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AMOUR FOU Aus­trian writer-direc­tor Jes­sica Haus­ner draws a sur­pris­ingly en­ter­tain­ing film from the fa­mous sui­cide pact of Ger­man drama­tist and poet Hein­rich von Kleist (Chris­tian Friedel) and Hen­ri­ette Vo­gel (Birte Sch­noeink) in 1811. What makes this lit­tle film such a gem? In good part it’s the dry-as-bones wit with which Haus­ner spins her tale of self-in­dul­gent ro­man­ti­cism. And tak­ing cen­ter stage from the hap­less pro­tag­o­nists is art di­rec­tion that pos­i­tively ra­di­ates life and char­ac­ter. This may sound like a back­handed com­pli­ment, but it’s not. The vi­brant, pain­terly images, both ex­te­rior and es­pe­cially in­te­rior, will raise mod­est gasps of ap­pre­ci­a­tion. Not rated. 96 min­utes. In Ger­man with sub­ti­tles. The Screen , Santa Fe. ( Jonathan Richards) See re­view, Page 40.

EFFIE GRAY This psy­cho­sex­ual his­tor­i­cal drama about Bri­tish 19th-cen­tury su­per­star art critic John Ruskin and his teenage bride is­sues from the pen of Emma Thomp­son, but she seems to be as dis­mayed with the out­come as the rest of us, es­pe­cially af­ter a cou­ple of pla­gia­rism law­suits. She has skipped pre­mieres and dodged in­ter­views. As di­rected by Richard Lax­ton, Effie Gray is a beau­ti­ful but dreary, heavy-handed work that only truly comes to life in the few scenes in which Thomp­son her­self ap­pears. As the ti­tle char­ac­ter who mar­ried Ruskin only to be spurned sex­u­ally and emo­tion­ally, Dakota Fan­ning is ap­peal­ing, but al­most as ill-served by Lax­ton as Effie was by Ruskin. Rated PG-13. 108 min­utes. Jean Cocteau Cinema , Santa Fe. ( Jonathan Richards)

FU­RI­OUS 7 The loss of star Paul Walker (who died be­fore the film was com­plete) hasn’t shifted this in­vin­ci­ble fran­chise down a sin­gle gear. This time, Kurt Rus­sell and Ja­son Statham (in an ex­panded role) join a cast that in­cludes Walker, Vin Diesel, Tyrese Gibson, Michelle Ro­driguez, Dwayne John­son, Lu­dacris, and a garage full of mus­cle cars. Rated PG-13. 137 min­utes. Re­gal Sta­dium 14 , Santa Fe; Dream­Catcher , Es­pañola. (Not re­viewed)

AN HON­EST LIAR This doc­u­men­tary looks at James Randi, the world-fa­mous ma­gi­cian and es­cape artist who de­voted him­self to ex­pos­ing peo­ple who claimed to be faith heal­ers and psy­chics. Randi ap­pears via Skype af­ter the 6 p.m. Fri­day, April 3, screen­ing. Not rated. 90 min­utes. Cen­ter for Con­tem­po­rary Arts , Santa Fe. (Not re­viewed)

THE MAR­QUISE OF O The lat­est film in The Screen’s Films to See Be­fore You Die se­ries is Eric Rohmer’s 1976 movie about a woman in 1799 Italy who falls in love with a Rus­sian count and then fights for her in­no­cence when she be­comes preg­nant while he is away. Edith Clever and Bruno Ganz star. Rated PG. 102 min­utes. In Ger­man with sub­ti­tles. The Screen , Santa Fe. (Not re­viewed)

REEL NEW MEX­ICO The monthly se­ries show­cas­ing in­de­pen­dent films with a New Mex­ico con­nec­tion con­tin­ues with The Hi-Lo Coun­try (1998). Billy Crudup, Sam El­liott, and Pa­tri­cia Ar­quette star. 7 p.m. Thurs­day, April. 9, only. Not rated. La Tienda Per­for­mance Space , 7 Caliente Road off Avenida Vista Grande, El­do­rado. (Not re­viewed)

SEY­MOUR: AN IN­TRO­DUC­TION A chance meet­ing with the re­mark­able mu­si­cian Sey­mour Bern­stein in­spired ac­tor Ethan Hawke to di­rect this in­ti­mate and be­guil­ing doc­u­men­tary. Bern­stein with­drew from a se­ri­ous ca­reer as a con­cert pi­anist when he de­cided that tour­ing did not make him happy, and de­voted him­self in­stead to teach­ing, con­tem­plat­ing, and lov­ing mu­sic. He strews nuggets of wis­dom with­out be­ing self-con­scious or pompous about it. Bern­stein is the sort of el­der sage any­one would ben­e­fit from

spend­ing time with, and view­ers can­not help but de­rive in­spi­ra­tion from their ex­po­sure to this kind, sen­si­tive, com­pas­sion­ate soul. No mu­sic lover should miss the op­por­tu­nity — nor should any­one else. Rated PG. 84 min­utes. Cen­ter for Con­tem­po­rary Arts , Santa Fe. ( James M. Keller) See re­view, Page 38.

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