Film clips / Aug. 10-16


Coming a few years after "Ant-Man," Paul Rudd's Scott Lang is now under house arrest for his involvement in the Berlin showdown of "Captain America: Civil War." When his 10-year-old daughter Cassie (Abby Ryder Fortson) isn't around, he passes the time playing drums and learning magic tricks. With just days to go before Randall Park's S.H.I.E.L.D. agent is to remove Lang's monitoring device, he's summoned by the brains behind their last adventure: Dr. Hank Pym (a sometimes in-the-way Michael Douglas) and Pym's daughter Hope van Dyne (Evangeline Lilly), whose winged Ant-Man-like suit has earned her the Wasp moniker. Pym believes his wife, Janet (Michelle Pfeiffer) has for the last 30 years been locked away in the "quantum realm," a mind- and matter-bending subatomic limbo that, it turns out, has predictably done curiously little damage to the indestructible Pfeiffer. A Technicolor blur of floating blobs, the quantum realm looks like a lava lamp's dream of heaven. To send someone into the realm on a rescue mission, Pym and Van Dyne have built a sophisticated laboratory many stories high that, with a click of a remote, they can shrink down to carry-on size. Their plans bring them into contact with a black-market dealer (Walton Goggins) and an old academic colleague of Pym's (Laurence Fishburne). It also attracts the interest of the film's villain, Ghost (Hannah John-Kamen), whose tragic backstory has left her burning (figuratively) and blurry (literally) with anger for being robbed of a bodily existence. 1 hour, 58 minutes. NAM


It's the early 1970s, and Ron Stallworth (John David Washington) is the first African-American detective to serve in the Colorado Springs Police Department. Determined to make a name for himself, Stallworth bravely sets out on a dangerous mission: infiltrate and expose the Ku Klux Klan. The young detective soon recruits a more seasoned colleague, Flip Zimmerman (Adam Driver), into the undercover investigation of a lifetime. From director Spike Lee. 2 hours, 15 minutes. BC / TC


The young boy who loved embarking on adventures in the Hundred Acre Wood with a band of spirited and lovable stuffed animals, has grown up and lost his way. Now it is up to his childhood friends to venture into our world and help Christopher Robin remember the loving and playful boy who is still inside. With Ewan McGregor, Hayley Atwell, Bronte Carmichael, Mark Gatiss, Jim Cummings, Chris O'Dowd, Brad Garrett, Toby Jones, Nick Mohammed, Peter Capaldi, Sophie Okonedo. 1 hour, 44 minutes. BC / BM / NAM / TM


Elizabeth is a charming anchorwoman who seeks advice from her dog's therapist. Tara is a spunky barista who dreams of a life beyond the coffee shop. Daisy is a dog walker who's enamored with a client. Garrett pines for a woman while trying to keep his adopt-a-dog business afloat. The beloved canines in their lives soon start to influence their careers, friendships and romantic relationships. 1 hour, 53 minutes. BM


Thirteen-year-old Kayla endures the tidal wave of contemporary suburban adolescence as she makes her way through the last week of middle school -- the end of her thus far disastrous eighth-grade year. With Elsie Fisher. 1 hour, 34 minutes. BC / IC / TC / TM


Drac's dream vacation on a monster cruise ship turns into a nightmare. With the voices of Adam Sandler, Selena Gomez. 1 hour, 37 minutes. BM


This buoyant and quick-witted sequel picks up right where we left off, in that parking lot after Dash's track meet where a new threat emerges from underground. The villain here is called Screenslaver, who uses screens to hypnotize anyone watching. Annoyed by how blindly and wholly consumerist everyone has become at the mercy of screens and simulated experiences in lieu of real ones, from movies to video games, Screenslaver has set out to end that, and squash Municiberg's dependence on and obsession with superheroes. Although it gets off to a slow start, ultimately it's also quite a bit of fun, from the absurd to the grounded. "Incredibles 2" kind of loses the thread by the end. A villain is a villain no matter how salient their point, and Mr. Incredible, Elastigirl and their offspring are our heroes and thus we must root for them even while thinking that Screenslaver might be on to something. (Bahr, The Associated Press — 6/16). 1 hour, 58 minutes. NAM


