Virtual Film Clips / May 22-28

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Here's what's new or recently arrived on regional movie theater virtual screening programs; various digital platforms; and on-demand. Date in parenthesis at end of summary refers to final date of availability. Review capsules also include name of film critic and day 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 (undetermined)

AND THEN WE DANCED

A male dancer and his partner have been training for years for a spot in the National Georgian Ensemble. The arrival of another dancer throws him off balance, sparking both an intense rivalry and romantic desire that may cause him to risk his future. In Georgian. with English subtitles. With Levan Gelbakhiani, Bachi Valishvili, Ana Javakishvili. 1 hour, 53 minutes. VSR (5/28)

BALLOON

In the summer of 1979, the Strelzyk and Wetzel families — who had been working on their audacious plan for more than two years — try to flee East Germany in a self-made hot-air balloon. But after the balloon crash-lands just before the West German border, the Stasi find traces of the attempted escape and immediately launch an investigation. In a nerve-wracking race against the clock, the two families attempt to build a new escape balloon as the Stasi get closer and closer each day. In German with English subtitles. With Friedrich M cke, Karoline Schuch, David Kross, Alicia von Rittberg, Thomas Kretschmann. 2 hours, 6 minutes. VC (undetermined)

BEYOND THE VISIBLE: HILMA AF KLINT

Hilma af Klint was an abstract artist before the term existed, a visionary, trailblazing figure who, inspired by spiritualism, modern science, and the riches of the natural world around her, began in 1906 to reel out a series of huge, colorful, sensual, strange works without precedent in painting. The subject of a recent smash retrospective at the Guggenheim Museum, af Klint was for years an all-but-forgotten figure in art historical discourse, before her long-delayed rediscovery. Director Halina Dryschka's dazzling, course correcting documentary describes not only the life and craft of af Klint, but also the process of her mischaracterization and erasure by both a patriarchal narrative of artistic progress and capitalistic determination of artistic value. 1 hour, 33 minutes. VC (undetermined) / VSR (5/28)

BOTERO

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

CAPITAL IN THE TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY

Based on the international bestseller by famed economist Thomas Piketty, "Capital in the Twenty-First Century" is an eye-opening journey through wealth and power — a film that breaks the popular assumption that the accumulation of capital runs hand in hand with social progress, and shines a new light on today's growing inequalities. English and French with English subtitles. 1 hour, 43 minutes. VC (undtermined)

CAPONE (R)

Crime boss Al Capone's last year of life is the focus in this hallucinatory and messy (in all respects) film starring Tom Hardy as the once great crime boss who is now hardly recognizable to himself or his family and in a state of rapid decline. With ashen skin, blood-red eyes and a voice that is so raspy as to be almost unintelligible, Hardy's Capone looks like a drawing of a comic book gangster that's gone too far. Although "Capone" has interesting elements and a strong style, it is also deeply flawed and a bit of a slog to get through. Hardy's go-for-broke performance is certainly jaw-dropping, but not exactly effective in drawing you in to care about his story or his regrets. With Tom Hardy, Jack Lowden, Linda Cardellini, Matt Dillon, Kyle MacLachlan. (Bahr — 5/13). 1 hour, 43 minutes. VOD (undetermined)

CRESCENDO

A world-famous conductor (played by "Toni Erdmann`s" Peter Simonischek) accepts a job to create an Israeli-Palestinian youth orchestra. 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 (undetermined)

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. IO / TC

FOURTEEN

Over the course of a decade, a young woman becomes increasingly dysfunctional due to undiagnosed mental illness, or perhaps to drugs, while her more stable friend sometimes tries to help, sometimes backing away to preserve herself. With Tallie Medel, Norma Kuhling. 1 hour, 34 minutes. VSR (5/28)

DIANA KENNEDY - NOTHING FANCY

FOURTEEN

LEONARDO - THE WORKS

Leonardo da Vinci's peerless paintings and drawings are the focus of this "Exhibition on Screen" series offering that presents every single attributed painting. 1 hour, 42 minutes. VC (undetermined)

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. IO (5/28) / TC (undetermined)

LUCIAN FREUD - A SELF-PORTRAIT

For the first time in history the Royal Academy of Arts in London, in collaboration with the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, brings together Lucian Freud's self-portraits. This "Exhibition on Screen" displays more than 50 paintings, prints and drawings in which this modern master of British art turned his unflinching eye firmly on himself. 1 hour, 20 minutes. VC (undetermined)

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 (undetermined)

SCOOB!

