Film clips: What's playing at local cinemas

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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. BC / BM / NAM

Grandma (R): Offbeat movie about a wisecracking grandma and her teen granddaughter, racing around in a beat-up car to find $600 by nightfall. A brisk, bittersweet and moving film, rightfully devoted to displaying the singular talent of Lily Tomlin, especially her striking ability to fuse acerbity and crankiness with empathy and humanity, and to find the essential lovability way down to the core of an unlikable person. With Julia Garner, Marcia Gay Harden, Sam Elliott, Laverne Cox. LC

In the Heart of the Sea (PG-13): In 1820, a group of crewman resort 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." With Chris Hemsworth, Tom Holland, Ben Whishaw, Brendan Gleeson, Benjamin Walker. 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

Macbeth (R): Michael Fassbender stars as the ambitious Scottish lord and Marion Cotillard is his equally ambitious wife in this new take on Shakespaere's tragedy. IC

Room (R): A spirited 5-year-old and his mother struggle to break free of the locked room in which they have been held captive alkl the boy's life. With Brie Larson, Jacob Tremblay. CT / TC

Spectre (PG-13): On a mission to find the daughter of an old nemesis, James Bond penetrates the center of SPECTRE and discovers a chilling connection between himself and its leader. Handsome and riveting as it often is, this newest, globetrotting installment in the 007 series opens with a doozy of a sequence during a Day of the Dead celebration in Mexico City but never again reaches such heights. • With Daniel Craig, Christoph Waltz, Léa Seydoux, Ben Whishaw, Ralph Fiennes, Monica Bellucci, Naome Harris. • (Coyle, The Associated Press — Nov. 7). 2 hours 28 minutes. BC / BM / NAM

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

Suffragette (PG-13): A working wife and mother in early 20th century Britain is drawn into a diverse group of women actively fighting for women's equality and the right to vote. With Carey Mulligan, Meryl Streep, Helena Bonham Carter, Ben Whishaw. CT / 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. BC / 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. BC / BM / NAM

The Night Before (R): In a last hurrah as one of them prepares to become a first-time father, three lifelong buddies who gather each Christmas Eve to mark the holiday with a bang, prepare to end their decade-long tradition with a debauched celebration to end all debauched celebrations. A coming-of-age stoner-buddy comedy with warm holiday cheer. Make no mistake; it's still a silly romp with dope smoke and dumb jokes, but the performances are solid and there's some surprising sentiment behind the wacky antics. With Seth Rogen, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Anthony Mackie. • (Cohen, The Associated Press — Nov. 23). 1 hour 41 minutes BM / BAM

The Peanuts Movie (G): The gang's all here doing what comes naturally in this charmer of a big-screen debut as Charlie Brown tries to deal with his feelings for The Little Red-Headed Girl and Snoopy takes on the Red Baron and tries to win the heart of Fifi, a beautiful young pilot. The Peanuts gang stays true to their original selves and the sweetness is satisfyingly old-fashioned. (Cohen, The Associated Press — Nov. 9). 1 hour 32 minutes. BM

Legend

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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