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This frothy com­edy from writer/di­rec­tor Nancy Mey­ers ( Some­thing’s Gotta Give) re­volves around a naughty bit of adul­tery in­volv­ing a man (Alec Bald­win) hav­ing sex with his wife (Meryl Streep). The com­pli­ca­tion arises from the fact that she’s not his cur­rent wife. There’s noth­ing wildly orig­i­nal here, but it’s funny, and it lets us es­cape for a cou­ple of hours into a world where ev­ery­thing is beau­ti­ful, even ad­vanc­ing mid­dle age. Rated R. 118 min­utes. Re­gal Sta­dium 14, Santa Fe; Dream­Catcher, Es­pañola; Sto­ry­teller, Taos. ( Jonathan Richards)

NINE

IT’S COM­PLI­CATED

Di­rected by Rob Mar­shall ( Chicago), this mu­si­cal stars Daniel Day-Lewis as Ital­ian film di­rec­tor Guido Con­tini, a man who at­tempts to get through a rough patch in his life. Os­car win­ners from around the world— in­clud­ing Nicole Kid­man, Mar­ion Cotil­lard, Pené­lope Cruz, Sophia Loren, and Judi Dench— play some of the women in his life. Mamma mia! Rated PG-13. 110 min­utes. Re­gal DeVar­gas, Santa Fe. (Not re­viewed)

A ROOM AND A HALF

SE­RI­OUS MOON­LIGHT

This fic­tional imag­in­ing of the life of ex­iled poet Joseph Brodsky (1940-1996) sug­gests that you can take the boy out of Rus­sia, but you can’t take Rus­sia out of the boy. Vet­eran an­i­ma­tor An­drey Khrzhanovsky com­bines color, sepia-tone, and black-and-white live-action scenes; archival footage and stills; whim­si­cal an­i­ma­tion; and read­ings of the poet’s work in his first fea­ture-length film. It’s ini­tially charm­ing and en­gag­ing, but it loses mo­men­tum in the sec­ond half and lum­bers pon­der­ously to­ward its con­clu­sion. Not rated. In Rus­sian with sub­ti­tles. 130 min­utes. The Screen, Santa Fe. (Lau­rel Glad­den)

Meg Ryan stuffs her ca­reer into a wood chip­per as she stomps and flails her way through this tale of a wife who takes her hus­band (Ti­mothy Hut­ton) hostage when she finds out he wants to leave her. The script may have looked good on pa­per, but when you hear this di­a­logue come out of the ac­tors’ mouths, ev­ery note feels wrong— the tone is all over the place, the char­ac­ters are de­spi­ca­ble, and Ryan and Justin Long (as a thief) are both mis­cast. Rated R. 84 min­utes. CCA Cin­e­math­eque, Santa Fe. (Robert Ben­ziker)

SHER­LOCK HOLMES

UP IN THE AIR­With

THE YOUNG VIC­TO­RIA

Emily Blunt is lovely and strong-minded as the young Vic, and Ru­pert Friend ( Mrs. Pal­frey at the Clare­mont) is a charm­ing Prince Al­bert, once he over­comes a first meet­ing with the Queen ap­par­ent in which he plays the awk­ward­ness rather than try­ing to dis­guise it. Out­stand­ing sup­port­ing work comes from Jim Broad­bent as KingWil­liam, Mi­randa Richardson as Vic­to­ria’s schem­ing mother, and Paul Bet­tany as the smooth-as-silk P.M., Lord Mel­bourne. With a lit­er­ate if oc­ca­sion­ally fan­ci­ful script by Ju­lian Fel­lowes ( Gos­ford Park) and fluid but some­times self-con­scious di­rec­tion from Jean-Marc Val­lée ( C.R.A.Z.Y.), this biopic is in­for­ma­tive, el­e­gant, and lushly ro­man­tic. Rated PG. 104 min­utes. Re­gal DeVar­gas, Santa Fe. ( Jonathan Richards))

his third fea­ture, di­rec­tor Ja­son Reit­man ( Juno, Thank You for Smok­ing) de­liv­ers a comic win­ner with un­der­tones of con­tem­po­rary angst. Ryan Bing­ham (an im­pec­ca­ble Ge­orge Clooney) spends most of his life on planes, hap­pily trav­el­ing to the cities where he fires peo­ple as a hired gun for down­siz­ing cor­po­ra­tions. Anna Ken­drick and Vera Farmiga are bril­liant as the two women who com­pli­cate dif­fer­ent as­pects of Ryan’s un­com­pli­cated life. The screen­play, by Reit­man and Shel­don Turner, up­datesWal­ter Kirn’s 2001 novel with 2009 rel­e­vance and smart, funny di­a­logue. Rated R. 109 min­utes. Re­gal Sta­dium 14, Santa Fe; Sto­ry­teller, Taos. ( Jonathan Richards) See re­view, Page 58.

Robert Downey Jr. con­tin­ues his ca­reer resur­gence by play­ing the most fa­mous fic­tional de­tec­tive of all time. Di­rec­tor Guy Ritchie’s take on Holmes prom­ises more action than we’re used to, not to men­tion wise­cracks and shenani­gans. Jude Law plays Dr. Wat­son, and Rachel McA­dams plays Irene Adler. Rated PG-13. 134 min­utes. Re­gal Sta­dium 14, Santa Fe; Dream­Catcher, Es­pañola; Reel Deal, Los Alamos; Sto­ry­teller, Taos. (Not re­viewed)

A mild and creaky guy: Meryl Streep and Steve Martin in It’s Com­pli­cated, at Re­gal Sta­dium 14

in Santa Fe and Dream­Catcher in Es­pañola

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