single location, it’s as simple and effective as the ghost or “dead babysitter” scare stories kids tell each during sleepovers. Bartlett 10. Criminal (R, 113 min.) The memories of a dead CIA operative (Ryan Reynolds) are planted in a death-row inmate (Kevin Costner). Collierville Towne 16, Wolfchase Galleria Cinema 8. Daddy’s Home (PG-13, 96 min.) HH Doughy new stepdad Will Ferrell competes with supercool biological father Mark Wahlberg for the affections of two kids and sexy Linda Cardellini in this comedy disappointment. Bartlett 10. Deadpool (R, 108 min.) HHH This box-office smash casts “Green Lantern” penitent Ryan Reynolds as the “X-men”-associated antihero whose R-rated verbal and violent excesses help make this — for good and ill — the “Ted” of comic-book movies: Its snarkiness and no-risk “politically incorrect” attitude are essentially adolescent, but it’s lively and funny. Bartlett 10, Wolfchase Galleria Cinema 8. The Divergent Series: Allegiant (PG-13, 121 min.) HH ½ The third (and penultimate) film in the youthskewing series contains some wonderful science-fiction production design, but its increasingly rococo plotting and growing character roster dilute the power of book author Veronica Roth’s premise, which introduced a dystopian society segregated by aptitude into “factions.” This time, heroine Tris (Shailene Woodley), her boyfriend, Four (Theo James) and the other rebels cross future Chicago’s wall to escape into an apocalyptic wasteland and discover the high-tech elitist community responsible for the faction system. Wolfchase Galleria Cinema 8. Eye in the Sky (R, 102 min.) Helen Mirren and Aaron Paul in a war-on-terror suspense drama. Wolfchase Galleria Cinema 8. The 5th Wave (PG-13, 112 min.) Chloe Grace Moretz stars in yet another young adult sci-fi franchise starter. Bartlett 10. God’s Not Dead 2 ( PG, 121 min.) A high-school teacher’s “reasoned response” to a question about Jesus lands her in hot water. Cordova Cinema, Wolfchase Galleria Cinema 8. Gods of Egypt (PG-13, 100 min.) HH Camp flourishes (“I’m the goddess of too much,” brags sexy Hathor), a few clever visual filigrees (molten gold runs from the wounds of injured deities) and an overall aura of unpretentious mytho (il) logical goofiness don’t quite compensate for the digital tedium of this odd sword-and-sorcery would-be blockbuster about the war between one-eyed Horus (Nikolaj Coster-waldau) and brutish Set (Gerard Butler), the son of Ra, the sun god (Geoffrey Rush). Bartlett 10. Green Room (R, 94 min.) HHH ½ The anti-urban racial isolationism implicit to the inbred rural killer clans of “The Texas Chain Saw Massacre” and its ilk is made explicit in this tense, scary siege-horror film about earnest punk rockers battling for survival after being trapped in a backwoods clubhouse/compound operated by racist skinheads and their white-supremacist mastermind (Patrick Stewart, whose theatrical authority and major-studio celebrity validate this grungy experience for moviegoers who shy away from exploitation fare). If the villains are neo-nazis, the style is neogrindhouse: Like skilled writerdirector Jeremy Saulnier’s previous release, “Blue Ruin,” the movie embraces the do-ityourself resourcefulness, supposed emotional honesty and photographic realism of post-mumblecore American independent cinema without renouncing the expressionistic extremes of violence and action that motivate and illuminate behavior in genre films. The details are smart and surprising, especially in the prehorror moments that depict the band members (Anton Yelchin and Alia Shawkat among them) siphoning gas, sleeping on the borrowed floors of insolvent fans and otherwise enduring subsistence-level life on the road. Paradiso. A Hologram for the King (R, 97 min.) Tom Hanks is an American salesman in Saudi Arabia in this adaptation of a novel by Dave Eggers. Keegan-michael Key (left) and Jordan Peele play friends who pose as drug dealers to retrieve a kitten from a street gang in “Keanu.”
