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Bal­let in Cin­ema: An Evening with Kylián, Inger and Waler­ski (Not rated, 145 min.) A filmed per­for­mance of works by chore­og­ra­phers with the Ned­er­lands Dance The­ater, re­garded as the most bal­letic of con­tem­po­rary dance com­pa­nies. The pro­gram in­cludes Kylián’s sur­re­al­is­tic “Sweet Dreams,” de­scribed as an “ironic look at the com­plex world of the hu­man sub-con­science.” 2 p.m. Sun­day, Mem­phis Brooks Mu­seum of Art. Tick­ets: $15, or $12 for mu­seum mem­bers. Visit brooksmu­seum.org. Bon Jovi In­side Out (Not rated, 110 min.) Jon Bon Jovi and his band are cap­tured in con­cert, with per­for­mances from Madi­son Square Garden, Lon­don’s O2 arena and other venues. 7 p.m. Tues­day, Par­adiso. Tick­ets: $12.50. 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. 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 901636-2362 for show times, tick­ets and reser­va­tions. Met­ro­pol­i­tan Opera: The Tem­pest (Not rated, 215 min.) An en­core pre­sen­ta­tion of a re­cent per­for­mance of Thomas Adès’ Shake­spearein­spired opera, filmed live on­stage in New York. 6:30 p.m. Wed­nes­day, Par­adiso. Tick­ets: $20. Visit malco.com. Santa vs. The Snow­man: The an­i­mated IMAX film hol­i­day film re­turns. 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 901636-2362 for show times, tick­ets and reser­va­tions. Stars in Shorts (Not rated, 91 min.) An an­thol­ogy of seven short films cov­er­ing a wide range of gen­res and styles (com­edy, sci­encefic­tion, etc.), with casts that in­clude Judi Dench, Lily Tom­lin, Colin Firth, Keira Knight­ley, Ken­neth Branagh and oth­ers. 7 p.m. Thurs­day, Mem­phis Brooks Mu­seum of Art. Tick­ets: $8, or $6 for mu­seum mem­bers. Visit brooksmu­seum.org. Star Trek: The Next Gen­er­a­tion — A Cel­e­bra­tion of Sea­son 2 (Not rated, 150 min.) Two pop­u­lar episodes — “Q Who” and “The Mea­sure of a Man” — will be screened, aug­mented by deleted scenes, ac­tor in­ter­views, be­hind-the-scenes vis­its to the makeup and ef­fects de­part­ments, and more. 7 p.m. Thurs­day, Par­adiso. Tick­ets: $12.50. Visit malco.com. 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 901636-2362 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.” DeSoto Cin­ema 16, Hol­ly­wood 20 Cin­ema, Ma­jes­tic, Wolfchase Gal­le­ria Cin­ema 8. 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”). Palace Cin­ema, Par­adiso, Stu­dio on the Square. The Bourne Legacy (PG-13, 125 min.) Jeremy Ren­ner, Rachel Weisz. Bartlett 10. Brave (PG, 101 min.) The lat­est from Pixar. 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 are 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,” with a spir­i­tual em­pha­sis also found in 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. 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. CinePlanet 16, Sum­mer Quar­tet Drive-In, 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. . Palace Cin­ema, Sum­mer Quar­tet Drive-In, Wolfchase Gal­le­ria Cin­ema 8. Ice Age: Con­ti­nen­tal Drift (PG, 94 min.) HH The cli­mate change of cliché has melted most of the charm and nov­elty from this com­put­eran­i­mated com­edy-ad­ven­ture se­ries that show­cases an ever-ex­pand­ing pre­his­toric en­sem­ble headed by now bor­ing Manny the mam­moth (voiced by Ray Ro­mano), dull Diego the saber­tooth (De­nis Leary) and re­li­ably funny Sid the sloth (John Leguizamo, who, with the artists, has cre­ated a char­ac­ter wor­thy of the clas­sic Looney Tunes car­toons). The beau­ti­ful an­i­ma­tion (se­quences with a whale and some deadly “sirens” are es­pe­cially im­pres­sive) and won­der­ful char­ac­ter de­sign (new characters in­clude a gang of an­i­mal pi­rates) con­tinue to im­press, but the sea­far­ing ac­tion is sunk by sub-sit­com­level lessons about fam­ily and friend­ship, mo­ti­vated by Manny’s wor­ries over his teenage daugh­ter (Keke Palmer). Only the pure slap­stick se­quences with Scrat the acorn-ob­sessed squir­rel make the movie worth see­ing. Di­rected by Steve Martino and Mark Thurmeier. Bartlett 10. 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. Lin­coln (R, 150 min.) Re­turn­ing to the themes of race, bondage and lib­er­a­tion that marked not just “Amis­tad” and “Schindler’s List” but “In­di­ana Jones and the Tem­ple of Doom,” di­rec­tor Steven Spiel­berg de­liv­ers his most ac­tor-cen­tric and word­heavy film, and the re­sult is as much a tour de force as was “Juras­sic Park” — and as much a glo­ri­ous res­ur­rec­tion of an ex­tinct species: If only some am­ber-trapped DNA could be dis­cov­ered to bring some of th­ese great men back to life. Scripted by Tony Kush­ner (Pulitzer Prizewin­ning play­wright of “An­gels in Amer­ica”) from his­to­rian Doris Kearns Good­win’s book “Team of Ri­vals: The Po­lit­i­cal Ge­nius of Abra­ham Lin­coln,” the movie is a re­mark­ably timely de­pic­tion of the back­room fi­nagling and eth­i­cally du­bi­ous deal mak­ing re­quired to gain even the

