Movie Capsules: Now showing

King Fergus (left, voiced by Billy Connolly) Queen Elinor (Emma Thompson) and fiery-tressed Princess Merida (Kelly Macdonald) are the royal stars of 'Brave,' set in ancient Scotland, the first Pixar film to feature a female protagonist.

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King Fergus (left, voiced by Billy Connolly) Queen Elinor (Emma Thompson) and fiery-tressed Princess Merida (Kelly Macdonald) are the royal stars of "Brave," set in ancient Scotland, the first Pixar film to feature a female protagonist.

Capsule descriptions by John Beifuss.

OPENING FRIDAY

Celeste & Jesse Forever (PG-13, 92 min.) See review on Page 15.

Ridgeway Four.

Neil Young Journeys (PG, 87 min.) See review on Page 16.

Studio on the Square.

The Possession (PG-13, 92 min.) Who's inside the antique box that little girl found at a yard sale? Could it be ... Satan?

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

The Queen of Versailles (PG, 100 min.) See review on Page 12.

Studio on the Square.

SPECIAL MOVIES

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.

Casablanca (Not rated, 102 min.) Director Michael Curtiz's 1942 masterpiece of wartime espionage and romance in Nazi-occupied Morocco remains among the most beloved of all American movies.

7:15 p.m. Friday, the Orpheum, 203 S. Main. Tickets: $7, or $5 for children 12 and under. Visit orpheum-memphis.com.

Ornette: Made in America (Not rated, 80 min.) A rare screening of a hard-to-find 1985 documentary about "free jazz" genius Ornette Coleman, directed by pioneering American independent filmmaker Shirley Clarke.

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

Toll Booth (Gise Memeru) (Not rated, 96 min.) Numbed by a stifling home life with his insulting invalid father and a mindless job that requires him to spend hours inside a sort of glass "coffin" on the freeway, a seemingly unemotional toll booth worker (Serkan Ercan) — nicknamed "Robot" by his colleagues — begins cracking up. This 2010 Turkish production was directed and written by Tolga Karacelik.

2 p.m. Friday, Memphis Brooks Museum of Art. Tickets: $8, or $6 for museum members; free for Indie Memphis members. Visit brooksmuseum.org.

To the Arctic: Narrated by Meryl Streep, this journey to the top of the world is the ultimate tale of survival. Become part of the lives of a polar bear family learning to adapt to their changing Arctic home. Runs through March 8, 2013. Tickets $8.25; $7.50 senior citizens, and $6.50 for ages 3-12.

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

Tornado Alley: Narrated by Bill Paxton, this IMAX film follows storm-chasing scientists who travel in rugged high-tech vehicles as they hunt raging tornadoes. 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.

NOW SHOWING

The Amazing Spider-Man (PG-13, 136 min.) HH Andrew Garfield.

Palace Cinema (in 3-D).

The Apparition (PG-13, 104 min.) H The desert subdivision setting is the only interesting aspect of this wan riff on "Poltergeist" and "Paranormal Activity," minus the former's Spielbergian spectacle and the latter's "found footage" conceit. "Twilight Saga" regular Ashley Greene and "Gossip Girl" graduate Sebastian Stan are a young couple haunted by a malevolent entity freed from limbo by parapsychology student Tom "Draco Malfoy" Felton; plants wither and furniture is rearranged, as if the demon were an inconsiderate housesitter. In a sign of true marketing desperation, the film's climactic scary image is revealed not just in the trailer but on the poster. Written and directed by feature newcomer Todd Lincoln.

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

The Avengers (PG-13, 143 min.) HHHH Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans.

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

Beasts of the Southern Wild (PG-13, 93 min.) HHHH Lifted by a flood tide of festival awards and critical hosannas, this unexpected and unforgettable post-Katrina eco-fable — shot on location, with untrained actors, by filmmakers living "off the grid" — is unlike almost any movie you've seen.

