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AL­PHA AND OMEGA A fe­male leader of a wolf pack (voiced by Hay­den Panet­tiere) and a male wolf fur­ther down in the hi­er­ar­chy (Justin Long) are pulled from their pack and ex­pected to re­pop­u­late a por­tion of the Cana­dian wilder­ness in this an­i­mated ad­ven­ture. The trailer fea­tures a lot of adult hu­mor and pee-pee jokes, but at least the sound­track doesn’t in­clude Du­ran Du­ran’s “Hun­gry Like the Wolf” — oh wait. It does. Rated PG. 88 min­utes. Screens in 3-D at Re­gal Sta­dium

14, Santa Fe; Dream­Catcher, Es­pañola. (Not re­viewed)

DEVIL The trailer for this film boasts that it is “from the mind of M. Night Shya­malan” — but don’t worry, it’s not writ­ten or di­rected by him, only par­tially con­ceived and pro­duced by him. The story cen­ters on five strangers trapped in an el­e­va­tor. It soon be­comes ap­par­ent that one of them is the devil, but which one? Rated PG-13. 80 min­utes. Re­gal Sta­dium 14, Santa Fe; Dream­Catcher, Es­pañola; Sto­ry­teller, Taos. (Not re­viewed)

EASY A There is an un­de­ni­able bond be­tween the clas­sics and high school. That’s where most of us first read them, and young screen­writ­ers bent on re­venge turn around and re­write them as high school come­dies. Some­times it works ( Clue­less), but this one, de­spite smart, funny per­for­mances from Stan­ley Tucci and Pa­tri­cia Clark­son as the hero­ine’s par­ents, pulls up lame. Those look­ing for par­al­lels to Hawthorne’s

The Scar­let Let­ter will have their work cut out for them. Olive (Emma Stone) al­lows the lie that she has lost her vir­gin­ity to cir­cu­late and turns false sex­ual ad­ver­tis­ing into a cot­tage in­dus­try. Stone is good, but she’s aw­fully glam­orous for a high school out­cast. Rated PG-13. 93 min­utes. Re­gal Sta­dium 14, Santa Fe; Dream­Catcher, Es­pañola; Reel Deal, Los Alamos; Sto­ry­teller, Taos. ( Jonathan Richards)

FA­THER OF MY CHIL­DREN In­de­pen­dent film pro­ducer Gré­goire (Louis-Do de Lenc­que­saing) is a worka­holic, but he never misses a week­end with his fam­ily. Though his com­pany is in dire fi­nan­cial straits, he rarely shows the strain — un­til he re­sorts to a sin­gle des­per­ate act. Di­rected by Mia Hansen-Løve, this sweet film about work, love, film­mak­ing, and sor­row floats along, show­ing life as it un­folds. The per­for­mances are skill­ful and nat­u­ral, the di­a­logue is re­al­is­tic, and Hansen-Løve avoids be­ing maudlin or melo­dra­matic. But ques­tions re­main unan­swered, and all the film seems to say is “ que sera sera.” Not rated. 110 min­utes. In French with sub­ti­tles. The Screen, Santa Fe. (Lau­rel Glad­den)

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