most vir­tu­ous po­lit­i­cal re­sult, in this case House pas­sage of the 13th Amend­ment to the Con­sti­tu­tion, which abol­ished slav­ery. The cast (in­clud­ing Sally Field as Mary Todd Lin­coln, David Strathairn as Sec­re­tary of State Wil­liam Se­ward and Tommy Lee Jones as Penn­syl­va­nia abo­li­tion­ist Thad­deus Stevens) is ter­rific, but Daniel Day-Lewis’ wise, rus­tic, gnarled Lin­coln truly seems a crea­ture from an­other age; re­mark­ably, there’s no van­ity in the ac­tor’s some­what hob­bled gait or high, thin voice. 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. 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 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 (Emily Blunt) is rais­ing a lit­tle boy (Pierce Gagnon) with tele­ki­netic pow­ers. Bartlett 10, Wolfchase Gal­le­ria Cin­ema 8. The Man with the Iron Fists (R, 96 min.) The RZA di­rects an old-school fists-of-fury mar­tial-arts ac­tion epic. Hol­ly­wood 20 Cin­ema. 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). Re­turn­ing from part 3, direc­tors Henry Joost and Ariel Schu­man are let down by a silly, an­ti­cli­mac­tic end­ing, but they ably ex­ploit the spook­i­ness in­her­ent to the lim­ited, of­ten fixed per­spec­tive of the “found footage” frame.. Hol­ly­wood 20 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. Wolfchase Gal­le­ria Cin­ema 8. 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? Cor­dova Cin­ema, Wolfchase Gal­le­ria Cin­ema 8, Sum­mer Quar­tet Drive-In. The Pos­ses­sion (PG-13, 92 min.) Jef­frey Dean Mor­gan. Bartlett 10. 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, Sum­mer Quar­tet Drive-In. 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. The Ses­sions (R, 95 min.)

Par­a­lyzed poet Mark O’Brien’s quest to per­form sex­ual in­ter­course with a paid “sex sur­ro­gate” is trans­formed into an in­spi­ra­tional saga of “courage and per­se­ver­ance” in this un­likely fact-based crowd­pleaser from pre­vi­ously un­her­alded writer-di­rec­tor Ben Lewin. Don’t let the po­ten­tially corny and/or lurid sub­ject mat­ter scare you away: At its best, the film works won­der­fully as a pe­riod (1988 Berke­ley) com­edy about the ab­sur­dity of the hu­man con­di­tion (think

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