Film Clips / April 7-13


Director Bill Condon's film 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. With Emma Watson, Dan Stevens, (Coyle, The Associated Press — 3/20). 2 hours 10 minutes. BC / BM / CT / NAM / TC


Reimagined by writer, director, producer and star, Dax Shepard, this wholesome 1970s TV show about two good-natured California Highway Patrol guys who embodied California cool has been transformed into a tawdry, testosterone-fueled tale built around penis jokes and endless evaluation of women's appearances. With Michael Pe a, Kristen Bell. (Cohen, The Associated Press — 3/25). 1 hour 41 minutes. BM


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 solider, 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. But casting Johansson as the lead in a quintessentially Japanese story makes for a perpetual disconnect. (Coyle, The Associated Press — 4/3). 2 hours. BC / BM / NAM


Three lifelong pals decide to knock off the bank that took off with their retirement 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. TC


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. 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


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. BC / BM / 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. 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


This documentary tracks a 13-year-old Kazakh girl as she trains to become the first female in 12 generations of her family to become an eagle hunter, and rises to the pinnacle of a tradition that has been handed down from father to son for centuries. 1 hour 20 minutes. LC


A man facing a crisis of faith after a family tragedy is drawn to a mysterious abandoned shack in the woods where he meets three strangers who change his outlook on life. With Sam Worthington, Olivia Spencer, Tim McGraw, Rhada Mitchell. 2 hours 12 minutes. NAM


In German-occupied Poland during the darkest days of World War II, a zookeeper and his wife managed 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. 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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