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Vil­lamil, and es­pe­cially Guillermo Fran­cella) are ex­cel­lent, but it has a few goofy scenes, and the plot points don’t al­ways add up. Rated R. 127 min­utes. In Span­ish with sub­ti­tles. Re­gal DeVargas, Santa Fe. (Robert Nott) SEX AND THE CITY 2 If you thought SATC was about four smart, funny, so­phis­ti­cated women in New York, this shame­less, bloated at­tempt to cap­i­tal­ize on the fran­chise will dis­abuse you of that no­tion. The girls spend more than half their screen time out of Man­hat­tan, chang­ing clothes ev­ery 10 min­utes in a lav­ish Mid­dle East­ern re­sort. Still, noth­ing new hap­pens: Char­lotte (Kristin Davis) passes judg­ment, Mi­randa (Cyn­thia Nixon) dis­plays con­trol-freak be­hav­ior, Sa­man­tha (Kim Cat­trall) has in­ap­pro­pri­ate sex and makes menopause jokes, and Car­rie (Sarah Jes­sica Parker) whines about her re­la­tion­ship with Big (Chris Noth) and con­sid­ers rekin­dling an old flame. Rated R. 146 min­utes. Re­gal DeVargas, Santa Fe. (Lau­rel Glad­den) SHREK FOR­EVER AF­TER The lov­ably ugly ogre, voiced once more by Mike My­ers, re­turns for yet an­other ad­ven­ture. This time, the plot for It’s a Won­der­ful Life is re­gur­gi­tated, as Shrek wishes his life away and then tries to get it back. The ac­tion scenes are so-so, and the hu­mor re­lies mostly on old pop songs and is low­lighted by the cheeky use of a racial slur. It is to be hoped that the Shrek fran­chise’s di­min­ish­ing re­turns have reached the end point. Rated PG. 93 min­utes. Screens in 2-D. Re­gal Sta­dium 14, Santa Fe; Dream­Catcher, Es­pañola; Sto­ry­teller, Taos. (Robert B. Ker) SPLICE Adrien Brody and Sarah Pol­ley skill­fully play two su­per-cool bio­chemists who splice hu­man DNA with that of other an­i­mals, pro­duc­ing a woman with wings, am­phibi­ous lungs, ostrich legs, and a spiked tail. They name her Dren and look af­ter her. Things get weird, and then they get re­ally weird. The char­ac­ters’ mo­ti­va­tions are vague, but the film moves in some un­ex­pected di­rec­tions and the spe­cial ef­fects are freaky-deaky. Splice is be­ing mar­keted as horror, but it’s ac­tu­ally a sci-fi para­ble about mod­ern par­ent­ing that is smarter than it has any right to be. Rated R. 104 min­utes. Dream­Catcher, Es­pañola. (Robert B. Ker)

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