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BEETLEJUICE This year’s Halloween movie at the Lensic is Tim Burton’s 1988 comedy about the ghosts of a couple of recently deceased people (Alec Baldwin and Geena Davis), who hire an obnoxious spirit (Michael Keaton) to scare the new owners out of their house. Keaton and Burton were at the peak of their powers in this imaginative, funny fable. Winona Ryder, the goth-girl heartthrob of her era, still charms. 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 31, only. Rated PG. 92 minutes. Lensic
Performing Arts Center, Santa Fe. (Robert Ker)
BEFORE I GO TO SLEEP Nicole Kidman plays a character who suffers from a strange disorder that causes her to wake up every morning with no memory. Could it have something to do with that accident she suffered? Definitely. What about that suspicious husband (Colin Firth)? Possibly. Rated R. 92 minutes.
Regal DeVargas, Santa Fe; DreamCatcher, Española.
THE BLUE ROOM Belgian crime novelist Georges Simenon was a prolific writer, turning out about a couple of hundred novels and numerous short stories. This adaptation of his work feels like a slender French paperback, its 76-minute running time drawing us forward through a shuffled narrative and fractured chronology so swiftly that by the time we figure out what’s going on, it’s over. Mathieu Amalric directed and co-wrote the script with Stéphanie Cléau (his real-life partner), with whom he also co-stars. It’s a steamy tale of sexual passion and murder that is less of a whodunit than a what-happened. We start in a blue hotel room, where two lovers writhe in carnal embrace on a rumpled bed; by the end, we’ve been drawn into a nightmare from which a man gradually understands he will not wake up. Not rated. 76 minutes. In French with subtitles.
The Screen, Santa Fe. ( Jonathan Richards) See review,
HORNS Ig Perrish (Daniel Radcliffe) has a serious problem. His girlfriend and first love, Merrin (Juno Temple), has been brutally murdered, and he’s suspected of being the perpetrator by just about everyone in town. The fact that Ig sprouts devil horns on top of his head doesn’t help his cause — although they prove to be more of a blessing than a curse when he begins to understand their unique abilities. This is a decent horror film, but its forced attempts at humor, unconvincing CGI snakes, and ham-handed symbolism keep it from being a good, perhaps even great, one. On fire as the horned devil, Radcliffe is compelling to watch, but
Horns suffers from an identity crisis. It’s a hybrid of comedy, horror, mystery, and drama — and not all of that works. Rated R. 120 minutes. Center for
Contemporary Arts, Santa Fe. (Michael Abatemarco)
See review, Page 40.
INTERSTELLAR Director Christopher Nolan returns with his first non-Batman movie since 2010’s
Inception. Matthew McConaughey plays a widower on an Earth that is rapidly running out of food; he joins a mission to fly a ship through a wormhole in space in order to find anything that will help humanity. The film’s marketing is being very coy about what he will find there. It opens wide on Nov. 7, but the Jean Cocteau Cinema screens it beginning Tuesday, Nov. 4. Regal Stadium 14 offers sneak previews on Thursday, Nov. 6. Rated PG-13. 169 minutes. (Not reviewed)
LISTEN UP PHILIP This is a sendup of literary novels and writing culture. Awaiting publication of his second novel, Obidant, Philip Lewis Friedman ( Jason Schwartzman) meets a luminary novelist named Ike Zimmerman ( Jonathan Pryce). Fame has made them both crazy. Philip keeps looking for the woman who can set him on the path to righteousness, except that he hates women — and himself and really everyone else, too. The subversion here is that this brilliant movie refuses to give Philip what he desires. Not rated. 108 minutes. Center for Contemporary Arts, Santa Fe. ( Jennifer Levin) See review, Page 39.
MANUSCRIPTS DON’T BURN Shot in Iran without permission and shrouded in secrecy until recently, this is the daring new drama from Mohammad Rasoulof, who has been banned by the Iranian government from making films or leaving the country. Reportedly inspired by actual events, it focuses on two government agents who are assigned to interrogate, terrorize, torture, and murder dissident writers and intellectuals. Not rated. 125 minutes. In Persian with subtitles.
The Screen, Santa Fe. (Not reviewed) THE MET LIVE IN HD: CARMEN Anita Rachvelishvili stars in this Richard Eyre production of Bizet’s opera, which is broadcast live from the Met. The cast also includes Aleksandrs Antonenko and Ildar Abdrazakov. 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 1, with a 6 p.m. encore. Lensic Performing Arts
Center, Santa Fe. (Not reviewed)
NIGHTCRAWLER Jake Gyllenhaal plays a sleazy young man who finds his way into the world of nighttime crime journalism in Los Angeles. After covering accidents, murders, and fires for long enough, he finds himself manipulating the stories to boost his
career. Rated R. 117 minutes. Regal Stadium 14, Santa Fe; DreamCatcher, Española. (Not reviewed)
RHYMES FOR YOUNG GHOULS The experience of Native people in Canada — particularly the injustices they faced in the residential school system — is examined in this drama, set in 1976 at a Mi’kmaq reservation. The story centers on Aila (Kawennahere Devery Jacobs), a teenage girl who loses her parents to prison and suicide and must deal drugs to take care of herself and her uncle. Rated R. 88 minutes. Jean
Cocteau Cinema, Santa Fe. (Not reviewed)
SAW Where has the time gone? It’s been 10 years since the original Saw film first made audiences queasy, and to commemorate the anniversary, here is a Halloween-ready limited-engagement re-release. Remember when that guy had to crawl through the razor-wire maze until his guts spilled out everywhere? We were all so young then. Rated R. 103 minutes.
Regal Stadium 14, Santa Fe. (Not reviewed)