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to vi­o­lence that func­tions in part as a fan­tasy pre­emp­tive strike against the racist killers and red­neck thugs of the past amer­i­can cen­tury. the cast’s stand­outs in­clude mut­ton­chopped Kurt rus­sell, gog­gle-eyed Wal­ton Gog­gins, dis­gusted Bruce Dern and Jen­nifer Ja­son leigh as sin­is­ter pris­oner turned punch­ing bag Daisy Domer­gue, whose black eyes and bloody lips tes­tify to (a) tarantino’s sex­ism or (b) tarantino’s re­fusal to treat women less ruth­lessly than he treats men. Bartlett 10. Hello, My Name Is Doris (r, 95 min.) HH ½ Cos­tumed like a bag lady iris apfel, sally field is the ti­tle ec­cen­tric, a self-ef­fac­ing of­fice drone whose outré fash­ion sense — poo­dle skirts, gi­ant hair bows and dual pairs of eye­glasses (worn at the same time, in lieu of bi­fo­cals) — makes her in­stantly pop­u­lar among the hip­sters of Wil­liams­burg after the death of her mother in­spires her to leave her staten is­land home in un­likely ro­man­tic pur­suit of a ju­nior co-worker (Max Green­field, 35 years younger than field). scripted by laura ter­ruso and di­rec­tor Michael showal­ter, the movie is much like its ti­tle char­ac­ter: its cutesypie sur­face hides a dark in­te­rior. on one level, it’s a you-go-gr­rrl tale of un­likely self-re­al­iza­tion; on an­other, Doris’ yearn­ing for a man who doesn’t rec­og­nize the ex­tend of his new older friend’s emo­tional at­tach­ment is silent howl of des­per­a­tion from some­one sud­denly re­sent­ful of her life­long ir­rel­e­vance and ap­proach­ing ex­tinc­tion. Ridge­way Cin­ema Grill. Kung Fu Panda 3 (PG, 93 min.) Mo’ Po. Bartlett 10. Lon­don Has Fallen (r, 99 min.) HH 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 vengeance-in­cit­ing 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 par­tic­u­larly nasty in the wake of re­cent real-life euro­pean at­tacks. the di­rec­tor is tehran-born Babak na­jafi; the sup­port­ing cast in­cludes Mor­gan free­man, Jackie earle Ha­ley and Melissa leo, con­fined to a war room and earn­ing the eas­i­est pay­checks of their ca­reers. Wolfchase Gal­le­ria Cin­ema 8. Meet the Blacks (r, 93 min.) Mike epps in a par­ody of “the Purge.” Cine­planet 16, Col­lierville Towne 16, Cor­dova Cin­ema, Desoto Cin­ema, Hol­ly­wood 20 Cin­ema, Ma­jes­tic, Palace Cin­ema, Par­adiso, Stage Cin­ema. Mid­night Spe­cial (PG-13, 111 min.) HH ½ the fourth fea­ture from south­ern wri­ter­di­rec­tor Jeff ni­chols (younger brother of lucero lead singer Ben ni­chols) is a sci­encefic­tion chase film about an 8-year-old boy (a won­der­ful Jae­den lieber­her), pur­sued by cultists and fed­eral agents, whose mys­te­ri­ous pow­ers in­clude an abil­ity to re­ceive and re­cite ra­dio trans­mis­sions and to project “a vis­i­ble spec­trum of light” from his eyes; the boy’s pro­tec­tors are played by Michael shan­non (a ni­chols reg­u­lar) and Joel edger­ton, while his mother is Kirsten Dunst. in­di­vid­ual scenes pop, and ni­chols’ pre­oc­cu­pa­tion with seers and signs -- as­pects of that south­ern en­thu­si­asm, sto­ry­telling -- re­mains fas­ci­nat­ing; but the movie and its nudg­ing, rev­er­en­tial score never present the boy as any­thing but a be­nign, even an­gelic force (“i be­lieve in an­other world,” the boy says), even though the im­pli­ca­tions of his pow­ers and vi­sions are ter­ri­fy­ing. Par­adiso. Mir­a­cles from Heaven (PG, 109 