The Durango Independent Film Festival is under way and will continue through Sunday 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 or by phone at 375-7779. Festival headquarters are at the Irish Embassy Pub, 900 Main Ave.
The Back Space Theatre
(1120 Main Ave., 259-7940)
Durango Independent Film Festival panels and workshops will be held Saturday and Sunday; visit www.durangofilm.org for descriptions and times.
Take Shelter.HHHH A happily married man has bad dreams, builds a storm shelter and goes a bit nuts.
Revenge of the Electric Car. HHH (Tuesday only: PBS Community Cinema/Independent Lens free feature) Filmmaker Chris Paines follow-up to Who Killed the Electric Car? finds a resurgence of the gas-less vehicles in the auto industry.
Durango Stadium 9
(Next to Durango Mall, 247-9799)
Dr. Suess The Lorax. (No Ebert rating. In standard and digital 3-D with surcharge) Danny DeVito provides the voice of whatever kind of creature the Lorax is in this CGI spectacle. Rated PG.
Project X. (No Ebert rating) Some teens get in way over their heads with a party to end all parties. Shot in a documentary. Rated R.
The Artist. HHHH Best picture, actor and three more Oscars cement this silent film as a neo-classic. Rated PG-13.
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 Perrys 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.
The Secret World of Arrietty (Kari-gurashi no Arietti). (No Ebert rating.) I dont even know what this means. Its 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. Its 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 whos 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)
Durango Independent Film Festival (Friday, Saturday and Sunday; regular schedule will resume Monday)
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 thats not supposed to exist. Rated PG.
Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance. (No Ebert rating) Nic Cage is back as the devils bounty hunter Johnny Blaze. But he might have a way out. I hope so, as that would likely mean wed be spared a third one of these things. Rated PG-13.
Ted holteen and roger ebert