open­ing this week

Pasatiempo - - Moving Images - — com­piled by Robert Ker

BEYOND THE LIGHTS Gina Prince-Bythe­wood, writer and di­rec­tor of the adored Love & Bas­ket­ball, turns her cam­era from hoop dreams to the stage. Gugu Mbatha-Raw plays a popular singer who feels trapped by celebrity. When a po­lice of­fi­cer (Nate Parker) thwarts her sui­cide at­tempt, an un­likely ro­mance blos­soms. Re­gal Sta­dium 14, Santa Fe. (Not re­viewed)

CI­TI­ZEN­FOUR While re­search­ing her film on the nanny state and ex­cess use of gov­ern­ment surveil­lance, di­rec­tor Laura Poitras be­gan re­ceiv­ing emails from a whistle­blower call­ing him­self “cit­i­zen four.” She be­gan meet­ing with him in 2013 with her cam­eras on. He turned out to be Ed­ward Snow­den, and this is the doc­u­men­tary that re­sulted from those meet­ings. Not rated. 114 min­utes. Cen­ter for Con­tem­po­rary Arts, Santa Fe. (Not re­viewed)

DUMB AND DUMBER TO It’s been 20 years since Jim Car­rey and Jeff Daniels first put on those wigs and talked in goofy voices for the Far­relly brothers (ad­mit it: you laughed). The whole gang is back is for more an­tics and to help au­di­ences for­get Dumb and Dumberer: When Harry Met Lloyd ever hap­pened. Rated PG-13. 110 min­utes. Re­gal Sta­dium 14, Santa Fe; Dream Catcher, Es­pañola. (Not re­viewed)

DY­ING TO KNOW: RAM DASS & TI­MOTHY LEARY This doc­u­men­tary, which screens as a ben­e­fit for the Cen­ter for Con­tem­po­rary Arts, looks at the decades-long friend­ship be­tween spir­i­tual teacher Ram Dass and psy­che­delic-drugs ad­vo­cate Ti­mothy Leary. Film­maker Gay Dilling­ham will at­tend. 7 p.m. Thurs­day, Nov. 20, only. Not rated. 99 min­utes. Len­sic Per­form­ing Arts Cen­ter, Santa Fe. (Not re­viewed)

FORCE MA­JEURE A pros­per­ous Swedish busi­ness­man and his wife and chil­dren va­ca­tion at a French Alps ski re­sort. On their sec­ond day, a con­trolled avalanche gone wrong threat­ens the ter­race where they are hav­ing lunch. The man pan­ics and saves him­self, leav­ing his wife and kids to sur­vive on their own. Mo­ment later, the cri­sis has passed, and ev­ery­one is safe. From there on, di­rec­tor Ruben Östlund paints a tense, emotionally fraught, some­times oddly comic ob­ser­va­tion of the con­se­quences of the man’s split-sec­ond, in­stinc­tive re­ac­tion of self-preser­va­tion and the shame of his com­pro­mised role as male pro­tec­tor. This isn’t a uni­formly solid movie — some scenes don’t hold up — but it’s a provoca­tive, pow­er­ful film, and the key event will send you home with some­thing un­com­fort­able to think and talk about. Rated R. 118 min­utes. In Swedish, French, and English with sub­ti­tles. The Screen, Santa Fe. ( Jonathan Richards) See re­view, Page 40.

THE GREAT IN­VIS­I­BLE This doc­u­men­tary looks at the Deep­wa­ter Hori­zon oil rig — which ex­ploded in the Gulf of Mex­ico in 2010, killing 11 peo­ple and filling the wa­ter with oil — by in­ter­view­ing many peo­ple in the in­dus­try and the lo­cal com­mu­nity. Pre­sented by Cit­i­zens’ Cli­mate Lobby. Rated PG-13. 92 min­utes. Cen­ter for Con­tem­po­rary Arts, Santa Fe. (Not re­viewed)

NA­TIONAL THE­ATRE LIVE: OF MICE AND MEN James Franco and Chris O’Dowd star as the fa­mous pair at the heart of John Stein­beck’s play in this re­cent Broad­way pro­duc­tion. 7 p.m. Wed­nes­day, Nov. 19, only. Len­sic Per­form­ing Arts Cen­ter, Santa Fe. (Not re­viewed)

NA­TIONAL THE­ATRE LIVE: SKY­LIGHT In this Stephen Daldry pro­duc­tion of the David Hare play, Carey Mul­li­gan and Bill Nighy por­tray for­mer lovers who re­unite for one evening and try to rekin­dle their ro­mance de­spite their dif­fer­ences. 7 p.m. Tues­day, Nov. 18, only. Len­sic Per­form­ing Arts Cen­ter, Santa Fe. (Not re­viewed)

ROSE­WA­TER Jon Ste­wart of The Daily Show adapted for the screen and di­rected this story about jour­nal­ist Maziar Ba­hari (Gael Gar­cía Ber­nal), who was im­pris­oned in Iran for 118 days after the coun­try’s 2009 elec­tion. The rea­son? Among other things, an in­ter­view he gave on The Daily Show that year, which led Ira­nian au­thor­i­ties to be­lieve he was a spy. Rated R. 103 min­utes. Re­gal DeVar­gas, Santa Fe. (Not re­viewed)

WHIPLASH Miles Teller plays teenage jazz drum­mer An­drew Neiman, whose dreams of be­com­ing one of the greats hinge on sur­viv­ing elite mu­sic in­struc­tor Ter­ence Fletcher (a riv­et­ing J.K. Sim­mons), the sort of teacher who’s more likely to throw a chair at his stu­dent’s head than say “please” when re­quest­ing a drum­roll. This in­die-drama by Damien Chazelle won two ma­jor awards at Sundance and com­pellingly ex­plores the ways in which the power dy­nam­ics of a men­tor­ing re­la­tion­ship can turn a teacher’s ob­ses­sion into a stu­dent’s com­pul­sion. Rated R. 107 min­utes. Re­gal DeVar­gas, Santa Fe. (Loren Bienvenu) See re­view, Page 38.

Which side by God­head do you want? Richard Alpert (Ram Dass) and Ti­mothy Leary

in Dy­ing to Know, at the Len­sic Per­form­ing Arts Cen­ter in Santa Fe

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