Film clips / May 6-12

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A Hologram for the King (R): An enterprising American businessman enlists the aid of an attractive doctor and a wisecracking cab driver to close a once-in-a-lifetime deal in Saudi Arabia. With Tom Hanks, Sarita Choudhury, Alexander Black. 1 hour 38 minutes. TC

Barbershop — The Next Cut (PG-13): Calvin and his crew are still in business but the friendly barbershop now has a distinctive female presence. And as the neighborhood takes a dramatic downturn, the barbershop crew and its regulars, male and female, band together to save the shop and the community. Though this third film in the franchise comes a dozen years after part two, "Barbershop: The Next Cut" is as colorful and clever as its predecessors. There are some new faces and new elements (an attached beauty salon) but the energy, subtle social commentary and big-hearted laughs are the same. With Ice Cube, Common, Nicki Minaj, Cedric the Entertainer, Eve, Michael Rainey, Jr. (Cohen, The Associated Press — April 18). 1 hour 52 minutes. NAM

Batman v Superman — Dawn of Justice (PG-13): Convinced that Superman has become a threat to humanity, Batman embarks on a personal mission to end his supremacy while arch villain Lex Luthor launches his own scheme to bring down the Man of Steel. This thundering and grim offering saga offers the kind of blunt, mano-a-mano faceoff usually reserved for Predators, Godzillas and presidential candidates. And just as has often been said of this election year, "Batman v Superman" takes a once almost charming tradition and plunges it into the gutter. With Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Jesse Eisenberg, Jeremy Irons, Gal Gadot, Amy Adams, Jason Mamoa. • (Coyle, The Associated Press — March 25). 2 hours 33 minutes. NAM

Captain America — Civil War (PG-13): When mounting collateral damage forces the UN to oversee the Avengers and make them accountable for their actions, the team splits into two factions — one led by Steve Rogers/Captain America. who is determined to have the Avengers continue to operate unimpeded; the other by Tony Stark/Iron Man, who sees nothing wrong with the Avengers operating under oversight. With Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Anthony Mackie. 2 hours 26 minutes. BC / BM / CT / NAM / TC

Everybody Wants Some (R): Director Richard Linklater's newest opus follows a group of 1980s college baseball players as they adjust to the dynamics of unsupervised life on the weekend before classes begin. With Zoey Deutch, Blake Jenner, Tyler Hoechlin, Ryan Guzman. 1 hour 56 minutes. IC

Eye in the Sky (R): The moral stakes are raised when a drone strike ordered against a group of terrorists in Nairobi, Kenya is affected by an unforeseen element. A lean thriller, played out compellingly in real time, that puts the moral calculus of drone warfare in its crosshairs. With Helen Mirren, Alan Rickman. (Coyle, The Associated Press — April 1). 1 hour 42 minutes. BC

Keanu (R): Two mild-mannered guys will do anything to retrieve their irresistible kitten when it is kidnapped by a gang of thugs. This satisfyingly ridiculous and consistently funny big screen debut for Jonathan Peele and Keegan-Michael Key is their love letter to 1990s action movies. Driving a minivan and chasing a cat, they enter a movie land populated by Hollywood clichés of black men, and emerge ludicrous triumphant heroes. (Coyle, The Associated Press — April 30). 1 hour 40 minutes. BC / BM

Miles Ahead (R): Don Cheadle directed, co-wrote and stars in this biopic about troubled jazz artist Miles Davis, focusing on a time in the 1970s when the down-and-out, drug-addicted musician is trying to retrieve a new session tape from his producers. With Ewan MacGregor. Review, this page. 1 hour 40 minutes. TC

Mother's Day (PG-13): An ensemble comedy from director Garry Marshall about a group of seemingly unrelated people who are each trying to come to terms with their relationships with their mothers. The third and worst installment in Marshall's trio of starry ensemble holiday rom-coms ("Valentine's Day," "New Year's Eve"). Mom really deserves better. With Julia Roberts, Jennifer Aniston, Kate Hudson, Jason Sudeikis. (Cohen, The Associated Press — April 30). 1 hour 58 minutes. BC / BM

Ratchet & Clank (PG): Based on the Playstation video game, this animated feature teams a lombax with a robot as they join forces with the Galactic Rangers to foil a plan by the evil alien Chairman Drek to destroy planets. 1 hour 34 minutes. BM

The Animation Show of Shows: Eleven international shorts highlighting some of the newest techniques in film animation. Curated by Ron Diamond. LC

The Boss (R): Released from prison after serving her sentence for insider trading, a once self-centered giant of industry tries to prove to everyone that she genuinely has made herself over for the better. The film has a promising enough blueprint for comedy but the material isn't on star Melissa McCarthy's level. The laughs are largely cheap and once again this hall-of-fame comic actress is stuck in a minor-league movie. With Kristen Bell, Kathy Bates, Tyler Labine, Peter Dinklage. (Coyle, The Associated Press — April 9). 1 hour 39 minutes. BM

The Huntsman — Winter's War (PG-13): With an army of huntsmen as her protectors, a young woman with the ability to freeze her enemies in ice wages war against her evil sister/queen, who betrayed her. A de-imagining of "Snow White" that has no ideas at all, just second-hand, half-baked concepts. With Charlize Theron, Emily Blunt, Chris Helmsworth, Jessica Chastain. (Scott, New York Times — April 23). 2 hours 3 minutes. BM / NAM

The Jungle Book (PG): Forced to leave the jungle he has known all his young life, a man-cub named Mowgli embarks on a fateful journey of discovery, guided by a panther-mentor and a freewheeling bear. Easily the most visually dazzling movie to hit theaters in years. A true family-friendly adventure that's smart and often thrilling. With Neel Sethi and the voices of Bill Murray, Ben Kingsley, Idris Elba, Lupita Nyong'o, Scarlett Johansson. (Bahr, The Associated Press — April 18). 1 hour 45 minutes. BC / BM / NAM / 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. BM / NAM

Legend

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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