Film Clips for Feb. 19-25

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Deadpool (R): A rogue experiment leaves a former Special Forces operative tortured and disfigured but with accelerated healing powers and a sardonic sense of humor — qualities he draws upon as he sets out to gain revenge against the man who has left him this way. Starts out strong with a cheeky self-awareness. But that wears thin very quickly as this very R-rated bad boy property of the Marvel world seems to have matured to only a fifth grade level in its humor, wit and ideas about subversion. With Ryan Reynolds, Ed Skrein. • (Bahr, The Associated Press — Feb. 12). 1 hour 48 minutes, BC / BM / NAM

45 Years (R): The exposure of a deep and long-held secret threatens to unravel a couple's marriage on the eve of their 45th anniversary. With Charlotte Rampling, Tom Courtenay. TC

Hail, Caesar! (PG-13): The Coen brothers' new comedy traces the travails of a 1951 Hollywood studio executive who has to come up with a $100,000 ransom for the return of a kidnapped star. The film is by no means the Coens' best, but it's in some ways their most essential — a loving satire and merciless ode to moviemaking, where hapless souls serve no higher power than the Hollywood machine. With George Clooney, Scarlett Johansson, Josh Brolin, Channing Tatum, Ralph Fiennes, Tilda Swinton, Jonah Hill, Frances McDormand. (Coyle, The Associated Press — Feb. 5). 1 hour 46 minutes. BC / CT / NAM / TC

How to Be Single (R): Ready to take a break from a longstanding relationship, a young woman, fresh out of college, moves to New York for a job as a paralegal and hooks up with a fun-loving, freewheeling co-worker who shows her all that the city's single scene has to offer. A mild and fittingly discombobulated ode to singlehood that plays like a "Sex in the City" spinoff. With Dakota Johnson, Rebel Wilson, Alison Brie, Leslie Mann. • (Coyle, The Associated Press — Feb. 15). 1 hour 50 minutes. BC / BM / NAM

Kung Fu Panda 3 (PG): As Po makes the transition from student to teacher and reunites with his father, he must train a group of fun-loving panda warrior novices and prepare them to face a formidable enemy. The evocative visuals are accompanied by just enough heart, witty dialogue and kid-friendly humor to make this an all-around extremely satisfying third installment in the popular series. With the voices of Jack Black, Dustin Hoffman, J.K. Simmons, Bryan Cranston. (Noveck, The Associated Press — Feb. 1). 1 hour 35 minutes. BC / BM / NAM

Race (PG-13): Drama based on the true story of African-American track-and-field star Jesse Owens as he prepares to compete for the United States in the 1936 Olympics in Berlin. With Stephan James, Jason Sudeikis, Jeremy Irons. 2 hours 14 minutes. BC / BM

Risen (PG-13): A hardened Roman military tribune reaches a crossroad in his life when he is asked to take charge of the investigation into what happened to Jesus after the Crucifixion. With Joseph Fiennes. 1 hour 47 minutes. BM / NAM

Star Wars — The Force Awakens (PG-13): The saga reboots with the first in a new sequel trilogy that picks up 30 years after "Return of the Jedi" (1983) leaves off. The big news — spoiler alert! — is that it's good. Despite the prerelease hype, it won't save the world, not even Hollywood, but it seamlessly balances cozy favorites and new kinetic wows along with some of the niceties that went missing as the series grew into a phenomenon, most crucially a scale and a sensibility that is rooted in the human. Director J.J. Abrams may not have the makings of a god or empire builder like George Lucas but he turns out to be what this stagnant franchise needs — a "Star Wars" superfan and pop culture savant. (Dargis, New York Times — Dec. 18, 2015). 2 hours 15 minutes. NAM

The Choice (PG-13): Drama based on Nicholas Sparks' novel about the romance that develops between an easygoing ladies' man with no use for a lasting relationship and a feisty medical student who is about to settle down with her boyfriend of long standing. The 11th screen adaptation of one of Sparks' novels is like fondue. As such, some will eagerly dig in while others are likely to find it too sticky and overly rich. With Benjamin Walker, Teresa Palmer. (Cohen, The Associated Press — Feb. 8). 1 hour 50 minutes. BM

The Danish Girl (R): Drama based on the novel by David Ebershoff about Danish portrait artist Einar Wegener who, in the mid-1920s, with the loving support of his wife, undergoes one of the first sex reassignment surgeries. With Eddie Redmayne, Alicia Vikander. 2 hours. IC

The Finest Hours (PG-13): Drama based on a true story about the 1952 rescue mission of a four-man boat of Coast Guardsmen sent from Cape Cod to save the crew of the USS Pendleton, an oil tanker that a brutal winter storm has broken in half off the coast of Nantucket. With Chris Pine, Casey Affleck. BM

The Lady in the Van (PG-13): Maggie Smith stars as a homeless woman who lived for 15 years in a van parked in the driveway of British playwright Alan Bennett. 1 hour 43 minutes. TC

The Revenant (R): Leonardo DiCaprio stars as 19th century American frontiersman Hugh Glass, who, left for dead by his hunting companions after being mauled by a bear, uses his survival skills to track down the men who abandoned him. Some of the most ravishing filmmaking of the year, or any year. But awe is the only thing "The Revenant" is well-stocked in. The film's photographic showiness earns your admiration, only to lose it by continually insisting upon it. With Tom Hardy. (Coyle, The Associated Press — Jan. 8). 2 hours 36 minutes. NAM

Trumbo (R): True-life drama chronicling screenwriter Dalton Trumbo's travails in 1947 before the House Committee on Un-American Activities and Hollywood's relentless campaign to blacklist writers and other artists the film community deemed un-American and Communist. With Bryan Cranston, Helen Mirren, Elle Fanning, Diane Lane, Louis C.K., John Goodman. 2 hours 4 minutes. CT / TC

Where to Invade Next (R): Michael Moore's new documentary finds the filmmaker traveling overseas to examine how various European cultures regard a variety of everyday issues — work, education, sex, inequality — and what distinguishes their attitudes from how life is viewed in the United States. 1 hour 59 minutes. TC

Zoolander 2 (PG-13): Two male models set out to thwart a plot to kill the world's most beautiful people. Like the original 15 years ago, this sequel aims at being silly and ridiculous — only more so. And yet "more so" ends up being the problem. This sequel ups the ante so aggressively and relentlessly that you may find yourself pining for a relaxing night in front of a 2000-era TV, watching the original on a VHS tape. With Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson. (Noveck, The Associated Press — Feb. 13). 1 hour 42 minutes. BC / BM / NAM

Legend

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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