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ABOUT ELLY A group of young mar­ried Ira­ni­ans ar­rive at a sea­side des­ti­na­tion. They have per­suaded Elly (Taraneh Ali­doosti), a teacher, to come along. A lit­tle boy nearly drowns, and when the cri­sis set­tles, Elly is nowhere to be found. Has she left? Has she drowned? Direc­tor As­ghar Farhadi (A Sep­a­ra­tion) builds the ten­sion as more com­pli­ca­tions emerge and the sit­u­a­tion spi­rals into a night­mare of doubt and fear. Re­move the head­scarves and the Persian lan­guage and this riv­et­ing drama of well-in­tended lies and un­in­tended con­se­quences could eas­ily be hap­pen­ing in the Hamp­tons. Not rated. 92 min­utes. In Persian with sub­ti­tles. The Screen, Santa Fe. ( Jonathan Richards)

THE AGE OF ADALINE Blake Lively plays a woman who is im­mor­tal and eternally young. For years, she has lived alone. When she meets a man (Michiel Huis­man) she could love, but who could also cause her to lose her im­mor­tal­ity, she faces a big de­ci­sion. Rated PG-13. 110 min­utes. Re­gal Sta­dium 14, Santa Fe. (Not re­viewed)

AVENGERS: AGE OF UL­TRON Marvel’s all-star su­per­hero squad is back, with direc­tor Joss Whe­don at the wheel again. This in­stall­ment is darker and a lit­tle less fo­cused than be­fore. The orig­i­nal lineup (Iron Man, Thor, Cap­tain Amer­ica, Black Widow, Hulk, and Hawk­eye) is al­ready kind of a smor­gas­bord, but now the gang has new ad­ver­saries, twins Quick­sil­ver and Scar­let Witch (Aaron Tay­lor-John­son and El­iz­a­beth Olsen) and the AI robot Ul­tron (voiced with smooth, deepthroated creepi­ness by James Spader), who in­sists the only way to save the planet is to kill off the hu­man race. Whe­don hangs on to the hu­mor, and he lends less-de­vel­oped char­ac­ters some depth. We get a few too many wild ac­tion se­quences, and some­times it’s hard to tell ex­actly what’s hap­pen­ing, but the spe­cial ef­fects are eye-pop­ping, as usual, and with all that go­ing on, you won’t have time to check your watch. Rated PG-13. 141 min­utes. Screens in 3-D and 2-D at Re­gal Sta­dium 14, Santa Fe. Screens in 2-D only at Vi­o­let Crown, Santa Fe; Dream­Catcher, Es­pañola. (Lau­rel Glad­den)

CLOUDS OF SILS MARIA Olivier As­sayas (Car­los) cre­ates a fas­ci­nat­ing drama about age and re­cur­rence. Actress Maria En­ders ( Juliette Binoche) comes face to face with the specter of her younger self when she is cast in the older role in a re­vival of a play she starred in at the dawn of her ca­reer. Kristen Ste­wart, a su­per­star for her Twi­light vam­pire films, is ex­cel­lent as Maria’s young as­sis­tant. As­sayas mud­dies the line be­tween real life and his movie char­ac­ters and be­tween his movie char­ac­ters and the play they are re­hears­ing. (Thirty years ago the direc­tor co-scripted

Ren­dez-vous, the An­dré Téch­iné film that made Binoche a star.) Rated R. 123 min­utes. In English and French with sub­ti­tles. Vi­o­let Crown, Santa Fe. ( Jonathan Richards)

DANNY COLLINS Al Pa­cino is this film’s ti­tle char­ac­ter, an aging rock star who has been coast­ing by on his old ma­te­rial for years. When his manager (Christo­pher Plummer) dis­cov­ers a never-seen let­ter of en­cour­age­ment to Collins from John Len­non, the singer is mo­ti­vated to write his own songs and tend to his per­sonal life once more. In­spired by folk singer Steve Til­ston’s story. Rated R. 106 min­utes. Re­gal DeVar­gas, Santa Fe. (Not re­viewed)

DESERT DANCER Af­shin Ghaf­far­ian (Reece Ritchie) as­pires to dance pro­fes­sion­ally and have his own com­pany in Iran, where his dreams are thwarted in the cul­tur­ally re­pressed state. Based on Ghaf­far­ian’s true story, this film also stars Freida Pinto and fea­tures dances by renowned chore­og­ra­pher Akram Khan. Rated PG-13. 98 min­utes. Re­gal DeVar­gas, Santa Fe. (Not re­viewed)

