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Day 1953 death at age 29. hid­dle­ston’s work ethic is ad­mirable (and the ac­tor’s per­for­mance over­all is fine), but the hank Wil­liams who ap­pears here does not pos­sess one of the most des­per­ate and haunt­ing voices in the his­tory of recorded sound; he is an ad­e­quate singer, at best. this de­ci­sion is typ­i­cal of the puz­zling choices that mar writer-di­rec­tor Marc Abra­ham’s sin­cere biopic, which fetishizes its pe­riod ac­cou­ter­ments as if they were part of a glossy mag­a­zine lay­out, con­jur­ing a mise-en­scène at odds with the econ­omy of ges­ture, lack of pre­tense and ruth­less hon­esty that char­ac­ter­ize the Wil­liams es­thetic. (the un­likely cin­e­matog­ra­pher is Dante Spinotti, long­time col­lab­o­ra­tor with di­rec­tor Michael Mann on such chic films as “heat.”). the sup­port­ing cast in­cludes eliz­a­beth olsen as hank’s first wife, Au­drey; Cherry Jones as hank’s stern mother; and, very briefly, Mem­phis’ Jeff Pope as coun­try singer red Fo­ley. Col­lierville Towne 16, Cor­dova Cinema, De­soto Cinema, Ridge­way Cinema Grill, Stage Cinema. Kung Fu Panda 3 (Pg, 93 min.) Mo’ Po. Sum­mer Quar­tet Drive-in. Lon­don Has Fallen (r, 99 min.) ★★ ½ lethal Se­cret Ser­vice agent ger­ard But­ler re­turns to pro­tect Pres­i­dent Aaron eck­hart and stab, shoot and crack much ter­ror­ist neck in this well-crafted if para­noiac se­quel to 2013’s “olym­pus has Fallen.” less jin­go­is­tic but no less morally spe­cious than its pre­de­ces­sor (the film dis­misses the vengean­ceincit­ing in­ci­dent of its open­ing se­quence — the U.S. drone-killing of in­no­cent Pak­ista­nis — as ex­cus­able col­lat­eral dam­age in the War on ter­ror), the movie de­picts a mas­sively de­struc­tive, mul­ti­ple-as­sas­si­na­tion as­sault on lon­don, where the world’s lead­ers have gath­ered for the fu­neral of eng­land’s (mur­dered) prime min­is­ter; the vi­o­lent spec­ta­cle seems

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