The Durango Independent Film Festival will begin Wednesday and continue through March 4 at the Durango Arts Center, 802 East Second Ave., and the Gaslight Cinema, 102 Fifth St. next to railroad depot. A full schedule, festival passes and tickets are available at www.durangofilm.org.
The Back Space Theatre
(1120 Main Ave., 259-7940)
Take Shelter.HHHH A happily married man has bad dreams, builds a storm shelter and goes a bit nuts. (See review this page.)
The Oscar Nominated Short Films 2012. A collection of the live-action, animated and documentary short films up for the hardware at this year’s gala.
Durango Stadium 9
(Next to Durango Mall, 247-9799)
The Met: Live in HD presents “Ernani.” (Saturday only) A simulcast of Verdi’s operatic version of Victor Hugo’s play about the nobleman turned bandit.
Act of Valor. HH½ Real Navy SEALs star in a dramatized rescue of a kidnapped CIA operative. Some may interpret this as a promotional film for the Armed Services, while others may think those people unpatriotic cynics. You decide. Rated R.
Gone. (No Ebert rating) Sister kidnapped, hero girl must save sister. Rated PG-13.
Tyler Perry’s Good Deeds. (No Ebert rating) A well-to-do man (Perry) learns a lot after developing a relationship with a cleaning lady. Rated PG-13.
Wanderlust. (No Ebert rating) A Manhattan couple (Jennifer Aniston and Paul Rudd) must move and stumble upon a modern-day hippie commune on their journey south. Rated R.
Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance. (No Ebert rating) Nic Cage is back as the Devil’s bounty hunter Johnny Blaze. But he might have a way out. I hope so, as that would likely mean we’d be spared a third one of these things. And we still haven’t gotten “Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy”...? Rated PG-13.
The Secret World of Arrietty (Kari-gurashi no Arietti). I don’t even know what this means. It’s some kind of Japanimation thing where a family of very little people live unbeknownst to a regular-sized family until this Arrietty girl gets found out. Also apparently more intriguing than an Oscar-nominated spy flick ... ? Rated G.
This Means War.H½ Two CIA tough guys fall for the same girl (Reese Witherspoon) and use spy stuff to try to win her. It’s a romantic comedy, as opposed to a real movie about spies and international intrigue... Rated PG-13.
Safe House. (No Ebert rating) Denzel plays an ex-CIA guy who teams up with young Ryan Reynolds to figure out who’s trying to kill them. Rated R.
The Vow. HH½ A newlywed wife loses her memory after a car crash and her husband sets out to win her heart all over again. Rated PG-13.
(102 Fifth St. Next to the railroad depot, 247-8133)
Journey 2: The Mysterious Island. HH½ (In standard and digital 3-D with surcharge.) In the sequel to “Journey to the Center of the Earth,” the Rock is back leading some people around an island that’s not supposed to exist. Rated PG.
The Artist. HHHH We finally get a look at what could be the first silent Oscar winner since 1927. Rated PG-13.
Ted holteen and roger ebert