Film clips / Nov. 3-9


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. BC / BM / NAM


A TWA pilot (Tom Cruise) is recruited by the CIA ostensibly to keep tabs on the incipient communist threat in Central America and winds up running one of the biggest CIA covert operations in the agency's history which resulted in the establishment of the Medellin drug cartel. Based on a true story, this smart, zippy movie plays very much like your type-A Cruise movie before it yanks the rug out from beneath you and reveals the type-B Cruise we've been missing. (Coyle, The Associated Press — 9/29). 1 hour, 55 minutes. NAM


Earth comes under assault from an intricate network of satellites designed to control the global climate and keep everyone safe. With Gerard Butler, Ed Harris, Abby Cornish. 1 hour, 49 minutes. BM / NAM


Biographical drama about A.A. Milne and the creation of the "Winnie the Pooh" stories during wartime, inspired his son, C.R. Erratcially paced and with a pitch-black heart, the movie manioulates at every turn. With Domhnall Gleeson, Will Tilston, Margot Robbie, Kelly Macdonald. (Catsoulis, N.Y Times — 10/31). 1 hour, 47 minutes. TC


Snappy horror-comedy with a gentle romantic spine in which a college coed is forced to relive the day of her brutal murder multiple times until she finds her killer. Neatly paced and tight as a chokehold, the script delivers just enough variation to hold our interest. With Jessica Rothe. (Catsoulis, New York Times — 10/19). 1 hour, 36 minutes. 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


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. IC / TC


Princess Celestia sends her star pupil, the bookish unicorn Twilight Sparkle, to Ponyville to improve her socialization skills. Twilight quickly makes five new four-legged friends: Applejack, Rainbow Dash, Pinkie Pie, Fluttershy and Rarity. NAM


Based-on-true-events drama centering on the 20-strong Granite Mountain Hotshots and their journey from a local Arizona firefighting team to an elite force at the front lines of the Yarnell Hill Fire in 2013, one of the country's deadliest wildfires. The spine of the story is the relationship between crusty local fire chief Eric Marsh (Josh Brolin) and an ex-junkie recruit hoping to straighten out his life (Miles Teller). 1 hour, 49 minutes. BM


Set amidst the colorful backdrop of mid-20th century New York City, this bio-drama follows young writer J.D. Salinger (Nicholas Hoult) as he struggles to find his voice, pursues a love affair with famed socialite Oona O'Neill (Zoey Deutch), and fights on the frontlines of World War II. 1 hour, 49 minutes. LC


George Clooney directs this satire — set in the summer of 1959 — about a suburban community whose idyllic, tranquil surface masks a dark underbelly. A derivative and somewhat edgeless satire with some compelling performances nonetheless. With Matt Damon, Julianne Moore, Oscar Isaac. (Bahr, The Associated Press — 10/27). 1 hour, 45 minutes. BM / TC


Four emotionally and/or physically scarred soldiers start down the road to rehabilitation as they each try to readjust to civilian life after returning home from the war in Iraq. An earnest and poignant,but also occasionally incomplete-feeling effort, based partly on a book by journalist David Finkel. With Miles Teller, Joe Cole, Beaulah Koale, Haley Bennett, Amy Schumer. (Noveck, The Associated Press — 10/28). 1 hour, 49 minutes. BM


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


This follow-up to last year's "Boo! A Madea Halloween" frequently feels more like a remake than a sequel. Once again, the rebellious teenage Tiffany is determined to attend a frat party and, once again, its the same inhabited-by-30-year-olds frat, only this time the party is being held at a lake that was the setting for a shrouded-in-mystery mass murder back in the '70s. This movie finds director Tyler Perry drastically off whatever his best game is. To call this movie unwatchable would be inaccurate. On the other hand, the lighting is so weak, "Boo 2!" is often unseeable. (Kenny, New York Times — 10/25) 1 hour, 41 minutes. BM / NAM


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. NAM / TC


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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