(G, 99 min.) Kermit, Miss Piggy and the other Muppets have their timbers shivered by Long John Silver (Tim Curry) in this puppetized Robert Louis Stevenson adaptation. Doors open at 1 p.m. so kids of all ages can take part in puppet-making activities in the lobby. 2 p.m. Friday, the Halloran Centre at the Orpheum, 203 S. Main. Tickets: $8 (adults), $6 (12 and under). Visit orpheummemphis.com, or call 901-525-3000. National Parks Adventure 3D (Not rated, 45 min.) Robert Redford narrates this ultimate off-trail adventure into the nation’s great outdoors and untamed wilderness. Through Aug. 6, CTI 3D Giant Theater, Memphis Pink Palace Museum, 3050 Central Ave. Tickets: $9 adult (13-59), $8 seniors (60+), $7 children (3-12). Call 901-636-2362 for showtimes, tickets and reservations. North by Northwest (Not rated, 136 min.) Cary Grant
is an ad exec on the run in Alfred Hitchcock’s sparkling masterpiece of suspense, action, comedy and romance, highlighted by a famous “crop duster” sequence (the inspiration for a pre-movie paper airplane activity scheduled for the Halloran lobby). Doors open at 6 p.m. 7 p.m. Friday, the Halloran Centre at the Orpheum, 203 S. Main. Tickets: $8 (adults), $6 (12 and under). Visit orpheum-memphis. com, or call 901-525-3000. On Location: Memphis Shorts Festival — Documentary (Not rated, 60 min.) Hosted by the On Location: Memphis International Film & Music Fest, this program of international nonfiction shorts includes the made-inGermantown “Something to Believe In,” about a teenage girl who befriends a Haitian child. Singer-songwriter Drew Erin and soul vocalist Miss Joyce will perform after the screening. 7 p.m. Tuesday, Hard Rock Cafe Memphis,
126 Beale. Admission: free. Visit onlocationmemphis.org. Shrek (PG, 90 min.) An unjolly green ogre (voiced by Mike Myers) agrees to rescue a princess in this Dreamworks animated hit. Coolers, picnic baskets and pets are not allowed, but food and drink will be on sale. 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Beale Street Landing, 251 Riverside Drive. Admission: free. Visit memphisriverfront.com. 10 Things I Hate About You (PG-13, 97 min.) Julia Stiles, Joseph Gordon-levitt and the late Heath Ledger head the cast of this 1999 “The Taming of the Shrew” update about new kids and mean girls in high school. Doors open at 6 p.m., and attendees are invited to don 1990s attire to participate in a pre-movie “90s prom” in the lobby. 7 p.m. Thursday, the Halloran Centre at the Orpheum, 203 S. Main. Tickets: $8 (adults), $6 (12 and under). Visit orpheum-memphis.com, or call 901-525-3000. Time Warp Drive-in: Return of the Burn: An all-night
program of tripped-out favorites, including “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas” (1998), “Cheech and Chong’s Next Movie” (1980), “Half Baked” (1998), “I Drink Your Blood” (1970). Movies start at dusk. 7 p.m. Saturday, Summer Quartet DriveIn. Admission: $10. Visit facebook.com/ timewarpdrivein. Turbo (PG, 96 min.) The Malco “Kids Summer Film Fest” continues with this computeranimated comedy-adventure about a garden snail (voiced by Ryan Reynolds) who dreams of winning the Indianapolis 500. A portion of the proceeds goes to benefit children’s hospitals in Memphis, New Orleans, Mississippi, Arkansas and Kentucky. 10 a.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, Collierville Towne 16, Cordova Cinema, Desoto Cinema 16, Olive Branch Cinema, Paradiso, Stage Cinema. Admission: $2. Visit malco.com. Angry Birds (PG, 97 min.)
