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 malco.com. 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 malco.com. 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 onlocationmemphis.org. 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 malco.com. 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 memphisriverfront.com. 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.”