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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. Not rated. 101 min­utes. The Screen, Santa Fe. (James M. Keller)


Four Iraq War vet­er­ans, all of whom seem to pos­sess se­ri­ous mental dis­or­ders and none of whom play by the book, are framed for a ma­jor crime by a rogue CIA agent. The quar­tet gets re­venge. The over-the-top ac­tion and com­plete dis­re­gard for ba­sic physics would be ac­cept­able if it didn’t make the he­roes seem as if they are never in dan­ger. In an at­tempt to ap­pease the orig­i­nal TV show’s fans, the film­mak­ers in­flate any mi­nor in­side joke to an­noy­ing pro­por­tions, and the whole af­fair is over­long and ex­cru­ci­at­ingly strained. Rated PG-13. 117 min­utes. Re­gal North, Santa Fe; Dream­Catcher, Es­pañola. (Robert B. Ker)


As a Left Coast artist, dance pi­o­neer Anna Hal­prin was able to cre­ate work that was ut­terly unique, un­af­fected by the New York scene. This is a fas­ci­nat­ing doc­u­ment of a ca­reer that evolved to en­com­pass avant-garde theater, sex­ual pol­i­tics, civil rights, mor­tal­ity, psy­chol­ogy, and, most im­por­tant, na­ture. Swiss filmmaker Ruedi Ger­ber has turned a patch­work of in­ter­views, his­tor­i­cal footage, and per­for­mance films into a per­fectly paced, trans­for­ma­tional work of art — not un­like one of Hal­prin’s dances. Not rated. 80 min­utes. The Screen, Santa Fe. (Michael Wade Simp­son)


One of New York’s bestkept se­crets is City Is­land, a lit­tle fish­ing com­mu­nity off the coast of the Bronx. In this en­gag­ing fam­ily com­edy from writer-di­rec­tor Ray­mond De Felitta and pro­ducer-star Andy Gar­cia, the se­crets keep on com­ing. Gar­cia is won­der­ful as a prison guard who dreams of be­ing an ac­tor, and so is the rest of the cast, which in­cludes Os­car-win­ning Santa Fean Alan Arkin. Rated PG-13. 103 min­utes.

Re­gal DeVargas, Santa Fe. ( Jonathan Richards)


This is a very funny, al­beit pro­fan­ity-driven and raunchy com­edy — and much sweeter than the trailer would lead you to think. Jonah Hill plays a sad-sack pro­moter who has to get an ag­ing, ob­nox­ious Bri­tish rock star (Rus­sell Brand) to a come­back con­cert in 72 hours. Of course, they each find they have some­thing to teach the other about life, as de­bauch­ery and slap­stick en­sue. Ev­ery­one

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