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Fran Kranz is shown in a scene from 'The Cabin in the Woods.'

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Fran Kranz is shown in a scene from "The Cabin in the Woods."

Capsule descriptions and mini-reviews by The Commercial Appeal movie writer John Beifuss.

OPENING TODAY

Bullhead (R, 124 min.) A bulked-up Belgian farmer and criminal becomes addicted to animal-growth hormones. Nominated for the Oscar this year for Best Foreign Language Film.

Ridgeway Four.

The Cabin in the Woods (R, 95 min.) Joss Whedon co-scripted this clever twist on the young-people-in-a-scary-cabin horror formula.

CinePlanet 16, Collierville Towne 16, Cordova Cinema, DeSoto Cinema 16, DeSoto Cinema 16, Forest Hill 8, Hollywood 20 Cinema, Majestic, Palace Cinema, Paradiso, Stage Cinema, Summer Quartet Drive-In.

In Darkness (R, 145 min.) See review on Page G15.

Ridgeway Four.

Lockout (PG-13, 95 min.) "Escape from New York" in orbit, as convict Guy Pearce infiltrates a high-tech outer-space prison to rescue the president's daughter.

CinePlanet 16, Collierville Towne 16, Cordova Cinema, DeSoto Cinema 16, Forest Hill 8, Hollywood 20 Cinema, Majestic, Palace Cinema, Paradiso, Wolfchase Galleria Cinema 8.

The Raid: Redemption (R, 101 min.) See review on Page G13.

Collierville Towne 16, Cordova Cinema, DeSoto Cinema 16, Hollywood 20 Cinema, Majestic, Paradiso.

The Three Stooges (PG, 92 min.) Nyuk-nyuk-nyuk.

CinePlanet 16, Collierville Towne 16, Cordova Cinema, DeSoto Cinema 16, Forest Hill 8, Hollywood 20 Cinema, Majestic, Palace Cinema, Paradiso, Stage Cinema, Summer Quartet Drive-In.

W.E. (R, 119 min.) Directed by Madonna. See review at GoMemphis.com.

Studio on the Square.

We the Party (R, 104 min.) Written and directed by its star, Mario Van Peebles, this "cutting edge hip-hop infused dramedy about the first generation of high schoolers to come of age during the Obama years" (to quote the publicist) opens today in Memphis, Detroit, Houston, Miami, San Francisco and Norfolk.

Wolfchase Galleria Cinema 8.

SPECIAL MOVIES

The Birth of a Nation (Not rated, 190 min.) D.W. Griffith's 1915 Civil War epic is one of the most significant and controversial movies ever made, celebrated for its bravura filmmaking and reviled for its heroic depiction of the Ku Klux Klan.

2 p.m. Sunday, Marshall County Historical Museum, 220 E. College Ave., Holly Springs, Miss. Admission: $5. Call (662) 252-3669.

Born To Be Wild: The latest IMAX film is "an inspiring story of love, dedication and the remarkable bond between humans and animals" that focuses on efforts to reintroduce rescued elephants and orangutans into the wild. Narrated by Morgan Freeman. Runs through Nov. 16.

IMAX Theater at Memphis Pink Palace Museum, 3050 Central. Call (901) 636-2362 for show times, tickets and reservations.

British National Theatre: She Stoops to Conquer (Not rated, 160 min.) A new production of Oliver Goldsmith's 18th century farce of class, courtship and family dysfunction, filmed live onstage in London.

1 p.m. Sunday and 7 p.m. Tuesday, Paradiso. Tickets: $20. Visit malco.com.

An Evening with Don Hertzfeldt: See story on Page G12.

7 p.m. Wednesday, Studio on the Square. Tickets: $10. Visit indiememphis.com.

The Metropolitan Opera: La Traviata (Not rated, 187 min.) A production of Verdi's masterpiece, presented live via satellite from New York.

11:55 a.m. Saturday, Paradiso. Tickets: $20. Visit malco.com.

On Location: Memphis International Film & Music Fest: See story on Page G4.

Thursday through April 22, Malco theaters. Visit onlocationmemphis.org.

The Rocky Horror Picture Show (R, 100 min.) The monthly screening of the ultimate audience-participation sci-fi rock-and-roll cult classic.

11:30 p.m. today, Evergreen Theatre, 1711 Poplar. Admission: $10. Visit rockyhorrormemphis.com.

Tomboy (Not rated, 84 min.) A little girl with a short Jean Seberg haircut passes herself off as a boy after she moves to a new neighborhood. This 2011 French film was directed by Céline Sciamma.

7 p.m. Thursday, Memphis Brooks Museum of Art. Tickets: $8, or $6 for museum members. Visit brooksmuseum.org.

