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For movies opening August 14, 2015

 

OPENING THIS WEEK

                                      Kam’s Kapsules: Weekly Previews That Make Choosing a Film Fun                                                               

by Kam Williams

Kam's Kapsules, Movies Opening This Week, August 14, 2015, Weekly Previews, Big Budget Films, Independent & Foreign Films

For movies opening August 14, 2015

 

BIG BUDGET FILMS

The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (PG-13 for violence, suggestive material and partial nudity) Henry Cavill takes on the title role in this adaptation of the hit TV-series, set in the Sixties, revolving around a CIA Agent who joins forces with a KGB operative (Armie Hammer) to prevent a mysterious criminal syndicate from acquiring nuclear weapons. With Alicia Vikander, Hugh Grant and Elizabeth Debicki.

Straight Outta Compton (R for violence, drug use, pervasive profanity, graphic sexuality and frontal nudity) Historical biopic revisiting the rise of the rap group N.W.A. in L.A. in 1987. Starring O’Shea Jackson, Jr. as Ice Cube, Corey Hawkins as Dr. Dre, Jason Mitchell as Eazy E, Aldis Hodge as MC Ren and Neil Brown, Jr. as DJ Yella. Support cast includes Keith Stanfield as Snoop Dogg, R. Marcus Taylor as Suge Knight and Marcc Rose as Tupac.

   

Underdogs (Unrated) Animated fantasy revolving around foosball game figurines who come to the assistance of a nerd (Matthew Morrison) who needs to win a match against the best soccer player in the world (Nicholas Hoult) in order to hold on to the woman of his dreams (Ariana Grande). Voice cast includes Taran Killam, John Leguizamo, Brian Doyle-Murray, Chazz Palminteri and Bobby Moynihan. (In Spanish and English with subtitles)

INDEPENDENT & FOREIGN FILMS

Air (PG-13 for violence, profanity and sexual references) Futuristic sci-fi about a couple of engineers (Norman Reedus and Djimon Hounsou) who represent the last hope for humanity after the planet runs out of oxygen. With Sandrine Holt, Paula Lindberg, Peter Benson and David Nykl.

Amnesiac (Unrated) Psychological thriller about an accident victim with memory loss (Wes Bentley) who wonders whether his wife (Kate Bosworth) might be lying  about her true identity when he emerges from a coma. Featuring Richard Riehle, Patrick Bauchau, Shashawnee Hall and Olivia Rose Keegan.

Fort Tilden (R for profanity, sexuality, graphic nudity and brief drug use) A day-in-the-life comedy chronicling the frustrations encountered by a couple of BFFS (Bridey Elliot and Claire McNulty) bicycling to a beach in Brooklyn. With Griffin Newman, Nell Casey, Alysia Reiner and Reggie Watts.

The Lost Key (Unrated) Marital bliss is the theme of this documentary chronicling a middle-aged man’s search for sexual fulfillment with a new wife in the wake of a traumatic divorce from his first.

Mistress America (R for profanity and sexual references) Buddy comedy, set in New York City, about a lonely college freshman (Lola Kirke) shaken out of the doldrums by her relatively-adventurous, soon-to-be stepsister (Greta Gerwig). With Seth Barrish, Julie Brett and Andrea Chen.

Meru (R for profanity) “Because it is there” documentary tracing the route taken by a trio of elite climbers as they scale the face of the Himalayas’ Mount Meru.

Paulette (R for profanity and drug use) Bernadette Lafont plays the title role in this crime comedy, set in Paris, about a recently-widowed pastry chef who starts selling pot when she finds it impossible to survive on her meager pension after being forced to close their beloved bakery. Cast includes Carmen Maura, Dominique Lavanant and Francoise Bertin. (In French with subtitles)

People, Places, Things (R for profanity, sexual references and brief nudity) Romantic comedy revolving around a just-dumped teacher’s (Jemaine Clement) attempt to raise his twin five year-olds (Aundrea and Gia Gadsby) while dating the mother (Regina Hall) of a student (Jessica Williams). With Stephanie Allynne, Michael Chemus, Celia Au and Derrick Arthur.

Prince (Unrated) Romance drama about a troubled teen (Ayoub Elasri) who tries to impress the girl of his dreams (Sigrid ten Napel) by committing violent crimes. Cast includes Oussama Addi, Elsie de Brauw and Freddy Tratlehner. (In Dutch with subtitles)

Return to Sender (Unrated) Revenge thriller about a small town nurse (Rosamund Pike) who is left traumatized after a blind date with a violent criminal (Shiloh Fernandez). With Nick Nolte, Rumer Willis and Camryn Manheim.

Rosenwald (Unrated) Prestige documentary paying homage to Julius Rosenwald (1862-1932), the Chicago philanthropist who partnered with Booker T. Washington to build 5,400 schools in African-American communities across the South during the Jim Crow era. Featuring commentary by Julian Bond, Eugene Robinson and George C. Wolfe.   

