Film clips / June 17 - 23

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A Bigger Splash (R): A rock star recovering from vocal cord surgery on a sunny Sicilian island with her boyfriend gets an unexpected visit from a former lover and his seductive daughter. For 90 minutes, this drama floats along as a relaxed exploration of four quirky characters and the shifting ties that bind them. Then, suddenly and shockingly, it turns into a psychological thriller for the last half hour. It's a shift that feels uneasy and a little bit forced, but, by then, you've been lulled into a second-glass-of-wine feeling. Your defenses are down and you're ready to flow to the end — even though you have a feeling you're going to be left a little unsatisfied. With Tilda Swinton, Ralph Fiennes, Dakota Johnson, Matthias Schoenaerts. (Noveck, The Associated Press — June 10). 2 hours 4 minutes. TC

Alice Through the Looking Glass (PG): After a year sailing the high seas, Alice returns to London and once again plunges into Underland where, this time, she becomes involved in a mission to save the Mad Hatter and help him find his family before Time runs out. Director James Bobin trudges on through the lushly designed world answering questions we never asked. With Mia Wasikowska, Johnny Depp, Anne Hathaway, Helena Bonham Carter, Rhys Ifans. • (Bahr, The Associated Press — May 28). 1 hour 53 minutes. BM

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. With Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart. 1 hour 54 minutes. BC / BM / NAM

City of Gold (R): Pulitzer Prize-winning Los Angeles Times food critic Jonathan Gold leads moviegoers on an offbeat, colorful exploration of L.A.'s rich, ethnic diversity as defined by its food and neighborhoods. 1 hour 31 minutes. 1 hour 31 minutes. LC

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. With the voices of Ellen DeGeneres, Ty Burrell, Albert Brooks, Diane Keaton, Ed O'Neill, Eugene Levy, Kaitlin Olson, Idris Elba, Dominic West. 1 hour 37 minutes. BC / BM / CT / NAM / TC. REVIEW, D7

Love & Friendship (PG): In writer-director Walt Stillman's adaptation of Jane Austen's epistolary novel, "Lady Susan," an attractive widow uses her temporary residence at the estate of her in-laws to secure a husband for herself and a future for her unwilling daughter. Immaculate in her appearance and delivery of Stillman's well-crafted prose, Kate Beckinsale, as the heartless Lady Susan Vernon, is effortless and commanding in every scene. With ChloĆ« Sevigny, Xavier Samuel. • (Cohen, The Associated Press — June 4). 1 hour 32 minutes. BC / TC

Maggie's Plan (R): A young woman's plan to have a baby on her own crumbles when she falls in love with a professor, destroying his marriage in the process. With Greta Gerwig, Ethan Hawke, Bill Hader, Julianne Moore. 1 hour 38 minutes. TC

Me Before You (R): A wealthy young man from London who is left paralyzed by a car accident forms an unexpected bond with the young woman from a small town who is hired as his caregiver. A slam dunk for fans of the book upon which the movie is based, who will be crying from the first scene. For the rest of us, it's a bit of a harder sell. With Emilia Clarke, Sam Claflin. (Noveck, The Associated Press — June 3). 1 hour 50 minutes. BM / NAM

Now You See Me 2 (PG-13): Turning up in Macau after fleeing the U.S,, the illusionists known as The Four Horsemen land in trouble again, this time when a hi-tech wiz forces them to steal a chip that can dominate the world. This magician heist movie disappears with not a poof, but, in a hyperkinetic blur of hectic plot mechanics, ceaselessly nattering characters and so many ploys of misdirection that the film's own direction got lost up someone's sleeve long ago. With Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Daniel Radcliffe, David Franco, Lizzy Caplan. (Coyle, The Associated Press — June 11). 2 hours 9 minutes. BC / BM / NAM

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles — Out of the Shadows (PG-13): The turtles are in action again, this time against supervillain Shredder, who allies with a mad scientist and cohorts. A Saturday morning cartoon on Michael Bay steroids. The kids can have it. (Bahr, The Associated Press — June 6). 1 hour 52 minutes. BM / NAM

The Angry Birds Movie (PG): Three outlier birds on an island populated entirely by happy, flightless birds take charge of finding out what a group of visiting green piggies is up to. Based on a video puzzle game, this animated feature doesn't quite achieve the relative superiority of "The Lego Movie" but it's definitely not terrible and even surprisingly fun and heartfelt at times. With the voices of Jason Sudeikis, Josh Gad, Maya Rudolph. • (Bahr, The Associated Press— May 21). 1 hour 37 minutes. BM / NAM

The Conjuring 2 (R): A married couple who are paranormal investigators come out of a self-imposed sabbatical and travel to a small English village to meet with a single mother of four who claims that something evil is going on in her house. With Patrick Wilson, Vera Farmiga. 2 hours 14 minutes. BC / BM / NAM

The Lobster (R): Dark comedy set in a dystopian culture in which the lonely and divorced are rounded up in a white van and brought to a resort, where they are given 45 days to find a mate or be turned into an animal of their choosing. With Colin Farrell, Rachel Weisz, John C. Reilly, Ben Whishaw. 1 hour 59 minutes. IC. review, d7

The Man Who Knew Infinity (PG-13): In 1913, a brilliant East Indian mathematician travels to England to work with a renowned professor. With Dev Patel, Jeremy Irons. 1 hour 54 minutes. TC

Warcraft (PG-13): A civil war rages within the orc race over whether to align with or eliminate humans in this fantasy-action movie based on a popular video game. For anyone unfamiliar with the fantasy game's characters and story lines, this CGI epic is little more than eye candy, a visual spectacle with a backbone of well-trod genre tropes. With Daniel Wu, Tobey Kebbell, Dominic Cooper. (Cohen, The Associated Press — June 13). 2 hours 3 minutes. BM

X-Men — Apocalypse (PG-13): Raven and Professor X lead a squad of young X-Men against the superpower mutant, Apocalypse, who, after being dormant for thousands of years, has awakened and recruited a team of powerful mutants to cleanse mankind and create a world order answerable to him. For those who know the characters, the payoff is big. But that's not to say this isn't a fun flick on its own, with grand scope, great special effects and it doesn't require knowledge of its predecessors to enjoy. With James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Oscar Isaac. • (Cohen, The Associated Press — May 28). 2 hours 27 minutes. BM / NAM

Legend

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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