Film clips / Oct. 4-10

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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. If I'm being hard on a mostly charming kids movie, it's because it feels tantalizing close to being something special. Yi, as affectionately voiced by Bennet, is a fabulously plucky heroine. And the 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. BC / BM / NAM

AD ASTRA (PG-13)

Astronaut Roy McBride (Brad Pitt) travels to the outer edges of the solar system to find his missing father and unravel a mystery that threatens the survival of our planet. More intimate than it is majestic, this is much more than a rocket-fueled vehicle for its star. It's a ruminative, mythical space adventure propelled by father-son issues of cosmic proportions. Where "Ad Astra" misses the mark is in so closely marrying its subtext with its text. Roy is navigating his relationship to his absent father both literally and figuratively. Daddy issues, alone, can take you only so far, even if it's to Neptune. Aside from verging on the one-note, that focus constricts the very linear, very self-contained "Ad Astra," a taut but inflexible chamber piece in a genre given to symphony. With Tommy Lee Jones, Ruth Negga, Liv Tyler, Donald Sutherland. (Coyle, The Associated Press — 9/23). 2 hours, 4 minutes. BC / NAM

ANGEL HAS FALLEN (R)

Authorities take Secret Service agent Mike Banning into custody for the failed assassination attempt of U.S. President Allan Trumbull. After escaping from his captors, Banning must evade the FBI and his own agency to find the real threat to the president. Desperate to uncover the truth, he soon turns to unlikely allies to help clear his name and save the country from imminent danger. With Gerard Butler, Morgan Freeman. 2 hours, 1 minute. 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. BC / BM / CT / IC / NAM / TC / TM

HUSTLERS (R)

Working as a stripper to make ends meet, Destiny's life changes forever when she becomes friends with Ramona — the club's top money earner. Ramona soon shows Destiny how to finagle her way around the wealthy Wall Street clientele who frequent the club. But when the 2008 economic collapse cuts into their profits, the gals and two other dancers devise a daring scheme to take their lives back. As pure entertainment, it gets by well enough but it saves all its tricks for the end. It's a banger of an ending, too, which is something so few films manage to nail. This, you think, is the movie. Then suddenly it's over just when it starts to get good. With Jennifer Lopez, Lili Reinhart, Constance Wu, Keke Palmer. (Bahr, The Associated Press — 9/16). 1 hour, 47 minutes. BM / TC

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. BC / BM / NAM

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. With Joaquin Phoenix, Robert De Niro, Zazie Beetz. 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 / TC / TM

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

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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.      TC / TM

OVERCOMER (PG)

High school basketball coach John Harrison and his team face an uncertain future when their town's largest manufacturing plant shuts down unexpectedly. As hundreds of people move away, John reluctantly agrees to coach cross-country, a sport he doesn't even like. His outlook soon changes when he meets Hannah Scott, an unlikely runner who pushes herself to the limit. Inspired by the words and prayers of a new friend, John starts to train Hannah for the biggest race of her young life. 1 hour, 55 minutes. BM

RAMBO: LAST BLOOD (R)

When his housekeeper's daughter is kidnapped, Rambo crosses the U.S.-Mexican border to bring her home but finds himself up against the full might of one of Mexico's most ruthless cartels. With Sylvester Stallone, Paz Vega, Joaqui-n Cosio, Oscar Jaenada, Sergio Peris-Mencheta, Yvette Monreal. 1 hour, 40 minutes. BM / NAM

THE ART OF RACING IN THE RAIN (PG)

Denny Swift is a Formula One race car driver who understands that the techniques needed on the racetrack can also be used to successfully navigate everyday life. Besides his career, Denny has three loves of his life — his beautiful wife, their young daughter and his best friend, which is a dog that wants to be reincarnated into a human. With Kevin Costner, Amanda Seyfried, Milo Ventimiglia. 2 hours, 3 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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