Film Clips / Jan. 26-Feb. 1


It's the summer of 1983 and precocious 17-year-old Elio Perlman is spending the days with his family at their 17th-century villa in Lombardy, Italy. He soon meets Oliver, a handsome doctoral student who's working as an intern for Elio's father. Amid the sun-drenched splendor of their surroundings, Elio and Oliver discover the heady beauty of awakening desire over the course of a summer that will alter their lives forever. With Armie Hammer, Timothee Chalamet, Michael Stuhlbarg, Amira Casa. 2 hours, 12 minutes. TC


Director Joe Wright's new film deals with Winston Churchill's first weeks as head of the British government in the late spring of 1940 with German forces invading Belgium and France, pushing most of the British army onto a beach in the French coastal town of Dunkirk. A serviceable enough historical drama, "Darkest Hour," like its companion film, "Dunkirk," falls back on an idealized notion of the English character that feels, in present circumstances, less nostalgic than downright reactionary, and as empty as those ubiquitous "Keep Calm and Carry On" internet memes. Rather than invite the audience to think about the difficulties of democratic governance at a time of peril, the filmmakers promote passivity and hero-worship, offering not so much a Great Man Theory as a great man fetish. With Gary Oldman, Kristin Scott-Thomas, Ben Mendelsohn, Lily James. (Scott, New York Times — 12/28). NAM


Featuring intimate and in-depth interviews with David Hockney, this revealing film focuses on two blockbuster exhibitions held in 2012 and 2016 at the Royal Academy of Arts in London. 1 hour, 26 minutes. LC


An elite unit from the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department squares off against a crew of successful thieves who plan to rob the city's Federal Reserve Bank. With Gerard Butler, 50 Cent, Pablo Schreiber. 2 hours, 20 minutes. BM


Christian Bale leads a formidable ensemble cast as a U.S. Cavalry Officer, Captain Joseph J. Blocker, who is ordered to lead an aging Cheyenne chief, Yellow Hawk (Wes Studi), and his family from a base in New Mexico to their homelands in Montana. Having had encounters with this man before, Blocker has no interest in embarking on this endeavor, convinced that Yellow Hawk could only be a safe and trustworthy companion dead. But this choice isn't up to him and he's going to have to go through with it whether he likes it or not —so they assemble a crew (including Jonathan Majors, Jesse Plemons and Timothee Chalamet) and head off on the trail. 2 hours, 15 minutes. BM / NAM


An outrageously entertaining reappraisal of the Olympic figure skater who, in 1994, was involved in a scheme to injure her main rival, Nancy Kerrigan. With Margot Robbie, Sebastian Stan, Allison Janney. (Coyle, The Associated Press — 1/15). 2 hours, 1 minute. BC / BM


More than two decades after Robin Williams conquered the pesky board game, "Jumanji" has been resurrected with more and glossier stars, a comedy director and a modern twist. The result is a very sweet, and generally entertaining, body swap lark with some nice messages about being, and believing in, yourself. With Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart, Nick Jonas, Jack Black, Karen Gillan. (Bahr, The Associated Press — 12/20). 1 hour, 59 minutes. BC / BM / NAM


An outspoken teen must navigate a loving but turbulent relationship with her strong-willed mother over the course of an eventful and poignant senior year of high school. Wuith saoirse Ronan, Laurie metcalf. 1 hour, 34 minutes. BM / CT


Thomas leads some escaped Gladers on their final and most dangerous mission yet. To save their friends, they must break into the legendary Last City. 2 hours, 22 minutes. BC / BM / NAM


Aaron Sorkin writes and makes his directorial bow with and Jessica Chastain stars in this true story of a beautiful, young, Olympic-class skier who ran the world's most exclusive high-stakes poker game for a decade before being arrested in the middle of the night by 17 FBI agents wielding automatic weapons. Despite some of Sorkin's more debatable choices, his writing and especially Chastain's charismatic presence make this an enjoyable tumble down some slippery slopes. With Idris Elba. 2 hours, 20 minutes. NAM


