Film Whose Streets

In this Aug. 18, 2014, photo, people march in protest for Michael Brown, who was killed by police Aug. 9, in Ferguson, Mo. The film, "Whose Streets?” looks at the aftermath of the shooting death of Michael Brown and the uprising that followed.

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Here's what's playing at area movie theaters and streaming on the virtual screens offered by non-profit, year-round, independent cinemas in the Berkshires and environs — OCT. 23-29. Where films have been reviewed, the capsules include the name of film critic and the day the full review was posted on berkshireeagle.com. All reviews are by Associated Press critics.

2 HEARTS (PG-13)

When illness strikes two people who are polar opposites, life and death bring them together in surprising ways. With Jacob Elordi, Adan Canto, Tiera Skovbye, Radha Mitchell. 1 hour, 40 minutes. NAM

AGGIE

This feature-length documentary explores the nexus of art, race, and justice through the story of art collector and philanthropist Agnes “Aggie” Gund’s life. Emmy-nominated director Catherine Gund focuses on her mother’s journey to give viewers an understanding of the power of art to transform consciousness and inspire social change. Aggie is internationally recognized for her robust and prescient support of artists– particularly women and Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) – and her unwavering commitment to social justice issues. After falling in love with art as a high-school student, Aggie discovers a new way of looking at the world. The film opens with Aggie selling Roy Lichtenstein’s “Masterpiece” For $165 million to start the Art for Justice Fund. The proceeds from one of the highest grossing artworks ever sold fuel a monumental effort to reform the American criminal justice system and end mass incarceration. The film captures Aggie as a true maverick who demonstrates the unique role and potential of collectors and benefactors to use art to fight justice. This is untapped terrain, and we see Aggie leading the way. 1 hour, 32 minutes. VC

CITIZENS OF THE WORLD

Gianni de Gregorio’s new film is about a group of 70-year-olds who want to get as far away from Rome so their “retirement” euros would go further. But go where? In Italian, with English subtitles. 1 hour, 32 minutes. VSR

COMING HOME AGAIN

Upon learning that his mother’s cancer is advancing, Chang-rae (Justin Chon) takes a leave of absence from his job in New York and travels to San Francisco to be with his parents. Struggling to contain a deluge of unruly emotions, Chang-rae busies himself with as many nursing tasks as possible, even though his mother (Jackie Chung) insists on maintaining her independence. With New Year’s Eve approaching, Chang-rae plans a familial feast for which he will prepare all the Korean dishes his mother excelled at. Organizing the dinner brings with it memories of the times he spent in the kitchen taking in his mother’s culinary wisdom, along with memories of their arguments over questions of cultural assimilation and the difficult life choices both of them have made — and will make. With Justin Chon, Jackie Chung. In Korean, with English subtitles 1 hour, 26 minutes. IO

DATING AMBER

Set-in Ireland during the mid-90’s, Eddie and Amber decide to stage a relationship in order to stop everyone speculating about their sexuality. Eddie is keen to follow his Dad into the military, while Amber dreams of moving to the liberal hub of London. However, their ‘ideal’ arrangement begins to fall apart, forcing Eddie deeper into denial as Amber realizes that a perilous future awaits her best friend unless she intervenes. With Fionn O’Shea, Lola Petticrew. 1 hour, 32 minutes. VC

HARRY CHAPIN: WHEN IN DOUBT DO SOMETHING

Award-winning singer/songwriter Harry Chapin (“Taxi” and “Cats in the Cradle”) spent his fame and fortune chasing a dream to end world hunger and poverty, and in the process inspired, changed, and saved the lives of millions of people. 1 hour, 33 minutes. VC

HOCUS POCUS (PG)

After three centuries, three witch sisters are resurrected in Salem, Massachusetts on Halloween night, and it is up to two teenagers, a young girl, and an immortal cat to put an end to their reign of terror once and for all. With Thora Birch, Bette Midler, Kathy Najimy, Sarah Jessica Parker, Vinessa Shaw. 1 hour, 36 minutes. NAM

I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO (PG-13)

Based on James Baldwin's unfinished book, this visual essay explores racism through the stories of Medgar Evers, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr. With Samuel L. Jackson, Joey Starr. 1 hour, 33 minutes. TC

JOHN LEWIS: GOOD TROUBLE (PG)

Using interviews and rare archival footage, this documentary chronicles Lewis’ 60-plus years of social activism and legislative action on civil rights, voting rights, gun control, health-care reform and immigration. Using present-day interviews with Lewis, now 79 years old, filmmaker Dawn Porter explores his childhood experiences, his inspiring family and his fateful meeting with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in 1957. In addition to her interviews with Lewis and his family, Porter’s film also includes interviews with political leaders, Congressional colleagues, and other people who figure prominently in his life. 1 hour, 36 minutes. TC

MARTIN EDEN

Adapted from a 1909 novel by Jack London yet set in a provocatively unspecified moment in Italy’s history. Martin (played by Luca Marinelli) is a self-taught proletarian with artistic aspirations who hopes that his dreams of becoming a writer will help him rise above his station and marry a wealthy young university student (Jessica Cressy). The dissatisfactions of working-class toil and bourgeois success lead to political awakening and destructive anxiety. In Italian, with English subtitles. 2 hours, 9 minutes. VC