min.) Jen­nifer Gar­ner is a mother whose young daugh­ter has a sup­pos­edly in­cur­able dis­ease in this faith­based drama. Cine­planet 16, Col­lierville Towne 16, Cor­dova Cin­ema, Desoto Cin­ema 16, Hol­ly­wood 20 Cin­ema, Olive Branch Cin­ema, Par­adiso, Wolfchase Gal­le­ria Cin­ema 8. My Big Fat Greek Wed­ding 2 (PG-13, 94 min.) nia varda­los and John Cor­bett are back after 14 years for “an even big­ger and Greeker wed­ding.” Col­lierville Towne 16, Cor­dova Cin­ema, For­est Hill 8, Par­adiso, Ridge­way Cin­ema Grill, Stage Cin­ema, Sum­mer Quar­tet Drive-in. The Per­fect Match (r, 96 min.) Will play­boy ter­rence J find true love with Cassie ven­tura? or maybe Paula Pat­ton? Desoto Cin­ema 16, Wolfchase Gal­le­ria Cin­ema 8. Pride and Prej­u­dice and Zom­bies (PG-13, 108 min.) HHH More droll than drool (though blood and other seep­ages do drain on oc­ca­sion from the cav­i­ties that pock­mark un­dead faces), this dis­arm­ing mashup re­vi­tal­izes two mori­bund and pre­vi­ously un­af­fil­i­ated gen­res, the pe­riod cos­tume ro­mance and the walk­ingdead ac­tion thriller. Based on the best-sell­ing 2009 par­ody novel cred­ited to Jane austen and seth Gra­hame-seth, the movie demon­strates the dura­bil­ity of both austen’s 1813 “com­edy of man­ners,” with its ap­peal­ing de­pic­tions of rit­u­al­ized so­cial con­ven­tion, and the more re­cent zom­bie apoc­a­lypse ad­ven­ture, with its ap­palling de­pic­tions of ri­otous so­cial chaos. the hu­mor comes from the in­con­gruity of the Mer­chant-ivory-romero mi­lieu, as el­iz­a­beth Ben­nett (lily James) and austen’s other re­gency lovelies prove adept at both be­head­ing zom­bies and be­witch­ing suit­ors; the lat­ter group in­cludes a nin­ny­ish par­son (Matt smith), a dash­ing sol­dier (Jack Hus­ton) and the mys­te­ri­ous Mr. Darcy (sam ri­ley). the screen­writer and di­rec­tor is Burr steers, whose touch is deft but not as im­pres­sive as that of the shaolin-trained el­iz­a­beth, who in one scene snatches buzzing car­rion flies from midair. Bartlett 10. The Revenant (r, 156 min.) HHH ½ the idea that ev­ery film is a doc­u­men­tary of its mak­ing (per Jacques riv­ette) and of its ac­tors (Go­dard) is in­sep­a­ra­ble from an ap­pre­ci­a­tion of this fron­tier epic of sur­vival and re­venge, which was fash­ioned by di­rec­tor ale­jan­dro G. iñár­ritu to be al­most as gru­el­ing for its cast and crew as for the in­jured and aban­doned trap­pers, traders and amer­i­can in­di­ans in its story. Bush-bearded leonardo Dicaprio is real-life folk hero Hugh Glass; he’s mauled by a griz­zly (in a pun­ish­ingly long shock se­quence) and buried alive, but rises from his im­pro­vised grave to track his be­trayer (tom Hardy) through a north amer­i­can par­adise that seems to be re­act­ing with re­flex­ive hos­til­ity to the racism and greed of its euro­pean ex­ploiters. as an achieve­ment in lo­gis­tics and en­durance and as a tes­ta­ment to the com­mit­ment of its creators, the film is ex­tra­or­di­nary; as an emo­tional ex­pe­ri­ence, it is some­what re­mote, if not as in­ac­ces­si­ble as its Western Canada lo­ca­tions (cap­tured with stun­ning clar­ity by the of­ten wide-an­gle/low-an­gle cin­e­matog­ra­phy of em­manuel lubezki). What­ever else it may be, it’s a must-see on the big screen. Bartlett 10. Sar­daar Gab­bar Singh (not rated, 165 min.) a tel­ugu­lan­guage ac­tion com­e­dy­ro­mance. Col­lierville Towne 16. Star Wars: The Force