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AMER­I­CAN SNIPER Based on the mem­oir by Chris Kyle (Bradley Cooper), the most pro­lific sniper in Amer­i­can mil­i­tary his­tory, this is Clint East­wood’s most com­mer­cially suc­cess­ful movie but far from his best ar­tis­ti­cally. East­wood

han­dles the ac­tion scenes pow­er­fully but doesn’t thread them to­gether with the kind of nu­anced sto­ry­telling he’s ca­pa­ble of, and he leaves some loose ends dan­gling. The home-front scenes of Kyle with his wife (Si­enna Miller) and fam­ily be­come a bore, but Cooper is ex­cel­lent as a man in­creas­ingly ad­dicted to com­bat. Rated R. 132 min­utes. Re­gal DeVar­gas , Santa Fe. ( Jonathan Richards)

CHAP­PIE Direc­tor Neill Blomkamp brought us the much-loved sci-fi film Dis­trict 9 and the lit­tle-liked sci-fi film Ely­sium . Now he of­fers a glimpse of a fu­ture in which so­ci­ety is po­liced by ag­gres­sive ro­bots. A man (Dev Pa­tel) re­pro­grams one to think and feel, and it fights back against the op­pres­sion. Hugh Jackman co-stars. Rated R. 120 min­utes. Re­gal Sta­dium 14 , Santa Fe; Dream-Catcher , Es­pañola. (Not re­viewed)

CIN­DERELLA Direc­tor Ken­neth Branagh tack­les the famed fairy tale, shoot­ing it as an all-ages cos­tume drama de­void of singing mice. Lily James plays the ti­tle char­ac­ter, Richard Mad­den is Prince Charm­ing, Cate Blanchett plays the wicked step­mother, and He­lena Bon­ham Carter is the fairy god­mother. Rated PG. 112 min­utes. Re­gal Sta­dium 14 , Santa Fe; Dream-Catcher , Es­pañola. (Not re­viewed)

THE DUFF Teenage Bianca (Mae Whit­man) dis­cov­ers that she’s the DUFF of her clique — the des­ig­nated ugly fat friend — and sets out to change her ways. She en­lists the help of a jock (Rob­bie Amell) to give her­self a makeover. Based on the young-adult novel by Kody Keplinger. Rated PG-13. 100 min­utes. Re­gal Sta­dium 14 , Santa Fe; Dream-Catcher , Es­pañola. (Not re­viewed)

FIFTY SHADES OF GREY The erotic novel about a young woman, Anas­ta­sia Steele (Dakota John­son), who falls in with bil­lion­aire Chris­tian Grey (Jamie Dornan) and his kinky pref­er­ences fi­nally comes to the big screen. Some say that read­ing the book is an act of masochism — here’s hop­ing direc­tor Sam Tay­lor-John­son has whipped the dia­logue into shape. Rated R. 125 min­utes. Re­gal Sta­dium 14 , Santa Fe. (Not re­viewed)

FO­CUS Will Smith at­tempts a ca­reer come­back, play­ing a slick con man who meets a beau­ti­ful pick­pocket (Mar­got Rob­bie) and falls in and out of love with her over the course of two jobs: one at the Su­per Bowl in New Or­leans and the other at an auto race in Buenos Aires. It’s usu­ally fun to watch slick grift­ing of this na­ture, but there aren’t many sur­prises, the jokes never quite work, and the film is bro­ken up like two episodes of a TV show. Aim­ing for The Sting , Fo­cus ends up closer to The Sting II . Rated R. 104 min­utes. Re­gal Sta­dium 14 , Santa Fe. (Robert Ker)

THE IMI­TA­TION GAME This very en­ter­tain­ing movie could have been a lot more. Morten Tyl­dum has taken the en­gross­ing story of Alan Tur­ing (Bene­dict Cum­ber­batch), the Bri­tish war hero, com­puter pi­o­neer, and ho­mo­sex­ual martyr, and fit it into the familiar con­fines of a biopic stocked with Movie Mo­ments, which never con­vince us that things re­ally hap­pened the way the film de­picts them. Rated PG-13. 114 min­utes. Re­gal DeVar­gas , Santa Fe. ( Jonathan Richards)

