What's playing at the movies in the Berkshires

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ASSASSIN'S CREED (PG-13)

Michael Fassbender stars in this action-adventure epic based on the popular time-travel video game. With Marion Cotillard, Jeremy Irons. 2 hours 28 minutes. BM / NAM

COLLATERAL BEAUTY (PG-13)

Riddled with despair after suffering a great tragedy, a successful New York advertising executive seeks answers by writing letters to Love, Time and Death, with unexpected results. With its cast of Oscar-caliber actors and pervasive theme of loss, this should have been a deeply moving tear-jerker. Instead, it comes off as melodramatic contrivance. With Will Smith, Helen Mirren, Kate Winslet, Keira Knightley, Edward Norton. 1 hour 37 minutes. BC / BM / NAM

FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM (PG-13)

Eddie Redmayne stars as Newt Scamander whose textbook on wizardry and witches inspires Harry Potter 70 years after the events in this adventure, set in 1927, when Scamander, during a stopover in New York after a world excursion, lands in one series of difficulties after another with the Big Apple's community of witches and sorcerers and magical creatures. There's a refreshing light tone competing with the story's sinister themes, thanks especially to two exceedingly appealing supporting characters headed for a sweet confection of a romance. (Noveck, The Associated Press — 11/18). 2 hours 13 minutes. BM

FENCES (PG-13)

Denzel Washington directs and stars in this film adaptation of August Wilson's Pulitzer Prize-winning play about a sanitation worker in 1950s Pittsburgh whose dream of becoming a major league baseball player was squashed and who now puts roadblocks in the way of his son playing college football. With Viola Davis. 2 hours 19 minutes. Beginning Dec. 25 — BC / BM / NAM

LION (PG-13)

Twenty-five years after having been lost on a train in his native India and ultimately adopted by an Australian couple, a young man, armed with digital technology and determination, sets out to find his lost family and return to his childhood home. With Dev Patel, Nicole Kidman, Rooney Mara. 2 hours. TC

MANCHESTER BY THE SEA (R).

A brooding loner returns to his hometown upon the death of his brother, only to learn he's been named guardian to his 16-year-old nephew. The return also re-opens painful unfinished business from his past. With Casey Affleck, Lucas Hedges, Michelle Williams. 2 hours 17 minutes. BC / TC

MOANA (PG)

Vintage Disney tale about a headstrong young 16-year-old princess, who, guided by a demigod, sets out on a mission to save her people and learns a lot about herself and the world outside in the process. A sweet, often funny, spiritual and epic fable with a heroine whom young girls will admire for years to come, princess or not. With the voices of Auli'i Cravalho, Dwayne Johnson. (Bahr, The Associated Press — 11/23). 1 hour 53 minutes. BM / NAM

NOCTURNAL ANIMALS

A successful Los Angeles art-gallery owner's idyllic life is marred by the constant traveling of her handsome second husband. While he is away, she is shaken by the arrival of a manuscript written by her first husband, who she has not seen in years. The manuscript tells the story of a teacher who finds a trip with his family turning into a nightmare. As Susan reads the book, it forces her to examine her past and confront some dark truths. 1 hour 53 minutes. IC

PASSENGERS (PG-13)

A space ship on automatic pilot, heading on a 120-year journey toward a distant colonized planet, is the setting for a creepy courtship that evolves between two of the passengers who have sprung out of their states of suspended animation. But what ultimately self-destructs is the central metaphor about how the act of falling in love dooms companions to a single fate, sentencing them, for better or worse, to a lifetime together. It's a clever enough conceit, doomed by a bungled meet cute. With Chris Pratt, Jennifer Lawrence. (Coyle, The Associated Press — 12/21). 1 hour 45 minutes. BC / BM / NAM

ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY (PG-13)

A group of unlikely heroes organizes against the Empire and sets out on a daunting, dangerous mission. A bold and stirring adventure film that will have both fans and casual observers spellbound. It is easily the most exciting blockbuster in recent memory this side of "Mad Max: Fury Road" and that includes "The Force Awakens." With Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Mads Mikkelsen. (Bahr, The Associated Press — 12/17). 2 hours 13 minutes. BC / BM / CT / NAM / TC

SING (PG).

On stage and behind the scenes of an "American Idol"-style competition whose contestants are all animals. What this new animated entry from the studio that gave us "The Secret Life of Pets," "Minions" and "Despicable Me" might lack in originality of concept, it more than makes up for in smarts, energy, star power and plain old entertainment value. With the voices of Matthew McConaughey, Scarlett Johansson, Reese Witherspoon, Seth McFarlane, Taron Egerton. (Noveck, The Associated Press — 12/21). 1 hour 52 minutes. BC / BM / NAM / TC

WHY HIM? (PG-13)


A loving but overprotective father has serious issues with his college-age daughter's boyfriend — a young billionaire who seems to have few, if any, social boundaries. With Bryan Cranston, Zoey Deutch, James Franco. 1 hour 51 minutes. BM / 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)

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