cousin, Malcolm D. Lee — also is a response to the murder epidemic plaguing inner-city Chicago, but it’s more hopeful than mournful. Bartlett 10. Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (PG-13, 151 min.) HHH This 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 multiverses. . Bartlett 10. The BFG (PG, 117 min.) HHH Working from a 1982 children’s novel by the late Roald Dahl, director Steven Spielberg reunites with “E.T.” screenwriter Melissa Mathison to revisit the themes of their own 1982 success, but with a revealing reversal: This time, the filmmakers seem to identify more with the wizened fantastical outsider (a sad-faced Big Friendly Giant, portrayed through motioncapture animation by Mark Rylance) than with the small child (an orphan, played by Ruby Barnhill) who becomes the title character’s friend.
Cordova Cinema, Paradiso, Wolfchase Galleria Cinema 8. Captain America: Civil War (PG-13, 147 min.) HHH Like guest star Ant-man (Paul Rudd) in his new Giant-man identity, this somewhat ungainly Marvel sequel almost collapses under its own weight. Wolfchase Galleria Cinema 8. Central Intelligence (PG-13, 114 min.) Starring Kevin Hart and Dwayne Johnson. Cineplanet 16, Collierville Towne 16, Cordova Cinema, Desoto Cinema 16, Hollywood 20 Cinema, Olive Branch Cinema, Paradiso, Stage Cinema. The Conjuring 2 (PG-13, 133 min.) HHH Returning husbandand-wife ghostbusters Ed and Lorraine Warren (Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga) are among the sources of evil-exorcising uplift in this effective shocker from horror impresario James Wan, again dipping into the Warren “case files” of alleged real-life haunting. Hollywood 20 Cinema. Finding Dory (PG, 103 min.) More finny fun from Pixar.
HCineplanet 16, Collierville Towne 16, Cordova Cinema, Desoto Cinema 16, Forest Hill 8, Hollywood 20 Cinema, Majestic, Olive Branch Cinema, Paradiso, Stage Cinema. Free State of Jones (R, 139 min.) Matthew Mcconaughey in a historical drama about the real-life Mississippi farmer who led slaves and poor whites in a rebellion against the Confederacy. Paradiso. Ghostbusters (PG-13, 116 min.) HHH This female-cast remake of the beloved 1984 hit is an overdue rebuke to the “fanbro” idiocracy but also a winning example of an “event” action-comedy, with Kristen Wiig, an atypically family-friendly Melissa Mccarthy, a flirty Kate Mckinnon (her humor dada, her sexuality coded) and Memphis-born Leslie Jones as next-generation proton-packers. The script’s evocation of terrorism-anxiety feels unnecessary (the villain plants “ghost bombs” around the city, attracting the attention of Homeland Security), and director Paul Feig (“Bridesmaids”) allows the unfortunately inevitable special-effects climax to stretch into tedium, but the movie works. The humor is often Marx Brothers-level absurdist (especially when it involves Chris Hemsworth as the Ghostbusters’ hunky dimwit secretary); most of the call backs to the original film aren’t disruptive; and the lack of romantic subplots is especially welcome. Has any other big studio movie presented such an uncompromised celebration of female friendship? 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, Olive Branch Cinema (in 3-D), Palace Cinema, Paradiso (in 3-D), Stage Cinema (in 3-D), Studio on the Square, Summer Quartet Drive-in. The Huntsman: Winter’s War (PG-13, 114 min.) Chris Hemsworth is a heroic warrior and Charlize Theron an evil sorceress in this prequel to “Snow White and the Huntsman.” Bartlett 10. Independence Day: Resurgence (PG-13, 119 min.) ½ Dopey but watchable, the accidentally prophetic first “Independence Day” offered sneak attack from the sky and the strategic smashing of landmarks (the White House, blasted to smithereens,
five years before the Twin Towers). Twenty years later, the movie’s apocalyptic paranoia is commonplace while its oneworld-united optimism seems quaint and naive. Cineplanet 16, Collierville Towne 16, Cordova Cinema, Desoto Cinema 16, Hollywood 20, Summer Quartet Drive-in, Wolfchase Galleria Cinema 8. The Infiltrator (R, 127 min.) Undercover detective Bryan Cranston infiltrates the Escobar drug empire. Cineplanet 16, Collierville Towne 16, Cordova Cinema, Hollywood 20 Cinema, Palace Cinema, Ridgeway Cinema Grill. The Jungle Book (PG, 105 min.) HHH ½ Dubiously described by most reviewers as a “liveaction” adaptation of Rudyard Kipling’s late-victorian story, this extremely entertaining and sometimes moving Disney episodic adventure features remarkably realistic animals, tropical foliage and exotic Asian landscapes. Bartlett 10. The Legend of Tarzan (PG13, 109 min.) HHH Directed by “Harry Potter” veteran David Yates and scripted by Adam Cozad and Memphis’ Craig Brewer, the first major live-action Tarzan movie in three decades rehabs the problematic and eludes the indefensible aspects of Edgar Rice Burroughs’ story. Set in the 1880s, this “Legend” introduces the clothing-constricted John Clayton, Lord Greystoke (an appropriately lithe and sculpted Alexander Skarsgaard) at a meeting at Number 10 Downing St., where the former Tarzan — eight years out of Africa — sips tea while listening to condescending government reports on “the poor