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his Daily Show du­ties to shine a cin­e­matic light on the out­rage. Ste­wart does a com­pe­tent job with his de­but di­rect­ing ef­fort, but misses too many op­por­tu­ni­ties, and the film doesn’t soar. Jon, don’t quit your Daily job. Rated R. 103 min­utes. Re­gal DeVar­gas, Santa Fe. ( Jonathan Richards) ST. VINCENT Bill Mur­ray plays Vincent, a surly al­co­holic old-timer who is tasked with tak­ing care of the child (Jae­den Lieber­her) of the sin­gle mother (Melissa McCarthy) who lives next door, so he teaches the kid how to fight and totes him along to the race­track. Vincent has to sa­ti­ate his gambling ad­dic­tion, but no reg­u­lar movie­goer would bet against the even­tual re­veal that this her­mit has a heart of gold. The story plays out ex­actly as you’d ex­pect, and Naomi Watts’ Rus­sian pros­ti­tute seems to be­long in another story en­tirely. The film’s sav­ing grace is McCarthy’s af­fect­ing per­for­mance as a hard­work­ing woman at the end of her rope. Rated PG-13. 102 min­utes. Re­gal DeVar­gas, Santa Fe. (Robert Ker) WHIPLASH Miles Teller plays teenage jazz drum­mer An­drew Neiman, whose dreams of be­com­ing one of the greats hinge on sur­viv­ing elite mu­sic in­struc­tor Ter­ence Fletcher (a riv­et­ing J.K. Sim­mons), the sort of teacher who’s more likely to throw a chair at his stu­dent’s head than say “please” when re­quest­ing a drum­roll. This in­die-drama by Damien Chazelle won two ma­jor awards at Sundance and com­pellingly ex­plores the ways in which the power dy­nam­ics of a men­tor­ing re­la­tion­ship can turn a teacher’s ob­ses­sion into a stu­dent’s com­pul­sion. Rated R. 107 min­utes. Re­gal DeVar­gas, Santa Fe. (Loren Bienvenu) THE TALE OF THE PRINCESS KAGUYA When an old bam­boo cut­ter dis­cov­ers a minia­ture girl in a bam­boo grove, he raises her as his own daugh­ter. As Kaguya grows older and the man comes into unimag­in­able wealth through su­per­nat­u­ral means, he is con­vinced she is of divine ori­gin. He sets her up in a pala­tial home, where she spurns nu­mer­ous suit­ors, long­ing only for her lost child­hood love. She ap­peals to the moon for help, set­ting in mo­tion a se­ries of mag­i­cal events as she races to free her­self from the con­straints of courtly life. Di­rec­tor Isao Taka­hata’s beau­ti­fully an­i­mated fea­ture is an en­chant­ing, poetic tale for the ages. Rated PG. 137 min­utes. Cen­ter for Con­tem­po­rary Arts, Santa Fe. (Michael Abatemarco)

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