unimaginable wealth through supernatural means, he is convinced she is of divine origin. He sets her up in a palatial home, where she spurns numerous suitors, longing only for her lost childhood love. She appeals to the moon for help, setting in motion a series of magical events as she races to free herself from the constraints of courtly life. Director Isao Takahata’s beautifully animated feature is an enchanting, poetic tale for the ages. Rated PG. 137 minutes. Center for Contemporary Arts, Santa Fe. (Michael Abatemarco) 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) THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING A movie about Stephen Hawking ought to be bursting with ideas, exploding like the big bang, expanding like the universe. What director James Marsh has come up with is a nicely crafted, watchable, but conventionally structured romantic biopic. It has, however, one extraordinary feature that lifts it above the level of Lifetime entertainment and gives it wings. Eddie Redmayne is brilliant in his transformation into the gnarled, twisted physical wreck of the Hawking we know, body confined to a wheelchair, voice produced by a machine, mind soaring through time and space. But what we miss is the excitement of Hawking’s mind. We want more physics, more of the science that reaches in his consciousness to the deepest expanses of the universe. Despite Redmayne’s heroics, Theory remains earthbound. Rated PG-13. 123 minutes. Regal DeVargas, Santa Fe. ( Jonathan Richards) See review, Page 54.