THE SOR­CERER’S AP­PREN­TICE

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Don’t ex­pect a fea­ture-length ver­sion of the Fan­ta­sia se­quence, de­spite the fact that Jo­hann Wolf­gang von Goethe (who wrote the 1797 poem that it was based on) gets a story credit. This film takes place in Man­hat­tan and stars Nicolas Cage — sport­ing hair that’s more Van Halen than von Goethe — as a sor­cerer with an ap­pren­tice ( Jay Baruchel). Di­rec­tor Jon Turteltaub and the spe­cial-ef­fects teams craft some nifty wizard du­els, but the film doesn’t have any­thing else of in­ter­est, the hu­mor is pu­trid, and Baruchel is too much of a dweeb to play the lead. Rated PG. 111 min­utes. Re­gal Sta­dium 14, Santa Fe;

Dream­Catcher, Es­pañola; Reel Deal, Los Alamos; Sto­ry­teller, Taos. (Not re­viewed)

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