Film clips / Sept. 11-17

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Here's what's playing at area movie theaters, and also what's streaming on virtual screening programs offered by non-profit, year-round, independent cinemas in the Berkshires and environs. Where films have been reviewed, the capsules include the name of film critic and the day the full review was posted on berkshireeagle.com. All reviews are by Associated Press critics.

A REGULAR WOMAN

Based on the tragic "honor killing" of Hatun Aynur Surucu in Berlin in 2005, this film portrays the short life of a free spirited young woman living with an ultra-conservative Turkish Muslim family in Berlin. Aynur escapes the abusive family and struggles to attain independence, only to be shot to death by her youngest brother shortly before she is set to move away. With Almila Bagriacik, Aram Arami. In German, with English subtitles. 1 hour, 37 minutes. TC

BOTERO

Filmmaker Don Millar examines the life and works of Colombian artist and sculptor Fernando Botero. 1 hour, 24 minutes. TC

COUP 53

While making a documentary about the CIA/MI6 coup in Iran in 1953, Iranian director Taghi Amirani and editor Walter Murch ( "Apocalypse Now," "The Conversation," "The English Patient") discover never seen before archive material hidden for decades. The 16mm footage and documents not only allow the filmmakers to tell the story of the overthrow of the Iranian government in unprecedented detail, but it also leads to explosive revelations about dark secrets buried for 67 years. Working with actor Ralph Fiennes ("The Grand Budapest Hotel," "Schindler's List," "The English Patient") to help bring the lost material to life, what began as a historical documentary about four days in August 1953 turned into a live investigation, taking the filmmakers into uncharted cinematic waters. 1 hour, 59 minutes. VC

CREEM: AMERICA'S ONLY ROCK 'N' ROLL MAGAZINE

Capturing the messy upheaval of the '70s just as rock was re-inventing itself, this doc explores CREEM Magazine's humble beginnings in post-riot Detroit, following its upward trajectory from underground paper to national powerhouse, then bearing witness to its imminent demise following the tragic and untimely deaths of its visionary publisher, Barry Kramer, and its most famous alum and genius clown prince, Lester Bangs, a year later. Fifty years after publishing its first issue, "America's Only Rock 'n' Roll Magazine" remains a seditious spirit in music and culture. 1 hour, 15 minutes. VC

CRESCENDO

A world-famous conductor (played by "Toni Erdmann`s" Peter Simonischek) accepts a job to create an Israeli-Palestinian youth orchestra to perform at a peace conference. The two factions continue to spar both on- and offstage, while the conductor presses the young people to put aside their hatred at least for the three weeks leading up to the climactic concert. In English, and German. 1 hour, 52 minutes. TC

DEERSKIN

A man's obsession with owning the designer deerskin jacket of his dreams leads him to turn his back on his humdrum life in the suburbs, blow his life savings, and even turn him to crime. TC

DESERT ONE

Using new archival sources and unprecedented access to key players on both sides, master documentarian Barbara Kopple ("Harlan County, USA") reveals the true story behind one of the most daring rescues in modern US history: a secret mission to free hostages captured during the 1979 Iranian revolution. 1 hour, 47 minutes. VC

DIANA KENNEDY - NOTHING FANCY

Filmmaker Elizabeth Carroll examines the vibrant and unconventional life of Diana Kennedy, widely regarded as the world's leading expert on Mexican cuisine. 1 hour, 21 minutes. TC

FEELS GOOD MAN

Artist Matt Furie, creator of the comic character Pepe the Frog, begins an uphill battle to take back his iconic cartoon image from those who used it for their own purposes. 1 hour, 32 minutes. IO

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GORDON LIGHTFOOT: IF YOU COULD READ MY MIND

An exploration into the career, music and influence of the iconic musician. With unprecedented access to the artist and featuring interviews with Sarah McLachlan, Alec Baldwin and more, this intimate documentary follows Lightfoot's evolution from choirboy in rural Canada to troubled troubadour to international star with hits including "If You Could Read My Mind," "Sundown," "Carefree Highway," and "Rainy Day People." 1 hour, 30 minutes. VC

