Film clips / April 13-19


A family of four must navigate their lives in silence after mysterious creatures that hunt by sound threaten their survival. John Krasinski, in his third feature outing as director (he also co-stars), has a lot going for him here: An inventive premise, a terrific cast featuring two extremely effective child actors (Noah Jupe, Millicent Simmonds), and the always superb Emily Blunt, who can register fear, joy, love and anxiety in one scene without needing to utter a word. He takes all this and runs with it, producing a taut, goose-pimply thriller that earns its jump-out-of-your-seat moments and only occasionally strains its own logic — and then, who really cares? It's a monster flick! (Noveck, The Associated Press — 4/7). 1 hour, 30 minutes. BC / BM / NAM / TM


After the disappearance of her scientist father, three peculiar beings send Meg, her brother and her friend to space in order to find him. Visually gorgeous at times but then boring to behold at others; emotionally poignant at times but stunningly cloying at others. It's also confusing. Mostly, it's just a frustrating whole composed of some pretty promising parts. From the book by Madeleine L'Engle. With Storm Reid, Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon, Zach Galifianakis, Mindy Kaling, Chris Pine. (Noveck, The Associated Press — 3/12). 1 hour, 49 minutes. NAM


Marvel Cinematic Universe' sci-fi action/adventure starring Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan and Lupita Nyong'o. When the king of Wakanda dies, T'Challa returns home to take the throne, where he finds the country's five tribes are beginning to bubble with discord. Wakanda is a mighty African country that appears from the outside as "Third World." But hidden from sight is a shimmering, technologically advanced metropolis whose stealthy growth has been fueled by vibranium, a cosmic mineral deposited deep in its mountains by a meteorite thousands of years earlier. Unlike many of its more hollow predecessors, "Black Panther" has real, honest-to-goodness stakes. (Coyle, The Associated Press — 2/10). 2 hours, 14 minutes. BM


The teen sex comedy, a dude-fest if ever there was one, gets a very overdue and very funny update in this gleeful, gross-out farce about the absurdities of gender bias. Three high-school friends are determined to lose their virginity on prom night before going off to college. The twist is that they aren't an assortment of randy, pimpled guys. They're a trio of curious, self-confident girls, already too wise to lose anything like their "innocence." With Leslie Mann, Ike Barinholtz, John Cena, Kathryn Newton, Gideon Adlon, Geraldine Viswanathan. (Coyle, The Associated Press — 4/9). 1 hour, 42 minutes. BC / BM / NAM


An innocent game of truth or dare turns dangerous for a group of vacationing friends. 1 hour, 38 minutes. BM / NAM


Jason Clarke is Ted Kennedy and Kate Mara is Mary Jo Kopechne in this indie drama about the accident that thwarted Kennedy's presidential chances when the Massachusetts Democrat's car crashed into Poucha Pond on Chappaquiddick Island, off Martha's Vineyard, in July 1969, killing Kopechne. Chappaquiddick has long loomed in the political imagination as a kind of definitive yet murky scandal. Curran's film — a profile in cowardice, you might call it — is principally an effort to visualize and understand that evening. It's a low-key, generally absorbing if somewhat lackluster procedural that ominously reflects on the darker shadows that loom behind even the brightest shining political hopes. Stout, nuanced, understated almost to a fault, Australian actor Clarke is an unexpected relief as Teddy. A little more taciturn than the statesman was, Clarke carries himself with the assumed importance and natural magnetism of a Kennedy. (Coyle, The Associated Press — 4/9). 1 hour, 41 minutes. BC / BM / TC


Growing up in Texas, Bart Millard suffers physical and emotional abuse at the hands of his father. His childhood and relationship with his dad inspires him to write the hit song "I Can Only Imagine" as singer of the Christian band MercyMe. With Dennis Quaid, Madeline Carroll. 1 hour, 50 minutes. BM / NAM


Yes, you will be inexplicably wrapped up in Wes Anderson's stop-motion animated drama, set 20 years in the future, of a gang of sickly dogs who have been exiled to a trash island and are determined to get back to a life of cozy domesticity, enchanted by its artistry and trying your best to suppress your laughter so you don't miss a beat.

