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BOXING GYM Di­rec­tor Fred­er­ick Wise­man fol­lows up La Danse, his 2009 doc­u­men­tary on the Paris Opera Bal­let, with a very dif­fer­ent film about ath­leti­cism, move­ment, and rhythm. Boxing Gym was filmed in a dingy gym in Austin, Texas, where mem­bers of the com­mu­nity gather to train, re­gard­less of gen­der, age, race, or means. Wise­man es­chews voice-over and in­ter­views to sim­ply (and ex­pertly) show daily life there, and |the heart­beat of this life pulls you in. Not rated. 91 min­utes. CCA Cine­math­eque, Santa Fe. (Robert B. Ker) See re­view, Page 54. 127 HOURS Di­rec­tor and co-writer Danny Boyle’s ( Slum­dog Mil­lion­aire) lat­est film cen­ters on moun­tain climber Aron Ral­ston’s 2003 mishap in the slot canyons near Hanksville, Utah. When a boul­der pinned his arm against a cliff face, Ral­ston (played here by James Franco) faced down his mor­tal­ity and am­pu­tated his limb with a dull knife in or­der to sur­vive. This slick imag­in­ing down­plays the horror of the story and blunts its im­pact, but Franco’s bold per­for­mance and some thought­ful writ­ing over­come the chal­lenge of film­ing such dif­fi­cult ma­te­rial. Rated R. 94 min­utes.

Re­gal DeVargas, Santa Fe. (Robert B. Ker) See re­view, Page 54.

THE SI­CIL­IAN GIRL Di­rected by Marco Amenta, this tale of a Mafia clan brought to jus­tice in the early ’ 90s is loosely based on the true story of Rita Atria (Veronica D’Agostino), the daugh­ter of a Si­cil­ian Mafia don who was mur­dered by a ri­val Mafioso. She went against the code by turn­ing state’s ev­i­dence at 17. There’s a cer­tain gritty ap­peal to the story, but D’Agostino’s act­ing is am­a­teur­ish, and the con­struc­tion of the nar­ra­tive is jerky and unpolished. The film is best when it sticks to the facts and falls prey to soapy writ­ing when it strays. Not rated. 110 min­utes. In Ital­ian with sub­ti­tles. The Screen, Santa Fe. (Jonathan Richards)

THE WAR­RIOR’S WAY Jang Dong-gun plays an as­sas­sin who gets tired of fight­ing nin­jas amid bam­boo shoots in The Ma­trix’s color pal­ette, so he heads to the Amer­i­can bad­lands and switches the film’s genre from sa­mu­rai to Western. Un­for­tu­nately for him, nin­jas have a ten­dency to fol­low you wher­ever you go. Kate Bos­worth and Ge­of­frey Rush co-star. Rated R. 100 min­utes. Re­gal Sta­dium 14, Santa Fe; Dream­Catcher, Es­pañola. (Not re­viewed)

Don’t look now: Miri­ana Faja in The Si­cil­ian Girl at The Screen in Santa Fe

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