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 malco.com. 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. krocmemphis.org 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 chucklescomedyhouse.com. “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. memphismuseums.org 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. creativeagingmidsouth.org/ 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. heartsongchurch.net “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. timemphis.org/ 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. memphisbotanicgarden.com/ 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. memphismuseums.org “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. dixon.org 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. Naacpmemphis.org “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. memphismuseums.org 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. memphisbotanicgarden.com/ 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.