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THE AMER­I­CAN Ev­ery­thing about this film says “con­fi­dent, classy thriller.” The story is about a hand­some, well-dressed Amer­i­can as­sas­sin (Ge­orge Clooney) in Bel­gium who has run-ins with women and grap­ples with God. The posters’ de­sign re­calls North By North­west. So why is it com­ing out in the post-sum­mer-block­buster-sea­son dump­ing ground? Opens Wed­nes­day, Sept. 1. Rated R. 95 min­utes. Re­gal Sta­dium 14, Santa Fe; Dream­Catcher, Es­pañola; Reel Deal, Los Alamos; Sto­ry­teller, Taos. (Not re­viewed)

AVATAR: SPE­CIAL EDI­TION 3D One crit­i­cism that I sure didn’t have about Avatar was that it was too short. In fact, I thought it was about an hour too long. Yet here we have an ex­tended edi­tion with ad­di­tional scenes that push the film closer to the three-hour mark. For those who don’t know, James Cameron’s sci-fi ad­ven­ture is about an ex-sol­dier (Sam Wor­thing­ton) who uses a ge­net­i­cally en­gi­neered body to in­fil­trate a race of gi­ant blue be­ings and help the mil­i­tary tap into their planet’s nat­u­ral re­sources. Rated PG-13. 171 min­utes. Re­gal Sta­dium 14, Santa Fe. (Robert B. Ker)

CAIRO TIME Lonely Juli­ette Grant (Pa­tri­cia Clark­son) trav­els to Cairo to visit her hus­band. While there, she has an un­ex­pected af­fair with his best friend, Tareq Khal­ifa (Alexan­der Sid­dig). No word on whether this love af­fair comes with a side of eat­ing or pray­ing. Rated PG. 90 min­utes. CCA Cine­math­eque, Santa Fe. (Not re­viewed)

THE EX­TRA MAN Kevin Kline is one of our great­est ac­tors, and he acts up a storm here as a rent-a-gent es­cort­ing rich women. Paul Dano is sweet and touch­ing as his sex­u­ally con­fused room­mate. But di­rec­tors Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pul­cini (co-di­rec­tors of Amer­i­can Splen­dor) floun­der seek­ing a story line for Jonathan Ames’ novel. And John C. Reilly wears out his wel­come fast as an ec­cen­tric (well, they’re all ec­cen­tric) neigh­bor with a grat­ing falsetto. This could have been called “Desperately Seek­ing Whimsy.” It’s not with­out funny mo­ments, and Kline and Dano try their best, but the movie never con­nects. Rated R. 108 min­utes.

The Screen, Santa Fe. ( Jonathan Richards)

THE LAST EX­OR­CISM De­spite the ti­tle, this is not an ex­ten­sion of the film fran­chise that was spawned by the 1973 film The Ex­or­cist. This movie, di­rected by Daniel Stamm, uses the same fake-doc­u­men­tary ap­proach as The Blair Witch Project and Clover­field. A film crew fol­lows South­ern min­is­ter Cot­ton Mar­cus (Pa­trick Fabian) on a rou­tine ex­or­cism, which — spoiler! — turns out to be the last one he will ever at­tempt. Rated PG-13. 87 min­utes. Re­gal Sta­dium 14, Santa Fe; Dream­Catcher, Es­pañola; Sto­ry­teller, Taos. (Not re­viewed)

PEEPLI LIVE Here’s a com­edy about sui­cide among im­pov­er­ished farm­ers in ru­ral In­dia. Two broth­ers joke about tak­ing ad­van­tage of a scheme in which the govern­ment aids the fam­i­lies of farm­ers who kill them­selves. But, alas, the joke goes too far, and one of them must fol­low through. A me­dia cir­cus, so­cial re­form, and ap­par­ently laughs en­sue. In Hindi with sub­ti­tles. Not rated. 105 min­utes. Re­gal DeVargas, Santa Fe. (Not re­viewed)

THE OATH The sec­ond of di­rec­tor Laura Poitras’ pro­jected tril­ogy of doc­u­men­taries about the af­ter­math of 9/11, The Oath shows us Amer­ica through the eyes of a for­mer Osama bin Laden body­guard and re­formed ji­hadist, Abu Jan­dal, brother-in-law of Salim Ham­dan, plain­tiff in the land­mark Supreme Court case Ham­dan v. Rums­feld. It opens a fas­ci­nat­ing win­dow into the minds of the peo­ple who hate us, ap­par­ently not so much for our free­dom as for our be­lief that we are the cen­ter of the uni­verse. They, of course, be­lieve Is­lam is the cen­ter of the uni­verse. It’s a tricky land­scape on which to find com­mon ground. Not rated. 96 min­utes. In English and Ara­bic with sub­ti­tles. The Screen, Santa Fe. ( Jonathan Richards) See re­view, Page 50.

TAK­ERS Matt Dil­lon, Hay­den Chris­tensen, Idris Elba, Jay Her­nan­dez, Chris Brown, and T.I. head­line a some­what mul­ti­cul­tural cast in this story about guys who take what­ever they want. How rude! From the trail­ers it looks like we can ex­pect lots of ex­plo­sions, clichés from bad hip-hop songs, and line read­ings that are com­pa­ra­ble to the act­ing in porno flicks. Rated PG-13. 107 min­utes. Re­gal Sta­dium 14, Santa Fe; Dream­Catcher, Es­pañola. (Not re­viewed)

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