Film Clips / June 24 - 30


A Bigger Splash (R): A rock star recovering from vocal cord surgery on a sunny Sicilian island with her boyfriend gets an unexpected visit from a former lover and his seductive daughter. For 90 minutes, this drama floats along as a relaxed exploration of four quirky characters and the shifting ties that bind them. Then, suddenly and shockingly, it turns into a psychological thriller for the last half hour. It's a shift that feels uneasy and a little bit forced, but, by then, you've been lulled into a second-glass-of-wine feeling. Your defenses are down and you're ready to flow to the end — even though you have a feeling you're going to be left a little unsatisfied. With Tilda Swinton, Ralph Fiennes, Dakota Johnson, Matthias Schoenaerts. (Noveck, The Associated Press — June 10). 2 hours 4 minutes. IC

A Light Beneath Their Feet (NR): A young woman with a bright future is caught between living her own life or staying near home to take care of her bipolar mother. LC

Central Intelligence (PG-13): Two former high school classmates — one, a trim and fit CIA agent who was bullied in school for being overweight; the other, a fast-talking accountant who misses his high school glory days as an athlete — run into each other at a reunion and team up to help save the United States' compromised spy satellite system. This buddy action-comedy doesn't pack many big laughs, but it is likely to keep a smile on your face for the duration. A satisfyingly sweet summer distraction that should only improve with time and repeat viewings. With Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart. • (Bahr, The Associated Press — June 18). 1 hour 54 minutes. BC / BM / NAM

Finding Dory (PG): With a little help from her friends, Dory, a blue tang fish with short term memory loss, sets off in search of her parents, from whom she was separated as a child. The most ready made of parent-kid bonding. With the voices of Ellen DeGeneres, Ty Burrell, Albert Brooks, Diane Keaton, Ed O'Neill, Eugene Levy, Kaitlin Olson, Idris Elba, Dominic West. (Coyle, The Associated Press — June 17). 1 hour 37 minutes. BC / BM / CT / NAM / TC

Free State of Jones (R): This fact-based drama stars Matthew McConaughey as Newt Knight, a Mississippi farmer who led an uprising that resulted in the secession of Jones County from the Confederacy. 2 hours 19 minutes. BC / BM / NAM / TC

Independence Day — Resurgence (PG-13): An alien invasion of unprecedented force threatens the Earth despite sophisticated defense mechanisms put in place after the events in "Independence Day." With Liam Hemsworth, Jeff Goldblum, Bill Pullman, Judd Hirsch, Vivica A. Fox. 2 hours. BC / BM / NAM / TC

Me Before You (R): A wealthy young man from London who is left paralyzed by a car accident forms an unexpected bond with the young woman from a small town who is hired as his caregiver. A slam dunk for fans of the book upon which the movie is based, who will be crying from the first scene. For the rest of us, it's a bit of a harder sell. With Emilia Clarke, Sam Claflin. (Noveck, The Associated Press — June 3). 1 hour 50 minutes. BM

Now You See Me 2 (PG-13): Turning up in Macau after fleeing the U.S,, the illusionists known as The Four Horsemen land in trouble again, this time when a hi-tech wiz forces them to steal a chip that can dominate the world. This magician heist movie disappears with not a poof, but, in a hyperkinetic blur of hectic plot mechanics, ceaselessly nattering characters and so many ploys of misdirection that the film's own direction got lost up someone's sleeve long ago. With Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Daniel Radcliffe, David Franco, Lizzy Caplan. (Coyle, The Associated Press — June 11). 2 hours 9 minutes. BM

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles — Out of the Shadows (PG-13): The turtles are in action again, this time against supervillain Shredder, who allies with a mad scientist and cohorts. A Saturday morning cartoon on Michael Bay steroids. The kids can have it. (Bahr, The Associated Press — June 6). 1 hour 52 minutes. NAM

The Conjuring 2 (R): A married couple who are paranormal investigators come out of a self-imposed sabbatical and travel to a small English village to meet with a single mother of four who claims that something evil is going on in her house. With Patrick Wilson, Vera Farmiga. 2 hours 14 minutes. BC / BM / NAM

The Lobster (R): Dark comedy set in a dystopian culture in which the lonely and divorced are rounded up in a white van and brought to a resort, where they are given 45 days to find a mate or be turned into an animal of their choosing. The style in this savage deadpan parody of our coupling obsession is at once gleefully bonkers and grimly banal. With Colin Farrell, Rachel Weisz, John C. Reilly, Ben Whishaw. • (Coyle, The Associated Press — June 17). 1 hour 59 minutes. IC

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The Shallows (PG-13): A woman surfing off a secluded beach must use all her ingenuity to reach shore — only 200 yards away — when she realizes she is stranded in the feeding ground of a great white shark. With Blake Lively. 1 hour 27 minutes. BC / BM / NAM

Warcraft (PG-13): A civil war rages within the orc race over whether to align with or eliminate humans in this fantasy-action movie based on a popular video game. For anyone unfamiliar with the fantasy game's characters and story lines, this CGI epic is little more than eye candy, a visual spectacle with a backbone of well-trod genre tropes. With Daniel Wu, Tobey Kebbell, Dominic Cooper. (Cohen, The Associated Press — June 13). 2 hours 3 minutes. BM

Weiner (R): Frank, candid, revelatory documentary about disgraced former New York congressman Anthony Weiner and his 2013 bid to become mayor of New York in the face of a new sex scandal. TC


The theaters at which the movies listed in Film Clips are playing are:

BC: Beacon Cinema (Pittsfield)

BM: Berkshire Mall 10 (Lanesborough)

CT: Crandell Theatre (Chatham, N.Y.)

IC: Images Cinema (Williamstown)

LC: Little Cinema (Berkshire Museum, Pittsfield)

NAM: North Adams Movieplex 8

TC: Triplex Cinema (Great Barrington)


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