Film clips / June 8-14

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ADRIFT (PG-13)

Directed by Icelandic action director Baltasar Kormakur ("Everest"), "Adrift" is based on the harrowing, real-life story of Tami Oldham (Shailene Woodley), who sailed off on a romantic voyage from Tahiti to San Diego in 1983 with her fiance, Richard Sharp (Sam Claflin), and ran into a brutal hurricane. Oldham wrote of the ordeal — 41 days on the open seas in a damaged 44-foot sailboat — in her book, "Red Sky in Mourning," and if you haven't read it yet, good: Stop Googling and see the film first. You'll be glad you didn't know all the details beforehand. The action toggles back and forth between happy scenes on land, and the ordeal at sea, which show Tami figuring out a way to stop the boat from sinking, then pulling a badly injured Richard from the waters and caring for his wounds while she tries to navigate, using nautical maps and her own desperate creativity. The land scenes provide some intermittent relief; on the other hand, they do stall the suspense. The couple's risky goal is to reach Hawaii, and Tami knows that if she makes an error, they'll die. Woodley's honest, unfussy performance seems perfectly tailored to the script. Claflin makes Richard a dashing, sensitive romantic partner. The story is not complicated — nor does it need to be. Woman vs. sea. Woman triumphs. An apt story for 2018. (Noveck, The Associated Press — 6/1). 2 hours. BM / NAM

AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR (PG-13)

The title refers to the six "infinity stones" scattered around the universe, each conveying a power of sorcery, like the time-warping one held by Doctor Strange. They are dearly sought by Thanos (Josh Brolin, to whom this movie truly belongs), the indestructible Titan warlord, who rules over much of space but would like all of it. In bringing together more than 30 significant characters from the Marvel Cinematic Universe and enough spandex to clothe a small nation, "Avengers" is a little like launching an invasion after the war was already won. Despite assured dominance, Marvel has gone nuclear. It's really the simple pleasure of seeing so many good actors together that makes "Infinity War" work. With Chris Pratt, Robert Downey Jr., Chris Helmsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Chadwick Boseman, Mark Ruffalo, Anthony Mackie, Chris Evans, Elizabeth Olsen, Dave Bautista, Benedict Cumberbatch, Tom Holland, Zoe Saldana, Jeremy Renner, Vin Diesel, Karen Gilan, Benicio del Toro, Peter Dinklage. 2 hours, 29 minutes. BM

BOOK CLUB (PG-13)

The lives of four lifelong friends are turned upside down after reading the infamous "50 Shades of Grey." "Book Club" has a script that's often so heavy on the corn — make that corn syrup — that it strains credulity and leaves you groaning. But then, darn it, suddenly it makes you tearful, with an unexpectedly genuine moment, or laugh out loud. It's a credit to the cast, and the cast only — how many decades of top-level acting experience do we have here? All four women are fun, but allow us a special shoutout to the wonderfully witty presence of Bergen, who makes something worthwhile of every line she's given. With Diane Keaton, Jane Fonda, Candice Bergen, Mary Steenburgen. 1 hour, 44 minutes. BC / BM / NAM

DEADPOOL 2 (R)

If "Deadpool" was an origin story, "Deadpool 2" is a quest tale and our hero this time encounters the time traveling soldier Cable (Josh Brolin), a motley crew of mutants he calls X-Force and various superheroes and mutants, all set to a lively soundtrack that includes Air Supply, Peter Gabriel, "Annie" and an original song with filthy lyrics. If something can be oddly sweet while heads are being decapitated, it's this film. Ryan Reynolds is once again at his arch and nihilist best here, while acting and jumping in so much facial prosthetics that it makes him look like he's inside melted cheese — or, as the first movie put it, an avocado that had relations with an older avocado. To really appreciate "Deadpool 2" you have to have seen the original and probably every other Marvel superhero film, too. And be up on pop culture, from Cher to Broadway musicals. (Kennedy, The Associated Press — 5/19). 1 hour, 59 minutes. 1 hour, 59 minutes. BC / BM / CT / NAM

DISOBEDIENCE (R)

From director Sebasti n Lelio ("A Fantastic Woman") and based on Naomi Alderman's book, the film is a measured and sometime tedious character study set in a small Orthodox Jewish community in North London about a woman coming home after years away. It's a film that seems at first to be about one thing, but it transforms into something quite different and the journey is a compelling one. McAdams and Weisz are on fire in "Disobedience" showing sides to their talents that we've never seen before. "Disobedience" might not look like it's for everyone on the surface, but its specificity is what makes it worthy and, almost, great. With Rachel Weisz, Rachel McAdams, Alessandro Nivola. (Bahr, The Associated Press — 5/21. 1 hour, 54 minutes. IC

FIRST REFORMED (R)

Ethan Hawke stars as a priest of a small congregation in upstate New York who is grappling with mounting despair brought on by tragedy, worldly concerns and a tormented past. Hawke delivers one of the finest performances of his career in a film that will stay with you long after the credits. Whether it's a swansong for prolific screenwriter and director Paul Schrader, it certainly feels like the ending of at least a certain chapter that will surely be remembered as one of Schrader's finest. (Bahr, The Associated Press — 6/7). 1 hour, 53 minutes. TC/ TM

