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. Hav Faith (Not rated, 127 min.) Native Memphian Howard Bell IV wrote and directed this modern retelling of the Bible story of Joseph and his coat of many colors. Majestic. 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. Cordova Cinema. Hillsong: Let Hope Rise (PG, 103 min.) A “theatrical worship experience” of a documentary about Australia’s Hillsong United. Wolfchase Galleria Cinema 8. The Hollars (PG-13, 88 min.) John Krasinski plays a prodigal son, rejoining his small-town dysfunctional family. Ridgeway Cinema Grill. 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. Bartlett 10. Jason Bourne (PG-13, 121 min.) Matt Damon again acts the role of America’s favorite amnesiac ex-assassin. Paradiso. 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. An exception is young actor Neel Sethis, cast as Mowgli, the plucky wolf-raised “man-cub” whose relationships with wise Bagheera the panther (voiced by Ben Kingsley), villainous Shere Khan the tiger (Idris Elba) and the other jungle “people” provide thrills, comedy and the modern conviction that this threatened environment and these endangered species deserve humankind’s protection. 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 stopmotion 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 response won’t approach Pixar levels, but cult reverence is assured. The first-time feature director is Travis Knight, lead animator on the previous Laika films, which also include “Paranorman” and “The Boxtrolls.” Palace Cinema. 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. 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 overreliance on jump scares is regrettable, but its concept of a darkness-dwelling entity that steadily approaches with each on-and-off flick of a light switch is genuinely creepy. Bartlett 10, Cineplanet 16, Desoto Cinema 16. The Magnificent Seven (PG-13, 133 min.) A remake of the popular Western. See story on page 16. Cineplanet 16, Collierville Towne 16, Cordova Cinema, Desoto Cinema 16, Forest Hill 8, Hollywood 20 Cinema, Majestic, Olive Branch Cinema, Palace Cinema, Paradiso, Ridgeway Cinema Grill, Stage Cinema, Studio on the Square, 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, 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. 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 childhood with imagination and without condescension. Cineplanet 16, Forest Hill 8. The Purge: Election Year (R, 105 min.) HH ½ With a tag line (“Keep America Great”) inspired by the season’s scariest serial (the Trump campaign), the third “Purge” film is more a grindhouse “Hunger Games” chapter than the sharp-focused terror exercise of the 2013 original, as returning writerdirector James Demonaco pursues cable televisionstyle longform storytelling and overt sociopolitical messaging over the anthology horror format that would have been an ideal fit for the series’ ingenious foundational conceit (in the near-future U.S., all crime is legal for 12 hours on the day of “The Purge,” a new civic tradition that allows citizens to let off steam, however lethal). An unfortunate side effect of Demonaco’s desire to be taken seriously is an increased emphasis on Establishment rather than street-level characters, as the returning heroes of the fine second film, “The Purge:
Ave Maria Gala Dinner: 6:30 p.m. Sunday at TPC Southwind. Honoring Brother Chris Englert FSC; Dr. Warren and Kay Johnson, and Will Gagne. Cost: $100/person or $1,000/ table of 10. 901-4053791. avemariahome.org Ave Maria 16th annual Father Leonard Oglesby Memorial Tournament: 11:30 a.m. Monday at TPC Southwind. 11:30 a.m. registration and box lunch; 1 p.m. shotgun start. Cost: $250/player or $1,000/team. Proceeds benefit Ave Maria Home residents. 901-405-3791 or avemariahome.org. Book Talk with Daniel Connolly: Journalist and author Connolly promotes his book, “The Book of Isaias: A Child of Hispanic Immigrants Seeks His Own America.” 