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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 is dim, drab, and muddy. Screens in 2-D. Rated PG. 108 min­utes. Re­gal North, Santa Fe. (Robert Ben­ziker) THE ART OF THE STEAL Don Ar­gott’s en­gross­ing doc­u­men­tary ex­am­ines the strug­gle to con­trol the Barnes Foun­da­tion and its peer­less paint­ings, val­ued in the bil­lions. Among the play­ers are the can­tan­ker­ous ty­coon who built the col­lec­tion, ques­tion­able phi­lan­thropists who want to con­trol it, and lo­cal politi­cians who use it as a step­ping-stone. This opin­ion­ated film tells only one side of the story, but it tells it in spell­bind­ing fashion and leaves view­ers pon­der­ing big is­sues about art, greed, and legacy. Not rated. 101 min­utes. The Screen, Santa Fe. (James M. Keller)

BA­BIES Go­ing on the as­sump­tions that ev­ery­body loves ba­bies and that in­fants are an in­her­ently in­ter­est­ing sub­ject, Ba­bies doc­u­ments roughly the first year in the lives of four chil­dren: Ba­yar in Mon­go­lia, Mari in Tokyo, Poni­jao in Namibia, and Hat­tie in San Fran­cisco. Di­rec­tor Thomas Balmès cap­tures crit­i­cal de­vel­op­men­tal mo­ments, and his film looks lovely. But it quickly be­gins to feel like some­one else’s ex­tended home movie — only with bet­ter cam­er­a­work and light­ing. It’s sweet and cute, but it’s not com­pelling cin­ema. Rated PG. 80 min­utes.

Re­gal DeVargas, Santa Fe. (Lau­rel Glad­den)

THE BACK-UP PLAN Jen­nifer Lopez re­turns to the spot­light with this com­edy about ap­proach­ing mid­dle age and find­ing out that things haven’t ex­actly gone as planned. She plays a woman who opts for ar­ti­fi­cial in­sem­i­na­tion and then meets the man of her dreams (Alex O’Lough­lin). Rated PG-13. 98 min­utes. Re­gal Sta­dium 14, Santa Fe; Dream Catcher, Es­pañola; Sto­ry­teller, Taos. (Not re­viewed)

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