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Here's what's playing at area movie theaters and what's streaming on virtual screening programs offered by non-profit, year-round, independent cinemas in the Berkshires and environs. Where films have been reviewed, the capsules include the name of film critic and the day the full review was posted on All reviews are by Associated Press critics.


Based on the tragic "honor killing" of Hatun Aynur Surucu in Berlin in 2005, this film portrays the short life of a free spirited young woman living with an ultra-conservative Turkish Muslim family in Berlin. Aynur escapes the abusive family and struggles to attain independence, only to be shot to death by her youngest brother shortly before she is set to move away. With Almila Bagriacik, Aram Arami. In German, with English subtitles. 1 hour, 37 minutes.TC


Two would-be rockers from San Dimas, Calif., are once told they'd save the universe during a time-traveling adventure, but find themselves as middle-aged dads still trying to crank out a hit song and fulfill their destiny. Out of luck and inspiration, Bill and Ted set out on another time travel adventure to seek the song that will set their world right and bring harmony in the universe as we know it. With Keanu Reeves, Alex Winter, William Sadler, Samara Weaving, Brigette Lundy-Paine, Anthony Carrigan. 1 hour, 18 minutes. NAM


Filmmaker Don Millar examines the life and works of Colombian artist and sculptor Fernando Botero. 1 hour, 24 minutes. TC


This fully authorized feature documentary reveals the absolute instigator of Rock and Roll, with exclusive access, including first ever, contributions from Mrs. Berry and the Berry family. 1 hour, 37 minutes. VC


A world-famous conductor (played by "Toni Erdmann`s" Peter Simonischek) accepts a job to create an Israeli-Palestinian youth orchestra to perform at a peace conference. The two factions continue to spar both on- and offstage, while the conductor presses the young people to put aside their hatred at least for the three weeks leading up to the climactic concert. In English, and German. 1 hour, 52 minutes.TC


A man's obsession with owning the designer deerskin jacket of his dreams leads him to turn his back on his humdrum life in the suburbs, blow his life savings, and even turn him to crime. TC


Using new archival sources and unprecedented access to key players on both sides, master documentarian Barbara Kopple ("Harlan County, USA") reveals the true story behind one of the most daring rescues in modern US history: a secret mission to free hostages captured during the 1979 Iranian revolution. 1 hour, 47 minutes. VC


Filmmaker Elizabeth Carroll examines the vibrant and unconventional life of Diana Kennedy, widely regarded as the world's leading expert on Mexican cuisine. 1 hour, 21 minutes. TC


Artist Matt Furie, creator of the comic character Pepe the Frog, begins an uphill battle to take back his iconic cartoon image from those who used it for their own purposes. 1 hour, 32 minutes. IO


Jim Caviezel plays an American journalist/blogger who is kidnapped while attending a conference in the Middle East. Taken hostage by the Iranian regime, he is put on trial for trumped-up charges of espionage. His wife, who works for the State Department, quickly realizes that the American government can do nothing. Feeling desperate and alone, she goes to Iran to try to free him herself. With Stelio Savante, Hal Ozsan, Claudia Karvan, Bijan Daneshmand. 1 hour, 47 minutes. RBM


Filmed at the 1958 Newport Jazz Festival in Rhode Island and directed by world-renowned photographer Bert Stern, Jazz on a Summer's Day features intimate performances by an all-star line-up of musical legends including Louis Armstrong, Thelonious Monk, Gerry Mulligan, Anita O'Day, Chuck Berry, Dinah Washington, and closes with a beautiful rendition of The Lord's Prayer by Mahalia Jackson at midnight to usher in Sundaymorning. VC


This documentary charts the mostly forgotten story of how Carter, a lover of all types of music, forged a tight bond with musicians Willie Nelson, the Allman Brothers, Bob Dylan and others. Low on campaign funds and lacking in name recognition, Carter relied on support from these artists to give him a crucial boost in the Democratic primaries. Once Carter was elected, the musicians became frequent guests in the White House. The surprisingly significant role that music played throughout Carter's life and in his work becomes a thread in this engaging portrait of one of the most enigmatic Presidents in American history.1 hour, 36 minutes. VC


