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

ANTHROPOCENE: THE HUMAN EPOCH

Filmmakers Jennifer Baichwal, Nicholas de Pencier and Edward Burtynsky travel the globe to document the impact humans have made on the planet. 1 hour, 27 minutes. IC

BLACK AND BLUE (R)

Action thriller about a rookie cop (Naomie Harris) who inadvertently captures the murder of a young drug dealer on her body cam. After realizing the murder was committed by corrupt cops, she teams up with the only person from the community who's willing to help her. Now, she finds herself on the run from both the vengeful criminals and the lawmen who desperately want to destroy the incriminating footage.With Frank Grillo, Mike Colter, Tyrese Gibson, Reid Scott, Beau Knapp, Nafessa Williams. 1 hour, 48 minutes. BM

BRITTANY RUNS A MARATHON (R)

Hilarious, outgoing and always up for a good time, New Yorker Brittany Forgler is everybody's best friend except maybe her own. At 27, her hard-partying ways, chronic underemployment and toxic relationships are catching up with her, but when she stops by a new doctor's office to try to score some Adderall, she gets slapped with a prescription she never wanted: Get healthy. Too broke for a gym and too proud to ask for help, Brit is at a loss, until her seemingly together neighbor Catherine pushes her to lace up her Converse sneakers and run one sweaty block. The next day, she runs two. And soon, after finishing her first mile, she sets an almost unthinkable goal: running in the New York City Marathon. With Jillian Bell, Michaela Watkins, Utkarsh Ambudkar, Kate Harrington, Lil Rel Howery, Patch Darragh, Micah Stock, Alice Lee, Esteban Benito, Cooper Carrell. 1 hour, 43 minutes. CT

COUNTDOWN (PG-13)

When a young nurse downloads an app that claims to predict exactly when a person is going to die, it tells her she has only three days to live. With time ticking away and a mysterious figure haunting her, she must find a way to save her life before time runs out. With P.J. Byrne, Tichina Arnold, Peter Facinelli, Anne Winters, Elizabeth Lail, Jordan Calloway, Talitha Eliana Bateman, Tom Segura. 1 hour, 30 minutes. BM

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

ELAINE STRITCH: SHOOT ME

Plagued by medical issues and memory lapses, Broadway icon Elaine Stritch contemplates retirement and mortality as she approaches her 87th birthday and rehearses for a new show. The uncompromising Tony- and Emmy Award-winner is showcased both on and off stage via rare archival footage and intimate cinema verite. 1 hour 21 minutes. LC

FANTASTIC FUNGI

Documentary about the magical world of fungi and their power to heal, sustain and contribute to the regeneration of life on Earth. 1 hour, 27 minutes. CT

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. 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

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

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 / NAM / TC / TM

MALEFICENT: MISTRESS OF EVIL (PG)

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"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. The first movie, a box-office hit, was a mess but its star attraction, Angelina Jolie, was the one thing it had going for it. An unfortunately infrequent presence on the screen these days, Jolie slid into the role so perfectly, dominating all around her with Norma Desmond command and cheekbones that could slice your throat. But, instead of aiming for the elemental simplicity of a fairy tale, "Mistress of Evil" fills itself with the politics and detail of the fairy-human struggle, building inevitably to a PG-friendly war between Queen Ingrith's (Michelle Pfeiffer) army and the magical spirits of the Moors, spread out across impressively vast computer-generated palace grounds. A needless sequel to the 2014 "Sleeping Beauty" riff that fails to fully value the entire of appeal of these films: Jolie's Maleficent. With Angelina Jolie, Elle Fanning, Imelda Staunton, Michelle Pfeiffer, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Juno Temple. (Coyle, The Associated Press — 10/18). 1 hour, 58 minutes. BC / BM / NAM / TC / TM

PAIN AND GLORY (R)

This new drama from Pedro Almodovar tells of a series of re-encounters experienced by Salvador Mallo, a film director in his physical decline. Some of them in the flesh, others remembered: his childhood in the '60s, when he emigrated with his parents to a village in Valencia in search of prosperity, the first desire, his first adult love in the Madrid of the '80s, the pain of the breakup of that love while it was still alive and intense, writing as the only therapy to forget the unforgettable, the early discovery of cinema, and the void, the infinite void that creates the incapacity to keep on making films. With Antonio Banderas (Winner, Best Actor at Cannes), Penelope Cruz, Asier Etxeandia, Leonardo Sbaraglia, Julieta Serrano. 1 hour, 55 minutes. TM

SCARY STORIES TO TELL IN THE DARK (PG)

The shadow of the Bellows family has loomed large in the small town of Mill Valley for generations. It's in a mansion that young Sarah Bellows turns her tortured life and horrible secrets into a series of scary stories. These terrifying tales soon have a way of becoming all too real for a group of unsuspecting teens who stumble upon Sarah's spooky home.With Austin Abrams, Michael Garza, Zoe Colletti, Gabriel Rush, Zoe Margaret Colletti, Austin Zajur, Dean Norris, Natalie Ganzhorn. 1 hour, 48 minutes. BM

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 benefited from its activities. Director Steven Soderbergh's film is as opaque, disjointed and unwise as a credit default swap. There are many ways to humanize this trove, but the filmmakers have decided that large doses of farce will suffice. It does not. They also decided that several interconnected stories would be best, making it a sort of "Love Actually" for the financial set. With Gary Oldman, Antonio Banderas. 1 hour, 36 minutes. TM

THE QUEEN

In 1967, New York City is host to the Miss All-American Camp Beauty Pageant. This 1968 documentary from Frank Simon takes a look behind the scenes, transporting the viewer into rehearsals and dressing rooms as the drag queen subculture prepares for this big national beauty contest. Jack/Sabrina is the master/mistress of ceremonies, and his prot g , Richard/Miss Harlow, is in the competition. But, as the pageant approaches, the glamorous contestants veer from camaraderie to tension. 1 hour, 8 minutes. IC

WESTERN STARS (PG)

Live concert performance of Bruce Springsteen singing songs from his album "Western Stars." Springsteen performs in front of a live audience under the cathedral ceiling of his family's giant old barn with a backing band and orchestra. Between each song he shares commentary and draws connections to his own life. Springsteen's voice accompanies archive footage and home movies of his family. 1 hour, 23 minutes. TC

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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