Film clips for Jan. 22-28


Brooklyn (PG-13): A young woman leaves her native Irish village, her mother and her sister to make a life for herself in New York in 1950. It's a story awash in muted pastel nostalgia about family and love and ambition and heritage and goodbyes. And it's one of the loveliest films to grace cinemas. With Saoirse Ronan, Emory Cohen, Domhnall Gleeson. • (Bahr, The Associated Press — Nov. 28). 1 hour 51 minutes. BC / IC

Carol (R): In this period drama set in he 1950s, two women — one, affluent and in a failing marriage; the other, a department store clerk — form a bond that quickly turns to love and an affair that must, because of societal values, be kept secret. With Cate Blanchett, Rooney Mara. TC

Daddy's Home (PG): A kindhearted business executive trying to be the best stepfather to his wife's two daughters unexpectedly finds himself in a steadily escalating competition for their affection when his wife's ex-husband breezes back into town. If you've seen a preview — or even a poster — you know how this goes. With Will Ferrell, Mark Wahlberg, Linda Cardellini. •(Cohen, The Associated Press — Dec. 29, 2015). 1 hour 36 minutes. BM / NAM

Dirty Grandpa (R): One week away from marrying his boss's domineering daughter, an uptight lawyer is tricked by his foul-mouthed grandfather into accompanying him on a wild and woolly trip to spring break Daytona Beach, where the unfiltered senior citizen is determined to teach his grandson a thing or two about enjoying life to the max. With Zac Ephron, Robert De Niro, BC / BM

Heart of a Dog: Multi-disciplinary artist and musician Laurie Andferson reflects on life, loss, Buddhism and her dog in this documentary — her first film in 30 years. LC

Norm of the North (PG): Accompanied by his pals, a polar bear heads off to New York to stop an unscrupulous developer from building luxury condos in the Arctic. BM

Ride Along 2 (PG-13): A rookie cop hooks up with his future brother-in-law, a seasoned police detective, to take down a violent drug lord in Miami. With the same brand of silliness and a bit more creativity than the original, this action-comedy doesn't pretend to be anything more than what it is — a sequel designed to offer a second helping of what worked the first time around. With Kevin Hart, Ice Cube, Olivia Munn, Tika Sumpter, Ken Jeong, Benjamin Bratt. (Cohen. The Associated Press —Jan/ 16). 1 hour 41 minutes. BC / BM / NAM

Spotlight (R): Drama based on the true story of the Boston Globe special investigative team that broke the story about sexual abuse in the Catholic Church. This is the kind of simmering process film that makes you root for the scrappy reporters to defy the system, their families and their town for the greater good. With Michael Keaton, Liev Schreiber, Mark Ruffalo, Rachel McAdams, Stanley Tucci, John Slattery, Brian d'Arcy James, Billy Crudup. Jamey Sheridan. • (Bahr, The Associated Press — Nov. 23, 2015). 2 hours 8 minutes. BC / 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. BC / BM/ NAM / TC

The Big Short (R): Seeing what insiders don't about the impending collapse of the global market, four outsiders decide to take a bold risk. An enjoyable, frightful, passionate rant of a movie; a rollicking, outrage-filled odyssey through the financial collapse of 2008. With Steve Carell, Christian Bale, Ryan Gosling, Brad Pitt. 2 hours 10 minutes. BC / TC

The Boy (PG-13): Strange things begin happening shortly after a young American woman arrives in a remote Canadian village to begin a new job as nanny for an 8-year-old boy — in fact, a life-size doll cared for her by her new employers as if it were real as a means of coping with the death of their own son 20 years earlier. BM / NAM

The Fifth Wave (PG-13): In the search for her lost brother, a young woman forms an alliance with a stranger to turn back an invasion of aliens who are determined to wipe out the human race. BM / NAM

The Forest (PG-13): A young American woman's search for her twin sister, who has disappeared, leads her to Japan and a legendary forest at the base of Mount Fuji where the tormented souls of the dead prey on those who stray off a so-called "safe path." Rife with unbearable dialogue, cheap jump scares and far too familiar imagery which makes the whole experience instantly forgettable. With Natalie Gormer, Taylor Kinney. • (Bahr, The Associated Press — Jan. 11). 1 hour 35 minutes, BM

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. BC / BM / CT / NAM/ TC

13 Hours — The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi (R): Six members of a high security team defend the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya against an attack by Islamic militants. A bombastic, vulgar and often thrilling exercise in red, white and blue machismo that relies too much on romanticized video games and corny sentimentality to be a great film. With John Krasinski, James Badge Dale, Pablo Schreiber, Max Martini, Toby Stephens, Dominic Fumusa. • (Bahr, The Associated Press — Jan. 16). 2 hours 24 minutes. BM


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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