Film clips / Feb. 8-14

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A DOG'S WAY HOME (PG)

W. Bruce Cameron's adaptation of his book about a dog who finds her way back to her owner across 400 miles of Colorado terrain is one sugary concoction. Not that it's ineffective — I dare even non dog-lovers not to get a little misty eyed at the inevitable conclusion — it's just very, very, VERY earnest, like a PBS Kids morning show meets a cute puppy pics slideshow with much higher production value. With Bryce Dallas Howard, Ashley Judd, Alexandra Shipp.(Bahr, The Associated Press — 1/15). 1 hour, 35 minutes. BM / NAM

AQUAMAN (PG-13)

As an adult, Arthur (our Aquaman to be, played by Jason Momoa) moonlights as a hero in between happy-hour trips to the bar. But he's reluctantly drawn into a struggle for the throne of the seven seas with his younger brother Orm, who's plotting a battle with "surface dwellers." "Aquaman" weighs in somewhere between the lugubrious "Justice League" and the less leaden "Wonder Woman" on the uneven scales of recent DC films. To both the movie's benefit and detriment, the seas here are choppier than in the predictably (and sometimes boringly) smooth sailing of a Marvel movie. But the bright spots (Momoa, that octopus) can be difficult to really relish amid the oceans of exposition and a typically pulverizing overelaborate screenplay. With Amber Heard, Patrick Wilson. (Coyle, The Associated Press — 12/20) 2 hours, 22 minutes. BM

BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY (R)

The film traces the meteoric rise of the band Queen, their music and their extraordinary lead singer Freddie Mercury (Rami Malek), who defied stereotypes and shattered convention to become one of the most beloved entertainers on the planet, through their iconic songs and revolutionary sound, their near-implosion as Mercury's lifestyle spirals out of control, and their triumphant reunion on the eve of Live Aid, where Mercury, facing a life-threatening illness, leads the band in one of the greatest performances in the history of rock music. 2 hours, 15 minutes. NAM

COLD PURSUIT (R)

Nels (Liam Neeson), a snowplow operator in a small Colorado ski town in the Rocky Mountains, is named Citizen of the Year. However, his quiet life with his wife (Laura Dern) takes a turn when their son is murdered by a drug cartel. Nels sets out to get revenge on those responsible, but inadvertently starts a gang war that threatens to destroy the town. 1 hour, 58 minutes. BC

COLD WAR (R)

Set against the backdrop of the 1950s Cold War in Poland, two people of differing backgrounds and temperaments begin an almost impossible romance. With Joanna Kulig, Tomasz Kot, Agata Kulesza, Jeanne Balibar, Borys Szyc. 1 hour, 28 minutes. TC

GLASS (PG-13)

M. Night Shyamalan brings together the narratives of two of his standout originals—2000's "Unbreakable" and 2016's "Split" — in one explosive, all-new comic-book thriller. From "Unbreakable," Bruce Willis returns as David Dunn as does Samuel L. Jackson as Elijah Price, known also by his pseudonym Mr. Glass. Joining from "Split" are James McAvoy, reprising his role as Kevin Wendell Crumb and the multiple identities who reside within, and Anya Taylor-Joy as Casey Cooke, the only captive to survive an encounter with The Beast. Following the conclusion of "Split," "Glass" finds Dunn pursuing Crumb's superhuman figure of The Beast in a series of escalating encounters, while the shadowy presence of Price emerges as an orchestrator who holds secrets critical to both men. "Glass" seems to delight in building up anticipation only to pull the rug out from under you, managing to both frustrate and underwhelm. In the end, it's a tub full of half-baked ideas that never really coalesce into something exciting, meaningful or all that memorable. (Bahr, The Associated Press — 1/ ). 2 hours, 9 minutes. BM / NAM

GREEN BOOK (PG-13)

Dr. Don Shirley (Mahershala Ali) is a world-class African-American pianist who's about to embark on a concert tour in the Deep South in 1962. In need of a driver and protection, Shirley recruits Tony Lip (Viggo Mortensen), a tough-talking bouncer from an Italian-American neighborhood in the Bronx. Despite their differences, the two men soon develop an unexpected bond while confronting racism and danger in an era of segregation. 2 hours, 10 minutes. BC / NAM / TC / TM

IF BEALE STREET COULD TALK (R)

Based on the novel by James Baldwin, "If Beale Street Could Talk" is the story of Tish, a newly engaged Harlem woman who races against the clock to prove her lover's innocence while carrying their first born child to term. With Stephen James, KiKi Layne, Regina King, Diego Luna, Dave Franco, Finn Wittrock, Ed Skrein, Pedro Pascal, Brian Tyree Henry. 2 hours. IC

MISS BALA (PG-13)

A young woman battles a ruthless drug cartel to save her kidnapped friend in Mexico. With Gina Rodriguez. 2 hours. BM

OSCAR NOMINATED SHORTS: ANIMATION

1 hour, 26 minutes

IC / TC / TM

OSCAR NOMINATED SHORTS: DOCUMENTARY

2 hours, 33 minutes

IC / LC / TM

OSCAR NOMINATED SHORTS: LIVE ACTION

2 hours

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IC / TC / TM

SPIDER-MAN: INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE (PG)

