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Rhythm Rating: A
Big Screen Movies, TCA
Rated PG for some thematic elements and slight peril.

In the 1990s, The Taos News had a photographer named Dorie Hagler. It’s surprising how much she resembles the title character, Mirabel (voiced by Stephanie Beatriz), in Disney’s new animated feature “Encanto.”

Directed by Jared Bush, Byron Howard and Charise Castro Smith, the film is the beautifully animated story of a Colombian family known as the Madrigals who live in a magical house deep in the jungle. Like any good legend, the one created for the film has its roots in strange origins based on a terrible tragedy. Long ago, Abuela Alma (María Cecilia Botero) was forced to flee her home to escape violence. With three little babies in tow, she cried out in anguish, and the jungle responded not only enveloping her and her fleeing villagers in high, protective mountains, but creating a big, beautiful home that also has magical properties.

Another element of this magic is a candle that never goes out that lit the way for Abuela to raise her little family safely and under the veil of love and kindness. This candle is also part of something wonderful that happens to every young child in the Madrigal family.

At some point, each is chosen to participate in a special ceremony that will reveal special powers to them. These powers can be extraordinary strength, shape shifting, weather shifting, super hearing and more. This happens when they go up a staircase leading to a special door. Once they touch the doorknob, they are suddenly flooded with the glow of these powers. It happened to every one of Abuela’s children and her grandchildren, except one.

For some reason, when it was Mirabel’s turn, magic was never granted to her. Saddened but courageous, she becomes a sweet and helpful young woman who lends her talents to organize all the ceremonies of her loved ones. But, knowing that she has no special powers is a weight that never leaves her and she quietly becomes obsessed with the idea of ​​why and if she will ever get them. In doing so, she also uncovers a hidden danger that no one anticipated.

Most of the actors lending their vocal talents were born in Colombia or descended from Colombians, but their dialogue is entirely in English tinged with Latin accents.

Like many Disney animated features, the music also plays an important role and for a lot of that we have famed composer Lin-Manuel Miranda to thank. His tunes are wonderful and memorable and not only provide colorful interludes but are integral to the story. This film was nominated for three Oscars.

It’s a fun and beautiful film with many touching moments that offer positive messages to young viewers. Highly recommended. This film will screen in the Movies on the Big Screen film series on Saturday and Sunday (February 19-20) at 2 p.m. and February 25 at 4 p.m. It is also available on the Disney-plus streaming subscription service.

Other Big Screen Movies, TCA

To run away
Big screen movies
Rated PG-13 for thematic content, disturbing images, and foul language.

This is an animated documentary telling the true story of one man’s need to confront his past in order to truly have a future. Amin arrived as an unaccompanied minor in Denmark from Afghanistan. Today, at 36, he is a successful academic and is marrying his longtime boyfriend. A secret he’s been hiding for over 20 years threatens to ruin the life he’s built. For the first time, he shares his story with his close friend.

It screens Wednesday and Thursday (February 23-24), both at 7 p.m., and February 27 at 2 p.m.

Screenings take place at the Taos Community Auditorium, 145 Paseo del Pueblo Norte. For tickets and additional information, call (575) 758-2052 or visit

Now in theaters at Mitchell Storyteller 7 cinemas

Rhythm note: D
Mitchell Storyteller 7 Cinemas
Rated PG-13 for violence/action and language.

I just hope Mark Wahlberg and Tom Holland got paid well for starring in “Uncharted,” a botched mess of a movie adapted from a wildly popular first-person video game. Directed by Ruben Fleischer, this movie should stand on its own and not depend on whether the audience has played the game or not. This is not the case.

Taken from ‘The Da Vinci Code’ and ‘National Treasure’, with the sad hope that it could be compared to the Indiana Jones series, ‘Uncharted’ looks like a room full of costumes sitting around a table and writing notes on 3-by-5 ​​cards, then collated them and handed them to the three screenwriters tasked with developing a screenplay. Dialogue is wooden, characters are barely sketched, and all procedural logic is thrown out the window.

The film tells what happens when a young man named Nathan Drake (Holland) is contacted by Victor “Sully” Sullivan (Wahlberg) who has a plan to locate a treasure trove of gold looted by 14th century Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan. Try not to listen carefully as Magellan’s exploits are told as Fleischer plays fast and loose with the story. Indeed, the child has a reputation for being an expert thief and Sully must get his hands on two objects that can be used as keys to unlock clues.

Eventually, they encounter a wealthy, ruthless man named Santiago Moncada (Antonio Banderas) and another thief named Chloe (Sophia Ali) and a villain named Braddock (Tati Gabrielle). Everyone has their own agenda to find the treasure, but it’s Nathan’s mission to honor his brother, who he believes is still alive somewhere.

We guess it could have been a fun movie. Too bad not.

Mitchell Storyteller 7 Cinemas
Rated PG-13 for language, thematic elements, drug content, and some suggestive elements.

Two former Army Rangers are paired up against their will on the road trip of a lifetime. Army Ranger Briggs (Channing Tatum) and Lulu (a Belgian Malinois dog) strap themselves into a 1984 Ford Bronco and drive down the Pacific Coast in hopes of making it to the funeral in time. another soldier.

Along the way, they’ll drive themselves completely insane, break a handful of laws, narrowly escape death, and learn to let their guard down for a chance at happiness. This comedy is the directorial debut of Channing Tatum and Reid Carolin. It stars Q’orianka Kilcher, Jane Adams, Emmy Raver-Lampman and Cayden Boyd.

These films are screened at the Mitchell Storyteller 7 Cinemas, 110 Old Talpa Cañon Road in Taos. To visit or call (575) 751-4245 for more information on tickets, schedules and COVID restrictions.

Alfonso E. Cramer