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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.

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