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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)
JEAN-MICHEL BASQUIAT: THE
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,
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)