Film clips / Sept. 28-Oct. 4

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A SIMPLE FAVOR (R)

A mommy blogger seeks to uncover the truth behind her best friend's sudden disappearance from their small town. She is joined by her friend's husband. With Anna Kendrick, Blake Lively, Henry Golding. 1 hour, 56 minutes. BC / BM / TM

CHRISTOPHER ROBIN (PG)

The young boy who loved embarking on adventures in the Hundred Acre Wood with a band of spirited and lovable stuffed animals, has grown up and lost his way. Now it is up to his childhood friends to venture into our world and help Christopher Robin remember the loving and playful boy who is still inside. With Ewan McGregor, Hayley Atwell, Bronte Carmichael, Mark Gatiss, Jim Cummings, Chris O'Dowd, Brad Garrett, Toby Jones, Nick Mohammed, Peter Capaldi, Sophie Okonedo. 1 hour, 44 minutes. BM

CRAZY RICH ASIANS (PG-13)

Native New Yorker Rachel Chu accompanies her longtime boyfriend, Nick Young, to his best friend's wedding in Singapore. Excited about visiting Asia for the first time but nervous about meeting Nick's family, Rachel is unprepared to learn that Nick has neglected to mention a few key details about his life. With Michelle Yeoh, Gemma Chan, Constance Wu, Ken Jeong, Harry Shum Jr, Chris Pang, Sonoya Mizuno, Jing Lusi, Awkwafina. 2 hours, 11 minutes. BC / NAM / TC

FAHRENHEIT 11/9 (R)

"Fahrenheit 11/9" — its title a sly reference to both the day after the election and filmmaker Michael Moore's hugely successful "Fahrenheit 9/11" — is about a lot more than Donald J. Trump. In fact, little time is devoted to Trump's performance or policies; presumably, Moore knows he's preaching to the choir. What he seeks to examine are the root conditions — social, cultural, political — that got us here. He spends two full hours answering that question. Is it effective? That depends on whether you accept the implicit argument that you can't truly illustrate our messy, chaotic, disjointed times without, well, a messy, chaotic, disjointed movie. And whether Moore's frenetic but absorbing work here — the cinematic equivalent of a Jackson Pollock painting, where you throw everything and some of it sticks — pleases or frustrates you, one thing is clear. Moore's at his best when hitting a subject dear to his heart. That's why "Fahrenheit 11/9" is best when Moore turns his camera on his hometown of Flint, Mich., and its devastating water crisis. (Noveck, The Associated Press — 9/26). 2 hours, 5 minutes. BC / BM / CT / IC / TC / TM

HELL FEST (R)

On Halloween night, a masked serial killer turns a horror theme park into his own personal playground. BM

LIFE ITSELF (R)

College sweethearts fall in love, get married and prepare to bring their first child into the world. As their story unfolds in New York, fate links them to a group of people in Seville, Spain, including a troubled young woman, a man and his granddaughter, a wealthy landowner and a plantation manager. With Oscar Isaac, Olivia Wilde, Samuel L. Jackson, Antonio Banderas, Annette Bening, Mandy Patinkin. 1 hour, 58 minutes. BC / BM / TC

LIZZIE (R)

This new psychological thriller takes a different look at the infamous story of Lizzie Borden and reveals many layers of the strange and fragile woman, who stood accused of the infamous 1892 axe murder of her family in Fall River, Mass. With Chloe Sevigny, Kristen Stewart, Jamey Sheridan, Fiona Shaw, Kim Dickens, Denis O'Hare. 1 hour, 45 minutes. TM

NIGHT SCHOOL (PG-13)

A successful salesman's life takes an unexpected turn when he accidentally blows up his place of employment. Forced to attend night school to get his GED, he soon finds himself dealing with a group of misfit students, his former high school nemesis and a feisty teacher who doesn't think he's too bright. With Kevin Hart, Tiffany Haddish. 1 hour, 51 minutes. BM

PEPPERMINT (R)

Riley North awakens from a coma after surviving a brutal attack that killed her husband and daughter. When the system shields the murderers from justice, Riley sets out to transform herself from citizen to urban guerrilla. Eluding the underworld, the police and the FBI, she embarks on a deadly quest to deliver her own personal brand of punishment. It's a movie that is really better seen with with a big, rowdy crowd who will be there to laugh at all the bravado. Not some model of equality, it's just violent escapism that happens to have woman in the lead role. With Jennifer Garner. (Bahr, The Associated Press — 9/10). 1 hour, 42 minutes. BM

