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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

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