The video game app inspires a computer-animated comedyadventure. Wolfchase Galleria Cinema 8. Barbershop: The Next Cut (PG-13, 112 min.) HHH An unofficial companion piece to Spike Lee’s “ChiRaq,” this fourth film in the “Barbershop” series — directed by Spike’s cousin, Malcolm D. Lee — also is a response to the murder epidemic plaguing innercity Chicago, but it’s more hopeful than mournful: This is the South Side with a touch of Mayberry, a place where gunshots echo with less power than the “Have a blessed day” salutation that opens the film. A showcase for Ice Cube’s Everyman appeal, Cedric the Entertainer’s old-school wisecracks, Nicki Minaj’s callipygian grandeur and the other attributes of its large ensemble, the movie is filled with comic and serious debate about street violence, racial stereotyping, sexual double standards, Barack Obama’s legacy and other potent topics, but the arguments aren’t fractious; rather, they’re intended to celebrate a tightknit and vibrant community and culture, and to function as the very fabric of a film that wants to be as reassuring as a Bill Cosby knit sweater in the pre-sex scandal era. (And yes, Cosby is a target of the film’s jibes, along with Oprah, Kanye, Beyoncé, Al Sharpton and — less predictably — “instagram ho’s.”) Bartlett 10. Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (PG-13, 151 min.) HHH A movie of grim integrity for all its desperate opportunism, this troubling superhero epic conjures a post-9/11 pre-apocalypse in which dreams, visions, memories, pop culture, science fiction and historical fact overlap. The effect is not so much the introduction of a new DC Universe as a nightmare of colliding multiverses. . Bartlett 10. The BFG (PG, 117 min.) Melissa Mccarthy as a celebrity tycoon in need of a PR fix. Cineplanet 16, Collierville Towne 16 (in Samuel L. Jackson, Margot Robbie and Alexander Skarsgard star in “The Legend of Tarzan,” directed by David Yates.
3-D), Cordova Cinema, Desoto Cinema 16, Forest Hill 8, Olive Branch Cinema, Paradiso, Stage Cinema. The Boss (R, 99 min.) Melissa Mccarthy as a celebrity tycoon in need of a PR fix. Bartlett 10. Captain America: Civil War (PG-13, 147 min.) HHH Like guest star Ant-man (Paul Rudd) in his new Giant-man identity, this somewhat ungainly Marvel sequel almost collapses under its own weight; it’s as much a credit to the good will generated by the actors in previous films as to the juggling skills of brother directors Joe and Anthony Russo that the enterprise — crowded with at least a dozen heroes — holds our interest, even though its potentially provocative premise is no longer novel (as in “Batman v Superman,” the authorities want to control “enhanced people”). Wolfchase Galleria Cinema 8. Central Intelligence (PG-13, 114 min.) Starring Kevin Hart and Dwayne Johnson. Cineplanet 16, Collierville Towne 16, Cordova Cinema, Desoto Cinema 16, Forest Hill 8, Hollywood 20 Cinema, Olive Branch Cinema, Palace Cinema, Paradiso, Stage Cinema, Summer Quartet Drive-in. The Conjuring 2 (PG-13, 133 min.) HHH Elvis, Jesus and returning husband-and-wife ghostbusters Ed and Lorraine Warren (Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga) are among the sources of evil-exorcising uplift in this effective shocker from horror impresario
James Wan, again dipping into the Warren “case files” of alleged real-life haunting. After a prologue in Amityville to re-establish the Warrens’ bona fides, the story shifts to 1977 England, where the “Enfield Poltergeist” is bedeviling a workingclass mother (Frances O’connor) and her children — sleepwalking 11-year-old Janet (Madison Wolfe), in particular. More earnest than the usual crucifix-brandishing demon drama, the movie alternates cornball sentiment and hackneyed editorial choices (a blast of “London Calling” accompanies the first shot of England) with clever and assured if sometimes blunt scare tactics. Wan knows how to use the frame to make audiences jump with frightened delight; less welcome are his story’s conservative messages, such as: A home without a husband invites a malevolent masculine presence to fill the void; plus, put your trust in “faith,” not science. Cineplanet 16, Cordova Cinema, Desoto Cinema 16, Hollywood 20 Cinema, Majestic, Paradiso, Wolfchase Galleria Cinema 8. Finding Dory (PG, 103 min.) More finny fun from Pixar. Cineplanet 16 (in 3-D), Collierville Towne 16, Cordova Cinema, Desoto Cinema 16, Forest Hill 8, Hollywood 20 Cinema (in 3-D), Majestic, Olive Branch Cinema, Palace Cinema, Paradiso, Stage Cinema, Studio on the Square. Free State of Jones (R, 139 min.) Matthew Mcconaughey
