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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) BAR­NEY’S VER­SION Writ­ten by Michael Konyves, this film 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 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 dis­turb-

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