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EDGE OF DARK­NESS Mel Gib­son ap­pears in a lead­ing role for the first time since 2002’s Signs with this story of a homi­cide de­tec­tive who un­cov­ers a mas­sive gov­ern­ment con­spir­acy. Di­rec­tor Martin Camp­bell ( Casino Royale) adapted the film from his 1985 BBC minis­eries. RayWin­stone and Danny Hus­ton co-star. Rated R. 108 min­utes. Re­gal Sta­dium 14, Santa Fe; Dream­Catcher, Es­pañola; Sto­ry­teller, Taos. (Not re­viewed) NORTH FACE Not for the faint of heart, this chill­ing bergfilme is based on the true story of Toni Kurz and An­dreas Hin­ter­stoisser, moun­taineers urged by Nazi pro­pa­ganda to as­cend the north face (or “mur­der wall”) of the Eiger, a 13,025-foot peak in Switzer­land’s Ber­nese Alps. Di­rec­tor Philipp Stölzl and cin­e­matog­ra­pher Kolja Brandt ex­pertly re-cre­ate the nail-bit­ing climb and all its set­backs. The fic­tional ro­man­tic sub­plot, how­ever, gives an oth­er­wise tense, grip­ping tale an un­nec­es­sar­ily sac­cha­rine, maudlin un­der­tone. Not rated, 126 min­utes. In Ger­man with sub­ti­tles. The Screen, Santa Fe. (Lau­rel Glad­den) THE PRI­VATE LIVES OF PIPPA LEE A su­perb per­for­mance by Robin Wright Penn (cur­rently shed­ding the Penn) il­lu­mi­nates Re­becca Miller’s in­tel­li­gent and re­veal­ing look at a 50ish Con­necti­cut ma­tron’s in­ner wild child. The spot-on sup­port­ing cast is an­chored by Alan Arkin as Pippa’s ail­ing but ebul­lient older hus­band and in­cludes Blake Lively as her younger, wilder self, Maria Bello as her pill-pop­ping mother, Zoe Kazan as her dis­af­fected daugh­ter, and (in an in­spired bit of cast­ing) Keanu Reeves as a brood­ing, Je­sus-tat­tooed neigh­bor. This is the fourth fea­ture from Miller (Arthur’s daugh­ter), who ex­pertly blends hu­mor and pathos in ex­plor­ing a life that en­com­passes both a past and a fu­ture. Rated R. 93 min­utes. Re­gal DeVar­gas, Santa Fe. ( Jonathan Richards) WHEN IN ROME Kris­ten Bell is a comic ac­tress wor­thy of lead­ing roles, but she could have cho­sen a bet­ter project than this. She plays a woman who goes to Rome for a wed­ding, takes coins from a foun­tain of love, and finds sev­eral suit­ors mag­i­cally at­tracted to her (in­clud­ing men played byWill Ar­nett and Jon Heder). Will her true love ( Josh Duhamel) find her through all the slap­stick that fol­lows? Rated PG-13. 91 min­utes. Re­gal Sta­dium 14, Santa Fe; Dream­Catcher, Es­pañola; Sto­ry­teller, Taos. (Not re­viewed)

Midlife crush-ish: Keanu Reeves and Robin Wright Penn in The Pri­vate Lives

of Pippa Lee, at Re­gal DeVar­gas in Santa Fe

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