In the heart of New York's Chinatown, an ornery, chain-smoking, newly widowed 80-year-old Grandma (Tsai Chin) is eager to live life as an independent woman, despite the worry of her family. When a local fortune teller (Wai Ching Ho) predicts a most auspicious day in her future, Grandma decides to head to the casino and goes all in, only to land herself on the wrong side of luck... suddenly attracting the attention of some local gangsters. Desperate to protect herself, Grandma employs the services of a bodyguard from a rival gang (Corey Ha) and soon finds herself right in the middle of a Chinatown gang war. 1 hour, 27 minutes. TC


Ever since the dawn of time, the Minions have lived to serve the most despicable of masters. From the T-Rex to Napoleon, the easily distracted tribe has helped the biggest and the baddest of villains. Now, join protective leader Kevin, teenage rebel Stuart, and lovable little Bob on a global road trip. They'll earn a shot to work for a new boss, the world's first female supervillain, and try to save all of Minionkind from annihilation. With Pierre Coffin, Sandra Bullock, Michael Keaton, Steve Carell, Geoffrey Rush, Jennifer Saunders, Allison Janney, Steve Coogan, Jon Hamm. 1 hour, 31 minutes. NAM


Werner Herzog turns the camera on himself and his decades-long friendship with the late travel writer Bruce Chatwin, a kindred spirit whose quest for ecstatic truth carried him to all corners of the globe. Herzog's deeply personal portrait of Chatwin, illustrated with archival discoveries, film clips, and a mound of "brontosaurus skin," encompasses their shared interest in aboriginal cultures, ancient rituals, and the mysteries stitching together life on earth. 1 hour, 30 minutes. IO / VC


Throughout his life, Maleonn has viewed his career-consumed father, Ma Ke Liang, former artistic director of the Shanghai Chinese Opera Theater, with a mix of admiration and resentment. When, at 82, Ma Ke is diagnosed with Alzheimer's, his son struggles to communicate his feelings. Gripped by a sense of time running out, Maleonn seeks out the common ground between their starkly divergent artistic mediums and practices, pouring his emotions into creating a fantastical stage performance. In Mandarin with English subtitles. 1 hour, 26 minutes. IO


A sly, sultry character study from filmmaker Justine Triet, "Sibyl" follows a psychotherapist (Virginie Efira) who decides to quit her practice and return to writing instead. As Sibyl starts dropping patients, she begins to struggle with excess time and a lack of inspiration - until she gets a call from Margot (Adele Exarchopoulos), a young actress wrapped up in a dramatic affair with her costar, Igor (Gaspard Ulliel), who happens to be married to the film's director (Sandra H ller). Becoming further enmeshed in Margot's life, Sibyl starts to blur past and present, fiction with reality, and the personal with the professional as she begins to use Margot's life as source material for her novel. In French and English with English subtitles. 1 hour, 41 minutes. VC


Alan is a stylish tailor with moves as sharp as his suits. He has spent years searching tirelessly for his missing son Michael who stormed out over a game of Scrabble. With a body to identify and his family torn apart, Alan must repair the relationship with his youngest son Peter and solve the mystery of an online player who he thinks could be Michael, so he can finally move on and reunite his family. With Bill Nighy, Louis Healy, Sam Riley, Alice Lowe, Jenny Agutter. 1 hour, 31 minutes. TC


Laika, a stray dog, was the first living being to be sent into space and thus to a certain death. According to a legend, she returned to Earth as a ghost and has roamed the streets of Moscow ever since. Filmed from a dog's perspective, "Space Dog" accompanies the brutal adventures of her descendants: two street dogs living in today's Moscow. In Russian, with English subtitles. 1 hour, 31 minutes. VSR


Armed with only one word, Tenet, and fighting for the survival of the entire world, a Protagonist journeys through a twilight world of international espionage on a mission that will unfold in something beyond real time. With John David Washington, Robert Pattinson, Elizabeth Debicki, Kenneth Branagh, Michael Caine, Himesh Patel. 2 hours, 30 minutes. NAM / RBM