Hin a historical drama about the real-life Mississippi farmer who led slaves and poor whites in a rebellion against the Confederacy. Cineplanet 16, Collierville Towne 16, Desoto Cinema 16, Paradiso. 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.” Bartlett 10. Independence Day: Resurgence (PG-13, 119 min.) ½ Dopey but watchable, the accidentally prophetic first “Independence Day” offered sneak attack from the sky and the strategic smashing of landmarks (the White House, blasted to smithereens, five years before the Twin Towers). Twenty years later, in the era of Trump and Brexit, the movie’s apocalyptic paranoia is commonplace while its oneworld-united optimism seems quaint and naive; but don’t blame this sequel’s hopeful spirit for its box-office underperformance. Returning director Roland Emmerich has delivered a real dud, filled with wheel-spinning callbacks to the original cast (Bill Pullman, Jeff Goldblum), dull newcomers (Liam Hemsworth, Jessie T. Usher and Maika Monroe as the heroic offspring of fighters from the first film), ridiculous situations (a comic sidekick’s accidental near-destruction of an entire moonbase and its inhabitants is treated as no biggie) and a willful disregard for physics — and narrative coherence — that would embarrass Wile E. Coyote (watch a kvetching Judd Hirsch use a boat and then a bus to outrace tidal waves and extraterrestrials). Thank goodness for MVP returnee Brent Spiner, whose live-action Looney Tune of an Area 51 scientist provides the movie with not only its most amusing comedy but its only semblance of a believable love story. Cineplanet 16, Collierville Towne 16, Cordova Cinema, Desoto Cinema 16, Forest Hill 8, Hollywood 20, Majestic, Olive Branch Cinema, Paradiso, Summer Quartet Drive-in, Wolfchase Galleria Cinema 8. The Infiltrator (R, 127 min.) Undercover detective Bryan Cranston infiltrates the Escobar drug empire. Cineplanet 16, Collierville Towne 16, Cordova Cinema, Hollywood 20 Cinema, Ridgeway Cinema Grill. The Jungle Book (PG, 105 min.) HHH ½ Dubiously described by most reviewers as a “live-action” adaptation of Rudyard Kipling’s lateVictorian story cycle, this extremely entertaining and sometimes moving Disney episodic adventure was “Produced in Downtown Los Angeles,” as a concluding credit that is part brag and part confession reports: For the most part, the movie’s remarkably realistic animals, tropical foliage and exotic Asian landscapes are as much the products of digital animation as the elements in a Pixar project. . Bartlett 10, Wolfchase Galleria Cinema 8. The Legend of Tarzan (PG13, 109 min.) HHH Directed by “Harry Potter” veteran David Yates and scripted by Adam Cozad and Memphis’ Craig Brewer, the first major liveaction Tarzan movie in three decades cannily rehabs the problematic and elides the indefensible aspects of Edgar Rice Burroughs’ story about a white baby raised by apes who proves to be the natural lord of both jungle animals and black-skinned Africans; at the same time, the film embraces the irresistible fantasy of a now century-old popular myth that — as with “Moby Dick,” “Frankenstein” and “King Kong” — offers endless, thorny avenues of sexual, racial, political and historical analysis. Cineplanet 16 (in 3-D), Collierville Towne 16 (in 3-D), Cordova Cinema, Desoto Cinema 16, Forest Hill 8, Hollywood 20 Cinema (in 3-D), Majestic, Olive Branch Cinema, Palace Cinema, Paradiso, Ridgeway Cinema Grill, Stage Cinema, Studio on the Square, Summer Quartet Drive-in. 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 (a husband) for herself and her daughter (Morfydd Clark); Chloë Sevigny (as an American expat), Xavier Samuel (as a smitten young heir) and a scene-stealing 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-en-scène; 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. Wolfchase Galleria Cinema 8. Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates (R, 98 min.) A comedy in which the girls (Anna Kendrick, Aubrey Plaza) are as raunchy as the guys (Zac Efron, Adame Devine). 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, Studio on the