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.