probably also has a few Oscar nominations in his future. Oh, and as the cast reminds the audience, try not to give away the ending.
This film is screening at Mitchell Storyteller 7 Cinemas, 110 Old Talpa Cañon Road. For tickets, schedules and additional information, call (575) 751-4245 or visit storyteller7.com.
This week at Taos Community Auditorium
TCA Drive-In Movie Friday (November 4) at 6:30 p.m.
Rated PG-13 for intense sci-fi horror.
Steven Spielberg scared us back into the water (“Jaws”), scared us to look up at the night sky (“Close Encounters of the Third Kind”), and encouraged us to seek out an adventurous archaeologist who didn’t never shied away from looting antiquities (“Raiders of the Lost Ark”}. But, when he did “Jurassic Park,” he made us believe dinosaurs were real.
Thanks to the emerging digital animation and animatronics, which produced quite convincing effects for 1993, Spielberg’s film, based on a novel by Michael Crichton, managed to challenge the ethics of scientific advances in the genetic research, while instilling the childlike wonder of seeing creatures that had previously only been tempted with stop-motion animation or actors in corny monster costumes filmed in slow motion.
The story centers on a theme park project with real dinosaurs developed by ultra-wealthy industrialist John Hammond (Richard Attenborough) on isolated Isla Nublar. Before being able to open his “Jurassic Park”, he must have the project approved by a group of scientists before obtaining approval from the insurers. That’s how paleontologist Alan Grant (Sam Neill), paleobotanist Ellie Sattler (Laura Dern) and chaotician Ian Malcom (Jeff Goldblum) end up on the island to see the dinosaurs and examine the research themselves. Oh yes, Hammond’s young niece and nephew (Ariana Richards and Joseph Mazzello) are also on the tour.
Let’s say nothing is going well. Seeing it on the big drive-in cinema screen should be a treat. —Rick Romancito
Daymaker by Warren Miller
TCA films on the big screen Saturday (November 5) at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m.
“A killer storm cycle in the Monashees. Tailored off-road riding like you’ve never seen before. The ultimate grass ski run. Alaska (twice). Come experience the greatest days with Warren Miller’s 73rd annual film, Daymaker. So get ready for yours. Because there’s no better day than one on the hill. Join Crazy Karl Fostvedt, Michelle Parker, Katie Burrell, Hana Beaman, Daron Rahlves, Ryland Bell, Cam Fitzpatrick, Connery Lundin and many more on the hill and you can’t really have a bad day… “Warren Miller’s Daymaker” will take you on a journey to heights that replace the mountains in your mind with those that free your mind. —Warren Miller Entertainment
TCA movies on the big screen Tuesday (November 8) at 7 p.m. and Wednesday (November 9) at 4 p.m.
Rated R for language and some sexual content.
Models Carl (Harris Dickenson) and Yaya (Charlbi Dean) navigate the world of fashion while exploring the limits of their relationship. The pair are invited on a luxury cruise with a rogues gallery of super-rich passengers, a Russian oligarch, British arms dealers, and an idiosyncratic, alcoholic, Marx-quoting captain.
At first, everything seems Instagrammable. But a storm is brewing and severe seasickness hits the passengers during the captain’s seven-course dinner. The cruise ends catastrophically. Carl and Yaya find themselves stranded on a desert island with a group of billionaires and one of the ship’s cleaners. The hierarchy is suddenly reversed, the governess being the only one who knows how to fish.
Film written and directed by Ruben Östlund with Woody Harrelson, Zlatko Buric, Dolly De Leon and Alicia Eriksson. —imdb
Screenings take place at the Taos Community Auditorium, 145 Paseo del Pueblo Norte. For tickets, health restrictions and additional information, call (575) 758-2052 or visit tcataos.org.