Film clips / Nov. 17-23


Three under-appreciated, overburdened moms take on the task of making the perfect Christmas for their families with the added pressure of their own mothers coming to visit. With Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell, Kathryn Hahn, Christine Baranski, Susan Sarandon, Wanda Sykes, Christina Applegate. 1 hour, 44 minutes. BM / NAM


Father and stepfather Dusty and Brad's plans to make Christmastime perfect for the children are up-ended. when Dusty's macho dad and Brad's gentle father turn up. With Will Ferrell, Mark Wahlberg, Mel Gibson, John Cena, John Lithgow. 1 hour, 40 minutes. BC / BM / NAM


A mysterious madman rounds up a group of victims to play sadistic games of life and death which police soon link to the infamous killer, Jigsaw, who died 10 years earlier. 1 hour, 32 minutes. BM


Although marginally better than "Batman v Superman" and "Suicide Squad," director Zack Snyder's latest is still a profound mess of maudlin muscles, incoherent action and jaw-droppingly awful CGI. It is big, loud, awful to look at and oh-so-dumb. With Superman (Henry Cavill) dead, and the world facing yet another devastating threat (yawn) this time at the hands of some ancient creature named Steppenwolf (Ciaran Hinds) and his army of giant alien mosquitoes, which look like Saturday morning Power Rangers villains, Batman/Bruce Wayne (Ben Affleck) and Wonder Woman/Diana Prince (Gal Gadot) go in search of some new recruits. There are some good moments, but everything else feels labored. (Bahr, The Associated Press — 11/16). 2 hours, 1 minute. BC / BM / NAM


This semi-autobiographical creation of actress and writer Greta Gerwig in her solo directing debut chronicles one year in the life of its titular character, from the start of her senior year of high school to freshman year of college and all of its beautiful banalities — sex, prom, money, grades, boys, nuns and that gnawing dissatisfaction that has plagued every modern 17-year-old who'd rather die than admit that things might be OK. With Saoirse Ronan, Laurie Metcalf. 1 hour, 45 minutes. TC


Drama centering around the mysterious death of French artist Vincent van Gogh in 1890. With Douglas Booth, Saoirse Ronan, Aidan Turner. 1 hour, 35 minutes. TC


Agatha Christie's Belgian detective Hercule Poirot boards the Orient Express where he meets an odd group of strangers, one of whom is murdered. A perfectly decent adaptation of Christie's 1934 novel with the likes of Kenneth Branagh (who also directed), Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer and Judi Dench lighting up the screen and chewing the decadent scenery like old-fashioned stars. (Bahr, The Associated P ress — 11/10). 1 hour, 54 minutes. BC/ BM / NAM / TC


This film by Danish director Thomas Vinterberg examines the fallout from the social upheavals of the 1970s through the microcosm of a Copenhagen commune created by Anna, a television newswoman, and her husband Erik, who teaches architecture at a university, when they inherit the huge house where Erik grew up. While Anna is anxious to stay home and experience life with her new extended family, Erik finds a more traditional way of reinvigorating himself: an affair with one of his students. 1 hour, 51 minutes. LC


This drama follows six-year-old Moonee (Brooklynn Prince) and her rebellious mother Halley (Bria Vinai) over the course of a single summer. The two live week to week at "The Magic Castle," a budget hotel managed by Bobby (Willem Dafoe), whose stern exterior hides a deep reservoir of kindness and compassion. A transcendently beautiful, funny, heartwarming (and heart-wrenching) tale of childhood, poverty and the broken American dream. (Bahr, The Associated Press — 11/13). 1 hour, 55 minutes. TC


Animated feature about a small but brave donkey who breaks free from his daily grind at the village mill and goes on the adventure of his dreams. 1 hour, 26 minutes. BM / NAM


The respected curator of a contemporary art museum lives a socially responsible life and supports good causes. His next show is The Square, an installation which invites passersby to altruism. But when his phone is stolen, his response plunges him into one moral dilemma after another. 2 hours, 22 minutes. IC


Imprisoned on the other side of the universe, the mighty Thor finds himself in a deadly gladiatorial contest that pits him against the Hulk, his former ally and fellow Avenger. Thor's quest for survival leads him in a race against time to prevent the all-powerful Hela from destroying his home world. This is the most fun of the Thor movies by a long shot, but it is still very much a Thor movie, for better or worse. With Chris Helmsworth, Cate Blanchett, Jeff Goldblum, Tom Hiddleston, Mark Ruffalo, Tessa Thompson, Taika Waititi. 2 hours, 10 minutes. (Bahr, The Associated Press — 11/2). 2 hours, 10 minutes. BC / BM / CT / NAM / TC


Drama based on a true story about the unlikely alliance between Queen Victoria and a young clerk from India who arrives in Britain to participate in the queen's golden jubilee and unexpectedly finds favor with the monarch. With Judi Dench, Ali Fazal, Eddie Izzard. 1 hour, 53 minutes. TC


Based on R.J. Palacio's 2012 YA novel, "Wonder" is about a 10-year-old boy, Auggie Pullman (Jacob Tremblay, with heavy makeup), with mandibulofacial dysostosis or Treacher Collins Syndrome. His parents (Julia Roberts, Owen Wilson) have home-schooled him up until now but believe it's time for him to enter 5th grade and middle school — a lion's den if ever there was one, especially for a gentle, socially isolated boy with facial deformities despite 27 healing surgeries. 1 hour, 53 minutes. BC / BM / NAM


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)


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