EX MACHINA Nov­el­ist Alex Gar­land, who wrote screen­plays for some of Danny Boyle’s films, tries his hand at di­rect­ing with this sci-fi thriller about a com­puter coder (Domh­nall Glee­son) who is cho­sen by his bil­lion­aire boss (Os­car Isaac of In­side Llewyn Davis) to test the AI of a pro­to­type for a fully hu­man­like an­droid. Gar­land shows a keen vis­ual eye with min­i­mal­ist cool­ness, and the in­ti­macy of the small cast lets the big ques­tions hang in the air nicely. His story steers clear of con­ven­tion, thanks in part to the sturdy act­ing. Rated R. 108 min­utes. Re­gal DeVar­gas, Santa Fe. (Robert Ker)

FU­RI­OUS 7 This long-run­ning fran­chise be­gan with fairly sim­ple street rac­ing as The Fast and the Fu­ri­ous and now in­cludes a star-stud­ded cast that trav­els the globe us­ing wildly im­plau­si­ble meth­ods to com­bat ter­ror­ists, shadow armies, elab­o­rate hack­ing schemes, and more. The for­mula clearly works — each film seems more suc­cess­ful than the last. This en­try is the first for Kurt Rus­sell, Dji­mon Houn­sou, and Ja­son Statham (dis­count­ing an un­cred­ited cameo) but the last for Paul Walker, who died dur­ing film­ing and is given a touch­ing send-off. Fu­ri­ous 7 is more of the same — re­venge, fam­ily, bad jokes, and vroom vroom — but big­ger than ever. It runs a bit long, and the se­ries has al­ways had third-act strug­gles (How do you go over the top of

over the top?), but as ever, fans will get their money’s worth. Rated PG-13. 137 min­utes. Re­gal Sta­dium 14, Santa Fe; Dream­Catcher, Es­pañola. (Robert Ker)

HOME An alien named Oh (voiced by Jim Par­sons) ar­rives on Earth and meets a hu­man named Tip (Ri­hanna). He turns her set of wheels into a hover car, and they go on a road trip around the world. This com­edy from Dream­Works An­i­ma­tion looks vaguely like Lilo & Stitch, only with Steve Martin as an alien who de­liv­ers lines like “Give daddy some sugar.” Rated PG. 94 min­utes. Screens in 2-D only at Re­gal Sta­dium 14, Santa Fe. (Not re­viewed)

HOT PUR­SUIT Reese Wither­spoon plays a cop who is tasked with bring­ing a wit­ness (Sofia Ver­gara) to tes­tify against a danger­ous money laun­derer. The whole es­capade is quickly re­vealed to be a setup, which puts the un­likely pair through a se­ries of sit­u­a­tions that are comedic or deadly — or both. Rated PG-13. 87 min­utes. Re­gal Sta­dium 14, Santa Fe; Dream­Catcher, Es­pañola. (Not re­viewed)

LA SAPIENZA Direc­tor Eugène Green, an ex­pa­tri­ate Amer­i­can living in France, takes us on a gor­geous tour of the work of the 17th-cen­tury Ital­ian Baroque ar­chi­tect Francesco Bor­ro­mini. The prin­ci­pals are Alexan­dre Sch­midt (Fabrizio Ron­gione), a suc­cess­ful Swiss ar­chi­tect, and his wife, Aliénor (Chris­telle Prot Land­man), a psy­chol­o­gist and so­cial sci­en­tist. Dur­ing a cri­sis in his ca­reer and life, they go to Italy. There they meet Gof­fredo (Lu­dovico Suc­cio), a young ar­chi­tec­ture stu­dent, and his sis­ter Lavinia (Ari­anna Nas­tro) and learn some im­por­tant life lessons from them. The movie is styled with rigid for­mal­ism, but it works in drawing us into the emo­tional lives of the char­ac­ters. In the end it’s all about space and light, form and mean­ing, pas­sion and ideals. We’re never too old to learn and never too young to know. Not rated. 101 min­utes. In French and Ital­ian with sub­ti­tles. The Screen, Santa Fe. (Jonathan Richards)

MAD MAX: FURY ROAD Direc­tor Ge­orge Miller re­turns to the film se­ries that first made him fa­mous, putting Tom Hardy in Mel Gibson’s old driver’s seat as Mad Max, a loner steer­ing a mil­i­ta­rized ve­hi­cle through the post-apoc­a­lyp­tic Aus­tralian out­back. This time, Max of­ten rides shot­gun to a ter­rific Char­l­ize Theron, as they try to shut­tle a hand­ful of women away from a cor­rupt war­lord. The movie is es­sen­tially one long ac­tion se­quence, crafted with in­cred­i­ble art de­sign, imag­i­na­tive may­hem, and strong act­ing. Fury Road is proud of its 1980s B-movie roots and fem­i­nist slant, and it is pulled off with a flair that few con­tem­po­rary block­busters can match. Rated R. 120 min­utes. Screens in 3-D and 2-D at Re­gal Sta­dium 14, Santa Fe; Vi­o­let Crown, Santa Fe. Screens in 2-D only at Jean Cocteau Cinema, Santa Fe; Dream­Catcher, Es­pañola. (Robert Ker)

