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BAR­NEY’S VER­SION Writ­ten by Michael Konyves, Bar­ney’s Ver­sion is based on Cana­dian writer and jour­nal­ist Morde­cai Rich­ler’s mem­ory novel of the same ti­tle. It is an un­pre­dictable movie, which is very much in its fa­vor, but it’s also a film in need of tighter edit­ing and stronger writ­ing. Paul Gia­matti is quite good in the ti­tle role (and re­cently won a Golden Globe for it), and the rest of the cast (in­clud­ing Dustin Hoff­man, Min­nie Driver, and Rosamund Pike) pro­vide lively sup­port. At times it’s sub­ver­sively funny, but it’s darkly dis­turb­ing at other mo­ments. Rated R. 132 min­utes. Re­gal DeVargas, Santa Fe. (Robert Nott) See re­view, Page 44. BENTO BOX FILM FEST This week­end, Ware­house 21 and lo­cal Asian-lan­guage film dis­trib­u­tor Tide­point Pic­tures co-present a show­case of Ja­panese short and full-length films that range from the wacky and weird to the down­right macabre. 2007’s Ge­nius Party cel­e­brates the work of seven an­i­ma­tors. Based on a novella by No­vala Take­moto, the live-ac­tion, ful­l­length Kamikaze Girls tells the story of Momoko, a girl with a ro­coco-de­sign fetish who gets tan­gled up with a biker chick named Ichigo. Di­rec­tor Go Shi­bata’s

Late Bloomer — which sports a thrilling punk and elec­tro-noize sound­track by Ja­panese act World’s End Girl­friend — fol­lows a dis­abled man’s de­scent into mur­der­ous mad­ness. Satur­day and Sun­day, Feb. 19 and 20, only. Rat­ings and times vary. In Ja­panese with sub­ti­tles. Ware­house 21, 1614 Paseo de Per­alta, 989-4423, www.ware­ (Rob DeWalt)

BIG MOM­MAS: LIKE FA­THER, LIKE SON There’s some­thing about African Amer­i­can men dress­ing up like el­derly women that Hol­ly­wood seems to love. Co­me­di­ans Ed­die Mur­phy, Tyler Perry, and Martin Lawrence have earned riches from don­ning flo­ral-print dresses and gray wigs. Lawrence re­turns to the role of FBI agent Mal­colm Turner 11 years af­ter the hit Big Momma’s House, this time go­ing undercover in an all-girls school. Rated PG-13. 108 min­utes. Re­gal Sta­dium 14, Santa Fe; Dream­Catcher,

Española; Sto­ry­teller, Taos. (Not re­viewed)

I AM NUM­BER FOUR John Smith (Alex Pet­tyfer) is a fugi­tive on the run from dan­ger­ous en­e­mies and a mys­te­ri­ous past. He has strange pow­ers not un­like those of a su­per­hero. Three peo­ple like him have al­ready been killed. When he falls in love, it’s time to stop run­ning and start fight­ing. D.J. Caruso

( Dis­tur­bia) di­rects. Rated PG-13. 110 min­utes. Re­gal Sta­dium 14, Santa Fe; Dream­Catcher, Española; Reel Deal, Los Alamos; Sto­ry­teller, Taos. (Not re­viewed)


GRAND­MAS­TER This Hong Kong thriller de­liv­ers epic, tightly chore­ographed scenes of the mar­tial art of Wing Chun. Very loosely based on the life of Yip Man, Bruce Lee’s in­struc­tor and the first per­son to openly teach Wing Chun, this film is a de­light­ful, if schlocky, romp around colo­nial Hong Kong. The screen­writ­ing is min­i­mal but comic and well-timed. The Bri­tish colo­nial­ist vil­lains are ab­surd car­i­ca­tures, but who cares? It’s the ac­ro­batic kicks, punches, and blocks that make this movie de­liver. (Shows as a dou­ble fea­ture with the 2008 film Ip Man at 6:30 p.m. Fri­day, Feb. 18, only, and on its own through­out the week) Rated R. 108 min­utes. In Can­tonese, Man­darin, and English with sub­ti­tles. CCA Cine­math­eque, Santa Fe. (Casey Sanchez) See re­view, Page 46.

OUT­SIDE THE LAW Al­ge­rian-born French di­rec­tor Rachid Bouchareb fol­lows his Os­car-nom­i­nated Days of Glory (2006) with an­other Os­car nod for this epic tale of three brothers in­volved in the strug­gle for Al­ge­rian in­de­pen­dence. Ex­cel­lent acting and a com­pelling theme of the de­mands and ex­cesses of rev­o­lu­tion­ary com­mit­ment is un­der­mined by a de­riv­a­tive gang­ster-flick ap­proach and a too-heavy re­liance on cliché. Not rated. 138 min­utes. In French with sub­ti­tles. The Screen, Santa Fe. ( Jonathan Richards) See re­view, Page 46.

PER­FOR­MANCE AT THE SCREEN The se­ries of high-def­i­ni­tion screen­ings of per­for­mances from afar con­tin­ues with Verdi’s Rigo­letto, taped live in the streets and palaces of Man­tua. Plá­cido Domingo stars in the ti­tle role. 12:30 p.m., Sun­day, Feb. 20, only.

The Screen, Santa Fe. (Not re­viewed)

UN­KNOWN Liam Nee­son has al­ways been a re­spected ac­tor, but he also es­tab­lished him­self as a bank­able ac­tion hero with 2008’s Taken. In Un­known, he plays a man who wakes from a coma in Ber­lin to dis­cover that his iden­tity has been stolen. He quickly learns that there’s a greater plot against him and fights back. Frank Lan­gella costars, and you can prob­a­bly bet that his char­ac­ter is up to no good. Rated PG-13. 113 min­utes. Re­gal Sta­dium 14, Santa Fe;

Dream­Catcher, Española; Reel Deal, Los Alamos; Sto­ry­teller, Taos. (Not re­viewed)

Coma chameleon: Liam Nee­son in Un­known, at Re­gal Sta­dium 14 in Santa Fe and Dream­Catcher in Española

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