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amer­ica. Through April 30, CTI 3D Gi­ant Theater, Mem­phis Pink Palace Mu­seum, 3050 Cen­tral. Tick­ets: $9 adult (13-59), $8 se­niors (60+), $7 chil­dren (3-12). Call 901-636-2362 for show­times, tick­ets and reser­va­tions. Na­tional Theatre Live: Hang­men (not rated, 180 min.) set in a pub in a small town in the north of Eng­land, this play stars David Mor­ris­sey as a lo­cal celebrity hang­man who learns that the gov­ern­ment has abol­ished hang­ing. 1 p.m. Sun­day and 7 p.m. Tues­day, Par­adiso. Tick­ets: $20. Visit Pre­his­toric Planet: Walk­ing with Di­nosaurs 3D (not rated, 45 min.) Ex­pe­ri­ence a year in the life of di­nosaurs. Through April 30, CTI 3D Gi­ant Theater, Mem­phis Pink Palace Mu­seum, 3050 Cen­tral. Tick­ets: $9 adult (13-59), $8 se­niors (60+), $7 chil­dren (3-12). Call 901-636-2362 for show­times, tick­ets and reser­va­tions. Three Tough Guys (PG, 92 min.) the “soul Cinema” se­ries con­tin­ues with this 1974 film in which isaac Hayes (in his film de­but), Fred “the Ham­mer” Wil­liamson and lino ven­tura be­come in­volved in a bank heist. 7 p.m., Mon­day, Stax Mu­seum of Amer­i­can Soul Mu­sic, 926 E. Mclemore. Ad­mis­sion: “Pay what you can.” Visit stax­mu­seum. com. The Wizard of Oz (not rated,

” 102 min.) the 1939 fan­tasy clas­sic with Judy Gar­land is re­vived (in 2D) for the “gi­ant” screen. 4 p.m. Satur­day and Sun­day, CTI 3D Gi­ant Theater, Mem­phis Pink Palace Mu­seum, 3050 Cen­tral. Tick­ets: $9 adult (13-59), $8 se­niors (60+), $7 chil­dren (3-12). Call 901-636-2362 for show­times, tick­ets and reser­va­tions. novel comes to the screen. Bartlett 10. Daddy’s Home (PG-13, 96 min.) HH Doughy new step­dad Will Fer­rell com­petes with su­per­cool bi­o­log­i­cal fa­ther Mark Wahlberg for the af­fec­tions of two kids and sexy linda Cardellini in this com­edy dis­ap­point­ment, which squan­ders a socko set-up to be­come as square and for­mu­laic as the mu­sic pro­grammed on Fer­rell’s smooth jazz ra­dio sta­tion, “the Panda.” it’s symp­to­matic of the pro­duc­tion’s limp­ness that the movie was shot, for tax-credit rea­sons, in new or­leans, yet the lo­ca­tions have been scrubbed to a funk­free sub­ur­ban anonymity. the di­rec­tor is sean an­ders (“Hor­ri­ble Bosses 2”). Bartlett 10. Dead­pool (r, 108 min.) HHH a si­mul­ta­ne­ous de­con­struc­tion and af­fir­ma­tion of the ap­peal of the Marvel su­per-genre, this box-of­fice smash casts “Green lantern” pen­i­tent ryan reynolds as the foul-mouthed, fourth wall­break­ing, “X-men”-as­so­ci­ated an­ti­hero whose r-rated ver­bal and vi­o­lent ex­cesses help make this — for good and ill — the “ted” of comic-book movies: its gross, raised­mid­dle-fin­ger at­ti­tude, self­con­grat­u­la­tory snark­i­ness and no-risk “po­lit­i­cally in­cor­rect” at­ti­tude are es­sen­tially ado­les­cent (Dead­pool’s scrappy girl­friend, played by Mon­ica Bac­carin, is a strip­per, of course), but