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Fantastic Beasts: Dumbledore’s Secrets
Rhythm note: B-
Mitchell Storyteller Cinema 7
Rated PG-13 for action/violence fantasy.

From the imagination of ‘Harry Potter’ creator JK Rowling comes this third in a series of ‘Fantastic Beasts’ fantasy adventure films. Directed by David Yates from a screenplay by Rowling and Steve Kloves, the film is probably best viewed after watching its predecessor, “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald” (now airing on HBO Max), despite its such critical response. .

The reason is that the first half hour of the movie is so disjointed and difficult to follow that you practically need a fresh memory of what just happened to whom to understand what’s going on. Even then, you’d still need an encyclopedic mind to figure out how the characters and events here resonate with the vast Harry Potter universe.

The title’s “secrets” aren’t all that important, unless distributing them over the course of the film’s two hours and 22 minutes offers some revelation we’ve already suspected anyway. But, what’s certainly a surprise is how well Mads Mikkelsen is reprising the role of evil wizard Gellert Grindelwald from Johnny Depp, who was asked by studio executives to leave following negative press following a defamation lawsuit which he ultimately lost.

There’s a bit of political commentary here as Grindelwald hatches a plot to create the Wizarding World Order by rigging the election of its leader, and, once installed. plans to launch a war against the non-magical population. He hints at the reasons at the end of the previous film in which he shows a vision of the coming World War II. But, here is motivation for the pursuit of his most diabolical plot.

Powerful wizard Albus Dumbledore (Jude Law) is prevented from fighting Grindelwald due to a blood pact they swore in their youth when they were very close. So, after learning the plot, he enlists the help of Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) and a team of other wizards and a muggle. Together they must find a way to stop Grindelwald before the magical and non-magical world is torn apart.

I’m guessing this movie will have its die-hard fans, those who know every character, spell, turn of phrase, and compendium of fantastic beasts, but unless you’re the same way, you might find yourself wishing you had a remote control at the hand.

This film is screening at Mitchell Storyteller 7 Cinemas, 110 Old Talpa Cañon Road in Taos. For tickets, schedules and additional information, visit storyteller7.com or call (575) 751-4245.

This weekend at the Taos Community Auditorium

fear of heights
Mystery-suspense
Rhythm note A
TCA Drive-in Friday (April 8), 7:45 p.m.
PG rated

Considered one of director Alfred Hitchcock’s greatest masterpieces, this 1958 outing stars James Stewart as John “Scotty” Ferguson, a former San Francisco cop who retired after violent incident left him suffering from dizziness. Scotty is hired by a wealthy acquaintance, Gavin Elster (Tom Helmore), to keep tabs on his wife who he believes is unfaithful. The wife, Madeleine Elster, is played by Kim Novak. In real life, Stewart was 49 and Novak was 26.

The film has been the subject of much scholarly and critical study over the years, much of which has focused on Hitchcock’s particular obsession with placing attractive blonde women in precarious situations. But little has been said about her casting Stewart in another voyeuristic role. Although his character in 1954’s “Rear Window” put him in a wheelchair, he became obsessed with seeing his neighbors coming and going in an apartment building through superpowered binoculars. This is Scotty’s case, except that his spectrum of voyeurism extends to various locations in San Francisco and has him falling in love with a woman he barely knows.

Sure, there’s a major plot twist, but by the time we get there, we’re starting to see Scotty’s obsession with this mysterious blonde as uncomfortably odd, and especially when observed from a point of view. contemporary view a kind of stalker fantasy. It remains a film to be seen and discussed afterwards.

The spirit of the peaks
Documentary
Not previewed
TCA Big Screen Monday (April 18) at 6 p.m.
Unclassified

This projection is a benefit to the Working On Wellness – Charles N. Romero Snowsports program.

Produced in partnership with Wondercamp and NativesOutdoors, and co-directed by Hunkpapa Lakota skier Connor Ryan, “Spirit of the Peaks” is a film about the struggle to balance two worlds, according to press materials.

Skiing in Ute Territory has always raised questions for Connor about reciprocity with the land and its people. As a skier who connects with the land through sport, he empathizes with the injustices that have displaced the Utes and the ongoing colonization, erasure and extraction that is impacting the Ute people. This story links conflicting pasts to an awakening of cultural awareness that can create an equitable future for Indigenous peoples and skiers.

Connor’s mission with the film is to do his part to restore balance with all the inhabitants of these mountains by illuminating traditional Ute culture and knowledge that can benefit all in the fight to preserve the land and dispel the mantle. snowy.

Working On Wellness/Taos Pueblo Sports Alliance is a non-profit organization that was created to promote the physical and mental health and academic achievement of Native American youth in northern New Mexico through recreational and educational activities that take place in our school programs. This is the first year that WOW/TPSA has been able to coordinate and plan the first Charles N. Romero winter sports program. With the help of donations and grants from the ShareWinter Foundation, State of New Mexico Outdoor Equity Fund, Taos Ski Valley, and the family of Charles N. Romero (former TSV employee), these funders along with Other sponsorships allowed 25 Taos Pueblo native youth to hit the ski and snowboard slopes at Taos Ski Valley for five Sundays with valuable lessons in the morning and free ski time in the afternoon.

The great Lebowski
Comedy
Rhythm Rating: A
TCA Drive-in Wednesday (April 20), 8 p.m.
Unclassified

Joel and Ethan Coen’s 1998 comedy is about a Los Angeles slacker who goes by the name of The Dude (Jeff Bridges) who becomes embroiled in a White Russia-fueled mystery involving a soiled rug, a case of mistaken identity , a pushy rich man, hoodlums, bowling and a trippy dream sequence that would make Salvadore Dalí pass out.

The movie isn’t strong on plot, but it certainly makes up for that weakness by featuring a parade of memorable characters who became instant classics. There’s Walter Sobchak (John Goodman), a very opinionated bowler who packs a .45 in his bag of balls; Donny Kerabatsos (Steve Buscemi), who is constantly harassed by Walter; John Turturro as Jesus Quintana, Walter’s archenemy at bowling; Maude Lebowski (Julianne Moore), the attractive wife of Big Lebowski (David Huddleston); and Brandt (Philip Seymour Hoffman), Big Lebowski’s dismissive assistant.

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.

Alfonso E. Cramer