Film clips / Sept. 30 — Oct. 6


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. BM / 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. With Mark Wahlberg, Kate Hudson, John Malkovich, Kurt Russell, Dylan O'Brien, Gina Rodriguez. 1 hour 47 minutes. BC / BM / NAM

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. IC

LONDON ROAD: Screen adaptation of the London National Theatre production of an offbeat musical about the impact on the residents of Ipswich, England when five prostitutes are found murdered in their community and one of the local residents is arrested and convicted for the crimes. With Tom Hardy, Olivia Coleman, Anita Dobson. 1 hour 31 minutes. IC

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

MISS PEREGRINE'S HOME FOR PECULAIR CHILDREN (PG-13): Left clues to a mystery spanning time and difrerent 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. With Eva Green, Asa Butterfield, Ella Purnell. 2 hours 7 minutes. BC / BM / NAM / TC

SNOWDEN (R): Edward Snowden. who cast himself as the hero in his own spy movie, gets the real thing in director Oliver Stone's Hollywoodized biopic of the National Security Agency whistleblower. The surprise is that Stone, master of left-wing political thrillers, plays it fairly straight. "Snowden" isn't a liberal screed. or at least not an overt one. It's a sincere, straightforward biopic that, at its worst, verges on hagiography, With Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Shailene Woodley, Zachary Pinto, Scott Eastwood, Nicolas Cage, Melissa Leo, Timothy Olyphant, Tom Wilkinson. • (Coyle, The Associated Press — Sept. 16). 2 hour 18 minutes. BC / BM / CT

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. BC / 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 BEATLES — EIGHT DAYS A WEEK, THE TOURING YEARS (NR): Through archival clips. found footage, interviews, and other sources, Ron Howard's documentary follows the Fab Four on the road from 1963 through 1966. 2 hours 18 minutes. 2 hours 18 minutes. 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). BC / BM / NAM / TC

THE GOONIES: Two brothers and their friends go an a treasure hunt and try to ward off some bad guys in the process. With Sean Astin, Corey Feldman, Josh Brolin. 1 hour 54 minutes. LC

WELCOME TO ME (R): When a young woman with borderline personality disorder wins the lottery, she goes off her meds and buys her own talk show, which she uses to broadcast her particular views on a range of issues from nutrition to relationships and neutering pets. With Kristen Wiig, Wes Bentley, Tim Robbins, Joan Cusack, Jennifer Jason Leigh. 1 hour 27 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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