it’s lively and funny, and its low-stakes plot­line of­fers a wel­come re­lief from the apoc­a­lyp­tic overkill of pre­vi­ous Marvel movies. De­but­ing fea­ture di­rec­tor tim Miller (a vet­eran visual ef­fects artist) han­dles both ac­tion and char­ac­ter­i­za­tion with con­fi­dence. Cine­planet 16, Col­lierville Towne 16, Cor­dova Cinema, De­soto Cinema 16, For­est Hill 8, Hol­ly­wood 20 Cinema, Ma­jes­tic, Olive Branch Cinema, Palace Cinema, Par­adiso, Stage Cinema. Dirty Grandpa (r, 102 min.) a grand­son (Zac Efron) and grand­fa­ther (robert De niro) drive to spring break. Bartlett 10. The Diver­gent Se­ries: Al­le­giant (PG-13, 121 min.) the third film in the youthskew­ing sci-fi se­ries. see re­view on Page 14 Cine­planet 16, Col­lierville Towne 16, Cor­dova Cinema, De­soto Cinema 16, For­est

Hill 8, Hol­ly­wood 20 Cinema, Ma­jes­tic, Olive Branch Cinema, Palace Cinema, Par­adiso, Ridge­way Cinema Grill, Stage Cinema, Stu­dio on the Square, Sum­mer Quar­tet Drive-in. The Finest Hours (PG-13, 117 min.) Chris Pine and Casey Af­fleck star in a true-life Coast Guard ad­ven­ture. Bartlett 10. Gods of Egypt (PG-13, 100 min.) HH Camp flour­ishes (“I’m the god­dess of too much,” brags sexy Hathor), a few clever visual fil­i­grees (molten gold runs from the wounds of in­jured deities), an in­stance of un­in­tended au­t­o­cri­tique (when you meet the gods of Egypt, your brain “will liq­uefy and run out of your ears,” we are told), and an over­all aura of un­pre­ten­tious mytho(il)log­i­cal goofi­ness don’t quite com­pen­sate for the dig­i­tal te­dium that is the defin­ing aes­thetic of this odd sword-and-sor­cery would-be block­buster about the war be­tween one-eyed Horus (Niko­laj Coster-wal­dau) and brutish Set (Ger­ard But­ler), the son of Ra, the sun god (Ge­of­frey Rush, pre­sented as an aged Hu­man Torch

or­bit­ing Earth in a fan­ci­ful space­barge). The state-ofthe-de­graded-art fak­ery (the jackal-headed and com­puter-an­i­mated Anu­bis is a par­tic­u­larly un­con­vinc­ing car­toon) lacks the beauty and weight of the old-school matte paint­ings and prac­ti­cal ef­fects em­ployed in clas­si­cal Hol­ly­wood evo­ca­tions of an­cient Euro-egypt, but the cast — in­clud­ing Chad­wick Bose­man as Thoth, Bryan Brown as Osiris and Bren­ton Th­waites as a com­moner try­ing to res­cue his lady love from the Un­der­world (in a sub­plot pil­fered from the Greek myth of Or­pheus) — seems to en­joy chew­ing even this dig­i­tal scenery. The di­rec­tor is Alex Proyas, still try­ing to ful­fill the prom­ise of his 1998 “Dark City.” Cor­dova Cinema, De­soto Cinema 16, Wolfchase Gal­le­ria Cinema 8. The Good Di­nosaur (PG, 100 min.) HHH ½ Mo­ti­vated by the ar­che­typal Dis­ney trauma (the death of a par­ent), it’s part fron­tier sur­vival saga, part vi­sion quest and part “Born Free,” as a clumsy young Bron­tosaurus-like sauro­pod named Arlo (voiced by Ray­mond Ochoa) struggles to re­turn to his fam­ily farm.

