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THE BOY NEXT DOOR Jen­nifer Lopez plays a high school teacher who takes up an ill-ad­vised af­fair with the teenage boy who moves in next door (in J-Lo’s de­fense, he’s played by Ryan Guz­man, who is 27 years old). The at­trac­tion proves fa­tal when he de­vel­ops an un­healthy ob­ses­sion with her. Rated R. 91 min­utes. Re­gal Sta­dium 14, Santa Fe; Dream­Catcher, Es­pañola. (Not re­viewed) CAKE Very lit­tle is sweet about this pretty, well-mean­ing, but flawed in­die. A con­spic­u­ously deglammed Jen­nifer Anis­ton plays Claire, a pill-pop­ping woman with phys­i­cal and emo­tional scars, a swanky house, and no friends. When the ghost of Nina (Anna Ken­drick), a woman from her support group who has killed her­self, starts ap­pear­ing, Claire be­gins to con­sider sui­cide. Anis­ton’s per­for­mance is sub­tle, strong, and even oc­ca­sion­ally funny, and the film trots out some in­ter­est­ing sup­port­ing play­ers — Chris Messina as Claire’s es­tranged hus­band, Sam Wor­thing­ton as Nina’s wi­d­ower, and Adri­ana Bar­raza as Claire’s kind, loyal house­keeper, who drives her to Ti­juana when she runs out of pain meds. It falls flat, though, by try­ing to thrust sen­ti­men­tal­ity and pro­fun­dity down your throat. Rated R. 102 min­utes. Re­gal DeVar­gas, Santa Fe. (Lau­rel Glad­den) THE DYBBUK Filmed in a Jewish shtetl in 1937, The Dybbuk is a haunt­ing tale of love and greed set in the 19th cen­tury. In­spired by the folk belief in wan­der­ing spir­its, lost souls sent back from death to fin­ish deeds left un­done, it tells the story of star-crossed lovers, des­tined since birth to marry but threat­ened by an evil pres­ence. For many of the cast and crew, it would be their last film, their lives cut short by the events of World War II. Screens as part of the Santa Fe Jewish Film Fes­ti­val at 11 a.m. on Sun­day, Jan. 25, only. Lois Rud­nick ap­pears. Not rated. 108 min­utes. In Yid­dish with sub­ti­tles. Cen­ter for Con­tem­po­rary Arts, Santa Fe. (Michael Abatemarco) See re­view, Page 42. FREE THE NIP­PLE This semi-satir­i­cal pro­pa­ganda film is writ­ten and di­rected by Lina Esco, who plays the pro­tag­o­nist, a twenty-some­thing jour­nal­ist in Brook­lyn named With. In real life, Esco got in­volved with an anti-cen­sor­ship move­ment to “de­crim­i­nal­ize women’s bod­ies,” and she and her fel­low ac­tivists made this lit­tle film about their cru­sade. It’s earnest, mis­guided, and a fine ex­am­ple of ex­actly the wrong way to use sto­ry­telling to fur­ther a po­lit­i­cal cause. Not rated. 84 min­utes. Jean Cocteau Cin­ema, Santa Fe. ( Jen­nifer Levin) See re­view, Page 40. THE GIRL AND DEATH A Rus­sian doc­tor (Leonid Bichevin) on his way to Paris stops at a Ger­man ho­tel and falls in love with a kept woman (Sylvia Hoeks), which puts them both in dan­ger. The doc­tor re­turns to the ho­tel sev­eral times over the years, un­able to for­get the un­earthly, beau­ti­ful, doomed Elise. Won­der­ful cos­tumes and a sus­tained surreal mood — as well as very ef­fec­tive ex­pos­i­tory scene-set­ting and gor­geous cin­e­matog­ra­phy — do not quite make up for a thin story and ex­cru­ci­at­ingly slow pac­ing. Not rated. 127 min­utes. In Ger­man, Rus­sian, and French, with sub­ti­tles. The Screen, Santa Fe. ( Jen­nifer Levin) A GIRL WALKS HOME AT NIGHT Shot in black and white with rich con­trasts that lend it a bleak and claus­tro­pho­bic at­mos­phere, this vam­pire movie sets the proper tone for gothic hor­ror. The set­ting is con­tem­po­rary Iran, and the sub­text in­volves the ageold sub­servient role of women there. A fe­male vam­pire stalks the des­o­late streets by night, prey­ing on men — a story with roots in the suc­cubus of folk legend, a fe­male de­mon who uses sex to draw men to their doom. The lone­some vam­pire, played by Sheila Vand, speaks very lit­tle, but her hyp­notic eyes ex­press hunger and yearn­ing. Not rated. 99 min­utes. In Per­sian with sub­ti­tles. The Screen, Santa Fe. (Michael Abatemarco) MORT­DE­CAI Johnny Depp tack­les his first broad com­edy in some time, grow­ing out a care­fully waxed mus­tache and play­ing Charles Mort­de­cai, a Bri­tish art dealer and scoundrel, who trav­els to Amer­ica to lo­cate a stolen paint­ing and finds him­self in a Pink Pan­ther­like ca­per. Gwyneth Pal­trow and Ewan McGregor co-star. Rated R. 106 min­utes. Re­gal Sta­dium 14, Santa Fe; Dream­Catcher, Es­pañola. (Not re­viewed) NEW MEX­ICO FILM­MAK­ERS SHOWCASE This an­nual event high­lights lo­cal film­mak­ing tal­ent, split­ting their short films into groups by genre and hav­ing a panel of ex­perts judge their ef­forts. Visit www.nm­ for de­tails and sched­ule. No charge. Jean Cocteau Cin­ema, Santa Fe. (Not re­viewed) PER­FOR­MANCE AT THE SCREEN The se­ries of high-def­i­ni­tion screen­ings con­tin­ues with a show­ing of Yuri Grig­orovich’s ver­sion of La Bayadère with mem­bers of Moscow’s Bol­shoi Bal­let. Svet­lana Zakharova and Maria Alexan­drova star. 11:15 a.m. Sun­day, Jan. 25, only. Not rated. 175 min­utes. The Screen, Santa Fe. (Not re­viewed) REEL NEW MEX­ICO The monthly se­ries show­cas­ing in­de­pen­dent films con­tin­ues with a pro­gram of clips from movies in a va­ri­ety of gen­res that have been filmed in or around Santa Fe since 1936. Film his­to­rian Jeff Berg speaks in be­tween the clips. 6:45 p.m. Fri­day,

