Film clips / April 12-18

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AFTER (PG-13)

Based on Anna Todd's best-selling novel which became a publishing sensation on social storytelling platform Wattpad, "After" follows Tessa (Josephine Langford), a dedicated student, dutiful daughter and loyal girlfriend to her high school sweetheart, as she enters her first semester in college. Armed with grand ambitions for her future, her guarded world opens up when she meets the dark and mysterious Hardin Scott (Hero Fiennes Tiffin), a magnetic, brooding rebel who makes her question all she thought she knew about herself and what she wants out of life. With Selma Blair, Jennifer Beals. 1 hour, 46 minutes. BM

CAPTAIN MARVEL (PG-13)

"Captain Marvel" follows Carol Danvers as she becomes one of the universe's most powerful heroes when Earth is caught in the middle of a galactic war between two alien races. Set in the 1990s, this is an all-new adventure from a previously unseen period in the history of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. I spent over two hours with Captain Marvel/Carol Danvers and I still have no idea what her personality is. Sure, there's a lot more going on in "Captain Marvel," but it's a pretty egregious failing considering that the creative bigwigs at Marvel had 10 years and 20 films to work it out. All-in-all it's fine, but nothing to get too excited about. And it could have and should have been so much better. The first female-led movie of the MCU deserves more. With Brie Larson, Jude Law, Samuel L. Jackson, Ben Mendelsohn, Annette Bening, Clark Gregg, Djimon Hounsou, Lee Pace, Gemma Chan, Mckenna Grace. (Bahr, The Associated Press — 3/7). 2 hours, 4 minutes. BC / BM / NAM

DUMBO (PG)

The original "Dumbo" was released in the summer of 1941 while Germany was spreading across Europe and war was breaking out in the Pacific. Crafted as a simpler Disney fable after the more extravagant "Fantasia" disappointed at the box office, "Dumbo" — only 64 minutes in length — took flight just as far more chilling creations were taking to the air. Almost eight decades later, "Dumbo" is alight again in Tim Burton's somber and sincere live-action remake of the animated classic. Burton has refashioned "Dumbo" as a sepia-toned show-business parable tailored to more animal rights-sensitive times. He steers "Dumbo," from a script by Ehren Kruger, toward a grand corporate satire as the big-city conglomerate tries to co-opt the genuine wonder of Dumbo and Medici's traveling band. Greed and exploitation close in on them as the big-tent gets bigger. But it is wondrous when Dumbo takes flight. Burton's camera feels genuinely mesmerized at his elephant's magic act. The filmmaker's recent films have been well outside his best work; it was his woeful "Alice in Wonderful" that kick-started much of the Disney live-action remakes. But when Dumbo soars, it's clear that Burton is a believer, still, in the ability of a beautiful oddity to transcend. (Coyle, The Associated Press — 3/29). 2 hours, 10 minutes. BC / BM / NAM / TM

FIVE FEET APART (PG-13)

Seventeen-year-old Stella spends most of her time in the hospital as a cystic fibrosis patient. Her life is full of routines, boundaries and self-control — all of which get put to the test when she meets Will, an impossibly charming teen who has the same illness. There's an instant flirtation, though restrictions dictate that they must maintain a safe distance between them. As their connection intensifies, so does the temptation to throw the rules out the window and embrace that attraction. With Cole Sprouse, Haley Lu Richardson. 1 hour, 56 minutes. BM

HELLBOY (R)

Hellboy comes to England, where he must defeat Nimue, Merlin's consort and the Blood Queen. But their battle will bring about the end of the world, a fate he desperately tries to turn away. With David Harbour, Milla Jovovich, Ian McShane, Daniel Dae Kim, Sasha Lane, Penelope Mitchell. 2 hours. BM / NAM

HOTEL MUMBAI (R)

The true story of the Taj Hotel terrorist attack in Mumbai. Hotel staff risk their lives to keep everyone safe as people make unthinkable sacrifices to protect themselves and their families. With Dev Patel, Armie Hammer, Nazanin Boniadi, Jason Isaacs, Natasha Liu Bordizzo, Anupam Kher. 2 hours, 5 minutes. TC / TM

LITTLE (PG-13)

Jordan is a take-no-prisoners tech mogul who torments her long-suffering assistant, April, and the rest of her employees on a daily basis. She soon faces an unexpected threat to her personal life and career when she magically transforms into a 13-year-old version of herself right before a do-or-die presentation. Jordan will now need to rely on April more than ever — if April is willing to stop treating Jordan like a 13-year-old child who has an attitude problem. With Regina Hall, Issa Rae, Marsai Martin. 1 hour, 49 minutes. BM

MISSING LINK (PG)

The charismatic Sir Lionel Frost considers himself to be the world's foremost investigator of myths and monsters. Trouble is, none of his small-minded, high-society peers seems to recognize this. Hoping to finally gain acceptance from these fellow adventurers, Sir Lionel travels to the Pacific Northwest to prove the existence of a legendary creature known as the missing link. Zach Galafianakis, Hugh Jackman, Zoe Saldana, Steohen Fry, Emma Thompson, Timothy Olyphant. 1 hour, 35 minutes. BM / NAM

PET SEMATARY (R)

Based on the seminal horror novel by Stephen King, "Pet Sematary" follows Dr. Louis Creed (Jason Clarke), who, after relocating with his wife Rachel (Amy Seimetz) and their two young children from Boston to rural Maine, discovers a mysterious burial ground hidden deep in the woods near the family's new home. When tragedy strikes, Louis turns to his unusual neighbor, Jud Crandall (John Lithgow), setting off a perilous chain reaction that unleashes an unfathomable evil with horrific consequences. 1 hour, 42 minutes. BC / BM / NAM

