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'Moonlight': Illuminating
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
05:22PM / Thursday, December 01, 2016
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The DNA of everything that is wrong, sad and perplexing about race relations in the U.S. is poetically discerned and illuminated in filmmaker Barry Jenkins' Oscar-worthy "Moonlight." Jenkins ingeniously utilizes the low-budget, art house look of his sociologically profound film about a young black man's journey in ghettoized America to personalize the tale without the least bit of affectation. It is storytelling in our best, lyrical tradition, ripping open barely sealed wounds in its engrossing proof that there's nothing like the real truth to get your attention.

In the slums of Miami, in an indeterminate near-past that implies the infinite stagnancy of such

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'Bleed for This': Middleweight Contender
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
05:08PM / Saturday, November 26, 2016
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To accent boxer Vinny Pazienza's close-knit family in director-writer Ben Younger's "Bleed for This," turning points in the pugilist's remarkable saga are inevitably marked by the clan crowded around the dinner table eating, with hardly room for a bread stick among them. There is a basic, anthropological purity in the devotion, an incontrovertible given, as each member, whether laughing, chiding or worrying out loud, plays out his or her supportive role in the dynamic. The conceptualization is as engaging as the accompanying tale of fisticuffs.

Based on a true story, the travail that was "The Pazmanian Devil's" career should please boxing fans who know

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'Arrival': Quite a Trip
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
03:08PM / Thursday, November 17, 2016
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You know how sometimes between sleep and consciousness you can tell the future? Well, good for you if you can; it doesn't happen to me, not anymore. I've been stuck in this reality mode since the 1960s ended. But, just in case you tune in, Dr. Leary, there's a fascinating variant of that "Twilight Zone"-like mind trip in director Denis Villeneuve's "Arrival," a tale of alien visitation with a tricky twist. It's the surprise answer to the brainteaser it never asks.

Otherwise, this rather solemn adventure, astutely crafted with the scientific method if not the élan that was evinced in "The Andromeda Strain" (1971), is your typical

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Festival of Trees Opens at Berkshire Museum
11:53AM / Wednesday, November 16, 2016
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Walk the red carpet like a movie star when "Now Playing: Festival of Trees 2016" opens at the Berkshire Museum on Friday, Nov. 18, with a festive premiere party.

Widely regarded as the unofficial kickoff of the holiday season in the Berkshires, the annual event will feature more than 100 dazzling decorated trees, bedecked in film world finery, reflecting this year's movie theme. The creative holiday trees are sponsored by businesses, schools, and community organizations in a true celebration of cinema, from film noir and sci-fi to action-adventure, Westerns, and animation.

The family-friendly premiere party runs from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov.

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Clark Art Institute to Reopen Manton Center
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:45PM / Thursday, November 10, 2016
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Annabelle Selldorf, who will lecture at the Clark Art Institute on Saturday, is an accomplished architect, businesswoman and, perhaps unbeknownst to her, heart surgeon.

"The reopening of the Manton Center is maybe not more important than the opening of the Ando building, but it is as important," Clark Director Olivier Meslay said Thursday during a press preview of the renovated structure.

"The heart of the Clark is here. The blood coursing around the body of the Clark is from here."

The 1970s era Manton Center will open to the public for the first time on Saturday with the lecture by Selldorf, who helmed the renovation, a concert

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'Doctor Strange': Physician, Heal Thyself
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
02:39PM / Thursday, November 10, 2016
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Back in the day, when I was a weekend Hippie hanging out at a friend's home I deemed the clearing house of all things late 1960s, travelers of all stripe would pop in, flop into a beanbag chair and regale us with tales of their adventures. The chronicle might begin with, "Been going through some really heavy changes, man," often followed by a description of some strange, exotic place where one might foreseeably learn the secret of life. I imagined it to look somewhat like Kamar-Taj, where the title character of "Doctor Strange" goes to seek healing.

In director Scott Derrickson's highly entertaining film based on the famed Marvel Comics character of the same

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Miss Hall's Presents 'Peter and the Starcatcher'
02:43PM / Wednesday, November 09, 2016
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PITTSFIELD — The Miss Hall's School Theater Ensemble will take to the high seas this fall, pursuing the story of how Peter Pan became "The Boy Who Never Grew Up" and performing the award-winning play "Peter and the Starcatcher." Shows will take place at 8 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 11; at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 12; and in a matinee at 2 on Sunday, Nov. 13.

Based on the best-selling novel "Peter and the Starcatchers," by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson, the play is a prequel to the story of Peter Pan. It opens with a young orphan and his two companions shipping out aboard the Neverland from Victorian England to a distant island. Also on board is a trunk of

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'Denial': Adding Insult to Injury
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
01:26PM / Friday, November 04, 2016
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Point of disclosure: That was the number on the inside of my mother's arm ... my personal proof that there was a Holocaust. The A denoted Auschwitz. The numbers added up to 13. She said it was her lucky number. I don't think she'd mind me telling you. While there were times when Dorothy Goldberger (R.I.P.) absolutely drove me out of my mind, I can't remember her ever lying to me.

She didn't talk about it at first, nor did any of the other survivors who visited our home shortly after WWII. Or at least I didn't hear it ... only snippets, the name Hitler used interchangeably with the still not popularized term, Holocaust. All were firsthand witnesses. Later,

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Clark Art Receives Gift of Allan Sekula's Private Library
12:33PM / Monday, October 31, 2016
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Clark Art Institute's library recently received an important gift of the 15,000-volume personal collection of artist Allan Sekula. Art historian and professor Sally Stein made the gift of the Allan Sekula Library to the Clark in memory of her husband Allan Sekula (1951–2013).

The collection is housed in the Manton Research Center, which will reopen on Nov. 12 after an extensive renovation.

An international artist, photographer, filmmaker, and writer, Sekula was recognized as a public intellectual, art critic, and theorist, as well as for the social commentary, criticism, and activism that informed his life and work. He was a member of the

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'Jack Reacher: Never Go Back': Doesn't Quite Grab You
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
01:35PM / Friday, October 28, 2016
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It is what it is.

I contemplated saving approximately 805 words by simply having the above overworked phrase stand as my review of director Edward Zwick's "Jack Reacher: Never Go Back." However, despite its relatively appropriate description of this action-thriller starring Tom Cruise as the title maverick, fear of a random audit by the American Film Critics Oversight Committee induced me to proceed with the usual study in tortured prose that follows.

In this second film based on the character developed by novelist Lee Child, the ex-military police major-turned-vigilante once again fights for truth, justice and the American way — in his very own way. Expect the usual

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