KINGS­MAN: THE SE­CRET SER­VICE The spy movie shifts away from the gritty re­al­ism of Ja­son Bourne and Daniel Craig’s James Bond and back to the spirit of the 1960s se­cret-agent men in this col­or­ful, over-the-top ca­per by direc­tor Matthew Vaughn. Taron Eger­ton plays an aim­less kid who is re­cruited into an elite spy or­ga­ni­za­tion by Harry Hart (Colin Firth), and soon finds him­self try­ing to stop a hare­brained scheme by bil­lion­aire mas­ter­mind Valen­tine (Sa­muel L. Jack­son). This is a sat­is­fy­ing, en­er­getic, ir­rev­er­ent romp that is full of ideas. The MVP award goes to cos­tume designer Ari­anne Phillips. Rated R. 129 min­utes. Re­gal Sta­dium 14 , Santa Fe. (Robert Ker)

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; Dream-Catcher , Es­pañola. (Not re­viewed)

MCFARLAND, USA Kevin Cost­ner, who knows his way around an in­spi­ra­tional sports movie, plays a cross-coun­try run­ning coach in this film, which is based on true events. It’s 1987, and the coach finds him­self work­ing in a Latino com­mu­nity full of kids who have never been given a chance. He gets them to be­lieve in them­selves, over­come a va­ri­ety of hur­dles, and win a cham­pi­onship. Rated PG. 128 min­utes. Re­gal Sta­dium 14 , Santa Fe; Dream-Catcher , Es­pañola. (Not re­viewed) MR. TURNER Mike Leigh’s por­trait of J.M.W. Turner is a warts-and-all im­pres­sion of Eng­land’s great­est painter, con­structed us­ing the direc­tor’s process of im­pro­vi­sa­tion, dis­cus­sions with his ac­tors to de­velop a script, and months of re­hearsal. The re­sult is a movie that is il­lu­mi­nat­ing, beau­ti­fully per­formed, unim­peach­ably re­searched, and shot with an in­spired Turneresque beauty by cine­matog­ra­pher Dick Pope. The film is per­haps a lit­tle long at two and a half hours, but that’s how long it takes. Rated R. 150 min­utes. Re­gal DeVar­gas , Santa Fe. ( Jonathan Richards)

RED ARMY This fas­ci­nat­ing indepth doc­u­men­tary pulls back the veil shroud­ing Red Army, the Soviet hockey team that came to promi­nence dur­ing the Cold War era. Pro­duced, writ­ten, and di­rected by Gabe Pol­sky, it chron­i­cles the rise and fall of the great­est sports dy­nasty the world has ever known. More im­por­tant, it hu­man­izes the men who lived un­der the harsh­ness of the Com­mu­nist regime and a bru­tal coach. A must-see for any­one in­ter­ested on Cold War tac­tics. Not rated. 76 min­utes. Cen­ter for Con­tem­po­rary Arts , Santa Fe. (Will Web­ber)

RUN ALL NIGHT Liam Nee­son takes a break from play­ing a man whose daugh­ter is in dan­ger in the Taken se­ries to change things up. Here, he plays a man whose son is in dan­ger, when an an­gry mob boss (Ed Har­ris) wants re­venge. Rated R. 114 min­utes. Re­gal Sta­dium 14 , Santa Fe; Dream-Catcher , Es­pañola. (Not re­viewed)

THE SAL­VA­TION Kris­tian Levring’s Dan­ish West­ern was shot in South Africa but traces its roots to both the Amer­i­can and Euro­pean Westerns of days gone by. Mads Mikkelsen is the pro­tag­o­nist, a Dan­ish set­tler who em­barks on a course of ret­ri­bu­tion af­ter some bad guys kill his wife and child — and that’s re­ally sim­pli­fy­ing the plot, which in­cludes the in­flu­ence of the rail­road, the machi­na­tions of a greedy oil baron, a PTSD-wracked vil­lain, crooked politi­cians, and the usual ar­ray of beat­ings and shoot-outs. It’s highly de­riv­a­tive, but that’s part of the ap­peal if you just take it for what it is: a solid re­venge West­ern that will carry you with its dark, un­set­tling en­ergy. Eva Green is one of the few in the cast to act with nu­ance, and she’s riv­et­ing. Most of the other char­ac­ters and per­for­mances are of the white hat/black hat va­ri­ety. Not rated. 92 min­utes. Jean Cocteau Cinema , Santa Fe. (Robert Nott)