REMBRANDT (no rating)

Every Rembrandt exhibition is eagerly anticipated but this major show hosted by London's National Gallery and Amsterdam's Rijksmuseum was an event like no other. Given privileged access to both galleries the film documents this landmark exhibition, whilst interweaving Rembrandt's life story, with behind-the-scenes preparations at these world-famous institutions. 1 hour, 31 minutes. LC

SHAZAM! (PG-13)

An origin story about a jaded 14-year-old Philadelphia foster kid, Billy Batson (Asher Angel), who's bestowed with superpowers by Djimon Hounsou (naturally). As Shazam, he's physically altered into an adult and takes the form of Zachary Levi. But of course, even with his height, his muscles, his voice and even his powers, he's still very much a kid and has a lot to learn. Those are the basics, but the spirit really comes from the smart writing, the pitch-perfect casting and the supporting world around Billy and Shazam. it's basically "Big" with superheroes and villains instead of business people and girlfriends, but director David F. Sandberg has infused his film with so much heart and charm that it hardly matters. Even the deficiencies, like the sluggish beginning and the random, ridiculous villains, fade away under a haze of goodwill because unlike so many big spectacle action pics with sequels in mind, "Shazam!" actually sticks the landing. It's just a lightning bolt of unexpected joy that is certainly worth your time and money. (Bahr, The Associated Press — 4/5). 2 hours, 12 minutes. BC / BM / NAM

THE AFTERMATH (R)

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In the aftermath of World War II, a British colonel and his wife are assigned to live in Hamburg during the post-war reconstruction, but tensions arise with the German widower who lives with them. With Keira Knightley, Alexander Skarsgard, Jason Clarke, Alexander Scheer, Fionn O'Shea, Frederick Preston. 1 hour, 49 minutes. TC / TM

THE MUSTANG (R)

Roman Coleman (Matthias Schoenaerts), a violent convict in a prison in rural Nevada, participates in a rehabilitation program in which he trains wild mustangs, where he struggles to connect with the horses and his fellow inmates alike. Schoenaerts is a commanding presence; with a shaved head and a rage simmering beneath his nearly dead eyes, he's downright terrifying. Even with its unusually restrained running time, "The Mustang" is a powerful and emotional journey framed by gorgeous sun-soaked shots of the stark Nevada landscape. I just wish there was a little more character development for the supporting players, like Myles and Henry, and the prison's rotten apple Dan (Josh Stewart), who feels more like a lazy screenwriting construct than an actual part of the world we've gotten to know. But Clermont-Tonnerre has established herself as a filmmaker to watch. With Connie Britton, Gideon Adlon, Bruce Dern, Jason Mitchell, Josh Stewart. (Bahr, The Associated Press — 3/29). 1 hour, 36 minutes. IC / TC / TM

THE PUBLIC (PG-13)

An act of civil disobedience turns into a standoff with police when homeless people in Cincinnati take over the public library to seek shelter from the bitter cold. With Emilio Estevez, Alec Baldwin, Jena Malone. 2 hours, 2 minutes. TC

TRANSIT (no rating)

As fascism spreads, German refugee Georg (Franz Rogowski) flees to Marseille and assumes the identity of the dead writer whose transit papers he is carrying. Living among refugees from around the world, Georg falls for Marie (Paula Beer), a mysterious woman searching for her husband — the man whose identity he has stolen. Adapted from Anna Segher's 1942 novel. 1 hour, 42 minutes. TC

US (R)

Set in present day along the iconic Northern California coastline, Jordan Peele's exercise in horror stars Oscar winner Lupita Nyong'o as Adelaide Wilson, a woman returning to her beachside childhood home with her husband, Gabe (Winston Duke), and their two children (Shahadi Wright Joseph, Evan Alex) for an idyllic summer getaway. Haunted by an unexplainable and unresolved trauma from her past and compounded by a string of eerie coincidences, Adelaide feels her paranoia elevate to high-alert as she grows increasingly certain that something bad is going to befall her family. A movie moment to remember as writer-director Jordan Peele tightens his grip in his sophomore outing — less satirical and more slaughterhouse than his astonishing debut, "Get Out," that despite its deficiencies will leave all who enter its shadowy world convinced of Peele's growing command as a singular conjurer of American nightmares. 2 hours. BC / BM / CT / NAM

WOMAN AT WAR (no rating)

Halla is a 50-year-old environmental activist who crusades against the local aluminum industry in Iceland. As her actions grow bolder, her life changes in the blink of an eye when she's finally granted permission to adopt a girl from the Ukraine. In Icelandic, with English subtitles. With Halldora Geirharosdottir, Johann Siguroarson, Juan Camillo Roman Estrada. 1 hour, 41 minutes. IC

WONDER PARK (PG)

The story of a magnificent amusement park where the imagination of a wildly creative girl named June comes alive. With Brianna Denski, Jennifer Garner, Ken Hudson Campbell, Kenan Thompson, Mila Kunis, John Oliver. 1 hour, 35 minutes. BM

Legend

The theaters at which the movies listed in Film Clips are playing are:

BC: Beacon Cinema (57 North St., Pittsfield)

BM: Berkshire Mall 10 (Route 8, Lanesborough)

CT: Crandell Theatre (48 Main St., Chatham, N.Y.)

IC: Images Cinema (50 Spring St.,Williamstown)

LC: Little Cinema (Berkshire Museum, 39 South St., Pittsfield)

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

TC: Triplex Cinema (70 Railroad St., Great Barrington)

TM: The Moviehouse (48 Ma


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