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THE CHRON­I­CLES OF NARNIA: THE VOY­AGE OF THE DAWN TREADER The Narnia movies have been mostly wishy-washy, but this lat­est en­try has a few things go­ing for it: di­rec­tor Michael Apted ( Coal Miner’s Daugh­ter, The World Is Not Enough), a hol­i­day open­ing, a shorter run­ning time, and the fact that many read­ers con­sider Dawn Treader to be the finest book of the se­ries. You can ex­pect magic, ad­ven­ture, Tilda Swin­ton as the White Witch, Liam Nee­son giv­ing voice to As­lan the lion, Simon Pegg voic­ing Reepicheep the mouse, and pos­si­bly some Chris­tian sym­bol­ism. Rated PG. 112 min­utes. Screens in 3-D and 2-D at Re­gal Sta­dium 14, Santa Fe; Dream­Catcher, Es­pañola; Sto­ry­teller, Taos; screens in 3-D only at Reel Deal, Los Alamos. (Not re­viewed) HOWL The cre­ation and per­for­mance of the poem Howl, Allen Gins­berg’s saga of dis­af­fected Amer­i­can youth, and the sub­se­quent ob­scen­ity trial are the sub­jects of this mind-bend­ing movie. The film de­lights in mak­ing a vis­ual spec­ta­cle of Gins­berg’s lan­guage; car­toon­ist Eric Drooker de­signed a se­ries of vivid an­i­ma­tions to ac­com­pany the writer’s verse. James Franco as Gins­berg emotes the poem in a dark, smoky café, and the court­room scenes are ren­dered with sur­pris­ing fi­nesse that makes elec­tric drama out of the un­likely topic of lit­er­ary crit­i­cism. Not rated. 90 min­utes. The

Screen, Santa Fe. (Casey Sanchez) See re­view, page 60.

LEAV­ING Kristin Scott Thomas is the main rea­son to watch this erotic ro­mance about a woman who deserts her com­fort­able haute-bour­geois life as a doc­tor’s wife for a pas­sion­ate at­tach­ment to a man (Sergi López) of lower so­cial and eco­nomic stand­ing. In many re­spects the plot and themes of Leav­ing are re­mark­ably sim­i­lar to those of

I Am Love, the Tilda Swin­ton ve­hi­cle re­leased ear­lier this year — a woman risk­ing and los­ing ev­ery­thing for love. Not rated. 85 min­utes. In French with sub­ti­tles. CCA Cine­math­eque, Santa Fe. ( Jonathan Richards) See re­view, Page 60.

TI­BET IN SONG In 1995, Ngawang Choephel, a filmmaker, mu­si­col­o­gist, and Ti­betan refugee, re­turned to his home­land to doc­u­ment erod­ing dance and song tra­di­tions. Two months af­ter his ar­rival, Choephel was ar­rested by Chi­nese au­thor­i­ties and sen­tenced to 18 years in prison. Upon his re­lease in 2002, Choephel boldly con­tin­ued to work on his doc­u­men­tary project.

Ti­bet in Song de­tails China’s sub­ju­ga­tion of Ti­betan cul­ture while dis­play­ing the Ti­betan peo­ples’ last­ing pas­sions for their mu­si­cal her­itage. The doc suf­fers from com­pet­ing sto­ry­lines and poor edit­ing, but it pro­vides a snap­shot of a re­gion strug­gling to pre­serve its iden­tity. Not rated. 86 min­utes. In English and Ti­betan with sub­ti­tles. The Screen, Santa Fe. (Rob DeWalt)

THE TILL­MAN STORY Josh Brolin nar­rates this doc­u­men­tary on the life of Pat Till­man, the foot­ball player for the Ari­zona Car­di­nals who left his lu­cra­tive ca­reer and joined the Army Rangers in the wake of the Sept. 11 attacks. He was killed by friendly fire in Afghanistan in 2004, and this film ex­plores the ex­tent to which the Bush ad­min­is­tra­tion and the U.S. mil­i­tary cov­ered up the truth about his death to push his story as pro­pa­ganda. The doc­u­men­tary fea­tures ex­ten­sive in­ter­views with Till­man’s fam­ily and fel­low sol­diers. Rated R. 94 min­utes. Re­gal DeVargas, Santa Fe. (Not re­viewed)

THE TOURIST If hot­ties like Johnny Depp and An­gelina Jolie are your two lead ac­tors, does it mat­ter what your movie is about? Prob­a­bly not, but for those who are in­ter­ested: Depp plays Frank, an Amer­i­can in Italy who en­coun­ters a femme fatale named Elise ( Jolie). She some­how tricks au­thor­i­ties into think­ing Frank is a ma­jor crim­i­nal, and a cat-and-mouse game full of plot twists en­sues. This re­make of the 2005 French film An­thony Zim­mer is di­rected by Flo­rian Henckel von Don­ners­marck ( The Lives of Oth­ers). Rated PG-13. 103 min­utes. Re­gal Sta­dium 14, Santa Fe; Dream­Catcher, Es­pañola; Sto­ry­teller, Taos. (Not re­viewed)

Turn off the in­genue when you leave the room: The Chron­i­cles of Narnia: The Voy­age of the Dawn Treader,

at Re­gal Sta­dium 14 in Santa Fe and Dream­Catcher in Es­pañola

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