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ALIEN OUT­POST This mod­est slice of small­time sci-fi cen­ters on a doc­u­men­tary crew at a mil­i­tary out­post in Afghanistan some time af­ter aliens have in­vaded from outer space. There are par­al­lels with cur­rent events, but the film is mainly a chance for spe­cial-ef­fects artist Jab­bar Raisani to show the world he has some writ­ing and di­rect­ing chops and can de­stroy the world on a small bud­get, too. How­ever, it’s mostly just men run­ning around and bark­ing at each other. Not rated. 90 min­utes. Jean Cocteau Cinema , Santa Fe. (Robert Ker)

BIANCA COME IL LATTE, ROSSA COME IL SANGUE Six­teen-year-old Leo (Filippo Scicchitano) has fallen hope­lessly in love with a beau­ti­ful red­head named Beatrice (Gaia Weiss). When he learns that Beatrice is dy­ing from leukemia, Leo feels caught be­tween life’s painful highs and lows. He finds in­spi­ra­tion in his phi­los­o­phy teacher (Luca Ar­gen­tero) and sets out on a quest to save her. This is a funny, heart­warm­ing, if some­times sac­cha­rine com­ing-of-age tale, screened as part of the New Mex­ico Ital­ian Film & Cul­ture Fes­ti­val. 5 p.m. Satur­day, Feb. 7, only. Not rated. 102 min­utes. In Ital­ian with sub­ti­tles. Jean Cocteau Cinema , Santa Fe. (Michael Abatemarco) THE DUKE OF BUR­GUNDY Direc­tor Peter Strick­land’s third fea­ture is a po­tent, sen­sual film that twists and turns through a dream world of charged sex­u­al­ity, role-play­ing, and in­sects. Eve­lyn (Chiara D’Anna) plays the sub­mis­sive part in her re­la­tion­ship with the stern Cyn­thia (Sidse Ba­bett Knud­sen), but this is only an elab­o­rate game set in a world in­hab­ited solely by fe­male en­to­mol­o­gists. The “duke” of the ti­tle is not a man at all but a but­ter­fly. The film avoids all ref­er­ence to a spe­cific time or place, re­in­forc­ing the no­tion that noth­ing we see on-screen is quite real but, rather, part of a sex­u­al­ized fan­tasy. Not rated. 104 min­utes. Cen­ter for Con­tem­po­rary Arts , Santa Fe. (Michael Abatemarco) See re­view, Page 48.

JUPITER AS­CEND­ING In 1999, Andy and Lana Wa­chowski changed block­buster film­mak­ing with the mon­ster hit The Ma­trix . Since then, they’ve tried to re­claim that magic to lit­tle avail. Their lat­est ef­fort stars Chan­ning Ta­tum and Mila Ku­nis as two peo­ple in the dis­tant fu­ture who at­tempt to over­throw a tyran­ni­cal reign. The ef­fects look im­pres­sive, but the movie was bumped to Fe­bru­ary from last July, which is never a good sign. Rated PG-13. 127 min­utes. Screens in 3-D and 2-D at Re­gal Sta­dium 14 , Santa Fe. Screens in 2-D only at Dream­Catcher , Es­pañola. (Not re­viewed)

THE MET LIVE IN HD: LES CONTES D’HOFF­MANN Vit­to­rio Grigolo stars in this stag­ing of Jac­ques Of­fen­bach’s opera, which is broad­cast live from the Met. Hi­bla Gerz­mava and Thomas Hampson co-star. Not rated. 226 min­utes. 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. Satur­day, Feb. 7, only (resched­uled from Jan. 31). Lensic Per­form­ing Arts Cen­ter , Santa Fe.

