Film clips / Sept. 2-8


A BEAUTIFUL NOW (R): Drama about a dancer poised between reality and fantasy. 1 hour 30 minutes. LC

BAD MOMS (R): Three moms at the end of their tethers decide to start saying 'no' to things. The comedy has so many opportunities to be great, edgy and insightful but instead settles for the most milquetoast commentary possible on modern motherhood. With Mila Kunis, Kristin Bell, Kathryn Hahn. • (Bahr, The Associated Press — July 29). 1 hour 41 minutes. BC / BM / NAM

BEN-HUR (PG-13): Falsely accused of treason, a prince of Judea endures years of slavery to exact revenge against the Roman commander — a childhood friend — who brought the charges against him and destroyed his family. This reboot feels like an abbreviated, more Christ-centered take on William Wyler's 1959 multiple-Oscar winning epic. The violence is more graphic and the film also is 1 hour and 40 minutes shorter. But where Wyler's version is ultimately about family and unrequited romance, director Timur Bekmambetov is more interested in redemption and the words of Jesus Christ. Jack Huston, Tobey Kebbell, Morgan Freeman. 2 hours 5 minutes. NAM

DON'T BREATHE (R): A team of inept burglars is pitted against a blind war veteran who fights back when they break into his house in this well-plotted thriller wedded to a horror film. (Kennedy, The Associated Press — Aug. 27). 1 hour 26 minutes. BC / BM / NAM

DON'T THINK TWICE (R): The members of a New York improv troupe reexamine the dynamics among them when one of their group leaves for a job on an "SNL"-style TV show. With Michael Birbiglia, Keegan-Michael Key, Gillian Jacobs, Kate Micucci, Chris Bethard, Tami Sagher. 1 hour 32 minutes. TC

EQUITY (R): Drama about the clash between a female investment banker and a vigilant female federal prosecutor who is looking into corrupt financial practices. With Anna Gunn, Alysia Reiner. 1 hour 50 minutes. TC

FLORENCE FOSTER JENKINS (PG-13): Meryl Streep stars as a tune-challenged 1940s socialite whose ambition to become an opera star far outstripped her skills. Based on a true story, the film is almost as tone deaf as its heroine (filled by Streep with emotion, humanity and need). It champions artificiality in an era of authenticity and seems sympathetic to the clueless babble that vast amounts of money can create. With Hugh Grant. 1 hour 50 minutes. BC / CT / TC

HANDS OF STONE (R): Legendary trainer Ray Arcel comes out of retirement at age 72 to coach and mentor Panamanian boxer Roberto Duran and eventually prepare him for his bout against undefeated lightweight champion Sugar Ray Leonard. With Robert De Niro, Edgar Ramirez. 1 hour 45 minutes. BC

HELL OR HIGH WATER (R): A divorced father trying to make a better life for his son and his trigger-happy ex-convict brother engineer a series of robberies against the bank that is about to foreclose on the father's ranch. In hot pursuit is a Texas Ranger who, only weeks away from retirement, is not quite ready to vanish from the scene. With Chris Pine, Ben Foster, Jeff Bridges. 1 hour 42 minutes. BC

hunt for the wilderpeople (pg-13): A heavyweight foster kid from the city and his new reluctant foster father, who lives in the New Zealand countryside, trigger a national manhunt when try to evade child services and be taking off into the New Zealand wilderness. With Julian Dennison, Sam Neill, Rachel House, Rima Te Wiata, Rhys Darby. 1 hour 41 minutes. TC

JASON BOURNE (PG-13): The spy is back in action fighting a menacing network that uses technology to wield terror. Ten years after the last film in the series, Bourne is still brooding; director Paul Greengrass' hand-held camera is still frenetic; and the saga's lethal precision is still sharp. With Matt Damon, Tommy Lee Jones, Julia Stiles, Alicia Vikander, Vincent Casell. • (Coyle, The Associated Press — July 29). 2 hours 3 minutes. BM

KUBO AND THE TWO STRINGS (PG): When his world falls apart, young Kubo joins forces with Monkey and Beetle to uncover a secret legacy and do battle with Moon King and other gods to save his family. Propelled by imagination rather than might, "Kubo" is a quest of family and folktale through dazzling animated landscape. With the voices of Charlize Theron, Ralph Fiennes, Matthew McConaughey, Art Parkinson. (Coyle, The Associated Press — Aug. 22). 1 hour 41 minutes. BC / BM / NAM

LITTLE MEN (PG): Two 13-year-olds in Brooklyn develop a friendship against a growing feud between the father of one of them and the mother of the other. With Theo Tapitz, Michael Barbieri, Greg Kinnear, Jennifer Ehle, Paulina Garcia. 1 hour 25 minutes. IC

MECHANIC — RESURRECTION (R): Pulled back into the life he has left behind, Arthur Bishop (Jason Statham) is forced into a mission to assassinate the three most dangerous men in the world. With Jessica Alba, Tommy Lee Jones. 1 hour 39 minutes. BM

MORGAN (R): A highly advanced bio-engineered child runs amok in the top-secret lab in which she has been created. With Anna-Taylor Joy, Kate Mara. 1 hour 27 minutes. BM

PETE'S DRAGON (PG): Live-action reboot of the 1977 animated fantasy-adventure about a 10-year-old orphan who lives in the Oregon woods with a giant, friendly dragon and a young girl who sets out to find them. Quiet, sweetly sincere, "Pete's Dragon" has been confidently reborn as an earnest tale of green-winged wonder that maintains the feel of an American fable. With Bryce Dallas Howard, Robert Redford, Oakes Fegley, Oona Laurence. 1 hour 43 minutes. BM / NAM

SAUSAGE PARTY (R): Suddenly aware that they are fodder for humans, all the perishable food items on the shelves of a neighborhood grocery market devise a scheme to avoid their fate. Co-writers and co-producers Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg have used their singular and delightfully twisted imaginations to once more concoct what is easily the year's most audacious film. There is no one out there making comedies quite like Rogen and Goldberg. They are putting their definitive stamp on the modern American comedy one decency-smashing double entendre at a time. With the voices of Seth Rogen, Edward Norton, Kristen Wiig. • (Bahr, The Associated Press — Aug. 13). 1 hour 29 minutes. BM / NAM

SOUTHSIDE WITH YOU (PG-13): Nuanced and charming, this film about the fateful first date between future U.S. President Barack Obama (Parker Sawyers) and lawyer Michelle Robinson (Tika Sumpter) is a sunny, strolling odyssey through African American life in 1989, filtered through two future icons as they navigate the world around them and their place in it. (Coyle, The Associated Press — Aug. 27). 1 hour 24 minutes. TC

SUICIDE SQUAD (PG-13): A team of dangerous incarcerated supervillains is assembled and armed by the U.S. government to wipe out a mysterious deadly force. With Will Smith, Viola Davis, Jared Leto, Margot Robbie, Jai Courtney. 2 hours 10 minutes. BM / NAM

THE LIGHT BETWEEN OCEANS (PG-13): A childless couple living in an isolated lighthouse off the Australian coast makes a fateful decision to adopt a baby they find in an abandoned boat with a dead body. With Michael Fassbinder, Alicia Vikander, Rachel Weiz. 2 hours 12 minutes. BC / TC

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. BM

WAR DOGS (R): Two friends since childhood get in over their heads as novice international arms dealers when, with fighting still raging in Iraq, they land a $300 million deal to supply Afghan forces. With Jonah Hill, Miles Teller. 2 hours 29 minutes. BM / NAM


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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