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AGORA The hero in Ale­jan­dro Amenábar’s Agora is knowl­edge. The vil­lain is re­li­gion. This vivid story of the strug­gle be­tween ab­stract con­cepts is set against the de­struc­tion of the Royal Li­brary of Alexan­dria in A.D. 391. Rachel Weisz plays Hy­pa­tia, a le­gendary philoso­pher, as­tronomer, and math­e­ma­ti­cian. Chris­tian fun­da­men­tal­ism gets the worst of it in Amenábar’s telling, but the par­al­lels to mod­ern Is­lamic fun­da­men­tal­ism, as well as the ex­cesses of other con­tem­po­rary re­li­gions, are hard to miss. Not rated. 126 min­utes. The Screen, Santa Fe. ( Jonathan Richards)

DE­SPI­CA­BLE ME An evil ge­nius named Gru (voiced by Steve Carell) plots to steal the moon. He adopts three or­phans to help spy on a ri­val and de­vel­ops pa­ter­nal in­stincts along the way. This an­i­mated film feels half-baked in both con­cept and ex­e­cu­tion and is lit­tered with lame hu­mor of the “chillax” and fart-gun va­ri­ety. Most kids should like it, but only take them if you’ve seen Toy Story 3 at least twice al­ready. Rated PG. 95 min­utes. Screens in 2-D at Re­gal Sta­dium 14, Santa Fe. Screens in 3-D at

Sto­ry­teller, Taos. (Robert B. Ker)

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