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ANOTHER YEAR Mike Leigh ( HappyGo-Lucky) has turned out another terrific movie using his wonderful repertory company of actors ( Jim Broadbent, Ruth Sheen, and a brilliant Lesley Manville) to tell a story of a happy couple and their friends and acquaintances, whose lives are variations on a theme of desperation. Leigh holds his central couple up as an ideal, like an idyllic family scene glimpsed through a window by a passing traveler, all warmth and light and everything the less fortunate would like their lives to be. Rated PG-13. 129 minutes. Regal DeVargas, Santa Fe. ( Jonathan Richards) See review, Page 40. CARLOS Director Olivier Assayas ( Summer Hours) delivers an epic look at terrorist Carlos the Jackal’s life from 1973 to his arrest in 1994. The film covers more locations, eras, action sequences, languages, and plot twists than the average James Bond movie, but Assayas handles such impressive scope with a script focused on character and theme, breezy editing, detailed art design, eclectic music, and a nostalgic, washed-out color palette. Édgar Ramírez plays the title character with an egocentric, effortless cool and together with Assayas shows us a vapid man who is more rock star than revolutionary. Not rated. 330 minutes. In English and seven other languages with subtitles. The Screen, Santa Fe. (Robert B. Ker) See review, Page 40.
ENEMIES OF THE PEOPLE From 1975 to 1979, the Khmer Rouge led a genocide through Cambodia that is estimated to have killed nearly two million people. Until the release of filmmaker Rob Lemkin and investigative journalist Thet Sambath’s bone-jarring new documentary, none of the leaders or foot soldiers have ever spoken publicly about how they carried out their policy of mass murders. Sambath, who lost his father and brother to the government killings, lands deeply haunting interviews with everyday farmers who carried out the executions alongside an unbelievable explanation for the genocide delivered by Nuon Chea, known as Brother No. 2 and the right-hand man of Khmer Rouge leader Pol Pot. Not rated. 93 minutes. In English and Khmer with subtitles. The Screen, Santa Fe. (Casey Sanchez) GUY AND MADELINE ON A PARK BENCH Director Damien Chazelle displays a promising visual sense in this début film, but on the whole it comes across as a student project made public before he mastered how to knit together the essential elements of a successful film. It’s an oddly fragmented black-and-white jazz musical whose performers don’t make a case for being cast in a musical and an overt but inconsequential tribute to the French New Wave filmmakers, and its chief virtue may be in inspiring viewers to revisit the films of Truffaut, Demy, and related masters as a reminder of how film techniques could be employed effectively. Not rated. 82 minutes.
CCA Cinematheque, Santa Fe. ( James M. Keller)
See review, Page 40.
PERFORMANCE AT THE SCREEN The series of high-definition screenings of performances from afar continues with an encore of the double bill of
Cavalleria Rusticana and Pagliacci from La Scala at 12:30 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 6. The Screen, Santa Fe. (Not reviewed)
THE ROOMMATE There’s nothing scarier than setting out on your adult life and having your first roommate randomly selected for you. Unless that person (played here by Leighton Meester, who does conniving well on
Gossip Girl) also turns out to be potentially dangerous. Then again, as long as she does her dishes, it could be worse. Rated PG-13. 93 minutes. Regal Stadium 14, Santa Fe; DreamCatcher, Española. (Not reviewed)
SANCTUM It’s been just over a year since James Cameron set box-office records with Avatar, and now his name is attached to another 3-D movie — one which also involves his passion for the deep sea. He’s listed as a producer for this story about three divers (Richard Roxburgh, Ioan Gruffudd, and Rhys Wakefield) who get trapped in an extensive underwater cave complex. Rated R. 103 minutes. Screens in 3-D only at Regal Stadium 14, Santa Fe;
DreamCatcher, Española; Reel Deal, Los Alamos; Storyteller, Taos. (Not reviewed)
Hooked on claustrophobics: Rhys Wakefield in Sanctum, at Regal Stadium 14
in Santa Fe and DreamCatcher in Española