Film clips / Nov. 15-21

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A BALLERINA'S TALE

A feature documentary on African American ballerina Misty Copeland that examines her prodigious rise, her potentially career ending injury alongside themes of race and body image in the elite ballet world. LC

CHARLIE'S ANGELS (PG-13)

When a systems engineer blows the whistle on a dangerous technology, Charlie's Angels from across the globe are called into action, putting their lives on the line to protect society. With Kristen Stewart, Naomi Scott, Ella Balinska, Elizabeth Banks, Patrick Stewart, Djimon Hounsou. 1 hour, 58 minutes. BC / BM / NAM

DOCTOR SLEEP (R)

Adapted from Stephen King's 2013 book, "Doctor Sleep" shifts the story of tricycle-riding tyke of "The Shining," Danny Torrance (Ewan McGregor), now all grown up and dealing, understandably, with a few residual psychological issues from his childhood stay at the Overlook Hotel. Hollywood's insatiable search for new iterations for old intellectual property has wound its way to the House of Kubrick. It's so overwhelmingly a misguided mission that you want to yell "Don't go in there." (Coyle, The Associated Press — 11/12). 2 hours, 32 minutes. BC / BM / NAM / TC

FORD v. FERRARI (PG-13)

This drama follows an eccentric, determined team of American engineers and designers, led by automotive visionary Carroll Shelby and his British driver, Ken Miles, who are dispatched by Henry Ford II with the mission of building from scratch an entirely new automobile with the potential to finally defeat the perennially dominant Ferrari at the 1966 Le Mans World Championship. With Christian Bale, Matt Damon, Jon Bernthal, Tracy Letts, Caitriona Balfe, Noah Jupe. 2 hours, 32 minutes. BC / BM / NAM / TM

HARRIET (PG-13)

The extraordinary tale of Harriet Tubman's escape from slavery and transformation into one of America's greatest heroes. Her courage, ingenuity and tenacity freed hundreds of slaves and changed the course of history. With Cynthia Erivo, Leslie Odom Jr., Janelle Monae, Joe Alwyn, Jennifer Nettles, Clarke Peters. 2 hours, 5 minutes. BM / TC / TM

JOJO RABBIT (PG-13)

A World War II satire that follows a lonely German boy (Roman Griffin Davis), whose world view is turned upside down when he discovers his single mother (Scarlett Johansson) is hiding a young girl (Thomasin McKenzie) in her attic. 1 hour, 48 minutes. CT / TC / TM

JOKER (R)

Failed comedian Arthur Fleck seeks connection as he walks the streets of Gotham City. Isolated, bullied and disregarded by society, Fleck begins a slow descent into madness as he transforms into the criminal mastermind known as the Joker. An empty, foggy exercise in secondhand style and second-rate philosophizing. The movie is weightless and shallow. It isn't any fun, and it can't be taken seriously.With Joaquin Phoenix, Robert De Niro, Zazie Beetz. (Scott, The New York Times — 10/5). 2 hours, 2 minutes. BM

LAST CHRISTMAS (PG-13)

Kate is a young woman subscribed to bad decisions. Her last date with disaster? That of having accepted to work as Santa's elf for a department store. However, she meets Tom there and her life takes a new turn. For Kate, it seems too good to be true. There are good intentions all around but hardly any jokes, which makes the movie's treacly third act reveal of Tom's identity harder to swallow. With Emilia Clarke, Henry Golding, Emma Thompson, Michelle Yeoh, Patti LuPone, Rob Delaney. (Coyle, The Associated Press — 12/11). 1 hour, 43 minutes. BC / BM / NAM

MALEFICENT: MISTRESS OF EVIL (PG)

"Maleficent: Mistress of Evil" picks up several years after "Maleficent," in which audiences learned of the events that hardened the heart of Disney's most notorious villain and drove her to curse a baby Princess Aurora. The film continues to explore the complex relationship between the horned fairy and the soon to be Queen as they form new alliances and face new adversaries in their struggle to protect the moors and the magical creatures that reside within. This needless sequel to the 2014 "Sleeping Beauty" riff fails to fully value the entire of appeal of these films: Angelina Jolie's Maleficent. With Angelina Jolie, Elle Fanning, Imelda Staunton, Michelle Pfeiffer, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Juno Temple. (Coyle, The Associated Press — 10/18). 1 hour, 58 minutes. BM

MIDWAY (PG-13)

On Dec. 7, 1941, Japanese forces launch a devastating attack on Pearl Harbor, the U.S. naval base in Hawaii. Six months later, the Battle of Midway commences on June 4, 1942, as the Japanese navy once again plans a strike against American ships in the Pacific. For the next three days, the U.S. Navy and a squad of brave fighter pilots engage the enemy in one of the most important and decisive battles of World War II. With Woody Harrelson, Patrick Wilson, Ed Skrein, Aaron Eckhart, Luke Evans, Mandy Moore, Dennis Quaid, Nick Jonas, Luke Kleintank, Keean Johnson. 2 hours, 18 minutes. BC / BM

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MOTHERLESS BROOKLYN (R)

Lionel Essrog (Norton), a lonely private detective living with with Tourette Syndrome, ventures to solve the murder of his mentor and only friend, Frank Minna (Bruce Willis). With Edward Norton, Bruce Willis, Leslie Mann, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Willem Dafoe, Alec Baldwin, Fisher Stevens, Bobby Cannavale, Michael Kenneth Williams, Josh Pais, Ethan Suplee, Cherry Jones, Dallas Roberts, Robert Ray Wisdom. 2 hours, 24 minutes. BM

PARASITE (R)

Meet the Park Family: the picture of aspirational wealth. And the Kim Family, rich in street smarts but not much else. Be it chance or fate, these two houses are brought together. Soon, a symbiotic relationship forms between the two families. But this new ecosystem is fragile, and soon enough greed and class prejudice threaten to upend the Kims' newfound comfort. With Song Kang-ho, Choi Woo-sik, Chang Hyae-jin, Park So-dam, Sun-kyun Lee, Yeo-Jeong Jo. 2 hours, 13 minutes. IC / NAM / TC / TM

PLAYING WITH FIRE (PG)

When straight-laced fire superintendent Jake Carson and his elite team of firefighters come to the rescue of three siblings, they quickly realize that no amount of training could prepare them for their most challenging job yet — babysitting. As their lives, jobs and depot get turned upside down, the three men soon learn that children — much like fires — are wild and unpredictable. With John Cena, Brianna Hildebrand, Keegan-Michael Key, Judy Greer, John Leguizamo, Tyler Mane. 1 hour, 36 minutes. BC / BM / NAM

THE GOOD LIAR (R)

Career con artist Roy Courtnay can hardly believe his luck when he meets well-to-do widow Betty McLeish online. As Betty opens her home and life to him, Roy is surprised to find himself caring about her, turning what should be a cut-and-dry swindle into the most treacherous tightrope walk of his life. With Helen Mirren, Ian McKellen, Jim Carter, Russell Tovey, J hannes Haukur J hannesson, Mark Lewis Jones. 1 hour, 49 minutes. BM

ZOMBIELAND: DOUBLE TAP (R)

In this sequel, Columbus, Tallahassee, Wichita, and Little Rock move to the American heartland as they face off against evolved zombies, fellow survivors, and the growing pains of the snarky makeshift family. With Emma Stone, Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Zoey Deutch, Dan Aykroyd, Bill Murray, Rosario Dawson, Thomas Middleditch, Abigail Breslin, Avan Jogia, Luke Wilson. 1 hour, 33 minutes. NAM

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 (86 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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