Bartlett 10. How to Be Sin­gle (R, 110 min.) Dakota John­son, Rebel Wil­son, Ali­son Brie and Les­lie Mann, in a ro­man­tic com­edy. Wolfchase Gal­le­ria Cinema 8. The Hunger Games: Mock­ing­jay — Part 2 (PG-13, 136 min.) HHH The fi­nale of the over­long but im­pres­sive “Hunger Games” saga. Bartlett 10. Kapoor and Sons (Not rated, 132 min.) Two com­pet­i­tive broth­ers fall for the same woman in this Hindi-lan­guage ro­man­tic com­edy. Col­lierville Towne 16, Hol­ly­wood 20 Cinema. Kung Fu Panda 3 (PG, 93 min.) Mo’ Po. Sum­mer Quar­tet Drive-in. Lon­don Has Fallen (R, 99 min.) HH ½ Lethal Se­cret Ser­vice agent Ger­ard But­ler re­turns to pro­tect Pres­i­dent Aaron Eck­hart and stab, shoot and crack much ter­ror­ist neck in this well-crafted if para­noiac se­quel to 2013’s “Olym­pus Has Fallen.” Less jin­go­is­tic but no less morally spe­cious than its pre­de­ces­sor (the film re­gards the venge­ful-ter­ror­ism in­cit­ing in­ci­dent of its open­ing se­quence — the U.S. dronekilling of in­no­cent Pak­ista­nis

— as ex­cus­able col­lat­eral dam­age), the movie imag­ines a mas­sively de­struc­tive, multi-as­sas­si­na­tion at­tack on Lon­don, where the world’s lead­ers have gath­ered for the fu­neral of Eng­land’s (mur­dered) prime min­is­ter. Tehran-born Babak Na­jafi is the di­rec­tor; the sup­port­ing cast in­cludes Mor­gan Free­man, Jackie Earle Ha­ley and Melissa Leo, con­fined to a war room and earn­ing the eas­i­est pay­checks of their ca­reers. Cine­planet 16, Col­lierville Towne 16, Cor­dova Cinema, De­soto Cinema 16, For­est Hill 8, Hol­ly­wood 20 Cinema, Ma­jes­tic, Olive Branch Cinema, Palace Cinema, Par­adiso, Stage Cinema, Sum­mer Quar­tet Drive-in. Mir­a­cles from Heaven (PG, 109 min.) Jen­nifer Gar­ner is a mother whose young daugh­ter has a sup­pos­edly in­cur­able dis­ease in this faith-based drama. Cine­planet 16, Col­lierville Towne 16, Cor­dova Cinema, De­soto Cinema 16, For­est Hill 8, Hol­ly­wood 20 Cinema, Ma­jes­tic, Olive Branch Cinema, Palace Cinema, Par­adiso, Stage Cinema. Only Yes­ter­day (PG, 118 min.) HHH ½ Ren­dered with ex­quis­ite, de­cep­tive sim­plic­ity and painterly beauty, this 1991 Stu­dio Ghi­bli pro­duc­tion —un­re­leased in the U.S. un­til now —

es­chews the su­per­nat­u­ral and talk­ing-an­i­mal premises of most an­i­mated fea­tures to tell an en­tirely or­di­nary story that is heart­break­ing in its uni­ver­sal­ity, even as it em­braces with un­com­pro­mised con­vic­tion a dis­tinc­tively fe­male point of view. Adapted by di­rec­tor Isao Taka­hata (“Grave of the Fire­flies”) from a Ja­panese graphic novel, the movie is mo­ti­vated by the Prous­tian rever­ies of 27-year-old Taeko (voiced in this new English dub by Daisy Ri­d­ley), a work­ing va­ca­tioner on a saf­flower farm whose mind re­peat­edly drifts back to the piv­otal year of 5th grade in the mid-1960s. The in­ci­dents Taeko re­vis­its — a first taste of pineap­ple, the dis­cov­ery that she will have a “pe­riod,” her long­ing for an elec­tric pen­cil sharp­ener — are thor­oughly com­mon­place, yet pre­sented with such au­then­tic­ity and em­pa­thy that their in­deli­ble im­pact on the young girl’s life is un­doubtable. Wolfchase Gal­le­ria Cinema 8. The Other Side of the Door (R, 96 min.) Sarah Wayne Cal­lies, late of “The Walk­ing Dead,” res­ur­rects a de­mon. De­soto Cinema 16.

