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shows up in her young son Sa­muel’s (Noah Wise­man) bed­room. Full of fright­en­ing images by il­lus­tra­tor Alex Juhasz, the book in­sid­i­ously per­vades their lives as they’re drawn deeper into its story. Di­rec­tor Jen­nifer Kent’s do­mes­tic hor­ror from Down Un­der pulls no punches in its por­trayal of a mother and son walk­ing the knife-edge be­tween real and imag­ined ter­rors. The film’s visual style and its themes of child ne­glect, grief, and loss el­e­vate it above the stan­dard fare, mak­ing this one of the most orig­i­nal hor­ror of­fer­ings in re­cent years. Not rated. 93 min­utes. Cen­ter for Con­tem­po­rary Arts, Santa Fe. (Michael Abatemarco) THE BET­TER AN­GELS What was Abe Lin­coln’s boy­hood like? If writer-di­rec­tor A.J. Ed­wards has it right, it was slow, rus­tic, harsh, tragic, brood­ing, oc­ca­sion­ally joy­ful, mostly silent, and ac­com­pa­nied by dreamy, fu­ne­real mu­sic. Ed­wards is the pro­tégé of Ter­ence Mal­ick — who once thought of di­rect­ing this film and is a pro­ducer — and the ap­ple doesn’t fall far from the tree. A lot of the im­agery is pure Mal­ick; when it holds still, the crisp black-and white cin­e­matog­ra­phy by Matthew J. Lloyd can be stun­ningly beau­ti­ful. Ed­wards’ im­pres­sion­is­tic ap­proach gives a fla­vor of back­woods life in the early 19th cen­tury, but it doesn’t re­ally ex­plore what made Abe tick. Not rated. 95 min­utes. Jean Cocteau Cin­ema, Santa Fe. ( Jonathan Richards) BIG EYES Tim Bur­ton ditches the over-the-top whimsy for the first time since 1994’s Ed Wood with

Meryl Streep in

at Re­gal Sta­dium 14 in Santa Fe

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