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her most notable catch phrase is, “I ain’t afraid of the po-po,” so there’s that. Rated PG-13. 106 min­utes. Re­gal Sta­dium 14, Santa Fe; Dream­Catcher, Española; Sto­ry­teller, Taos. (Not re­viewed) WA­TER FOR ELE­PHANTS This adap­ta­tion of Sara Gruen’s pop­u­lar novel stars Twi­light’s Robert Pat­tin­son, fi­nally get­ting to smile as Ja­cob Jankowski, a pen­ni­less De­pres­sion-era ve­teri­nary stu­dent who finds work with a trav­el­ing cir­cus only to fall for the wife (Reese Wither­spoon) of the volatile ring­mas­ter (Christoph Waltz, pre­dictably ter­rific). Sadly, no mat­ter how deeply Pat­tin­son and Wither­spoon gaze into each other’s mil­lion-dol­lar eyes, the two have neg­a­tive chem­istry. This pretty film (thanks, Ro­drigo Pri­eto) is as­sem­bled straight by Hol­ly­wood’s book, com­plete with scene-steal­ing an­i­mal tal­ent and snazzy pe­riod out­fits and mu­sic. As for Gruen’s book, though, most of the de­tails are here, what’s miss­ing is the heart. Rated PG-13. 120 min­utes. Re­gal Sta­dium 14, Santa Fe; Dream­Catcher, Española; Reel Deal, Los Alamos; Sto­ry­teller, Taos. (Laurel Glad­den) WIN WIN Paul Gia­matti has made a ca­reer play­ing the liv­ing em­bod­i­ment of an ex­as­per­ated sigh. Here, he’s right in his wheel­house as a stressed-out small-time lawyer and high-school wrestling coach. He be­comes a guardian for an old man (Burt Young) in or­der to gain his monthly stipend and gets more than he bar­gained for when the man’s grand­son (Alex Shaf­fer) shows up. Writer and di­rec­tor Thomas Mc­Carthy ( The Visi­tor) of­fers this as a flat, un­funny stew of mid­dle­brow, mid­dle-age cyn­i­cism, wast­ing a great sup­port­ing cast ( Jef­frey Tam­bor, Amy Ryan) in the process. Rated R. 106 min­utes. Re­gal DeVargas, Santa Fe. (Robert B. Ker) WIN­STON CHURCHILL: WALK­ING WITH DES­TINY Richard Trank’s stir­ring doc­u­men­tary about Win­ston Churchill’s stand against Nazi Ger­many fo­cuses on the years be­tween Churchill’s po­lit­i­cal low in 1930 and Amer­ica’s en­try into the war. It plays like a His­tory Chan­nel spe­cial, but it’s beau­ti­fully pro­duced and full of great wartime footage and bril­liant ora­tory. Satur­day, April 30, only. Not rated. 100 min­utes. The Screen, Santa Fe. ( Jonathan Richards)

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