Tornado Alley: Narrated by Bill Paxton, IMAX film follows a handful of storm-chasing scientists piloting rugged vehicles decked out in innovative instruments, as close to raging tornadoes as safety allows. Runs through Nov. 16. Tickets: $8.25 ($7.50 for senior citizens), $6.50 for children ages 3-12; combo/group tickets available.

IMAX Theater at Memphis Pink Palace Museum, 3050 Central. Call (901) 636-2362 for show times, tickets and reservations.

YERT: Your Environmental Road Trip -- The Film (Not rated, 113 min.) This documentary follows three friends on a yearlong "eco-expedition" across all 50 states. Conducted via Skype, a question-and-answer session with director Ben Evans follows the screening.

7 p.m. Monday, University Theater, Christian Brothers University. Admission: free. Visit yert.com.

NOW SHOWING

Act of Valor (R, 101 min.) Actual active-duty Navy SEALs star in this action film about a mission to rescue a kidnapped CIA agent.

Collierville Towne 16, Wolfchase Galleria Cinema 8.

Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked (G, 90 min.) The essentially plotless film follows the Chipmunks and increasingly dominant Chipettes from a cruise ship to a volcanic tropical island.

Bartlett 10, Majestic.

American Reunion (R, 113 min.) Aimed primarily at audiences who grew up with and identified with friends Jim (Jason Biggs), Oz (Chris Klein), Kevin (Thomas Ian Nicholas), Finch (Eddie Kaye Thomas) and loose-cannon Stifler (Seann William Scott), this fourth theatrical "American Pie" movie reunites most of the original series' cast members -- yes, including babe Czech exchange student Nadia (Shannon Elizabeth) and the "Band Camp" enthusiast who is now Jim's wife (Alyson Hannigan) -- for the Class of 1999's overdue 13th high-school reunion in the white-bread suburban town of "East Great Falls, Michigan." After opening with the series' signature gesture, a slapstick masturbation sequence, the movie -- directed by "Harold and Kumar" creators Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg -- becomes surprisingly funny, soft-pedaling the inevitable "we're grownups now" subplots in favor of unpretentious if crude farce, shot and edited with old-school directness, and buoyed by the go-for-broke, happy-to-be-humiliated professionalism of the actors. I kid you not: An end-credits gag with Jim's dad (Eugene Levy) and the infamous "Stifler's mom" (Jennifer Coolidge) makes as nice a use of the comic possibilities of the frame as I can remember seeing since the directorial heyday of Jerry Lewis.

CinePlanet 16, Collierville Towne 16, Cordova Cinema, DeSoto Cinema 16, Forest Hill 8, Hollywood 20 Cinema, Majestic, Paradiso, Stage Cinema, Studio on the Square, Summer Quartet Drive-In.

Chronicle (PG-13, 84 min.) Three teenage buddies gain mysterious telekinetic powers in yet another "found footage" thriller.

Palace Cinema.

Dr. Seuss' The Lorax (PG, 94 min.) A furry orange grump (voiced by Danny DeVito) fights to protect his world's trees.

CinePlanet 16 (in 3-D), Collierville Towne 16, Cordova Cinema, DeSoto Cinema 16, Forest Hill 8, Hollywood 20 Cinema (in 3-D), Majestic, Palace Cinema (in 3-D), Paradiso (in 3-D), Stage Cinema.

Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance (PG-13, 96 min.) Nicolas Cage.

Hollywood 20 Cinema (in 3-D).

Gone (PG-13, 95 min.) Amanda Seyfried.

Bartlett 10.

Good Deeds (PG-13, 111 min.) Tyler Perry doffs the drag to portray Wesley Deeds, a complacent businessman jolted by his feelings for a working-class single mother (Thandie Newton).

DeSoto Cinema 16, Hollywood 20 Cinema, Majestic, Paradiso, Wolfchase Galleria Cinema 8.

Hugo (PG, 127 min.) Winner of five Academy Awards.

Bartlett 10.

The Hunger Games (PG-13, 142 min.) Like her young heroine, Katniss Everdeen, author Suzanne Collins is a sure shot: Her "Hunger Games" trilogy launched an arrow deep into the pulsing heart of a teenage audience eager for its affirmation of youth empowerment and its confirmation of adult conspiracy.

CinePlanet 16, Collierville Towne 16, Cordova Cinema, DeSoto Cinema 16, Forest Hill 8, Hollywood 20 Cinema, Majestic, Palace Cinema, Paradiso, Stage Cinema, Studio on the Square, Summer Quartet Drive-In.

