Film clips / Aug. 4-10


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 / NAM


The Detroit riots are the framework for this blistering, hard-hitting drama about race relations in America, as exemplified by this account of the murders of three unarmed black men that took place in the Algiers Motel during the riots in late July 1967. With John Boyega, Anthony Mackie. 2 hours, 23 minutes. BM / NAM


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. (Dargis, New York Times — 7/24). 1 hour, 47 minutes. BC / BM / CT / IC / NAM / TC


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


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 her car in frantic pursuit of the kidnappers who have snatched her son from a playground. With Halle Berry. 1 hour, 35 minutes. BM


Three women at different stages of life confronting fidelity, with Jenny Slate playing a suddenly hesitant fiancee, her mother (Edie Falco) simmering in what seems a broken marriage, and a rebellious younger daughter (Abby Quinn) unsure how to make lasting ties to people. 1 hour, 36 minutes. TC


Drama about the relationship between Canadian folk artist Maud Lewis and the fishmonger for whom she works as a live-in housekeeper. With Sally Hawkins, Ethan Hawke. 1 hour, 55 minutes. TC


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 / NAM


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 / TC


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. 1 hour, 35 minutes. BC / BM / NAM


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. BC / BM / NAM


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


After suffering unimaginable losses, Caesar leads his army of apes into a fateful battle against a ruthless human colonel. A riveting and and surprisingly poignant epic that's a shade above the rest of the franchise dreck populating every multiplex across the country. It's as though director Matt Reeves, screenwriter Mark Bomback and the production actually put care and thought into what they were doing with their characters. With Andy Sirkis, Woody Harrelson. (Bahr, The Associated Press — 7/17). 2 hours, 22 minutes. 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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