Ridgeway Cinema Grill. The Huntsman: Winter’s War (PG-13, 114 min.) Chris Hemsworth is a heroic warrior and Charlize Theron an evil sorceress in this prequel to “Snow White and the Huntsman.” Cineplanet 16, Collierville Towne 16, Cordova Cinema, Desoto Cinema 16, Forest Hill 8, Hollywood 20 Cinema, Majestic, Olive Branch Cinema, Paradiso, Stage, Summer Quartet Drive-in. The Jungle Book (PG, 105 min.) A live-action version of Rudyard Kipling’s famous story of a boy raised by wolves. Cineplanet 16 (in 3-D), Collierville Towne 16 (in 3-D), Cordova Cinema (in 3-D), Desoto Cinema 16 (in 3-D), Forest Hill 8, Hollywood 20 Cinema (in 3-D), Majestic, Olive Branch Cinema (in 3-D), Palace Cinema (in 3-D), Paradiso (in 3-D), Studio on the Squareo, Summer Quartet Drive-in. Keanu (R, 98 min.) Transitioning from the TV screen to the big screen, the comedy team of (KeeganMichael) Key and (Jordan) Peele play friends who pose as drug dealers to retrieve a stolen kitten from a gang. Cineplanet 16, Collierville Towne 16, Cordova Cinema, Desoto Cinema 16, Forest Hill 8, Hollywood 20 Cinema, Majestic, Olive Branch Cinema, Palace Cinema, Paradiso, Stage Cinema, Summer Quartet Drive-in. Kung Fu Panda 3 (PG, 93 min.) Mo’ Po. Bartlett 10. Meet the Blacks (R, 93 min.) Mike Epps in a parody of “The Purge.” Desoto Cinema, Majestic. Miles Ahead (R, 100 min.) HH ½ Cinema, like jazz, benefits from artists who understand both
improvisation and discipline. Such an artist is Don Cheadle, a tuning fork of an actor who is the producer, director, co-screenwriter (with Steven Baigelman) and star of this fanciful misadventure, set in 1979, near the end of Miles Davis’ six-year retreat from public music-making, when the jazz trumpet genius was a drug addict and New Yorkbased recluse. Cheadle is a captivating Davis: He’s lean and hungry and ornery, with unruly Jheri-curled hair and a mystical cool-cat aura. If we’re always aware that we’re watching an actor in a phony scenario rather than scenes from a life, well, the movie has an answer for that: “I’m a Gemini, so I’m two people, anyway,” explains Davis/ Cheadle. This simultaneity offers a justification for an untraditional not-quite-biopic that offers a few flashbacks to the “Sketches of Spain” early 1960s but mostly follows Davis and a pushy reporter (Ewan Mcgregor) as they score coke from a college student, exchange gunshots with a bodyguard and otherwise move through a mix of historical touchstones and antic fantasy that suggests the influence of the Coen brothers, whose films — “Inside Llewyn Davis,” “Hail, Caesar!” — similarly suggest that fiction and nonfiction are as permeable and connectable as the skins
of soap bubbles. Ridgeway Cinema Grill. Miracles from Heaven (PG, 109 min.) Jennifer Garner is a mother whose daughter has a supposedly incurable disease in this faith-based drama. Wolfchase Galleria Cinema 8. Mother’s Day (PG-13, 118 min.) A Garry Marshall joint, starring Julia Roberts, Kate Hudson and Jennifer Aniston. Cineplanet 16, Collierville Towne 16, Cordova Cinema, Desoto Cinema 16, Forest Hill 8, Hollywood 20 Cinema, Majestic, Olive Branch Cinema, Palace Cinema, Paradiso, Ridgeway Cinema Grill, Stage Cinema, Studio on the Square, Summer Quartet Drive-in. My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 (PG-13, 94 min.) Nia Vardalos and John Corbett are back after 14 years for “an even bigger and Greeker wedding.” Forest Hill 8. Papa: Hemingway in Cuba (R, 109 min.) In 1959 Havana, a journalist (Giovanni Ribisi) befriends the aging author (Adrian Sparks). Ridgeway Cinema Grill. Ratchet & Clank (PG, 94 min.) A feline-esque alien befriends an escaped robot in this computer-animated video-game adaptation. Cineplanet 16, Collierville Towne 16 (in 3-D), Cordova Cinema (in 3-D), Desoto Cinema 16 (in 3-D), Forest Hill 8, Hollywood 20 Cinema (in 3-D), Majestic, Olive Branch Cinema (in 3-D), Palace Cinema (in 3-D), Paradiso (in 3-D), Stage Cinema (in 3-D). The Revenant (R, 156 min.) HHH ½ In this frontier epic of survival and revenge, Leonardo Dicaprio is real- life folk hero Hugh Glass; he’s mauled by a grizzly and buried alive, but rises from his improvised grave to track his betrayer (Tom Hardy) through a North American paradise. Bartlett 10. Ride Along 2 (PG-13, 102 min.) HH ½ This agreeable formula buddy/cop comedy sequel sends scowling police detective Ice Cube and comical rookie officer Kevin Hart from Atlanta to Miami, a location that justifies multiple bikini shots and the inevitable use of the Miami Sound Machine’s “Conga” (the Fedexforum “Bongo Cam” theme song) during a slapstick foot pursuit. Subplots involve Hart’s impending marriage to Cube’s sister (Tika Sumpter) and Cube’s tentative romantic interest in a no-nonsense Florida homicide detective (Olivia Munn) with “man hands”; a motif is Hart’s mastery of video games, which gives returning director Tim Story an excuse to convert portions of a lengthy car chase into HART-POV “Grand Theft Auto”-style computer animation. Nothing great, but what can I say? — When the diminutive Hart, arguing with a wedding planner (Sherri Shepherd), steps onto a table and gets knocked across the room by a ceiling fan, I laughed out loud. Bartlett 10. Risen (PG-13, 107 min.) Joseph Fiennes is a military tribune in ancient Rome whose life is changed once he begins to investigate a mysterious disappearance of the crucified criminal, Jesus Christ. Bartlett 10. Zootopia (PG, 108 min.) HHH ½ Disney’s latest digitally animated feature is a contraTrumpian, race-conscious, political-conspiracy neo-noir in the guise of a talkinganimal cartoon. For kids, it’s an underdog story-meetsbuddy comedy, as young Judy Hopps (voiced by Memphis’ Ginnifer Goodwin) works her fluffy tail off to prove her worth as Zootopia’s first bunny cop while navigating an uneasy alliance with a sly petty-criminal fox (Jason Bateman). It’s very funny and ingeniously designed. Cineplanet 16, Collierville Towne 16, Cordova Cinema, Desoto Cinema 16, Forest Hill 8, Hollywood 20 Cinema, Majestic, Paradiso, Summer Quartet Drive-in, Wolfchase Galleria Cinema 8.