For, Nov. 14, 2014

Comic commentator Jon Stewart's highly anticipated writing/directing film debut opens this week, along with a sequel to a popular farce from 20 years ago.

"Rosewater" (R). Stewart took time off from his Comedy Central "Daily Show" gig to film this true story based on the memoir of Maziar Bahari, a London-based Iranian-Canadian journalist who was detained in Iran for 118 days and accused of being a spy.

"Dumb and Dumber To" (PG-13). The filmmaking Farrelly brothers, along with stars Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels, are back for this belated sequel as they reunite to track down Daniels' long-lost daughter. Kathleen Turner co-stars and Bill Murray is rumored to make a cameo appearance.

"Beyond the Lights" (PG-13) stars Gugu Mbatha-Raw ("Belle") as a rising singing star. But the pressures that surround her bring about a suicide attempt until she is rescued by a hunky cop (Nate Parker). Romance ensues.


"Bitter Honey" (not rated). Documentary filmmakers spent seven years exploring polygamy among natives of Bali, which affects some 10 percent of the population. Women from three families relate stories of coercion, betrayal and domestic abuse. Exclusively at the Megaplex Gateway Theaters.

"The Tale of Princess Kaguya" (PG). This Japanese animated film is based on the fable "The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter" about a magical miniature girl found in a bamboo shoot and raised by a bamboo cutter and his wife. Exclusively at the Broadway Centre Cinemas where it will be shown in a dubbed version at noon and 3 p.m., then at 7 p.m. with the original Japanese soundtrack and English subtitles. Exclusively at the Broadway Centre Cinemas.

"The Overnighters" (PG-13). An unanticipated byproduct of a local oil boom is a huge influx of unemployed laborers looking for work in the oil fields near a tiny North Dakota town that isn't equipped to accommodate them. So the pastor of a nearby Lutheran congregation converts his church into a makeshift dorm each night. Exclusively at the Tower Theater.

"Force Majeure" (R) is about a family on vacation in the Swiss Alps, a husband and wife and their two children, when an avalanche threatens — but as the mother tries to protect their children, the husband flees. When the avalanche fails to occur, however, the family members must deal with their feelings over the incident. In Swedish with English subtitles. Exclusively at the Broadway Centre Cinemas.

"Pandas 3D: The Journey Home" (not rated). This 45-minute documentary is the result of the filmmakers' earning unprecedented access to the Wolong Panda Conservation Centre in China. Exclusively at the Clark Planetarium.