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“Wider An­gle” in­ter­na­tional film se­ries con­tin­ues with this dark com­edy from Ital­ian direc­tors Paolo and Vit­to­rio Ta­viani (“Padre Padrone”) about a group of 14th-cen­tury friends who hide out in a coun­try es­tate while the Black Plague rav­ages the coun­try­side. 6 p.m. Wed­nes­day, Meet­ing Room A, Ben­jamin L. Hooks Cen­tral Li­brary, 3030 Poplar Ave. Ad­mis­sion: free. Chil­dren un­der 17 should be ac­com­pa­nied by an adult. Call 901-415-2846. Ab­so­lutely Fab­u­lous: The Movie (R, 90 min.) A bigscreen re­vival of the BBC sit­com. Ridge­way Cinema Grill. Alice Through the Look­ing Glass (PG, 113 min.) A re­turn to Won­der­land. Bartlett 10. An­gry Birds (PG, 97 min.) The video game app in­spires a com­puter-an­i­mated com­e­dyad­ven­ture. Bartlett 10. Bad Moms (R, 101 min.) They’re en­gaged in “comedic self-in­dul­gence,” and they in­clude Mila Ku­nis, Kathryn Hahn and Kris­ten Bell. 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, Sum­mer Quar­tet Drive-in. The BFG (PG, 117 min.) HHH Work­ing from a 1982 chil­dren’s novel by the late Roald Dahl, di­rec­tor Steven Spiel­berg re­unites with “E.T.” screen­writer Melissa Mathi­son to re­visit the themes of their 1982 suc­cess, but with a re­veal­ing re­ver­sal: This time, the film­mak­ers seem to iden­tify more with the wiz­ened fan­tas­ti­cal out­sider (a sad-faced Big Friendly Gi­ant, por­trayed through mo­tion-cap­ture an­i­ma­tion by Mark Ry­lance) than with the small child (an or­phan, played by Ruby Barn­hill) who be­comes the ini­tial-id’ed ti­tle char­ac­ter’s friend and sav­ior. Like Spiel­berg and Mathi­son (who died in Novem­ber at 65), the ag­ing BFG is a vet­eran har­vester and sower of dreams (lit­er­ally, in the gi­ant’s case) whose play­ful im­pulses are at odds with the mean-spir­ited ag­gres­sion of his cruder, more gar­gan­tuan con­tem­po­raries (the other gi­ants — the vi­o­lent roll call in­cludes “Giz­zardgulper” and “Child­chewer” — are can­ni­bals who hunt hu­man “beans”); un­like Spiel­berg, Dahl fa­vored the weird over the re­as­sur­ing, and the source ma­te­rial’s strange­ness prob­a­bly ex­plains the movie’s rel­a­tive box-of­fice fail­ure (just as it will as­sure its fu­ture cult sta­tus). Although it is a scrupu­lously de­signed marvel of stu­dio tech, the film is at its most cin­e­matic when the gi­ant prowls noc­tur­nal Lon­don, hid­ing in plain sight in shots that rely more on op­ti­cal il­lu­sion than on spe­cial ef­fects soft­ware; less sub­tle is the ex­plo­sive comic flat­u­lence (lifted from the book) caused by the gi­ant’s “frob­scot­tle,” a drink with bub­bles that flow down­ward, as if to call our at­ten­tion to the movie’s other “E.T.” re­ver­sals (the “mon­ster” hides the child, rather than vice versa; the au­thor­i­ties wel­come rather than pur­sue the mon­ster, and so on). Wolfchase Gal­le­ria Cinema 8. Café So­ci­ety (PG-13, 96 min.) Woody Allen’s lat­est movie as a writer-di­rec­tor takes place in Hol­ly­wood in the 1920s, and its cast in­cludes Jesse Eisen­berg, Kris­ten Ste­wart and Steve Carell. Ridge­way Cinema Grill. 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”), while its Cap­tain Amer­ica (Chris Evans)-ver­susIron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) free­dom-of-choice de­bate be­comes drowned out by the din of (ex­tremely well-staged) spe­cial-ef­fects bat­tle. Steal­ing ev­ery chaotic scene is the Black Pan­ther (Chad­wick Bose­man), a cool new hero whose cos­tume­with-claws is the cat’s meow; less con­vinc­ingly slung into the melee is Spi­der-man From left, Les­lie Jones, Melissa Mccarthy, Kris­ten Wiig and Kate Mck­in­non star in a re­boot of the 1984 clas­sic “Ghost­busters.”

(Tobey Maguire looka­like Tom Hol­land), re­stored to teenage­dom so he can spin off into his own re­booted se­ries. Bartlett 10. Cap­tain Fan­tas­tic (R, 118 min.) Af­ter a long vol­un­tary ex­ile from main­stream so­ci­ety, a Pa­cific North­west free spirit (Viggo Mortensen) must take his home-schooled brood of six chil­dren into the big bad outer world. Ridge­way Cinema Grill. Cen­tral In­tel­li­gence (PG-13, 114 min.) Star­ring Kevin Hart and Dwayne John­son. Cor­dova Cinema, Wolfchase Gal­le­ria Cinema 8. The Con­jur­ing 2 (PG-13, 133 min.) HHH Re­turn­ing hus­ban­dand-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 re­al­life haunt­ing. More earnest than the usual de­mon drama, the movie al­ter­nates corn­ball sen­ti­ment and hack­neyed edi­to­rial choices with clever scare tac­tics. Wan knows how to use the frame to make au­di­ences jump with fright­ened de­light.. Bartlett 10. Find­ing Dory (PG, 103 min.) More finny fun from Pixar. Cine­planet 16, Col­lierville Towne 16, Cor-