John Carter (PG-13, 132 min.) Taylor Kitsch.

Summer Quartet Drive-In, Wolfchase Galleria Cinema 8.

Journey 2: The Mysterious Island (PG, 94 min.) Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson.

CinePlanet 16, Hollywood 20 Cinema, Palace Cinema (in 3-D).

Man on a Ledge (PG-13, 103 min.) Is a seemingly suicidal "jumper" part of a diamond-heist scheme?

Bartlett 10.

Mirror Mirror (PG, 106 min.) Julia Roberts is the vain, evil queen in this playful, occasionally plodding reimagining of the Grimm fairy tale of "Snow White," with Lily Collins as the fairest -- and, sadly, dullest -- of them all.

CinePlanet 16, Collierville Towne 16, Cordova Cinema, DeSoto Cinema 16, Forest Hill 8, Hollywood 20 Cinema, Majestic, Palace Cinema, Paradiso, Stage Cinema, Summer Quartet Drive-In.

Mission: Impossible -- Ghost Protocol (PG-13, 133 min.) Tom Cruise.

Bartlett 10.

October Baby (PG-13, 105 min.) Hannah (Rachel Hendrix), a college freshman (and virgin, we learn), is shocked to discover not only that she's adopted but that her asthma, bad hips and epilepsy -- as well as the suicidal loneliness she chronicles in her journal -- likely are due to her status as "a survivor of a failed abortion."

Collierville Towne 16, Cordova Cinema, Hollywood 20 Cinema.

Project X (R, 88 min.) Thomas Mann, Oliver Cooper, Jonathan Daniel Brown.

Majestic.

Red Tails (PG-13, 125 min.) Nate Parker, David Oyelowo.

Bartlett 10.

Safe House (R, 115 min.) Denzel Washington, Ryan Reynolds.

DeSoto Cinema 16, Hollywood 20 Cinema, Majestic, Wolfchase Galleria Cinema 8.

Salmon Fishing in the Yemen (PG-13, 107 min.) Will Ewan McGregor and Emily Blunt find love among the fisheries of the Middle East?

Ridgeway Four.

The Secret World of Arrietty (G, 95 min.) The latest exquisitely hand-drawn animated film from Japan's Studio Ghibli ("Spirited Away") .

Bartlett 10.

Silent House (R, 86 min.) Elizabeth Olsen finds herself essentially trapped in her family's decaying old lakeside home in this creepy shocker.

CinePlanet 16, Hollywood 20 Cinema, Majestic.

This Means War (PG-13, 98 min.) Spies Chris Pine and Tom Hardy use CIA tactics to battle each other for Reese Witherspoon.

Palace Cinema.

A Thousand Words (PG-13, 91 min.) Eddie Murphy is a lying literary agent who learns a magical lesson about telling the truth.

Collierville Towne 16, Cordova Cinema, DeSoto Cinema 16, Majestic, Paradiso, Wolfchase Galleria Cinema 8.

Titanic 3D (PG-13, 197 min.) The James Cameron blockbuster returns, retrofitted for 3D.

CinePlanet 16, Collierville Towne 16, Cordova Cinema, DeSoto Cinema 16, Hollywood 20 Cinema, Palace Cinema, Stage Cinema.

21 Jump Street (R, 110 min.) Jonah Hill.

CinePlanet 16, Collierville Towne 16, Cordova Cinema, DeSoto Cinema 16, Forest Hill 8, Hollywood 20 Cinema, Majestic, Palace Cinema, Paradiso, Stage Cinema, Studio on the Square, Summer Quartet Drive-In.

Undefeated (PG-13, 115 min.) Oscar-winning fly-on-the-wall chronicle of almost a year in the life of the playoff-bound Manassas High School football team.

Paradiso.

Underworld: Awakening (R, 89 min.) Kate Beckinsale.

Bartlett 10.

The Vow (PG-13, 104 min.) Channing Tatum, Rachel McAdams.

Bartlett 10, Hollywood 20 Cinema, Wolfchase Galleria Cinema 8.

We Bought a Zoo (PG, 124 min.) Matt Damon.

Bartlett 10.

The Woman in Black (PG-13, 97 min.) Daniel Radcliffe.

Majestic.

Wrath of the Titans (PG-13, 99 min.) Liam Neeson.

CinePlanet 16 (in 3-D), Collierville Towne 16 (in 3-D), Cordova Cinema (in 3-D), DeSoto Cinema 16 (in 3-D), Forest Hill 8, Hollywood 20 Cinema (in 3-D), Majestic, Palace Cinema (in 3-D), Paradiso, Stage Cinema (in 3-D), Studio on the Square, Summer Quartet Drive-In.

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