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Movies opening Friday, March 5 (plus a special screening or two)

SPECIAL SCREENINGS

From Cheyenne to Pendleton: The Rise and Fall of the Rodeo Cowgirl— World famous Boisean cowgirl Bonnie McCarroll died doing what she loved: busting broncos. Idaho State Historical Museum hosts Steve Wursta’s documentary film From Cheyenne to Pendleton: The Rise and Fall of the Rodeo Cowgirl, The film explores the lives of three rodeo pioneers: McCarroll, Colorado’s Bertha Blancett and Washington’s Mabel Strickland and what forced females out of the sport in 1929. Steve Wursta of Bend, Ore., documents the 25-year legacy of women in rodeo in his fourth film. A discussion will follow. Museum admission of $5.
Tuesday, March 9, 6 p.m., $5. Idaho State Historical Museum, 610 Julia Davis Dr., 208-334-2120, idahohistory.net.

Vagabond Lane—An all-Idaho film crew bring Will Schmeckpeper’s sixth feature film to the Egyptian Theater on Saturday, March 6 for a one-night event. Loosely based on Dante’s Inferno, the film tells the story of Carrie, a teen who escapes her abusive stepfather. She encounters Joe who leads her to the supernatural Vagabond Lane. Cast and crew will be available after the film for discussion. Screenings take place at 6 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. and cost only $6. Doors open at 5 p.m. and due to the subject matter, parental guidance is advised. Saturday, March 6, 6 p.m. and 8 p.m., $6. Egyptian Theatre, 700 W. Main St., egyptiantheatre.com.

OPENING

Alice In Wonderland—Any Tim Burton experience is a journey down the rabbit hole. Only this time, it is literal. Burton’s take on the classic Lewis Carroll story stars longtime collaborator Johnny Depp as the Mad Hatter. Helena Bonham Carter (Burton’s other half) portrays the evil Red Queen while the delicate Anne Hathaway depicts the righteous White Queen. Unknown Mia Wasikowska plays 19-year-old Alice who is summoned by the Hatter to defeat the Jabberwocky, the terrorizing dragon of Wonderland. Along with Burton’s attachment, Depp’s shock of mercury poisoned orange hair should clue one in that this is not your typical fairytale. (PG)

Brooklyn’s Finest—Famous (or is it infamous?) tax evader Wesley Snipes ironically plays an ex-convict in Antoine Fuqua’s (Training Day) crime thriller. A band of cops struggle with career loyalty as they work to clean up notorious drug den, the BK housing project. One week away from his pension, Dugan’s (Richard Gere) apathy may get the best of him. Clarence (Don Cheadle) wrestles with life undercover while shifting his allegiances to prison buddy and drug dealer Caz (Snipes). Down on his luck Sal will stop at nothing to provide for his pregnant wife and family. Written by Michael Martin, a former New York subway flagger, Fuqua’s drama explores the conflict between desire and judgment. (R)

The Ghost Writer—Being an author was never so dangerous. The controversial Roman Polanski brings Robert Harris’ novel, The Ghost, to the big screen with big names. Pierce Brosnan stars as former British Prime Minister Adam Lang, a man with a mysterious and war criminal past. When “The Ghost” (Ewan McGregor) signs on to finish Lang’s memoirs, he becomes embroiled in a CIA scandal. Writers take note: Don’t work for just anyone. (PG-13)

The White Ribbon—Creepy German children dominate the black-and-white, Academy Award nominated Austrian film from Michael Hanoke. A schoolteacher narrates the events of a WWI village plagued by unexplained gruesome events. The town’s pastor makes youngsters don a white ribbon to remind them of their purity. The innocence of the color, however, does not suit some. (R)