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THE BIG LE­BOWSKI The Coen broth­ers’ 1998 com­edy about a bowl­ing-lov­ing burnout ( Jeff Bridges) and his case of mis­taken iden­tity has grown into the biggest cult movie of the last 15 years. It’s so beloved that it has even spawned Le­bowski Fests, where fans dress as the char­ac­ters, go bowl­ing, quote the film, and drink White Rus­sians. But as with any cult movie, there are peo­ple who find Le­bowski in­suf­fer­able — and I’m one of them. Where oth­ers see the ex­is­ten­tial ab­sur­dity of Wait­ing for Godot or The Mal­tese Fal­con, I see ex­cru­ci­at­ing te­dium. Where oth­ers find laughs, I find grat­ing self-in­dul­gence. Still, I’ll ad­mit that the sound­track is aces, the dream se­quences are de­light­ful, and Bridges’ cen­tral per­for­mance as The Dude is cer­tainly iconic, if only oc­ca­sion­ally en­ter­tain­ing. 7 p.m. Fri­day, Jan. 21, only. Rated R. 117 min­utes. The Len­sic Per­form­ing Arts Cen­ter, Santa Fe. (Robert B. Ker) NORA’S WILL First-time writer-di­rec­tor Mariana Che­nillo gath­ered seven Ariel Awards (the Mex­i­can equiv­a­lent of the Os­cars) for this funny, touch­ing, lov­ingly ren­dered bat­tle of wills be­tween a Jewish sui­cide vic­tim and the man who had loved her for half a cen­tury — 30 years as her hus­band and the next 20 as her ex. It’s a strug­gle be­tween faith and athe­ism, with the chips scat­ter­ing where they may, and it’s a pro­foundly hu­man com­edy. Not rated. 92 min­utes. In Span­ish with sub­ti­tles. Re­gal DeVargas, Santa Fe. ( Jonathan Richards) See re­view, Page 48.

NO STRINGS AT­TACHED Ash­ton Kutcher and Natalie Port­man play two friends who de­cide to sleep to­gether and be­lieve they can have this kind of re­la­tion­ship with­out one of them de­vel­op­ing deeper feel­ings for the other. It may sound lu­di­crous, but then, so is one of the co-stars — rapper Chris “Lu­dacris” Bridges. Ivan Reit­man ( Ghost Busters) di­rects. Rated R. 110 min­utes. Re­gal Sta­dium 14, Santa Fe; Dream Catcher, Es­pañola. (Not re­viewed)

PER­FOR­MANCE AT THE SCREEN A se­ries of high-def­i­ni­tion screen­ings of per­for­mances from afar be­gins with Aida, from La Scala in Mi­lan, at 7 p.m. Fri­day, Jan. 21, and 12:30 pm. Wed­nes­day, Jan. 26. A Bol­shoi Bal­let pro­duc­tion of The Flames of Paris plays at 12:30 p.m. on Satur­day, Jan. 22. And at 12:30 p.m. Sun­day, Jan. 23, is a show­ing of Love’s Labour’s Lost from Shake­speare’s Globe The­atre in

London. The Screen, Santa Fe.

THE WAY BACK Peter Weir ( Mas­ter and Com­man­der: The Far Side of the World) di­rects this ad­ven­ture, based on a true story, about a group of men who es­cape a Siberian gu­lag in 1940. They pick up a stray teenage girl along the way and walk some 4,000 miles to In­dia, in­clud­ing a stretch across the Hi­malayas. Colin Far­rell, Ed Har­ris, Jim Sturgess, and Saoirse Ro­nan star. Af­ter leav­ing this movie, Jan­uary in New Mex­ico will feel down­right balmy. Rated PG-13. 132 min­utes. Re­gal Sta­dium 14, Santa Fe. (Not re­viewed)

WIL­LIAM S. BUR­ROUGHS: A MAN

WITHIN The ground­break­ing nov­els of Wil­liam S. Bur­roughs, which mixed sci­ence fic­tion and bit­ing po­lit­i­cal satire with gay erot­ica and hard drug use, are un­like any­thing else writ­ten in the 20th cen­tury. His books earned him a le­gion of in­die-hip­ster art-world ad­mir­ers, and this film is built on in­ter­views with them — Thurston Moore, Lau­rie An­der­son, John Wa­ters, Iggy Pop, and lots of Patti Smith. Un­for­tu­nately, di­rec­tor Yoni Leyser has stitched to­gether a ragged doc­u­men­tary that has very lit­tle to say about Bur­roughs’ lit­er­a­ture, leav­ing the er­ro­neous im­pres­sion that his style and his ad­mir­ers were more im­por­tant than any­thing he wrote. Bur­roughs’ friend Kathe­lin Gray ap­pears in per­son at the 6 p.m. Fri­day, Jan. 21, screen­ing. Not rated. 87 min­utes. CCA Cine­math­eque, Santa Fe. (Casey Sanchez) See re­view, Page 48.

Swans, how I like you, how I like you: Ash­ton Kutcher and Natalie Port­man in No Strings At­tached,

at Re­gal Sta­dium 14 in Santa Fe and Dream­Catcher in Es­pañola

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