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BEETLE QUEEN CON­QUERS TOKYO In this doc­u­men­tary, di­rec­tor Jes­sica Oreck starts off with an ex­am­i­na­tion of Ja­pan’s fas­ci­na­tion with keep­ing large in­sects as pets. She soon cov­ers the coun­try’s in­fat­u­a­tion with in­sects from ev­ery pos­si­ble an­gle, spi­ral­ing into sub­jects such as Ja­pan’s his­tory, re­li­gion, and iden­tity as well as its ob­ses­sion with min­i­mal­ism and tran­sience. Oreck es­chews talk­ing heads and the strict lin­ear nar­ra­tive of most doc­u­men­taries, in­stead of­fer­ing a scat­ter­shot col­lage of topics and im­ages. It’s a must-see for nat­u­ral­ists and Ja­panophiles. Not rated. 90 min­utes. In English and Ja­panese with sub­ti­tles. The Screen, Santa Fe. (Robert B. Ker)


GA­LORE How does a movie that wasn’t a big hit get a se­quel al­most 10 years later? Be­cause fi­nally, technology has caught up with our de­mand to see cats and dogs in three di­men­sions with­out hav­ing to

change a lit­ter box or scoop up doggy doo. The two an­i­mal species con­tinue to duke it out, and the film’s only ap­par­ent re­deem­ing qual­ity is that Nick Nolte voices a dog named Butch. Rated PG. 82 min­utes. Screens in 3-D and 2-D at Re­gal Sta­dium 14, Santa Fe; Dream­Catcher, Es­pañola. Screens in 3-D only at Sto­ry­teller, Taos. (Not re­viewed)

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