Movie Capsules: Now showing

Capsule descriptions by John Beifuss.

OPENING FRIDAY

For a Good Time, Call ... (R, 85 min.) Economically challenged college "frenemies" Lauren Miller and Ari Graynor start a phone sex business in this raunchy comedy.

Ridgeway Four.

Hotel Transylvania (PG, 91 min.) See review on Page 14.

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, Summer Quartet Drive-In.

The Imposter (R, 99 min.) A documentary about a young Frenchman who convinces a grieving Texas family that he is their missing teenage son.

Ridgeway Four.

Killer Joe (NC-17, 102 min.) See review on Page 16.

Studio on the Square.

Looper (R, 119 min.) See review on Page 12.

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.

Pitch Perfect (PG-13, 112 min.) Can freshman Anna Kendrick and her female singing group beat the men's team in the campus vocal competition?

Paradiso.

Won't Back Down (PG, 121 min.) Determined mother Maggie Gyllenhaal tries to transform a failing inner-city school.

CinePlanet 16, Collierville Towne 16, Cordova Cinema, DeSoto Cinema 16, Hollywood 20 Cinema, Majestic, Paradiso, Stage Cinema, Studio on the Square.

SPECIAL MOVIES

As a Young Girl of 13 (Not rated, 88 min.) The Tournées French Film Festival continues with Elisabeth Coronel's documentary about Simone Lagrange, a concentration camp survivor who recalls the horrors of the Holocaust and her role in bringing Nazi war criminal Klaus Barbie to justice.

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

The Avengers (PG-13, 143 min.) Parents and kids are invited to bring lawn chairs and dress as their favorite superhero for an outdoor screening of the live-action Marvel Comics blockbuster. Prizes will be awarded for best costume.

6:30 p.m. Saturday, Heartsong Church, 800 N. Houston Levee Road Admission: free. Call 901-755-6332.

Born To Be Wild: The latest IMAX film is "an inspiring story of love, dedication and the remarkable bond between humans and animals." Runs through Nov. 16.

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

Craig Brewer's Indie Memphis Peep Show: The "Hustle & Flow" director hosts a preview of the upcoming Indie Memphis Film Festival. Event includes live music, performances by the Sock It To Me burlesque troupe, food and drink, and door prizes.

7 p.m. Thursday, A. Schwab, 165 Beale. Free for Indie Memphis members; memberships and festival passes can be purchased at door or in advance via indiememphis.com.

Damsels in Distress (PG-13, 99 min.) Writer-director Whit Stillman returns to filmmaking with a witty, eccentric and ingenious comedy about four articulate college women (led by Greta Gerwig) and their dim boyfriends.

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

Film Socialisme (Not rated, 102 min.) Jean-Luc Godard's provocative and complex 2010 digital-video reflection on European history and the Babel of contemporary international relations gets its Memphis public debut as part of the Tournées French Film Festival at Rhodes College.

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

Lawrence of Arabia (PG, 260 min.) In recognition of its 50th anniversary, David Lean's 1962 masterpiece of desert warfare and epic ego returns to the big-screen where it belongs.

7 p.m. Thursday, Paradiso. Admission: $20. Visit malco.com.

Legend of the Black Scorpion (Not rated, 131 min.) Zhang Ziyi is among the stars of this loose 2006 Chinese version of "Hamlet," which transforms Shakespeare's melancholy Dane into a kung fu-fighting crown prince. Also known as "The Banquet," the film screens as part of Rhodes College's "Global Hamlets Symposium."

7:30 p.m. Thursday, Blount Auditorium, Buckman Hall, Rhodes College. Admission: free. Call 901-843-3587.

Opera in Cinema: La Traviata (Not rated, 130 min.) A recent production of Verdi's masterpiece, filmed live on stage in Verona.

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

Tennessee Queer (Not rated, 92 min.) Memphis filmmaker Mark Jones premieres his new comedy feature film about an out-and-proud New Yorker (Christian Walker) caught up in politics, religion and his small hometown's first Gay Pride parade when he returns to Tennessee.

6:30 and 9 p.m. Tuesday, Paradiso. Tickets: $10, available in advance at brownpapertickets.com.

Tomboy (Not rated, 84 min.) The Rhodes College Tournées French Film Festival concludes with this sensitive child's-eye-view drama about a little girl with a short Jean Seberg haircut who decides to pass herself off as a boy after she moves to a new neighborhood.

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

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 environment. 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 track 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.

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

The Campaign (R, 85 min.) HHH John Lithgow, Dan Aykroyd and Will Ferrell.

CinePlanet 16, Cordova Cinema, DeSoto Cinema 16, Wolfchase Galleria Cinema 8.

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

Bartlett 10.

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

DeSoto Cinema 16, Majestic, Wolfchase Galleria Cinema 8.

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

Collierville Towne 16.

Dredd (R, 95 min.) HH½ Karl Urban, Lena Headey.

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.

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."

DeSoto Cinema 16, Hollywood 20 Cinema, Palace Cinema, 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).

Hope Springs (PG-13, 100 min.) HH½ Meryl Streep, Tommy Lee Jones.

CinePlanet 16, Collierville Towne 16, Stage Cinema.

House at the End of the Street (PG-13, 101 min.)) HH½ Ignoring the concerns of mom Elisabeth Shue, teen Jennifer Lawrence befriends sensitive, soft-spoken Max Thierot, whose parents were murdered in the scary house next door. The acting is persuasive, and the screenplay by David Loucka (from a story by Jonathan Mostow) has a nice twist that could have supported an inventively stylish giallo-style thriller; unfortunately, director Mark Tonderai's delivers a real mess — an almost random tangle of choppy edits, handheld camera, "shock" sound effects and other clichés of the contemporary horror film.

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

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, Hollywood 20 Cinema, Wolfchase Galleria Cinema 8.

Lawless (R, 115 min.) HH½ Rural Prohibition gangster film.

CinePlanet 16, DeSoto Cinema 16, Palace Cinema, Paradiso.

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.

The Master (R, 138 min.) HHH½ Director Paul Anderson's first feature since the similarly methodical, mysterious and haunted "There Will Be Blood" is hard to shake, and its opening scenes — shot in 65-mm by Mihai Malaimare and scored with a mix of free-jazz jitter and symphonic seduction by Jonny Greenwood — are stunning.

Ridgeway Four, Studio on the Square.

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, Jennifer Garner and Joes Edgerton. .

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

ParaNorman (PG, 92 min.) HHH

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

The Possession (PG-13, 92 min.) HHHThe third movie in as many years to feature a malevolent spirit from Jewish folklore, a dybbuk.

CinePlanet 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, 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), Summer Quartet Drive-In.

Sleepwalk with Me (R, 90 min.) HH½ Soft-spoken Mike Birbiglia is the star, director and co-scripter of this largely autobiographical indie.

Forest Hill 8.

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

Bartlett 10.

Sparkle (PG-13, 116) Motown-inspired musical.

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

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

Hollywood 20 Cinema.

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

Bartlett 10.

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

Bartlett 10.

Trouble with the Curve (PG-13, 111 min.) HH In the first scene, Clint Eastwood talks to a table, a can of Spam and his penis. Who could have predicted we'd miss that chair?

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

2016: Obama's America (PG, 90 min.) Alarmist documentary depicts President Obama as an "anti-colonial" threat to America.

Collierville Towne 16, Cordova Cinema, Wolfchase Galleria Cinema 8.

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