Film clips / Oct. 27-Nov. 2

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AMERICAN MADE (R)

A TWA pilot (Tom Cruise) is recruited by the CIA ostensibly to keep tabs on the incipient communist threat in Central America and winds up running one of the biggest CIA covert operations in the agency's history which resulted in the establishment of the Medellin drug cartel. Based on a true story, this smart, zippy movie plays very much like your type-A Cruise movie before it yanks the rug out from beneath you and reveals the type-B Cruise we've been missing. (Coyle, The Associated Press — 9/29). 1 hour, 55 minutes. NAM

BATTLE OF THE SEXES (PG-13)

A fictionalized rendering of the 1973 tennis match between 29-year-old Billie Jean King (Emma Stone) and 55-year-old hustler Bobby Riggs (Steve Carell) and the circumstances surrounding it. A fairly standard, if unexceptional film that has two things going for it: Stone and timeliness. (Bahr, The Associated Press — 9/22). 2 hours, 16 minutes. NAM

BLADE RUNNER 2049 (R)

Officer K (Ryan Gosling), a new blade runner for the Los Angeles Police Department, unearths a long-buried secret that has the potential to plunge what's left of society into chaos. While there is always something to look at in director Denis Villeneuve's sequel to Ridley Scott's 1982 sci-fi neo-noir original, a overly elaborate script and some other bad habits common to today's sequel machinery have broken the "Blade Runner" spell. With Harrison Ford. (Coyle, The Associated Press — 10/6). 2 hours, 43 minutes. BC / NAM

BRAD'S STATUS (R)

A successful man questions the value of his life when he reconnects with four college buddies. With Ben Stiller, Mike White, Michael Sheen, Luke Wilson. 1 hour, 42 minutes. CT

GEOSTORM (PG-13)

Earth comes under assault from an intricate network of satellites designed to control the global climate and keep everyone safe. With Gerard Butler, Ed Harris, Abby Cornish. 1 hour, 49 minutes. BM / NAM

GOODBYE CHRISTOPHER ROBIN (PG)

Biographical drama about A.A. Milne and the creation of the "Winnie the Pooh" stories during wartime, inspired his son, C.R. With Domhnall Gleeson, Will Tilston, Margot Robbie, Kelly Macdonald. 1 hour, 47 minutes. TC

HAPPY DEATH DAY (PG-13)

Snappy horror-comedy with a gentle romantic spine in which a college coed is forced to relive the day of her brutal murder multiple times until she finds her killer. Neatly paced and tight as a chokehold, the script delivers just enough variation to hold our interest. With Jessica Rothe. (Catsoulis, New York Times — 10/19). 1 hour, 36 minutes. BM / NAM

IT (R)

When children begin to disappear in a small Maine town, neighborhood kids band together to square off against an evil clown. From the novel by Stephen King. Genuinely scary and creepy. (Bahr, The Associated Press — 9/8). 2 hours, 15 minutes. BM / NAM

JIGSAW (R)

A mysterious madman rounds up a group of victims to play sadistic games of life and death which police soon link to the infamous killer, Jigsaw, who died 10 years earlier. 1 hour, 32 minutes. BM

LOVING VINCENT (PG-13)

Drama centering around the mysterious death of French artist Vincent van Gogh in 1890. With Douglas Booth, Saoirse Ronan, Aidan Turner. 1 hour, 35 minutes. TC

MY LITTLE PONY: THE MOVIE (PG)

Princess Celestia sends her star pupil, the bookish unicorn Twilight Sparkle, to Ponyville to improve her socialization skills. Twilight quickly makes five new four-legged friends: Applejack, Rainbow Dash, Pinkie Pie, Fluttershy and Rarity. BM / NAM

ONLY THE BRAVE (PG-13)

Based-on-true-events drama centering on the 20-strong Granite Mountain Hotshots and their journey from a local Arizona firefighting team to an elite force at the front lines of the Yarnell Hill Fire in 2013, one of the country's deadliest wildfires. The spine of the story is the relationship between crusty local fire chief Eric Marsh (Josh Brolin) and an ex-junkie recruit hoping to straighten out his life (Miles Teller). 1 hour, 49 minutes. BM

78/52: HITCHCOCK'S SHOWER SCENE

Aided by a roster of filmmakers, critics and fans, director Alexandre O. Philippe pulls back the curtain on the making and influence of this landmark sequence from "Psycho," breaking it down frame by frame and unpacking Alfred Hitchcock's dense web of allusions and double meanings. 1 hour, 31 minutes. LC

SUBURBICON (R)

George Clooney directs this satire — set in the summer of 1959 — about a suburban community whose idyllic, tranquil surface masks a dark underbelly. With Matt Damon, Julianne Moore, Oscar Isaac. 1 hour, 45 minutes. BM / TC

THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE (R)

Four emotionally and/or physically wounded soldiers start down the road to rehabilitation as they each try to readjust to civilian life after returning home from the war in Iraq. With Miles Teller, Amy Schumer, Scott Haze. 1 hour, 49 minutes. BM

THE FOREIGNER (R)

A relentless search for the people behind a terrorist event in which his daughter was killed leads to volatile complications for a humble London businessman, played by Jackie Chan with little pizazz and even less gravitas to be persuasive in the role of a grief-maddened single father. With Pierce Brosnan. (Kenny, New York Times — 10/19). 1 hour, 54 minutes. BM

THE LEGO NINJAGO MOVIE (PG)

Master Builder Lloyd and his secret ninja warriors take on the evil warlord Garmadon in an effort to reclaim Ninjago City. 1 hour, 41 minutes. NAM

THE MOUNTAIN BETWEEN US (PG-13)

Drama about two strangers who survive a plane crash only to end up in the unforgiving snowy Utah mountains, with no cell reception and precious little food. This romance novel-meets-survival story doesn't really succeed at either, despite fine performances by Kate Winslet and Idris Elba. (Kennedy, The Associated Press — 10/ 7). 1 hour, 51 minutes. BM / NAM

THE SNOWMAN (R)

Detective Harry Hole is on the trail of an elusive sociopath known as "The Snowman Killer," who continually taunts his pursuer. Based on a novel by Jo Nesb . With Michael Fassbender. 1 hour, 59 minutes. BC / BM

TYLER PERRY'S BOO 2! A MADEA HALLOWEEN (PG-13)

This follow-up to last year's "Boo! A Madea Halloween" frequently feels more like a remake than a sequel. Once again, the rebellious teenage Tiffany is determined to attend a frat party and, once again, it's the same inhabited-by-30-year-olds frat, only this time the party is being held at a lake that was the setting for a shrouded-in-mystery mass murder back in the '70s. This movie finds director Tyler Perry drastically off whatever his best game is. To call this movie unwatchable would be inaccurate. On the other hand, the lighting is so weak, "Boo 2!" is often unseeable. (Kenny, New York Times — 10/25) 1 hour, 41 minutes. BM

VICTORIA AND ABDUL (PG-13)

Drama based on a true story about the unlikely alliance between Queen Victoria and a young clerk from India who arrives in Britain to participate in the queen's golden jubilee and unexpectedly finds favor with the monarch. With Judi Dench, Ali Fazal, Eddie Izzard. 1 hour, 53 minutes. BC / IC / TC





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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