Film clips / Aug. 18-24

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A GHOST STORY

A fatal, off-screen car crash interrupts the picturesque, suburban lives of a young married couple, marooning the deceased husband musician (Casey Affleck) in a kind of purgatory as a watchful, mostly benign ghost. With Rooney Mara. IC

AN INCONVENIENT SEQUEL: TRUTH TO POWER (PG)

A decade after "An Inconvenient Truth," Albert Gore brings us up to date on just how close we are to a genuine energy revolution. Despite seeming setbacks, the overriding sentiment is one of optimism. (Noveck, The Associated Press — 8/14). 1 hour, 50 minutes. CT

ANNABELLE: CREATION (R)

A seemingly harmless doll takes on a life of her own and strikes terror for a former toymaker and his wife who lost their 7-year-old daughter in an automobile accident years earlier. 1 hour, 49 minutes. BC / BM / NAM

ATOMIC BLONDE (R)

A tough, sensual, savage-when-she-needs-to-be spy (Charlize Theron) is sent to Berlin on a formidable mission. Cements Theron's place as today's most badass action star. With James McAvoy. (Coyle, The Associated Press — 7/28). 1 hour, 55 minutes. BM

BEATRIZ AT DINNER (R)


Over dinner at the home of a wealthy client, a Los Angeles massage therapist and holistic healer is drawn into in an escalating war of words with a ruthless real estate mogul who cares more about money than people. With Salma Hayek, John Lithgow, Connie Britton. 1 hour, 22 minutes. NAM

BRAVE NEW JERSEY

On the night of Orson Welles' radio broadcast of "War of the Worlds" in October 1938, the residents of a small New Jersey town wrestle with what they believe is their last night before extinction in the face of an alien invasion from outer space. 1 hour, 31 minutes. LC

DUNKIRK (PG-13)

Director Christopher Nolan's account of the daring rescue of Allied troops trapped on the beach at Dunkirk after the German invasion of France in 1940. Big in subject, reach, emotion and image. With Harry Styles, Tom Hardy, Cillian Murphy, Mark Rylance, Kenneth Branagh. (Dargis, New York Times — 7/24). 1 hour, 47 minutes. BM / NAM / TC

GIRLS TRIP (R)

Four girl friends rekindle their bond — and let loose at the same time — on a trip to New Orleans for the Essence Festival. The women are so distinct and well-drawn, they're universally relatable. And keep an eye on Tiffany Haddish. If there were such a thing as "Comedy Oscars," she would win, hands down, for her performance here. With Queen Latifah, Jada Pinkett Smith, Regina Hall, Tiffany Haddish. (Cohen, The Associated Press — 7/24). 2 hours, 2 minutes. BM / NAM

KIDNAP (R)

With no cell phone and no time to call police, a frantic mother jumps into her car and risks everything as she takes off in frantic pursuit of the kidnappers who have snatched her son from a playground. This is pulpy material but Halle Berry gives it her all as the determined mother. (Lewis, San Francisco Chronicle — 8/8). 1 hour, 35 minutes. BM

LADY MACBETH (R)

Drama about a young, 19th century woman's unrepentant rebellion. 1 hour, 29 minutes. IC

LOGAN LUCKY (PG-13)

A laid-off West Virginia family man teams up with his brother and sister to steal money from the Charlotte Motor Speedway. With Channing Tatum, Adam Driver, Daniel Craig, Riley Keogh, Seth McFarlane, Hilary Swank. 1 hour, 59 minutes. BC / BM / NAM / TC

SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING (PG-13)

Under the watchful eye of mentor Tony Stark, young Peter Parker tries to adjust to his new identity as Spider-Man while trying to build a normal life as Peter Parker, all of which is threatened when the evil Vulture surfaces. For the most part, this is a joy. It's light-hearted, smart, a little meta and the first Marvel film to really consider what it might be like for kids living in a world where superheroes are real. With Tom Holland, Robert Downey Jr., Zendaya, Marisa Tomei, Michael Keaton. (Bahr, The Associated Press — 7/7) 2 hours, 13 minutes. BM

THE BIG SICK (R)

In this romantic comedy, the relationship between a Pakistani comic and a grad student he meets at one of his shows takes a complicated turn and he is left to deal with her parents. With Kumail Nunjiani, Zoe Kazan, Holly Hunter, Ray Romano. 2 hours, 4 minutes. BC / NAM / TC

THE DARK TOWER (PG-13)

The future of the world is at stake in this sci-fi western as the Gunslinger (Idris Elba) tries to keep the Man in Black (Matthew McConaughey) from destroying the Dark Tower, the key to keeping the universe together. A long-in-development, not-ready-for-prime-time studio dump. (Coyle, The Associated Press — 8/7). 1 hour, 35 minutes. BM / NAM

THE EMOJI MOVIE (PG)

An exuberant emoji with multiple expressions is determined to become like all the other single-expression emojis in his smartphone. The good news is that "The Emoji Movie" is not evil. The bad news is it's just mediocre, or, in emoji parlance, simply "meh." (Bahr, The Associated Press — 7/29). 1 hour, 31 minutes. BM / NAM

THE GLASS CASTLE (PG-13)

Four siblings raised by an alcoholic father who has sober moments of brilliance and a mother for whom the idea of raising a family is abhorrent fend for themselves. Based on the 2005 memoir by Jeannette Walls. With Brie Larson, Woody Harrelson, Naomi Watts. 2 hours, 7 minutes. BC / TC

THE HITMAN'S BODYGUARD (R)

The world's top protection agent is hired to protect his mortal enemy — the world's top hitman, who must testify at the International Court of Justice. With Ryan Reynolds, Samuel L. Jackson, Salma Hayek. 1 hour, 58 minutes. BM

THE NUT JOB 2: NUTTY BY NATURE (PG)

Surly the squirrel and his pals take on the slimy mayor of Oakton when he decides to raze the park they call home. 1 hour, 35 minutes. BM / NAM

VALERIAN AND THE CITY OF A THOUSAND PLANETS (PG-13)

Set in the 28th century, this sci-fi adventure from director Luc Besson follows two special operatives as they embark on a mission to identify the dark force that is threatening a peaceful city. The chemistry between the leads — Cara Delavingne and Dane DeHaan — is non-existent, the dialogue is cringe worthy and the story is clunky but the images are frequently extraordinary. This movie would be better on mute. (Coyle, The Associated Press — 7/21). 2 hours, 17 minutes. BM



Legend

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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