The Big Kroc Egg Drop: Hunt for the golden eggs. Line the soc­cer fields as over 8,000 Easter eggs are dropped from a he­li­copter. 1 p.m. Satur­day at the soc­cer fields. Candy, pet­ting zoo, prizes. krocmem­ Book Launch — Bill Hal­tom’s “Milk & Sugar: The Com­plete Story of Seer­sucker”: 2-4 p.m. Satur­day at Burke’s Book Store, 936 S. Cooper. A post book-sign­ing party at Mem­phis Made Brew­ery. Wear seer­sucker and have your pic­ture taken in the seer­sucker photo booth. 901-278-7484. Chuck­les Com­edy House: 1770 Dex­ter Springs Loop, Cor­dova. For shows and times, 901-421-5905, or visit chuck­le­scom­e­dy­ “Col­lect­ing the Miss­ing Pieces”: Through Oct. 10 at Mem­phis Pink Palace Mu­seum, 3050 Cen­tral. $12.75 ($12.25 se­nior cit­i­zens), $7.25 chil­dren. Ex­hibit show­cases ar­ti­facts pur­chased for the RACE Col­lect­ing Plan with a grant from the As­sisi Foun­da­tion of Mem­phis, in­clud­ing the I AM A MAN plac­ard, slave shack­les, 1930s hand­made quilts, Harper’s weekly edi­tions and more. 901-636-2362. mem­phis­mu­se­ Creative Ag­ing presents Se­nior Arts Se­ries: 1-3 p.m. Wednes­day at Theatre Mem­phis, 630 Perkins Ext. ($5). Pro­gram: “Cel­e­brate the Mis­sis­sippi River and South­ern Ex­pe­ri­ence” fea­tur­ing Ron Jewell per­form­ing his “Mark Twain at Large” monolog with mu­sic by Joyce Cobb with her band The Boscos Trio. 1 p.m. pro­gram and 2:30 p.m. re­cep­tion. Call 901-272-3434. cre­ativeag­ing­mid­ new-se­nior-arts-se­ries Easter “Eg­gstrav­a­ganza”: 10 a.m. Satur­day at Mullins United Methodist Church, 4 N. Men­den­hall (at Wal­nut Grove), East Mem­phis. Egg hunt, Easter story, crafts, snacks and more. Bring a bas­ket and a friend. Open to chil­dren up to 12 years old ac­com­pa­nied by adult. Easter Hol­low: 2-5 p.m. Satur­day at Heart­song United Methodist Church, 800 N. Hous­ton Levee Road, Cor­dova. Free fun for the whole fam­ily. Easter egg hunts for chil­dren up to 5th grade, car­ni­val games, in­flat­a­bles to play on and a huge pet­ting zoo. Meet and have your pic­ture taken with the Easter Bunny. Low cost con­ces­sions. 901-7556332. heart­ “Fabric of Sur­vival: The Art of Es­ther Nisen­thal Krinitz”: A col­lec­tion of 36 fabric pan­els cre­ated and hand-stitched by Krinitz, on dis­play through May 13 at Tem­ple Is­rael Mu­seum, 1376 E. Massey Road. Hours: 9 a.m.–4 p.m., Mon­day through Thurs­day; 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Fri­day; 9-11:30 a.m. Sun­day. Call 901-761-3130. timem­ about-tem­ple/mu­seum Fam­ily Egg Hunt: 1-4 p.m. Satur­day at Mem­phis Botanic Gar­den. $8 ($6 MBG mem­bers), in ad­vance on­line, free to ages un­der 2. All tick­ets $10 at the gate. Age-spe­cific times: 2:30 p.m. (ages 3-4); 2:45 p.m. (ages 5-7); 3 p.m. (ages 8-10). 901-636-4100. mem­phis­b­otan­ic­gar­ egghunt Great River In­door Food Truck Fes­ti­val: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Satur­day ($5) at Mem­phis Cook Con­ven­tion Cen­ter, 255 N. Main. In­cludes 14+ lo­cal food trucks, live mu­sic, a craft beer gar­den and a mar­ket­place of lo­cally made craft goods. All pro­ceeds ben­e­fit the Hos­pi­tal­ity Hub of Mem­phis. Mem­phis Pink Palace Mu­seum’s Au­to­zone Dome at the Sharpe Plan­e­tar­ium: 3050 Cen­tral. Call 901636-2362. $7 ($6 for se­nior cit­i­zens and chil­dren). All events run through June 3. mem­phis­mu­se­ “Fire­fall”: Through­out Earth’s