Through April 30, CTI 3D Giant Theater, Memphis Pink Palace Museum, 3050 Central Ave. Tickets: $9 adult (13-59), $8 seniors (60+), $7 children (3-12). Call 901-636-2362 for showtimes, tickets and reservations. Shaft (R, 100 min.) The “Soul Cinema” series concludes the 1971 detective film that earned Isaac Hayes an Oscar. 7 p.m., Monday, Stax Museum of American Soul Music, 926 E. Mclemore. Admission: “Pay what you can.” Visit staxmuseum.com. Toy Story (G, 81 min.) The beloved 1995 blockbuster that turned Pixar into a powerhouse returns to the big (really big) screen. In 2D. 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, CTI 3D Giant Theater, Memphis Pink Palace Museum, 3050 Central Ave. Tickets: $9 adult (13-59), $8 seniors (60+), $7 children (3-12). Call 901-636-2362 for showtimes, tickets and reservations. Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip (PG, 86 min.) Another “squeakuel.” Bartlett 10. Barbershop: The Next Cut (PG-13, 112 min.) HHH An unofficial companion piece to Spike Lee’s “ChiRaq,” this fourth film in the “Barbershop” series — directed by Spike’s cousin, Malcolm D. Lee — also is a response to the murder epidemic plaguing innercity Chicago, but it’s more hopeful than mournful: This is the South Side with a touch of Mayberry, a place where gunshots echo with less impact than the “Have a blessed day” salutation that opens the film. A showcase for Ice Cube’s Everyman appeal, Cedric the Entertainer’s old-school wisecracks, Nicki Minaj’s callipygian grandeur and the other attributes of its large ensemble, the movie is filled with comic and serious debate about street violence, racial stereotyping, sexual double standards, Barack Obama’s legacy and other potent topics, but the arguments aren’t fractious; rather, they’re intended to celebrate a tightknit and vibrant community and culture, and to function as the very fabric of a film that wants to be as reassuring as a Bill Cosby knit sweater in the pre-sex scandal era. Cineplanet 16, Collierville Towne 16, Cordova Cinema, Desoto Cinema 16, Holly- wood 20 Cinema, Majestic, Olive Branch Cinema, Palace Cinema, Paradiso, Summer Quartet Drive-in. Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (PG-13, 151 min.) HHH A movie of grim integrity for all its desperate opportunism, this troubled, troubling superhero epic conjures a post-9/11 pre-apocalypse in which dreams, visions, memories, pop culture, science fiction and historical fact overlap. The effect is not so much the introduction of a new DC Universe as a nightmare of colliding multi-verses, bleeding their alternate, even contradictory narratives into each other like watercolors on paper. The irrationality may not be quite what director Zack Synder intended (and it’s surely not what Warner Bros. wanted), but it’s distinctive and cinematic. Henry Cavill returns from Snyder’s “Man of Steel” as Superman; Ben Affleck is the new Batman, an eyewitness to two traumatic inciting incidents: the murder of his parents and the Twin Tower-esque collapse of Metropolis’ Wayne Tower, during the super-battle in “Man of Steel.” Filled with references to angels and devils and even Jesus, the movie is not all coy about its pretensions or allegory; it’s as if Snyder wanted to replay the superherodeconstructing themes of his stand-alone DC adaptation, “Watchmen,” with A-list characters rather than their symbolic counterparts. Out of fanboy context, bits of foreshadowing to planned spinoffs play like hallucinations, creating a sense of uncontrollable chaos that makes this a movie of its time: It’s not a commentary on our demented era but a symptom of it. With Gal Gadot (wonderful) as Wonder Woman, Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor and a returning Amy Adams as Lois Lane. Cineplanet 16, Collierville Towne 16, Cordova Cinema, Desoto Cinema 16, Forest Hill 8, Hollywood 20 Cinema (in 3-D), Majestic, Olive Branch Cinema, Palace Cinema (in 3-D), Paradiso, Stage Cinema, Studio on the Square, Summer Quartet Drive-in. The Boss (R, 99 min.) Melissa Mccarthy as a celebrity tycoon in need of a PR fix. Cineplanet 16, Collierville Towne 16, Desoto Cinema 16, Forest Hill 8, Hollywood 20 Cinema, Majestic, Olive Branch Cinema, Paradiso, Stage Cinema, Studio on the Square, Summer Quartet Drive-in. The Boy (PG-13, 105 min.) Nicki Minaj (from left), Eve and Common appear in a scene from “Barbershop: The Next Cut.” The fourth film in the “Barbershop” series also stars Ice Cube and Cedric the Entertainer.
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. Criminal (R, 113 min.) The memories of a dead CIA operative (Ryan Reynolds) are planted in a death-row inmate (Kevin Costner). Cineplanet 16, Collierville Towne 16, Cordova Cinema, Desoto Cinema 16, Forest Hill 8, Hollywood 20 Cinema, Majestic, Olive Branch Cinema, Paradiso. 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. Wolfchase Galleria Cinema 8. The Divergent Series: Allegiant (PG-13, 121 min.) HH ½ The third (and penultimate) film in the youth-skewing series has the virtues and faults of its predecessor: It contains some wonderful science-fiction production design, but its increasingly rococo 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 society segregated by aptitude into “factions” (the physically brave are designated as “Dauntless,” the intellectuals are “Erudite,” and so on). This time, heroine Tris (Shailene Woodley), 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 elitist community responsible for the faction system; the ensuing debate over the value of “pure” versus “damaged” genetic identity gives the story a political/racial resonance that too often is overwhelmed by the action crises, which arrive with Republic Serial regularity. Cineplanet 16, Collierville Towne 16, Cordova Cinema, Olive Branch Cinema, Wolfchase Galleria Cinema 8. Eye in the Sky (R, 102 min.) Helen Mirren and Aaron Paul in a war-on-terror suspense drama. Ridgeway Cinema Grill. Fan (Not rated, 145 min.) A Hindi-language thriller about a Bollywood star stalked by a look-alike fan. Collierville Towne 16, Hollywood 20 Cinema. The 5th Wave (PG-13, 112 min.) Chloe Grace Moretz stars in yet another young adult sci-fi franchise starter. Bartlett 10. God’s Not Dead 2 (PG, 121 min.) A high-school teacher’s “reasoned response” to a question about Jesus lands her in hot water. Cineplanet 16, Collierville Towne 16, Cordova Cinema, Desoto Cinema, Olive Branch Cinema, Stage Cinema. 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.” 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 self-effacing 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 cutesypie 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. Ridgeway Cinema Grill. The Jungle Book (PG, 105 min.) A live-action version of Rudyard Kipling’s famous story of a boy raised by wolves. Cineplanet 16 (in 3-D), Collierville Towne 16 (in 3-D), Cordova Cinema (in 3-D),