But you also start to realize that it will soon be over and you'll have to go back to your day bereft of that wit, imagery and storytelling, essentially nursing an acute case of Wes Anderson wistfulness. That Anderson can still excitingly tell a new story within the structure of his unique visual language that we've gotten to know so well is just a testament to his incandescent genius. We don't deserve Wes Anderson, but we should be eternally grateful he doesn't seem to mind. With the voices of Jeff Goldblum, Bryan Cranston, Bill Murray, Edward Norton, Scarlett Johansson, Greta Gerwig, Frances McDormand, Yoko Ono, Tilda Swinton, Ken Watanabe, Fisher Stevens, Liev Schreiber, Harvey Keitel, F. Murray Abraham, Courtney B. Vance, Angelica Huston. (Bahr, The Associated Press — 4/7). 1 hour, 41 minutes. BC / BM / CT / IC / TC / TM


Seventeen-year-old Simon Spier hasn't told his family or friends that he's gay, and he doesn't know the identity of the anonymous classmate that he's fallen for online. With Nick Robinson, Katherine Langford, Miles Heizer. 1 hour, 50 minutes. TM


The relationship between a reclusive primatologist (Dwayne Johnson) and an extremely rare gentle silverback gorilla with whom he has formed a bond after rescuing him as an orphan from poachers comes undone when a rogue genetic experiment gone awry changes the ape into a raging monstrosity. To make matters worse, it's soon discovered there are other similarly altered animals. As these newly created alpha predators tear across North America, destroying everything in their path, the primatologist teams with discredited geneticist Kate Caldwell (Naomie Harris) to secure an antidote. 1hour, 47 minutes. BC / BM / NAM


This sci-fi spectacle from director Steven Spielberg presents a near-future vision of a dystopian society that has all but abandoned the real world for an escapist virtual reality existence. In 2045, most people, including the teenage hero Wade (Tye Sheridan), spend their lives as avatars (Wade's is a cooler version of himself named "Parzival") in the virtual world of the OASIS — a VR game created by an eccentric genius, James Halliday (Mark Rylance), who has promised his wealth to whomever wins and finds the "Easter egg."A rollicking virtual-world geekfest in which the only limitation is your imagination. Spielberg shows he's just as capable as he ever was in making a rip-roaring spectacle. (Coyle, The Associated Press — 3/28). 2 hours, 20 minutes. BC / BM / NAM / TC


Animated feature about a stray dog who is rescued off the streets by an American soldier and goes on to become a hero of World War I. 1 hour, 25 minutes. BM


After a string of garden gnome disappearances in London, Gnomeo & Juliet look to legendary detective Sherlock Gnomes to solve the case of their missing friends and family. 1 hour, 26 minutes. BM / NAM


Investors on the fringes of the financial world feverishly seek new alternatives for high-return investments in the global markets, and have found a goldmine in China. But when one investor discovers a massive web of fraud, everything else is called into question. Jed Rothstein's documentary rings the alarm on the need for transparency in an increasingly deregulated financial world by following those working to uncover the biggest heist you've never heard of. 1 hour, 22 minutes. LC


Dark satire set against the background of the scheming and wrestling for power among Stalin's cabinet — the motliest of crews — in the aftermath of his death. When the laughs dry up, painful truths settle in. With Steve Buscemi, Michael Palin, Jeffrey Tambor, Jason Isaacs, Simon Russell Beale. (Coyle, The Associated Press — 3/26). 1 hour, 47 minutes. TC / TM


The film stars Academy Award-winner Helen Mirren and two-time Golden Globe-winner Donald Sutherland as a runaway couple going on an unforgettable journey in the faithful old RV they call The Leisure Seeker, traveling from Boston to The Ernest Hemingway Home in Key West. They recapture their passion for life and their love for each other on a road trip that provides revelation and surprise right up to the very end. With Helen Mirren, Donald Sutherland. 1 hour 52 minutes. TC / TM


This drama follows the true story of Iowa City's West High volleyball team, which reached the state championships after the death of teammate Caroline "Line" Found. 1 hour, 39 minutes. BM


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)

: 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 (80 Main St., North Adams)

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

TM: The Moviehouse, 48 Main St., Millerton, N.Y.


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