What movies are playing in the Berkshires: April 21-27


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 / NAM


Based upon a 1932 anti-war drama by Ernst Lubitch, this meditation on the impact of tragedy and on the various ways different people are attracted to it focuses on a grieving young German woman who 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. There is a pervasive sense of loss, of tragedy that can't be undone, of lives changed forever, of pain that can never go away. (LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle — 4/15). 1 hour 53 minutes. TC


German drama about a soon-to-be-married police officer with a baby on the way who falls in love with a gay fellow officer. Subtitles. BC


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


A single man raising his niece, a spirited 7-year-old prodigy, in a small town in Florida finds his intentions to give her a normal school life running into obstacles when his mother discovers her granddaughter's extraordinary mathematical skills and decides to take charge of the girl's future while suing her son for custody in the process. With Chris Evans, McKenna Grace. Lindsay Duncan. 1 hour 41 minutes. BC / TC


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 examining the relationship between residents of Istanbul and the hundreds of thousands of cats, tame and wild, who have made the city their home over thousands of years. IC


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


At the end of the 19th century, a boat filled with Swedish emigrants comes to the Danish island of Bornholm. Among them are Lasse and his son Pelle, who find work at a large farm, but are treated as the lowest form of life. Despite their efforts to assimilate, Pelle and Lasse are harassed as foreigners but remain determined to build a better life than the one they left in Sweden. Subtitled. 2 hours 37 minutes. LC


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. 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. 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. It's all about the cars, the action, the international settings and the good-looking cast, not to mention an epic final chase across a remote Russian ice field among sports cars, Humvees and a nuclear submarine. The franchise has a proven formula, so long as they keep the tires screeching and the cast intact. With Dwayne Johnson, Charlize Theron, Jason Statham, Michelle Rodriguez, Scott Eastwood. 2 hours 40 minutes. BC/ BM / NAM


Facing ridicule in his native Britain for his assertion that he has discovered a previously unknown advanced civilization in the Amazon, turn-of-the-century explorer Peter Fawcett returns to the jungle to prove his assertions. With Robert Pattinson, Charlie Hunnan, Sienna Miller. 2 hours 30 minutes. TC


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 / CT / TC


In this animated Japanese fantasy, two teenagers, a boy and a girl, complete strangers living separate lives, suddenly switch places and wake up in the other's body. As the two try to adjust to this randomly occurring occurrence, they find themselves wanting to reach out to each other and connect in more fundamental ways. 1 hour 46 minutes. IC


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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