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THE AD­JUST­MENT BU­REAU Philip K. Dick, the late sci-fi writer whose sto­ries and nov­els have been cat­nip for film­mak­ers over the years ( Blade Run­ner, Mi­nor­ity Re­port), gets an­other out­ing with this adap­ta­tion of his 1954 story “Ad­just­ment Team,” a dark tale about look­ing be­hind the cur­tain of re­al­ity. Stars Matt Da­mon and Emily Blunt are ap­peal­ing, but in the hands of de­but di­rec­tor Ge­orge Nolfi (who wrote the script for The Bourne Ul­ti­ma­tum), the mood strays from gritty, provoca­tive sci-fi into ro­mance, and it doesn’t pay off in the long run. Rated PG-13. 107 min­utes. Re­gal DeVargas, Santa Fe. ( Jonathan Richards) ARTHUR In this un­nec­es­sary re­make of the medi­ocre 1981 Dud­ley Moore hit, Rus­sell Brand plays the drunken bil­lion­aire man-child, who must choose money and mar­riage (to Jen­nifer Garner) or love (with Greta Ger­wig) and los­ing his for­tune. Most of the movie plays like a string of vi­gnettes de­signed for Brand to de­liver one-lin­ers (some of which are funny), but for the most part Arthur comes across more in­sane than im­ma­ture. Like John Giel­gud be­fore her, He­len Mir­ren is a de­light as the acer­bic but con­cerned Hob­son. I don’t know who Ger­wig did fa­vors for to get her part, but she needs to do us all a fa­vor and take some acting lessons. Rated PG-13. 110 min­utes. Re­gal Sta­dium 14, Santa Fe; Dream­Catcher, Española; Reel Deal, Los Alamos; Sto­ry­teller, Taos. (Laurel Glad­den) CER­TI­FIED COPY Do you like that topsy-turvy feel­ing you get from rid­ing a roller coaster, when down sud­denly

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