Film Clips / July 15-21


CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE (PG-13): Two former high school classmates — one, a trim and fit CIA agent who was bullied in school for being overweight; the other, a fast-talking accountant who misses his high school glory days as an athlete — run into each other at a reunion and team up to help save the United States' compromised spy satellite system. This buddy action-comedy doesn't pack many big laughs, but it is likely to keep a smile on your face for the duration. A satisfyingly sweet summer distraction that should only improve with time and repeat viewings. With Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart. • (Bahr, The Associated Press — June 18). 1 hour 54 minutes. BM

FINDING DORY (PG): With a little help from her friends, Dory, a blue tang fish with short term memory loss, sets off in search of her parents, from whom she was separated as a child. The most ready made of parent-kid bonding. With the voices of Ellen DeGeneres, Ty Burrell, Albert Brooks, Diane Keaton, Ed O'Neill, Eugene Levy, Kaitlin Olson, Idris Elba, Dominic West. (Coyle, The Associated Press — June 17). 1 hour 37 minutes. BC / BM / NAM

GHOSTBUSTERS (PG-13): A paranormal expert, a physicist, an engineer and a native New Yorker who knows the city inside out team up to do battle with the swarm of mischievous ghouls who have descended on the Big Apple in this remake of Ivan Reitman's beloved, offbeat 1984 comedy. With Melissa McCarthy, Kristin Wiig, Kate McKinnon, Leslie Jones, Chris Hemsworth, Sigourney Weaver. 1 hour 57 minutes. BC / BM / CT / NAM / TC

INDEPENDENCE DAY — RESURGENCE (PG-13): An alien invasion of unprecedented force threatens the Earth despite sophisticated defense mechanisms put in place after the events in "Independence Day." With Liam Hemsworth, Jeff Goldblum, Bill Pullman, Judd Hirsch, Vivica A. Fox. 2 hours. BM / NAM

MIKE AND DAVE NEED WEDDING DATES (R): Hard partying brothers go online to find dates for a sister's wedding in Hawaii. With Zac Efron, Adam Devine, Anna Kendrick, Aubrey Plaza, Stephen Root. 1 hour 38 minutes. BC / BM / NAM

OUR KIND OF TRAITOR (R): The dreary life of a poetics professor vacationing in Morocco perks up after he is swept into a scheme involving a charismatic Russian gangster and British intelligence in this adaptation of a novel by John LeCarré. Director Susanna White makes a lot of strange choices and, in the end, not much of the movie makes sense. Despite all its twists, it has none of the moral and political outrage that might have elevated this genre story into a LeCarré one. With Ewan McGregor, Stellan Skarsgård, Naome Harris, Damien Lewis. (Scott, New York Times — July 4). 1 hour 47 minutes. TC

SWISS ARMY MAN (R): Offbeat comedy about a young man stranded on a deserted island who becomes lost in the wilderness with his new, and only, companion — a gassy talking corpse that's washed up on shore. With Paul Dano, Daniel Radcliffe. 1 hour 35 minutes. IC

THE BFG (PG): An orphan is captured by a giant — the Big Friendly Giant, it turns out — and taken to a land crawling with much larger giants who like the taste of human beings. Steven Spielberg's adaptation of Roald Dahl's beloved 1982 book is not just some pleasant romp into the world of giants. It's an honest-to-goodness, gut punch of a journey, crackling with heart, uncertainty, and overflowing with all-out wonder. With Ruby Barnhill, Mark Rylance. • (Bahr, The Associated Press — July 2). 1 hour 57 minutes. BM / NAM

THE INFILTRATOR (R): A federal agent in 1986 goes underground, posing as a slick money-laundering businessman, to expose and take down the trafficking network of a dangerous Colombian drug lord. With Bryan Cranston, Diane Kruger, John Leguizamo, Benjamin Bratt. 2 hours 20 minutes. BC / TC

THE LEGEND OF TARZAN (PG-13): Ten years after his discovery in Africa, Tarzan — known now as John Clayton III — and his wife, Jane, have settled into a civilized life in England. They are lured back to the Congo, unwitting targets of a kidnapping and diamonds scheme engineered by King Leopold II of Belgium and executed by his envoy, Capt. Leon Rom. Tarzan's relevance has drifted over time. This film's main suspense is watching it twist and contort a century-old property into something meaningful. With Alexander Skarsgard, Margot Robbie, Samuel L, Jackson, Christoph Waitz. (Coyle, The Associated Press — July 4). 1 hour 42 minutes. BC / BM / NAM

THE PURGE — ELECTION YEAR (R): U.S. Senator and presidential candidate Charie Roan has made purge abolition her life's cause after having survived the slaughter of her family years earlier. Now, as the annual purge is about to begin, Roan and her security chief are caught on the streets of Washington, D.C. as they try to hook up with a band of purge dissidents. This third chapter in the "Purge" series meanders from horror movie images and effects into the kind of straightforward action that shares DNA with westerns and platoon pictures of old. With Elizabeth Mitchell, Frank Grillo, Mykelti Washington, Joseph Julian Sora, Betty Gabriel. (Scott, New York Times — July 5). 1 hour 43 minutes. BM / NAM

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. BC / BM / NAM / TC

THE SHALLOWS (PG-13): A woman surfing off a secluded beach must use all her ingenuity to reach shore — only 200 yards away — when she realizes she is stranded in the feeding ground of a great white shark. With Blake Lively. 1 hour 27 minutes. NAM

THE STANFORD PRISON EXPERIMENT: Drama based on the true story of a sociological and psychological experiment conducted 40 years ago in which 24 young men out of a group of 75 were selected and given randomly assigned roles as prisoners and guards in a mock prison in the basement of the Stanford University psychology building. 2 hours 2 minutes. LC


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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