Film clips: What's playing at local cinemas


Alvin and the Chipmunks — The Road Chip (PG): The Chipmunks embark on a cross-country adventure in an attempt to break up their music manager's wedding plans. Jason Lee, Justin Long, Matthew Gray Gubler, Jesse McCartney, Bella Thorne. BC / BM / NAM / TC

Brooklyn (PG-13): A young woman leaves her native Irish village, her mother and her sister to make a life for herself in New York in 1950. It's a story awash in muted pastel nostalgia about family and love and ambition and heritage and goodbyes. And it's one of the loveliest films to grace cinemas this year. With Saoirse Ronan, Emory Cohen, Domhnall Gleeson. • (Bahr, The Associated Press — Nov. 28). 1 hour 51 minutes. BC / TC

Creed (PG-13): Rocky Balboa agrees to come out of retirement to mentor and train the son of his former arch rival, the late boxing champion Apollo Creed. Starring the fairly irresistible team of Michael B. Jordan and Sylvester Stallone, this seventh film in the "Rocky" franchise shows it belongs in the ring with its predecessors from the very first moment. With a deftly crafted blend of smarts and corn, it earns our trust; going right to the edge with heartstring-tugging but not going over. (Noveck, The Associated Press — Nov. 28). 2 hours 12 minutes. BM / NAM

In the Heart of the Sea (PG-13): In 1820, a handful of crewman resorts to desperate measures to survive after a mammoth sperm whale wrecks their whaling vessel in a true episode that provided Herman Melville with the inspiration for "Moby Dick." Director Ron Howard's ambitions are as big as a whale; the results are an earnest shipwreck. With Chris Hemsworth, Tom Holland, Ben Whishaw, Brendan Gleeson, Benjamin Walker. (Bahr, The Associated Press — Dec. 12). 2 hours 2 minutes. BM / NAM

Krampus (PG-13): The members of a bickering family band together to save themselves from a terrible fate when the youngest son's curmudgeonly attitude toward Christmas unleashes a legendary horned beast who punishes naughty children at Christmastime. With Toni Collette, Emjay Anthony, Adam Scott, Stefania LaVie Owen. BM / NAM

Love the Coopers (PG-13): Four generations of a family gather for Christmas and the results are anything but calm. Pretty formulaic as far as Christmas dramedies go but days later, it's not the annoying jokes and tropes that linger (and there are many); it's the sweet sincerity of the film's strongest assets that rise above the chaos. With Diane Keaton, John Goodman, Olivia Wilde, Alan Arkin, Amanda Seyfried, Ed Helms, Marisa Tomei, Anthony Mackie. • (Bahr, The Associated Press — Nov. 16). 1 hour 47 minutes. NAM

Sisters (R): Faced with having one weekend to clean out the junk from their old bedroom in the family home when they learn it has been placed on the market, two sisters decide to throw a big bash to recapture the lost youth of their college days. With Tina Fey, Amy Poehler. BC / BM / NAM / TC

Spotlight (R): Drama based on the true story of the Boston Globe special investigative team that broke the story about sexual abuse in the Catholic Church. This is the kind of simmering process film that makes you root for the scrappy reporters to defy the tye system, their families and their town for the greater good. With Michael Keaton, Liev Schreiber, Mark Ruffalo, Rachel McAdams, Stanley Tucci, John Slattery, Brian d'Arcy James, Billy Crudup. Jamey Sheridan. • (Bahr, The Associated Press — Nov. 23). 2 hours 8 minutes. BC / TC

Star Wars — The Force Awakens (PG-13): The saga reboots with the first in a new sequel trilogy that picks up 30 years after "Return of the Jedi" (1983) leaves off. Review, D1. BC / BM/ CT / NAM / TC

The Good Dinosaur (PG): Separated from his parents by a storm that leaves him bruised and battered, a young dinosaur named Arlo teams up with Neanderthal boy named Spot for an epic journey to reunite Arlo with his family. A trippy, tripped up, wayward tale uncertain of its steps. • (Coyle, The Associated Press — Nov. 30). 1 hour 32 minutes. BM / NAM

The Hunger Games — Mockingjay Part 2 (PG-13): Katniss Everdeen and her closest friends leave District 13 with the aim of liberating Panem and assassinating President Snow. What should have been one movie has been stretched to two and it shows. The film is dull, infused with a sense of time passing. Clearly, the game is over. With Jennifer Lawrence, Liam Hemsworth, Josh Hutcherson, Julianne Moore, Donald Sutherland, Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Willow Shields, Jena Malone, Stanley Tucci. (Coyle, The Associated Press — Nov. 21). 2 hours 17 minutes. NAM

Trumbo (R): True-life drama chronicling screenwriter Dalton Trumbo's travails in 1947 before the House Committee on Un-American Activities and Hollywood's relentless campaign to blacklist writers and other artists the film community deemed un-American and Communist. With Bryan Cranston, Helen Mirren, Elle Fanning, Diane Lane, Louis C.K., John Goodman. Review, this page. IC

The Wonders (unrated): The dynamics of an overworked family of beekeepers in Italy's Tuscany region are thrown even further off-kilter with the arrivals of a troublesome teenage boy and a television crew looking for participants in a reality TV show. LC


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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