Film clips


Bridge of Spies (PG-13): A New York insurance lawyer and family man gets more than he bargained for when he is recruited by the CIA to go to Berlin to negotiate with the Russians for the release of downed U-2 pilot Gary Powers who has been sentenced to 10 years in Soviet prison in exchange for captured Russian agent Rudolf Abel. Director Steven Spielberg continues to defy our skeptical movie expectations with his unexpected details and choices. He has a point of view, he has a plan, and he remains in a class of his own in his ability to both execute those ambitions and entertain in the process. With Tom Hanks, Mark Rylance, Alan Alda, Amy Ryan. (Bahr, The Associated Press — Oct. 19). 2 hours 22 minutes. BC / BM / NAM / TC

Burnt (R): A former top American chef in Paris whose career fell apart because of drugs and alcohol gets a second chance at earning a third Michelin star when his former maitre d' hires him as head chef for his London restaurant. Hampered by a thoroughly unlikable character (the best thing Bradley Cooper has going for him in the leading role are his bright blue eyes), narrative loose ends, clunky explanatory dialogue and a love interest (Sienna Miller) who behaves as no real woman would. (Cohen, The Associated Press — Oct. 31). 1 hour 40 minutes. BC / BM

Goosebumps (PG): When a teen accidentally unleashes the beasts from R.L. Stine's popular books, he teams up with Stine and Stine's lovely teenage daughter to get them back. The good intentions and faithfulness to the spirit of the author comes at the expense of some important filmmaking things, such as pacing and character development. With Dylan Minnetta, Odeya Rush, Jack Black. (Hartlaub, San Francisco Chronicle — Oct. 19). 1 hour 42 minutes. BM / NAM

He Named Me Malala (PG-13): Documentary about teenage Pakistani Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Malala Yousafzi, who was nearly killed by the Taliban after speaking out on behalf of girls' education in her country. Deft, affecting and powerful. (Farber, Hollywood Reporter — Oct. 9). 1 hour 28 minutes. NAM

Hotel Transylvania 2 (PG): With business at his hotel humming, Dracula turns his attention to his half-human grandson and enlists the aid of his friends to help his grandson realize the potential of his vampire genes. Some notable upgrades have been made to the original. As a result, the cast and returning director Genndy Tartakovsky have more to sink their teeth into, with pleasing results. (Rechtshaffren, The Hollywood Reporter — Sept. 26). 1 hour 29 minutes. BM / NAM

Mr. Holmes (PG): Retired, nearing the end of his life and plagued by a porous memory, Sherlock Holmes (Ian McKellan) revisits the case that caused his retirement with the aid of his housekeeper's son. With Laura Linney. LC

Our Brand is Crisis (R): Two bitterly rival American political consultants go to work for opposing candidates in Bolivia's presidential race. Undeniably entertaining, the film also is a conundrum, At times, it seems like a funny and penetrating political satire. At others, it's trying to be a much weightier morality tale. It all rests on Sandra Bullock as a damaged, ruthless political consultant. She is fun to watch. her brand is Bullock and it works pretty well. With Billy Bob Thornton, Anthony Mackie. • (Noveck, The Associated Press — Oct. 31). 1 hour 47 minutes. BC / BM

Paranormal Activity — The Ghost Dimension (R): A video camera is the gateway to a series of strange events in a family's new home. With Chris J. Murray, Brit Shaw, Olivia Taylor Dudley. NAM

Rock the Kasbah (R): Dumped in Kabul, Afghanistan by his last client, a washed-up rock manager discovers a promising young talent — a Pashtun teenager with a remarkable voice whose ambition is to become the first female to compete on the Afghanistan equivalent of "American Idol." Director Barry Levinson tries to weave this story into a complex tapestry of satire and sincerity but comes up instead with a big knotted mess. With Bill Murray, Zooey Deschanel, Kate Hudson, Bruce Willis. • (Bahr, The Associated Press — Oct. 26). 1 hour 40 minutes. NAM

Scout's Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse (R): On the eve of their last camp-out, three scouts try to save their town from an invasion of zombies. NAM

Spectre (PG-13): On a mission to find the daughter of an old nemesis, James Bond penetrates the center of SPECTRE and discovers a chilling connection between himself and his enemy. With Daniel Craig, Christoph Waltz, Monica Bellucci. BC / BM / CT / NAM / TC

The Last Witch Hunter (PG-13): An immortal witch hunter is all that stands between mankind and a plot by the combined covens of New York to destroy mankind with a plague. With Vin Diesel, Rose Leslie, Elijah Wood, Michael Caine. BM / NAM

The Martian (PG-13): Presumed dead after a fierce storm and left behind by his peers, an American astronaut uses his wits to survive on Mars while NASA and the members of his team plot a daring rescue. Director Ridley Scott has crafted an exciting, hopeful story about humanity at its best. With Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, Jeff Daniels, Kristin Wiig, Chiwetel Ejiofor. • (Cohen, The Associated Press — Oct. 3). 2 hours 21 minutes. BC / BM / NAM / TC

The Peanuts Movie (G): The gang's all here as Charlie Brown tries to deal with his feelings for The Little Red-Headed Girl and Snoopy takes on the Red Baron and tries to win the heart of Fifi, a beautiful young pilot. BC / BM / NAM

Truth (R): Crisp, absorbing drama based on the controversy that swirled around CBS news anchor Dan Rather's "60 Minutes" report on President George W. Bush's Texas Air National Guard service. With Robert Redford, Cate Blanchett, Elisabeth Moss, Dennis Quaid, Topher Grace, David Lyons. (Noveck, The Associated Press — Oct. 30) IC


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

BC: Beacon Cinema (Pittsfield)

BM: Berkshire Mall Cinema 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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