Film clips / March 9-15

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A FANTASTIC WOMAN (R)

Marina is a nightclub singer and a waitress. She has a boyfriend, Orlando, who is much older than her, but that matters little. They are clearly smitten with one another and in that post-honeymoon phase of the relationship where things are still passionate, but also calm and comforting. They're planning a trip together. She's moving in. Life is moving along nicely it seems. But one night, Orlando dies suddenly and Marina's tranquility is thrown into a tailspin — not just from the death of her love, but from all the unnecessary and often ridiculous complications, some bureaucratic, some purely emotional, that emerge and seem to stem from the fact that she is transgender. Full of grace and depth, Daniela Vega's extraordinary performance as Marina keeps this drama in check from becoming either too campy or sanctimonious. It has the power to make an audience really understand and internalize why it is an act of bravery to simply live life as herself. With Francisco Reyes. (Bahr, The Associated Press — 2/28). 1 hour, 44 minutes. TC / TM

ANNIHILATION (R)

A group of soldiers enters an environmental disaster zone and only one comes back out alive, though he is grievously injured. In an attempt to save his life, his wife, a biologist, volunteers for another expedition into the zone to figure out what happened to him. A trippy, mind-bending cinematic experience that plunges you into a disorienting dream-like science-fiction that contorts and disintegrates much of the genre's conventions. Seldom not something to behold. Natalie Portman, Oscar Isaac, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Gina Rodriguez, Tessa Thompson, Tuva Novotny. (Coyle, The Associated Press 2/26). 2 hours. BM

A WRINKLE IN TIME (PG)

After the disappearance of her scientist father, three peculiar beings send Meg, her brother, and her friend to space in order to find him. From the book by Madeleine L'Engle. With Storm Reid, Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon, Zach Galifianakis, Mindy Kaling, Chris Pine. 1 hour, 49 minutes. BC / BM / NAM / TC / TM

BLACK PANTHER (PG-13)


Marvel Cinematic Universe' sci-fi action/adventure starring Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan and Lupita Nyong'o. When the king of Wakanda dies, T'Challa returns home to take the throne, where he finds the country's five tribes are beginning to bubble with discord. Wakanda is a mighty African country appears from the outside as "Third World." But hidden from sight is a shimmering, technologically advanced metropolis whose stealthy growth has been fueled by vibranium, a cosmic mineral deposited deep in its mountains by a meteorite thousands of years earlier. Unlike many of its more hollow predecessors, "Black Panther" has real, honest-to-goodness stakes. (Coyle, The Associated Press — 2/10). 2 hours, 14 minutes. BC / BM / NAM / TC / TM

DEATH WISH (R)

Bruce Willis takes over for the late Charles Bronson in this reboot of the 1974 drama about a surgeon who becomes obsessed with delivering vigilante justice after home intruders brutally attack his wife and young daughter. 1 hour, 33 minutes. BM

FILM STARS DON'T DIE IN LIVERPOOL (R)

Based on the 1986 memoir by Peter Turner, Paul McGuigan's film stars Annette Bening as film star Gloria Grahame in her final years, in exile, acting in regional theater while privately battling breast cancer and Jamie Bell as Turner, a much younger man with whom she forms a relationship. 1 hour, 46 minutes. IC

GAME NIGHT (R)


A murder-mystery party goes sideways when violent kidnappers arrive before the fake ones in "Game Night," which seems on the page to be like all the other disappointing action-comedies of late. Thankfully, "Game Night" does not fall into that trap. A charismatic ensemble cast, a sharp script and a few well-placed twists make this one of the more enjoyable big studio comedies in recent memory. With Jason Bateman, Rachel McAdams, Kyle Chandler. 1 hour, 40 minutes. BC / BM / NAM

GRINGO (R)

A mild-mannered U.S. businessman finds himself at the mercy of backstabbing colleagues, local drug lords and a black ops mercenary after traveling to Mexico. With David Oyelowo, Charlize Theron, Joel Edgerton. 1 hour, 50 minutes. BM

IN THE FADE (R)