vi­o­lent his­tory, see how im­pacts from comets and as­ter­oids have shaped the planet’s sur­face. “Astro­naut”: See what it takes to be­come an astro­naut; ex­pe­ri­ence a rocket launch from in­side the body of an astro­naut; ex­plore worlds of in­ner and outer space. “Sea­sonal Stargaz­ing”: Hop through con­stel­la­tions, learn star names, etc. “One World, One Sky: Big Bird’s Ad­ven­ture”: Join Big Bird and Elmo on an imag­i­nary trip from Se­same The Per­fect Match (R, 96 min.) Will play­boy Ter­rence J find true love with Cassie Ven­tura? Or maybe Paula Pat­ton? Col­lierville Towne 16, Cor­dova Cinema, De­soto Cinema 16, Hol­ly­wood 20 Cinema, Ma­jes­tic, Palace Cinema, Par­adiso, Stage Cinema, Sum­mer Quar­tet Drive-in. Race (PG-13, 134 min.) HHH A sturdy biopic with an in­evitable ti­tle, di­rec­tor Stephen Hop­kins’ hand­somely pro­duced film about the track star who broke racial bar­ri­ers as well as Olympic records fol­lows Jesse Owens (Stephan James) from his poor neigh­bor­hood in Cleve­land to the Ohio State cam­pus to the 1936 Ber­lin games, where he up­sets the “master race” pro­pa­ganda of the host Nazis by win­ning four gold medals. Par­adiso. The Revenant (R, 156 min.) HHH ½ Leonardo Di­caprio is real-life folk hero Hugh Glass;

Street to the moon. Mem­phis Sym­phony League Lun­cheon: 11 a.m. auc­tion and noon lun­cheon, April 1 at Mem­phis Hunt and Polo Club. RSVP be­fore Mon­day with a $50 check or $75 pa­tron, made payable to Mem­phis Sym­phony League. $500 for ta­ble of 10 (or $750 pa­tron ta­ble). Mail check to: Mem­phis Sym­phony League Lun­cheon, 3670 Clas­sic Drive S., Mem­phis, TN 31825. Call 901-748-2300. Munch & Learn Lec­ture: Noon-1 p.m. Wednes­day at Dixon Gallery and Gar­dens, 4339 Park. $7 ($5 stu­dents with ID and se­nior cit­i­zens ages 65 and older), Dixon mem­bers free. “The Power of Na­ture: Thomas Cole, James Fen­i­more Cooper, and the Hud­son Val­ley”: Dr. Jef­frey Scraba, as­so­ciate pro­fes­sor of English, Univer­sity of Mem­phis. 901761-5250. NAACP 40th An­niver­sary Free­dom Fund Lun­cheon: 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Tues­day at Mem­phis Cook Con­ven­tion Cen­ter, 22 N. Main. $100 per per­son, or $1,000 for ta­ble of 10. Ben­jamin L. Crump, Na­tional Bar As­so­ci­a­tion pres­i­dent, is the fea­tured speaker. Call 901-521-1343. Naacp­mem­ “Na­ture Un­leashed: In­side Nat­u­ral Dis­as­ters”: he’s mauled by a griz­zly and buried alive, but rises from his im­pro­vised grave to track his be­trayer (Tom Hardy) through a North Amer­i­can par­adise that seems to be re­act­ing with re­flex­ive hos­til­ity to the racism and greed of its Euro­pean ex­ploiters. As an achieve­ment in lo­gis­tics and en­durance and as a tes­ta­ment to the com­mit­ment of its cre­ators, the film is ex­tra­or­di­nary; as an emo­tional ex­pe­ri­ence, it is some­what re­mote, if not as in­ac­ces­si­ble as its Western Canada lo­ca­tions (cap­tured with stun­ning clar­ity by the of­ten wide-an­gle/ low-an­gle cin­e­matog­ra­phy of Em­manuel Lubezki). Col­lierville Towne 16. Ride Along 2 (PG-13, 102 min.) Kevin Hart and Ice Cube cut up again. Cine­planet 16, De­soto Cinema 16, Hol­ly­wood 20 Cinema. Risen (PG-13, 107 min.) Joseph Fi­ennes is a mil­i­tary tribune in an­cient Rome whose life is changed once he be­gins to in­ves­ti­gate a mys­te­ri­ous dis­ap­pear­ance of the cru­ci­fied Ex­hi­bi­tion ex­plores the science be­hind earth­quakes, tor­na­does, hur­ri­canes, vol­canic erup­tions and tsunamis, high­light­ing their im­pacts on hu­man lives. Through May 1 at Mem­phis Pink Palace Mu­seum, 3050 Cen­tral. $12.75 ($12.25 se­nior cit­i­zens, $7.25 child). 