Film Clips / Oct. 18-24

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ABOMINABLE (PG)

When teenage Yi (Chloe Bennet) encounters a young Yeti on the roof of her apartment building in Shanghai, she and her mischievous friends, Jin (Tenzing Norgay Trainor) and Peng (Albert Tsai), name him "Everest" and embark on an epic quest to reunite the magical creature with his family at the highest point on Earth.But the trio of friends will have to stay one-step ahead of Burnish (Eddie Izzard), a wealthy man intent on capturing a Yeti, and zoologist Dr. Zara (Sarah Paulson) to help Everest get home. "Abominable" is sweet and simple enough, but its emotionality always feels thin and, like much of the film, paint by numbers. It feels tantalizing close to being something special. Yi, as affectionately voiced by Bennet, is a fabulously plucky heroine. And the (unfortunate) novelty of a major animated release centered completely on Asian characters, in an Asian setting, is something to celebrate. Unfortunately, "Abominable" still ends up feeling too familiar. (Coyle, The Associated Press — 9/27). 1 hour, 32 minutes. BM / NAM

DOWNTON ABBEY (PG)

The year is 1927. Downton has been tightening purse strings and running with less staff than previously but former head butler Carson is brought back for an important royal visit from King George V and Queen Mary. Written by series creator Julian Fellowes, almost every character who made it out of the six season run alive is back for their big screen debut with their own little arc and some lavish costume changes. But Michael Engler's direction doesn't bring any cinematic grandeur to this continuing story of a family and their servants. And Fellowes' script has the impossible task of giving every character their own mini plot, as if focusing in on one or a few would have had fans of the other members of the very large ensemble up in arms. Together it makes "Downton Abbey" the movie a fairly shallow experience: All set dressing and nostalgia and some delicious Dowager Countess (Maggie Smith) one-liners. For "Downton" devotees, the crumbs might be enough. For anyone else just dropping in, however, "Downton Abbey" doesn't exactly stand on its own. With Hugh Bonneville, Michelle Dockery, Imelda Staunton, Elizabeth McGovern, Penelope Wilton, Stephen Campbell Moore, Tuppence Middleton, Joanne Froggatt, Laura Carmichael. (Bahr, The Associated Press — 9/23). 2 hours, 1 minute. BM / NAM / TC

GEMINI MAN (PG-13)

Henry Brogan (Will Smith) is an elite assassin who becomes the target of a mysterious operative who can seemingly predict his every move. To his horror, he soon learns that the man who's trying to kill him is a younger, faster, cloned version of himself. The story is curiously stale and at times feels like a mashup of other, better movies. It makes more sense when you learn that "Gemini Man" was written over 20 years ago and has gone through enough possible directors and stars to fill out a baseball team. a lot of show, but there's no life behind the eyes. With Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Clive Owen, Benedict Wong, Linda Emond, Theodora Miranne. (Bahr, The Associated Press — 10/12). 1 hour, 57 minutes. BC / BM / NAM

IT CHAPTER TWO (R)

Because every 27 years evil revisits the town of Derry, Maine, IT: Chapter Two brings the characters — who've long since gone their separate ways — back together as adults, nearly three decades after the events of the first film. Bill Skarsgard returns in the seminal role of Pennywise. With Bill Skarsgard, James McAvoy, Jessica Chastain, Bill Hader, James Ransone, Xavier Dolan, Isaiah Mustafa, Andy Bean, Jay Ryan, Jaeden Lieberher, Sophia Lillis, Jack Dylan Grazer, Finn Wolfhard. 2 hours, 50 minutes. BM

JEXI (R)

A man's new cellphone turns into a technological nightmare when the artificial intelligence program becomes obsessed with him. With Michael Pena, Rose Byrne, Adam DeVine, Wanda Sykes, Alexandra Shipp. 1 hour, 24 minutes. BM

JOKER (R)

Forever alone in a crowd, failed comedian Arthur Fleck seeks connection as he walks the streets of Gotham City. Arthur wears two masks — the one he paints for his day job as a clown, and the guise he projects in a futile attempt to feel like he's part of the world around him. Isolated, bullied and disregarded by society, Fleck begins a slow descent into madness as he transforms into the criminal mastermind known as the Joker. An empty, foggy exercise in secondhand style and second-rate philosophizing. It barely even works within the confines of its own genre, the comic-book movie. It's hard to say if the muddle "Joker" makes of itself arises from confusion or cowardice, but the result is less a depiction of nihilism than a story about nothing. The movie is weightless and shallow. It isn't any fun, and it can't be taken seriously.With Joaquin Phoenix, Robert De Niro, Zazie Beetz. (Scott, The New York Times — 10/5). 2 hours, 2 minutes. BC / BM / NAM / TC / TM

