writer-director-producer were stories of erotic suspense. “Hav Faith” also fits that category to some extent, but its purpose is more to transform than to titillate. “Hav Faith,” according to Bell, is a modern retelling of the story of Joseph, the young Bible hero who faced angry brothers, seduction attempts and accusations of rape while earning admiration and envy for his prophetic dreams and his coat of many colors.
“My passion is still filmmaking, but my purpose now is faith-based films,” said Bell, a 1989 graduate of Westwood High School who attended Tennessee State University and now lives in Nashville. “The filmmaking I’m doing now is for God and not for self. This is my ministry.”
The “Hav” in “Hav Faith” represents the initials of the story’s hero, Hamilton A. Vaughn (played by Terron Brooks, who was Eddie Kendricks in a 1998 TV movie about the Temptations), while the second part of the title is a reference to the story’s love interest, Faith (Michelle Lynn Hardin). Other cast members include Gary Anthony Sturgis (“Diary of a Mad Black Woman”), Percy Bell (“Queen Sugar”) and Santiago Cirilo (“The Walking Dead”). The film was shot from March 20 to April 6 in Nashville on a low budget (under $200,000), with Bell’s wife, Sharita Bell, as co-producer.
So far, Bell is booking and promoting “Hav Faith” himself, in true D.I.Y. fashion. The movie to date has screened in Nashville and Clarksdale in Tennessee, and Hopkinsville, Kentucky. Bell will host the Malco Majestic screenings that begin nearest to 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and he will answer questions after the movie. He will be joined by his old Westwood classmate and marching band cohort Xamon Glasper, who also is an actor in the film. in Uganada in this Disney production, which co-stars David Oyelowo and Lupita Nyong’o. Paradiso. Storks (PG, 92 min.) An animated comedy-adventure about the birds that deliver babies. Cineplanet 16 (in 3-D), Collierville Towne 16 (in 3-D), Cordova Cinema (in 3-D), Desoto Cinema 16 (in 3-D), Forest Hill 8, Hollywood 20 Cinema (in 3-D), Majestic, Olive Branch Cinema (in 3-D), Palace Cinema (in 3-D), Paradiso (in 3-D), Stage Cinema (in 3-D), Summer Quartet Drive-in. Thodari (Not rated, 135 min.) A Tamil thriller. Wolfchase Galleria Cinema 8. Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day (PG, 81 min.) The outdoor “Movie Night at Carriage Crossing” series concludes with this 2014 adaptation of Judith Viorst’s popular book about a middleschool student (Ed Oxenbould) who suffers a series of comic calamities. “Pre-movie fun” begins at 7 p.m., and the film starts at dusk. Families are encouraged to bring blankets and lawn chairs. Friday, Central Park at Carriage Crossing, 4674 Merchants Park Circle, Collierville. Admission: free. Visit shopcarriagecrossing.com. Eva Hesse (Not rated, 108 min.) This new documentary from Marcie Begleiter examines the tragically short life of the “post-minimalist” multimedia artist who made a splash in Germany and New York in the 1960s. 7 p.m. Wednesday, Memphis Brooks Museum of Art. Tickets: $9, or $5 for students and museum members. Visit brooksmuseum.org. Francofonia (Not rated, 88 min.) This history of the Louvre by Russian director Aleksandr Sokurov is “a freewheeling poetic essay” that mixes fanciful and documentary footage to explore the role of museums in culture. 1 p.m. Friday, Memphis Brooks Museum of Art. Tickets: $5. Visit brooksmuseum.org. Indie Memphis Youth Film Fest (Not rated, 120 min.) Twenty-seven films by Memphis-area high school, junior high and middle school students compete for prizes in a new Indie Memphis-hosted event. See story on Page 14. 4 p.m. Saturday, the Halloran Centre, 225 S. Main. Tickets: $10. Visit indiememphis. com. Jean-michel Cousteau’s Secret Ocean 3D (Not rated, 45 min.) The son of ocean pioneer Jacques Cousteau offers a breakthrough look at a secret world within the ocean. Through Nov. 18, CTI 3D Giant Theater, Memphis Pink Palace Museum, 3050 Central Ave. Tickets: $9 adult (13-59), $8 seniors (60+), $7 children (3-12). Shown in regular non-3d format Mondays through Fridays at 4 p.m. only. Call 901-636-2362 for showtimes, tickets and reservations. Journey to Space 3D (Not rated, 45 min.) Experience space flight history and the space shuttle program. Through Nov. 18, CTI 3D Giant Theater, Memphis Pink Palace Museum, 3050 Central Ave. Tickets: $9 adults (13-59), $8 seniors (60+), $7 children (3-12). Call 901-636-2362 for showtimes, tickets and reservations. Michael Bublé — Tour Stop 148 (Not rated, 110 min.) A concert documentary about the Canadian pop crooner. 