adventure’s realistic animals, tropical foliage and exotic Asian landscapes are as much the products of digital animation as the elements in a Pixar project. An exception is young actor Neel Sethis, cast as Mowgli, the plucky wolf-raised “man-cub” whose relationships with wise Bagheera the panther (voiced by Ben Kingsley), villainous Shere Khan the tiger (Idris Elba) and the other jungle “people” provide comedy. Wolfchase Galleria Cinema 8. Love & Friendship (PG, 92 min.) HHHH An absolute gem from start to finish, Whit Stillman’s adaptation of Jane Austen’s posthumously published novella “Lazy Susan” is a sharp social satire with the effervescent wit, generosity of spirit, economy of gesture and emotional punch that have been Stillman signatures since the writer-director’s first feature, “Metropolitan,” in 1990. (Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee might be the filmmaker’s as well as the late prizefighter’s credo.) Kate Beckinsale is Lazy Susan, an attractive and wily widow who navigates among the estates of 1790s England and the “vile calumnies” of her aristocratic naysayers in pursuit of security (i.e., a husband) for herself and her daughter (Morfydd Clark); Chloë Sevigny (as an American expat), Xavier Samuel (as a smitten young heir) and a scenestealing Tom Bennett (as an amiable “blockhead”) are among the allies, suitors, rivals and onlookers in the estimable supporting ensemble. A more fortunate marriage than any suggested in its narrative, Stillman’s first period piece makes a perfect match of Austen’s timeless comedy and the director’s lapidary mise-enscène; both artists are revealed as peerless ethnographers who recognize the stratagems of civilized conduct as almost evolutionary adaptations, with dress, language and manner replacing feather, fang and claw. Ridgeway Cinema Grill. Me Before You (PG-13, 110 min.) Call this romance “Hunger Games of Thrones”: It stars Emilia Clarke and Sam Claflin. Paradiso, Wolfchase Galleria Cinema 8. Miracles from Heaven (PG, 109 min.) Jennifer Garner is a mother whose daughter has a supposedly incurable disease in this faith-based drama. Bartlett 10. Money Monster (R, 98 min.) HH ½ Jodie Foster’s fourth feature as a director combines the mad-as-hell frustration and sense of betrayal that motivated “Network” with the outrage-triggering financial revelations of “The Big Short” for a slick and occasionally surprising hostage drama in which a rough-edged gun-wielding laborer (Jack O’connell) invades the New York studio of the preening TV finance guru (George Clooney) whose bad advice caused the young man to lose his life’s savings. Timely yet conservative (in terms of its swank professionalism and ticktock editorial rhythms), the film condemns the big-money investor and cable news cultures, treats the working class as expendable and ultimately offers forgiveness and redemption to the privileged celebrity rank to which Foster belongs. It’s implausible yet not impersonal, in part because of the presence of Julia Roberts as the TV program’s director, who — like Foster — works to manage the action, continually offering advice to her star (Clooney) through the hidden receiver in his ear. Bartlett 10. My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 (PG13, 94 min.) Nia Vardalos and John Corbett are back after 14 years for “an even bigger and Greeker wedding.” Bartlett 10. Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising (R, 92 min.) Chubby dad Seth Rogen enlists cut frat nemesis Zac Efron to combat a party-hearty sorority. Bartlett 10. Now You See Me 2 (PG-13, 129 min.) HH More larcenous legerdemain with the celebrity illusionists, cardsharps, mesmerists and prestidigitators known as “The Four Horsemen,” who this time are recruited by a vengeful tech prodigy (Daniel Radcliffe) to pilfer the privacy-erasing software of a corrupt capitalist (poker professional Ben Lamb). “Step Up” sequel specialist Jon M. Chu replaces Louis Leterrier as director and Lizzy Caplan replaces Isla Fisher as what the script calls “the girl Horseman,” but the cinematic sleight of hand is the same: The antic pace, the byplay among the magicians — returning cast members include Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Dave Franco, Mark Ruffalo and Morgan Freeman — and the blithe disinterest in plausibility almost distract us from the shameless absurdity of the plotting and the pointlessness of depicting stage magic via a medium built on trickery. No misdirection, however, can compensate for the annoyance of Harrelson’s mugging in a secondary role as his magician character’s goofball twin brother. Cineplanet 16, Collierville Towne 16, Cordova Cinema, Desoto Cinema 16, Forest Hill 8, Hollywood 20 Cinema, Majestic, Olive Branch Cinema, Paradiso, Wolfchase Galleria Cinema 8. Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping (R, 86 min.) Andy Samberg is a Bieber-esque former boy band member. Bartlett 10. The Shallows (PG-13, 87 min.) Blake Lively vs. a shark. 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. