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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.

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