Film clips / May 11-17


The title refers to the six "infinity stones" scattered around the universe, each conveying a power of sorcery, like the time-warping one held by Doctor Strange. They are dearly sought by Thanos (Josh Brolin, to whom this movie truly belongs), the indestructible Titan warlord, who rules over much of space but would like all of it. In bringing together more than 30 significant characters from the Marvel Cinematic Universe and enough spandex to clothe a small nation, "Avengers" is a little like launching an invasion after the war was already won. Despite assured dominance, Marvel has gone nuclear. It's really the simple pleasure of seeing so many good actors together that makes "Infinity War" work. With Chris Pratt, Robert Downey Jr., Chris Helmsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Chadwick Boseman, Mark Ruffalo, Anthony Mackie, Chris Evans, Elizabeth Olsen, Dave Bautista, Benedict Cumberbatch, Tom Holland, Zoe Saldana, Jeremy Renner, Vin Diesel, Karen Gilan, Benicio del Toro, Peter Dinklage. 2 hours, 29 minutes. BC / BM / CT / NAM / TM / TC


A family of four must navigate their lives in silence after mysterious creatures that hunt by sound threaten their survival. John Krasinski, in his third feature outing as director (he also co-stars), has a lot going for him here: An inventive premise, a terrific cast featuring two extremely effective child actors (Noah Jupe, Millicent Simmonds), and the always superb Emily Blunt, who can register fear, joy, love and anxiety in one scene without needing to utter a word. He takes all this and runs with it, producing a taut, goose-pimply thriller that earns its jump-out-of-your-seat moments and only occasionally strains its own logic — and then, who really cares? It's a monster flick! (Noveck, The Associated Press — 4/7). 1 hour, 30 minutes. BM / NAM


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. BM / NAM


A young valet breaks into a man's home and discovers a terrified woman who's chained and gagged. After notifying the police, he soon becomes the target of the psychopath's wrath as he tries to rescue the victim that he left behind. With Kerry Condon, David Tennant, Robert Sheehan. 1 hour, 50 minutes. BM


A U.S. diplomat (Jon Hamm) flees Lebanon in 1972 after a tragic incident at his home. Ten years later, he is called back to war-torn Beirut by a CIA operative (Rosamund Pike) to negotiate for the life of a friend he left behind. 1 hour, 49 minutes. TM


A weekend getaway to her late father's secluded, high-tech vacation home in the countryside turns into a nightmare for a single mom and her two kids when four men break into the house to find hidden money. With Gabrielle Union. 1 hour, 28 minutes. BM / NAM


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. NAM


A woman who struggles with feelings of insecurity and inadequacy on a daily basis wakes from a fall believing she is suddenly the most beautiful and capable woman on the planet, without realizing her appearance hasn't changed. The real problem is not in message or conception, but in its ragtag execution. On the plus side, it's often a pleasantly entertaining ride with the always appealing Amy Schumer, and its heart is in the right place. It also features a truly terrific comic turn by Michelle Williams. On the minus side, it muddles its message with an overstuffed script, choppy editing, and some unnecessarily over-the-top moments. Not to mention a sappy ending that actually comes close to contradicting its own premise. (Coyle, The Associated Press — 4/23). 1 hour, 50 minutes. BC / BM / NAM


Yes, you will be inexplicably wrapped up in Wes Anderson's stop-motion animated drama, set 20 years in the future, of a gang of sickly dogs who have been exiled to a trash island and are determined to get back to a life of cozy domesticity, enchanted by its artistry and trying your best to suppress your laughter so you don't miss a beat.

But you also start to realize that it will soon be over and you'll have to go back to your day bereft of that wit, imagery and storytelling, essentially nursing an acute case of Wes Anderson wistfulness. That Anderson can still excitingly tell a new story within the structure of his unique visual language that we've gotten to know so well is just a testament to his incandescent genius. We don't deserve Wes Anderson, but we should be eternally grateful he doesn't seem to mind. With the voices of Jeff Goldblum, Bryan Cranston, Bill Murray, Edward Norton, Scarlett Johansson, Greta Gerwig, Frances McDormand, Yoko Ono, Tilda Swinton, Ken Watanabe, Fisher Stevens, Liev Schreiber, Harvey Keitel, F. Murray Abraham, Courtney B. Vance, Angelica Huston. (Bahr, The Associated Press — 4/7). 1 hour, 41 minutes. BM / NAM


