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BAD LIEU­TENANT: PORT OF CALL— NEW ORLEANS

It’s a match made in cult-movie heaven: odd­ball ac­tor Ni­co­las Cage and ad­ven­tur­ous direc­torWerner Her­zog. Cage is the bad cop of the ti­tle, who tries to solve a mur­der case in post-Ka­t­rina New Orleans while jug­gling his ad­dic­tions and per­sonal prob­lems. Bad Lieu­tenant is based so loosely on the 1992 Har­vey Kei­tel ve­hi­cle that all it re­tains is the name and gen­eral idea of a morally sus­pect po­lice­man. Rated R. 121 min­utes. Re­gal DeVar­gas, Santa Fe. (Not re­viewed)

The ret­ro­spec­tive of Rus­sian and Soviet films based on or adapted from An­ton Chekhov’s writ­ing con­tin­ues. This week fea­tures 1960’s The Lady With the Dog, about a man who spies a woman walk­ing her pooch. Both the man and the woman, it turns out, are mired in un­happy mar­riages— but will they give up what they have for a chance at love? Satur­day and Sun­day, Jan. 23 and 24, only; the se­ries runs through Fe­bru­ary. Not rated. 89 min­utes. In Rus­sian with sub­ti­tles. The Screen, Santa Fe. (Not re­viewed)

CEL­E­BRAT­ING CHEKHOV

THE COLORS OF THE HOLO­CAUST

This doc­u­men­tary from Fin­nish film­maker Rax Rin­nekan­gas traces Nazism to be­liefs that were beginning to take root in 18th-cen­tury Europe and shows how the eco­nomic and po­lit­i­cal cli­mate of the 1930s was a fer­tile en­vi­ron­ment for the move­ment to blos­som. Wed­nes­day, Jan. 27, only. Not rated. 60 min­utes. The New Mex­ico Film Mu­seum, Santa Fe. Pre­sented by HaMakom; call 992-1905. (Not re­viewed)

Bren­dan Fraser plays John Crow­ley, a man who quits his cor­po­rate job when his young chil­dren are di­ag­nosed with a fa­tal dis­ease. He con­tacts sci­en­tist Robert Thorn­hill (Har­ri­son Ford), and the two men work around the clock for a cure that will save the kids. Rated PG. 106 min­utes. Re­gal Sta­dium 14, Santa Fe; Dream­Catcher, Es­pañola. (Not re­viewed)

EX­TRAOR­DI­NARY MEA­SURES

In the Bi­ble, when God grew dis­gusted with hu­mankind, He sent a flood to wipe out all the peo­ple. In the Hol­ly­wood era of du­bi­ous com­puter ef­fects, he sends a swarm of ul­travi­o­lent angels to kill every­one. For some rea­son, this apoca­lypse cen­ters on a re­mote diner. Paul Bet­tany plays the ar­changel Michael, hu­man­ity’s last hope. Rated R. 100 min­utes. Re­gal Sta­dium 14, Santa Fe; Dream­Catcher, Es­pañola; Sto­ry­teller, Taos. (Not re­viewed)

LE­GION

The pos­ses­sive pro­noun, not the hole in the ground. A touch­ing, of­ten heartrend­ing, but not par­tic­u­larly dy­namic doc­u­men­tary about the pets and their own­ers who were sep­a­rated by the dev­as­ta­tion Ka­t­rina wrought on New Orleans. The merely sep­a­rated were the lucky ones; 150,000 pets died in the hur­ri­cane and its af­ter­math. Un­sym­pa­thetic bu­reau­cra­cies played a big role in the sep­a­ra­tions, and the at­tach­ment of loving foster fam­i­lies to their new pets some­times made re­unions with the old mas­ters dif­fi­cult. Film­maker Ger­a­lyn Pezanoski con­cen­trates al­most en­tirely on the dogs and their own­ers; if you’re a dog lover, you’ll feel a tug on your emo­tional leash. Not rated. 80 min­utes. The Screen, Santa Fe. ( Jonathan Richards)

Michael Pow­ell and Emeric Press­burger’s clas­sic film about the con­sum­ing pas­sion of art has been bril­liantly re­stored. The movie has mag­nif­i­cent per­for­mances from Moira Shearer as the bal­le­rina who dances The Red Shoes and then can’t stop and An­ton Wal­brook as the bal­let im­pre­sario for whom there is no re­li­gion but dance. In 1948, The New York Times critic Bosley Crowther wrote, “There has never been a pic­ture in which the bal­let and its spe­cial, magic world have been so beau­ti­fully and dream­ily pre­sented.” The ver­dict hasn’t changed. Not rated. 133 min­utes. The Screen, Santa Fe. ( Jonathan Richards) See Screen Gems, Page 28.

THE RED SHOES

MINE

The charis­matic ac­tor Dwayne “The Rock” John­son was po­si­tion­ing him­self as the next action hero when he made The Run­down (2003), but now he’s don­ning fairy wings and ham­ming it up in the Santa Clause rip-off The Tooth Fairy. And he’s dragged Billy Crys­tal, Ashley Judd, and Julie An­drews down with him! Rated PG. 102 min­utes. Re­gal Sta­dium 14, Santa Fe; Dream­Catcher, Es­pañola; Reel Deal, Los Alamos, Sto­ry­teller, Taos. (Not re­viewed)

TOOTH FAIRY

Pup rally: Mine, at The Screen in Santa Fe

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