Virtual clips / June 19-25

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Here's 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.

ALICE

Alice, a perfect wife and mother who lives happily with her husband and child until the day she discovers her husband is living a double life that has ruined her financially and left her a single mother. Alice fights back and dives into a world beyond anything she has ever known. With Emilie Piponnier, Martin Swabey, Chlo Boreham. In French, with English subtitles. TC

AND THE BIRDS RAINED DOWN

Three elderly hermits live deep in the woods, cut off from the rest of the world. While wildfires threaten the region, their quiet life is about to be shaken by the arrival of two women: a luminous octogenarian, unjustly institutionalized her whole life, and a young photographer charged with interviewing survivors of the region's deadliest forest fire. 2 hours, 7 minutes. VSR

BLACKFISH

While in captivity, Tilikum, a performing killer whale, has been responsible for the deaths of three people, including a top orca trainer. "Blackfish" shows the sometimes devastating consequences of capturing and confining such intelligent and sentient creatures. 1 hour, 23 minutes. TC

BOTERO

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

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 / VC

DIRT MUSIC

A tale of love and redemption, set against the awe-inspiring backdrop of the Australian West, "Dirt Music" tells the story of the fervent attraction between Georgie (Kelly Macdonald), a woman stuck in a loveless relationship, and Lu (Garrett Hedlund), a musician with a tragic past, that gets the better of them when secrets are uncovered that will change their lives. With Julia Stone, David Wenham, Jim Buckridge, Aaron Pedersen. 1 hour, 45 minutes. VC

FISHERMAN'S FRIENDS (PG-13)

A fast living, cynical London music executive (Daniel Mays) heads to a remote Cornish village on a stag weekend where he's pranked by his boss (Noel Clarke) into trying to sign a group of shanty singing fishermen (led by James Purefoy). He becomes the ultimate "fish out of water" as he struggles to gain the respect or enthusiasm of the unlikely boy band and their families (including Tuppence Middleton) who value friendship and community over fame and fortune. As he's drawn deeper into the traditional way of life he's forced to reevaluate his own integrity and ultimately question what success really means. With David Hayman, Dave Johns, Sam Swainsbury, Maggie Steed, Vahid Gold, Christian Brassington. 1 hour, 48 minutes. VC

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FOR THEY KNOW NOT WHAT THEY DO

This new documentary that explores the intersection of religion, sexual orientation, and gender identity in current-day America. 1 hour, 31 minutes. VC

HAIL SATAN? (R)

A look at the intersection of religion and activism, tracing the rise of The Satanic Temple: only six years old and already one of the most controversial religious movements in American history. The Temple is calling for a Satanic revolution to save the nation's soul. But are they for real? 1 hour 35 minutes. TC

JOSE

Nineteen-year-old Jose lives with his mother in Guatemala City, where they survive on her selling sandwiches at bus stops and with him working at a local restaurant. It is a poor and sometimes dangerous country where, dominated by conservative Catholic and Evangelical Christian religion, living one's life as an openly gay man is hard for Jos to imagine. His life is his phone, crowded buses, work in the street and random sex. When he meets Luis, he's thrust into new-found passion and pain. 1 hour, 25 minutes. IO

LIFE ITSELF

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Based on his memoir of the same name, this documentary recounts late film critic Roger Ebert's fascinating and flawed journey — from politicized school newspaperman, to Chicago Sun-Times movie critic, to Pulitzer Prize winner, to television household name, to the miracle of finding love at 50, and finally his "third act" as a major voice on the Internet when he could no longer physically speak. 2 hours. TC

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

MISS JUNETEENTH

Turquoise Jones is a single mom who holds down a household, a rebellious teenager, and pretty much everything that goes down at Wayman's BBQ & Lounge. Turquoise is also a bona fide beauty queen—she was once crowned Miss Juneteenth, a title commemorating the day slavery was abolished in Texas. Life didn't turn out as beautifully as the title promised, but Turquoise, determined to right her wrongs, is cultivating her daughter, Kai, to become Miss Juneteenth, even if Kai wants something else. With Nicole Beharie. 1 hour, 43 minutes. IO

MR. JONES

Agnieszka Holland's thriller, set on the eve of world WWII, sees Hitler's rise to power and Stalin's Soviet propaganda machine pushing their "utopia" to the Western world. Meanwhile an ambitious young journalist, Gareth Jones (James Norton) travels to Moscow to uncover the truth behind the propaganda, but then gets a tip that could expose an international conspiracy, one that could cost him and his informant their lives. Jones goes on a life-or-death journey to uncover the truth behind the fa ade that would later inspire George Orwell's seminal book "Animal Farm." With James Norton, Vanessa Kirby, Peter Sarsgaard, Joseph Mawle, Fenella Woolgar, Kenneth Cranham. 2 hours, 21 minutes. VC / VSR

RBG (PG)

An intimate portrait of an unlikely rock star: Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. With unprecedented access, the filmmakers explore how her early legal battles changed the world for women. 1 hour, 39 minutes. TC

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SHIRLEY (R)

When a young academic protege named Fred (Logan Lerman) and his wife, Rose (Odessa Young), move in with famous horror writer Shirley Jackson (Elisabeth Moss) and her literary critic husband, Stanley Hyman (Michael Stuhlbarg), an increasingly claustrophobic psychological drama takes hold. Art and reality get distorted while deeper truths come sharply in focus. "Shirley" is like a distorted prism through which you can see clearly. This is director Josephine Decker's fourth film and she has firmly established herself as a director of intense and immersive craft. Her filmmaking, cunning in its perspectives, is intricately tied to the psychologies — and sometimes the psychoses — of its characters. There are few more daring actors around right now than Moss, and "Shirley" may be her best performance yet. She's brutally cutting but the pain of every slight ripples across her face. A lifetime of repression has hardened and mangled her, turning her gloriously monstrous. The men around her can't possibly fathom her power. (Coyle — 6/5). 1 hour, 57 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. VC

THE KILLING FLOOR

A new 4K restoration of director Bill Duke's first feature, "The Killing Floor" tells the little-known true story of the struggle to build an interracial labor union in the Chicago Stockyards. The screenplay by Obie Award-winner Leslie Lee, based on an original story by producer Elsa Rassbach, traces the racial and class conflicts seething in the city's giant slaughterhouses, and the brutal efforts of management to divide the workforce along ethnic lines, which eventually boiled over in the Chicago Race Riot of 1919. 1 hour, 58 minutes. VSR

THE PAINTER AND THE THIEF

Desperate for answers about the theft of her two paintings, a Czech artist Barbora Kysilkova, seeks out and befriends the career criminal, Karl-Bertil Nordland, who stole them. After inviting her thief to sit for a portrait, the two form an improbable relationship and an inextricable bond. Little about how things unfold is predictable. Through twists and turns, "The Painter and the Thief" depicts not just the two-way transactional relationship between artist and subject, but the shared pain and mutual rehabilitation that can inspire and surround art making. (Coyle — 5/22). In Norwegian, with English subtitles 1 hour, 56 minutes. TC

WOMAN ON THE BEACH

A filmmaker suffering from writer's block takes a trip to the coast with his production designer, who brings along his vivacious girlfriend. Soon after their arrival, she falls for the director's advances — but he can't manage to commit. Later, the director returns to the coastal resort and attempts to recreate the romance with a familiar-looking woman, until his jilted lover shows up. 1 hour, 40 minutes. VSR

Legend

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

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

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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