Studio on the Square, Summer Quartet Drive-in. The Boy (PG-13, 105 min.) HH ½ A young American woman (Lauren Cohan) takes a job as a nanny in a stately english manor, only to discover that her charge is a porcelain doll, called Brahms, which her elderly employers (Jim Norton and Diana Hardcastle) treat like a beloved, living son. Creepy if hardly credible, with a derivative plot twist that is unlikely to surprise experienced horror fans. Desoto Cinema 16, Hollywood 20 Cinema, Majestic, Wolfchase Galleria Cinema 8. The Choice (PG-13, 111 min.) Another Nicholas Sparks’ 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 wall-breaking, “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, raised-middle-finger attitude, self-congratulatory 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, 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.) HH ½ The third (and penultimate) film in the youthskewing series has the virtues and faults of its predecessor: It contains some wonderful science-fiction production design, but its increasingly complicated plotting and growing character roster (meet Jeff Daniels, cast as the head of the Bureau of Genetic Welfare) dilute the power of book author Veronica Roth’s original premise, which introduced a dystopian future society segregated by aptitude into “factions” (the physically brave are designated as “Dauntlesss,” the intellectuals are “Erudite,” and so on). This time, heroine Tris (Shailene Woodley, who still seems uncomfortable with the violent heroics), her hunky boyfriend, Four (Theo James), smart-alecky Peter (Miles Teller) and the other rebels cross future Chicago’s Trumpian wall to escape into an apocalyptic wasteland and discover the high-tech city community responsible for the faction system; the ensuing debate over the value of “pure” versus “damaged” genes gives the story a political/racial resonance that is too often overwhelmed by the action crises, which arrive with serial-style frequency. The returning director is Robert Schwentke. Cineplanet 16, Collierville Towne 16, Cordova Cinema, Desoto Cinema 16, Forest Hill 8, Hollywood 20 Cinema, Majestic, Olive Branch Cinema, Paradiso, Stage Cinema, Summer Quartet Drive-in.
A Terrence Malick movie was once a rare and precious thing. “The Tree of Life,” in 2011, was only the director’s fifth feature in a career that began with “Badlands,” in 1973; at one point during that almost fourdecade swing, the gap between movies was 20 years.
Along with a visionary imagination, a sense of awe inspired by the mystery of existence and a certain dismay at humankind’s failure to appreciate the gift of this mystery, these movies were linked by a generally rapturous critical response. Some snores and grumbles could be heard among the hosannas of praise for “The Tree of Life,” however, and the two films that have followed that transitional masterpiece — “To the Wonder,” in 2012, and now “Knight of Cups” — have been negatively received by most reviewers (or at least those reviewers whose write-ups are collected by the website Rotten Tomatoes).
For naysayers, “To the Wonder” and “Knight of Cups” double-, triple- and quadruple-down on the elements they found annoying in “The Tree of Life”: The voiceover musings; the metaphysical aura; the lack of a traditional plot or character “arc”; the footage of characters wandering on beaches; the fey women, spinning attractively. But for those who accept that a movie can be as personally expressive as a poem, painting or piece of music, the movies are infinitely rewarding. Few filmmakers have created such personal, expressive art, and few other films invite the viewer to be as active a participant in the quest for meaning.
“Knight of Cups” takes its title from a card in a tarot deck, and is divided into chapters also named for tarot cards (“The Hanged Man,” “The Tower,” and so on). Tarot cards are used for divination, but Malick’s movie offers more questions than answers, even as it expresses — as much through its structure and images as through its words — the idea that the source of man’s alienation is his disconnection from supernatural revelation (i.e., God). In fact, it’s not at all a stretch to say that “Knight of Cups” is a Christian allegory. Some of the voiceover narration is addressed from father (Brian Dennehy) to son (Christian Bale), but is clearly intended to suggest a heavenly father talking to one of his creations: “My son, I know you. I know you have a soul.” Also: “My son. You are just like I am.”
“Knight of Cups” is exclusively at the Malco Studio on the Square.
“central oils f rom t he grapefruit” to the mocktail. Finally, he twists some grapefruit peel around a wig of rosemary and adds it to the drink for a garnish.
Hale describes the drink as “not too sweet, not too bitter, not too boring. Several ingredients complement one another to create this experience.”
Felicia Suzanne’s restaurant offers mocktails, but manager Austin Moore said they usually “make them on the fly custom to the individual.”
“Not everybody wants to drink or can drink, but that doesn’t mean you can’t make it (the mocktail) just as delicious or put as much work into it as a cocktail,” said bartender Morgan Mckinney. “
Vodka or rum drinks are easy to disguise with a “heavy fruit” drink, Moore said. The “Virgin Strawberry Mule” is one of their popular mocktails. It’s made of mint, lime, muddled strawberries and ginger beer,
I loved it. It was reminiscent of a mint julep minus the bourbon.
Bartender Cady Smith whips up mocktails at Cafe Pontotoc, “Cady’s Cooler” is made of mango, orange, pomegranate, cranberries with a splash of grenadine “and love, of course,” she said.
With this concoction, Smith wants her patrons to feel like their having “a tropical alcohol drink on a beach somewhere.”
It’s true. I felt more like I was in South America instead of on South Main. Smith even stuck a little umbrella in the glass.
On its menu, Hard Rock Cafe includes a separate mocktail listing titled “Alternative Rock/alcohol Free,” which includes Wildberry Smoothie,” “Mango Tango,” “Strawberry Basil Lemonade,” “Mango-berry Cooler” and “Groupie Grind.”
