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.
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.
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.
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.