Film Clips / March 31-April 7


Over the course of five decades, a lovable dog who is reincarnated as multiple canines develops an unbreakable bond with a young boy and keeps reentering his life as he matures. 2 hours. CT


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 / TC


An inexperienced rookie and a hardened veteran work at cross purposes when they are made a team on the California Highway Patrol, which each of them has joined for different reasons. 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. BC / BM


Scarlett Johansson stars as a cyber-enhanced human, created as the perfect solider, the ultimate weapon to fight a new level of enemy. 2 hours. BC / BM / NAM


Documentary about James Baldwin and a manuscript about the lives and the violent deaths of three of his closest friends — Medgar Evers, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr. — he had been working on at the time of his death in 1987. 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. 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


As they study the first evidence of extraterrestrial life on Mars, the team of astronauts on the International Space Station finds the rapidly evolving life-form contains properties and poses a threat none of them could see coming. A terse, prickly, cheap-thrill that doesn't find its own bite until its final moments. With Jake Gyllenhaal, Rebecca Peterson, Ryan Reynolds. (Coyle, The Associated Press — 3/ 25). 1 hour 50 minutes. BC / 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


A teenage girl (Evanna Lynch) flees her foster home with her boyfriend. Their goal is to find her father, a brilliant writer who's been institutionalized. 1 hour 40 minutes. LC


Loosely, it's about a young artist, Maureen (Kristen Stewart), who is coping (poorly) with the recent death of her twin brother Lewis while working as a personal shopper for a demanding Somebody in Paris. But it's also a ghost story. And a mourning drama. And an erotic psychological thriller. And a whodunit. With Kristen Stewart. 1 hour 45 minutes. IC


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


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. 1 hour 37 minutes. BC / BM / NAM


A once-successful businesswoman hires a young writer to write her obituary, while she is still alive, thus launching an unusual and adventurous relationship. With Shirley MacLaine, Amanda Seyfried. 1 hour 48 minutes. TC


The sudden appearance of a diary and a letter forces the owner of a photo shop to face some unfinished business from his past. With Jim Broadbent, Charlotte Rampling, Michelle Dockery. 1 hour 48 minutes. TC


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. With Jessica Chastain, Daniel Bruhl. 2 hours 4 minutes. TC


An idiosyncratic curmudgeon at loose ends in his life finds out he is the father of a now teenage girl and sets off on a mission to find her and re-connect not only with her but also with his ex-wife. With Woody Harrelson, Laura Dern, Isabella Amara. 1 hour 41 minutes. 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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