JAZZ ON A SUMMER'S DAY

Filmed at the 1958 Newport Jazz Festival in Rhode Island and directed by world-renowned photographer Bert Stern, "Jazz on a Summer's Day" features intimate performances by an all-star line-up of musical legends including Louis Armstrong, Thelonious Monk, Gerry Mulligan, Anita O'Day, Chuck Berry, Dinah Washington, and closes with a beautiful rendition of The Lord's Prayer by Mahalia Jackson at midnight to usher in Sunday morning. VC

JIMMY CARTER: ROCK & ROLL PRESIDENT

This documentary charts the mostly forgotten story of how Carter, a lover of all types of music, forged a tight bond with musicians Willie Nelson, the Allman Brothers, Bob Dylan and others. Low on campaign funds and lacking in name recognition, Carter relied on support from these artists to give him a crucial boost in the Democratic primaries. Once Carter was elected, the musicians became frequent guests in the White House. The surprisingly significant role that music played throughout Carter's life and in his work becomes a thread in this engaging portrait of one of the most enigmatic Presidents in American history.1 hour, 36 minutes. VC

LUCKY GRANDMA

In the heart of New York's Chinatown, an ornery, chain-smoking, newly widowed 80-year-old Grandma (Tsai Chin) is eager to live life as an independent woman, despite the worry of her family. When a local fortune teller (Wai Ching Ho) predicts a most auspicious day in her future, Grandma decides to head to the casino and goes all in, only to land herself on the wrong side of luck — suddenly attracting the attention of some local gangsters. Desperate to protect herself, Grandma employs the services of a bodyguard from a rival gang (Corey Ha) and soon finds herself right in the middle of a Chinatown gang war. 1 hour, 27 minutes. TC

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Werner Herzog turns the camera on himself and his decades-long friendship with the late travel writer Bruce Chatwin, a kindred spirit whose quest for ecstatic truth carried him to all corners of the globe. Herzog's deeply personal portrait of Chatwin, illustrated with archival discoveries, film clips, and a mound of "brontosaurus skin," encompasses their shared interest in aboriginal cultures, ancient rituals, and the mysteries stitching together life on earth. 1 hour, 30 minutes. IO / VC

OUR TIME MACHINE

Throughout his life, Maleonn has viewed his career-consumed father, Ma Ke Liang, former artistic director of the Shanghai Chinese Opera Theater, with a mix of admiration and resentment. When, at 82, Ma Ke is diagnosed with Alzheimer's, his son struggles to communicate his feelings. Gripped by a sense of time running out, Maleonn seeks out the common ground between their starkly divergent artistic mediums and practices, pouring his emotions into creating a fantastical stage performance. In Mandarin with English subtitles. 1 hour, 26 minutes. IO

REBUILDING PARADISE

On the morning of Nov. 8, 2018, a devastating firestorm engulfed the picturesque city of Paradise, California. By the time the Camp Fire was extinguished, it had killed 85 people, displaced 50,000 residents and destroyed 95% of local structures. It was the deadliest U.S. fire in 100 years — and the worst ever in California's history. Academy Award-winning director Ron Howard's documentary is a study of of resilience in the face of tragedy, as a community ravaged by disaster comes together to recover what was lost and begin the important task of rebuilding. 1 hour, 31 minutes. VC

SIBYL

A sly, sultry character study from filmmaker Justine Triet, "Sibyl" follows a psychotherapist (Virginie Efira) who decides to quit her practice and return to writing instead. As Sibyl starts dropping patients, she begins to struggle with excess time and a lack of inspiration - until she gets a call from Margot (Adele Exarchopoulos), a young actress wrapped up in a dramatic affair with her costar, Igor (Gaspard Ulliel), who happens to be married to the film's director (Sandra H ller). Becoming further enmeshed in Margot's life, Sibyl starts to blur past and present, fiction with reality, and the personal with the professional as she begins to use Margot's life as source material for her novel. In French and English with English subtitles. 1 hour, 41 minutes. VC

SOMETIMES, ALWAYS, NEVER (PG-13)

Alan is a stylish tailor with moves as sharp as his suits. He has spent years searching tirelessly for his missing son Michael who stormed out over a game of Scrabble. With a body to identify and his family torn apart, Alan must repair the relationship with his youngest son Peter and solve the mystery of an online player who he thinks could be Michael, so he can finally move on and reunite his family. With Bill Nighy, Louis Healy, Sam Riley, Alice Lowe, Jenny Agutter. 1 hour, 31 minutes. TC

