Film clips / Jan. 4-10

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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

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

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. BC / BM / NAM

DR. SEUSS' THE GRINCH (PG)

When the Whos decide to make Christmas bigger and brighter, the disgruntled Grinch realizes there is one way to gain peace and quiet. With help from Max, the green grump hatches a scheme to pose as Santa Claus, steal Christmas and silence the Whos' holiday cheer once and for all. Liberties are taken. Some are just padding, some quite mistaken. It's suggested that our old friend the Grinch is an orphan, as though that excuses inflicting misfortune. There's a new sidekick, a plump reindeer named Fred, and the remaking of Cindy's mom as unwed. Benedict Cumberbatch takes on the part, with an American accent — to give him less heart? Credit goes to the film's visual effects folk, who made fur alive and gave texture to smoke. But retreading this story with a Cumberbatch, should send Hollywood bigwigs into the booby hatch. With the voices of Benedict Cumberbatch, Pharell Williams, Angela Lansbury. (Kennedy, The Associated Press — 11/9). 1 hour, 45 minutes. BM / NAM

ESCAPE ROOM (PG-13)

Lured to a mysterious room, six strangers must survive a series of elaborate traps in a sadistic game of life or death. Adam Robitel, Taylor Russell, Deborah Ann Wall. 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 / IC

HOLMES AND WATSON (PG-13)

Detective Sherlock Holmes and Dr. John Watson join forces to investigate a mysterious murder at Buckingham Palace. It seems like an open-and-shut case as all signs point to Professor James Moriarty, the criminal mastermind and longtime nemesis of the crime-solving duo. When new twists and clues begin to emerge, the world's greatest sleuth and his trusted assistant must now use their legendary wits and ingenious methods to catch the killer before the queen becomes the next victim. Will Ferrell, John C. Reilly, Ralph Fiennes, Rebecca Hall, Kelly Macdonald. 1 hour, 30 minutes. BM

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 / CT / NAM / TC / TM

MARY QUEEN OF SCOTS (R)

Queen of France at 16 and widowed at 18, Mary Stuart defies pressure to remarry. Instead, she returns to her native Scotland to reclaim her rightful throne. But Scotland and England fall under the rule of the compelling Elizabeth I. Each young Queen beholds her sister in fear and fascination. Rivals in power and in love, and female regents in a masculine world, the two must decide how to play the game of marriage versus independence. With Saoirse Ronan, Margot Robbie, Jack Lowden. 2 hours, 4 minutes. TC / TM

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. BM

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

SECOND ACT (PG-13)

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Value Shop assistant manager Maya Vargas (Jennifer Lopez) wants only one thing for her 43rd birthday -- a promotion. While her resume may not scream upper management, her track record certainly does. Vargas is an innovator who listens to her customers and delivers results. When she loses the job to a college-educated candidate, Maya sets out to prove to Madison Avenue that street smarts are as valuable as book smarts -- and it's never too late for a second act. With Vanessa Hudgens, Leah Remini. 1 hour, 45 minutes. BM

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. BC / 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. TC / TM

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. BC / 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. BM

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 / NAM / TC / TM

WELCOME TO MARWEN (PG-13)

When a devastating attack shatters Mark Hogancamp (Steve Carell) and wipes away all memories, no one expected recovery. Putting together pieces from his old and new life, Mark meticulously creates a wondrous town where he can heal and be heroic. As he builds an astonishing art installation — a testament to the most powerful women he knows — through his fantasy world, he draws strength to triumph in the real one. With Eiza Gonzalez and Leslie Mann. 1 hour, 56 minutes. BM

WHO WE ARE NOW (NR)

Recently released from prison, Beth is working with her public defender to get her son back from her sister, who was awarded legal custody while Beth was incarcerated for 10 years. Soon after, Beth forms an unlikely alliance with Jess, an idealistic young prot g of the public defense team who decides to take on Beth's cause whether she likes it or not. With Julianne Nicholson, Zachary Quinto, Jess Weixler. 1 hour, 35 minutes. LC

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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