Awak­ens (PG-13, 136 min.) HHH ½ Di­rec­tor J.J. abrams’ record-shat­ter­ing re­turn to George lu­cas’ space-opera uni­verse is a canny crowd­pleaser of re­ver­sals, re­plays and re­veals: re­ver­sals of first-tril­ogy themes (the vil­lain rather than the hero is be­ing tempted to cross to the op­pos­ing side of the force); re­plays of decades­old high­lights (a dog­fight at­tack on a steroidized Death star); and re­veals that defy not au­di­ence ex­pec­ta­tions but se­ries prece­dent (a stormtrooper is black; a luke-like desert scavenger is fe­male; a masked evil­doer proves un-hideous). a new di­ver­sity that em­braces more than spe­cial-ef­fects aliens is very wel­come in a fran­chise that shows no signs of re­lin­quish­ing its hold on the pop­u­lar imag­i­na­tion, but the movie’s ad­her­ence to for­mula oth­er­wise is a bit of a let­down. still, abrams proves a deft jug­gler of ac­tors both old (Har­ri­son ford, Car­rie fisher) and new (Daisy ri­d­ley is force-friendly rey, John Boyega is ex­pat storm trooper finn), and re­lieved fans will echo the words ut­tered by C-3PO when the droid re­unites with r2d2: “oh my dear friend, how i’ve missed you.” Bartlett 10, Wolfchase Gal­le­ria Cin­ema 8. 10 Clover­field Lane (PG-13, 103 min.) HHH ½ not so much a se­quel as a side­bar to the 2008 “found footage” mon­ster movie “Clover­field,” this in­ge­nious and claus­tro­pho­bic thriller is com­pact enough to be al­most the movie equiv­a­lent of a black box the­ater pro­duc­tion: for most of its length, it needs only three char­ac­ters and a sin­gle lo­ca­tion — a well-stocked sur­vival­ist bunker — to keep au­di­ences on edge. John Good­man is the bunker’s builder, a mys­te­ri­ous man who tells cap­tive car-crash sur­vivor Michelle (Mary el­iz­a­beth Win­stead) and the vol­un­tar­ily con­fined em­mett (John Gal­lagher Jr.) that he is not their jailer but their sav­ior: the out­side world has been poi­soned by an en­emy at­tack, so to re­main alive they must stay in­side his bomb shel­ter. the overe­lab­o­rate fi­nale strains cred­i­bil­ity, but di­rec­tor Dan tra­cht­en­burg’s de­but fea­ture over­all is a tes­ti­mony to the age-old plea­sures of su­pe­rior sus­pense sto­ry­telling. Col­lierville Towne 16, Cor­dova Cin­ema. Zootopia (PG, 108 min.) HHH ½ Be­lieve it: Dis­ney’s lat­est dig­i­tally an­i­mated fea­ture is a con­tra-trumpian, race-con­scious, po­lit­i­cal­con­spir­acy neo-noir in the guise of a funny talkingan­i­mal car­toon. for kids, it’s an al­ter­nately cud­dly and ex­u­ber­ant un­der­dog story-meets-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 while nav­i­gat­ing an un­easy al­liance with a sly pet­ty­crim­i­nal fox (Ja­son Bate­man); for adults, it’s a torn-fromthe-head­lines com­pen­dium of con­tro­ver­sies, from eth­nic pro­fil­ing to com­mu­nity mis­trust of po­lice to in­nercity drug con­spir­a­cies. it’s also very funny (the DMV is staffed by sloths) and in­ge­niously de­signed (Zootopia’s eco­log­i­cally di­verse neigh­bor­hoods in­clude tun­dra­town and sa­hara square). the direc­tors are Dis­ney vet­er­ans By­ron Howard (“tan­gled”) and rich Moore (“Wreck-it-ralph”). Cine­planet 16 (in 3-D), Col­lierville Towne 16, Cor­dova Cin­ema, Desoto Cin­ema 16, For­est Hill 8, Hol­ly­wood 20 Cin­ema, Ma­jes­tic, Olive Branch Cin­ema, Palace Cin­ema, Par­adiso, Stage Cin­ema, Sum­mer Quar­tet Drive-in.


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