SEARCHING (PG-13)

A mystery about a father (John Cho) looking for his missing teenage daughter told only with smartphone and computer screens. 1 hour, 42 minutes. NAM

SMALLFOOT (PG)

A friendly Yeti's world gets turned upside down when he discovers something that he didn't know existed -- a human. He soon faces banishment from his snowy home when the rest of the villagers refuse to believe his fantastic tale. Hoping to prove them wrong, the Yeti, Migo, embarks on an epic journey to find the mysterious creature that can put him back in good graces with his simple community. 1 hour, 36 minutes. BC / BM / NAM

THE BOOKSHOP (PG)

Florence Green, a free-spirited widow, puts grief behind her and risks everything to open up a bookshop — the first such shop in the sleepy seaside town of Hardborough, England. But this mini social revolution soon brings her fierce enemies: she invites the hostility of the town's less prosperous shopkeepers and also crosses Mrs. Gamart, Harborough's vengeful, embittered alpha female who is a wannabe doyenne of the local arts scene. With Emily Mortimer, Bill Nighy, Patricia Clarkson, Honor Kneafsey. 1 hour, 53 minutes. TC

THE CHILDREN'S ACT (R)

In the midst of a marital crisis, a High Court judge must decide if she should order a life-saving blood transfusion for a teen with cancer despite his family's refusal to accept medical treatment for religious reasons. Based on the novel by Ian McEwan. With Emma Thompson, Stanley Tucci. 1 hour, 45 minutes. TC

THE HOUSE WITH A CLOCK IN ITS WALLS (PG)

Ten-year-old Lewis goes to live with his oddball uncle in a creaky old house that contains a mysterious ticktock noise. He soon learns that Uncle Jonathan and his feisty neighbor, Mrs. Zimmerman, are powerful practitioners of the magic arts. When Lewis accidentally awakens the dead, the town's sleepy facade suddenly springs to life -- revealing a secret and dangerous world of witches, warlocks and deadly curses. Adapted from the 1973 John Bellairs young adult thriller, the film somehow manages its own witchcraft in finding the perfect un-sweet spot — it's too scary for little kids, not scary enough for older ones, not funny or clever enough for their parents, and too redundant for everyone else. Poof! Watch the audience disappear. With Jack Black, Owen Vaccaro, Cate Blanchett. (Kennedy, The Associated Press). 1 hour, 39 minutes. BC / BM / NAM / TM

THE NUN (R)

When a young nun at a cloistered abbey in Romania takes her own life, a priest with a haunted past and a novitiate on the threshold of her final vows are sent by the Vatican to investigate. Together, they uncover the order's unholy secret as they confront a malevolent force in the form of a demonic nun. Entering the gothic world of this thriller, built so sturdily on horror movie cliches, is to slide into a darkly fantastical realm that's practically cozy it's so familiar. With Taissa Farmiga. 1 hour, 36 minutes. BM / NAM

THE PREDATOR (R)

The universe's most lethal hunters are stronger, smarter and deadlier than ever before, having genetically upgraded themselves with DNA from other species. When a boy accidentally triggers their return to Earth, only a ragtag crew of ex-soldiers and an evolutionary biologist can prevent the end of the human race. 1 hour, 48 minutes. BM / NAM

THE WIFE (R)


Joan and Joe remain complements after nearly 40 years of marriage. Where Joe is casual, Joan is elegant. Where Joe is vain, Joan is self-effacing. And where Joe enjoys his very public role as the great American novelist, Joan pours her considerable intellect, grace, charm and diplomacy into the private role of a great man's wife. As Joe is about to be awarded the Nobel Prize for his acclaimed and prolific body of work, Joan starts to think about the shared compromises, secrets and betrayals. With Glenn Close, Jonathan Pryce. 1 hour, 35 minutes. TC / TM

WHITE BOY RICK (R)

A single father who's struggling to raise two teenagers during the height of the crack epidemic in 1980s Detroit sells guns illegally to make ends meet but soon attracts attention from the FBI. Federal agents convince his youngest son to become an undercover drug informant in exchange for keeping his father out of prison. When the youth gets in too deep, he finds himself seduced by the lure of easy money and becomes a drug dealer himself. Based on a true story. With Matthew McConaughey, Richie Merritt. 1 hour, 56 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 (80 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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