Film Clips for March 11-17


A War (R): This 2016 Oscar nominee from Denmark focuses on a Danish army commander in Afghanistan and a fateful decision he is forced to make in combat that has dire consequences for him, his men and his family back home in Denmark. In Danish, with English subtitles. 1 hour 55 minutes. LC

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

Eddie the Eagle (PG-13): This true-life drama about an unlikely Olympics star is a lot like its subject: Eddie Edwards, an ungainly Englishman who, in 1988, became Great Britain's first Olympic ski jumper. Like this movie about him, Edwards wasn't especially good at what he was doing but his spirit was irresistible, a joke insisting upon being taken seriously. The film has charm to spare, especially in Taron Egerton's performance as Eddie. With Hugh Jackman. (Persall, Tampa Bay Times — Feb. 29). 1 hour 45 minutes. BM / NAM

Gods of Egypt (PG-13): With the help of a powerful god, a mortal hero undertakes a mission to defeat the god of darkness, who has usurped the throne of Egypt. This is just plain bad moviemaking, The plot is confusing, yet boring. The visuals look expensive, yet cheesily fake. And the performances are uninteresting, yet — well, they're just uninteresting. With Gerard Butler, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Brenton Thwaite, Courtney Eaton. • (Noveck, The Associated Press — Feb. 27). 2 hours 7 minutes. BM

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. BM

London Has Fallen (R): The funeral of the British Prime Minister — which is being attended by the leaders of the western world — is the pretext for a deadly scheme to kill the world's most powerful leaders, destroy every landmark in the city and provide a vision of a terrifying future. This bigger and dumber sequel to "Olympus Has Fallen" is jaw-droppingly shameless. So clichéd and over-the-top, all you can do is laugh. With Gerard Butler, Morgan Freeman, Aaron Eckhart, Angela Bassett. • (Bahr, The Associated Press — March 4). 1 hour 39 minutes. BC / BM / NAM

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. An interesting and promising departure from the genre, this drama looks and feels like a film that just happens to fit into the faith-based genre instead if a faith-based infomercial that sort of resembles a film — at least until, with the tribune's conversion, it devolves in story and artfulness and becomes more cheesy Sunday school commercial than film. With Joseph Fiennes. (Bahr, The Associated Press— Feb. 22). 1 hour 47 minutes. NAM

Son of Saul (R): Harrowing Academy Award-winning drama about a day and half in the life of a Sonderkommando — Jewish prisoners forced to assist the Nazis with the genocide — as he desperately tries to find someone in the camp at Auschwitz who will give a child a proper burial. This drama doesn't just get under your skin. It goes straight to the bloodstream, where it churns and festers as you try to make sense out of the senseless Holocaust and the plight of the Sonderkommando. With Géza Röhrig. In Hungarian, with English subtitles. • (Bahr, The Associated Press — March 4). 1 hour 47 minutes. IC / TC

Spotlight (R): Academy Award-winning 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. 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. With John Goodman, Mary Elizabeth Winsted, John Gallagher Jr. 1 hour 46 minutes. BC / BM / CT / NAM

The Brothers Grimsby (R): A dim-witted football hooligan teams with his brother, a highly skilled MI6 agent, to prevent a global terrorist attack. With Sacha Baron Cohen, Mark Strong, Isla Fisher, Rebel Wilson, Gibourney Sidibe. 1 hour 22 minutes. 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. 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. TC

The Revenant (R): Leonardo DiCaprio in his Academy Award-winning performance 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

The Witch (R): A family's banishment from a 17th century New England settlement after the patriarch's stubborn refusal to accept common law as above his own is the framework for this chilling, moody, psychological thriller — a kind of horror chamber piece, a stripped-bare prequel to the forces that propel Arthur Miller's "The Crucible" and Nathaniel Hawthorne's "The Scarlet Letter." With Anya Taylor-Joy, Ralph Ineson, Harvey Scrimshaw. (Coyle, The Associated Press — Feb. 20). 1 hour 32 minutes. IC

Whiskey Tango Foxtrot (R): A female reporter decides to shake up her life by 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. BC / BM / TC

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 / TC


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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