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KRAM­PUS

THE KINDER­GARTEN TEACHER

Not rated. 119 min­utes. In He­brew with sub­ti­tles. The Screen. See re­view, Page 48. Ac­cord­ing to Euro­pean folk­lore, Kram­pus is a horned fig­ure who pun­ishes chil­dren who mis­be­have. This hor­ror movie pits the mon­ster against a fam­ily whose mem­bers can’t be nice to one an­other. Soon, they start dis­ap­pear­ing one by one. The scares come with a darkly comic el­e­ment, pro­vided in part by a cast full of peo­ple with com­edy back­grounds, in­clud­ing Adam Scott, Toni Col­lette, and David Koech­ner. Rated R. 98 min­utes. Re­gal DeVar­gas; Re­gal Sta­dium 14; Dream­Catcher. (Not re­viewed)

THE LET­TERS

One doesn’t ex­pect a com­plex “warts and all” biopic of Mother Teresa, but even as ha­giog­ra­phy, her life could have yielded a much more en­gag­ing film than this one. Juliet Steven­son plays Teresa, mostly while go­ing through a cri­sis of faith dur­ing her time help­ing the poor in In­dia. She’s up for the role, and co-stars Rut­ger Hauer and Max von Sy­dow are pre­dictably ex­cel­lent. Un­for­tu­nately, the di­a­logue they de­liver is painfully ex­pos­i­tory, and de­spite the fact that the film doesn’t look cheap, the stag­ing fre­quently re­sem­bles a soap opera. Teresa’s devo­tion and tire­less work is un­de­ni­ably in­spir­ing, but cin­ema this bad crushes the spirit. Rated PG. 114 min­utes. Re­gal

DeVar­gas. (Robert Ker)

NA­TIONAL THE­ATRE LIVE: JANE EYRE

Madeleine Wor­rall stars as the ti­tle char­ac­ter in the lat­est stag­ing of Char­lotte Brontë’s novel, play­ing her from birth through adult­hood, which is broad­cast from Lon­don’s Na­tional The­atre. Di­rec­tor Sally Cook­son presents the lat­est version of this re-imag­in­ing. 7 p.m. Thurs­day, Dec. 10. Len­sic Per­form­ing Arts Cen­ter. (Not re­viewed)

A ROYAL NIGHT OUT

It’s V.E. Day in Lon­don in 1945, and all of the city is cel­e­brat­ing the re­turn of peace to Europe. Princess El­iz­a­beth (Sarah Gadon) and Princess Mar­garet (Bel Pow­ley) want to get out and join the fes­tiv­i­ties. King Ge­orge VI (Ru­pert Everett) agrees to let them go, against the wishes of Queen El­iz­a­beth (Emily Watson). And so they drink, and dance, and have a smash­ing time with the com­mon peo­ple. Rated PG-13. 97 min­utes. Vi­o­let Crown. (Not

re­viewed)

SANTA FE FILM FES­TI­VAL

The “orig­i­nal” Santa Fe Film Fes­ti­val con­tin­ues with screen­ings, pan­els, and par­ties through Sun­day, Dec. 6. A great many of this year’s films deal with themes of war, mem­ory, and prospects for peace. Leg­endary Amer­i­can di­rec­tor Peter Bog­danovich re­ceives a Life­time Achieve­ment Award at the Scot­tish Rite Cen­ter on Sun­day, Dec. 6. All-ac­cess passes are $300. In­di­vid­ual movies are $12-$15, with spe­cial pric­ing for some screen­ings and events. Tick­ets for screen­ings are avail­able at each venue. Call 505-988-7414 or visit www.santafe­film­fes­ti­val.com for a full sched­ule. See sto­ries be­gin­ning on Page 30.

SEX, DEATH AND BOWL­ING

Rated R. 92 min­utes. Jean Cocteau Cin­ema. See re­view, Page 46.

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