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Sarah Gadon plays billionaire Robert Pattinson's high-society wife in David Cronenberg's "Cosmopolis."

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Sarah Gadon plays billionaire Robert Pattinson's high-society wife in David Cronenberg's "Cosmopolis."

Capsule descriptions by John Beifuss.

OPENING FRIDAY

Compliance (R, 90 min.) See review on Page 14.

Studio on the Square.

Dredd (R, 95 min.) Comic book-inspired post-apocalyptic mayhem.

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

End of Watch (R, 109 min.) Police officers Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Peña are targeted by a drug cartel.

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.

House at the End of the Street (PG-13, 101 min.) Jennifer Lawrence and Elisabeth Shue move next door to a scary house.

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

The Master (R, 138 min.) See review on Page 12.

Ridgeway Four, Studio on the Square.

Trouble with the Curve (PG-13, 111 min.) See review on Page 15.

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

Unconditional (PG-13, 97 min.) A made-in-Nashville Christian film, with Michael Ealy and Lynn Collins.

Cordova Cinema, Majestic.

SPECIAL MOVIES

Born To Be Wild: The latest IMAX film 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.

Chely Wright: Wish Me Away (Not rated, 120 min.) A documentary about hit vocalist Chely Wright's decision to "come out" as the first openly gay mainstream country artist.

2 p.m. Saturday, Memphis Brooks Museum of Art. Admission: $8, or $6 for museum members. Visit brooksmuseum.org.

The Connection (Not rated, 110 min.) Shirley Clarke's obscure 1962 masterpiece is a key film in the history of American independent cinema: a somewhat stagey but bold and cinematically inventive portrait of a group of jazz musicians and junkies hanging out in a crummy New York apartment as they await their next fix.

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

Dance on Film: Move to Move (Not rated, 168 min.) Four contemporary dance masterpieces, filmed live onstage in The Hague and performed by The Nederlands Dans Theater.

2 p.m. Sunday, Memphis Brooks Museum of Art. Admission: $15, or $12 for museum members. Visit brooksmuseum.org.

films4peace: In recognition of the United Nations' World Peace Day (Sept. 21), 21 new short films from around the world will play continuously in the orientation theater on the main level of the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art.

Through Oct. 21. Regular admission applies. Visit brooksmuseum.org and films 4peace.com.

Le Havre (Not rated, 93 min.) The Tournées French Film Festival continues with a wry Cannes Film Festival hit — one of the best movies of 2011, according to Chicago's Roger Ebert and Manohla Dargis of The New York Times — about an aged shoeshine man who befriends a young refugee from Gabon. Rashna Richards, director of film studies at Rhodes College, will introduce the movie.

4 p.m. Sunday, Blount Auditorium, Buckman Hall, Rhodes College. Admission: free. Call 901-843-3587.

National Theatre Live: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (Not rated, 180 min.) A 15-year-old, possibly autistic boy becomes a sort of amateur Sherlock Holmes in this recent British production, filmed live onstage. Based on the best-selling novel by Mark Haddon.

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

Puss in Boots (PG, 90 min.) The swashbuckling "Shrek" feline spins off to his own movie in this outdoor "Screen on the Green" presentation.

7 p.m. Friday, The Avenue Carriage Crossing, Collierville. Free.

To the Arctic: Narrated by Meryl Streep, this journey to the top of the world follows a polar bear family as it adapts to its changing 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 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, Emma Stone.

Bartlett 10.

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..

Hollywood 20 Cinema.

Arbitrage (R, 100 min.) Richard Gere, Susan Sarandon and indie beauty Brit Marling star in a drama about a desperate hedge-fund manager.

Ridgeway Four.

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

Bartlett 10.

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, in this case Matt Damon, who portrayed the title superspy in three previous action-conspiracy movies inspired by the novels of Robert Ludlum. New protagonist Aaron Cross (Jeremy Renner) is another genetically enhanced covert agent on the run from his handlers/manufacturers.

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

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, Paradiso, Stage Cinema.

