Film Clips / April 14-20


Director Bill Condon's film — let's call it "Beauty and the Beast 2.0" — often feels in search of a purpose beyond the all-but-certain dollar signs. Much of the live action/digital effects makeover is less lifelike than the Oscar-winning 1991 animated film. It's gained a dimension but lost a pulse. The merely fine acting and lavish production design dutifully strive to make this a worthy enterprise. With Emma Watson, Dan Stevens, (Coyle, The Associated Press — 3/20). 2 hours 10 minutes. BC / BM / CT / NAM / TC


A grieving young German woman is drawn to a mysterious stranger who arrives in her town in the aftermath of World War I and places flowers on the grave of her fiancee, who died in France. 1 hour 53 minutes. TC


A young black man's introductory meeting with his white girlfriend's parents at their upstate home turns into something quite unexpected. With Daniel Kaluuya, Allison Williams. 1 hour 44 minutes. BM


Scarlett Johansson stars as a cyber-enhanced human, created as the perfect soldier, the ultimate weapon to fight a new level of enemy. Robert Sanders' remake of Mamoru Oshii's 1995 influential anime classic is a dazzling dystopia. Yet, like its sleek, cybernetic protagonist, it's haunted by a fundamental defect — a bug in the system — that can't be disspelled. Casting Johansson as the lead in a quintessentially Japanese story makes for a perpetual disconnect. (Coyle, The Associated Press — 4/3). 2 hours. BM / NAM


When their pension money goes south, three lifelong pals decide to knock off the bank that took off with their funds. With Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine, Alan Arkin. BC / BM / NAM / TC


Documentary about James Baldwin and a manuscript about the lives and the violent deaths of three of his closest friends — Medgar Evers, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr. — he had been working on at the time of his death in 1987. LC


King Kong resurfaces in this reboot that finds a team of explorers stepping into the mighty ape's primordial island kingdom.The year is 1973 and Nixon is pulling the troops out of Vietnam. An "Apocalypse Now" with monsters is about as bizarre a fit as you'd expect. It is, at least, not the cookie-cutter monster movie it might have been. Director Jordan Vogt-Roberts gleefully plunges into his cartoonish, digitally rendered heart of darkness. The result is by turns grim and goofy. With Tom Hiddleston, Brie Larson, John C. Reilly, John Goodman. (Coyle, The Associated Press — 3/13). 2 hours. BM / NAM


Logan's attempt to hide from the world and his legacy is disrupted when a young mutant, pursued by dark forces, drops into his life. Not for the faint of heart — not just because of its brutal violence, but because it packs an emotional wallop you don't normally expect from a comic book movie. A gritty, dark and deeply satisfying conclusion for fans who've clawed their way through Hugh Jackman's eight movie outings with the X-Men and Wolverine. With Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, Boyd Holbrook. (Cohen, The Associated Press — 3/6). 2 hours 21 minutes. BM


Five ordinary small town teens discover they have superheroic powers and realize they are the only ones who can save the planet from an extraterrestrial threat. Much like the teens at its center, "Power Rangers" goes through some awkward growing pains trying to figure out what movie it wants to be or even should be. 2 hours 4 minutes. NAM


Four BFF smurfs use a special map in a race against time and an evil wizard to uncover a mysterious village. With the voices of Demi Lovato, Danny Pudi, Joe Manganiello, Jack McBrayer, Rainn Wilson. 1 hour 31 minutes. BC / BM / NAM


This animated movie version of Marla Frazee's board book is told from the point of view of a 7-year-old only child with a swoop of hair (Miles Bakshi) whose idyllic world is shattered by the arrival of son No. 2 (Alec Baldwin). It gets worse: The new baby can both talk and scheme. He's actually undercover on behalf of a corporate behemoth to push his agenda. The references to playwright David Mamet's gritty, foul-mouthed "Glengarry Glen Ross" seems somewhat oversized in this sweet film, overpowering its understated humor and terrific animation. Altogether, it sometimes seems like "The Boss Baby" was a really good 20-minute short film that became stretched out like a piece of gum until the taste grew stale. (Kennedy, The Associated Press. — 4/3) 1 hour 37 minutes. BC / BM / NAM


Settled into something resembling a normal life, the crew is drawn back into action when a now-married Dom (Vin Diesel) is seduced back into a world of crime. With Dwayne Johnson, Charlize Theron, Jason Statham, Michelle Rodriguez, Scott Eastwood. 2 hours 40 minutes. BC/ BM / NAM


In German-occupied Poland during the darkest days of World War II, a zookeeper and his wife manage to save the lives hundreds of Jewish people, many of whom were detained in the Warsaw Ghetto, by giving them shelter and refuge on the zoo grounds. Despite its glossy sheen, this extraordinary true story is dramatized rather effectively. With Jessica Chastain, Daniel Bruhl. (Bahr, The Associated Press — 3/31). 2 hours 4 minutes. BC / IC / TC


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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