Out of nowhere, a woman's life falls apart when her husband and little son are killed in a bomb attack. Arrested and charged are a young couple from the neo-Nazi scene. German, with English subtitles. 1 hor, 46 minutes. LC

JUMANJI: WELCOME TO THE JUNGLE (PG-13)


More than two decades after Robin Williams conquered the pesky board game, "Jumanji" has been resurrected with more and glossier stars, a comedy director and a modern twist. The result is a very sweet, and generally entertaining, body swap lark with some nice messages about being, and believing in, yourself. With Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart, Nick Jonas, Jack Black, Karen Gillan. (Bahr, The Associated Press — 12/20). 1 hour, 59 minutes. BM / NAM

PETER RABBIT (PG)

Feature adaptation of Beatrix Potter's classic tale of a rebellious rabbit trying to sneak into a farmer's vegetable garden. With warm nostalgia for Beatrix Potter's classic children's tale, director, producer and co-writer Will Gluck channels the author's earnestness into a sweet film sure to delight young fans. There's enough entertainment for parents here, and plenty of good-natured humor for kids. Stay past the credits for an extra dose of laughs. With James Corden, Colin Moody, Domhnall Gleeson, Sam Neill, Rose Byrne, Margot Robbie, Elizabeth Debicki. Daisy Ridley. (Cohen, The Associated Press — 2/12). 1 hour, 33 minutes. BC / BM / NAM

RED SPARROW (R)

Jennifer Lawrence stars as a ballerina who is recruited to "Sparrow School," a Russian intelligence service where she is forced to use her body as a weapon. Her first mission, targeting a C.I.A. agent, threatens to unravel the security of both nations. A dark meandering, cliche-ridden bummer. With Joel Edgerton. (Kennedy, The Associated Press — 3/3). 2 hours, 19 minutes. BC / BM / TC / TM

STRANGERS: PREY AT NIGHT (R)

Members of a vacationing family soon find themselves in a desperate fight for survival when they arrive at a secluded mobile home park that's mysteriously deserted — until three masked psychopaths show up to satisfy their thirst for blood. With Liv Tyler, Gemma Ward, Christina Hendricks, Martin Henderson. 1 hour, 25 minutes. BM

THE HURRICANE HEIST (PG-13)

A rural Alabama town is facing twin catastrophes — a hurricane bearing down, and a team of 30 well-armed mercenaries intent on looting the local treasury facility. 1 hour, 43 minutes. BM

THE PARTY

It's not long when things begin to spiral out of control when a group of highly educated and highly dysfunctional people gather for an intimate dinner party at Janet (Kristen Scott Thomas) and Bill's (Timothy Spall) London house to celebrate Janet's appointment as the shadow minister for health. Rich, layered and short. (Bahr, The Associated Press — 3/3). 1 hour, 11 minutes. TM

THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI (R).

After months have passed without a culprit in her daughter's murder case, Mildred Hayes (Frances McDormand) makes a bold move, painting three signs leading into her town with a controversial message directed at William Willoughby (Woody Harrelson), the town's revered chief of police. 1 hour, 55 minutes. NAM

THE SHAPE OF WATER (R)

With shades of "Beauty and the Beast," the Academy Award-winning ''The Shape of Water" is about a love between a mute cleaning lady, Eliza (Sally Hawkins), and a merman (Doug Jones) who has been captured from the Amazon and hauled back to 1962 Baltimore by a cattle prod-wielding military man named Stickland (Michael Shannon). At a secret government laboratory where Eliza and her talkative friend Zelda (Octavia Spencer) mop up blood, the amphibious man is studied and tortured but mostly kept chained in a murky pool so he can't be taken by the Russians. A warm, generous spirit of affection and insurrection washes over director Guillermo del Toro's lushly composed, vividly realized Cold War-era fairy tale that submerges you in the realm of the director's Technicolor imagination, only to swell into a watery allegory for today. It is, one suspects, the fairy tale del Toro was born to make. With Richard Jenkins. (Coyle, The Associated Press — 12/27). 2 hours, 3 minutes. BM / CT / NAM





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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