Documentary tracking superstar master chef Ren Rezepi's project to devise a new14-course menu after temporarily relocating his Norma staff to Tokyo. 1 hour 28 minutes. LC


Michael Fassbender stars in this action-adventure epic based on the popular time-travel video game. With Marion Cotillard, Jeremy Irons. 2 hours 28 minutes. BM / NAM


Riddled with despair after suffering a great tragedy, a successful New York advertising executive seeks answers by writing letters to Love, Time and Death, with unexpected results. With its cast of Oscar-caliber actors and pervasive theme of loss, this should have been a deeply moving tear-jerker. Instead, it comes off as melodramatic contrivance. With Will Smith, Helen Mirren, Kate Winslet, Keira Knightley, Edward Norton. 1 hour 37 minutes. BC / BM / NAM


Eddie Redmayne stars as Newt Scamander whose textbook on wizardry and witches inspires Harry Potter 70 years after the events in this adventure, set in 1927, when Scamander, during a stopover in New York after a world excursion, lands in one series of difficulties after another with the Big Apple's community of witches and sorcerers and magical creatures. There's a refreshing light tone competing with the story's sinister themes, thanks especially to two exceedingly appealing supporting characters headed for a sweet confection of a romance. (Noveck, The Associated Press — 11/18). 2 hours 13 minutes. BM (through Dec. 24)


Denzel Washington directs and stars in this film adaptation of August Wilson's Pulitzer Prize-winning play about a sanitation worker in 1950s Pittsburgh whose dream of becoming a major league baseball player was squashed and who now puts roadblocks in the way of his son playing college football. With Viola Davis. 2 hours 19 minutes. Beginning Dec. 25 — BC / BM / NAM

LION (PG-13)

Twenty-five years after having been lost as a 5-year-old, then adopted and raised by an Australian couple, an Indian man uses Google Earth to retrace his steps to his Indian hometown and his birth mother, without knowing the name of either. With Dev Patel, Nicole Kidman, Rooney Mara. 2 hours. Beginning Dec. 25 — TC


A brooding loner returns to his hometown upon the death of his brother, only to learn he's been named guardian to his 16-year-old nephew. The return also re-opens painful unfinished business from his past. With Casey Affleck, Lucas Hedges, Michelle Williams. 2 hours 17 minutes. BC / IC / TC


Vintage Disney tale about a headstrong young 16-year-old princess, who, guided by a demigod, sets out on a mission to save her people and learns a lot about herself and the world outside in the process. A sweet, often funny, spiritual and epic fable with a heroine whom young girls will admire for years to come, princess or not. With the voices of Auli'i Cravalho, Dwayne Johnson. (Bahr, The Associated Press — 11/23). 1 hour 53 minutes. BM / NAM / TC


An epic Christmas party becomes a means to an end when a branch manager learns his sister, the company's CEO, is trying to shutdown his office. The filmmakers have little feel for how to utilize their funny cast, or for what they want to unleash. The only things to burst forth when the egg nog starts flowing are slow motion party montages that exist for nothing but the film's trailers and further reflections on the sad state of studio comedy. With Jennifer Aniston, Jason Bateman, T.J. Miller. 1 hour 45 minutes. NAM


A space ship on automatic pilot, heading on a 120-year journey toward a distant colonized planet, is the setting for a creepy courtship that evolves between two of the passengers who have sprung out of their states of suspended animation. But what ultimately self-destructs is the central metaphor about how the act of falling in love dooms companions to a single fate, sentencing them, for better or worse, to a lifetime together. It's a clever enough conceit, doomed by a bungled meet cute. With Chris Pratt, Jennifer Lawrence. (Coyle, The Associated Press — 12/21). 1 hour 45 minutes. BC / BM / NAM


A group of unlikely heroes organizes against the Empire and sets out on a daunting, dangerous mission. A bold and stirring adventure film that will have both fans and casual observers spellbound. It is easily the most exciting blockbuster in recent memory this side of "Mad Max: Fury Road" and that includes "The Force Awakens." With Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Mads Mikkelsen. (Bahr, The Associated Press — 12/17). 2 hours 13 minutes. BC / BM / CT / NAM / TC


On stage and behind the scenes of an "American Idol"-style competition whose contestants are all animals. What this new animated entry from the studio that gave us "The Secret Life of Pets," "Minions" and "Despicable Me" might lack in originality of concept, it more than makes up for in smarts, energy, star power and plain old entertainment value. With the voices of Matthew McConaughey, Scarlett Johansson, Reese Witherspoon, Seth McFarlane, Taron Egerton. (Noveck, The Associated Press — 12/21). 1 hour 52 minutes. BC / BM / NAM / TC

WHY HIM? (PG-13)

A loving but overprotective father has serious issues with his college-age daughter's boyfriend — a young billionaire who seems to have few, if any, social boundaries. With Bryan Cranston, Zoey Deutch, James Franco. 1 hour 51 minutes. BC / BM / NAM


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)


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