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IT’S KIND OF A FUNNY STORY Per­haps the key part of this movie’s ti­tle is “kind of.” It’s an in­die dram­edy staged in a mental-health clinic; a teenager (Keir Gilchrist) checks him­self in and learns life lessons from an adult pa­tient (Zach Gal­i­fi­anakis). From the trailer it looks less like One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest and more like Gar­den State, which was kind of a funny movie. Rated PG-13. 101 min­utes. Re­gal DeVargas, Santa Fe. (Not re­viewed) JACK GOES BOAT­ING Philip Sey­mour Hoff­man’s di­rec­to­rial de­but is an in­die rom-com that fea­tures at least one scene in which Hoff­man sits at the end of a bed and whim­pers over his shoul­der to a woman (there seems to be one in ev­ery Hoff­man film). In this movie, the woman is por­trayed by the whim­per-wor­thy Amy Ryan. Hoff­man plays a lonely limo driver who finds the po­ten­tial for new love with her. John Or­tiz por­trays his best friend, who is go­ing through a divorce. Re­gal DeVargas, Santa Fe. (Not re­viewed) LE­BANON Vir­tu­ally the en­tire hour and a half of Sa­muel Moaz’s claus­tro­pho­bic and painful movie is spent in­side a tank as it rum­bles into Le­banon on the first day of the 1982 in­va­sion, a war that seems to be weigh­ing on the con­sciences of the gen­er­a­tion of Is­raeli film­mak­ers who took part in it (see also Ari Fol­man’s Waltz with

Bashir). The tank’s gun­ner, 20-year-old Shmulik (Yoav Donat), is the stand-in for the di­rec­tor. The film is pow­er­ful and per­sonal, and draws its strengths and its oc­ca­sional weak­nesses from the forced con­fine­ment of its for­mat. Rated R. 94 min­utes. In He­brew, Ara­bic, and English with sub­ti­tles. Re­gal

DeVargas, Santa Fe. ( Jonathan Richards) See re­view,

Page 52.

LIFE AS WE KNOW IT Af­ter en­joy­ing suc­cess with 2007’s Knocked Up, Kather­ine Heigl once more helps give birth to a film in which she plays a woman who must face the prospect of rais­ing chil­dren with an im­ma­ture man (Josh Duhamel). This time, for some un­doubt­edly con­trived rea­son, the kid is willed to this mis­matched cou­ple who don’t even seem to like each other. Any­way, poop jokes are ex­changed, love blos­soms, and life lessons are learned. Rated PG-13. 112 min­utes. Re­gal Sta­dium 14, Santa Fe; Dream Catcher, Es­pañola; Sto­ry­teller, Taos. (Not re­viewed) MES­RINE: KILLER IN­STINCT & MES­RINE: PUB­LIC EN­EMY #1

Shot back-to-back in 2007 and 2008, this am­bi­tious, roughly four-hour epic (di­rected by Jean-François Richet) cov­ers the slow rise and very quick fall of the French John Dillinger of the 1970s, who re­port­edly said, “No one kills me un­til I say.” Mes­rine is played by Vin­cent Cas­sel, whose in­her­ent charm and grace lend a sense of ro­mance to the char­ac­ter. Gérard Depar­dieu is mem­o­rable as a slimy men­tor. Part I is 113 min­utes; part II is 133 min­utes. Rated R. The Screen, Santa Fe. (Robert Nott) See re­view, Page 52.

MY SOUL TO TAKE Wes Craven writes and di­rects an orig­i­nal horror film for the first time since 1991’s

The Peo­ple Un­der the Stairs. This one looks sim­i­lar to his clas­sic A Night­mare on Elm Street: a group of teenagers are offed one by one, cour­tesy of a su­per­nat­u­ral boogey­man. But the vil­lain may be one of the teens. Screen in 3-D at Re­gal Sta­dium 14, Santa Fe; Dream­Catcher, Es­pañola; Sto­ry­teller, Taos.

ONLY WHEN I DANCE This feel-good doc­u­men­tary traces two as­pir­ing bal­let dancers from the rough-and­tum­ble slums of Brazil to in­tense bal­let com­pe­ti­tions in New York and Switzer­land. Will they re­al­ize their dreams? Not rated. 78 min­utes. In English and Por­tuguese with sub­ti­tles CCA Cine­math­eque, Santa Fe. (Not re­viewed)

RIDE THE DI­VIDE Named the best ad­ven­ture film at the 2010 Vail Film Fes­ti­val, this doc­u­men­tary fol­lows a group of moun­tain-bike rac­ers as they com­pete in the roughly 2,700-mile Tour Di­vide, which runs be­tween snowy Banff, Canada, and the dusty Mex­i­can Plateau. Those who make it tackle 200,000 feet of ver­ti­cal, the equiv­a­lent of climb­ing to the sum­mit of Mount Ever­est from sea level — seven times. Slices of small­town Amer­ica (like Pie Town, New Mex­ico) min­gle with footage of the gru­el­ing race, but the spec­tac­u­lar scenery steals the show. 7 p.m. Wed­nes­day, Oct. 13, only. Not rated. 80 min­utes. The Screen, Santa Fe. (Rob DeWalt)

SEC­RE­TAR­IAT This feel-good Dis­ney pro­duc­tion re­counts the true story of Penny Chen­ery (Diane Lane), a house­wife in late’60s Den­ver. De­spite a lack of knowl­edge about the male-dom­i­nated busi­ness, she takes over her fam­ily’s Vir­ginia horse farm when her fa­ther’s health fails. Along with trainer Lu­cien Lau­rin (John Malkovich), groom Ed­die Sweat ( True Blood’s Nel­san El­lis), and jockey Ron Tur­cotte (Otto Thor­warth), she raises and trains Sec­re­tar­iat, per­haps the great­est race­horse of all time. This is an old-fash­ioned fam­ily-friendly film, de­void of any­thing scan­dalous, con­tro­ver­sial, or es­pe­cially in­ter­est­ing. Rated PG. 116 min­utes. Re­gal

Sta­dium 14, Santa Fe; Dream­Catcher, Es­pañola; Reel Deal, Los Alamos; Sto­ry­teller, Taos. (Lau­rel Glad­den) See re­view, Page 54.

It’s kind of a yummy din­ner: from left, Lau­ren Gra­ham, Keir Gilchrist, Dana DeVestern,

and Jim Gaf­fi­gan in It’s Kind of a Funny Story, at Re­gal DeVargas in Santa Fe

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