Film clips / March 30-April 5


After the disappearance of her scientist father, three peculiar beings send Meg, her brother and her friend to space in order to find him. Visually gorgeous at times but then boring to behold at others; emotionally poignant at times but stunningly cloying at others. It's also confusing. Mostly, it's just a frustrating whole composed of some pretty promising parts. From the book by Madeleine L'Engle. With Storm Reid, Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon, Zach Galifianakis, Mindy Kaling, Chris Pine. (Noveck, The Associated Press — 3/12). 1 hour, 49 minutes. NAM / TC


Marvel Cinematic Universe' sci-fi action/adventure starring Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan and Lupita Nyong'o. When the king of Wakanda dies, T'Challa returns home to take the throne, where he finds the country's five tribes are beginning to bubble with discord. Wakanda is a mighty African country that appears from the outside as "Third World." But hidden from sight is a shimmering, technologically advanced metropolis whose stealthy growth has been fueled by vibranium, a cosmic mineral deposited deep in its mountains by a meteorite thousands of years earlier. Unlike many of its more hollow predecessors, "Black Panther" has real, honest-to-goodness stakes. (Coyle, The Associated Press — 2/10). 2 hours, 14 minutes. BC / BM / NAM


When a rowdy inmate (Melissa Leo) gets one weekend out of prison to visit her ailing mother, the rookie corrections officer (Tessa Thompson) assigned to keep an eye on her struggles to keep her in line during their emergency furlough. With Whoopi Goldberg, Edgar Ramirez, La La Anthony. 1 hour, 23 minutes. LC


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. An unforgivingly violent and spare revisionist Western set in 1892 that explores the traumas of American westward expansion. Despite its posture of brutal amorality, "Hostiles" has a goodness at the core, of understanding and empathy. (Bahr, The Associated Press — 1/31). 2 hours, 15 minutes. CT


Growing up in Texas, Bart Millard suffers physical and emotional abuse at the hands of his father. His childhood and relationship with his dad inspires him to write the hit song "I Can Only Imagine" as singer of the Christian band MercyMe. With Dennis Quaid, Madeline Carroll. 1 hour, 50 minutes. BM


Seventeen-year-old Simon Spier hasn't told his family or friends that he's gay, and he doesn't know the identity of the anonymous classmate that he's fallen for online. With Nick Robinson, Katherine Langford, Miles Heizer. 1 hour, 50 minutes. BC / BM / IC / TM


Seventeen-year-old Katie Price (Bella Thorne) is sheltered at home since childhood with a rare genetic condition, a life-threatening sensitivity to sunlight. Having only her father Jack (Rob Riggle) for company, Katie's world opens up after dark when she ventures outside to play her guitar. One night, her dreams come true when she's noticed and asked out by her longtime crush Charlie (Patrick Schwarzenegger), whom she's secretly watched from her bedroom window for years. 1 hour, 49 minutes. BM


This follow-up to "Pacific Rim" film opens in 2035, 10 years after the last Kaiju was defeated and the breach closed. It's the calm before the storm. Our heroes now are the rebellious Jake (John Boyega) and the teen orphan Amara (Cailee Spaeny), who builds her own Jaeger out of spare parts. They join together to help the military fight a new opponent — a rogue Jaeger that comes out of the sea and stomps around menacingly. A visually stunning, expertly crafted dose of cheer-at-the-screen fun. It's the definition of what a blockbuster sequel should be. (Kennedy, The Associated Press — 3/26). 1 hour, 51 minutes. BC / BM / NAM


This sci-fi spectacle from director Steven Spielberg presents a near-future vision of a dystopian society that has all but abandoned the real world for an escapist virtual reality existence. In 2045, most people, including the teenage hero Wade (Tye Sheridan), spend their lives as avatars (Wade's is a cooler version of himself named "Parzival") in the virtual world of the OASIS — a VR game created by an eccentric genius, James Halliday (Mark Rylance), who has promised his wealth to whomever wins and finds the "Easter egg."A rollicking virtual-world geekfest in which the only limitation is your imagination. Spielberg shows he's just as capable as he ever was in making a rip-roaring spectacle. (Coyle, The Associated Press — 3/28). 2 hours, 20 minutes. BC / BM / NAM / TM / TC


Drama based on the true story of a mission by Israeli soldiers to rescue more than 240 hostages from an airport in Entebbe, Uganda, in the summer of 1976. 1 hour, 47 minutes. TC


After a string of garden gnome disappearances in London, Gnomeo & Juliet look to legendary detective Sherlock Gnomes to solve the case of their missing friends and family. 1 hour, 26 minutes. BC / BM / NAM


Dark satire set against the background of the scheming and wrestling for power among Stalin's cabinet — the motliest of crews — in the aftermath of his death. When the laughs dry up, painful truths settle in. With Steve Buscemi, Michael Palin, Jeffrey Tambor, Jason Isaacs, Simon Russell Beale. (Coyle, The Associated Press — 3/26). 1 hour, 47 minutes. TC


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. TM


Hoping to solve the mystery of her father's disappearance, fiercely independent adventurer Lara Croft embarks on a perilous journey to his last-known destination — a fabled tomb on a mythical island that might be somewhere off the coast of Japan. An often fun and visually compelling action pic, that is also sometimes unintentionally silly, with a great actress, Alicia Vikander, leading the whole thing. With Daniel Wu, Kristin Scott-Thomas. (Bahr, The Associated Press 3/ ). 2 hours, 2 minutes. BM / NAM


Tired of standing by her devious husband, a faithful wife becomes enraged when it becomes clear she has been betrayed. With Taraji B. Henson, Lyriq Bent. 2 hours. BM


While consulting with a therapist, a woman who has been stalked for two years unwittingly signs in for a 24-hour commitment to behavioral center. Her stay soon gets extended when doctors and nurses begin to question her sanity. The woman now believes that one of the staffers is her stalker. A pulpy psychological thriller filmed by director Steven Soderbergh entirely on an iPhone. A B-movie iMovie that proves that the laborious apparatus of filmmaking can be not only light on its feet, but fit snuggly in your pocket. With Claire Foy, Jay Pharoah, Juno Temple, Joshua Leonard, Amy Irving. (Coyle, The Associated Press — 3/27). 1 hour, 38 minutes. BM / TC / TM


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)

: 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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