dova Cinema, Hol­ly­wood 20 Cinema, Par­adiso, Wolfchase Gal­le­ria Cinema 8. Ghost­busters (PG-13, 116 min.) HHH Slimed from the mo­ment it was an­nounced by an on­line cul­ture of sex­ist man­chil­dren, this fe­male-cast re­make of the beloved 1984 hit is an over­due re­buke to the “fan­bro” id­ioc­racy but also a win­ning ex­am­ple of an “event” ac­tion-com­edy, with Kris­ten Wiig, an atyp­i­cally fam­i­lyfriendly Melissa Mccarthy, a flirty Kate Mck­in­non (her hu­mor dada, her sex­u­al­ity coded) and Mem­phis-born Les­lie Jones (prob­lem­at­i­cally, the only non­sci­en­tist in the group) as next-gen­er­a­tion pro­ton-pack­ers. Di­rec­tor Paul Feig (“Brides­maids”) al­lows the in­evitable spe­cial-ef­fects cli­max to stretch into te­dium, and the script’s evo­ca­tion of ter­ror-anx­i­ety feels un­nec­es­sary (the vil­lain plants “ghost bombs” around the city, at­tract­ing the at­ten­tion of Home­land Se­cu­rity), but the movie works won­der­fully. The hu­mor is of­ten Marx Brother­slevel ab­sur­dist (es­pe­cially when it in­volves the leer­ing Harpo-es­que Mck­in­non, or Chris Hemsworth as the Ghost­busters’ hunky dimwit sec­re­tary); most of the call backs to the orig­i­nal film aren’t dis­rup­tive; and the lack of ro­man­tic sub­plots and jeal­ousies is not just re­fresh­ing but in­spir­ing.

HCine­planet 16, Col­lierville Towne 16, Cor­dova Cinema, De­soto Cinema 16, Hol­ly­wood 20 Cinema (in 3-D), Ma­jes­tic, Olive Branch Cinema, Palace Cinema, Par­adiso, Stu­dio on the Square, Sum­mer Quar­tet Drive-in, Wolfchase Gal­le­ria Cinema 8. Hil­lary’s Amer­ica: The Se­cret His­tory of the Demo­cratic Party (PG13, 107 min.) con­ser­va­tive con­spir­acy the­o­rist Di­nesh D’souza fol­lows his 2012 “Obama’s Amer­ica” with its in­evitable se­quel. Cine­planet 16, Col­lierville Towne 16, De­soto Cinema 16, Hol­ly­wood 20 Cinema, Wolfchase Gal­le­ria Cinema 8. Ice Age: Col­li­sion Course (PG, 94 min.) The fifth (!) en­try in an an­i­mated se­ries that seems to have lasted as long as the Pleis­tocene epoch it­self. Cine­planet 16, Col­lierville Towne 16, Cor­dova Cinema, De­soto Cinema 16, Hol­ly­wood 20 Cinema, Ma­jes­tic, Olive Branch Cinema, Palace Cinema, Par­adiso, Stage Cinema. 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, the movie’s apoc­a­lyp­tic para­noia is com­mon­place while its oneworld-united op­ti­mism seems quaint and naive. Bartlett 10. The In­fil­tra­tor (R, 127 min.) Un­der­cover de­tec­tive Bryan Cranston in­fil­trates the Es­co­bar drug em­pire. Palace Cinema, Ridge­way Cinema Grill. Ja­son Bourne (PG-13, 121 min.) Re­united with di­rec­tor Paul Green­grass, Matt Da­mon again acts the role of Amer­ica’s fa­vorite am­ne­siac ex-as­sas­sin. 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 Square, Sum­mer Quar­tet Drive-in. The Jun­gle Book (PG, 105 min.) HHH ½ Du­bi­ously de­scribed by most re­view­ers as a “live-ac­tion” adap­ta­tion of Rud­yard Ki­pling’s late-vic­to­rian story, this ex­tremely en­ter­tain­ing and some­times mov­ing Dis­ney episodic ad­ven­ture fea­tures re­mark­ably re­al­is­tic an­i­mals, trop­i­cal fo­liage and ex­otic Asian land­scapes. Bartlett 10. 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 live-ac­tion Tarzan movie in three decades 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 se­duc­tive “no­ble sav­age” fan­tasy of a new cen­tury-old Western pop myth that — as with “Franken­stein,” “Moby Dick” and “King Kong” — of­fers end­less, thorny av­enues for sex­ual, racial, po­lit­i­cal and his­tor­i­cal anal­y­sis Set in the 1880s, this “Leg­end” in­tro­duces the cloth­ing­con­stricted John Clay­ton, Lord Greystoke (an ap­pro­pri­ately lithe and sculpted Alexan­der Skars­gaard) at a meet­ing at Num­ber 10 Down­ing Street, where the for­mer Tarzan — eight years out of Africa — sips tea with splay-knuck­led hands (“I grew up run­ning on all fours”) while lis­ten­ing to con­de­scend­ing gov­ern­ment re­ports on the Bel­gian Congo. Be­fore long, Greystoke and his proudly mod­ern­wife, Jane (Mar­got Rob­bie), are on a mis­sion that takes them back to Africa, where they shed their in­hi­bi­tions (and clothes) while join­ing real-life re­former Ge­orge Wash­ing­ton Wil­liams

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