7 p.m. Tuesday, Paradiso. Tickets: $16. Visit malco.com. Mother of George (R, 107 min.) Danai Gurira (the samurai sword-wielding Michonne of “The Walking Dead”) is a Nigerian adjusting to life in Brooklyn. 7 p.m. Friday, 1 and 7 p.m. Saturday, 4 p.m. Sunday, Baobab Filmhouse, 652 Marshall. Tickets: $12.50 at the door ($10 for matinees), $10 in advance ($8 for matinees), $8 for seniors and students. Visit baobabfilmhouse.com. National Parks Adventure 3D (Not rated, 45 min.) Robert Redford narrates this off-trail trek through more than 30 national parks. Through Nov. 18, 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. Pandemonium Cinema Showcase — The Roller Derby Picture Show: Presented by filmmaker Craig Brewer and Black Lodge Video impresario Matt Martin, this evening of onscreen-and-offscreen “body-slamming speed-demon action” features three movies — “Rollerball” (1975), “Hell on Wheels” (2007) and “The Unholy Rollers” (1972) — plus performances by the skaters of Memphis Roller Derby. 6 p.m. Saturday, Cossitt Library, 33 S. Front. Admission: free. Raiders of the Lost Ark: The Adaptation (Not rated, 100 min.) The legendary shotby-shot “fan film” remake, created by “Raiders”-crazed kids in Mississippi in the 1980s. Filmmakers Eric Zala and Chris Strompolos (who played Indiana Jones) will host and answer questions after the movie. 7:45 p.m. Saturday, the Halloran Centre, 225 S. Main. Tickets: $15. Visit indiememphis.com. Star Wars: The Force Awakens (PG-13, 136 min.) The latest “Star Wars” sequel concludes its multiweek run (in 2D) on the giant-size Pink Palace screen. 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. 2 Days in New York (R, 96 min.) A 2012 comedy about the mayhem that ensues when family members descend on the apartment of a mixed-race couple, played by Julie Delpy (who also directed) and Chris Rock. 4 p.m. Saturday, 1 and 7 p.m. Sunday, 4 p.m. Sunday, Baobab Filmhouse, 652 Marshall. Tickets: $12.50 at the door ($10 for matinees), $10 in advance ($8 for matinees), $8 for seniors and students. Visit baobabfilmhouse.com. Vanished — Left Behind: Next Generation (PG-13, 115 min.) The end-of-the-world franchise resumes with a one-night-only screening of a story about a headstrong 15-year-old girl (Amber Frank) struggling to survive after the disappearance of the globe’s billion Christians. 7 p.m. Wednesday, Paradiso. Tickets: $13.50. Visit malco.com. The Wiz (G, 134 min.) The outdoor Indie Memphis Music Film Series continues with the 1978 “urbanized” retelling of the fantasy classic about a lost girl (Diana Ross) who joins a scarecrow (Michael Jackson), a tin man (Nipsey Russell) and others to search for a magical wizard (Richard Pryor). 7 p.m. Thursday, Levitt Shell. Admission: free. Visit indiememphis.com. Bad Moms (R, 101 min.) They’re engaged in “comedic self-indulgence,” and they include Mila Kunis, Kathryn Hahn and Kristen Bell. Cineplanet 16, Forest Hill 8. The Beatles: Eight Days a Week — The Touring Years (Not rated, 138 min.) Ron Howard’s documentary chronicles the liveperformance heyday of the Fab Four. Studio on the Square. Ben-hur (PG-13, 124 min.) Bartlett 10. The BFG (PG, 117 min.) HHH Bartlett 10. Blair Witch (R, 89 min.) 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. Bridget Jones’s Baby (R, 122 min.) Renée Zellweger returns as Helen Fielding’s British heroine, 12 years after the previous film. Cineplanet 16, Collierville Towne 16, Cordova Cinema, Desoto Cinema 16, Forest Hill 8, Hollywood 20 Cinema, Olive Branch Cinema, Paradiso, Ridgeway Cinema Grill, Stage Cinema. Central Intelligence (PG-13, 114 min.) Bartlett 10. Don’t Breathe (R, 88 min.) HHH ½ An instant neogrindhouse classic, this truly frightening horrorsuspense thriller ingeniously twists the “Wait Until Dark” format, trapping three ostensiblysympathetic teenage burglars (Jane Levy, Dylan Minnette, Daniel Zovatto) in the rambling, fortified home of a tough war veteran (a robust and alarming Steven Lang) who violently turns the tables on his would-be victimizers. Director Fede Alvarez (the “Evil Dead” remake) and his co-scenarist, Rodo Sayagues, expertly establish the premise and context (the house is located in an abandoned Detroit neighborhood that is ground zero for the theme of economic despair), while ensuring that the viewer, unlike the burglars, never becomes lost within the mazelike