In this tender and heart-breaking coming-of-age drama, Charley, a teen living with his single father, finds work caring for an aging racehorse named Lean On Pete. When he learns Pete is bound for slaughter he steals the horse and, with Charley looking for a long-lost aunt, the two set out on a woeful odyssey through a seldom-seen America. With Charlie Plummer, Travis Fimmel, Steve Buscemi, Chloe Sevigny. 2 hours, 2 minutes. TM


When her husband suddenly dumps her, longtime and dedicated housewife Deanna turns regret into reset by going back to college. Unfortunately, she winds up at the same school as her less-than-thrilled daughter. With Melissa McCarthy, Gillian Jacobs, Maya Rudolph. 1 hour, 45 minutes. BM / NAM / TM


In the wake of a husband and father's death, the family members he leaves behind find themselves adrift — and in danger of drifting apart — as they each try to find meaning in a world without the man who held them together. With Andie MacDowell, Chris O'Dowd, James Adomian. 1 hour, 31 minutes. LC


Annually the best in animated short films from the world's most renowned animation festivals are compiled into the Animation Show of Shows. This year's program includes 16 films from France, Belgium, U.S., Great Britain, Canada, Switzerland, Germany and Sweden. 1 hour, 32 minutes. IC


Kate is a single, working-class mother of three who's hired to clean a luxury yacht that belongs to Leonardo — a selfish, spoiled and wealthy Mexican playboy. After unjustly firing Kate, Leonardo falls off the boat and wakes up with no memory of who he is. To get payback, Kate shows up at the hospital and convinces the confused amnesiac that they're married. Anna Faris and Eugenio Derbez co-star in this reverse-role remake of Garry Marshall's 1987 comedy that stars Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell. 1 hour, 50 minutes. BM


The relationship between a reclusive primatologist (Dwayne Johnson) and an extremely rare gentle albino gorilla with whom he has formed a bond after rescuing him as an orphan from poachers and raising him to adulthood comes undone when a rogue genetic experiment gone awry changes the ape into a raging monstrosity. To make matters worse, it's soon discovered there are other similarly altered animals. As these newly created alpha predators tear across North America, destroying everything in their path, the primatologist teams with discredited geneticist Kate Caldwell (Naomie Harris) to secure an antidote. Johnson, so recently in the jungle for "Jumanji," remains a truly indefatigable movie star capable of carrying even the most half-baked of premises with colossal charisma. Based on a popular 8-bit video game, this is forgettable popcorn fare that, in almost every scene, feels like a knockoff of something else. (Coyle, The Associated Press — 4/14). 1 hour, 47 minutes. NAM


New documentary about the now-legendary 85-year-old Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. 1 hour, 37 minutes. Review, D3. TC


"Super Troopers" deserved the love that came its way. It's about a station of prank-loving, drug-taking Vermont highway patrolmen (all played by the Broken Lizard gang) who couldn't take their jobs less seriously despite the efforts of their exasperated but lovable chief, played by the excellent Brian Cox. The new film finds the group, having lost their police jobs after something ominous referred to as "the Fred Savage incident," recruited from their contracting and lumberjack gigs to patrol an area of Quebec that has been newly discovered, from an old map, to be rightfully Vermont's. They are sent across the border, with Cox's chief in tow, to take over policing the soon-to-be annexed territory. They are the face of the Canadians' new, unwanted American overlords. The Broken Lizard guys remain amusing and likable. Their fondness for running gags hasn't slowed down. And they can still get a lot of mileage out of guys with guns and mustaches in uniforms acting stupid. But while "Super Troopers 2," also written by the troupe, may be just enough to satiate any remaining die-hards, it's not likely to convert many new moviegoers to their syrup-swilling, "meow"-ing ways. With Broken Lizard — Jay Chandrasekhar, Kevin Heffernan, Steve Lemme, Paul Soter, Erik Stolhanske; and Brian Cox, Rob Lowe, Lynda Carter, Emmanuelle Chriqui. (Coyle, The Associated Press — 4/21). 1 hour, 40 minutes. BM


In this new comedy-drama from Academy Award-nominated director Jason Reitman ("Up in the Air") and Academy Award-winning screenwriter Diablo Cody ("Juno"), a mother of three (Charlize Theron), including a newborn, is gifted a night nanny (Mackenzie Davis) by her brother (Mark Duplass). A fantasy of parenthood that, while it has a twist up its sleeve, remains a minor exercise.1 hour, 36 minutes. BC / 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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