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min.) ½ Sylvester Stal­lone, Jason Statham. Bartlett 10. Franken­wee­nie (PG, 88 min.) Di­rec­tor Tim Bur­ton ex­pands his comic, ca­reer-defin­ing 1984 short hor­ror-movie homage into a Dis­ney fea­ture film that re­tains the orig­i­nal’s black-and-white pal­ette but re­places its flesh-and-blood ac­tors with the pup­pety fig­ures of the painstak­ing stop-mo­tion an­i­ma­tion process. Cor­dova Cinema, DeSoto Cinema 16, Ma­jes­tic, Wolfchase Gal­le­ria Cinema 8. Fun Size (PG-13, 90 min.) A Nick­elodeon com­edy about a baby-sit­ting big sis­ter (Vic­to­ria Jus­tice) who loses her trick-or-treat­ing brother on Hal­loween night. CinePlanet 16, Col­lierville Towne 16, Cor­dova Cinema, DeSoto Cinema 16, Hol­ly­wood 20 Cinema, Ma­jes­tic, Palace Cinema, Par­adiso, Stage Cinema. Here Comes the Boom (PG, 105 min.) ½ More pab­u­lum for movie­go­ers who can’t be both­ered to chew even the soft­est food for thought, cour­tesy of Happy Madi­son Pro­duc­tions, the Ger­ber of mo­tion pic­ture com­pa­nies. Lik­able Kevin James stars as slovenly Scott Voss, a Bos­ton high-school bi­ol­ogy teacher and ex-wrestler who moon­lights as a mixed mar­tial arts fighter in hopes of rais­ing the $48,000 needed to save the job of a beloved mu­sic teacher played by Henry Win­kler, who is as cud­dly here as the Fonz once was cool. Di­rected by Frank Co­raci, who pre­vi­ously guided James through the pun­ish­ing “Zookeeper,” this os­ten­si­bly pro-teacher film should re­as­sure anti-public ed­u­ca­tion ide­o­logues ea­ger to cut funding for schools. Bud­get woes a prob­lem? Just hold a bake sale, or, as seen here, send a fac­ulty mem­ber into the Ul­ti­mate Fight­ing Cham­pi­onship Oc­tagon at the MGM Grand. CinePlanet 16, Col­lierville Towne 16, Cor­dova Cinema, DeSoto Cinema 16, Hol­ly­wood 20 Cinema, Palace Cinema, Par­adiso, Stage Cinema. Hope Springs (PG-13, 100 min.) ½ Meryl Streep, Tommy Lee Jones. Bartlett 10. Ho­tel Tran­syl­va­nia (PG, 91 min.) ½ Count Drac­ula (voiced by Adam San­dler) opens a “hu­man-free” cas­tle hostelry in a com­puter- an­i­mated trib­ute to old­school ghouls that more or less pre­tends the past 50 years of hor­ror movies never hap­pened, even though it’s aimed at kids who may be more fa­mil­iar with Freddy, Jason and Chucky than Boris, Bela and Vin­cent. . CinePlanet 16, Col­lierville Towne, Cor­dova Cinema, DeSoto Cinema 16, Hol­ly­wood 20 Cinema (in 3-D), Ma­jes­tic, Palace Cinema (in 3-D), Par­adiso, Stage Cinema, Sum­mer Quar­tet Drive-In. House at the End of the Street (PG-13, 101 min.)

½ Ig­nor­ing the con­cerns of mom Elis­a­beth Shue, teen Jennifer Lawrence be­friends sen­si­tive, soft-spo­ken Max Thieriot, whose par­ents were mur­dered in the scary house next door. The act­ing is per­sua­sive, and the screen­play by David Loucka (from a story by Jonathan Mos­tow) has a nice twist that could have sup­ported an in­ven­tively stylish gi­al­loesque thriller; un­for­tu­nately, di­rec­tor Mark Ton­derai’s de­liv­ers a real mess — an al­most ran­dom tan­gle of choppy ed­its, hand­held cam­era, “shock” sound ef­fects and other clichés of the con­tem­po­rary hor­ror film. DeSoto Cinema 16, Hol­ly­wood 20 Cinema, Ma­jes­tic. Law­less (R, 115 min.) ½ Shia LaBeouf, Tom Hardy. Bartlett 10, Sum­mer Quar­tet Drive-In. Looper (R, 119 min.)

Mak­ing the leap from in­dieland (“Brick”) to com­mer­cial Hol­ly­wood, writer-di­rec­tor Rian John­son de­liv­ers a stun­ner from start to fin­ish — a smart, ex­cit­ing time-travel ac­tion film that re­spects its au­di­ence, its genre and even its char­ac­ters. The story hook is in­ge­nious, and the fu­tur­is­tic de­tails are clever and con­vinc­ing. (Mao’s face is on the money, and recre­ational drugs are ad­min­is­tered via eye­drop­per — a nice metaphor for the movie ex­pe­ri­ence.) Joseph Gor­donLe­vitt stars as a “Looper,” an as­sas­sin in the fu­ture who kills tar­gets de­liv­ered to him via il­le­gal time ma­chine from an even fur­ther fu­ture; when his lat­est vic­tim proves to be his older self (Bruce Wil­lis), a cat-and-mouse chase en­sues that leads to an iso­lated farm, where a tough sin­gle mother (Emily Blunt) is rais­ing a lit­tle boy (Pierce Gagnon) with tele­ki­netic pow­ers. Un­like too many young di­rec­tors, John­son never sac­ri­fices the humanity of the peo­ple in his story for a shot of vi­o­lence or a cheap laugh. He is as in­ter­ested in emo­tion as spec­ta­cle, which is to say he ties the two to­gether: An ex­plo­sion makes an im­pact be­cause of its source and its con­se­quence, not just be­cause it looks cool. Cor­dova Cinema, Sum­mer Quar­tet DriveIn, Wolfchase Gal­le­ria Cinema 8. Mada­gas­car 3: Europe’s Most Wanted (PG, 93 min.)

The com­puter-an­i­mated zoo crew — Alex the lion (voiced by Ben Stiller), Marty the ze­bra (Chris Rock), Glo­ria the hippo (Jada Pin­kett Smith) and Mel­man the gi­raffe (David Sch­wim­mer) — joins a strug­gling trav­el­ing cir­cus to elude a mono­ma­ni­a­cal an­i­mal con­trol of­fi­cer (Frances McDor­mand) in this typ­i­cally fre­netic but weary­ing se­ries en­try, which lacks the Looney Tunes ef­fi­ciency of its pre­de­ces­sors. Bartlett 10. The Paper­boy (R, 107 min.) A Mi­ami reporter (Matthew McConaughey), a death-row killer (John Cu­sack) and an aging sex­pot (Ni­cole Kid­man) are among the par­tic­i­pants in this lurid South­ern Gothic drama from di­rec­tor Lee Daniels (“Pre­cious”), work­ing from a novel by Pete Dex­ter. Ridge­way Four. Para­nor­mal Ac­tiv­ity 4 (R, 88 min.) ½ The pop­u­lar­ity of the reli­able if rep­e­ti­tious “Para­nor­mal Ac­tiv­ity” fran­chise — this is the fourth film in five years — sug­gests that anxieties over the ubiq­uity and in­va­sive­ness of so­cial me­dia and its re­lated tech­nolo­gies may trou­ble even the most en­thu­si­as­tic mem­bers of the plugged-in gen­er­a­tion. To this end, the new film fo­cuses


Dog of the Dead: Sparky is the star of Tim Bur­ton’s stop-ac­tion an­i­ma­tion of­fer­ing, “Franken­wee­nie.”

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