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BRO­KEN EM­BRACES Pe­dro Almod­ó­var has spent decades craft­ing bil­lets-doux to film, and while not his finest, this may be his most pas­sion­ate and rev­er­en­tial. Pené­lope Cruz plays Lena, an ac­tress and mis­tress to ty­coon Ernesto ( José Luis Gómez), who gets a part in di­rec­tor Ma­teo Blanco’s (Lluís Ho­mar) lat­est film. She and Ma­teo fall in love, but Ernesto is jeal­ous, and venge­ful. Almod­ó­var tells their tale through flash­backs, con­jur­ing up pas­sion and hu­mor in a noir-ish drama of the Hitch­cock­ian per­sua­sion. Rated R. 127 min­utes. In Span­ish with sub­ti­tles. Re­gal DeVar­gas, Santa Fe. (Lau­rel Glad­den) See re­view, Page 34. CEL­E­BRAT­ING CHEKHOV Here’s an­other rea­son to be thank­ful to have art-house cin­e­mas in Santa Fe. This ret­ro­spec­tive of Rus­sian and Soviet films based on or adapted from An­ton Chekhov’s plays and sto­ries (to com­mem­o­rate the 150th an­niver­sary of his birth) is only show­ing in a hand­ful of the­aters in the coun­try, and The Screen is one. First up is 1977’s An Un­fin­ished Piece for the Player Pi­ano, about a pair of for­mer lovers who meet later in life, af­ter set­tling for other spouses. Of course, it’s about much more than that. Satur­day and Sun­day, Jan. 9 and 10, only; the se­ries runs through Fe­bru­ary. Not rated. 100 min­utes. In Rus­sian with sub­ti­tles. The Screen, Santa Fe. (Not re­viewed) See story, Page 32. DAY­BREAK­ERS It’s yet an­other vam­pire movie, but this time, there’s a twist: it takes place in the fu­ture. Most of the peo­ple in the world have been trans­formed to vamps, and those who re­main are har­vested for their blood. Alas, so­ci­ety is op­er­at­ing at peak blood (al­le­gory alert!) and the sup­ply is run­ning out. Vam­pire sci­en­tist Ed­ward (Ethan Hawke) is looking for an al­ter­na­tive food source when he meets two hu­mans (Willem Dafoe and Clau­dia Kar­van) who may in­stead have a cure for vam­pirism. Rated R. 98 min­utes. Re­gal Sta­dium 14, Santa Fe; Dream­Catcher, Es­pañola. (Not re­viewed) THE IMAG­I­NAR­IUM OF DOC­TOR PAR­NAS­SUS The Dark Knight is of­ten re­ferred to as Heath Ledger’s last film. And why not? It was iconic and Ledger won a post­hu­mous Os­car. But this one re­ally is his fi­nal act— the lat­est bit of whimsy by Terry Gil­liam. Christo­pher Plum­mer plays the doc­tor of the ti­tle, who en­lists Tony (Ledger) to col­lect five souls in or­der to save his daugh­ter (Lily Cole). Johnny Depp and Tom Waits make ap­pear­ances. Rated PG-13. 122 min­utes. Re­gal DeVar­gas, Santa Fe. (Not re­viewed) LEAP YEAR Who wouldn’t want to marry the funny and charm­ing Amy Adams? Well, Jeremy (Adam Scott) ap­par­ently doesn’t want to pro­pose to Anna (Adams). So she flies to Dublin to pro­pose to him. When her plane lands in­Wales, she trav­els with De­clan (Matthew Goode), a hand­some bloke who bick­ers with her the whole way. And we all know where bick­er­ing leads, don’t we? Rated PG. 97 min­utes. Re­gal Sta­dium 14, Santa Fe; Dream­Catcher, Es­pañola; Sto­ry­teller, Taos. (Not re­viewed) THE MAID Chilean film­maker Se­bastián Silva’s sec­ond fea­ture is a char­ac­ter study of a tru­cu­lent do­mes­tic ser­vant, Raquel, bril­liantly played by Chilean star Catalina Saave­dra. The Maid is not re­ally a sys­temic in­dict­ment, though it makes us think about the sys­tem. Raquel’s dis­gruntle­ment could oc­cur as eas­ily in an in­sur­ance clerk or a postal worker. In the end it’s the in­di­vid­u­al­ity of Silva and Saave­dra’s por­trait that gives the movie its strength. Not rated. 96 min­utes. In Span­ish with sub­ti­tles. The Screen, Santa Fe. ( Jonathan Richards) See re­view, Page 34. YOUTH IN RE­VOLT Nick Twisp (Michael Cera) is a teenage geek who lives in a trailer park— where he doesn’t ex­actly fit in. When he meets the at­trac­tive Sheeni (Por­tia Dou­ble­day), he in­vents a bad-boy al­ter ego with a wispy mus­tache in or­der to win her over. Rated R. 90 min­utes. Re­gal Sta­dium 14, Santa Fe; Dream­Catcher, Es­pañola; Reel Deal, Los Alamos. (Not re­viewed) ONE AMONG THOU­SANDS Cuban na­tive and Santa Fe res­i­dent Vic­tor Al­varez (who head­lines the spicy mu­si­cal group Sa­vor in town) re­turns to his child­hood home of Ha­vana af­ter 40-some years to un­cover his per­sonal past. In do­ing so, he cel­e­brates the mu­sic that so de­fines the cul­ture of that city and coun­try. The charm and color of Ha­vana street life is nicely il­lus­trated, and the film makes it clear that the lan­guage of mu­sic can over­come many bar­ri­ers. The scene in which he jams with Septeto Ha­banero is a high­light; the mu­sic is ter­rific. 7 p.m. Wed­nes­day, Jan. 13, only. Not rated. 77 min­utes. In English and Span­ish with sub­ti­tles. New Mex­ico Film Mu­seum, Santa Fe. (Robert Nott)

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