Jan. 23, only. Not rated. Vista Grande Li­brary, 14 Avenida Tor­reón, El­do­rado. (Not re­viewed) SON OF A GUN This crime thriller from Aus­tralia cen­ters on a young man named JR (Bren­ton Th­waites), who is pro­tected in prison by a vi­cious crim­i­nal named Bren­dan Lynch (Ewan McGregor). Once JR gets out, Lynch calls on him to break him out of jail and join him in a heist. Not rated. 108 min­utes. Cen­ter for Con­tem­po­rary Arts, Santa Fe. (Not re­viewed) STILL LIFE From di­rec­tor Uberto Pa­solini comes a poignant, heart­warm­ing com­edy about a quiet, unas­sum­ing man whose job is to lo­cate the next of kin when peo­ple have died. John May (Ed­die Marsan) has a grow­ing back­log of cases. When he’s threat­ened with dis­missal, he em­barks on a se­ries of mis­ad­ven­tures to lo­cate the fam­ily of a dead man from his own apart­ment build­ing and con­vince them to come to the fu­neral so he can close out his last case. Marsan gives a touch­ing, mem­o­rable per­for­mance as a man who hon­ors so­ci­ety’s recluses and lost souls. Still Life’s hu­mor is dead­pan, but it has a hu­man­iz­ing mes­sage and a lot of heart. Not rated. 92 min­utes. Cen­ter for Con­tem­po­rary Arts, Santa Fe. (Michael Abatemarco) STRANGE MAGIC George Lu­cas con­ceived and pro­duced this an­i­mated com­edy about a gob­lin (voiced by Alan Cum­ming) who seeks to de­stroy all the prim­rose petals re­quired to make love po­tions — un­til, of course, he falls in love. At that point he must com­pete with an elf (Eli­jah Kel­ley) to find them. Gary Ryd­strom di­rects. Rated PG. 99 min­utes. Re­gal Sta­dium 14, Santa Fe; Dream­Catcher, Es­pañola. (Not re­viewed) WEST SIDE STORY If you like to be in Amer­ica, and if it’s OK by you in Amer­ica, then you’ll be happy to know that the 1961 film ver­sion of the mu­si­cal by Stephen Sond­heim and Leonard Bern­stein, di­rected by Jerome Rob­bins and Robert Wise, is back in the­aters. This is your chance see the Puerto Ri­can gangs reen­act Romeo and Juliet all over again. Natalie Wood and Richard Beymer star. Not rated. 152 min­utes. Jean Cocteau Cin­ema, Santa Fe. (Not re­viewed)

Johnny Depp in

at Re­gal Sta­dium 14 in Santa Fe and Dream­Catcher in Es­pañola

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