MONKEY KING­DOM The lat­est doc­u­men­tary from Dis­neyna­ture fol­lows a young monkey as it grows up and fights for sur­vival in an elab­o­rate simian so­ci­ety in the an­cient ru­ins of Southeast Asia. Tina Fey nar­rates. Rated G. 81 min­utes. Vi­o­let Crown, Santa Fe. (Not re­viewed)

PAUL BLART: MALL COP 2 The Os­car sea­son be­gins early this year, as Kevin James once again grows out his mus­tache and hops aboard a Seg­way to pro­vide us all with more mis­ad­ven­tures. This time, the ac­tion spills out of the food court and over to Las Ve­gas. Rated PG. 94 min­utes. Re­gal Sta­dium 14, Santa Fe; Dream­Catcher, Es­pañola. (Not re­viewed)

PITCH PER­FECT 2 It’s easy to see why the

Pitch Per­fect se­ries, about an up­start women’s a cap­pella group, is so beloved. Not only is the cast strong and the mu­sic lively, but it’s a rare film se­ries in which young women pur­sue their as­pi­ra­tions and ca­reers, not men and ro­mance. Even the char­ac­ter known as Fat Amy (Rebel Wil­son), the butt of so many cheap gags, is treated se­ri­ously as an ob­ject of a man’s af­fec­tion — and she (ini­tially) turns him down to fo­cus on her­self. It’s all quite re­fresh­ing. If only the jokes, which are broad, lame, and of­ten rooted in stereo­types, were fun­nier. Re­gal Sta­dium 14; Santa Fe; Vi­o­let Crown, Santa Fe; Dream­Catcher, Es­pañola. (Robert Ker)

THE SALT OF THE EARTH The pos­si­bil­ity of a mega-drought in the South­west makes it rel­e­vant that we ac­quaint our­selves with the work of Se­bastião Sal­gado, a Brazil­ian pho­tog­ra­pher who is the sub­ject of this doc­u­men­tary, co-di­rected by Wim Wen­ders and Ju­liano Sal­gado, the pho­tog­ra­pher’s son. The el­der Sal­gado be­gan his ca­reer as an econ­o­mist, but he soon re­al­ized that the pho­to­graphs he took with his wife’s cam­era on trips to Africa gave him more joy than the eco­nomic-devel­op­ment re­ports he wrote. With his wife’s con­sent, he made a risky, and ul­ti­mately sat­is­fy­ing, de­ci­sion to switch course and at­tempt a ca­reer as a pho­tog­ra­pher. Rated PG-13. 110 min­utes. Vi­o­let Crown, Santa Fe. (Priyanka Ku­mar)

THE SEC­OND BEST EX­OTIC MARIGOLD HO­TEL Ev­ery­one’s back — most no­tably Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, and Bill Nighy — for an­other stay in the ho­tel for re­tired Brits in In­dia. 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)

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 he 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 this op­por­tu­nity — nor should any­one else. Rated PG. 84 min­utes. Cen­ter for Con­tem­po­rary Arts, Santa Fe. ( James M. Keller)

THE WA­TER DIVINER Rus­sell Crowe di­rected and stars in this his­tor­i­cal drama about an Aus­tralian farmer in 1919 who learns that his sons died in the Battle of Gal­lipoli. Af­ter his wife kills her­self, he trav­els to Turkey to bring his sons’ bod­ies home and learns that one of them may still be alive. Rated R. 111 min­utes. Re­gal DeVar­gas, Santa Fe. (Not re­viewed)

WOMAN IN GOLD He­len Mir­ren plays Maria Alt­mann in this art-world thriller, based on true events. More than 50 years af­ter a 1907 por­trait of Alt­mann’s aunt is taken from her hus­band by the Nazis dur­ing World War II, their niece teams with an Amer­i­can lawyer (Ryan Reynolds) to fight the Aus­trian gov­ern­ment for her in­her­i­tance. The paint­ing is Gus­tav Klimt’s iconic Por­trait of Adele

Bloch-Bauer I. Rated PG-13. 109 min­utes. Re­gal DeVar­gas, Santa Fe. (Not re­viewed)

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