The Cold Light of Day (PG-13, 93 min.) The family of a Wall Street trader (Henry Cavill) is kidnapped.

Wolfchase Galleria Cinema 8.

Cosmopolis (R, 109 min.) HHHH Shrewdly cast "Twilight" vampire Robert Pattinson is a less romantic type of bloodsucker for a less compassionate world in the latest chilly masterpiece of cold dread and collapsing reason from David Cronenberg, the cerebral yet intuitive filmmaker who after almost 40 years in the director's chair continues to craft movies of awe-inspiring compositional elegance, purposeful design and psychological resonance. A black comedy as dry and deadpan as a bleached skull (to this end, the movie opens with a sort of death's-head grin: an in-your-face close-up of the grille of a stretch limousine), the film introduces Pattinson as a smug, "berserkly rich" 28-year-old asset manager on a seemingly simple crosstown mission that degenerates into an absurdist, glacial crawl of self-gratification and self-destruction. Almost the entire film takes place inside the seemingly vast, eroticized interior of the billionaire's limo, a soundproofed spaceship of a vehicle that serves as home base for a rotating case of business associates and lovers, who contemplate "the interaction between technology and capitalism"; meanwhile, outside, the 99 percent is in revolt. Adapted by Cronenberg from a 2003 novel by Don DeLillo.

Forest Hill 8.

The Dark Knight Rises (PG-13, 165 min.) HHH½ Christian Bale, Anne Hathaway.

DeSoto Cinema 16, Majestic, Paradiso, Stage Cinema.

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days (PG, 94 min.) The third "Wimpy" comedy.

Collierville Towne 16, Hollywood 20 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 ("The Destroyer," "The Executioner") and to the action movies of the 1980s that made many of his co-stars famous.

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

Finding Nemo (G, 100 min.) The fishy Pixar classic returns in 3D.

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

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

Bartlett 10, Summer Quartet Drive-In.

Hope Springs (PG-13, 100 min.) HH½ In this ultimately timid portrait of matrimonial hell, Meryl Streep and Tommy Lee Jones are Kay and Arnold Soames, who have been sleeping in separate bedrooms for most of their 31 years together. "I want a marriage again," pleads Kay, who convinces her grouchy Golf Channel-watching spouse to accompany her to the quaint Maine town of Great Hope Springs (oh, brother), to learn to "cultivate intimacy" at the "Center for Creative Couples Counseling."

CinePlanet 16, Collierville Towne 16, Stage Cinema.

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.

Stage Cinema.

Last Ounce of Courage (PG, 101 min.) A war hero returns home to battle those who would deny America is a "Christian" nation in this drama aimed at conservative moviegoers.

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

Lawless (R, 115 min.) HH½ This rural Prohibition gangster film from director John Hillcoat and screenwriter Nick Cave is a disappointment, considering the quality of their previous collaboration, the merciless 2005 Aussie Western "The Proposition," but it benefits from its tangly kudzu-draped backwoods setting (Georgia fills in for Virginia) and a certain bloodthirsty glee. Based on a fact-based family-history novel by Matt Bondurant, the film presents Shia LaBeouf as Jack Bondurant, a young would-be white-lightning bootlegger intended as an audience surrogate; we're more captivated, however, by "invincible" older brother Forrest (Tom Hardy), who even before he survives an ear-to-ear throat-slashing grunts his dialogue like "Toby Keith choking on a Cheeto" (The New York Times). CinePlanet 16, Collierville Towne 16, Cordova Cinema, DeSoto Cinema 16, Hollywood 20 Cinema, 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.

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

Bartlett 10, CinePlanet 16.

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

Bartlett 10.

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, Palace Cinema, Paradiso, Wolfchase Galleria Cinema 8.

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, with a delightfully askew and Caligariesque production and character design.

