OPEN­ING FRI­DAY

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A Late Quar­tet (R, 105 min.) See re­view on Page 15. Ridge­way Four. Lin­coln (R, 150 min.) See re­view on Page 12. Col­lierville Towne 16, Cordova Cinema, DeSoto Cinema 16, Hol­ly­wood 20 Cinema, Par­adiso, Stage Cinema, Stu­dio on the Square. Opens Wed­nes­day at the CinePlanet 16 and Hol­ly­wood 20 Cinema. The Ses­sions (R, 95 min.) See re­view on Page 14. Ridge­way Four.

OPEN­ING WED­NES­DAY

Life of Pi (PG, 127 min.) A young zookeeper and a Ben­gal tiger be­come cast­aways on a too-small lifeboat in di­rec­tor Ang Lee’s adaptation of the ac­claimed best-seller by Yann Mar­tel. CinePlanet 16. Col­lierville Towne 16, Cordova Cinema, DeSoto Cinema 16, For­est Hill 8, Hol­ly­wood 20 Cinema, Ma­jes­tic, Par­adiso, Stage Cinema, Stu­dio on the Square. Red Dawn (PG-13, 94 min.) North Kore­ans re­place Sovi­ets and Chris Hemsworth re­places Patrick Swayze in this re­make of the 1984 Cold War in­va­sion ac­tioner. CinePlanet 16, Col­lierville Towne 16, Cordova Cinema, DeSoto Cinema 16, For­est Hill 8, Ma­jes­tic, Par­adiso, Stage Cinema. Rise of the Guardians (PG, 97 min.) Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, the Tooth Fairy and other beloved fig­ures join forces to bat­tle the Boogey­man. CinePlanet 16, Col­lierville Towne 16, Cordova Cinema, DeSoto Cinema 16, For­est Hill 8, Hol­ly­wood 20 Cinema, Ma­jes­tic, Par­adiso, Stage Cinema. Sil­ver Linings Playbook (R, 122 min.) Can a re­cently re­leased men­tal pa­tient (Bradley Cooper) find hap­pi­ness with a wid­owed “slut” (Jen­nifer Lawrence)? CinePlanet 16, Ridge­way Four.

SPE­CIAL MOVIES

British Na­tional The­atre Live: Timon of Athens (Not rated, 180 min.) A new pro­duc­tion of Shake­speare’s clas­sic about class, power and money, updated to a mod­ern Eng­land of bank­ing scan­dals and cor­po­rate cor­rup­tion. 1 p.m. Sun­day and 7 p.m. Tues­day, Par­adiso. Tick­ets: $20. Visit malco.com. The Light Be­fore Christ­mas: Stop-Mo­tion an­i­mated hol­i­day film tells the story of The Can­dle­man, an old sage who im­parts wis­dom, hot choco­late and sto­ries to two lost chil­dren. Satur­day through Dec. 31. Tick­ets $8.25, $7.50 se­nior cit­i­zens, $6.50 chil­dren ages 3-12. IMAX Theater at Mem­phis Pink Palace Mu­seum, 3050 Cen­tral. Call 901-636-2362 for show times, tick­ets and reser­va­tions. Santa vs. The Snow­man: The an­i­mated IMAX film hol­i­day film re­turns. Satur­day through Dec. 31. Tick­ets $8.25, $7.50 se­nior cit­i­zens, $6.50 chil­dren ages 3-12. IMAX Theater at Mem­phis Pink Palace Mu­seum, 3050 Cen­tral. Call 901-636-2362 for show times, tick­ets and reser­va­tions. To the Arc­tic: Nar­rated by Meryl Streep, this jour­ney to the top of the world fol­lows a polar bear fam­ily as it adapts to its chang­ing en­vi­ron­ment. Runs through March 8, 2013. Tick­ets $8.25; $7.50 se­nior cit­i­zens, and $6.50 for ages 3-12. IMAX Theater at Mem­phis Pink Palace Mu­seum, 3050 Cen­tral. Call 901-636-2362

for show times, tick­ets and reser­va­tions.

