Film Clips / Oct. 7-13

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BLAIR WITCH (R): Seventeen years after three student filmmakers disappear, the brother of one of them and some friends venture back into Maryland's Black Hills Forest to find out what happened. 1 hour 29 minutes. BM

BRIDGET JONES'S BABY (R): This latest and probably last screen incarnation finds the character back where she started — alone and single. And yet you have to wonder. A decade and a half on, does Bridget still have a place in a popular culture where the carbonated dreamland of romantic comedy is hardening into a sexual battleground and the very notion of a Prince Charming seems an increasingly ludicrous anachronism? The film trades on nostalgia for the characters' quaint misbehavior and silly fantasies of yesteryear. Crinkly eyed and adorable at 47, Renee Zellweger plays a more poised and confident Bridget, still chasing what she calls "happily ever after." But the question nags. What planet does she think she inhabits? The London shown here might as well be Planet C, as in cute. With Colin Firth, Patrick Dempsey. (Holden, New York Times — Sept. 19). 2 hours 3 minutes. NAM

DEEPWATER HORIZON (PG-13): True-life drama chronicling the heroic efforts of first responders and the crew on the BP oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico to contain one of the biggest man-made disasters in history. The story of the aftermath, even six years later, is still being written. The how-did-it-happen is another thing, and the point of director Peter Berg's thrilling indictment of the greed and gross negligence that contributed to the horrific outcome. With Mark Wahlberg, Kate Hudson, John Malkovich, Kurt Russell, Dylan O'Brien, Gina Rodriguez. • (Bahr, The Associated Press — Oct. 1). 1 hour 47 minutes. BC / BM / NAM

MASTERMINDS (PG-13): A bored armored car driver pulls off a $1.7 million, only to be double-crossed by the gang that hatched the scheme. On the lam, evading police and a hit man, he plots his revenge. With Zach Galafiankis, Kristen Wiig, Owen Wilson. 1 hour 36 minutes. BM / NAM

MIDDLE SCHOOL — THE WORST YEARS OF MY LIFE (PG): Transferred to a middle school where everyone is expected to follow the rules, a mischievous youth with a fertile imagination and antipathy to authority takes on the school's authoritarian principal and bullies. 1 hour 32 minutes. BC / BM

MISS PEREGRINE'S HOME FOR PECULIAR CHILDREN (PG-13): Left clues to a mystery spanning time and different worlds by his grandfather, a young boy stumbles across a magical place that has mysteries of its own, not to mention formidable enemies. Directed by Tim Burton, from the novel by Ransom Riggs. Sweet, with some mind-blowing visual effects, it's the perfect film for your young disaffected mutant friends. With Eva Green, Asa Butterfield, Ella Purnell. (Kennedy, The Associated Press — Sept. 30). 2 hours 7 minutes. BC / BM / NAM / TC

STORKS (PG): With storks now delivering packages for a global internet giant instead of babies, the company's top delivery stork races against time to drop an unauthorized baby girl before the corporate big-wigs find out. The movie doesn't have enough to hang itself on; the premise is too flimsy and that old question "Where do babies come from?" remains oddly avoided, even in a child-friendly way. With the voices of Andy Samberg, Katie Crown, Jennifer Aniston, Kelsey Grammer, Keegan Michael-Key, Jordan Peele. (Cotle, The Associated Press — Sept. 24). 1 hour 40 minutes. BM / NAM

SULLY (PG-13): Despite widespread praise for his courageous, heroic safe landing of a damaged passenger jet in New York's Hudson River, Capt. Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger faces a grueling investigation that could destroy his career and reputation. Director Clint Eastwood has sucked all the life out of Sullenberger's great feat with this weary parable that, as Eastwood has often done, pulls the curtain away from a celebrated public figure and reveals the inner trauma and sense of responsibility that lies inside a regular man thrust into an unwanted spotlight. With Tom Hanks, Aaron Eckhart. • (Coyle, The Associated Press — Sept. 10). 1 hour 36 minutes. BC / BM / NAM / TC

THE BIRTH OF A NATION (R): Drama based upon the true story of Nat Turner, a literate slave and preacher in Virginia who, in 1831, led a violent rebellion. With Nate Parker, Gabrielle Union, Armie Hammer. 2 hours 30 minutes. BC / BM / CT / IC / TC

THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN (R): Believing she witnessed something horrible happen in the backyard of a seemingly perfect couple from a train window, a woman begins her own investigation even as she begins to doubt her own memory. With Emily Blunt, Rebecca Ferguson, Haley Bennett, Justin Theroux, Luke Evans. 1 hour 52 minutes. BC / BM / TC

THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN (PG-13): Desperate residents of an Old West mining town at the mercy of a greedy industrialist seek help from a bounty hunter who recruits a ragtag group of gunslingers. The pieces are there but they never quite come together in this dutiful, solid rehashing. With Denzel Washington, Ethan Hawke, Chris Pratt, Vincent D'Onofrio, Peter Sarsgaard. 2 hours 13 minutes. • (Bahr, The Associated Press — Sept. 23). BM / NAM

THE SALT OF THE EARTH (PG-13): The life and work of photographer Sebastião Salgado, who has spent the better part of 40 years chronicling deprived cultures in hidden-away areas of the world, is the subject of this documentary. 1 hour 50 minutes. LC

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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