Film clips / Nov. 24-30


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. NAM


In preparation for the Day of the Dead holiday, a 12-year-old named Miguel (newcomer Anthony Gonzalez), with the heart of a musician born into a family of shoemakers who've banned music for generations, defiantly takes off in pursuit of music, hoping to compete in a neighborhood showcase that would confirm his talents. But his attempts to procure a guitar accidentally lead him across the golden bridge into the realm of the dead where he uncovers a mystery, connects with a quirky guy named Hector (Gael Garcia Bernal), and meets generations of relatives he's known only through old photos. Like the multicolored, flying tiger-dragon that swoops through Miguel's adventure into the land of spirits, Disney-Pixar's "Coco" is a thrilling and joyous vision, a celebration of life and the loving tradition of the Day of the Dead. (Cohen, The Associated Press — 11/22). 1 hour, 49 minutes. BC / BM / CT / NAM / TC


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


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 impressive 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. A rich and lovingly composed film, bursting with wit, humanity, joy and truth. With Saoirse Ronan, Laurie Metcalf. (Bahr, The Associated Press — 11/23). 1 hour, 45 minutes. IC / 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


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


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 / NAM / TC


Frances McDormand plays a grieving mother searching for answers for the brutal rape and murder of her teen daughter seven months earlier from a lazy police force, led by Woody Harrelson's chief. There are no clear heroes here, and no clear villains, and needless to say, one should not expect to take away any easy lessons, either. Except perhaps this: there's no better time than right now for a high-profile movie led by a meaty, complicated female character — and no better actress than McDormand to take it on. And you can put that on a billboard. With Sam Rockwell, Peter Dinklage. (Noveck, The Associated Press — 11/22). 1 hour, 45 minutes. TC


Based on R.J. Palacio's 2012 YA novel, the simple-seeming, genuine and appealing "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. (Coyle, The Associated Press — 11/20). 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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