Film clips / Jan. 11-17

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A DOG'S WAY HOME (PG)

A dog embarks on a 400-mile journey home after it's separated from its owner, Lucas, who is an aspiring medical student. With Bryce Dallas Howard, Ashley Judd, Alexandra Shipp. 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. BC / BM / NAM

BEN IS BACK (R)

19-year-old Ben Burns (Lucas Hedges) unexpectedly returns to his family's suburban home on Christmas Eve. Ben's mom, Holly (Julia Roberts), is relieved and welcoming but wary of her son's drug addiction. Over a turbulent 24 hours, new truths are revealed, and a mother's undying love gets put to the test as Holly does everything in her power to keep Ben clean. 1 hour, 43 minutes. IC

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 (original and sing-along versions)

BUMBLEBEE (PG-13)

On the run in the year 1987, Bumblebee the Autobot seeks refuge in a junkyard in a small California beach town. Charlie, on the brink of turning 18 years old and trying to find her place in the world, soon discovers the battle-scarred and broken Bumblebee. When Charlie revives him, she quickly learns that this is no ordinary yellow Volkswagen. With Hailee Steinfeld, John Cena, Gracie Dzienny. 1 hour, 54 minutes. BM

EIGHTH GRADE (R)

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 before she begins high school. 1 hour, 34 minutes. LC

ESCAPE ROOM (PG-13)

This horror-thriller isn't actually all that bad, just kind of silly, but it takes a moment to readjust your expectations after a condescending beginning and a very phoned-in introduction to the unlucky six Chicago strangers who all receive a mysterious box and decide, what the heck, let's check out this escape room. They have to brave extreme heat, extreme cold, poison, drugs, rising tensions and body counts while trying to figure out how to get out of each puzzle room, a few of which are pretty interesting. Mercifully, all the carnage is kept to tolerable PG-13 levels. You could do worse in January. And anyone already interested in the idea of an escape room that tries to kill you probably isn't expecting all that much out of this anyway. With Adam Robitel, Taylor Russell, Deborah Ann Wall, Jay Ellis, Nik Dodani. (Bahr, The Associated Press — 1/7). 1 hour, 40 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

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. TC / TM

MARY POPPINS RETURNS (PG)

The mysterious Mary Poppins returns to Depression-era London to visit Jane and her brother Michael, now a father of three, and helps them rediscover the joy they knew as children. With Emily Blunt, Dick Van Dyke, Lin-Manuel Miranda. 2 hours, 11 minutes. BC / BM / NAM

MARY QUEEN OF SCOTS (R)

An ambitious re-imagining of the Mary Stuart and Elizabeth I saga with modern flourishes and bold performances from Saoirse Ronan and Margot Robbie. But the film, for all its prestige and edginess, its lofty goals and contemporary messages, is not a particularly engrossing experience.The film takes enormous liberties with history, bringing the two rulers together for a face-to-face conversation, and infusing the cast with more diverse faces and themes to varying degrees of success. That conversation that apparently never happened is well worth the factual leniency. It's the scene that the whole film is building toward and both Robbie and Ronan are extremely compelling — vulnerable and introspective yet also fierce and unwavering — in this power showdown. Unfortunately the journey to get to this part is long and, for long stretches, quite dreary and dull. (Bahr, The Associated Press — Jan. 7). 2 hours, 4 minutes. IC

ON THE BASIS OF SEX (PG-13)

Ruth Bader Ginsburg (Felicity Jones) is a struggling attorney and new mother who faces adversity and numerous obstacles in her fight for equal rights. When Ruth takes on a groundbreaking tax case with her husband, attorney Martin Ginsburg (Armie Hammer), she knows it could change the direction of her career and the way the courts view gender discrimination. With Justin Theroux, Sam Waterston. 2 hours. BC / BM / TC / TM

RALPH BREAKS THE INTERNET (PG)

Video game bad guy Ralph and fellow misfit Vanellope von Schweetz must risk it all by traveling to the World Wide Web in search of a replacement part to save Vanellope's video game, "Sugar Rush." In way over their heads, Ralph and Vanellope rely on the citizens of the internet -- the netizens -- to help navigate their way. It would be better if this sequel wrestled more with the online world than used it as another bits and bytes background. Really, it doesn't quite live up to the title. Ralph could have done more damage. With the voices of John C. Reilly, Sarah Silverman. (Coyle, The Associated Press — 11/23) 1 hour, 54 minutes. NAM

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 MULE (R)

Broke, alone and facing foreclosure on his business, 90-year-old horticulturist Earl Stone (Clint Eastwood) takes a job as a drug courier for a Mexican cartel. His immediate success leads to easy money and a larger shipment that soon draws the attention of hard-charging DEA agent Colin Bates (Bradley Cooper). When Earl's past mistakes start to weigh heavily on his conscience, he must decide whether to right those wrongs before law enforcement and cartel thugs catch up to him. 1 hour, 56 minutes. BM

THE UPSIDE (NR)

Phillip is a wealthy quadriplegic who needs a caretaker to help him with his day-to-day routine in his New York penthouse. He decides to hire Dell, a struggling parolee who's trying to reconnect with his ex and his young son. Despite coming from two different worlds, an unlikely friendship starts to blossom as fun-loving Dell shows curmudgeonly Phillip that life is worth living. With Kevin Hart, Nicole Kidman. 2 hours, 6 minutes. BC / BM /NAM / TC / TM

VICE (R)

Adam McKay's exhaustingly entertaining (and entertainingly exhausting) Dick Cheney movie. We first meet Cheney in 1963, staggering blind drunk from a car during a traffic stop. Fast forward to 9/11, and he's the guy taking charge of the nation's response, with Bush nowhere in sight. How did we get from A to B, McKay is asking? "Vice" is frenetic and fun, flippant and frustrating (to stick with one letter of the alphabet). Is it, um, factual? Well, McKay has based his research on some important books by journalists like Ron Suskind, Barton Gellman and Jane Mayer. But he also surely injects plenty of his own analysis, and unless you're an expert, you may not know where the hypothesizing begins.With Christian Bale, Amy Adams and Steve Carell. (Noveck, The Associated Press — 12/28) 2 hours and 12 minutes. BM / CT / NAM / TC / TM



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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