PER­FOR­MANCE AT THE SCREEN The se­ries of high-def­i­ni­tion screen­ings con­tin­ues with a show­ing of Verdi’s Il Trova­tore from Staat­soper Un­ter den Lin­den in Ber­lin. Anna Ne­tre­bko and Plá­cido Domingo star. 11:15 a.m. Sun­day, Feb. 8, only. Not rated. 137 min­utes plus two in­ter­mis­sions. The Screen , Santa Fe. (Not re­viewed)

REEL NEW MEX­ICO The monthly se­ries show­cas­ing films with a New Mex­ico con­nec­tion of­fers Red Sky

at Morn­ing , the 1971 film that is set in the early days of World War II and was pri­mar­ily shot in Santa Fe, Gal­is­teo, and Truchas. Richard Thomas stars. 7 p.m. Thurs­day, Feb. 12, only. Not rated. 112 min­utes. La Tienda Per­for­mance Space , 7 Caliente Road off Avenida Vista Grande, El­do­rado. (Not re­viewed)

SALVO When Mafia body­guard Salvo (Saleh Bakri) and his boss find them­selves the tar­gets of an as­sas­si­na­tion at­tempt, Salvo pur­sues Re­nato, the man be­hind the attack. Af­ter sneak­ing into Re­nato’s house to lie in wait, he en­coun­ters Re­nato’s blind sis­ter, Rita (Sara Ser­raiocco), whose life he makes a last-minute de­ci­sion to spare. Fabio Gras­sado­nia’s award-win­ning work is a slow-burn thriller. Part of the New Mex­ico Ital­ian Film & Cul­ture Fes­ti­val, Salvo ex­am­ines the per­va­sive, all-con­sum­ing na­ture of crime in con­tem­po­rary Si­cily from the per­spec­tive of its en­forcer-cum-hero and the per­son who once was his tar­get and now is his charge. 6 p.m. Fri­day, Feb. 6, only. In Ital­ian with sub­ti­tles. Not rated. 110 min­utes. Jean Cocteau Cinema , Santa Fe. (Michael Abatemarco)

SEV­ENTH SON This fan­tasy adventure was first sched­uled for re­lease in Fe­bru­ary 2013, and af­ter ap­prox­i­mately the time it takes for the sev­enth son of a sev­enth son to be born, it has fi­nally ar­rived in the­aters. It stars Ben Barnes as the son of the ti­tle; he fights witches and mon­sters and all man­ner of evil spir­its. Jeff Bridges and Ju­lianne Moore co-star. Rated PG-13. 102 min­utes. Screens in 3-D and 2-D at Re­gal Sta­dium 14 , Santa Fe. Screens in 2-D only at Dream­Catcher , Es­pañola. (Not re­viewed)

THE SPONGEBOB MOVIE: SPONGE OUT OF WA­TER SpongeBob SquarePants splashes out of the car­toon world of Bikini Bot­tom and into the real world of South­ern Cal­i­for­nia in this com­edy. SpongeBob, Pa­trick Star, and the rest of gang are an­i­mated by com­put­ers and face off against a pirate (An­to­nio Ban­deras) who has stolen their spe­cial ham­burger recipe. Is Los An­ge­les re­ally any weirder

than Bikini Bot­tom, how­ever? Rated PG. 93 min­utes. Screens in 3-D and 2-D at Re­gal Sta­dium 14 , Santa Fe; Dream­Catcher , Es­pañola. (Not re­viewed)

TEL­LURIDE MOUN­TAIN­FILM FEST WildEarth Guardians’ an­nual fes­ti­val of films about out­door adventure and en­vi­ron­men­tal con­ser­va­tion ef­forts re­turns. This year, there are a lot of short films and the 48-minute Who Owns Wa­ter . 176 min­utes plus one in­ter­mis­sion. 7 p.m. Thurs­day, Feb. 12, only. Lensic Per­form­ing Arts Cen­ter , Santa Fe. (Not re­viewed)

TWO DAYS, ONE NIGHT San­dra (Mar­ion Cotil­lard, nom­i­nated for an Os­car for her per­for­mance) re­turns to work at a fac­tory af­ter a med­i­cal leave to dis­cover that her co-work­ers are re­quired to choose be­tween lay­ing her off and get­ting a bonus in their pay. San­dra vis­its 13 peo­ple in two days, hop­ing to get at least half of them on her side. In each new lo­cale, we get a glimpse into the lives of the Bel­gian work­ing class, some of whom are strug­gling more than oth­ers. The film is free of emo­tional ma­nip­u­la­tion and of­fers ex­cel­lent per­for­mances, writ­ing, and pac­ing. Rated PG-13. 95 min­utes. In French and Ara­bic with sub­ti­tles. The Screen , Santa Fe. ( Jen­nifer Levin) See re­view, Page 49.

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