A dormant volcano comes to life and threatens to wipe out all the remaining dinosaurs and so a plan is hatched by a wealthy dying man to rescue the about-to-become extinct creatures and transport them to a sanctuary island. More fun than "Jurassic World," "Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom" will not stand up to rigorous scrutiny and yet it's kind of an enjoyable, preposterous and thrilling ride that ticks through nostalgia beats like a shopping list. With Chris Pratt, Dallas Bryce Howard, James Cromwell, Rafe Spall, Jeff Goldblum, Toby Jones. (Bahr, The Associated Press — 6/21). 2 hours, 8 minutes. BM


A poetic and low-key drama about a father and his teenage daughter whose attempt to live outside of society becomes increasingly impossible. With Ben Foster, Thomasin Harcourt McKenzie. (Bahr, The Associated Press — 7/16). 1 hour, 49 minutes. CT / TC


Lily James plays a younger Donna (who 40 years later is played by Meryl Streep), during a very eventful summer in 1979 where she both finds her calling and meets (and sleeps with) the three men who all could very possibly be the father of her daughter, Sophie (Amanda Seyfried). This is the kind of movie that feels and sounds like a summer vacation should: Fizzy, lively, low-stakes and soundtracked by ABBA; a movie that very much requires you to be in the "right mood." 1 hour, 54 minutes. BC / BM / NAM


Ethan Hunt and the IMF team join forces with CIA assassin August Walker to prevent a disaster of epic proportions. Once again, Tom Cruise proves he will do anything to entertain you and he delivers in this ridiculously entertaining film — his sixth as Hunt. With Sean Harris, Ving Rhames, Simon Pegg, Alec Baldwin, Angela Bassett, Vanessa Kirby. (Noveck, The Associated Press — 7/28). 2 hours, 27 minutes. BC / BM / NAM / TC / TM     


Dwayne Johnson stars as a security systems consultant whose wife and daughter are trapped on the upper floors of a state-of-the-art skyscraper in Hong Kong — the pride of a billionaire developer —that is under siege by a band of terrorists. With Neve Campbell, Chin Han. 1 hour, 45 minutes. NAM


Terror strikes when four teenage girls in a small town perform a ritual to debunk the lore of a tall, thin, horrifying figure known as the Slender Man. They soon fear that the legend is true when one of them suddenly goes missing. 1 hour, 33 minutes. BM


When teens mysteriously develop powerful new abilities, they are seen as a threat by the government and sent to detainment camps. Sixteen-year-old Ruby soon escapes from her captors and joins other runaways who are seeking a safe haven. Banded together and on the run, they soon combine their collective powers to fight the adults who tried to take away their future. 1 hour, 45 minutes. BM / NAM


Denzel Washington's Robert McCall returns to deliver his special brand of vigilante justice when thugs kill his friend and former colleague. he's cool, with moral clarity and he's three moves ahead of everyone. No wonder he's such a welcome sight in 2018 America. 2 hours, 1 minute. BM


A massive creature attacks a deep-sea submersible, leaving it disabled and trapping the crew at the bottom of the Pacific Ocean. With time running out, rescue diver Jonas Taylor must save the crew and the ocean itself from an unimaginable threat -- a 75-foot-long prehistoric shark known as the Megalodon. BC / BM / NAM


Two best friends unwittingly become entangled in an international conspiracy when one of the women discovers the boyfriend who dumped her was actually a spy. With Mila Kunis, Kate McKinnon. 1 hour, 57 minutes. BM


Three strangers are reunited by astonishing coincidence after being born identical triplets, separated at birth, and adopted by three different families. Their jaw-dropping, feel-good story instantly becomes a global sensation complete with fame and celebrity, however, the fairy-tale reunion sets in motion a series of events that unearth an unimaginable secret - a secret with radical repercussions. 1 hour, 36 minutes. IC / TM


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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