Bitten by a radioactive spider in the subway, Brooklyn teenager Miles Morales suddenly develops mysterious powers that transform him into the one and only Spider-Man. When he meets Peter Parker, he soon realizes that there are many others who share his special, high-flying talents. Miles must now use his newfound skills to battle the evil Kingpin, a hulking madman who can open portals to other universes and pull different versions of Spider-Man into our world. With Shameik Moore, Jake Johnson, Hailee Steinfeld. 1 hour, 56 minutes. BM / NAM

THE FAVOURITE (R)

In the early 18th century, England is at war with the French. A frail Queen Anne (Olivia Colman) occupies the throne, and her close friend Lady Sarah (Rachel Weisz) governs the country in her stead while tending to Anne's ill health and mercurial temper. When a new servant, Abigail, arrives, her charm endears her to Sarah. Sarah takes Abigail (Emma Stone) under her wing, and Abigail sees a chance to return to her aristocratic roots. 1 hour, 59 minutes. CT / NAM

THE KID WHO WOULD BE KING (PG)

Alex (Ashbourne Serkis) thinks he's just another nobody, until he stumbles upon the mythical Sword in the Stone, Excalibur. Now, he must unite his friends and enemies into a band of knights and, together with the legendary wizard Merlin (Stewart), take on the wicked enchantress Morgana (Ferguson). With the future at stake, Alex must become the great leader he never dreamed he could be. A surprisingly delightful film full of action, heart, and a few genuinely good gags. "The Kid Who Would Be King" reclaims the fantasy genre for actual kids of today. And it's not even set in the 1980s. Quite a sweet and well-told reimagining of this story that's fit for the whole family. (Bahr, The Associated Press — 1/26). 2 hours, 12 minutes. BM / NAM

THE LEGO MOVIE: THE SECOND PART (PG)

What was once the beautiful, fantastic Legoland is now an ugly post-apocalyptic wasteland. The citizens have toughened up during this time, but only one remains unchanged, Emmet (Chris Pratt). That is until an attack on Bricksburg commences. Lego Duplo invaders from outer space have come to wreak havoc on the city, demolishing everything in their path faster than they can rebuild. The heroes try to close the doors to the city, but to no avail. The General Mayhem sneaks in and abducts their fiercest leader, Lucy (Elizabeth Banks). Taking responsibility for his actions, upbeat and determined Emmett sets out on a quest to get Lucy back. He joins forces with Rex Danger Vest, and the team heads out to the Sister System in outer space ruled by an evil alien queen. 1 hour, 46 minutes. BC / BM / NAM / TC / TM

THE PRODIGY (R)

A young couple is amazed when their baby boy, Miles, begins saying words. When he gets a little older, his mother, Sarah Blume (Taylor Schilling), has him tested and is told by the doctor (Paula Boudreau) that his intelligence is "off the charts." However, as we soon find out, Miles has a cruel streak. When he gets to school age, Miles has a difficult time making friends and begins to exhibit odd behavior. Sarah brings in a specialist, Arthur Jacobson (Colm Feore), to meet with the boy. He tells her Miles is dangerous. Soon, it becomes clear to everyone that there's something very wrong with Miles. 1 hour, 31 minutes. BM / NAM

THE UPSIDE (PG-13)

Kevin Hart stars as a lazy, skirt-chasing ex-con hoping to reconnect with his estranged wife and son. He accidentally gets a job taking care of an obscenely wealthy New York businessman who became a paraplegic while hang gliding, played by Bryan Cranston. ("You as rich as Jay-Z?" Hart's character asks. "No, richer," comes the reply.) You can virtually write the rest as "The Upside " unspools. Few films in memory have squandered so much acting talent in such a cliche-ridden, exploitative and dishonest way. It deserves its frozen grave. With Nicole Kidman. (Bahr, The Associated Press — 1/15). 2 hours, 6 minutes. BC / BM / NAM

THEY SHALL NOT GROW OLD (R)

This documentary from director Peter Jackson is a look at the soldiers and events of the Great War, using film footage captured at the time, now presented utilizing state-of-the-art restoration, colorization and 3D technologies, and pulling from 600 hours of BBC archival interviews. Review, this page. 2 hours. TM

WHAT MEN WANT (R)

Successful female sports agent Ali Davis (Taraji P. Henson) is sure she's about to make partner at Summit Worldwide Sports Management. However, at the big meeting, when she's waiting to hear her name called out, she finds out a man has gotten the promotion instead. Knowing that she'll always be left out of the "Boys Club" by men unless she can get inside their minds, she visiits a psychic who has her drink some nasty flavored tea. Later, when Ali has an accident that knocks her out cold, she wakes up in the hospital with the ability to hear men's thoughts. She soon comes to realize her newfound power is a gift and uses it to outsmart her colleagues in their rush to sign the next basketball superstar, but finds her relationship with her best friends and a potential new love interest put to the test. 1 hour, 57 minutes. BC / 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 (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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