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Cap­sule de­scrip­tions and starred mini-re­views by The Com­mer­cial Ap­peal movie writer John Bei­fuss.

OPEN­ING TO­DAY

The Beaver (PG-13, 91 min.) See re­view on Page 12. Ridge­way Four. 13 As­sas­sins (R, 126 min.) See re­view on Page 12. Ridge­way Four.

SPE­CIAL MOVIES

Hub­ble: Nar­rated by Leonardo DiCaprio, this new IMAX film ex­plores the legacy of the Hub­ble Space Te­le­scope and its im­pact on our un­der­stand­ing of the uni­verse. Runs through Nov. 11. Tick­ets $8, $7.25 se­nior cit­i­zens, $6.25 chil­dren ages 3-12; chil­dren un­der 3 free. IMAX The­ater at Mem­phis Pink Palace Mu­seum, 3050 Cen­tral. Call 320-6362 for show times, tick­ets and reser­va­tions. Last Train Home (Not rated, 85 min.) An ac­claimed, in­ti­mate doc­u­men­tary about the im­pact of China’s eco­nomic growth on the mil­lions of in­dus­trial worker “peas­ants” who live in the cities and travel to their home vil­lages only for the Chinese New Year. 2 p.m. Sun­day, Mem­phis Brooks Mu­seum or Art. Tick­ets: $8, or $6 for mu­seum mem­bers. Visit brooksmu­seum.org. Le­gends of Flight: Ex­pe­ri­ence aerial in­no­va­tion at the dawn of a new era in flight trans­porta­tion; an in­sider’s view of how a mod­ern air­craft is built. Through Nov. 11. Tick­ets $8, $7.25 se­nior cit­i­zens, $6.25 chil­dren ages 3-12; chil­dren un­der 3 free. IMAX The­ater at Mem­phis Pink Palace Mu­seum, 3050 Cen­tral. Call 320-6362 for show times, tick­ets and reser­va­tions. Mem­phis Film Fes­ti­val: story on Page 4. Thurs­day through June 4, Whis­per­ing Woods Ho­tel and Con­fer­ence Cen­ter, 11200 E. Good­man Road in Olive Branch. Visit mem­ph­is­film­fes­ti­val.com.

See Metropoli­tan Opera: Die Walküre (Not rated, 330 min.) An encore pre­sen­ta­tion of a re­cent epic pro­duc­tion of the sec­ond part of Wagner's fa­mous "Rings" cy­cle. 6:30 p.m. Wed­nes­day, Par­adiso. Tick­ets: $20. Visit malco.com. Rent (PG-13, 135 min.) The 2005 film ver­sion of the smash Pulitzer Prize-win­ning mu­si­cal about bo­hemian New York­ers cop­ing with life, love and HIV. The screen­ing is a fundraiser for the Out­flix Film Fes­ti­val. 7 p.m. Thurs­day, Stu­dio on the Square. Sug­gested do­na­tion: $10. Visit out­flixfes­ti­val.org.

NOW SHOW­ING

The Ad­just­ment Bu­reau (PG-13, 99 min.) ★★✩✩ Matt Da­mon, Emily Blunt. Bartlett 10. Battle Los An­ge­les (PG-13, 117 min.) ★★★✩✩ ❚ Aaron Eck­hart, Michelle Ro­driguez. Bartlett 10. Brides­maids (R, 125 min.) ★★★✩ Ad­ver­tised as a sort of fe­male re­sponse to “The Hang­over,” this fre­quently hi­lar­i­ous film is as much a corona­tion as a wed­ding cel­e­bra­tion, with cur­rent “Satur­day Night Live” MVP Kris­ten Wiig emerg­ing as a suc­ces­sor to Lu­cille Ball and Carol Bur­nett as the new queen of knock­about com­edy. Di­rected by Paul Feig (“Freaks and Geeks”) and pro­duced by Judd Apa­tow (who ap­par­ently is re­spon­si­ble for a soon-to-be-in­fa­mous food-poi­son­ing se­quence and other male-friendly gross-out mo­ments), the movie — de­spite its won­der­ful en­sem­ble cast and gen­er­ous plu­ral ti­tle — is Wiig’s show all the way, with the ac­tress cast as an un­lucky-in-love Mil­wau­kee fail­ure fac­ing her role as Maid of Honor in the mar­riage of her life­long best friend (Maya Ru­dolph) with a mix of pride, dread and jeal­ousy; the lat­ter emo­tion is com­pounded when she meets a brides­maid (Rose Byrne) who seems to be us­ing her beauty, poise and pres­tige Chicago ad­dress to in­sin­u­ate her­self into the bride’s life as a new best friend. This ri­valry is won­der­fully played and con­vinc­ingly writ­ten, by Wiig and her long­time com­edy col­lab­o­ra­tor, An­nie Mu­molo. For­est Hill 8, Stage Cin­ema, Col­lierville Towne 16, DeSoto Cin­ema 16, Stu­dio on the Square, Cor­dova Cin­ema, Par­adiso, Hol­ly­wood 20 Cin­ema, CinePlanet 16. Di­ary of a Wimpy Kid: Ro­drick Rules (PG, 100 min.) ★★★✩ This sec­ond film in­spired by the pop­u­lar Jeff Kin­ney kids’ book se­ries em­pha­sizes the ri­valry and barely ac­knowl­edged af­fec­tion be­tween the un­der­sized and oft-hu­mil­i­ated mid­dle-school ti­tle nar­ra­tor (Zachary Gor­don) and his tor­ment­ing teenage brother (Devon Bo­stick), drum­mer in the band “Löded Diper.” Di­rected by for­mer an­i­ma­tor David Bowers, the film is es­sen­tially a fea­ture-length sit­com episode, but it’s of­ten laugh-out-loud funny, and it re­spects its young au­di­ence. Bartlett 10. Ev­ery­thing Must Go (R, 96 min.) ★★✩✩ A typ­i­cally con­cise and with­hold­ing Ray­mond Carver short story be­comes a typ­i­cally maudlin, over­stated and inart­ful “art” film, notable — if at all — for pro­vid­ing Will Fer­rell with a rare “se­ri­ous” lead­ing role. As a re­cov­er­ing al­co­holic who loses his job, his wife and ac­cess to his home on the same day, Fer­rell — reg­is­ter­ing the poleaxed in­com­pre­hen­sion that char­ac­ter­ized his Ge­orge W. Bush im­per­son­ations — ac­quits him­self ad­mirably; but what’s the point of this "cre­ative" cast­ing? If Fer­rell is use­ful for au­di­ences, it’s as a rep­re­sen­ta­tion of the un­leashed id: He’s the petu­lant man-child,

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