901-6362362. mem­phis­mu­se­ Chonda Pierce “Fo­cus on the Funny” Tour: Em­mynom­i­nated, best-sell­ing co­me­dian, 7 p.m. Thurs­day at Hope Church, 8500 Wal­nut Grove. $25 gen­eral ad­mis­sion, $45 VIP, $20 groups of 10 or more. 800-965-9324. itick­ets. com Vine to Wine: World of Wines: 6-8 p.m. Tues­day at Mem­phis Botanic Gar­den. $45 ($30 MBG mem­bers). Must be age 21 and older. 901-636-4131. mem­phis­b­otan­ic­gar­ wine­tast­ings. Women’s His­tory Month Cel­e­brated at Slave Haven Un­der­ground Rail­road Mu­seum: Ex­hibit: “Women of Courage in Mem­phis,” ends Thurs­day. Women who made an in­deli­ble im­pact on black his­tory — Ida B. Wells, Mary Church Ter­rell, Ju­lia B. Hooks, Lu­cie E. Camp­bell and oth­ers. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Mon­daySatur­day. $10 ($8 for stu­dents). Slave Haven Mu­seum, 826 N. Sec­ond. 901-527-3427.

crim­i­nal, Je­sus Christ. Cor­dovacin­ema,olive­branchcin­ema,wolfchase Gal­le­ria Cinema 8. Star Wars: The Force Awak­ens (PG-13, 136 min.) HHH ½ Di­rec­tor J.J. Abrams’ record-shat­ter­ing re­turn to Ge­orge Lu­cas’ space-opera uni­verse is a canny crowd­pleaser of re­ver­sals, re­plays and re­veals: Re­ver­sals of first­tril­ogy themes (the vil­lain rather than the hero is be­ing tempted to cross to the op­pos­ing side of the Force); re­plays of decades­old high­lights (a dog­fight at­tack on a steroidized Death Star); and re­veals that defy not au­di­ence ex­pec­ta­tions but se­ries prece­dent (a stormtrooper is black; a Luke­like desert scav­enger is fe­male; a masked evil­doer proves un-hideous). A new di­ver­sity that em­braces more than spe­cial-ef­fects aliens is very wel­come in a fran­chise that shows no signs of re­lin­quish­ing its hold on the pop­u­lar imag­i­na­tion, but the movie’s

ad­her­ence to for­mula oth­er­wise is a bit of a let­down. Still, Abrams proves a deft jug­gler of ac­tors both old (Har­ri­son Ford, Car­rie Fisher) and new (Daisy Ri­d­ley is Force-friendly Rey, John Boyega is ex­pat storm trooper Finn), and re­lieved fans will echo the words ut­tered by C-3PO when the droid re­unites with R2D2: “Oh my dear friend, how I’ve missed you.” Bartlett 10, Wolfchase Gal­le­ria Cinema 8. 10 Clover­field Lane (PG-13, 103 min.) HHH ½ Not so much a se­quel as a side­bar to the 2008 “found footage” mon­ster movie “Clover­field,” this in­ge­nious and claus­tro­pho­bic thriller is com­pact enough to be al­most the movie equiv­a­lent of a black box theater pro­duc­tion: For most of its length, it needs only three char­ac­ters and a sin­gle lo­ca­tion — a well­stocked sur­vival­ist bunker — to keep au­di­ences on edge. John Good­man is the bunker’s builder, a mys­te­ri­ous man who tells the cap­tive car-wreck sur­vivor Michelle (Mary El­iz­a­beth Win­stead) and the vol­un­tar­ily con­fined Em­mett (John Gal­lagher Jr.) that he is not their jailer but their sav­ior: The out­side world has been poi­soned by an en­emy at­tack, so to re­main alive they must stay in­side his bomb shel­ter. The overe­lab­o­rate fi­nale strains cred­i­bil­ity, but di­rec­tor Dan Tracht­en­berg’s de­but fea­ture over­all is a tes­ti­mony to the age-old plea­sures of sus­pense sto­ry­telling. Cine­planet 16, Col­lierville Towne 16, Cor­dova Cinema, De­soto Cinema 16, For­est Hill 8, Hol­ly­wood 20 Cinema, Ma­jes­tic, Olive Branch Cinema, Palace Cinema, Par­adiso, Stage Cinema, Stu­dio on the Square. 