Film clips / Nov. 2-8

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A STAR IS BORN (R)

Simply terrific — a big-scale cinematic delight that will have the masses singing, swooning and sobbing along with it. It's quite a feat from Bradley Cooper, who directed, co-wrote, produced and stars in the film. Cooper plays Jackson Maine, a massively popular singer-songwriter whose path intersects with an unknown and overlooked talent named Ally (a magnificent Lady Gaga) and the two become entangled as his star fades and hers rises. The first hour of "A Star Is Born" is downright electrifying — funny, exciting, sexy and wholly lived-in. But like all good things, the engine of that first hour gets the film only so far, and the second half has its shortcomings. But the actors and the filmmaking hold up "A Star Is Born" where the story cannot. Gaga is a gifted actress, natural, vulnerable and strong as she goes toe-to-toe with Cooper in what might be his best performance — the man truly disappears into Jackson Maine. And as a director, well, he is the real deal and, with this sort of introduction, definitely far from the shallow now. (Bahr, The Associated Press — 10/4). 2 hours, 15 minutes. BC / BM / NAM / TC / TM

BEAUTIFUL BOY (R)

Teenager Nicolas Sheff seems to have it all — good grades, editor of the school newspaper, actor, artist and athlete. When Nic's addiction to meth threatens to destroy him, his desperate father does whatever he can to save his son and his family. With Steve Carell, Timothee Chalamet, Maura Tierney, Amy Ryan. 1 hour, 52 minutes. IC / TM

BLAZE (R)

A reimagining of the life and times of Blaze Foley, the unsung songwriting legend of the Texas Outlaw Music movement. With Ben Dickey, Alia Shawkat. 2 hours, 8 minutes. LC

BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY (PG-13))

Drama about the legendary rock band Queen, their music and their extraordinary lead singer Freddie Mercury, who defied stereotypes and shattered convention to become one of the most beloved entertainers on the planet. The film traces the meteoric rise of the band through their iconic songs and revolutionary sound. They reach unparalleled success, but in an unexpected turn Freddie, surrounded by darker influences, shuns Queen in pursuit of his solo career. With Rami Malek. 2 hours, 15 minutes. BC / BM / NAM / TC / TM

FIRST MAN (PG-13)     

The story of NASA's mission to land a man on the moon, focusing on Neil Armstrong and the years 1961-1969. Based on the book by James R. Hansen. An intimate character study that becomes big just when it needs to. Sometimes a movie feels biggest when it goes small. And this one feels big. Director Damien Chazelle is only 33. One can only imagine how far he'll travel. With Ryan Gosling, Claire Foy. (Noveck, The Associated Press — 10/12). 2 hours, 20 minutes. BC / IC

FREE SOLO (PG-13)

Alex Honnold completes the first free solo climb of famed El Capitan's 3,000-foot vertical rock face at Yosemite National Park. 1 hour, 37 minutes. CT / TC / TM

GOOSEBUMPS 2: HAUNTED HALLOWEEN (PG)

Just before Halloween, Sonny Quinn (Jeremy Ray Taylor) and Sam Carter (Caleel Harris) discover a decrepit house and decide to explore inside. A hole in one of the walls opens up and inside they find a box that holds a single book: "Haunted Halloween" by R.L. Stine. When the two friends unlock the book, a ventriloquist puppet begins to talk to them, but that's just the beginning of the utter mayhem they've unleashed in the form of all kinds of strange and frightening creatures that run amok through the town. 1 hour, 30 minutes. BM / NAM

HALLOWEEN (R)

It's been 40 years since Laurie Strode survived a vicious attack from crazed killer Michael Myers on Halloween night. Locked up in an institution, Myers manages to escape when his bus transfer goes horribly wrong. Laurie now faces a terrifying showdown when the masked madman returns to Haddonfield, Ill. -- but this time, she's ready for him.The rituals are observed but what makes this "Halloween" such a thrill is how it deviates from its long ago predecessor.This "Halloween" lives up to its name. With Jamie Lee Curtis. (Coyle, The Associated Press — 10/22). 1 hour, 46 minutes. BC / BM / NAM

HUNTER KILLER (R)

Deep under the Arctic Ocean, American submarine Captain Joe Glass is on the hunt for a U.S. sub in distress when he discovers a secret Russian coup is in the offing, threatening to dismantle the world order. With crew and country on the line, Captain Glass must now assemble an elite group of Navy SEALs to rescue the kidnapped Russian president and sneak through enemy waters to stop WWIII from beginning. With Gerard Butler, Linda Cardellini, Gary Oldman, Michael Nykvist. 2 hours, 3 minutes. BM

NOBODY'S FOOL (R)

Wild child Tanya looks to her buttoned-up, by-the-book sister Danica to help her get back on her feet. As these polar opposites collide, Tanya soon discovers that Danica's picture-perfect life and boyfriend may not be what they seem. With Tiffany Haddish, Amber Riley, Tika Sumpter. 1 hour, 50 minutes. BM

SMALLFOOT (PG)

A friendly Yeti's world gets turned upside down when he discovers something that he didn't know existed -- a human. He soon faces banishment from his snowy home when the rest of the villagers refuse to believe his fantastic tale. Hoping to prove them wrong, the Yeti, Migo, embarks on an epic journey to find the mysterious creature that can put him back in good graces with his simple community. 1 hour, 36 minutes. BM / NAM

THE HATE U GIVE (PG-13)

Starr Carter is constantly switching between two worlds -- the poor, mostly black neighborhood where she lives and the wealthy, mostly white prep school that she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is soon shattered when she witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend at the hands of a police officer. Facing pressure from all sides of the community, Starr must find her voice and decide to stand up for what's right. With Amandla Stenberg. 2 hours, 12 minutes. BM

THE NUTCRACKER AND THE FOUR REALMS (PG)

Young Clara needs a magical, one-of-a-kind key to unlock a box that contains a priceless gift. A golden thread leads her to the coveted key, but it soon disappears into a strange and mysterious parallel world. In that world, she meets a soldier named Phillip, a group of mice and the regents who preside over three realms. Clara and Phillip must now enter a fourth realm to retrieve the key and restore harmony to the unstable land. 1 hour, 40 minutes. BC / BM / NAM

THE OLD MAN AND THE GUN (PG-13)

Based on the true story of Forrest Tucker (Robert Redford), from his audacious escape from San Quentin at the age of 70 to an unprecedented string of heists that confounded authorities and enchanted the public. Wrapped up in the pursuit are detective John Hunt (Casey Affleck), who becomes captivated with Forrest's commitment to his craft, and a woman (played by a sweetly moving Sissy Spacek), who loves him in spite of his chosen profession. Were it not for Redford the film would be — well, why even ask, because Redford is the point. He chose the role, optioned the New Yorker article upon which the film is based, chose the director. It's a perfect role for his swan song. (Noveck, The Associated Press — 10/13). 1 hour, 33 minutes. TC

VENOM (PG-13)

Journalist Eddie Brock is trying to take down Carlton Drake, the notorious and brilliant founder of the Life Foundation. While investigating one of Drake's experiments, Eddie's body merges with the alien Venom -- leaving him with superhuman strength and power. Twisted, dark and fueled by rage, Venom tries to control the new and dangerous abilities that Eddie finds so intoxicating. A destabilizing mix of intentional and unintentional comedy that for better or worse returns the superhero movie to its natural state: camp. With Tom Hardy, Michelle Williams, Riz Ahmed. (Coyle, The Associated Press — 10/6). 2 hours, 20 minutes. BM / 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 (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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