topography of the multilevel house, with its basement, crawlspaces and barred windows. Taking advantage of the cinematic opportunities inherent to a story about the usefulness of eyes, the filmmakers creatively exploit the veteran’s blindness for maximum tension, plunging the teens into darkness or freezing them into place while the man’s grasping hands are only inches away. The late introduction of a sex element (the movie’s only gross-out scare) and its accompanying monologue (which adds redundant “motivation” to the blind man’s character) are the only missteps in a shocker that deserves the hype. Collierville Towne 16, Cordova Cinema, Desoto Cinema 16, Hollywood 20 Cinema, Majestic, Olive Branch Cinema, Palace Cinema, Paradiso, Stage Cinema, Summer Quartet Drive-in. Greater (PG, 131 min.) Christopher Severio is Arkansas Razorback Brandon
Burlsworth, “possibly the greatest walk-on in the history of college football.” Collierville Towne 16, Cordova Cinema. Hell or High Water (R, 102 min.) HHHH Rural Texas brothers (Chris Pine is the reluctant mastermind, Ben Foster the loose cannon) become small-town bank robbers to save their ranch from foreclosure and revenge themselves upon an exploitative economy in this beautifully executed contemporary Western, which offers blessed relief for adult moviegoers who yearn for old-school genre thrills and smarts without new-school overkill. Directed by Scottish art house veteran David Mackenzie, the movie is rich with wonderful performances, quotable dialogue, deadpan comedy, regional texture and bursts of action, but it feels lean and mean: The story is so propulsive and the wordplay so lively it’s a surprise to learn Mackenzie is working from an original script (by “Sicario” writer Taylor Sheridan), rather than from a novel by the likes of Elmore Leonard or Carl Hiassen. Worrying his lines like a plug of chaw, Jeff Bridges again proves that an extreme, even expressionistic characterization can be an unlikely vehicle for emotional honesty; his gnarly Texas Ranger provides both the twisted narrative and the flat horizon with an upright moral center. Cineplanet 16, Cordova Cinema. Hillsong: Let Hope Rise (PG, 103 min.) A “theatrical worship experience” of a documentary about Australia’s Hillsong United. Collierville Towne 16, Cordova Cinema, Desoto Cinema 16, Wolfchase Galleria Cinema 8. The Hollars (PG-13, 88 min.) John Krasinski plays a prodigal son, rejoining his small-town dysfunctional family. See story on Page 14. Ridgeway Cinema Grill. Ice Age: Collision Course (PG, 94 min.) Bartlett 10. Jason Bourne (PG-13, 121 min.) Matt Damon again acts the role of America’s favorite amnesiac ex-assassin. Cordova Cinema, Paradiso. Jo Achyutananda (Not rated, 150 min.) Two brothers fall for the same woman in this Telugu-language romance. Wolfchase Galleria Cinema 8. The Jungle Book (PG, 105 min.) HHH ½ Bartlett 10. Kubo and the Two Strings (PG, 101 min.) HHH ½ Set in ancient Japan, this unusual fable about a young boy (voiced by Art Parkinson) accompanied on a quest by a talking snow monkey (Charlize Theron) and a Gregor Samsa-style samurai beetle (Matthew Mcconaughey) is ideally suited for Laika Entertainment, a studio that has struggled since “Coraline” — its 2009 debut release — to find material worthy of the uncanny effect of the computer-enhanced stop-motion animation that is the company’s signature. Visually striking at every turn and occasionally even eerie (the floating witch sisters deserve their own stop-motion horror movie), the film conjures a fantasy logic that is more beholden to myth and folklore than to comic books and Hollywood (in fact, Laika is based near Portland); the box-office profit won’t approach Pixar levels, but cult reverence is assured. The debuting director is Travis Knight, lead animator on the previous Laika films, which also include “Paranorman” and “The Boxtrolls.” Collierville Towne 16, Hollywood 20 Cinema (in 3-D), Palace Cinema, Paradiso. The Legend of Tarzan (PG-13, 109 min.) HHH The first major live-action Tarzan movie in three decades rehabs the problematic and elides omits 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 splayknuckled hands (“I grew up running on all fours”) while listening to condescending government reports on “the poor natives” of the Belgian Congo. Before long, Greystoke and his proudly modern non“damsel”wife, 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 (a fun if anachronistic Samuel L. Jackson) and various tribespeople — as adept at vine-swinging as Tarzan — in a battle against slave traders and the merciless Leon Rom (Christoph Waltz), a dandy so sinister he garrotes his enemies with a rosary made from Madagascar spider silk. Like Brewer’s previous features (which involved pimping, radiator-chained captivity and illegal dancing), this is essentially a portrait of love in extremis that uses a fantastical premise to challenge and rejuvenate its lovers; unlike most current “superhero” sagas, which traffic in moral ambiguity, the movie is staunchly uncynical, with an entirely admirable Tarzan and Jane whose unconditional love for each other spills over to the animal kingdom: Tarzan nuzzles lions, reveres elephants and chooses surrender over violence in a ceremonial battle with a great ape (the script affirms current thinking about the “humanity” of nonhuman primates). Also welcome: The movie’s episodic, riverchase story structure and old-school action-adventure are relatively modest for a would-be franchise-igniting blockbuster; only the too frequently substandard digital effects — surprising for such an expensive project — break the spell. Bartlett 10. Lights Out (PG-13, 81 min.) HH ½ A metaphor for abusive codependency and its sidekick repercussions, shame and secrecy, director David F. Sandberg’s fairly effective feature debut imagines an angry ghost with a baleful longtime influence on a fractured family that includes a self-medicating mess of a mother (Maria Bello), a sweet-natured young son (Gabriel Bateman) and a relationship-wary daughter (Teresa Palmer, whose Goth attire and glower can’t hide her California-by-way-ofAustralia surfer-girl glow). On the scale of scary, the movie ranks well above such recent fizzles as “The Gallows” and “The Forest,” but well below “Green Room” and “Don’t Breathe”; its over-reliance on jump scares is regrettable, but its concept of a darknessdwelling entity that steadily approaches with each on-andoff flick of a light switch is genuinely creepy. Bartlett 10, Cineplanet 16, Desoto Cinema 16. Mechanic: Resurrection (R, 99 min.) Jason Statham returns as uber-assassin Arthur Bishop. Desoto Cinema 16, Hollywood 20 Cinema, Summer Quartet Drive-in. Mr. Church (PG-13, 104 min.) Call it “Cooking for Miss Daisy”: Eddie Murphy plays a cook who becomes a beloved fixture in the 1970s Los Angeles home of a sick woman (Natascha Mcelhone) and her daughter (Britt Robertson). Hollywood 20 Cinema, Majestic, Wolfchase Galleria Cinama 8. Nerve (PG-13, 96 min.) Emma Roberts and Dave Franco participate in a mobile online game even more dangerous than “Pokemon Go.” Bartlett 10, Cineplanet 16. No Manches Frida (PG-13, 114 min.) A Spanish-language comedy about a ditsy bank robber who poses as a teacher to access the loot buried beneath a school. Paradiso. Pete’s Dragon (PG, 82 min.) HHH ½ “Be open to looking” is both metaphysical counsel and practical advice in director David Lowery’s powerful film about a literally warm and fuzzy fire-breather with a prognathic jaw (a 1960s-70s Disney atavism: see also Bagheera, Tigger, O’malley the alley cat and the original “Pete’s Dragon”), functional wings and a power — invisibility — that literalizes the story’s message that “just because you don’t see something doesn’t mean it’s not there.” Oakes Begley stars as a wild orphan boy living in the forest with the help of Elliott, the friendly dragon (the premise links the boy to two of this year’s other movie heroes, Mowgli and Tarzan); Bryce Dallas Howard and Robert Redford are the sympathetic park ranger and old-timer, respectively, who become not just discoverers but protectors of Pete and Elliott after lumberjack Karl Urban and his crew realize a monster might be more profitable than timber. A remake of a 1977 Disney film that combined live action with traditional animation (replaced here by realistic if stylized digital animation), the movie marks an entirely successful transition to the big (studio) leagues for director/co-writer David Lowery, a multitasking stalwart of micro-budget cinema who has worked as an editor, cinematographer and sound recordist on such notable films as “Upstream Color,” “Sun Don’t Shine” and Kentucker Audley’s madein-memphis “Open Five.” Indie Memphis Film Festival regulars may recognize the connection between this “Dragon” and Lowery’s 2009 feature “St. Nick,” a much smaller-scale story about children surviving on their own in a woodsy environment; both movies dramatize the so-called magic and innocence of