Here's what's playing — April 23-29 — at in-person and virtual cinemas in the Berkshires and environs. Where films have been reviewed, the capsules include the name of the film critic and the day the full review was posted on berkshireeagle.com. All reviews are by Associated Press critics.
BETTER DAYS (NR)
Chen Nian has been single-mindedly preparing for China’s two-day national college entrance exam, which not only determines where and if she gets to study but also the fate of her entire family. Following the suicide of her classmate, Chen Nian suddenly finds herself the new target of her school’s biggest bully, its “queen bee.” Fate brings her together with small-time criminal Xiao Bei. An unlikely friendship is formed, but before they can retreat into a world of their own, both are dragged into the middle of a murder investigation that will change their lives forever.
Featuring Zhou Dongyu, Jackson Yee, Yin Fang Huang Jue, Wu Yue, and Zhou Ye. In Mandarin with English subtitles. 2 hours, 15 minutes. IC
GODZILLA VS. KONG (PG-13)
Let the epic monster battle begin! Kong and his protectors undertake a perilous journey to find his true home. Along for the ride is Jia, an orphaned girl who has a unique and powerful bond with the mighty beast. However, they soon find themselves in the path of an enraged Godzilla as he cuts a swath of destruction across the globe. The initial confrontation between the two titans -- instigated by unseen forces — is only the beginning of the mystery that lies deep within the core of the planet. Starring Millie Bobby Brown, Alexander Skarsgård, Brian Tyree Henry Rebecca Hall, Julian Dennison, Eliza Gonzalez, Shun Ogri and Zhang Siyi. (Coyle - 3/30) 1 hour, 53 minutes. BC, NAM
MORTAL KOMBAT (R)
The forces of Outworld have won nine consecutive Mortal Kombat tournaments and seek a 10th and final victory needed to conquer the Earthrealm. Outworld sorcerer Shao Kahn orders his warriors to eliminate the Earthrealm’s champions, who bear a dragon mark, prior to the next tournament. Former MMA fighter Cole Young, a bearer of the dragon mark, teams up with other Earthrealm champions to find and train with the Elder god Lord Raidan ahead of the tournament. A reboot of the 1990s Mortal Kombat film franchise, it is the first live-action title of the series to earn an R rating. Starring Lewis Tan, Jessica McNamee. Josh Lawson, Tadanobu Asano, Mehcad Brooks, Ludi Lin, Chin Han, Joe Taslim and Hiroyuki Sanada. Rated R for strong bloody violence and language throughout, and some crude references. 1 hour, 50 minutes. BC, NAM
MY WONDERFUL WANDA
A story of a wealthy Swiss family in a large house by a lake and their Polish housekeeper, a single mother, who suddenly becomes the caregiver to the bedridden septuagenarian patriarch. Secrets are exposed, tempers flare, and unlikely events threaten a detente between West and East. German with English subtitles. 1 hour, 51 minutes. IC
Sometimes the man you don’t notice is the most dangerous of all. Hutch Mansell (Bob Odenkirk) is an underestimated and overlooked dad and husband, taking life’s indignities on the chin and never pushing back. A nobody. When two thieves break into his suburban home one night, Hutch declines to defend himself or his family, hoping to prevent serious violence. The aftermath of the incident strikes a match to Hutch’s long-simmering rage, triggering dormant instincts and propelling him on a brutal path that will surface dark secrets and lethal skills. In a barrage of fists, gunfire and squealing tires, Hutch must save his family from a dangerous adversary — and ensure that he will never be underestimated as a nobody again. Featuring Bob Odenkirk, Christopher Lloyd, Connie Nielsen, J.P. Manoux, Humberly Gonzalez, Gage Munro. Rated R for language and extreme violence. 1 hour, 31 minutes. ½ star (Kennedy — 3/24). BC, NAM
RAYA AND THE LAST DRAGON (PG)
Long ago, in the fantasy world of Kumandra, humans and dragons lived together in harmony. But when sinister monsters known as the Druun threatened the land, the dragons sacrificed themselves to save humanity.
Now, 500 years later, those same monsters have returned and it's up to a lone warrior, Raya, to track down the last dragon in order to finally stop the Druun for good. However, along her journey, she'll learn that it'll take more than dragon magic to save the world, it's going to take trust as well. Voices of Kelly Marie Tran, Awkwafina, Gemma Chan, Alan Tudyk, Ross Butler, Daniel Dae Kim. 1 hour, 54 minutes. 3 stars (Bahr — 3/5). NAM
SHIVA BABY (NR)
Adapted from director Emma Seligman’s 2018 short film of the same name, “Shiva Baby” follows Danielle, a perennial student who’s been lying to her supportive but overbearing parents about her faltering academic career. While attending a shiva with her parents, she encounters her successful ex-girlfriend, as well as her sugar daddy and his wife. As comedic antics ensue — spilled drinks, wailing babies and an endless string of bad advice from family and friends — Danielle is forced to explore her romantic and career prospects under the intense watch of her family, friends, and judgmental neighbors. Starring Rachel Sennott, Diana Agron, Molly Gordon, and Polly Draper. 1 hour, 17 minutes. IC
THE RACE TO SAVE THE WORLD
Presented in partnership with North East/Millerton Climate Smart Community in celebration of Earth Day. From Emmy Award-winning director Joe Ganz, this documentary follows climate change activists who are willing to put their lives on the line to fight for a better future, regardless of the personal cost. 1 hour, 42 minutes. MT (April 22-25)
THE UNHOLY (PG-13)
Alice is a young hearing-impaired girl who, after a supposed visitation from the Virgin Mary, is inexplicably able to hear, speak, and heal the sick. As word spreads and people from near and far flock to witness her miracles, a disgraced journalist hoping to revive his career visits the small New England town to investigate. When terrifying events begin to happen all around, he starts to question if these phenomena are the works of the Virgin Mary or something much more sinister. With Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Marina Mazepa, Diogo Morgado, Cary Elwes, William Sadler, Katie Aselton, Christine Adams and Cricket Brown. 1 hour, 39 minutes. BC
TOM & JERRY (PG)
Tom the cat and Jerry the mouse get kicked out of their home and relocate to a fancy New York hotel, where a scrappy employee named Kayla will lose her job if she can't evict Jerry before a high-class wedding at the hotel. Her solution? Hiring Tom to get rid of the pesky mouse. With Chloe Grace Moretz, Michael Pena, Ken Jeong, Colin Jost, Rob Delaney, Christina Chong. 1 hour, 41 minutes. NAM
With the future of the human race at stake, a group of young men and women, bred for intelligence and obedience, embark on an expedition to colonize a distant planet. But when they uncover disturbing secrets about the mission, they defy their training and begin to explore their most primitive natures. As life on the ship descends into chaos, they’re consumed by fear, lust, and the hunger for power. With Colin Farrell, Chanté Adams, Archie Madekwe, Quintessa Swindell, Tye Sheridan, Lily-Rose Depp, Fionn Whitehead, Viveik Kalra, Isaac Hempstead Wright and Veronica Falcón. 1 hour, 48 minutes. 2 stars (Bahr - 4/7) BC