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A LA MALA This com­edy from Mex­ico stars Ais­linn Der­bez as Maria Laura “Mala” Me­d­ina as an as­pir­ing actress. She finds a sec­ond ca­reer testing the faith­ful­ness of clients’ boyfriends — and then she falls for one of the sus­pects. Not rated. 99 min­utes. In Span­ish with sub­ti­tles. Re­gal Sta­dium 14 , Santa Fe. (Not re­viewed)

EX­CAL­IBUR Direc­tor John Boor­man’s 1981 epic, part of The Screen’s Films to See Be­fore You Die se­ries, is a retelling of Sir Thomas Malory’s 15th-cen­tury Le

Morte D’Arthur . It en­joys a rep­u­ta­tion as the best film ver­sion ever made of the Arthurian leg­end. Arthur (Nigel Terry), born in ful­fill­ment of a prophecy, comes un­der the guid­ance of Mer­lin the ma­gi­cian (Ni­col Wil­liamson), who helps him rise to king­hood. The film cov­ers Arthur’s youth, the for­ma­tion of the Knights of the Round Ta­ble, the af­fair of Lancelot and Guen­e­vere, and the quest for the Holy Grail with lush cin­e­matog­ra­phy from Alex Thom­son and one mem­o­rable set piece af­ter an­other. Paul Ge­of­frey (Perce­val) ap­pears at the 7 p.m. Fri­day, Feb. 27, screen­ing. Rated R. 140 min­utes. The Screen , Santa Fe. (Michael Abatemarco) See Screen Gems , page 38. FO­CUS Will Smith, tack­ling his first star­ring role since 2013’s Af­ter Earth , plays a con man who takes on a high-stakes job in Buenos Aires. When the woman (Mar­got Rob­bie) on the other side of the ca­per turns out to be an ex-flame, will he keep his fo­cus? Rated R. 104 min­utes. Re­gal Sta­dium 14 , Santa Fe; Dream­Catcher , Es­pañola. (Not re­viewed)

THE LAZARUS EF­FECT Olivia Wilde and Mark Du­plass play two med­i­cal stu­dents who learn how to bring the dead back to life, start­ing with a dog and then mov­ing on to hu­mans. The film is di­rected by David Gelb, who seems to be chang­ing things up af­ter re­ceiv­ing ac­claim for his foodie doc­u­men­tary

Jiro Dreams of Sushi . Rated PG-13. 83 min­utes. Re­gal Sta­dium 14 , Santa Fe; Dream­Catcher , Es­pañola. (Not re­viewed)

MAPS TO THE STARS Writ­ten by Bruce Wag­ner and di­rected by David Cro­nen­berg,

Maps to the Stars is a dark, star-stud­ded foray into the twisted hearts the Hol­ly­wood elite, where cyn­i­cism is the start­ing point. Themes in­clude mul­ti­ple forms of in­cest, abuse, and ad­dic­tion, and no one has a chance at re­demp­tion. Per­for­mances by Ju­lianne Moore and Mia Wasikowska are ex­cel­lent, if overdi­rected, but the over­whelm­ing ni­hilism of the screen­play has a dead­en­ing ef­fect on the story it’s try­ing to tell. Rated R. 111 min­utes. Cen­ter for Con­tem­po­rary Arts , Santa Fe. ( Jen­nifer Levin) See re­view, Page 41. PER­FOR­MANCE AT THE SCREEN The se­ries of high-def­i­ni­tion screen­ings con­tin­ues with a show­ing of Shake­speare’s King Lear from On­tario’s Stratford Fes­ti­val. Colm Fe­ore stars. 11:15 a.m. Sun­day, March 1, only. Not rated. 173 min­utes. The Screen , Santa Fe. (Not re­viewed)

TIM­BUKTU In 2012, rad­i­cal Is­lamists oc­cu­py­ing the north­ern Mali town of Aguel­hok ex­e­cuted an un­mar­ried cou­ple by public ston­ing. The in­ci­dent prompted Abderrahmane Sissako, a Mau­ri­ta­nian film­maker living in France, to make this film about the im­po­si­tion of Sharia law af­ter the 2012 ji­hadist takeover of the leg­endary city at the edge of the Sa­hara Desert. The ston­ing fig­ures into the story, but Sissako casts a much wider net, bring­ing to­gether a dis­parate cast of char­ac­ters. For the most part, he leaves the vi­o­lence im­plied rather than splashed on the screen, and the film man­ages to main­tain some light­ness, even hu­mor, wo­ven in with its darker strands. This pow­er­ful film makes a distinc­tion be­tween ji­hadist thug­gery and re­spon­si­ble Is­lam. Not rated. 97 min­utes. In English, French, Ara­bic, Bam­bara, Ta­masheq, and Song­hay, with sub­ti­tles. The Screen , Santa Fe. ( Jonathan Richards) See re­view, Page 40.

THE WAY HE LOOKS Brazil­ian wri­ter­di­rec­tor Daniel Ribeiro’s sweet, gen­tle com­ing-of-age movie ex­plores some­thing like a ro­man­tic tri­an­gle, as child­hood friends Leo (Ghil­herme Lobo) and Giovana (Tess Amorim) find their re­la­tion­ship sub­tly chang­ing as they morph into hor­monal ado­les­cence. Their bond is tested when a hand­some new boy ar­rives in their class. Leo is blind, and his fa­ther (Eu­cir de Souza) and mother (Lú­cia Ro­mano) have trou­ble eas­ing par­ent-child bound­aries. Leo is determined to es­tab­lish his in­de­pen­dence and to find him­self, feel­ing his way through the dark­ness of his world and the con­fu­sion of ado­les­cent sex­u­al­ity. Ribeiro and his cast keep things light, poignant, and hon­est. Not rated. 96 min­utes. In Por­tuguese with sub­ti­tles. Jean Cocteau Cinema , Santa Fe. ( Jonathan Richards)

Make up to break up: Ais­linn Der­bez in A la Mala , at Re­gal Sta­dium 14 in Santa Fe

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