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For movies opening December 18, 2015

 

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Kam’s Kapsules:

Weekly Previews That Make Choosing a Film Fun                 

by Kam Williams

Kam's Kapsules, Movie Releases, December 18, 2015

For movies opening December 18, 2015

BIG BUDGET FILMS

Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip (PG for mile rude humor) Fourth installment in the animated/live action series finds Alvin (Justin Long), Simon (Matthew Gray Gubler) and Theodore (Jesse McCartney) hatching a plan to sabotage their adoptive dad’s (Jason Lee) plans to marry a woman (Kimberly Williams-Paisley) they’ve mistakenly assumed would make a mean stepmother. With Kaley Cuoco, Anna Faris and Bella Thorne.

Sisters (R for drug use, and pervasive profanity and crude sexuality) Sibling rivalry comedy about two sisters, one promiscuous (Tina Fey), one prudish (Amy Poehler), who throw a wild party in their childhood home after their parents put the house on the market. Ensemble includes Maya Rudolph, Kate McKinnon, John Leguizamo, James Brolin and John Cena.

Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens (PG-13 for violence) Director J.J. Abrams assumes the reigns of the franchise for the inaugural adventure of a trilogy unfolding three decades after Return of the Jedi. This installment finds Hans Solo (Harrison Ford) and company squaring off against new nemesis Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) and his army of evil Stormtroopers. Principal cast includes familiar faces Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher as well as newcomers Oscar Isaac, Daisy Ridley, Lupita Nyong’o and Domnhall Gleeson.

INDEPENDENT & FOREIGN FILMS

The Emperor’s New Clothes (Unrated) Russell Brand stars in this class conscious expose examining the wealth gap between the rich and poor exacerbated by the global financial collapse of 2008.

Extraction (R for violence, sexuality, brief nudity and pervasive profanity) Revenge thriller about a geeky government bureaucrat (Kellan Lutz) who goes vigilante when his CIA agent father (Bruce Willis) is kidnapped by terrorists. With Gina Carano, D.B. Sweeney and Summer Altice.

The Lady in the Car with Glasses and a Gun (Unrated) Remake of the 1970 thriller of the same name about a secretary (Freya Mavor) who takes her boss’ (Benjamin Biolay) convertible for a joyride after dropping him off at the airport, only to end up the prime suspect for a murder she didn’t commit. Cast includes Stacy Martin, Elio Germano and Thierry Hancisse. (In French with subtitles)

Noma: My Perfect Storm (Unrated) Gourmet documentary about chef Rene Redzepi, proprietor of Noma, the Copenhagen restaurant voted best in the world for four years running.

Son of Saul (R for graphic nudity and disturbing violence) Holocaust saga, set in Auschwitz in 1944, revolving around a Jewish prisoner’s (Geza Rohrig) desperate effort to give his gassed son a proper burial after saving the corpse from the crematorium. With Levente Molnar, Urs Rechn and Todd Charmont. (In German, Hungarian, Yiddish and Polish with subtitles)

Entertainment

Calvin and Company Get Real in Chicago

  Barbershop: The Next Cut DVD Review by Kam Williams Calvin and Company Get Real in Chicago  There's been a big change at Calvin's Barbershop since our last visit over a decade ago. The once-sacred male sanctuary has been converted to a unisex salon, and some feisty female employees have brought a new flava to the former man cave, including manager Angie (Regina Hall), flamboyant Draya (Nicki Minaj) and cynical Bree (Margot Bingham). Besides Ice Cube as Calvin, … [Read More its Good for You...]

Books

Recovering the Self Journal Offering Giveaway of New Issue on Goodreads

The quarterly journal Recovering the Self: A Journal of Hope and Healing (RTS) is offering Goodreads members in the United States a giveaway, starting July 19, 2016.The Michigan-based journal has just recently resumed publication with the first issue of the fifth volume. 20 printed copies of the issue are offered to Goodreads members, the giveaway offer ending midnight on July 30, 2016.The current issue is themed “Relationships” and explores at the nature of relationships in … [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

New Home Sales Jump in April

  New Home Sales Jump in April By Burt Carey Sales of new homes hit their highest rate since 2008 in April, according to the Commerce Department’s U.S. Census Bureau. April sales increased 16.6 percent over March figures, which correlates to a seasonally adjusted rate of 619,000 home sales projected for the year. The median price of those new homes was $321,000, the highest median price ever recorded. That’s up 9.7 percent from sales one year ago. The … [Read More its Good for You...]

Lifestyle

Dennis “Spanky” Hill Named the 2016 Recipient

  Dennis “Spanky” Hill Named the 2016 Recipient of the Perpetual Gulf Legends Award   Child actor Spanky McFarland brought laughter, energy, compassion and devoted friendship to the beloved Our Gang comedy films in the 1930s. Now, 80 years later, another Spanky is being honored for the same wonderful traits, with marinas and tournament weigh scales replacing Hollywood sets.   In a special ceremony at the captain’s meeting for this year’s Blue Marlin Grand … [Read More it Good for You...]

Outdoors

Dennis “Spanky” Hill Named the 2016 Recipient

  Dennis “Spanky” Hill Named the 2016 Recipient of the Perpetual Gulf Legends Award   Child actor Spanky McFarland brought laughter, energy, compassion and devoted friendship to the beloved Our Gang comedy films in the 1930s. Now, 80 years later, another Spanky is being honored for the same wonderful traits, with marinas and tournament weigh scales replacing Hollywood sets.   In a special ceremony at the captain’s meeting for this year’s Blue Marlin Grand … [Read More its Good for You...]

Sports

Tiger Woods Opts Out of U.S. Open, Quicken Loans

  Tiger Woods Opts Out of U.S. Open, Quicken Loans By Burt Carey Tiger Woods isn’t ready to stage a comeback just yet. The 14-time major champion sent messages via Twitter and his website Tuesday that he would not be competing at either the U.S. Open at Oakmont next week or the PGA Tour’s Quicken Loans tournament the following week. "While I continue to work hard on getting healthy, I am not physically ready to play in this year's U.S. Open and the Quicken … [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

Inexpensive Dream Vacations to be Found in “America the Beautiful”

Inexpensive Dream Vacations to be Found in “America the Beautiful” by Amy Lignor Say “dream vacation” and 80% of American’s minds journey to those ritzy areas, like Paris or Athens…they dream of touring the castles of London or dive into the magical history and culture of Ireland. But very few ever get the fact or remember, perhaps, that America the Beautiful is called that for a reason. There are a slew of perfect vacation spots in the good, old U.S. of A. that offer … [Read More its Good for You...]

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