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Is it mildly dis­turb­ing to any­one else that New Mex­ico makes a good post-apoc­a­lyp­tic waste­land? This Den­zelWash­ing­ton ve­hi­cle was filmed here, al­though the land isn’t so en­chant­ing for the road war­rior that Wash­ing­ton por­trays. How­ever, if the fu­ture of civ­i­liza­tion were to only de­pend on one man, we could do worse than Den­zel. Rated R. 118 min­utes. Re­gal Sta­dium 14, Santa Fe; Dream­Catcher, Es­pañola; Reel Deal, Los Alamos; Sto­ry­teller, Taos. (Not re­viewed)

THE BOOK OF ELI

This ret­ro­spec­tive of Rus­sian and Soviet films based on or adapted from An­ton Chekhov’s writ­ing (to com­mem­o­rate the 150th an­niver­sary of his birth) is only show­ing in a hand­ful of the­aters in the coun­try, and The Screen is one of them. This week fea­tures 1978’s A Hunt­ing Ac­ci­dent, about a poor woman who mar­ries an aris­to­crat but is in love with a young de­tec­tive. The two men go hunt­ing to­gether— and only one re­turns. Satur­day and Sun­day, Jan. 16 and 17, only; the se­ries runs through Fe­bru­ary. Not rated. 109 min­utes. In Rus­sian with sub­ti­tles. The Screen, Santa Fe. (Not re­viewed)

CEL­E­BRAT­ING CHEKHOV

Inge (Ur­su­laWerner) is a woman in her mid-60s who has en­joyed a 30-year mar­riage to the el­derWerner (Horst Re­hberg). Their smiles con­firm that they’ve cov­ered a lot of ground to­gether and have ap­pre­ci­ated, if not out­right en­joyed, the jour­ney. But that doesn’t stop her from jump­ing into bed— and love— with 76-year-old Karl (HorstWest­phal). An­dreas Dres­den’s thought­ful and at times steamy (yup, it’s got sex and nu­dity) re­flec­tion on the in­ex­pli­ca­ble na­ture of love and lust— and how it can hurt even as it feels so good— doesn’t judge its char­ac­ters. The leads are won­der­ful, but the script’s min­i­mal­ist ap­proach to char­ac­ter be­hav­ior leaves it to the au­di­ence to con­nect some dots. In Ger­man with sub­ti­tles. Not rated. 98 min­utes. The Screen, Santa Fe. (Robert Nott)

CLOUD 9

THE PRI­VATE LIVES OF PIPPA LEE

A su­perb per­for­mance by RobinWright Penn (cur­rently shed­ding the Penn) il­lu­mi­nates Re­becca Miller’s in­tel­li­gent and re­veal­ing look at a 50ish Con­necti­cut ma­tron’s in­ner wild child. The spot-on sup­port­ing cast is an­chored by Alan Arkin as Pippa’s ail­ing but ebul­lient older hus­band and in­cludes Blake Lively as her younger, wilder self, Maria Bello as her pill-pop­ping mother, Zoe Kazan as her dis­af­fected daugh­ter, and (in an in­spired bit of cast­ing) Keanu Reeves as a brood­ing, Je­sus-tat­tooed neigh­bor. This is the fourth fea­ture from Miller (Arthur’s daugh­ter), who ex­pertly blends hu­mor and pathos in ex­plor­ing a life that en­com­passes both a past and a fu­ture. Rated R. 93 min­utes. Re­gal DeVar­gas, Santa Fe. ( Jonathan Richards)

Di­rec­tor Peter Jack­son takes it down a notch af­ter the epic Lord of the Rings and King Kong with this lower-key adap­ta­tion of Alice Se­bold’s best­selling novel. Saoirse Ro­nan plays a girl who was mur­dered. As she looks down on her fam­ily from above, she must de­cide to guide them to­ward vengeance or to help them re­cover from her death. RachelWeisz, Su­san Saran­don, and MarkWahlberg costar. Rated PG-13. 135 min­utes. Re­gal Sta­dium 14, Santa Fe; Sto­ry­teller, Taos. (Not re­viewed)

THE LOVELY BONES

Loosely based on Christo­pher Ish­er­wood’s novel of the same name, this highly an­tic­i­pated de­but from fash­ion de­signer and some­time Santa Fe res­i­dent Tom Ford re­counts a day in the life of Ge­orge (Colin Firth), a lit­er­a­ture pro­fes­sor mourn­ing the death of his long­time lover (Matthew Goode). As you might ex­pect, the film is metic­u­lously tai­lored and beau­ti­fully styled— some­times overly so— but it’s also touch­ing and heart­break­ing. Colin Firth’s per­for­mance is a pin­na­cle of his ca­reer thus far. Rated R. 101 min­utes. 6 p.m. Fri­day, Jan. 15, show is a ben­e­fit for CCA. CCA Cin­e­math­eque, Santa Fe. (Lau­rel Glad­den) See re­view, Page 32.

THE SPY NEXT DOOR

Jackie Chan used to be cool. Now, he’s in the Kinder­garten Cop phase of his ca­reer. In this fam­ily film, he plays a for­mer CIA agent who faces the chal­lenge of looking af­ter lit­tle kids. When one of the kids down­loads a se­cret for­mula and Rus­sian ter­ror­ists come af­ter the fam­ily, it’s on! Ge­orge Lopez and Billy Ray Cyrus costar. Rated PG. 92 min­utes. Re­gal Sta­dium 14, Santa Fe; Dream­Catcher, Es­pañola; Sto­ry­teller, Taos. (Not re­viewed)

A SIN­GLE MAN

It may be time to visit Planned Grand­par­ent­hood: Horst Re­hberg and Ur­sula Werner

in Cloud 9, at The Screen in Santa Fe

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