4:30 p.m. Tuesday at Meeman Journalism Building (Room 100), 3711 Veterans Ave., University of Memphis campus; 7 p.m. Tuesday at The Booksellers at Laurelwood, 387 Perkins Ext. danielconnolly.net Carson & Barnes Circus: 7:30 p.m. Friday; 1:30, 4:30 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday; 1:30 and 4:30 p.m. Sunday at Memphis International Raceway, 5500 Victory Lane (Gate 2), Millington. Advance tickets: $12 ($6 childen). At the gate: $16 ($10 children under 12). 901-230-3870. bigtopshow.com. Chuckles Comedy House: 1770 Dexter Springs Loop, Cordova. For shows and times, call 901-421-5905, or visit chucklescomedyhouse. com. “Collecting the Missing Pieces”: Through Oct. 10 at Memphis Pink Palace Museum, 3050 Central Ave. $12.75; $12.25 senior citizens, $7.25 children. Artifacts include an “I am a man” placard, slave shackles and more. 901-636-2362. memphismuseums.org Feed the Soul: The Finale: 6-9 p.m. Thursday at The Warehouse, 36 East G.E. Patterson Ave. $45. Benefiting MIFA. Entertainment by Tameka “Big Baby” Goodman and the Soul Therapy Band, Stan “The Bellringer” Bell of V101 and other guest performers. 901-529-4569. mifa.org Fuller Festival 2016: 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday at T.O. Fuller State Park, 1500 W. Mitchell Road. 9 a.m. 1-Mile Fun Run and Walk; 10 a.m. Tennis Clinic (contact office for registration form); 11 a.m. “Bird of Prey” program; 11:30 a.m. Chucalissa presentation; noon-4 p.m. live music and entertainment. 901-543-7581. “Get Up & Get Out, Let’s Square Dance”: Free dance party, 7-8 p.m. Saturday at Bartlett United Methodist Church, 5676 Stage Road, Bartlett. No experience necessary. 901-373-4497. Lady Parts Justice presents Taco Festival: 6-9 p.m. Sunday at The Hi Tone Cafe, 412 N. Cleveland. $10. Taco trucks, music by Name and the Nouns, Heels; comedy by Katrina Coleman, Richard Douglas Jones, Cole Bradley. 901-490-0335. hitonecafe. com. Learn Bridge in a Day: 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Wednesday workshop at M.A. Lightman Bridge Club Inc., 912 Kelley Road. $30. Focus: contract bridge with duplicate scoring. 662-429-1257. Jerry Lee Lewis’ 81st Birthday Celebration and Concert: 8 p.m. Friday at Jerry Lee Lewis’ Cafe & Honky Tonk, 310 Beale. Open to the public. Limited number of tickets available: jerryleelewismemphis.com or call 901-474-4535. Magic Carpet Ride to Germany: Featuring Mighty Souls Brass Band and Oompa Octoberfest. 10 a.m. Saturday at Buckman Arts Center at St. Mary’s School, 60 Perkins Ext. $5 per child, free to adults. 901-537-1483. MEMPHEX 2016 Stamp & Postcard Show: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday at Agricenter International (“C” Wing Banquet Room), 7777 Walnut Grove Road. Buy, sell, appraise. Sponsored by Memphis Stamp Collectors Society. Free admission and parking. Memphis Euro-fest 2016: The 33rd annual car show presented by the British Sports Car Club of Memphis. Friday-saturday at Youth Villages, 7410 Memphis-arlington Road, Bartlett. Friday: 6-10 p.m. early registration and barbecue buffet in Main Tent; 9 p.m. live music by Scott Myatt. Saturday: 8-10 a.m. registration; 10 a.m.2 p.m. car show (open to the public); 3 p.m. awards. memphisbritishcars.org Mid-south Fair & Rodeo: Continues Friday, Saturday and Sunday at Landers Center, 4560 Venture Drive, Southaven. midsouthfair.com Miss Gay America 2016: 8 p.m. Wednesday-thursday, and also Oct. 7-9 at Holiday Inn Memphis Airport — Conference Center, 2240 Democrat Road. 7 p.m. Oct. 8 revue show ($20) and 6 p.m. Oct. 9 crowning ($45). missgayamerica.com/tickets. html Munch & Learn Lecture: Noon-1 p.m. Wednesday at Dixon Gallery and Gardens, 4339 Park Ave. $7; $5 students with ID, senior citizens ages 65-older; members free. Dr. Anna Teekell: “The Importance of the Tea-table (and all its accessories) in English Literature.” 901-7615250. dixon.org Navy League of the United States, Memphis Council: Hosting annual two-part military appreciation event Thursday at Wilson Air Center, 2930 Winchester Road. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Naval Air Orientation (tour and get an up-close look at military jets and helicopters). Also, “Wine Under Wings” (tickets required) at 6:30 p.m. features wine tasting, live big band music, military honors ceremony. Military in uniform and guest admitted at no charge. Call 901-683-5350. Paint Memphis presents Soul Food 5: One Day Paint Festival Celebrating North Memphis: Paint Memphis hosts over 140 artists, gathered to paint a stretch of the Wolf River floodwall. 