TENET (PG-13)

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Armed with only one word, Tenet, and fighting for the survival of the entire world, a Protagonist journeys through a twilight world of international espionage on a mission that will unfold in something beyond real time. With John David Washington, Robert Pattinson, Elizabeth Debicki, Kenneth Branagh, Michael Caine, Himesh Patel. 2 hours, 30 minutes. NAM / RBM

THE BROKEN HEARTS GALLERY (PG-13)

On the one hand, this Gen-Y rom-com sticks faithfully to genre tropes. It's about break-ups and romance in a fairy-tale New York where young characters have absurd jobs like turning an old YMCA into a boutique hotel in Brooklyn. None of the movie's sheen or its sentimental story line leading to love will surprise you. But 25-year-old Australian actress Geraldine Viswanathan, as an aspiring gallerist named Lucy who obsessively collects mementos of former relationships, enlivens the material, crafting a rom-com protagonist of constant humor and self-deprecation. With Phillipa Soo, Molly Gordon, Utkarsh Ambudkar, Dacre Montgomery. (Coyle — 9/11). 1 hour, 49 minutes. RBM

THE NEW MUTANTS (PG-13)

Five young mutants, just discovering their abilities while held in a secret facility against their will, fight to escape their past sins and save themselves. With Maisie Williams, Anya Taylor-Joy, Charlie Heaton, Alice Braga, Blu Hunt, Henry Zaga. 1 hour, 40 minutes. NAM / RBM

THE PERSONAL HISTORY OF DAVID COPPERFIELD (PG)

It's not hard to draw a straight line from Charles Dickens to Armando Iannucci. In each there's a passion for human frailty and absurdity, and, above all, a richness of people. Nobody filled pages with a vivid cast of characters like Dickens, so who better to take a shot at "David Copperfield" than the man behind the teeming ensembles of "Veep," "In the Loop" and "The Death of Stalin?" In his third film as director, Iannucci has turned to Dickens' most quintessential and autobiographical novel with the same zeal he previously reserved for political parody. "The Personal History of David Copperfield" is one of the more lively, colorful and whimsical Victorian costume dramas you're likely to see. It's a movie flowing with fresh air, which isn't something normally said of adaptations of 700-something-page books. Dev Patel winningly plays Copperfield, once out of childhood with wide-eyed wonder, always alive to the world around him, if generally rather mystified by it. It's also an exuberantly optimistic film celebrating the life force of art and eccentricity. Who couldn't use a little of that right now. With Ben Whishaw, Tilda Swinton, Peter Capaldi, Hugh Laurie, Rosalind Eleazar, Benedict Wong. (Coyle — 9/11). 1 hour, 59 minutes. NAM / RBM

THE TOBACCONIST

Seventeen-year-old Franz journeys to Vienna to apprentice at a tobacco shop. There he meets Sigmund Freud (Bruno Ganz), a regular customer, and over time the two very different men form a singular friendship. When Franz falls desperately in love with the music-hall dancer Anezka, he seeks advice from the renowned psychoanalyst, who admits that the female sex is as big a mystery to him as it is to Franz. As political and social conditions in Austria dramatically worsen with the Nazis' arrival in Vienna, Franz, Freud, and Anezka are swept into the maelstrom of events. Each has a big decision to make: to stay or to flee? With Simon Morze, Bruno Ganz, Emma Drogunova, Johannes Krisch. 1 hour, 57 minutes. TC / VSR

UNHINGED (R)

A young woman is terrorized by a seemingly unstable stranger following a road rage incident. With Russell Crowe, Caren Pistorius, Gabriel Bateman, Jimmi Simpson, Austin P. McKenzie. 1 hour, 30 minutes. RBM

Legend

The sites through which the movies listed in Virtual Clips can be accessed are:

NAM: North Adams Movieplex 8 (86 Main St., North Adams)

IO: Images Online (Images Cinema, Williamstown — imagescinema.org)

RBM: Regal Berkshire Mall (Route 8, Lanesborough)

TC: Triplex Cinema (Great Barringtonthetriplex.com)

VC: Virtual Cinema (The Moviehouse, Millerton, N.Y. — themoviehouse.net)

VSR: Virtual Screening Room (Crandell Theatre, Chatham. N.Y. — crandelltheatre.org)


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