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BIUTIFUL Di­rec­tor Ale­jan­dro González Iñár­ritu is work­ing here with­out his for­mer writ­ing col­lab­o­ra­tor Guillermo Ar­riaga (with whom he made 21 Grams and Ba­bel). The re­sult is more lin­ear than those films, and it’s re­lent­lessly grim. At al­most two and a half hours, this for­eign­lan­guage Os­car nom­i­nee is the Gone With the Wind of de­press­ing movies. But it’s pow­er­ful, and it some­times shocks you with its beauty and tragedy, while at other times it pum­mels you with its lugubri­ous ex­cess. There are many rea­sons to see the film, high­lighted by Javier Bar­dem’s ex­tra­or­di­nary per­for­mance, which has earned him a best ac­tor award at Cannes and an Os­car nom­i­na­tion. Rated R. 148 min­utes. In Span­ish with sub­ti­tles. Re­gal DeVargas, Santa Fe. ( Jonathan Richards) See re­view, Page 44. BLUE VALEN­TINE In this exquisitely painful film, co-writer and di­rec­tor Derek Cian­france presents — in ex­cru­ci­at­ingly re­al­is­tic, al­most doc­u­men­tary-like de­tail — the story of a young cou­ple, Dean (Ryan Gosling) and Cindy (Os­car nom­i­nee Michelle Wil­liams), as their love train de­rails and comes screech­ing to a heart­break­ing halt. Gosling and Wil­liams act in­tensely and truth­fully, hit­ting ev­ery note just right. This is a frac­tured fairy tale that’s dif­fi­cult to watch, but it’s so sweet, beau­ti­ful, and sad, you won’t want to look away. Rated R. 112 min­utes. Re­gal DeVargas, Santa Fe. (Lau­rel Glad­den) See re­view, Page 48.

DOG­TOOTH Di­rec­tor Gior­gos Lan­thi­mos uses a flat, fixed-cam­era vis­ual style to tell the un­usual story of two par­ents who have never al­lowed their grown chil­dren to leave their prop­erty. In­stead, they en­force their own rules and re­al­ity, which the kids have never known enough to ques­tion. The bizarre pro­ceed­ings can be a bit one-note, but it’s dif­fi­cult to tell what that note is. This is a cu­ri­ous and com­pelling film (up for an Os­car in the for­eign­lan­guage cat­e­gory) that could play equally well as black com­edy or emo­tional horror. Not rated, but not in­tended for chil­dren. 94 min­utes. In Greek with sub­ti­tles. The Screen, Santa Fe. (Robert B. Ker) See re­view, Page 44.

THE ME­CHANIC Ja­son Statham plays an ex­pert hit man who teaches a new­comer named Steve (Ben Fos­ter) how to ef­fi­ciently kill peo­ple and non­cha­lantly walk away from ex­plo­sions. The two men have a mu­tual goal: to take out Steve’s fa­ther, who is played by Don­ald Suther­land. Re­gal Sta­dium 14, Santa Fe;

Dream Catcher, Es­pañola. Rated R. 100 min­utes. (Not re­viewed) NA­TIONAL THE­ATRE OF LONDON IN HD — KING LEAR

This broad­cast comes from London’s Don­mar Ware­house and stars Derek Ja­cobi as the ti­tle char­ac­ter in Shake­speare’s tragedy. 7 p.m. Thurs­day, Feb. 3, only. Len­sic Per­form­ing Arts

Cen­ter, Santa Fe. (Not re­viewed)

NÉNETTE Doc­u­men­tary filmmaker Nicolas Philib­ert ( To Be and to Have) trades hu­man sub­jects for an orang­utan liv­ing out her twi­light years in cap­tiv­ity at the Mé­nagerie du Jardin des Plantes in Paris. In this quiet, awk­wardly static study of one ape’s con­fined life, hu­man lessons abound. Un­for­tu­nately, the se­ri­ous­ness of the orang­utan’s en­dan­gered state isn’t com­mu­ni­cated. De­spite a lack of con­scious­ness re­gard­ing wildlife con­ser­va­tion, Philib­ert crafts a com­pelling ex­am­ple of mankind’s ten­dency to trans­fer its own in­se­cu­ri­ties onto the an­i­mals it holds be­hind walls of con­crete, glass, and steel. Not rated. 70 min­utes. In French with sub­ti­tles. CCA Cine­math­eque, Santa Fe. (Rob DeWalt) See re­view, Page 48.

PER­FOR­MANCE AT THE SCREEN The se­ries of high-def­i­ni­tion screen­ings of per­for­mances from afar con­tin­ues with an en­core of the Bol­shoi Bal­let pro­duc­tion of The Flames of Paris at 12:30 p.m. on Satur­day, Jan. 29, and a dou­ble bill of Caval­le­ria

rus­ti­cana and Pagli­acci from La Scala at 12:30 p.m., Sun­day, Jan. 30. The Screen, Santa Fe. (Not re­viewed)

THE RITE An­thony Hopkins and the horror genre go to­gether like fava beans and a nice chi­anti. He stars here as Fa­ther Lu­cas, a vet­eran ex­or­cist who is ques­tion­ing his faith, in the lat­est “based on true events” ex­or­cism movie. A younger priest (Colin O’Donoghue) vis­its Lu­cas while study­ing at ex­or­cism school in Rome and gets plenty of hands-on train­ing as a re­sult. Rated PG-13. 107 min­utes. Re­gal Sta­dium 14, Santa Fe; Dream Catcher, Es­pañola; Sto­ry­teller, Taos. (Not re­viewed)

Eat right and get plenty of ex­or­cise: An­thony Hopkins in The Rite, at Re­gal Sta­dium 14 in Santa Fe and Dream­Catcher in Es­pañola

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