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows (PG-13, 112 min.) A hard-shell sequel. Cineplanet 16, Desoto Cinema 16, Hollywood 20 Cinema, Majestic, Olive Branch Cinema, Paradiso, Wolfchase Galleria Cinema 8. X-men: Apocalypse (PG-13, 144 min.) HHH Set in 1983, the sixth Marvel Comics “X-men” movie (excluding “Wolverine” and “Deadpool” spin offs) casts Oscar Isaac — buried beneath rune-etched prosthetics and Pharaonic “Starlight Express” costumery — as a resurrected Ur-mutant who recruits Magneto (Michael Fassbender) and three other superpowered “horsemen of the apocalypse” in a plan to destroy and remake the world; opposing this scheme are Professor X (James Mcavoy), shape-shifting Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence), blue-furred genius Beast (Nicholas Hoult) and other “gifted” students and instructors from Xavier’s school. Somehow, director Bryan Singer — who has helmed all but No. 3 of the 6 (the third is “always the worst,” a mutant observes after attending “Return of the Jedi”) — keeps the action clean and the characters coherent, even as Simon Kinberg’s crowded script introduces younger versions of several franchise stalwarts, including eyebeam-blasting Cyclops (Tye Sheridan), weatherwarping Storm (Alexandra Shipp) and telepathic Jean Grey (Sophie Turner). Unlike many of his competitors, Singer finds grace notes amid the noise and chaos, as when Xavier’s exploding mansion is freeze-framed in time so we can watch the impossibly fast Quicksilver (Evan Peters) almost nonchalantly pluck innocents from the path of destruction in the nanoseconds before injury or death. Collierville Towne 16, Desoto Cinema 16, Wolfchase Galleria Cinema 8. Zootopia (PG, 108 min.) HHH ½ Believe it: Disney’s latest digitally animated feature is a contraTrumpian, race-conscious, politicalconspiracy neo-noir in the guise of a talking-animal cartoon. For kids, it’s an alternately cuddly and exuberant underdog story-meets-buddy comedy, as eager 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; for adults, it’s a tornfrom-the-headlines compendium of controversies, from ethnic profiling to community mistrust of police to inner-city drug conspiracies. Bartlett 10. Capone: Comic, 8 p.m. Saturday at Cannon Center for the Performing Arts, 255 N. Main St. Tickets: $33-$41 plus tax and fees. Call 800-726-0915 or Ticketmaster. Chuckles Comedy House: 1770 Dexter Springs Loop, Cordova. For shows and times, call 901-421-5905, or visit chucklescomedyhouse.com. “Collecting the Missing Pieces”: Through Oct. 10 at Memphis Pink Palace Museum, 3050 Central Ave. $12.75; $12.25 senior citizens, $7.25 children. Artifacts include an “I am a man” placard, slave shackles, quilts and more. 901-636-2362. memphismuseums. org Conversation with the Curator: 6 p.m. Thursday at National Ornamental Metal Museum, 374 Metal Museum Drive. Join the curator as she gives a special tour of the exhibition “Tributaries: Stephen Yusko.” Learn about the artist, the artworks and how an exhibition comes together. Don’t Be Afraid of Blacksmith Comedy: 8 p.m. Tuesday at The Hi-tone Cafe (small room). 18-older. 412-414 N. Cleveland. 901-4900335. “EZURU: A Theatrical Circus Sensation”: Acrobatics, plus aerial and comedy acts, through July 17 at Gold Strike Casino’s Millennium Theatre. 7 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays, 3 and 7 p.m. Saturdays-sundays. Tickets: $9.95, $14.95 and $19.95 plus tax and service fee. The show is dark on July 1-3, and also Mondays. Call 888-747-7711. goldstrike.com. Billy Gardell (from TV’S Mike & Molly): Comedian shares stories about the misadventures he experienced while growing up, his new family life and the long road he took stopping at every small town lounge, military base and comedy club along the way. 9 p.m. Saturday ($35 general admission, $50 Gold Circle seating), doors open 8 p.m. at Minglewood Hall, 1555 Madison. 901-3126058. Kwanzaa in July: 4-7 p.m. Sunday at Slave Haven Underground Railroad Museum, 826 N. Second. Slave Haven Museum continues observance of its 160th anniversary. Sponsored by Kwanzaa, Inc., event includes Kwanzaa principles, African music, spoken word, games, vendors, etc. Special feature: a speech given by Frederick Douglass in 1852 that addressed the question, “What to the Slave Is Your 4th of July?” The public is invited to attend. 901-527-3427. Memphis Delta Chapter 11th Championship Barbeque CookOff: Noon Saturday at Horn Lake Road Learning Center, 3657 Horn Lake Road. Gates open 6 a.m. for contestants (must supply own meat for judging; all entries must be prepared day of judging). Entry fee $30 for contestants, vendor or tent space. All proceeds go to TNBC Scholarship Fund. 901-496-5039. Munch & Learn Lecture: Noon-1 p.m. Wednesday at Dixon Gallery and Gardens, 4339 Park. $7; $5 students with ID, senior citizens ages 65-older; Dixon members free. Dr. Melanie Conroy, assistant professor of French, University of Memphis: “French Caricature and Social Critique in the 19th Century.” 901-761-5250. dixon.org St. Peter Church Tours: 1-4 p.m. (free) tours on first Saturday (July 2) of each month and upon request. To schedule: 901-5278282, ext. 15. One of the oldest buildings in continuous use in the city. stpeterchurch.org Tom’s Classic Car Cruise: 6-9 p.m. Tuesdays through Sept. 27 at Countrywood Shopping Center (behind Jared Jewelers), 2257-2393 N. Germantown Parkway, Cordova. Open to all vehicles, all years. Free admission. 901-652-8050. facebook.com/ Tomsclassiccarcruise July 2: Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds. 8 p.m. at Horseshoe Casino, 1021 Casino Center Drive, Robinsonville, Miss. Tickets: $39.50, $49.50, $59.50 plus tax and fees. Box office: 800-303-7463 or 800-363-7666 and Ticketmaster.