Film clips


BAD MOMS (R): Three moms at the end of their tethers start saying 'no' to things. The comedy has so many opportunities to be great, edgy and insightful but instead settles for the most milquetoast commentary possible on modern motherhood. With Mila Kunis, Kristin Bell, Kathryn Hahn. • (Bahr, The Associated Press — July 29). 1 hour 41 minutes. NAM

BLAIR WITCH (R): Seventeen years after three student filmmakers disappear, the brother of one of them and some friends venture back into Maryland's Black Hills Forest to find out what happened. 1 hour 29 minutes. BC / BM

BRIDGET JONES'S BABY (R): This latest and probably last screen incarnation finds the character back where she started — alone and single. And yet you have to wonder. A decade and a half on, does Bridget still have a place in a popular culture where the carbonated dreamland of romantic comedy is hardening into a sexual battleground and the very notion of a Prince Charming seems an increasingly ludicrous anachronism? The film trades on nostalgia for the characters' quaint misbehavior and silly fantasies of yesteryear. Crinkly eyed and adorable at 47, Renee Zellweger plays a more poised and confident Bridget, still chasing what she calls "happily ever after." But the question nags. What planet does she think she inhabits? The London shown here might as well be Planet C, as in cute. With Colin Firth, Patrick Dempsey. (Holden, New York Times — Sept. 19). 2 hours 3 minutes. BC / BM / NAM / TC

DON'T BREATHE (R): A team of inept burglars is pitted against a blind war veteran who fights back when they break into his house in this well-plotted thriller wedded to a horror film. (Kennedy, The Associated Press — Aug. 27). 1 hour 26 minutes. BM / NAM

FINDING DORY (PG): With a little help from her friends, Dory, a blue tang fish with short term memory loss, sets off in search of her parents, from whom she was separated as a child. The most ready made of parent-kid bonding. With the voices of Ellen DeGeneres, Ty Burrell, Albert Brooks, Diane Keaton, Ed O'Neill, Eugene Levy, Kaitlin Olson, Idris Elba, Dominic West. (Coyle, The Associated Press — June 17). 1 hour 37 minutes. NAM

HELL OR HIGH WATER (R): A divorced father trying to make a better life for his son and his trigger-happy ex-convict brother engineer a series of robberies against the bank that is about to foreclose on the father's ranch. In hot pursuit is a Texas Ranger who, only weeks away from retirement, is not quite ready to vanish from the scene. With Chris Pine, Ben Foster, Jeff Bridges. 1 hour 42 minutes. IC

KUBO AND THE TWO STRINGS (PG): When his world falls apart, young Kubo joins forces with Monkey and Beetle to uncover a secret legacy and do battle with Moon King and other gods to save his family. Propelled by imagination rather than might, "Kubo" is a quest of family and folktale through dazzling animated landscape. With the voices of Charlize Theron, Ralph Fiennes, Matthew McConaughey, Art Parkinson. (Coyle, The Associated Press — Aug. 22). 1 hour 41 minutes. NAM

PETE'S DRAGON (PG): Live-action reboot of the 1977 animated fantasy-adventure about a 10-year-old orphan who lives in the Oregon woods with a giant, friendly dragon and a young girl who sets out to find them. Quiet, sweetly sincere, "Pete's Dragon" has been confidently reborn as an earnest tale of green-winged wonder that maintains the feel of an American fable. With Bryce Dallas Howard, Robert Redford, Oakes Fegley, Oona Laurence. 1 hour 43 minutes. BM

SNOWDEN (R): Edward Snowden. who cast himself as the hero in his own spy movie, gets the real thing in director Oliver Stone's Hollywoodized biopic of the National Security Agency whistleblower. The surprise is that Stone, master of left-wing political thrillers, plays it fairly straight. "Snowden" isn't a liberal screed. or at least not an overt one. It's a sincere, straightforward biopic that, at its worst, verges on hagiography, With Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Shailene Woodley, Zachary Pinto, Scott Eastwood, Nicolas Cage, Melissa Leo, Timothy Olyphant, Tom Wilkinson. • (Coyle, The Associated Press — Sept. 16). 2 hour 18 minutes. BC / BM / TC

STORKS (PG): With storks now delivering packages for a global internet giant instead of babies, the company's top delivery stork races against time to drop an unauthorized baby girl before the corporate big-wigs find out. With the voices of Andy Samberg, Katie Crown, Jennifer Aniston, Kelsey Grammer, Keegan Michael-Key, Jordan Peele. 1 hour 40 minutes. BC / BM / NAM

SUICIDE SQUAD (PG-13): A team of dangerous incarcerated supervillains is assembled and armed by the U.S. government to wipe out a mysterious deadly force. With Will Smith, Viola Davis, Jared Leto, Margot Robbie, Jai Courtney. 2 hours 10 minutes. BM / NAM

SULLY (PG-13): Despite widespread praise for his courageous, heroic safe landing of a damaged passenger jet in New York's Hudson River, Capt. Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger faces a grueling investigation that could destroy his career and reputation. Director Clint Eastwood has sucked all the life out of Sullenberger's great feat with this weary parable that, as Eastwood has often done, pulls the curtain away from a celebrated public figure and reveals the inner trauma and sense of responsibility that lies inside a regular man thrust into an unwanted spotlight. With Tom Hanks, Aaron Eckhart. • (Coyle, The Associated Press — Sept. 10). 1 hour 36 minutes. BC / BM / NAM / TC

THE BEATLES — EIGHT DAYS A WEEK, THE TOURING YEARS (NR): Through archival clips. found footage, interviews, and other sources, Ron Howard's documentary follows the Fab Four on the road from 1963 through 1966. 2 hours 18 minutes. 2 hours 18 minutes. CT

THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN (PG-13): Desperate residents of an Old West mining town at the mercy of a greedy industrialist seek help from a bounty hunter who recruits a ragtag group of gunslingers. With Denzel Washington, Ethan Hawke, Chris Pratt, Vincent D'Onofrio, Peter Sarsgaard. 2 hours 13 minutes. BC / BM / NAM / TC

THE WILD LIFE (R0BINSON CRUSOE) (PG-13): When two conniving cats plot to take over an exotic paradise, the other birds and beasts form an alliance with the newest arrival on the island, a human being, Robinson Crusoe, who has washed up on shore, the sole survivor of a storm that destroyed his ship. With the voices of Matthias Schweighöfer, Ilka Bessin, Dieter Hallervorden, Kaya Yanar, Aylin Tezel, Laila Berzins. 1 hour 26 minutes. BM


The theaters at which the movies listed in Film Clips are playing are:

BC: Beacon Cinema (Pittsfield)

BM: Berkshire Mall 10 (Lanesborough)

CT: Crandell Theatre (Chatham, N.Y.)

IC: Images Cinema (Williamstown)

LC: Little Cinema (Berkshire Museum, Pittsfield)

NAM: North Adams Movieplex 8

TC: Triplex Cinema (Great Barrington)


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