Film clips / Sept. 9-15


ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS — THE MOVIE (R): After they accidentally knock model Kate Moss into the Thames, killing her in the process, publicist Edina Monsoon and her best pal, Patsy Stone, seek refuge from the pursuing paparazzi in the French Riviera, where they hatch a scheme to make their escape permanent. With Jennifer Saunders, Joanna Lumley. 1 hour 31 minutes. CT

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

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

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. The most ready made of parent-kid bonding. With the voices of Ellen DeGeneres, Ty Burrell, Albert Brooks, Diane Keaton, Ed O'Neill, Eugene Levy, Kaitlin Olson, Idris Elba, Dominic West. (Coyle, The Associated Press — June 17). 1 hour 37 minutes. NAM

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 / 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 welterweight champion Sugar Ray Leonard. A solid film but you just can't help shake the feeling you've seen this before. With Robert De Niro, Edgar Ramirez. • (Bahr, The Associated Press — Sept. 5). 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 / TC

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

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. NAM

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. As a character, Morgan could have been a vehicle to explore so much more. But, in the title role, Anna-Taylor Joy is clearly capable, and establishes herself here as one to watch. With Kate Mara. (Cohen, The Associated Press — Sept. 3). 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

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. CT

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

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. With Tom Hanks. 1 hour 36 minutes. BC / BM / NAM / TC

THE LIGHT BETWEEN OCEANS (PG-13): A decision to raise a baby who has drifted ashore in a dinghy as their own has profound consequences for a childless couple who maintain a lighthouse off the coast of Australia in a film adaptation of M.L. Stedman's novel. Beautiful to see and with performances that are of the highest caliber, it's all packaged in a story that just doesn't earn its stay, or our tears. With Michael Fassbender, Alicia Vikander, Rachel Weisz. • (Bahr, The Associated Press — Sept. 5). 2 hours 12 minutes. BC / TC

THE WILD LIFE (R0BINSON CRUSOE) (PG-13): When two conniving cats plot to take over an exotic paradise, the other birds and beasts form an alliance with the newest arrival on the island, a human being, Robinson Crusoe, who has washed up on shore, the sole survivor of a storm that destroyed his ship. With the voices of Matthias Schweighöfer, Ilka Bessin, Dieter Hallervorden, Kaya Yanar, Aylin Tezel, Laila Berzins. 1 hour 26 minutes. BM / NAM

WHEN THE BOUGH BREAKS (PG-13): A promising future turns ominous when the surrogate mother hired by a young married couple develops a fixation on the husband as her pregnancy moves along. With Morris Chestnut, Regina Hall, Jaz Sinclair. 1 hour 47 minutes. BM

WIENER-DOG (R): Todd Solondz' offbeat comedy about a dachsund whose personality is shaped by a series of quirky owners. 1 hour 28 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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