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For movies opening February 19, 2016

 

OPENING THIS WEEK

Kam’s Kapsules:

Weekly Previews That Make Choosing a Film Fun                                                               

by Kam Williams

MOVIES OPENING THIS WEEK,  Kam's Kapsules, Weekly Previews That Make Choosing a Film Fun,  by Kam Williams

For movies opening February 19, 2016

BIG BUDGET FILMS

Race (PG-13 for profanity, mature themes and  ethnic slurs) Against-the-odds biopic chronicling Jesse Owens’ (Stephan James) overcoming racism at home as well as Nazism in Berlin en route to winning four gold medals in track-and-field events at the 1936 Olympic Games. With Jason Sudeikis, Carice von Houten, Jeremy Irons, William Hurt and Shanice Banton.

Risen (PG-13 for violence and disturbing images) Biblical epic revisiting the Resurrection from the perspective of a non-believer (Joseph Fiennes) dispatched from Rome to investigate the mysterious disappearance of Christ’s (Cliff Curtis) body three days after the Crucifixion. Cast includes Tom Felton, Maria Botto, Peter Firth and Luis Callejo.

The Witch (R for disturbing violence and graphic nudity) Chilling tale of demonic possession, set in New England in 1630, about the host of horrors visited on a Puritan family living on a farm at the edge of the wilderness. Co-starring Anya Taylor-Joy, Ralph Ineson and Kate Dickie.

INDEPENDENT & FOREIGN FILMS

Busco Novio Para Mi Mujer (PG-13 for sexuality, profanity and smoking) Midlife crisis comedy about a henpecked husband (Arath de la Torre) who decides to get out of the marriage by hiring a professional seducer (Jesus Ochoa) to steal the heart of his annoying wife (Sandra Echeverria). With Alejandro Cuetara and Arnulfo Reyes Sanchez. (In Spanish with subtitles)

Colliding Dreams (Unrated) Middle East documentary examining the competing interests of the Israelis and Palestinians in the decades-long struggle over the tiny territory they continue to cohabit.

Embrace of the Serpent (Unrated) Amazon adventure, nominated for an Oscar in the Best Foreign Language category about a couple of scientists (Jan Bijvoet and Brionne Davis) who join forces with a local shaman (Antonio Bolivar) to search the rainforest for a sacred plant with healing properties. Featuring Yauenku Migue, Nicolas Cancino and Luigi Sciamanna. (In Spanish, Latin, Catalan, German and Portuguese with subtitles)

Forsaken (R for violence and profanity) Prodigal Son Western about an ex-gunslinger (Kiefer Sutherland) who returns home to reconcile with his estranged father (Donald Sutherland) only to come out of retirement to fight the outlaws terrorizing the town. With Demi Moore, Brian Cox and Michael Wincott.

King Georges (Unrated) Prestige biopic about Georges Perrier, chef and proprietor of Le Bec-Fin, the legendary Philly restaurant which opened in 1970 and closed its doors for good in 2013.

Neerja (Unrated) Reverential biopic about Neerja Bhanot (Sonam Kapoor), the flight attendant who sacrificed her life in the process of saving over 300 passengers when Pan Am Flight 73 was hijacked by radical Islamists on September 5, 1986. Supporting cast includes Yogendra Tikku, Shabana Azmi and Shekhar Ravjiani. (In Hindi with subtitles)

Snowtime! (PG for mature themes and rude humor) Animated comedy about some small town kids who stage a huge snowball fight over the Christmas holidays. Voice cast includes Angela Galuppo, Lucinda Davis and Heidi Lynne Weeks.

Entertainment

Gosling and Stone Co-Star in Enchanting Homage to Hollywood Musicals

  La La Land Film Review by Kam Williams Gosling and Stone Co-Star in Enchanting Homage to Hollywood Musicals If you only see one movie this year, you need to get out more. That being said, La La Land is the picture to catch. This nostalgic homage to the Golden Age of Hollywood is a panoramic masterpiece which makes very effective use of every inch of the big screen. Written and directed by Oscar-nominee Damien Chazelle (for Whiplash), the picture was shot in … [Read More its Good for You...]

Books

Volume 2 of Yes Sir, Yes Sir, 3 Bags Full! – You Do NOT Want to Miss This

  Volume 2 of Yes Sir, Yes Sir, 3 Bags Full! – You Do NOT Want to Miss This Book Review by Amy Lignor What began in an unforgettable Volume 1—living Jerry Hall’s story and dealing with the heart-wrenching issues of the Viet Nam* War—continues here. The action of battle, fraught with the unending horrors that the “unwanted veterans” dealt with, grows even more painful. And as war comes closer to an end, what should have been peaceful thoughts of returning home alive … [Read More its Good for You...]

Art

The Day After the Day Of

  The Day After the Day Of by Paul Ilechko   The sky sheds its tears. This morning is the morning of the day after. The day of mourning, the day after the day of. I beseech the sky to shed tears in order to wash away the tears on my face.   This is the first day of the time after. This is the beginning of a new time, the days of pain, the days of sorrow. We are in mourning. The sky looks down and sheds its tears for us. … [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

Inside WildAid

  Inside WildAid by Amy Lignor   Donations can be made. Time can be volunteered. There are a great number of charities, organizations and hard workers out there who strive with everything they have to save the animals of the world. The National Wildlife Administration, the World Wildlife Federation – these are just two leaders that help keep our beloved species’ on the map. There is also an organization whose sole mission is to end illegal wildlife trade NOW, … [Read More it Good for You...]

Outdoors

Gain all Access Mobility with Roundabout Woodsman

  Gain all Access Mobility with Roundabout Woodsman By Craig Lamb You are a waterfowler hunting solo with your prized retriever. Getting to the blind takes a four-wheel drive to pull through mud holes and keep on the two-track. Behind your truck is that aluminum jon boat. Launching that beast alone is a real hassle. Get it launched and you spend more time loading all the gear, a dog and yourself. All of the above is part of the fun, maybe, of hunting. That task can be made … [Read More its Good for You...]

Sports

The Best & Worst (So Far) of the 2016 NFL Season

  The Best & Worst (So Far) of the 2016 NFL Season by Amy Lignor     Okay…we’re almost dead center, folks, so it’s time to sum up the best and silliest actions and reactions that the 2016 NFL season has provided fans thus far.   Analysts are always yapping, and most likely nothing they say will actually come true. However, right now almost everyone is agreeing to the fact that Tom Brady has a score to settle. Yes, he’s smiling for the cameras … [Read More its Good for You...]

Business

Charity Begins at Home

  Charity Begins at Home by Amy Lignor   Turning a blind eye is easy for some; preferred by others. But the fact is that the bad doesn’t become good – in any area – unless eyes are open wide to not only see what’s occurring, but also to gain the knowledge needed to stop the bad from getting even worse. Remarks are made about “other countries” and what they do wrong when it comes to the harming of animals for profit. However, in order to have this loathsome … [Read More its Good for You...]

Travel

Exploring the Holidays Around the Globe

  Exploring the Holidays Around the Globe by Amy Lignor   Thanksgiving has been had. Games have been watched and the golden turkey has caused a great many belts to be loosened. So…here it comes!   From hanging the stockings on the chimney with care to the red-nosed reindeer who had to be there; from Santa heading down that chimney just right to lovely sleigh bells ringing softly in the night, the holiday season is a truly wonderful thing for all ages. And, no, … [Read More its Good for You...]

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