The Back Space Theatre
(1120 Main Ave., 259-7940)
Jane’s Journey. The scientist best known for her work with primates has spent the last 25 years as a U.N. Messenger of Peace. This is about that. Not rated.
3 Superstars in Berlin. (Thursday only) Opera megastars Jonas Kaufmann, Anna Netrebko and Erwin Schrott perform a “Best Of” concert with samples by Bernstein, Mozart, Puccini, Gershwin and more.
(102 Fifth St. Next to the railroad depot, 247-8133)
The Iron Lady.HH Meryl Streep is spot-on as Britain’s first female Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher. Not so much for the rest of the film. Rated PG-13.
The Descendants. HHHH George Clooney stars as the heir of one of Hawaii’s oldest landed families who must decide between preservation and development. And so much more. Rated R.
Durango Stadium 9
(Next to Durango Mall, 247-9799)
The Grey.HHH½ Liam Neeson’s latest has him leading a bunch of oil rig roughnecks who survive a plane crash only to encounter a pack of nasty wolves in the wilderness. (See review this page.) Rated R.
Man on a Ledge.HH This sounds a lot like “Phone Booth:” An ex-cop turned convict (Sam Worthington) stands on a ledge for most of the film for some reason. Then they tell us the reason. Rated PG-13.
One for the Money. (No Ebert rating) Introducing Katherine Heigl as Jersey girl P.I. Stephanie Plum. Janet Evanovich wrote 18 of these books, so expect to see more of Stephanie. Rated PG-13.
Haywire.HHH MMA star Gina Carano stars as a dirty jobs-government-type who is double-crossed and has to defend herself against equally skilled foes. Rated R.
Red Tails.HH½ The African-American pilots of Tuskegee finally get a chance to show their stuff in combat in 1944. Rated PG-13.
Underworld: Awakening. (In standard and digital 3-D with surcharge; no Ebert rating.) This is the third one of these, in which Kate Beckinsale is a vampire warrior battling the evil humans for the existence of her immortal race. Rated R.
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close.HH½ Tom Hanks, Sandra Bullock and young Thomas Horn star in one of the first major films to deal with the Sept. 11 attacks. Hanks died, and his son searches the city looking for the lock that fits a key left to him by his dad. Rated PG-13.
War Horse.HHH½ A horse and his owner are separated during the hell of World War I, but the horse would have some stories to tell (if he were a talking horse – but it’s not that kind of movie, thankfully). Rated PG-13.
Contraband.HH Mark Wahlberg plays a former smuggler who’s forced back into the game after his brother gets in over his head. Rated R.
Joyful Noise.H½ Queen Latifah is an old school choir director, Dolly Parton is new school (yes, you read that right). They both think they know the best way to save their small Southern town; apparently through the use of a tired, formulaic premise. Just because “Glee” is so confoundedly popular on TV doesn’t give anyone the right to make a movie like this. Rated PG-13.
Ted holteen and roger ebert