THE SEC­OND BEST EX­OTIC MARIGOLD HO­TEL The whole gang is back — most no­tably Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, and Bill Nighy — for an­other stay in the ho­tel in In­dia for re­tired Brits (first seen in the 2011 com­edy). This time, Richard Gere brings an Amer­i­can twist to the pro­ceed­ings, get­ting a few of the women all atwit­ter. Rated PG. 122 min­utes. Re­gal DeVar­gas , Santa Fe. (Not re­viewed)

SELMA Half a cen­tury ago, the civil rights attack on Jim Crow in this coun­try was just com­ing to a boil un­der the lead­er­ship of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. One of the wa­ter­sheds of that move­ment was a mas­sive protest march bound from Selma, Alabama, to Mont­gomery, 54 miles away, in sup­port of the 1965 Vot­ing Rights Act. That un­der­tak­ing is the cen­ter­piece and fo­cus of this un­even but pow­er­ful film from direc­tor Ava Du­Ver­nay. David Oyelowo gives us an MLK in whom quiet, deeply re­li­gious so­cial con­vic­tions tri­umph over hu­man doubts and weak­nesses. Rated PG-13. 127 min­utes. Re­gal DeVar­gas , Santa Fe. ( Jonathan Richards)

THE SPONGEBOB MOVIE: SPONGE OUT OF WA­TER Stu­dents in both preschool and col­lege will love the lat­est SpongeBob SquarePants adventure, which is fast-paced, psy­che­delic, and hi­lar­i­ous. The plot trans­forms Bikini Bot­tom into a post-apoc­a­lyp­tic waste­land, takes SpongeBob far into the fu­ture, fea­tures wacky mu­si­cal in­ter­ludes, and ends up with the whole gang swim­ming out of their car­toon world and into L.A., where they trans­form into su­per­heroes (an­i­mated by CGI) and face off against a pirate (An­to­nio Ban­deras). Rated PG. 93 min­utes. Screens in 2-D only at Re­gal Sta­dium 14 , Santa Fe; Dream­Catcher , Es­pañola. (Robert Ker)

STILL ALICE Get ready to add this film to your list of “hard­est movies to watch.” A renowned au­thor and lin­guis­tics pro­fes­sor, Alice (Os­car win­ner Ju­lianne Moore for best actress) is in the mid­dle of a lec­ture when she loses her train of thought. Af­ter vis­its to a neu­rol­o­gist, she is di­ag­nosed with early-on­set Alzheimer’s. Even the open­ing scenes have a sense of dread about them, and we watch Alice and her fam­ily en­dure the dis­ease’s pro­gres­sion. The film can feel pre­dictable and a lit­tle too neat, and many sup­port­ing parts feel sketchy, but it’s held aloft by Moore. Rated PG-13. 101 min­utes. Re­gal DeVar­gas , Santa Fe. (Lau­rel Glad­den)

TIM­BUKTU In 2012, rad­i­cal Is­lamists oc­cu­py­ing the north­ern Mali town of Aguel­hok ex­e­cuted an un­mar­ried cou­ple by public ston­ing. The in­ci­dent prompted Abderrahmane Sissako to make this film about the im­po­si­tion of Sharia law af­ter the ji­hadist takeover of the leg­endary city at the edge of the Sa­hara Desert. For the most part, he leaves the vi­o­lence im­plied, and the film man­ages to main­tain some light­ness, even hu­mor, wo­ven in with its darker strands. Not rated. 97 min­utes. In English and var­i­ous lan­guages with sub­ti­tles. The Screen , Santa Fe. ( Jonathan Richards)

WHAT WE DO IN THE SHAD­OWS This mock­u­men­tary fea­tures the daily lives of vam­pires living to­gether in Welling­ton, New Zealand. Vi­ago (Taika Waititi), Dea­con (Jonathan Brugh), and Vladislav (Je­maine Cle­ment) ar­gue over the stan­dard of clean­li­ness in their vam­pire den and go out for nights on the town. At about 85 min­utes, the film is nearly too long, but it main­tains its ap­peal through ab­sur­dity and sheer charm. Writ­ten and di­rected by Waititi and Cle­ment (best known in this coun­try for their work on the HBO se­ries Flight of the Con­chords ), Shad­ows presents vam­pires living in so­cial ex­ile, bum­bling along, and do­ing their best. Not rated. 86 min­utes. Cen­ter for Con­tem­po­rary Arts , Santa Fe. (Adele Oliveira)

Leg­ends From the Sky , at Re­gal DeVar­gas in Santa Fe

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