Film clips / Jan. 15-21


Alvin and the Chipmunks — The Road Chip (PG): The Chipmunks embark on a cross-country adventure in an attempt to break up their music manager's wedding plans. Jason Lee, Justin Long, Matthew Gray Gubler, Jesse McCartney, Bella Thorne. BM / NAM

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 this year. With Saoirse Ronan, Emory Cohen, Domhnall Gleeson. • (Bahr, The Associated Press — Nov. 28). 1 hour 51 minutes. BC

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

Codes — Debugging the Gender Gap: Documentary examining why more girls and people of color are not trying to take advantage of the plentiful opportunities in the high-tech industry. LC

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

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 Kevin Hart, Ice Cube,Olivia Munn, Tika Sumpter, Ken Jeong, Benjamin Bratt. BC / BM / NAM

Sisters (R): Faced with having one weekend to clean out the junk from their old bedroom in the family home when they learn it has been placed on the market, two sisters decide to throw a big bash to recapture the lost youth of their high school days. A brazenly crude farce about female arrested development that doesn't so much seek to rise above its ludicrous absurdity as much as ride it out. It's a bumpy ride. With Tina Fey, Amy Poehler. (Coyle, The Associated Press — Dec. 19, 2015). 1 hour 58 minutes. 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 / IC

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/ CT / 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 / NAM / TC

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 Hateful Eight (R): Eight travelers — two bounty hunters, one captured fugitive, a sheriff and four strangers — find themselves trapped by a blizzard at a stagecoach stop at a mountain pass in this new epic from Quentin Tarantino. The director eighth film is not for the faint of heart. But while cinema's favorite cinephile is up to some of his old tricks, this over three-hour-long drawing room thriller also feels like a step forward for the wayward enfant terrible — a step toward maturity. With Kurt Russell, Samuel L. Jackson, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Tim Roth, Michael Madsen. • (Bahr, The Associated Press — Jan. 2). 3 hours 7 minutes. BM / NAM

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. With John Krasinski, James Badge Dale, Pablo Schreiber, Max Martini, Toby Stephens, Dominic Fumusa. 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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