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Lady Gaga stars as Patrizia Reggiani in ‘House of Gucci.’

House of Gucci
Tempo grade: B+
Storyteller 7 Cinemas
Rated R for language, some sexual content, and brief nudity and violence.

Gaga’s back and Gucci’s got her!

Sorry, I couldn’t resist a bit of old school Hollywood hype, but it’s not far off the mark considering Ridley Scott’s take on the lurid tabloid-ready tale of events leading to the 1995 murder of Maurizio Gucci, one time head of the world renowned fashion house.

With “House of Gucci,” Scott takes on yet another historical scenario after his disappointment in the failure of audiences to appreciate his 14th century drama, “The Last Duel,” which was released only last October. Perhaps they’ll flock to this based-on-real-life drama starring the enormously popular Lady Gaga as one of the leads.

Gaga plays Patrizia Reggiani, a woman who the press has labeled a gold digger for inveigling her way into Maurizio’s life after a chance meeting at a 1970s disco-themed party. It is her that this film is shaped around.

Maurizio (Adam Driver) is, at first, kind of a clueless sap who was born amid great wealth and adored by his businessman father Rodolfo Gucci (Jeremy Irons). But, when Maurizio brings his new girlfriend to meet dear old dad, sparks fly because the old man cannot see his beloved son attached to a woman whose father runs an Italian trucking company. Patrizia knows how to push his buttons, though, and finds herself part of the family, though not of blood.

The movie follows Patrizia’s manipulation of Maurizio toward making more and more money by any means, but also delves into the inner workings of this decidedly dysfunctional and ridiculously wealthy family, typified by the relationship with her new uncle Aldo Gucci (Al Pacino) and failure of a cousin Paolo Gucci (a barely recognizable Jared Leto). But, that only scratches the surface with regard to how the family backstabs and connives their way through various power struggles.

Before it’s over fortunes will be lost, lawsuits will be filed, lawyers will reap huge rewards, and Maurizio finally comes to a realization of what Patrizia has been up to, especially after she begins consulting a psychic named Pina Auriemma (Salma Hayek).

Rather than fracturing the narrative as he did in his last film, Scott opts for a straightforward chronicle here, but there is an odd flavor to the way it unfolds. At times it seems to simply be what it is, a crime drama that exposes the trials and tribulations of flawed characters, but once in a while it almost seems to be a parody of itself, a very subtle commentary that may even be pointed at the very actors in the cast.

Gaga, born Joanne Angelina Germanotta, comes to this film from having garnered an Oscar nomination for “A Star is Born” (2018), and from a skyrocketing music career marked by a breathtaking theatrical artistry and versatile persona that has attracted a legion of fans she calls her “little monsters.” But, some have said “Star” may have been a fluke and are wondering if this follow-up demonstrates a genuine talent for motion picture acting, something her more experienced peers have studied for decades to perfect.

That, will be left to audiences to decide.

Also showing at the Storyteller 7 Cinemas

Encanto
Not previewed
Rated PG for some thematic elements and mild peril.

This Disney animated film directed by Charise Castro Smith, Byron Howard and Jared Bush tells the tale of an extraordinary family, the Madrigals, who live hidden in the mountains of Colombia, in a magical house, in a vibrant town, in a wondrous, charmed place called an Encanto.

The magic of the Encanto has blessed every child in the family with a unique gift from super strength to the power to heal-every child except one, Mirabel (voiced by Stephanie Beatriz). But when she discovers that the magic surrounding the Encanto is in danger, Mirabel decides that she, the only ordinary Madrigal, might just be her exceptional family's last hope.

Costars the voice talents of John Leguizamo, Wilmer Valderrama, Mauro Castillo, and Jessica Darrow.

Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City
Not previewed
Rated R for strong violence and gore, and language throughout.

Once the booming home of pharmaceutical giant Umbrella Corporation, Raccoon City is now a dying Midwestern town. The company's exodus left the city a wasteland with great evil brewing below the surface. When that evil is unleashed, the townspeople are forever changed and a small group of survivors must work together to uncover the truth behind Umbrella and make it through the night.

Directed and written by Johannes Roberts, this horror-sci-fi film stars Kaya Scodelario, Donal Logue, Hannah John-Kamen, Neal McDonough, and Tom Hopper.

The Mitchell Theaters Storyteller 7 Cinemas are open seven days a week and, in compliance with New Mexico Department of Health order, all patrons are required to wear masks when not eating or drinking on the premises. Location is 110 Old Talpa Cañon Road in Taos. For tickets, other screenings and additional information, call (575) 751-4245 or visit storyteller7.com.

What’s showing on the Big Screen at the TCA?

Spencer
Not previewed
Rated R for some language.

The marriage between Princess Diana (Kristen Stewart) and Prince Charles (Jack Farthing) has long since grown cold. Though rumors of affairs and a divorce abound, peace is ordained for the Christmas festivities at the queen's estate. There's eating and drinking, shooting and hunting. Diana knows the game, but this year, things will be profoundly different. Directed by Pablo Larraín, this drama inspired by actual events co-stars Sally Hawkins, Timothy Spall, Jack Nielen, and Stella Gonet.

This film will be screened Saturday (Nov. 27) at 2 p.m., Tuesday (Nov. 30) at 7 p.m., and Dec. 5 at 2 p.m. inside at the Taos Community Auditorium, 145 Paseo del Pueblo Norte.

Note: Vaccination proof or negative Covid test required for in-theater events. For tickets and additional information about Taos Center for the Arts film screenings, call (575) 758-2052 or visit tcataos.org.

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