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This film isn’t as much a doc­u­men­tary as it is a van­ity project for Anne Bass, one of the wealth­i­est women in Amer­ica, who dis­cov­ered Sok­van­nara Sar, a young Cam­bo­dian dancer, on a visit to Angkor Wat and de­cided to turn him into a bal­let star. Amaz­ingly, by the end of the film, Sar has, with the help of pri­vate coach­ing and Bass’ con­nec­tions, be­come a bal­let dancer. Now, if only money could buy hap­pi­ness. Not rated. 88 min­utes. In English and Kh­mer with sub­ti­tles. The Screen, Santa Fe. (Michael Wade Simp­son) See re­view, Page 40.

DANC­ING ACROSS BOR­DERS

MACGRU­BER

It’s been a while since we’ve had a fea­ture-length adap­ta­tion of a Satur­day Night Live skit, but early word on this one is that it ac­tu­ally may not stink. Will Forte is the in­ept yet ac­com­plished ti­tle char­ac­ter in this spoof of Hollywood ac­tion movies, and Val Kilmer plays the vil­lain. Rated R. 99 min­utes.

Re­gal Sta­dium 14, Santa Fe; Dream­Catcher, Es­pañola.

(Not re­viewed)

SEX AND THE CITY 2

Time to mix an­other batch of Cos­mopoli­tans, be­cause Car­rie, Char­lotte, Mi­randa, and Sa­man­tha are back! By now we’re all well aware of the kind of ad­ven­tures these gals get into, and this movie is sure to give you more of the same. The trailer prom­ises mis­be­hav­ing ba­bies, walk-in clos­ets, pas­sion­ate sex, and — a trip to the Mid­dle East. Opens Thurs­day, May 27. Rated R. 120 min­utes. Re­gal Sta­dium 14, Santa Fe;

Dream­Catcher, Es­pañola; Sto­ry­teller, Taos.

(Not re­viewed)

SHREK FOR­EVER AF­TER

Did the world re­ally need a fourth Shrek film? Of course not. But the mak­ers of the fran­chise prob­a­bly saw the box-of­fice re­ceipts for 3-D movies and said, “We’ve got to get in on that!” So here is a story about the big green ogre and his big, bad midlife cri­sis. He wishes for a sim­pler, more sav­age life, and when the wish comes true, he tries to undo it. Mike My­ers, Ed­die Mur­phy, and com­pany re­turn to give voice to the char­ac­ters. Rated PG. 93 min­utes. Screens in 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; Sto­ry­teller, Taos.

(Not re­viewed)

THE SQUARE

Ray (David Roberts) isn’t too sat­is­fied with his life, so he has an af­fair with Carla (Claire van der Boom), who hap­pens to be mar­ried to a mob­ster. They hatch a plan to steal a bunch of money and bail on their spouses. You can tell by the plot that this Aus­tralian movie falls into the genre of film noir, which means that things prob­a­bly don’t end well for Ray and Carla, and maybe ev­ery­one else in their lives. Rated R. 105 min­utes. Re­gal DeVargas, Santa Fe. (Not re­viewed)

In this pon­der­ous por­trait of an un­happy fam­ily, drawn from Scott Camp­bell’s novel Af­ter­math, a mother com­mis­sions an artist to paint a joint por­trait of her daugh­ter and son — the lat­ter a re­cent sui­cide, the daugh­ter sal­vaged ever so slightly by the re­deem­ing power of art. Di­rec­tor Caro­line Link’s 2001 epic

Nowhere in Africa was a crit­i­cal suc­cess; her achieve­ment here is slen­der in com­par­i­son. Stilted di­a­logue, pre­dictable plot devel­op­ment, and an of­fen­sively va­pid mu­si­cal score all do their part to tor­pedo this study of de­pressed peo­ple. Can you say “te­dious” in Ger­man? Not rated. 129 min­utes. In Ger­man with English sub­ti­tles. CCA Cine­math­eque, Santa Fe. (James M. Keller)

A YEAR AGO IN WIN­TER

Run, run, Shrek is back! A scene from Shrek For­ever Af­ter, at Re­gal Sta­dium 14 in Santa Fe and Dream­Catcher in Es­pañola

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