Bartender Zach Pless demonstrated how to make the “Groupie Grind.” It includes mango purée, piña colada mix and pineapple juice blended with a strawberry swirl.
Pless could have fooled me and said he made a daiquiri. It tasted about the same, to me. Extremely refreshing.
Whether you’re making a cocktail or a mocktail, you follow the same rule, Pless said. “If you make a drink very well, you’re not going to taste the alcohol.”
The Second Line is at 2144 Monroe Avenue; 901-590-2829
Bari Ristorante is at 22 Cooper St.; 901-722-2244
Felicia Suzanne’s Restaurant is at 80 Monroe Ave.; 901-523-0877
Cafe Pontotoc is at 314 South Main St.; 901-249-7955
Hard Rock Cafe is at 126 Beale St.; 901-529-0007 The 5th Wave (PG-13, 112 min.) Chloe Grace Moretz stars in yet another young adult sci-fi franchise starter. Bartlett 10. 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-of-the-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.” 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. Hello, My Name Is Doris (R, 95 min.) HH ½ Costumed like a bag lady Iris Apfel, Sally Field is the title eccentric, a selfeffacing office drone whose outré fashion sense — poodle skirts, giant hair bows and dual pairs of eyeglasses (worn at the same time, in lieu of bifocals) — makes her instantly popular among the hipsters of Williamsburg after the death of her mother inspires her to leave her Staten Island home in unlikely romantic pursuit of a junior co-worker (Max Greenfield, 35 years younger than Field). Scripted by Laura Terruso and director Michael Showalter, the movie is much like its title character: Its cutesy-pie surface hides a dark interior. On one level, it’s a you-go-grrrl tale of unlikely self-realization; on another, Doris’ yearning for a man who doesn’t recognize the extend of his new older friend’s emotional attachment is silent howl of desperation from someone suddenly resentful of her lifelong irrelevance and approaching extinction. Cordova Cinema, Ridgeway Cinema Grill. How to Be Single ( R, 110 min.) Dakota Johnson, Rebel Wilson, Alison Brie and Leslie Mann, in a romantic comedy. Bartlett 10, Wolfchase Galleria Cinema 8. 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 dismisses the vengeance-inciting incident of its opening sequence — the U.S. drone-killing of innocent Pakistanis — as excusable collateral damage in the War on Terror), the movie depicts a massively destructive, multiple-assassination assault on London, where the world’s leaders have gathered for the funeral of England’s (murdered) prime minister; the violent spectacle seems particularly nasty in the wake of recent real-life European attacks. The director is Tehran-born Babak Najafi; 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. Collierville Towne 16, Cordova Cinema, Forest Hill 8, Majestic, Olive Branch 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. My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 (PG-13, 94 min.) Nia Vardalos and John Corbett are back after 14 years for “an even bigger and Greeker wedding.” Cineplanet 16, Collierville Towne 16, Cordova Cinema, Desoto Cinema 16, Forest Hill 8, Hollywood 20 Cinema, Olive Branch Cinema, Paradiso, Ridgeway Cinema Grill, Stage Cinema, Summer Quartet Drive-in. Oopiri (Not rated, 145 min.) A Telugu-language remake of the French buddy comedy-drama “The Intouchables,” about the growing friendship between a wealthy quadriplegic and his caregiver. Wolfchase Galleria Cinema 8. 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, Summer Quartet Drive-in, Wolfchase Galleria Cinema 8. Ride Along 2 (PG-13, 102 min.) Kevin Hart and Ice Cube cut up again. 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 criminal, Jesus Christ. Cordova Cinema, Olive Branch Cinema, Wolfchase Galleria Cinema 8. Rocky Handsome (Not rated, 126 min.) A Hindi-language action film about kidnapping and revenge. Hollywood 20 Cinema. Spotlight (R, 128 min.) HHH Director Tom Mccarthy’s gripping ensemble drama is the rare movie that depicts the practice of daily newspaper journalism as the dogged and often document-based enterprise it is, without car chases, gunbattles or (excessive) wisecracks; essentially a procedural, the film rarely detours from
its reporters’ tracks as it dramatizes the Boston Globe’s Pulitzer Prize-winning exposé of the Catholic Church’s coverup of the sexual abuse of children by priests, described as “a culture of secrecy that tolerates and even protects pedophiles.” Michael Keaton is the investigative team’s “player-coach”; Mark ruffalo and rachel Mcadams are lead reporters; stanley tucci is the lawyer who becomes a key source. the film is smart and stirring, but unlike its predecessor, “all the President’s Men,” it’s more inspirational than provocative; it never evokes a sense that the journalists have uncovered not just the facts of a conspiracy but a sickness of the national soul. Bartlett 10. 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 first-trilogy themes (the villain rather than the hero is being tempted to cross to the opposing side of the force); replays of decades-old highlights (a dogfight attack on a steroidized death star); and reveals that defy not audience expectations but series precedent (a stormtrooper is black; a Luke-like 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 forcefriendly 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 captive car-crash 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 trachtenburg’s debut feature overall is a testimony to the age-old pleasures of superior suspense storytelling. Cineplanet 16, Collierville Towne 16, Cordova Cinema, Desoto Cinema 16, Forest Hill 8, Hollywood 20 Cinema, Majestic, Olive Branch Cinema, Paradiso, Wolfchase Galleria Cinema 8. Whiskey Tango Foxtrot (r, 112 min.) Comic tina fey as a war correspondent. Paradiso. 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 Branch Cinema, Palace Cinema (in 3-D), Paradiso, Stage Cinema, Studio on the Square, Summer Quartet Drive-in.