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ad­ven­ture screens (in 2D) each week­end in July. 4 p.m. Satur­day and Sun­day, 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. The Karate Kid (Pg, 126 min.) A bul­lied new kid (ralph Mac­chio) learns to wax on, wax off and kick butt in this 1984 gen­er­a­tional fa­vorite. Mar­tial arts demon­stra­tions will be pre­sented in the lobby be­fore the movie. Doors open at 6 p.m. 7 p.m. Fri­day, Hal­lo­ran Cen­tre at the Or­pheum, 203 S. Main. Tick­ets: $8 (adults), $6 (12 and un­der). Visit or­pheum-mem­phis. com, or call 901-525-3000. Lin­coln Cen­ter at the Movies: Great Amer­i­can Dance — Alvin Ai­ley Amer­i­can Dance The­ater (Not rated, 105 min.) Filmed live on­stage in New York, the famed Alvin Ai­ley dance com­pany presents a pro­gram of mod­ern clas­sics, in­clud­ing Ai­ley’s “rev­e­la­tions.” 7 p.m. Tues­day, Par­adiso. Tick­ets: $19. Visit Liv­ing in the Age Air­planes 2D (Not rated, 45 min.) Ex­pe­ri­ence age flight and its im­pact upon com­merce and cul­ture. 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. 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 Night at the Mu­seum: Se­cret of the Tomb (Pg, 98 min.) This year’s Malco “Kids Sum­mer Film Fest” con­cludes with the fi­nal film (to date) in the se­ries about a com­i­cal se­cu­rity guard (Ben Stiller) who over­sees a mag­i­cal col­lec­tion of ex­hibits. A por­tion of the screen­ing 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 On Lo­ca­tion: Mem­phis Shorts Fes­ti­val — 2015 High­lights (Not rated, 60 min.) Mem­o­rable short films from last year’s on Lo­ca­tion: Mem­phis in­ter­na­tional Film & Mu­sic Fest will be screened. Soul-jazz vo­cal­ist Deneka Lewis will per­form af­ter the screen­ing. 7 p.m. Tues­day, Hard Rock Cafe Mem­phis, 126 Beale. Ad­mis­sion: free. Visit on­lo­ca­tion­mem­ Planet of the Apes (g, 112 min.) The Turner Clas­sic Movies “Big Screen Clas­sics” se­ries con­tin­ues with the 1968 sci­ence-fic­tion clas­sic in which as­tro­naut Charlton he­ston lands on a topsy-turvy world of civ­i­lized an­thro­poids and prim­i­tive humans. 2 p.m. Sun­day and 7 p.m. Wed­nes­day, Par­adiso. Tick­ets: $13.50. Visit Star Wars: The Force Awak­ens (Pg-13, 136 min.) The sev­enth chap­ter in george Lu­cas’ space saga brings an end to this sea­son’s Beale Street Land­ing movie se­ries. 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 mem­phis­river­ An­gry Birds (Pg, 97 min.) The video game app in­spires a com­puter-an­i­mated com­e­dyad­ven­ture. Bartlett 10. Bar­ber­shop: The Next Cut (Pg-13, 112 min.) ★★★ An un­of­fi­cial com­pan­ion piece to Spike Lee’s “Chi-raq,” this fourth film in the “Bar­ber­shop” se­ries — di­rected by Spike’s

The re­lease of “Ab­so­lutely Fab­u­lous: The Movie” is ge­nius coun­ter­pro­gram­ming against the other mas­sive me­dia story of the week — the Repub­li­can Na­tional Con­ven­tion. This out­landish, flam­boy­ant Bri­tish tri­fle is like a glass of cham­pagne di­rectly to the face of these dog days of a very try­ing sum­mer. We could all use a dose of es­capism, and “Ab Fab” is a big, bright and vi­ciously bold cel­e­bra­tion of funny, flawed women and the friend­ship that sus­tains them.

Cre­ator, writer and star Jen­nifer Saun­ders launched a cult phe­nom­e­non with the BBC se­ries in 1992, a pointed satire of the women who rule the worlds of PR and fash­ion. PR agent Ed­ina (Saun­ders) and fash­ion ed­i­tor Patsy (Joanna Lum­ley) are va­pid, trend-chas­ing mavens, nearly crip­pled by a de­pen­dence on booze and cig­a­rettes, out­fit­ted in out­ra­geously loud and ridicu­lous garments. But they’re just as lov­able as they are hate­able, sweetly vul­ner­a­ble and wickedly funny. They never stop try­ing for more, and while that may be for shal­low, ma­te­ri­al­is­tic things, their striv­ing is laud­able. rated r for lan­guage in­clud­ing sex­ual ref­er­ences, and some drug use. ★★★

The film re­unites the “Ab Fab” gang: Ed­die’s long-suf­fer­ing, prag­matic daugh­ter Saf­fron (Ju­lia Sawalha), her mother (June Whit­field) and her as­sis­tant Bub­ble (Jane Hor­rocks), along with some new faces and celebri­ties in the mix. The plot re­volves around Ed­die’s plan to snag Kate Moss as a client for her flag­ging PR firm, and the en­su­ing brouhaha that hap­pens when she ac­ci­den­tally knocks Kate into the Thames River dur­ing a fash­ion party dust-up. It sets off an in­ter­na­tional in­ci­dent, and Ed­die finds her­self the most no­to­ri­ous woman in Eng­land.

Saun­ders and Lum­ley in­habit the char­ac­ters as well as they ever have, with tart jokes and silly asides fly­ing faster than you can catch them. “Ab Fab” has never been for the faint of heart, with its sav­age hu­mor, but Saun­ders so deftly threads the nee­dle that it’s never mean-spir­ited or of­fen­sive. By mak­ing Ed­die and Patsy the butt of the joke more of­ten than not, they can get away with com­edy that Joanna Lum­ley (Patsy, left) and Jen­nifer Saun­ders (Ed­die), plus the rest of the “Ab Fab” gang from the 1990s BBC se­ries are as sharp as ever in “Ab­so­lutely Fab­u­lous: The Movie.”


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