Film Clips / Aug. 19 - 25

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BAD MOMS (R): Three moms at the end of their tethers decide to 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. BM / CT / NAM

BEN-HUR (PG-13): Falsely accused of treason, a prince of Judea endures years of slavery to exact revenge against the Roman commander — a childhood friend — who brought the charges against him and destroyed his family. Jack Huston, Tobey Kebbell, Morgan Freeman. 2 hours 5 minutes. BM / NAM

CAFÉ SOCIETY (PG-13): A young man leaves New York for the glitz and tinsel of 1930s Hollywood only to return to New York trailing disappointment in this new comedy from Woody Allen. A meandering look at lost love that is split between the highball-sipping, fur-wearing elite nightclubs of Manhattan with Hollywood in the '30s. We never spend enough time in either location to care about anyone there and so the film comes off disjointed and disconnected. With Kristen Stewart, Jesse Eisenberg, Steve Carell, Corey Stoll. (Kennedy, The Associated Press — July 30). 1 hour 36 minutes. TC

DON'T THINK TWICE (R): The members of a New York improv troupe reexamine the dynamics among them when one of their group leaves for a job on an "SNL"-style TV show. With Michael Birbiglia, Keegan-Michael Key, Gillian Jacobs, Kate Micucci, Chris Bethard, Tami Sagher. 1 hour 32 minutes. IC

FLORENCE FOSTER JENKINS (PG-13): Meryl Streep stars as a tune-challenged 1940s socialite whose ambition to become an opera star far outstripped her skills. Based on a true story, the film is almost as tone deaf as its heroine (filled by Streep with emotion, humanity and need). It champions artificiality in an era of authenticity and seems sympathetic to the clueless babble that vast amounts of money can create. With Hugh Grant. 1 hour 50 minutes. BC / TC

GHOSTBUSTERS (PG-13): A paranormal expert, a physicist, an engineer and a New Yorker subway worker team up to do battle with the swarm of mischievous ghouls who have descended on the Big Apple in this spirited reboot of Ivan Reitman's beloved, offbeat 1984 original. Director Paul Feig's film may be a feminist milestone, but it's also simply a breezy good time. With Melissa McCarthy, Kristin Wiig, Kate McKinnon, Leslie Jones, Chris Hemsworth, Sigourney Weaver. (Coyle, Associated Press — July 18). 1 hour 57 minutes. BM

JASON BOURNE (PG-13): The spy is back in action fighting a menacing network that uses technology to wield terror. Ten years after the last film in the series, Bourne is still brooding; director Paul Greengrass' hand-held camera is still frenetic; and the saga's lethal precision is still sharp. With Matt Damon, Tommy Lee Jones, Julia Stiles, Alicia Vikander, Vincent Casell. • (Coyle, The Associated Press — July 29). 2 hours 3 minutes. BM / NAM / TC

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. With the voices of Charlize Theron, Ralph Fiennes, Matthew McConaughey, Art Parkinson. 1 hour 41 minutes. BC / BM / NAM

NINE LIVES (PG): A workaholic businessman trapped inside the body of a cat he has bought as a present for his 11-year-old daughter has one week to reconnect with his family or else live the rest of his life as an adorable feline named Mr. Fuzzypants. With Kevin Spacey, Jennifer Garner, Malina Weissman, Christopher Walken. 1 hour 27 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. BC / BM / NAM

SAUSAGE PARTY (R): Suddenly aware that they are fodder for humans, all the perishable food items on the shelves of a neighborhood grocery market devise a scheme to avoid their fate. Co-writers and co-producers Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg have used their singular and delightfully twisted imaginations to once more concoct what is easily the year's most audacious film. There is no one out there making comedies quite like Rogen and Goldberg. They are putting their definitive stamp on the modern American comedy one decency-smashing double entendre at a time. With the voices of Seth Rogen, Edward Norton, Kristen Wiig. • (Bahr, The Associated Press — Aug. 13). 1 hour 29 minutes. BC / BM / NAM

STAR TREK BEYOND (PG-13): A surprise attack launched by a lizard-like dictator who sucks the life out of his enemies forces the Enterprise to crash-land on a hostile planet where Kirk, Spock and the rest of the crew must survive against an alien race while trying to find a way off the planet. With Zachary Quinto, Chris Pine, Idris Elba. 2 hours 2 minutes. BM

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. BC / BM / NAM / TC

THE SECRET LIFE OF PETS (PG): The inside scoop on the daily lives our pets lead when we aren't there. With the voices of Louis C.K., Kevin Hart, Lake Bell, Eric Stonestreet, Ellie Kemper. 1 hour 30 minutes. NAM

WAR DOGS (R): Two friends since childhood get more than they bargain for when, with fighting still raging in Iraq, they become international arms dealers and land a $300 million deal to supply Afghan forces. With Jonah Hill, Miles Teller. 2 hours 29 minutes. BC / BM / NAM

WHEN MARNIE WAS THERE (PG): Animated feature about the friendship that develops between a young girl sent to the countryside for health reasons and a girl with flowing blonde hair whom she meets there. 1 hour 43 minutes. LC

Legend

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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