Ridgeway Four, Wolfchase Galleria Cinema 8.

Bill W. (Not rated, 104 min.) HHH This engrossing documentary puts a face as well as a history and a full name to the "floundering father" — his words — of Alcoholics Anonymous, the recovery program for "a bunch of drunks" — his words, again — that has had an incalculably profound effect on America.

Ridgeway Four.

The Bourne Legacy (PG-13, 125 min.) HH This is the "Curse of the Pink Panther" of Jason Bourne films: An attempt to expand a franchise even after the departure of its star.

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.

Brave (PG, 101 min.) HHH Marketed as a saga of you-go-girl empowerment intended to update the tradition of the so-called "Disney princess" for the Katniss Everdeen generation, the latest Pixar release actually is a very odd and sometimes scary affirmation of mother-daughter love.

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

The Campaign (R, 85 min.) HHH Backed by the sinister billionaire Motch Brothers (John Lithgow and Dan Aykroyd), a naive weirdo Republican (Zach Galifianakis, never better) challenges an entrenched but vulnerable North Carolina horndog Democrat (Will Ferrell) for his longtime seat in Congress in this initially biting but ultimately toothless election-year comedy.

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

The Dark Knight Rises (PG-13, 165 min.) HHH½ Staking its claim as "The Godfather" of superhero cinema, Christopher Nolan's Bat-trilogy concludes with a confused but powerful nightmare vision of stock-exchange armed invasion, villain-imposed martial law and literal underground revolt.

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

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days (PG, 94 min.) The third "Wimpy" comedy, inspired by the popular books by Jeff Kinney.

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

The Expendables 2 (R, 103 min.) HH½ If every member of "The Avengers" had the personality, vocabulary and grace of the Hulk, the result might be like "The Expendables," Sylvesters Stallone's blood-soaked, meat-headed franchise homage to the pulpy men's adventure series novels of the 1970s.

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

Hit and Run (R, 100 min.) A chase film with Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard.

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

Hope Springs (PG-13, 100 min.) HH½ An ultimately timid portrait of matrimonial hell inhabited by two of moviedom's more slyly charming devils, Meryl Streep and Tommy Lee Jones,

Collierville Towne 16, Cordova Cinema, DeSoto Cinema 16, Forest Hill 8, Paradiso, Stage Cinema, Studio on the Square.

The Hunger Games (PG-13, 142 min.) HHH Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson.

Bartlett 10.

Ice Age: Continental Drift (PG, 94 min.) More computer-animated prehysteria.

CinePlanet 16, Collierville Towne 16, Cordova Cinema, DeSoto Cinema 16, Hollywood 20 Cinema (in 3-D), Palace Cinema (in 3-D), Stage Cinema.

Lawless (R, 115 min.) John Hillcoat ("The Proposition") directed this rural Prohibition gangster film, with Tom Hardy, Jessica Chastain and Shia LaBeouf.

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

Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted (PG, 93 min.) The computer-animated zoo crew joins a traveling circus.

Bartlett 10, CinePlanet 16, Hollywood 20 Cinema, Palace Cinema.

Madea's Witness Protection (PG-13, 114 min.) Tyler Perry, Eugene Levy.

Bartlett 10, CinePlanet 16.

Magic Mike (R, 110 min.) HHHH Channing Tatum. .

Bartlett 10.

Men in Black 3 (PG-13, 106 min.) HH½ Will Smith, Tommy Lee Jones.

Bartlett 10.

Moonrise Kingdom (PG-13, 94 min.) HHHH An "emotionally disturbed" pipsqueak orphan in a coonskin cap (Jared Gilman) and a "very troubled" girl in glamorous eye shadow (Kara Hayward), both 12, make themselves fugitives on a New England island in 1965.

Ridgeway Four.