JUDY (PG-13)

Winter 1968 and showbiz legend Judy Garland arrives in Swinging London to perform a five-week sold-out run at The Talk of the Town. It is 30 years since she shot to global stardom in The Wizard of Oz, but if her voice has weakened, its dramatic intensity has only grown. As she prepares for the show, battles with management, charms musicians and reminisces with friends and adoring fans, her wit and warmth shine through. Even her dreams of love seem undimmed as she embarks on a whirlwind romance with Mickey Deans, her soon-to-be fifth husband. Featuring some of her best-known songs, the film celebrates the voice, the capacity for love, and the sheer pizzazz of "the world's greatest entertainer." With Renee Zellweger, Finn Wittrock, Rufus Sewell, Jessie Buckley, Michael Gambon. 1 hour, 58 minutes. BC / IC / TC / TM

LINDA RONSTADT: THE SOUND OF MY VOICE (PG-13)

Linda Ronstadt guides us through her early years of singing Mexican canciones with her family; her folk days with the Stone Poneys; and her reign as the "rock queen" of the '70s and early '80s. She was a pioneer for women in the male-dominated music industry; an early advocate for human rights, and had a high-profile romance with California governor Jerry Brown. Ultimately, her incredible voice was lost to Parkinson's disease, but her music and influence remain as timeless as ever. With moving performance footage and appearances by collaborators including Dolly Parton, Emmylou Harris, Bonnie Raitt, Jackson Browne, Aaron Neville. 1 hour, 35 minutes.      TM

MALEFICENT: MISTRESS OF EVIL (PG)

"Maleficent: Mistress of Evil" picks up several years after "Maleficent," in which audiences learned of the events that hardened the heart of Disney's most notorious villain and drove her to curse a baby Princess Aurora. The film continues to explore the complex relationship between the horned fairy and the soon to be Queen as they form new alliances and face new adversaries in their struggle to protect the moors and the magical creatures that reside within. With Angelina Jolie, Elle Fanning, Imelda Staunton, Michelle Pfeiffer, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Juno Temple. 1 hour, 58 minutes. BC / BM / NAM / TC / TM

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OFFICIAL SECRETS (R)

The true story of Katharine Gun (Keira Knightley), a British intelligence specialist whose job involves routine handling of classified information. One day in 2003, in the lead up to the Iraq War, Gun receives a memo from the NSA with a shocking directive: the United States is enlisting Britain's help in collecting compromising information on United Nations Security Council members in order to blackmail them into voting in favor of an invasion of Iraq. Unable to stand by and watch the world be rushed into an illegal war, Gun makes the gut-wrenching decision to defy her government and leak the memo to the press. With Matthew Goode, Matt Smith, Ralph Fiennes, Indira Varma, Rhys Ifans. 1 hour, 52 minutes. LC

THE ADDAMS FAMILY (PG)

The Addams family's lives begin to unravel when they face-off against a treacherous, greedy crafty reality-TV host while also preparing for their extended family to arrive for a major celebration. Voices: Oscar Isaac, Charlize Theron, Chloe Grace Moretz, Finn Wolfhard, Nick Kroll, Bette Midler, Snoop Dog, Allison Janney, Catherine O'Hara, Martin Short. 1 hour, 45 minutes. BC / BM / NAM

THE LAUNDROMAT (R)

When Ellen Martin's (Meryl Streep) idyllic vacation takes an unthinkable turn, she begins investigating a fake insurance policy and stumbles down a rabbit hole of questionable dealings. In her pursuit of the truth, she uncovers an entire hidden circulatory system flowing beneath the surface of global finance. From China to Mexico to Africa and the Caribbean, this drama shares the true story of a vast network of companies that set up offshore shell organizations to avoid paying billions in taxes. Aided by bankers, lawyers, and auditors who were paid to look the other way, the network masked the identities of the individuals who benefitted from its activities. With Gary Oldman, Antonio Banderas. 1 hour, 36 minutes. TM

ZOMBIELAND DOUBLE TAP (R)

In this sequel, Columbus, Tallahassee, Wichita, and Little Rock move to the American heartland as they face off against evolved zombies, fellow survivors, and the growing pains of the snarky makeshift family. With Emma Stone, Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Zoey Deutch, Dan Aykroyd, Bill Murray, Rosario Dawson, Thomas Middleditch, Abigail Breslin, Avan Jogia, Luke Wilson. 1 hour, 33 minutes. BC / 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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