10 a.m. Saturday at North Evergreen and Chelsea. Event is open to the public. Food trucks, vendors. Paintmemphis.org St. Peter Church Tours: 1-4 p.m. (free) tours on first Saturday (Oct. 1) of each month and upon request. 190 Adams. To schedule: 901-527-8282, ext. 15. stpeterchurch.org Anarchy,” devote themselves to protecting a progressive senator (Elizabeth Mitchell) who is running for president on an anti-purge platform. Still, as a splatter painting of provocations (psycho killers dressed as Uncle Sam and the Statue of Liberty) and polarization (evocations of the Tea Party, Black Lives Matter, the “1 percent,” the NRA and so on), the movie delivers its own sick kick. Bartlett 10. The Queen of Katwe (PG, 124 min.) Madina Nalwanga plays a chess prodigy from an impoverished village in Uganada in this Disney production, which co-stars David Oyelowo and Lupita Nyong’o. Cordova Cinema, Olive Branch Cinema, Paradiso, Stage Cinema. Sausage Party (R, 83 min.) HHH A very un-pixar, very R-rated digitally animated “party,” in which a sausage (voiced by Seth Rogen) who yearns to be united with a comely bun (Kristen Wiig) discovers that the “Great Beyond” waiting outside the grocery store is not the paradise promised by foodstuff theology but a dead end, where he and his friends (a sapphic taco voiced by Salma Hayek, a misshapen hot dog voiced by Michael Cera) will be peeled, chopped, sautéed and devoured. Wolfchase Galleria Cinema 8. The Secret Life of Pets (PG, 90 min.) An animated cats-and-dogs-and-more comedy from Illumination Entertainment (the “Minions” studio). Cineplanet 16, Desoto Cinema 16, Summer Quartet Drive-in, Wolfchase Galleria Cinema 8. Snowden (R, 134 min.) Oliver Stone directs Joseph Gordon-levitt as the NSA whistleblower. Collierville Towne 16, Cordova Cinema, Paradiso, Wolfchase Galleria Cinema 8. Storks (PG, 92 min.) 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. Suicide Squad (PG-13, 130 min.) HH As dark and dangerous as the sales rack at Hot Topic (Jared Leto’s tatted-up, bling-brandishing Clown Prince of Crime is more Juggalo than Joker), this brand-extending DC Comics origin saga about a team of ruthless, brutish and deranged supervillains recruited as pre-emptive protection against rogue “meta-humans” stimulates the reptile brain with shameless efficiency (Margot Robbie’s scene-stealing Harley Quinn certainly knows how to rock the baby-doll tee and the shorter-than-a-grizzGirl’s shorts), but otherwise induces cerebral atrophy. Cineplanet 16, Collierville Towne 16, Cordova Cinema, Desoto Cinema 16, Hollywood 20 Cinema, Majestic, Olive Branch Cinema, Palace Cinema, Paradiso, Stage Cinema. Sully (PG-13, 96 min.) HHH ½ The 21st century, with its surveillance technology and layered bureaucracy, requires a more precise deconstruction and defense of heroism than did the Wild West, as Clint Eastwood — who won his first Best Director Oscar in 1993 for the frontier saga “Unforgiven” — demonstrates in this deeply personalized recounting of the 2009 “Miracle on the Hudson,” when US Airways Capt. Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger made an emergency water landing without losing one of his 155 passengers and crew. Eastwood’s politics may be angry, even reactionary, but his art continues to be compassionate and quintessentially “American” in its regard for stoic professionalism; “We did our jobs,” Sully (a typically solid Tom Hanks) tells his co-pilot (Aaron Eckhart), and no higher praise is possible. 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, Studio on the Square, Summer Quartet Drive-in. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows (PG-13, 112 min.) Bartlett 10. When the Bough Breaks (PG-13, 107 min.) Collierville Towne 16, Cordova Cinema, Desoto Cinema 16, Hollywood 20 Cinema, Majestic, Olive Branch Cinema, Palace Cinema, Paradiso, Stage Cinema, Summer Quartet Drive-in. The Wild Life (PG, 90 min.) More animated animals: This time, the story of Robinson Crusoe is told through the eyes of a parrot, a tapir and a pangolin. Desoto Cinema 16, Wolfchase Galleria Cinema 8.