On the one hand, the film sticks faithfully to genre tropes. It's about break-ups and romance in a fairy-tale New York where young characters have absurd jobs like turning an old YMCA into a boutique hotel in Brooklyn. None of the movie's sheen or its sentimental story line leading to love will surprise you. But 25-year-old Australian actress Geraldine Viswanathan, as an aspiring gallerist named Lucy who obsessively collects mementos of former relationships, enlivens the material, crafting a rom-com protagonist of constant humor and self-deprecation who endlessly spouts lines like, when her mind is blown by good news, "What, did I drop acid and this is my ego death?" With Phillipa Soo, Molly Gordon, Utkarsh Ambudkar, Dacre Montgomery. (Coyle — 9/11). 1 hour, 49 minutes. RBM


Five young mutants, just discovering their abilities while held in a secret facility against their will, fight to escape their past sins and save themselves. With Maisie Williams, Anya Taylor-Joy, Charlie Heaton, Alice Braga, Blu Hunt, Henry Zaga. 1 hour, 40 minutes. RBM


It's not hard to draw a straight line from Charles Dickens to Armando Iannucci. In each there's a passion for human frailty and absurdity, and, above all, a richness of people. Nobody filled pages with a vivid cast of characters like Dickens, so who better to take a shot at "David Copperfield" than the man behind the teeming ensembles of "Veep," "In the Loop" and "The Death of Stalin"? In his third film as director, Iannucci has turned to Dickens' most quintessential and autobiographical novel with the same zeal he previously reserved for political parody. "The Personal History of David Copperfield" is one of the more lively, colorful and whimsical Victorian costume dramas you're likely to see. It's a movie flowing with fresh air, which isn't something normally said of adaptations of 700-something-page books. Dev Patel winningly plays Copperfield, once out of childhood with wide-eyed wonder, always alive to the world around him, if generally rather mystified by it. it's also an exuberantly optimistic film celebrating the life force of art and eccentricity. Who couldn't use a little of that right now. With Ben Whishaw, Tilda Swinton, Peter Capaldi, Hugh Laurie, Rosalind Eleazar, Benedict Wong. (Coyle — 9/11). 1 hour, 59 minutes. NAM / RBM


Seventeen-year-old Franz journeys to Vienna to apprentice at a tobacco shop. There he meets Sigmund Freud (Bruno Ganz), a regular customer, and over time the two very different men form a singular friendship. When Franz falls desperately in love with the music-hall dancer Anezka, he seeks advice from the renowned psychoanalyst, who admits that the female sex is as big a mystery to him as it is to Franz. As political and social conditions in Austria dramatically worsen with the Nazis' arrival in Vienna, Franz, Freud, and Anezka are swept into the maelstrom of events. Each has a big decision to make: to stay or to flee? With Simon Morze, Bruno Ganz, Emma Drogunova, Johannes Krisch. 1 hour, 57 minutes. TC / VSR


A young woman is terrorized by a seemingly unstable stranger following a road rage incident. With Russell Crowe, Caren Ptsrius, Gabriel Bateman, Jimmi Simpson, Austin P. McKenzie. 1 hour, 30 minutes. RBM


Adam (Charlie Plummer), appears to be your typical young adult — a little unkempt with raging hormones and excited about a future pursuing his dream of becoming a chef. Expelled halfway through his senior year, Adam is diagnosed with a mental illness that he keeps secret at his new school. Living in constant fear of being exposed, Adam finds a soulful, comforting connection in Maya (Taylor Russell), an outspoken and fiercely intelligent girl who inspires him to open his heart and not be defined by his condition. With the love and support of his newfound romance and family, Adam is hopeful for the very first time that he can see the light and triumph over the challenges that lie ahead. With Andy Garcia, AnnaSophia Robb, Beth Grant, Devin Bostick, Lobo Sebastian, Molly Parker, Walton Goggins. 1 hour, 51 minutes. RBM


The virtual sites and movie theaters listed in Film Clips are:

NAM: North Adams Movieplex 8 (86 Main St., North Adams)

IO: Images Online (Images Cinema, Williamstown —

RBM: Regal Berkshire Mall (Route 8, Lanesborough)

TC: Triplex Cinema (Great Barrington

VC: Virtual Cinema (The Moviehouse, Millerton, N.Y. —

VSR: Virtual Screening Room (Crandell Theatre, Chatham. N.Y. —


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