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IMAX Theater at Mem­phis Pink Palace Mu­seum, 3050 Cen­tral. Call 901-636-2362 for show times, tick­ets and reser­va­tions. “Twi­light” Marathon: The four pre­vi­ous films in the ro­man­tic vam­pire se­ries will be screened back to back to back to back, in an­tic­i­pa­tion of Thurs­day’s 10 p.m. pre­miere of “The Twi­light Saga: Break­ing Dawn — Part 2.” 11 a.m., Col­lierville Towne 16, Cordova Cinema, DeSoto Cinema 16, Par­adiso, Stage Cinema. Marathon tick­ets: $20. Visit malco. com. Alex Cross (PG-13, 102 min.)

½ Tyler Perry trades Madea drag for the shoul­der hol­ster and scowl of a ge­nius po­lice psy­chol­o­gist-de­tec­tive, but this movie couldn’t be any sil­lier if the ti­tle sleuth pur­sued the story’s sadis­tic pro­fes­sional killer in a gray wig and granny panties. A merger of late-pe­riod Charles Bron­son brutish­ness with Perry’s sig­na­ture Life­timelevel bathos, the lat­est James Pat­ter­son adaptation — Mor­gan Free­man played Cross in two ear­lier, oth­er­wise un­re­lated films — is pure pulp non­sense, with about as much rel­e­vance to po­lice pro­ce­dure as “Madea’s Wit­ness Pro­tec­tion.” CinePlanet 16, Col­lierville Towne 16, Cordova Cinema, DeSoto Cinema 16, Hol­ly­wood 20 Cinema, Ma­jes­tic, Palace Cinema, Par­adiso, Stage Cinema, Sum­mer Quar­tet Drive-In. Argo (R, 120 min.) In­spired by the un­likely true story of the se­cret res­cue of six U.S. diplo­mats from Tehran in 1980 (while 52 of their less­for­tu­nate col­leagues were held hostage by mil­i­tants in the Amer­i­can em­bassy), this is an en­ter­tain­ing and in­tel­li­gent sus­pense film, with a com­mit­ment to qual­ity and what might be called self-con­sciously pur­pose­ful con­tent that is typ­i­cal of the pro­duc­ing team of Ge­orge Clooney and Grant Heslov (“The Ides of March,” “Good Night, and Good Luck”). Sport­ing a vin­tage Chuck Nor­ris/porn star mus­tache and hairdo, in­creas­ingly con­fi­dent di­rec­tor Ben Af­fleck stars as real-life CIA “ex­fil­tra­tion” spe­cial­ist Tony Men­dez, who con­cocts a res­cue plan that re­quires the Amer­i­cans to pose as sci­ence-fic­tion movie pro­duc­ers scout­ing lo­ca­tions in the Mid­dle East. Col­lierville Towne 16, Cordova Cinema, DeSoto Cinema 16, For­est Hill 8, Palace Cinema, Par­adiso, Stage Cinema, Stu­dio on the Square. At­las Shrugged: Part II (PG-13, 112 min.) Paul Ryan, the wait is over: Here’s the con­clu­sion of pro­ducer and fit­ness-equip­ment mag­nate John Aglialoro’s Ayn Rand adaptation. Wolfchase Gal­le­ria Cinema 8. The Bourne Legacy (PG-13, 125 min.) Jeremy Ren­ner, Rachel Weisz. Bartlett 10. Brave (PG, 101 min.) lat­est from Pixar. Bartlett 10. The Cam­paign (R, 85 min.) Will Fer­rell, Zach Gal­i­fi­anakis. Bartlett 10. Cloud At­las (R, 172 min.) “Ma­trix” mas­ter­minds Andy and Lana Wa­chowski join “Run Lola Run” au­teur Tom Tyk­wer to di­rect a cen­turies-span­ning epic of in­ter­con­nec­tiv­ity,

The adapted from the novel by David Mitchell. The all-star cast in­cludes Tom Hanks, Halle Berry and Su­san Saran­don. Col­lierville Towne 16, Cordova Cinema, DeSoto Cinema 16, For­est Hill 8, Par­adiso, Stu­dio on the Square, Wolfchase Gal­le­ria Cinema 8. The Dark Knight Rises (PG13, 165 min.) ½ Chris­tian Bale, Anne Hath­away. Bartlett 10. End of Watch (R, 109 min.)

A sort of pulp-cinema Joseph Wam­baugh, wri­ter­di­rec­tor David Ayer (“Train­ing Day,” “Harsh Times,” “Street Kings”) re­turns with an­other vivid and gritty in­ner-city slice-of-life po­lice drama; Wolfchase Gal­le­ria Cinema 8. The Ex­pend­ables 2 (R, 103 min.) ½ Sylvester Stal­lone, Ja­son Statham. Bartlett 10. Flight (R, 139 min.) Heroic air­line pi­lot Den­zel Wash­ing­ton is caught in a trou­bling in­ves­ti­ga­tion. Di­rected by Robert Ze­meckis. CinePlanet 16, Col­lierville Towne 16, Cordova Cinema, DeSoto Cinema 16, Hol­ly­wood 20 Cinema, Palace Cinema, Par­adiso, Stage Cinema. 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 blackand-white pal­ette but re­places its flesh-and-blood ac­tors with the pup­pety fig­ures of the painstak­ing stop-mo­tion an­i­ma­tion process. 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. Ma­jes­tic. Here Comes the Boom (PG, 105 min.) ½ Lik­able Kevin James stars as slovenly Scott Voss, a Bos­ton high­school 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, DeSoto Cinema 16, Hol­ly­wood 20 Cinema, 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 com­put­eran­i­mated 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, Palace Cinema, 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 gi­allo- es­que 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. Hol­ly­wood 20 Cinema, Ma­jes­tic. 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 Gor­don-Le­vitt 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

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