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

The Possession (PG-13, 92 min.) HHH Christian paranoiacs, I know you've got your plates full worrying that the one-world secularists are trying to take Christ out of Christmas, but have you seen any exorcism movies lately? Once the exclusive genre territory of priests armed with crucifixes, "The Possession" is the third movie in as many years to feature a malevolent spirit from Jewish folklore, a dybbuk. (Admittedly, one of those films was a horror movie of a different kind, the Coen Brothers' "A Serious Man.") Ole Bornedal's atmospheric, relatively low-key thriller benefits from a sympathetic lead performance by Jeffrey Dean Morgan as a basketball coach unsure how to respond when the youngest (Natasha Calis) of his two daughters becomes obsessed with an old box she bought at a yard sale.

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

Resident Evil: Retribution (R, 97 min.) HH "Regurgitation" might be a more appropriate subtitle for this redundant fifth go-round in director Paul W.S. Anderson's video game-inspired franchise, set in a post-apocalyptic future of corporate conspiracy and zombie plague. A "Dawn of the Dead"-esque prologue is effective, but most of this unsurprising entry too closely follows the structure of a game, as series regular Milla Jovovich kicks undead butt through a series of subterranean "simulation" environments (Tokyo, Moscow, etc.), accompanied by a deaf little girl (Aryana Engineer) who functions as Newt to her Ripley.

CinePlanet 16 (in 3-D), Collierville Towne 16 (in 3-D), Cordova Cinema (in 3-D), DeSoto Cinema 16 (in 3-D), Hollywood 20 Cinema (in 3-D), Paradiso, Stage Cinema (in 3-D), Summer Quartet Drive-In.

Robot & Frank (PG-13, 90 min.) HHH Klaatu Langella Nikto: A curmudgeonly career criminal bonds with an amusingly deadpan robot sidekick in this enjoyable vehicle for venerable Frank Langella that, happily, soft-pedals its humanist message about the problems of aging for the pleasures of old-fashioned storytelling. Yes, director Jake Schreier and writer Christopher Ford hint that the ex-con's accelerating Alzheimer's, however tragic, is preferable to the cold, reliable inhumanity of the programmable memory banks of the robot (voiced by Peter Sarsgaard and acted, in a boxy white suit, by diminutive dancer Rachael Ma); but mostly the filmmakers offer an entertaining Ray Bradburyesque mix of sentiment and genre fancy — a sort of "Short Circuit" redux of "The Odd Couple" and the caper film "Going in Style" that finds the sly old man manipulating his robotic health care "appliance" into being his accomplice for one last heist. With Susan Sarandon as the last village librarian of the "printed information" era.

Forest Hill 8.

Sleepwalk with Me (R, 90 min.) HH½ Soft-spoken Mike Birbiglia is the star, director and co-scripter of this largely autobiographical indie, which follows the comedian's 2008 one-man off-Broadway show and his 2010 humorous memoir, making him perhaps the first person ever to create a cottage industry out of a sleep disorder. Birbiglia — who occasionally addresses the camera (i.e., us), a conceit that reinforces the idea that his strength is as a monologist — plays himself, more or less, an aspiring if not particularly resourceful would-be standup comic with a smart, sexy and impossibly patient girlfriend (Lauren Ambrose), befuddled parents (James Rebhorn and Carol Kane) and an increasingly dangerous sleepwalking habit that is a sign from his subconscious that he's under serious stress. This is an innocuous but amusing movie that wants to be liked, loved, perhaps even hugged: Birbiglia, who here re-christens himself "Matt Pandamiglio" (the panda suffix being a reference to his semi-roly-poliness) isn't shy about exposing his love handles.

Ridgeway Four.

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.

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

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

Hollywood 20 Cinema.

Ted (R, 106 min.) HH½ Mark Wahlberg, Mila Kunis. .

Wolfchase Galleria Cinema 8.

Total Recall (PG-13, 118 min.) HH Colin Farrell, Jessica Biel.

Bartlett 10, 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, Cordova Cinema, Paradiso, Wolfchase Galleria Cinema 8.

The Watch (R, 98 min.) HH Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn.

Bartlett 10.

The Words (PG-13, 96 min.) Love and plagiarism, with Bradley Cooper and Olivia Wilde.

Collierville Towne 16, Hollywood 20 Cinema, Palace Cinema, Studio on the Square.

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