Anyone looking for the nostalgic and corny delights of the old 1970s cartoon in the new animated reboot "Scoob!" — well, and I'm sorry to resort to this, ruh roh. "Scoob!" is the kind of movie less predicated on original formulas than the contemporary dictates of corporate franchise-making. Scooby-Doo has been amplified and digitized. "Scooby Doo" was never the most unpredictable of shows but "Scoob!" has merely swapped the original's blueprint for that of a superhero movie. You'll be left mournfully munching a bag of Scooby Snacks while wondering, "Scooby-Dooby-Doo, where are you?" It's enough to make a critic sigh "zoinks." (Coyle — 5/15). DIG / VOD

SPACESHIP EARTH

In 1991 eight visionaries embark on a two-year experiment to quarantine themselves inside Biosphere 2 -- a self-engineered replica of Earth's ecosystem. 1 hour, 55 minutes. VC (undetermined)

THE LOVEBIRDS (R)

On the brink of breaking up, a couple gets unintentionally embroiled in a bizarre murder mystery. As they get closer to clearing their names and solving the case, they need to figure out how they, and their relationship, can survive the night. This dark, night-goes-wrong comedy film seems very much in the respective wheelhouses of its stars Issa Rae and Kumail Nanjiani, are two of the most exiting voices working in film and television today, as actors, writers and creators. While it feels a little too familiar and a little too safe, like all the edges have been smoothed out, it's a fine movie to spend 86 minutes watching from the comfort of your own home. There are some amusing twists, turns and wardrobe changes as the night gets weirder and more dangerous for this ordinary couple who thought they were just headed to a dinner party. (Bahr — 5/22). 1 hour, 26 minutes. NET

THE MINDFULNESS MOVEMENT

From executive producers Deepak Chopra and Jewel comes this feature documentary that examines the growing number of people throughout society who believe mindfulness — a peaceful quality of attention anyone can develop by simply focusing on the present moment in a non-judgmental way — is the key to creating a healthier, happier world. 1 hour, 41 minutes. VC (undetermined)

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). 1 hour, 56 minutes. H / IO / TC / VC / VOD / VSR

THE TIMES OF BILL CUNNINGHAM

Narrated by Sarah Jessica Parker, this documentary features photographs chosen from over 3 million previously unpublicized images and documents from iconic street photographer and fashion historian Bill Cunningham. Told in Cunningham's own words from a recently unearthed 1994 interview, the photographer chronicles, in his customarily cheerful and plainspoken manner, moonlighting as a milliner in France during the Korean War, his unique relationship with First Lady Jackie Kennedy, his four decades at The New York Times and his democratic view of fashion and society. 1 hour, 14 minutes. TC (undetermined)

THE TRIP TO GREECE

Funnymen Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon travel to restaurants, hotels and ancient landmarks in Greece in their fourth and purportedly final voyage. The set-up of "The Trip to Greece" is the same as the last ones, and likewise first ran as a six-part BBC miniseries. Coogan and Brydon, playing fictionalized versions of themselves, are conscripted to write an article about a culinary tour. The primary tension, as before, is in who can quip better, and whether their bubble of battling egos and petty jealousies can be burst by anything — or even if we want it to be. Watching "The Trip to Greece" at a time when such travel is impossible has only heightened the considerable pleasures of these movies (and made the food all the more appetizing). But mostly it's reinforced the simple delight of sitting table-side with Coogan and Brydon. For all their trivial sparring, they are exceedingly good company. (Coyle — 5/22). 1 hour, 43 minutes. DIG / VOD

THE MINDFULNESS MOVEMENT

THE PAINTER AND THE THIEF

THE TIMES OF BILL CUNNINGHAM

THE TRIP TO GREECE

Legend

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

DIG: various digital platforms

H: Hulu

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

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NET: Netflix

TC: Triplex Cinema (Great Barringtonthetriplex.com)

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

VOD: video-on-demand

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


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