Film clips / Nov. 29-Dec. 5

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A BEAUTIFUL DAY IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD (PG)

Two-time Oscar-winner Tom Hanks portrays Mister Rogers in this timely story of kindness triumphing over cynicism, based on the true story of a real-life friendship between Fred Rogers and journalist Tom Junod. After a jaded magazine writer (Matthew Rhys) is assigned a profile of Fred Rogers, he overcomes his skepticism, learning about empathy, kindness, and decency from America's most beloved neighbor. With Tammy Blanchard, Chris Cooper, Wendy Makkena, Enrico Colantoni. BC / BM / NAM / TC

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. The film — which does some clever things — never does stand up to even the most modest of expectations of popcorn entertainment. With Kristen Stewart, Naomi Scott, Ella Balinska, Elizabeth Banks, Patrick Stewart, Djimon Hounsou. (Bahr, The Associated Press — 11/16). 1 hour, 58 minutes. 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. BM

FORD v FERRARI (PG-13)

This infectious and engrossing story of the 1966 showdown on a French racetrack between car giants Ford and Ferrari is a high-octane ride that will make you instinctively stomp on a ghostly gas pedal from your movie seat. But you don't need to be a motorhead to enjoy Matt Damon and Christian Bale as a pair of rebels risking it all for purity and glory. Yes, director James Mangold takes you down onto the raceway, with cameras low to the ground and care to show the crack of gear shifts and feet on pedals. Yet he's not created a "Fast and Furious" film — this is more a drama about a pair of visionaries who fight against a smarmy bureaucracy. That vision happens to be on a track. With Christian Bale, Matt Damon, Jon Bernthal, Tracy Letts, Caitriona Balfe, Noah Jupe. (Kennedy, The Associated Press — 11/20). 2 hours, 32 minutes. BC / BM / NAM / TC / TM

FROZEN II (PG)

Anna, Elsa, Kristoff, Olaf and Sven leave Arendelle to travel to an ancient, autumn-bound forest of an enchanted land. They set out to find the origin of Elsa's powers in order to save their kingdom. If it all seems less effortless, more workmanlike than the first film, with a very complex storyline that will definitely be harder to follow for younger fans, there's plenty to like, especially the lush visuals. It's got quality, and it's got quantity. It just doesn't have the exciting, lightning-in-a-bottle feel that the wonderful original had. Perhaps that was too much to ask.With Josh Gad, Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, Jonathan Groff, Evan Rachel Wood, Sterling K. Brown. (Noveck, The Associated Press — 11/23). 1 hour, 44 minutes. BC / BM / NAM / TC / TM

GREENER GRASS

In a day-glo-colored, bizarro version of suburbia where adults wear braces on their already-straight teeth, everyone drives golf carts, and children magically turn into golden retrievers, soccer moms and best friends Jill (Jocelyn DeBoer) and Lisa (Dawn Luebbe) are locked in a passive aggressive battle-of-the-wills that takes a turn into the sinister when Lisa begins systematically taking over every aspect of Jill's life-starting with her newborn daughter. Meanwhile, a psycho yoga teacher killer is on the loose, Jill's husband (Beck Bennett) has developed a curious taste for pool water, and Lisa is pregnant with a soccer ball. 1 hour, 35 minutes. LC

KNIVES OUT (PG-13)

When renowned crime novelist Harlan Thrombey (Christopher Plummer) is found dead at his estate just after his 85th birthday, the inquisitive and debonair Detective Benoit Blanc (Daniel Craig) is mysteriously enlisted to investigate. In the whodunit, too much is usually a good thing. Give us all the movie stars, plot twists and murder weapons you can find. When done well, there is almost nothing better. And in "Knives Out," while it takes a little while to find its stride, the whodunit turns out not only to still have a few moves left but to be downright acrobatic. With Chris Evans, Michael Shannon, Toni Collette, Lakeith Stanfield, Ana de Armas, Don Johnson, Katherine Langford, Jamie Lee Curtis, Jaeden Martell. (Coyle, The Associated Press — 11/28). 2 hours, 10 minutes. BC / BM / NAM / TC / TM

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. 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. NAM

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. NAM

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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. 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

THE IRISHMAN (R)

The subject at hand in Martin Scorsese's 3 hour drama is Frank Sheehan (Robert De Niro), the teamster and mafia figure who claimed right before his death that he was the one who killed Jimmy Hoffa (Al Pacino). Spanning decades, the film chronicles one of the greatest unsolved mysteries in American history, the disappearance of legendary union boss Jimmy Hoffa, and offers a monumental journey through the hidden corridors of organized crime: its inner workings, rivalries and connections to mainstream politics. A small epic with a superhero budget, "The Irishman" keeps you rapt from the first winding tracking shot through the melancholic end. With Joe Pesci, Anna Paquin, Bobby Canavale, Harvey Keitel. (Bahr, The Associated Press — 11/26). 3 hours, 29 minutes. CT / IC / TM

21 BRIDGES (R)

An embattled NYPD detective (Chadwick Boseman) is thrust into a citywide manhunt for a pair of cop killers after uncovering a massive and unexpected conspiracy. As the night unfolds, lines become blurred on who he is pursuing, and who is in pursuit of him. When the search intensifies, extreme measures are taken to prevent the killers from escaping Manhattan as the authorities close all 21 bridges that connect Manhattan to New Jersey and all the neighboring boroughs to prevent any entry or exit from the iconic island. With Sienna Miller, Stephan James, Taylor Kitsch, Keith David, J.K Simmons. 1 hour, 40 minutes. BM

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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