Tom at the Farm (Unrated) Out-of-the-closet drama about a grieving cosmopolitan’s (Xavier Dolan) announcing his late lover’s sexual preference to country bumpkin next of kin attending the funeral. With Lise Roy, Manuel Tadros and Evelyne Brochu. (In French with subtitles)

We Come as Friends (Unrated) Neo-colonialism is the theme of this road documentary chronicling a modern odyssey across Africa featuring everything from Chinese oil workers to UN peacekeepers to Sudanese warlords to American evangelists. (In Arabic, English and Chinese with subtitles)

Entertainment

Is Donald Trump Afraid of the Dark?

  Is Donald Trump Afraid of the Dark? GREG PALAST’S “THE BEST DEMOCRACY MONEY CAN BUY: A Tale of Billionaires and Ballot Bandits”    WHO:  Greg Palast, Rolling Stone/BBC investigative reporter films a real, live detective thriller about the upcoming theft of the 2016 election and the hunt for billionaires behind it.   With Shailene Woodley, Willie Nelson, Rosario Dawson, Ed Asner and Robert F. Kennedy with "detectives" Ice-T and Richard Belzer  … [Read More its Good for You...]

Books

The “City of Angels” is a Fact for Our Wild Friends

  The “City of Angels” is a Fact for Our Wild Friends by Amy Lignor   It’s called the City of Angels. The title makes some laugh out loud when they think of the violence, driving, and other negatives that are focused upon by the media when speaking about Los Angeles. But a new book has just hit the market that opens up all new doors, proving that where both Los Angeles and the entirety of California are concerned, those angels actually do exist. Author Beth … [Read More its Good for You...]

Art

ART EXHIBITION: 150 Years After The Civil War

  Cynthia Groya 150 Years After The Civil War: A Contemporary Perspective January 10 - March 6, 2016 Artist's Reception: Sunday, January 24, 3:00 - 5:00 pm Nassau Club 6 Mercer Street  Princeton, NJ 08540 The ideas reflected in Groya's paintings express a conversation about struggle for equal rights in our culture, in our time. The origin of this struggle can be traced to The Civil War in our country, which ended 150 years ago. The … [Read More its Good for You...]

Real Estate

Castles in America

  Castles in America by Amy Lignor   Robin Leach and his “Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous” taught us all long ago that we absolutely love to sit and view ridiculous luxury (usually owned by people who inherited all of it and didn’t work a day in their lives). See that? We had to complain about something as we were beguiled by the amount of money people would send to own or create the “best of the best.” Even though some things were referred to as the “gaudiest of … [Read More its Good for You...]

Lifestyle

Rappin’ with “The Dude”

    Jeff Bridges The “Hell or High Water” Interview with Kam Williams Rappin' with "The Dude" One of Hollywood’s most successful actors and a six-time Academy Award-nominee, Jeff Bridges performance in Crazy Heart as Bad Blake, the down-on-his-luck, alcoholic country music singer at the center of the drama, deservedly garnered the iconic performer an Oscar in the Best Lead Actor category. The performance also earned him a  Golden Globe, Screen Actors Guild and … [Read More it Good for You...]

Outdoors

Crossbows the perfect fit for youth hunters

    Crossbows the perfect fit for youth hunters By Craig Lamb   Many states require a minimum draw weight of between 35 and 40 pounds for the purposes of archery hunting for whitetail deer and wild turkey. That keeps many enthusiastic youth hunters out of the woods until they can gain enough strength to meet the rule.   Or does it?   “The crossbow allows kids the opportunity to hunt at a much earlier age,” says Jake Miller, an avid archery … [Read More its Good for You...]

Sports

Get Ready for Football!

  Get Ready for Football! by Amy Lignor   There is a time every year where suddenly the sports news gets far more interesting. No. I’m not talking about the Olympics. Thus far the only thing anyone wants to hear about where Rio is concerned is a virus. What I speak of is that familiar smell of pigskin wafting in the air. The time when the (no offense) more boring sports exit the headlines to make way for the one sport that boasts more avid, loud, and loyal … [Read More its Good for You...]

Business

Calling All Entrepreneurs: Creating “Buzz” For Your Brands

  Calling All Entrepreneurs: Creating “Buzz” For Your Brands by Amy Lignor   This is 2016. This is an election year. “Shark Tank” is a top show on television. And more than ever people want to be entrepreneurs; be in business for themselves and make some money. But even after all this time in the computer-age, entrepreneurs are finding it difficult to see the ‘niches’ they can get into to build their brand so that all consumers know who they are and why their … [Read More its Good for You...]

Travel

Visit the Most Beautiful Nature Locales in the Country

  Visit the Most Beautiful Nature Locales in the Country by Amy Lignor   Wildlife habitat gardens are being created in a variety of locations, in a variety of sizes. There are even those that are funded by some large names and organizations, who are calling out to tourists across the globe to come visit and see what great things are being done to sustain and increase the wildlife community.   These are places that the National Wildlife Federation (NWF) has … [Read More its Good for You...]

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