HEREDITARY (R)

Story about the death of a matriarch and how her remaining family is affected. With Toni Collette, Gabriel Byrne, Alex Wolff, Ann Dowd, Milly Shapiro. 2 hours, 7 minutes. BM

HOTEL ARTEMIS (R)

As rioting rocks Los Angeles in the year 2028, disgruntled thieves make their way to Hotel Artemis -- a 13-story, members-only hospital for criminals. It's operated by the Nurse, a no-nonsense, high-tech healer who already has her hands full with a French assassin, an arms dealer and an injured cop. 1 hour, 37 minutes. BM / NAM

LET THE SUNSHINE IN (Not rated)

Juliette Binoche stars as a divorced Parisian painter searching for another shot at love, but refusing to settle for the parade of all-too-flawed men who drift in and out of her life. In French, with English subtitles. 1 hour, 36 minutes. LC

LIFE OF THE PARTY (PG-13)


When her husband suddenly dumps her, longtime and dedicated housewife Deanna turns regret into reset by going back to college. Unfortunately, she winds up at the same school as her less-than-thrilled daughter. With Melissa McCarthy, Gillian Jacobs, Maya Rudolph. 1 hour, 45 minutes. BM / NAM

MARY SHELLEY PG-13)

Drama based on the love affair between 18-year-old Mary Wollstonecraft and poet Percy Shelley, and the events that inspired Mary to write "Frankenstein." With Elle Fanning, Douglas Booth. 2 hours, 1 minute. IC

OCEAN'S 8 (PG-13)

Debbie Ocean and her partner in crime assemble a team comprising the best people in the field to execute the heist of a necklace worth $150 million. With Sandra Bullock, Anne Hathaway, Cate Blanchett, Rihanna, Helena Bonham Carter, Sarah Paulson, Awkwafina, Mindy Kaling, Dakota Fanning. 1 hour, 50 minutes. BC / BM / NAM / TM

ON CHESIL BEACH (R)

In 1962 England, a young couple finds their idyllic romance colliding with issues of sexual freedom and societal pressure, leading to an awkward and fateful wedding night. With Saoirse Ronan, Billy Howle, Emily Watson, Anne-Marie Duff, Samuel West, Bebe Cave. 1 hour, 45 minutes. TC

RBG (PG)

An engrossing, entertaining and unabashedly adoring new documentary about now-legendary 85-year-old Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. (Noveck, The Associated Press — 5/11). 1 hour, 37 minutes. BC / TC / TM

SHOW DOGS (PG)

In Raja Gosnell's canine comedy, Max (voiced by Ludacris) is a laconic Rottweiler with the New York Police Department who sniffs the trail of an international animal smuggling ring. When the clues lead to a swanky dog show in Las Vegas, Max is assigned to the case as the pooch partner for Frank (Will Arnett), a combative FBI agent. Aided by Frank's agency contacts and Max's purebred informants, the two search for their human culprit. In a movie intended for families, it is frustrating that both humans and hounds who are gendered female find themselves relegated to love interest roles. But if "Show Dogs" sometimes betrays its shaggy charms, there is comfort in remembering that many movies are much dumber than this one, and so few of them have either the good taste or the good manners to compensate with puppies. (Bugbee, New York Times — t5/21). 1 hour, 32 minutes. 1 hour, 32 minutes. NAM

SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY (PG-13)

Young Han is scrappy and overconfident and makes things up as he goes along, unafraid to lie or trust his gut. It's how he ends up not only getting out, but escaping military service and hooking up with a band of outlaws led by Tobias Beckett (Woody Harrelson), who functions as mentor and possible cautionary tale for the impressionable Han. They'll soon meet up with the man Beckett is working for, Dryden Vos (Paul Bettany), and encounter Han's old friend from Corellia, Qi'ra (Emilia Clarke) before taking off on a dangerous smuggling mission. There's a lot for fans to digest as the film speeds through a check-list of Han's origin components, like how he meets Chewbacca (Joonas Suotamo), Lando Calrissian (Donald Glover) and how he comes across the Millennium Falcon. There are other key elements that probably are best left to the experience. Alden Ehrenreich, does not look or sound like Harrison Ford, and it's difficult to adjust at the beginning. You can't help but scrutinize every gesture, every smirk, every aside as you try to get used to him. Eventually you do, and the talented Ehrenreich wins you over with his execution, capturing Han's spirit, his sarcasm, egotism and charm with apparent ease. "Solo" is a straightforward piece of pulpy entertainment with some very agreeable performances from Ehrenreich and Glover, who seems to be having the most fun of all the actors in playing up Lando's suave demeanor, and fun classic Western flourishes, despite the excessively big action sequences. The best moments in "Solo" are the simpler ones: The romance, the friendships, the clashing egos. Perhaps a lesson for the inevitable sequel. (Bahr, The Associated Press — 5/24). 2 hours, 15 minutes. BC / BM / NAM / TC / TM





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)

TM: The Moviehouse, 48 Main St., Millerton, N.Y.


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