The Odd Life of Timothy Green (PG, 104 min.) HH½ CJ Adams is the title elfin urchin, a 10-year-old boy who mysteriously — magically — appears one stormy night in the spacious farm home of the Greens (Jennifer Garner and Joel Edgerton), a sadly childless working-class couple.

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

The Oogieloves in the Big Balloon Adventure (G, 88 min.) A promoter of the Teletubbies developed the colorful costumed characters who star in this live-action "interactive" film, which encourages kids and parents to dance in the aisles to such songs as Scratchy Sneezy.

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

ParaNorman (PG, 92 min.) HHH This second stop-motion 3D feature film from Laika, an Oregon-based animation studio, might be described as the little brother of its wonderful predecessor from 2009, "Coraline." Like most little brothers, it's ruder, rowdier, somewhat dumber and a good deal more gross and obvious than its sister; it's also funny, likable and smarter than the average movie.

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

Premium Rush (PG-13, 91 min.) HHH Not since Kevin Bacon pedaled a Raleigh Champion to the pulse-pounding music of Giorgio Moroder in "Quicksilver" (1986) has the daredevil heroism of the unsung big-city bicycle messenger been celebrated with the breathless enthusiasm of this amusing chase movie.

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

Prometheus (R, 124 min.) HHH Noomi Rapace, Michael Fassbender.

Bartlett 10.

Ruby Sparks (R, 104 min.) HHH Paul Dano stars as Calvin Weir-Fields, a boy-wonder "genius" novelist with a years-long case of writer's block whose improbably pretentious name offers a clue to the Calvinist themes ahead: predestination vs. free will, and coercion vs. independence.

Wolfchase Galleria Cinema 8.

Savages (R, 131 min.) HHH Taylor Kitsch, Blake Lively.

Bartlett 10.

Snow White and the Huntsman (PG-13, 127 min.) HHH Kristen Stewart, Charlize Theron.

Bartlett 10.

Sparkle (PG-13, 116) Whitney Houston makes her final screen appearance in this Motown-inspired musical.

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

Step Up: Revolution (PG-13, 99 min.) The third in the popular dance series is the second in 3D.

Hollywood 20 Cinema, Wolfchase Galleria Cinema 8 (in 3-D).

Ted (R, 106 min.) HH½ "Family Guy" creator Seth MacFarlane wrote and directed this live-action fantasy about a Boston underachiever named John (Mark Wahlberg) whose lifelong companion is his foul-mouthed, pot-smoking, hooker-hiring teddy bear.

Palace Cinema, Wolfchase Galleria Cinema 8.

Total Recall (PG-13, 118 min.) HH After watching this breathless yet boring misfire (most of the running time is literally just that), you'll want the memory of another, better movie implanted in your head — maybe the original 1990 version of the film, directed by Paul Verhoeven ("RoboCop," "Starship Troopers").

CinePlanet 16, Collierville Towne 16, Paradiso, Stage Cinema, Summer Quartet Drive-In.

2016: Obama's America (PG, 90 min.) Dinesh D'Souza, author of "The Roots of Obama's Rage," directed this alarmist documentary that depicts President Obama as an "anti-colonial" threat to America's security and status.

CinePlanet 16, Collierville Towne 16, DeSoto Cinema 16, Hollywood 20 Cinema, Palace Cinema, Paradiso.

The Watch (R, 98 min.) HH In the wake of Trayvon Martin and the "Dark Knight" movie massacre, this knucklehead comedy about a misfit Neighborhood Watch group more interested in vigilante posturing and boy's-night-out roughhousing than crime prevention seems poised to make some trenchant points. But after the Watch members (Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn, Jonah Hill and Richard Ayoade) discover that outer-space aliens have infiltrated their mostly white-bread Midwest suburb, the movie becomes increasingly confused and spineless.

Bartlett 10, Summer Quartet Drive-In.

What to Expect When You're Expecting (PG-13, 110 min.) The nonfiction best-seller inspires an all-star ensemble comedy.

Bartlett 10.

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