natives” of the Belgian Congo. Before long, Greystoke and his wife, Jane (Margot Robbie), are on a mission that takes them back to Africa, where they shed their inhibitions (and clothes) while joining real-life reformer George Washington Williams (Samuel L. Jackson) and various tribespeople in a battle against slave traders and the merciless Leon Rom (Christoph Waltz). Cineplanet 16, Collierville Towne 16, Cordova Cinema, Desoto Cinema 16, Forest Hill 8, Hollywood 20 Cinema, Majestic, Olive Branch Cinema, Palace Cinema, Paradiso, Stage Cinema, Studio on the Square, Summer Quartet Drive-in. Love & Friendship (PG, 92 min.) HHHH An absolute gem from start to finish, Whit Stillman’s adaptation of Jane Austen’s posthumously published novella “Lazy Susan” is a sharp social satire. Kate Beckinsale is Lazy Susan, an attractive and wily widow who navigates among the estates of 1790s England in pursuit of security (a husband) for herself and her daughter (Morfydd Clark); Chloë Sevigny (as an American expat), Xavier Samuel (as a smitten young heir) and a scene-stealing Tom Bennett (as an amiable “blockhead”) are among the allies, suitors, rivals and onlookers in the estimable supporting ensemble. Ridgeway Cinema Grill. Me Before You (PG-13, 110 min.) Call this romance “Hunger Games of Thrones”: It stars Emilia Clarke and Sam Claflin. Bartlett 10. Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates (R, 98 min.) A comedy in which the girls (Anna Kendrick, Aubrey Plaza) are as raunchy as the guys (Zac Efron, Adame Devine). Collierville Towne 16, Desoto Cinema 16, Forest Hill 8, Palace Cinema, Paradiso, Summer Quartet Drive-in, Wolfchase Galleria Cinema 8. Miracles from Heaven (PG, 109 min.) Jennifer Garner is a mother whose daughter has a supposedly incurable disease in this faith-based drama. Bartlett 10. Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising (R, 92 min.) Chubby dad Seth Rogen enlists cut frat nemesis Zac Efron to combat a partyhearty sorority. Bartlett 10. Now You See Me 2 (PG-13, 129 min.) HH The celebrity illusionists, card sharps, mesmerists and prestidigitators known as “The Four Horsemen” this time are recruited by a vengeful tech prodigy (Daniel Radcliffe) to pilfer the privacyerasing software of a corrupt capitalist. Cordova Cinema, Desoto Cinema 16, Hollywood 20 Cinema, Wolfchase Galleria Cinema 8. Our Kind of Traitor (R, 108 min.) Ewan Mcgregor and Stellan Skarsgard star in director Susanna White’s spy thriller, adapted from a novel by John le Carré. Ridgeway Cinema Grill. The Purge: Election Year (R, 105 min.) HH ½ With the tag line “Keep America Great”, the third “Purge” film is more a grindhouse “Hunger Games” chapter than the sharp-focused terror exercise of the 2013 original, as returning writerdirector James Demonaco pursues cable television-style longform storytelling and overt sociopolitical messaging over the anthology horror format that would have been an ideal fit for the series’ ingenious foundational conceit (in the near-future U.S., all crime is legal for 12 hours on the day of “The Purge,” a new civic tradition that allows citizens to let off steam, however lethal). Cineplanet 16, Collierville Towne 16, Cordova Cinema, Desoto Cinema 16, Hollywood 20 Cinema, Majestic, Olive Branch Cinema, Palace Cinema, Paradiso, Stage Cinema, Summer Quartet Drive-in. The Secret Life of Pets (PG, 90 min.) An animated cats-anddogs-and-more comedy from Illumination Entertainment (the “Minions” studio). Cineplanet 16, Collierville Towne 16, Cordova Cinema, Desoto Cinema 16, Forest Hill 8, Hollywood 20 Cinema, Majestic, Olive Branch Cinema, Palace Cinema, Paradiso, Stage Cinema, Studio on the Square, Summer Quartet Drive-in. The Shallows (PG-13, 87 min.) HHH Unpretentious and efficient, this taut “B” film — the B is for beach, bikini, Blake Lively, bites and blood — makes the best of its limited resources and geography, milking suspense from the simple premise of a lone American surfer (Lively) trapped on a small rock in an isolated Mexican cove by a great white shark. Using images and texts from the tourist’s cell phone as a trigger, writer Anthony Jaswinski and director Jaume Collet-sera evoke enough sympathetic back story to make the surfer more than a cipher, but they never allow such revelations of “motivation” to take precedence over the action-depiction of the surfer’s resourcefulness (Lively is excellent, in what is almost a solo performance). Props to cinematographer Flavio Martinez Labiano, who transforms the water and lush forest into a particularly tactile form of eye candy. Cordova Cinema, Desoto Cinema 16, Hollywood 20 Cinema, Majestic, Olive Branch Cinema, Paradiso, Wolfchase Galleria Cinema 8. Sultan (Not rated, 170 min.) A Hindi action-romance about a mixed martial artist. Hollywood 20 Cinema. Zootopia (PG, 108 min.) HHH ½ Disney’s latest digitally animated feature is a raceconscious, political-conspiracy neo-noir in the guise of a talking-animal cartoon. For kids, it’s an alternately cuddly and exuberant underdog storymeets-buddy comedy, as eager young Judy Hopps (voiced by Memphis’ Ginnifer Goodwin) works her fluffy tail off to prove her worth as Zootopia’s first bunny cop. Bartlett 10.