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ALICE IN WON­DER­LAND Tim Bur­ton’s unin­spired foray into Won­der­land fea­tures some nice char­ac­ter de­sign and choice work by a cast of mostly Bri­tish ac­tors, but that’s it. As a se­quel to the Lewis Car­roll books, not an adap­ta­tion, it fea­tures an older Alice (Mia Wasikowska) and a lame, Lord of

the Rings-style plot. But most sur­pris­ing, the vis­ual style in 3-D is dim, drab, and muddy — per­haps the looking glass needs some Win­dex. Rated PG. 108 min­utes. Screens in dig­i­tal 3-D at Re­gal

Sta­dium 14, Santa Fe; Dream­Catcher, Es­pañola; Reel Deal, Los Alamos; Sto­ry­teller, Taos. Also screens in 2-D at Re­gal Sta­dium 14, Santa Fe;

Dream­Catcher, Es­pañola. (Robert Ben­ziker)

AVATAR James Cameron’s lat­est ad­ven­ture, which won three Academy Awards, in­clud­ing Best Cin­e­matog­ra­phy, is about an ex-sol­dier (Sam Wor­thing­ton) who uses a syn­thetic body to in­fil­trate a race of gi­ant blue aliens and

help the mil­i­tary tap into its nat­u­ral re­sources. The script is stale, and the film is an hour too long. To put it bluntly: now that the 3-D prints are gone, it’s not worth see­ing. Rated PG-13. 162 min­utes. Re­gal

Sta­dium 14, Santa Fe. (Robert Ben­ziker)

THE BLIND SIDE This crowd pleaser re­counts the story of Michael Oher (Quin­ton Aaron), a home­less Mem­phis teen who, af­ter be­ing taken in by the wealthy Tuohy fam­ily, went on to be­come an NFL draft pick. It scores the ex­tra point for not go­ing long into melo­dra­matic ter­ri­tory. San­dra Bul­lock won the Academy Award for Best Ac­tress for her per­for­mance. Rated PG-13. 128 min­utes. Re­gal

North, Santa Fe. (Lau­rel Glad­den)

BROOK­LYN’S FINEST The ti­tle, it seems, is in­tended iron­i­cally. The cops of this Brook­lyn precinct are deeply com­pro­mised, ei­ther by money trou­bles, di­vided loy­al­ties, cyn­i­cism, or short-timer ap­a­thy. Di­rec­tor An­toine Fuqua ( Train­ing

Day) fol­lows the mis­for­tunes of three cops, played with vary­ing suc­cess by Don Chea­dle, Ethan Hawke, and Richard Gere. Any movie that ends on a freeze frame of Richard Gere walk­ing sto­ically away from a crime scene teem­ing with po­lice cars can’t be all good. Rated R. 125 min­utes. Re­gal Sta­dium 14, Santa Fe;

Dream­Catcher, Es­pañola. (Jonathan Richards)

COP OUT Di­rec­tor Kevin Smith ( Chas­ing Amy) presents this fu­ture ca­ble-TV sta­ple in which Tracy Mor­gan and Bruce Willis do the whole buddy-cop thing. Per­haps the aw­ful­ness of the joke in the ti­tle isn’t in­dica­tive of the film’s qual­ity as a whole, but the trailer sug­gests that it might ac­tu­ally be the best part. Rated R. 110 min­utes. Re­gal Sta­dium 14, Santa Fe;

Dream­Catcher, Es­pañola. (Not re­viewed)

THE CRA­ZIES Be­ing afraid of your neigh­bor is prac­ti­cally a way of life in Amer­ica, judg­ing from the slash­ers and zom­bies in our hor­ror movies. In this one, the res­i­dents of a Mid­west­ern burg be­gin to mys­te­ri­ously turn vi­o­lent. Ti­mothy Olyphant, who has ex­pe­ri­ence as a small-town sher­iff ( Dead­wood), plays the law­man who tries to keep the sit­u­a­tion un­der con­trol. Rated R. 101 min­utes. Re­gal North, Santa Fe; Dream­Catcher, Es­pañola. (Not re­viewed)

CRAZY HEART Jeff Bridges plays Bad Blake, an ag­ing coun­try-mu­sic singer trav­el­ing the bumpy down­hill road of a washed-up, bro­ken-down ca­reer. He finds re­demp­tion through a pretty young re­porter (Mag­gie Gyl­len­haal) and her lit­tle boy. Crazy Heart doesn’t have much of a story, and what it has we’ve seen be­fore, but Bridges’ fine per­for­mance — which won him the Best Ac­tor Os­car — al­most saves it. Rated R. 112 min­utes.

Re­gal DeVar­gas, Santa Fe; Reel Deal, Los Alamos; Sto­ry­teller, Taos. ( Jonathan Richards)

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