When a thief steals a prized pop-up book in an antique shop — the perfect present for his beloved aunt's 100th birthday — Paddington sets off on a quest to unmask the culprit before Aunt Lucy's big celebration. That rare creation that somehow improves on its already charming predecessor. A cheerful, sweet movie, where there is no problem that a lovingly made marmalade sandwich won't fix. With the voices of Ben Whishaw, Hugh Grant, Sally Hawkins, Imelda Staunton, Hugh Bonneville, Brendan Gleeson, Julie Walters. (Bahr, The Associated Press — 1/16). 1 hour, 43 minutes. NAM


Writer and director Paul Thomas Anderson spins the tale of an obsessive fashion designer — played by the great Daniel Day-Lewis, in what may be his final film performance, who is perhaps the only working actor perfect and exacting enough to play someone so perfect and exacting — and his muse (Vicky Krieps). Giving one of the most beautifully subtle performances of the year, Krieps more than holds her own against Day-Lewis, and in some cases even goes so far as to outshine him — a fitting parallel to her character. Lesley Manville, too, is superb as Cyril — a Mrs. Danvers-type, without the sinister angle. Like all of Anderson's efforts, "Phantom Thread" is beautiful and intriguing, but it's also a film that is not unlike its central character: easy to respect and admire, and nearly impossible to fully love. (Bahr, The Associated Press — 1/22). 2 hours, 10 minutes. BC / TMH / TC


A financially strapped ex-cop insurance salesman is drawn into a web of intrigue, terror and duplicity on the train he rides every day to and from work in New York. It's a hostage crisis tick-tock that speeds straight ahead. The stylized, sober genre mechanics are efficient, even if a rush-hour's worth of implausibility eventually wrecks the thrill. With Liam Neeson, Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson. (Coyle, The Associated Press — 1/15). 1 hour, 45 minutes. BM / NAM


With ideally cast Hugh Jackman in the leading role, this original musical achieves an aggressively synthetic style through kinetic editing and tidy underdog stories but none of the true joy of pulling a fast one. It's a standard issue holiday biopic, one that tells a story about a populist entertainer hungry for high-brow respect, the joys of show biz and the price of ambition. An amusement park version of P.T. Barnum is fine, as far as that goes, but if you are going to aim for family-friendly fun, you need to get the fun part right. With Michelle Williams, Rebecca Ferguson, Zendaya. (Zinoman, New York Times — 12/21). 1 hour, 45 minutes. BM / NAM


With help from editor Ben Bradlee (Tom Hanks), Katharine Graham (Meryl Streep), the first female publisher of a major American newspaper — The Washington Post — races to catch up with The New York Times to expose a massive cover-up of government secrets that spans three decades and four U.S. presidents. 1 hour, 55 minutes. BC / BM / NAM / TC / TMH


With shades of "Beauty and the Beast," ''The Shape of Water" is about a love between a mute cleaning lady, Eliza (Sally Hawkins), and a merman (Doug Jones) who has been captured from the Amazon and hauled back to 1962 Baltimore by a cattle prod-wielding military man named Stickland (Michael Shannon). At a secret government laboratory where Eliza and her talkative friend Zelda (Octavia Spencer) mop up blood, the amphibious man is studied and tortured but mostly kept chained in a murky pool so he can't be taken by the Russians. A warm, generous spirit of affection and insurrection washes over director Guillermo del Toro's lushly composed, vividly realized Cold War-era fairy tale that submerges you in the realm of the director's Technicolor imagination, only to swell into a watery allegory for today. It is, one suspects, the fairy tale del Toro was born to make. With Richard Jenkins. (Coyle, The Associated Press — 12/27). 2 hours, 3 minutes. BC / BM / IC / TC / TMH


After months have passed without a culprit in her daughter's murder case, Mildred Hayes (Frances McDormand) makes a bold move, painting three signs leading into her town with a controversial message directed at William Willoughby (Woody Harrelson), the town's revered chief of police. 1 hour, 55 minutes. BM / TMH


Stirring and solid, "12 Strong" spotlights a riveting story in our recent history that many Americans might not know about a small U.S. Special Forces unit that, in the days and months following the Sept. 11 attacks, led an offensive against the Taliban and Al Qaeda in Afghanistan largely on horseback. A very solid movie with an engaging story, script and cast led by Chris Hemsworth. (Bahr, The Associated Press — 1/22 ). 2 hours, 10 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)

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)

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


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