now in theaters
ANTON CHEKHOV’S THE DUEL Soviet-born Israeli Dover Koshashvili has adapted Chekhov’s novella into a sometimes slow-moving but ultimately satisfying film featuring an excellent cast of mostly Irish actors, shot in English but with an authentically Russian feel (beautifully filmed on the Croatian coast). It’s set at the turn of the last century, amid attitudes and times that are a-changing. Not rated. 95 minutes.
The Screen, Santa Fe. ( Jonathan Richards) 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 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. Saturday and Sunday, June 26 and 27, only. Not rated. 101 minutes.
The Screen, Santa Fe. ( James M. Keller)