13 Hours: The Se­cret Sol­diers of Beng­hazi (R, 144 min.) HH ½ Em­braced by con­ser­va­tives but lacking a demon­stra­ble par­ti­san agenda, di­rec­tor Michael Bay’s movie about the deadly 2012 as­sault on two U.S. com­pounds in Libya sub­sti­tutes rel­a­tive re­al­ism for the sig­na­ture out­landish “Bay­hem” of the di­rec­tor’s past ac­tion epics. Cal­cu­lated to ap­peal to masochists ea­ger for an­other War-on-ter­ror cock­tail of blood, pa­tri­o­tism and grief (see also: “Lone Sur­vivor” and “Amer­i­can Sniper”), the movie hon­ors the sac­ri­fices and hero­ics of the ex-mil­i­tary “war­riors” con­tracted to pro­tect Amer­i­cans in Libya, while also be­lit­tling the feck­less Ivy League eggheads and dither­ing CIA bosses who in­sist the lo­cal rad­i­cal mil­i­tants pose “no real threat” (in other words, big diplo­mas are no match for big, er, guns). Adapted by scripter Chuck Ho­gan from Mitchell Zuck­off’s book, the movie be­comes di­vert­ingly in­tense dur­ing its sec­ond half, when the out­num­bered and more or less in­ter­change­able con­tract sol­diers (one is played by John Krasin­ski) dig in against their at­tack­ers in a si­t­u­a­tion com­pared to both “the Alamo” and “a hor­ror movie.” Bartlett 10. Triple 9 (R, 115 min.) John Hill­coat (“The Propo­si­tion”) di­rected this heist drama, with a phe­nom­e­nal cast: Casey Af­fleck, Chi­we­tel Ejio­for, Kate Winslet, Gal Gadot, An­thony Mackie, etc. Wolfchase Gal­le­ria Cinema 8. Whiskey Tango Fox­trot (R, 112 min.) Comic Tina Fey as a war cor­re­spon­dent. Par­adiso. The Young Mes­siah (PG-13, 111 min.) Ad­ven­tures of the boy Je­sus. Col­lierville Towne 16, Cor­dova Cinema, De­soto Cinema 16. Zootopia (PG, 108 min.) HHH ½ Be­lieve it: Dis­ney’s lat­est dig­i­tally an­i­mated fea­ture is a con­tra-trumpian, race­con­scious, po­lit­i­cal-con­spir­acy neo-noir in the guise of a funny talk­ing-an­i­mal car­toon. For kids, it’s an al­ter­nately cud­dly and ex­cit­ing un­der­dog story plus buddy com­edy, as ea­ger young Judy Hopps (voiced by Mem­phis’ Gin­nifer Good­win) works her fluffy tail off to prove her worth as Zootopia’s first bunny cop while nav­i­gat­ing an un­easy al­liance with a sly petty-crim­i­nal fox (Ja­son Bate­man); for adults, it’s a torn-from-the-head­lines com­pen­dium of provoca­tive is­sues, from eth­nic pro­fil­ing to com­mu­nity mis­trust of po­lice to in­ner-city drug con­spir­a­cies. It’s also very funny (the DMV is staffed by slower-than-slow sloths) and in­ge­niously de­signed (Zootopia’s en­vi­ron­men­tally di­verse neigh­bor­hoods in­clude Tun­dra­town and Sa­hara Square). The di­rec­tors are Dis­ney veter­ans By­ron Howard (“Tan­gled”) and Rich Moore (“Wreck-it-ralph”), work­ing from a story cred­ited to eight writ­ers. Cine­planet 16 (in 3-D), Col­lierville Towne 16, Cor­dova Cinema, De­soto Cinema 16, For­est Hill 8, Hol­ly­wood 20 Cinema, Ma­jes­tic, Olive Branchcin­ema,palacecin­ema(in3-d),par­adiso, Stage Cinema, Stu­dio on the Square, Sum­mer Quar­tet Drive-in.

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