Film clips | April 8-14


Batman v Superman — Dawn of Justice (PG-13): Convinced that Superman has become a threat to humanity, Batman embarks on a personal mission to end his supremacy while arch villain Lex Luthor launches his own scheme to bring down the Man of Steel. This thundering and grim offering saga offers the kind of blunt, mano-a-mano faceoff usually reserved for Predators, Godzillas and presidential candidates. And just as has often been said of this election year, "Batman v Superman" takes a once almost charming tradition and plunges it into the gutter. With Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Jesse Eisenberg, Jeremy Irons, Gal Gadot, Amy Adams, Jason Mamoa. • (Coyle, The Associated Press — March 25). 2 hours 33 minutes. BC / BM / CT / NAM / TC

Demolition (R): As a grieving investment banker tries to reassemble his life in the wake of the death of his wife in an automobile accident, he begins forming a friendship with a vending machine company customer service rep and her son. With Jake Gyllenhaal, Naomi Watts, Chris Cooper. 1 hour 40 minutes. TC

Eye in the Sky (R): The moral stakes are raised when a drone strike ordered against a group of terrorists in Nairobi, Kenya is affected by an unforeseen element. With Helen Mirren, Alan Rickman. 1 hour 42 minutes. BC / TC

God's Not Dead 2 (PG): A high school teacher's answer to a student's question about Jesus leads to a potential career-ending court case. With Melissa Joan Hart, Hayley Orrantia. 2 hours 1 minute. BM

Hardcore Henry (R): Told from the viewer's perspective, this action film brings you back from the dead by your wife. Before you know it, you are being shot at and your wife has been kidnapped by a warlord. 1 hour 35 minutes. BM / NAM

Hello, My Name is Doris (R): As she approaches 70, a woman whose personal life is as untidy and unkempt as her home and manner of dress finds passion and renewal in an unlikely relationship with a new co-worker who is nearly 40 years her junior. What starts big and broad shifts into something more complex, fueled by a movingly real title-role performance by Sally Field that reveals itself incrementally. With Max Greenfield, Natasha Lyonne, Stephen Root, Tyne Daly, Beth Behrs, Wendi McLendon-Covey. (Dargis, New York Times — March 26). 1 hour 35 minutes. BC / TC

Miracles From Heaven (PG): Everything changes for a fatally ill 10-year-old girl after she survives a fall from a tree and tells her family and doctors about a visit to heaven while she was unconscious. Billed as being "based on real events," some of the film's best qualities are in depicting elements of life. But, armed with star power and a full barrage of sentimentality, the course of this attempt to expand the reach of the faith-based film a little beyond the flock is never in doubt. With Jennifer Garner, Queen Latifah, Martin Henderson, Kylie Rogers. (Coyle, The Associated Press — March 19). 1 hour 49 minutes. BM / nam

My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 (PG-13): Fourteen years after "My Big Fat Greek Wedding," a stunning family secret brings the Portokalos family together again for another wedding. A tired pastiche of what seem like the same gags we heard the first time. What seemed quirky and funny in the original is exaggerated to un-funny extent here. With Nia Vardalos, John Corbett, Lainie Kazan, Andrea Martin, Michael Constantine, Elena Kampouris, Rita Wilson, John Stamos. • (Noveck, The Associated Press — March 26) 1 hour 34 minutes. BC / BM / NAM

10 Cloverfield Lane (PG-13): A woman wakes up after a terrible accident in a well-supplied underground bunker where she is being held by a doomsday fanatic who insists the world outside is uninhabitable following an apocalyptic event. If you're easily creeped out by unbearable tension and constant fear, not to mention intense claustrophobia, then bring snacks, an old sweatshirt or a good friend's arm to chew on. With John Goodman, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, John Gallagher Jr. • (Noveck, The Associated Press — March 14). 1 hour 46 minutes. BM / NAM

The Boss (R): Released from prison after having been convicted and sentenced for insider trading, a once self-centered giant of industry tries to prove to everyone that she genuinely has made herself over for the better. With Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Bell, Kathy Bates, Tyler Labine, Peter Dinklage. 1 hour 39 minutes. BC / BM / NAM

The Divergent Series — Allegiant (PG-13): Tris and Four escape the wall surrounding Chicago and find a whole new world outside. Dystopian Chicago might be in disarray, but it's also become as dull as Tris' shapeless, grey Abnegation frocks from the first of the three films in this four-film series. Unless the filmmakers try and shake things up for the next and final film, this series might just end up being as forgettable as these duds, too. With Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Ansel Elgort, Miles Teller, Zoe Kravitz, Naomi Watts, Jeff Daniels. (Bahr, The Associated Press — March 18). 2 hours 1 minute. BM

The Lady in the Van (PG-13): Maggie Smith stars as a homeless woman living in a van parked in the driveway of British playwright Alan Bennett. Smith's performance is not only virtuosic but indispensable in grounding the various loose threads of the story. She makes this impossible character impossible to resist from the outset. (Wiegand, San Francisco Chronicle — Feb. 20). 1 hour 43 minutes. LC

Whiskey Tango Foxtrot (R): A female television news reporter shakes up her life by willingly taking an assignment in Afghanistan. The film offers a fresh look at the adrenaline-laced lifestyle of war correspondents and a timely criticism of TV news. And it delivers some laughs too. With Tina Fey, Margot Robbie, Billy Bob Thornton, Martin Freeman, Josh Charles. (Cohen, The Associated Press — March 5). 1 hour 51 minutes. IC

Zootopia (PG): The first bunny to serve on the police force of this mammal metropolis is determined to prove herself by cracking an important case, even if it means teaming with a wily fox to do it. Boasting a pitch-perfect voice cast, this 3D caper expertly combines keen wit with a gentle, and very timely, message of inclusivity and empowerment. The engaging result should easily appeal to all creatures great and small. With the voices of Ginnifer Goodwin, Jason Bateman, Idris Elba, J.K. Simmons, Tommy Chong, Shakira. (Rechtshaffen, The Hollywood Reporter — March 5). 1 hour 48 minutes. BC/ BM / NAM


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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