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AN­I­MAL KING­DOM Re­mem­ber the Aus­tralian thriller The Square, which played in Santa Fe ear­lier this year? Of course you don’t. Nonethe­less, here’s an­other crime drama from the land down un­der. It prom­ises twists and turns and a pro­tag­o­nist who is in over his head. Rated R. 112 min­utes. Re­gal

DeVargas, Santa Fe. (Not re­viewed)

ELEC­TRIC BUT­TON A teenage boy (Ta­suku Na­gaoka) joins a group for erotic writ­ers, and an older woman (Noriko Eguchi) takes his vir­gin­ity to use the ex­pe­ri­ence in her fic­tion. This sex­ual awakening and sub­se­quent re­la­tion­ship prompts an ac­cel­er­ated com­ing of age. Na­gaoka is a stiff, awk­ward ac­tor, but that some­what fits the role. The film strikes some wrong notes, but at least it’s un­pre­dictable. If you’re up for a low-bud­get, erotic, Ja­panese film, this should hit your sweet spot. Part of the Asia Now se­ries. In Ja­panese with sub­ti­tles. 8 p.m. Sun­day, Sept. 12, only. Not rated. 82 min­utes. The Screen, Santa Fe. (Robert B. Ker)

FAREWELL Chris­tian Car­ion ( Joyeux Noël) di­rects this po­lit­i­cal thriller, which be­gins in 1981. A French busi­ness­man named Pierre Fro­ment (Guil­laume Canet) meets a for­mer KGB agent (Emir Kus­turica), who gives him highly clas­si­fied pa­per­work. When Fro­ment passes it along to French au­thor­i­ties, he finds him­self and his fam­ily caught in the deadly strug­gle be­tween the United States and the Soviet Union. In English, French, and Rus­sian with sub­ti­tles. Not rated. 113 min­utes. Re­gal DeVargas, Santa Fe. (Not re­viewed)

FLIPPED This new film from di­rec­tor Rob Reiner ( This Is Spinal Tap, The Princess Bride) skips Santa Fe and then sur­faces in Es­pañola and Taos two weeks af­ter the wide re­lease date. This one is a first-ro­mance com­edy about a young boy and girl (each played by two dif­fer­ent ac­tors) who come of age among fam­ily hard­ships. Rated PG. 90 min­utes. Dream­Catcher, Es­pañola; Sto­ry­teller, Taos. (Not re­viewed)


RA­DI­ANT CHILD Tamra Davis’ por­trait of her friend, artist Jean-Michel Basquiat, is an ab­sorb­ing bit of time travel through 1980s New York. The film uses rare video footage, in­clud­ing ex­clu­sive dis­plays of art supplied by Basquiat’s fa­ther, to delve into the vis­ual pas­sions and per­sonal demons of this highly charis­matic artist. With a deft hand, Davis ex­plores Basquiat’s col­lab­o­ra­tion with Andy Warhol, his bat­tles with art-world racism, and his up-from-the-streets life story in fas­ci­nat­ing de­tail. Not rated. 93 min­utes. CCA Cine­math­eque, Santa Fe. (Casey Sanchez) See re­view, Page 46.

MAO’S LAST DANCER Bruce Beres­ford’s biopic of Li Cunxin (Chi Cao), the Chi­nese bal­let dancer who de­fected while on a stu­dent visa in Hous­ton in 1981, is some­times the movie equiv­a­lent of Os­car Mayer cold cuts, but the danc­ing is pure caviar. There’s no need to de­prive your­self of this movie’s sub­stan­tial plea­sures on ac­count of its clichés. It delivers some sure­fire emo­tional fire­works to­ward the end, so a tis­sue tucked into a pocket might see some use. Rated PG. 117 min­utes. In English and Man­darin with sub­ti­tles.

The Screen, Santa Fe. ( Jonathan Richards) See re­view,

Page 46.

PRINCESS KAIU­LANI The story of Hawaii’s in­de­pen­dence and col­o­niza­tion has been glossed over in his­tory books, but here is a movie that aims to tell some of that tale — in epic-movie form, with sweep­ing cin­e­matog­ra­phy, English es­tates, tear­ful speeches, and can­nons aplenty. Q’ori­anka Kilcher ( The New World) plays the ti­tle char­ac­ter. In the last days of Hawai­ian in­de­pen­dence, she strives to pro­tect her an­ces­tral home and falls in love with a hand­some Brit (Barry Pep­per). Rated PG. 130 min­utes.

CCA Cine­math­eque, Santa Fe. (Not re­viewed)

RES­I­DENT EVIL: AF­TER­LIFE 3D It was only a mat­ter of time be­fore a 3-D film in the lik­able but not lov­able Res­i­dent Evil se­ries ap­peared. The plot is the same as it al­ways has been: gor­geous woman (Milla Jovovich) fights zom­bies. But they’re only in­ter­ested in her for her braaaaains! Rated R. 100 min­utes. Screens in 3-D and 2-D at Re­gal Sta­dium 14, Santa Fe. Screens in 3-D only at

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

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