OLIVER SACKS: HIS OWN LIFE

This documentary explores the life and work of the legendary neurologist and storyteller, as he shares intimate details of his battles with drug addiction, homophobia, and a medical establishment that accepted his work only decades after the fact. Sacks was a fearless explorer of unknown mental worlds who helped redefine our understanding of the brain and mind, the diversity of human experience, and our shared humanity. 1 hour, 54 minutes. VC

RBG (PG)

An intimate portrait of an unlikely rock star: Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. With unprecedented access, the filmmakers explore how her early legal battles changed the world for women. 1 hour, 39 minutes. TC

TEAM MARCO

Young Marco is obsessed with playing video games and hardly leaves the house. But when his grandfather moves in, Marco’s life is turned upside-down and he’s forced...to go play outside. Nonno introduces him to bocce — the world’s oldest game — and to the neighborhood crew of old-school seniors who play daily at the local court. With sport, laughter and love, Marco finds connection to other people “in real life” and rounds up a team of neighborhood kids to take on his grandfather and his pals. With Louis Cancelmi, Owen Vaccaro, Thomas Kopache. 1 hour, 32 minutes. VC

TENET (PG-13)

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 

THE ANTIDOTE

Directed by Academy Award-nominee Kahane Cooperman and six-time Emmy winner John Hoffman, “The Antidote” is a feature documentary that tells stories of compassionate people intentionally leveraging the resources within themselves and their communities to give others a chance at a better life. There are no historians, policy wonks, or celebrities. It is simply about how we treat each other. With Rebecca Young, The Henley family, Ron MacFarland, Tammy Hammrich. 1 hour, 42 minutes. VC

THE ARTIST'S WIFE (R)

Claire (Lena Olin) lives a quiet domestic life in the Hamptons as the wife of celebrated artist Richard Smythson (Bruce Dern). Once a promising painter herself, Claire now lives in the shadow of her husband’s illustrious career. While preparing work for his final show, Richard’s moods become increasingly erratic, and he is diagnosed with dementia. As his memory and behavior deteriorate, she shields his condition from the art community while trying to reconnect him with his estranged daughter and grandson from a previous marriage. Challenged by the loss of her world as she knew it, Claire must now decide whether to stand with Richard on the sidelines or step into the spotlight herself. With Juliet Rylance, Avan Jogia, Catherine Curttin, Stefanie Powers. 1 hour, 35 minutes. VC

THE EMPTY MAN (R)

On the trail of a missing girl, an ex-cop comes across a secretive group attempting to summon a terrifying supernatural entity. Warning: Movie contains sequences of flashing lights that may affect those with sensitivities. With James Badge Dale, Joel Courtney, Stephen Root, Marin Ireland, Owen Teague, Evan Jonigkeit. 2 hours, 17 minutes. NAM

THE KEEPER (R)

The true story of Bert Trautmann (David Kross), a German soldier and prisoner of war who, against a backdrop of British post-war protest and prejudice, secures the position of Goalkeeper at Manchester City, and in doing so becomes a footballing icon. His signing causes outrage to thousands of fans, many of them Jewish. But Bert receives support from an unexpected direction: Rabbi Alexander Altmann, who fled the Nazis. Bert’s love for Margaret (Freya Mavor), an Englishwoman, carries him through and he wins over even his harshest opponents by winning the 1956 FA Cup Final, playing on with a broken neck to secure victory. But fate will soon twist the knife for Bert and Margaret, when their love and loyalty to each other is put to the ultimate test. In English and German with English subtitles. 2 hours. TC / VC

THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS (PG)

Tired of scaring humans every October 31 with the same old bag of tricks, Jack Skellington, the spindly king of Halloween Town, kidnaps Santa Claus and plans to deliver shrunken heads and other ghoulish gifts to children on Christmas morning. But as Christmas approaches, Jack's rag-doll girlfriend, Sally, tries to foil his misguided plans. With Danny Elfman, Chris Sarandon, Catherine O'Hara, William Hickey, Glenn Shadix, Paul Reubens. 1 hour, 16 minutes. NAM

THE WAR WITH GRANDPA (PG)

Peter and his Grandpa Jack used to be very close, but when Grandpa moves in with the family, Peter is forced to give up his most prized possession, his bedroom. Peter will stop at nothing to get his room back, scheming with friends to devise a series of pranks to drive him out. But, Grandpa doesn't give up easily and before long, it's an all out war! With Robert De Niro, Marisa Tomei, Christopher Walken, Laura Marano. 1 hour, 34 minutes. NAM

WHOSE STREETS?

An unflinching look at the Ferguson uprising told by the activists and leaders who live and breathe this movement for justice. When unarmed teenager Michael Brown is killed by police and left lying in the street for hours, it marks a breaking point for the residents of St. Louis, Mo. Grief, long-standing racial tensions and renewed anger bring residents together to hold vigil and protest this latest tragedy. Empowered parents, artists and teachers from around the country come together as freedom fighters. As the National Guard descends on Ferguson with military grade weaponry, these young community members become the torchbearers of a new resistance. 1 hour, 43 minutes. TC

Legend

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 — imagescinema.org)

TC: Triplex Cinema (Great Barrington — thetriplex.com)

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

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

Jeffrey Borak can be reached at jborak@berkshireeagle.com or 413-496-6212


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