NOW SHOW­ING

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.” Cordova Cinema, DeSoto Cinema 16, Hol­ly­wood 20 Cinema, Ma­jes­tic, Palace Cinema, Par­adiso, Stage Cinema. 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 less-for­tu­nate 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”). Col­lierville Towne 16, Cordova Cinema, For­est Hill 8, Palace Cinema, Par­adiso, Stu­dio on the Square, Wolfchase Gal­le­ria Cinema 8. The Bourne Legacy (PG-13, 125 min.) Jeremy Ren­ner, Rachel Weisz. Bartlett 10. Brave (PG, 101 min.) The lat­est from Pixar. Bartlett 10. The Cam­paign (R, 85 min.) Will Fer­rell, Zach Gal­i­fi­anakis. Bartlett 10. The Dark Knight Rises (PG13, 165 min.) ½ Chris­tian Bale, Anne Hath­away. Bartlett 10. Di­ary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days (PG, 94 min.) The third “Wimpy” com­edy. Bartlett 10. Flight (R, 139 min.) Re­turn­ing to live ac­tion af­ter a decade of dis­ap­point­ing ex­per­i­men­ta­tion with per­for­mance-cap­ture an­i­ma­tion, di­rec­tor Robert Ze­meckis pro­vides Den­zel Wash­ing­ton with one of the more com­plex roles of the ac­tor’s ca­reer as an air­line pi­lot whose skill and hero­ism is matched by his al­co­holism and drug ad­dic­tion. As ex­cerpted in the film’s trailer, the har­row­ing air­plane crash se­quence sug­gests that screen­writer John Gatins has re­vamped the dis­as­ter genre, but this is less an up­date of “Air­port” than of “The Lost Week­end,” plus the heavy spir­i­tual com­po­nent of such past Ze­meckis films as “Cast Away” (also about a plane crash) and “Contact” (with Jodie Fos­ter as an­other type of sky worker, an as­tronomer). The fine sup­port­ing cast in­cludes Kelly Reilly as a junkie (think Robin Wright in “For­rest Gump”), Don Cheadle as a pi­lots’ union lawyer and John Good­man as a scene-steal­ing Dr. Feel­good. 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. 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. CinePlanet 16, Col­lierville Towne 16, DeSoto Cinema 16, Hol­ly­wood 20 Cinema, Wolfchase Gal­le­ria Cinema 8. 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. . Col­lierville Towne, DeSoto Cinema 16, Palace Cinema, Sum­mer Quar­tet DriveIn, Wolfchase Gal­le­ria Cinema 8. 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. Hol­ly­wood 20 Cinema. Ice Age: Con­ti­nen­tal Drift (PG, 94 min.) More com­put­eran­i­mated pre­hys­te­ria. Bartlett 10. 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. 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. Wolfchase Gal­le­ria Cinema 8. The Man with the Iron Fists (R, 96 min.) The RZA di­rects an old-school fists-of­fury mar­tial-arts ac­tion epic. Cordova Cinema, DeSoto Cinema 16, Hol­ly­wood 20 Cinema, Ma­jes­tic, Par­adiso, Wolfchase Gal­le­ria Cinema 8. The Odd Life of Ti­mothy Green (PG, 104 min.) ½ Jen­nifer Garner. Bartlett 10. 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 pluggedin gen­er­a­tion. To this end, the new film fo­cuses for the first time in se­ries his­tory on a pair of young teenagers, Alex (charm­ing Kathryn New­ton) and her com­puter-savvy boyfriend (lik­able Matt Shively), who place se­cret sur­veil­lance cam­eras in Alex’s pos­si­bly haunted but oth­er­wise bland subur­ban home af­ter strange oc­cur­rences ac­com­pany the ar­rival of a “weird” lit­tle neigh­bor boy (Brady Allen). CinePlanet 16, Col­lierville Towne 16, DeSoto Cinema 16, Hol­ly­wood 20 Cinema, Palace Cinema, Wolfchase Gal­le­ria Cinema 8. ParaNor­man (PG, 92 min.)

This sec­ond stop-mo­tion 3D fea­ture film from Laika, an Ore­gon-based an­i­ma­tion stu­dio, might be de­scribed as the lit­tle brother of its won­der­ful pre­de­ces­sor from 2009, “Co­ra­line.” Bartlett 10. The Perks of Be­ing a Wallflower (PG-13, 103 min.)

Hogswart grad­u­ate Emma Wat­son plays the free-spir­ited crush of an emo­tion­ally trou­bled high­school fresh­man (Lo­gan Ler­man) in subur­ban Pitts­burgh in this dewy, sym­pa­thetic early 1990s com­ing-of-age tale that is re­mark­able for its sen­si­tiv­ity and earnest­ness, even if its post-Salinger sta­tions of the cross — first kiss, first drug ex­pe­ri­ence, first gay friend (Ezra Miller), first cool English teacher (Paul Rudd), first ex­po­sure to The Smiths and “The Rocky Hor­ror Pic­ture Show” — are al­most en­tirely fa­mil­iar. Ridge­way Four. Pitch Per­fect (PG-13, 112 min.) Can fresh­man Anna Ken­drick and her fe­male singing group beat the men’s team in the cam­pus vo­cal com­pe­ti­tion? CinePlanet 16, Col­lierville Towne 16, Cordova Cinema, Wolfchase Gal­le­ria Cinema 8. The Pos­ses­sion (PG-13, 92 min.) Jef­frey Dean Mor­gan. Bartlett 10. Silent Hill: Reve­la­tion (R, 94 min.) Why make a se­quel to the 2006 chiller “Silent Hill”? Be­cause its sur­real su­per­nat­u­ral shocks should look cool in 3D, that’s why. Ma­jes­tic, Palace Cinema (in 3-D), Sum­mer Quar­tet Drive-In, Wolfchase Gal­le­ria Cinema 8 (in 3-D). Sin­is­ter (R, 98 min.) A des­per­ate true-crime writer (Ethan Hawke) moves his un­wit­ting fam­ily into a “murder house” that may be haunted by more than bad vibes, as he re­al­izes when he dis­cov­ers a cache of cutely ti­tled (“Hang­ing Around”) but grue­some home movies that ap­pear to have been shot over sev­eral decades by a se­rial killer or some other evil au­teur.

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