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For movies opening February 26, 2016

 

OPENING THIS WEEK

Kam’s Kapsules:

Weekly Previews That Make Choosing a Film Fun                                                               

by Kam Williams

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

For movies opening February 26, 2016

BIG BUDGET FILMS

Eddie the Eagle (PG-13 for smoking, partial nudity and suggestive material) Inspirational biopic about British ski jumper Eddie Edwards (Taron Egerton), the farsighted underdog who became a crowd favorite at the 1988 Winter Olympics. Co-starring Hugh Jackman, Christopher Walken and Jo Hartley.

Gods of Egypt (PG-13 for action, violence and some sexuality) Action fantasy, inspired by ancient mythology, about a thief (Brenton Thwaites) who joins forces with a god of war (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) in order to protect a peaceable kingdom from a god of darkness (Gerard Butler) and his henchmen. With Abbey Lee, Courtney Eaton, Geoffrey Rush, Chadwick Boseman and Bruce Spence.

Triple 9 (R for nudity, graphic violence, drug use and pervasive profanity) Grisly crime thriller revolving around Russian mobsters blackmailing some crooked cops into attempting a practically impossible heist. A-list ensemble cast includes Academy Award-winner Kate Winslet, Oscar nominees Woody Harrelson, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Casey Affleck, along with Anthony Mackie, Teresa Palmer and Michael Kenneth Williams.

INDEPENDENT & FOREIGN FILMS

Backtrack (R for profanity, violence and disturbing images) Psychological thriller about a shrink (Adrien Brody) who starts questioning his own sanity after discovering that his patients are ghosts. With Robin McLeavy, Bruce Spence and Jenni Baird.

The Bounce Back (PG-13 for profanity, sexuality and brief drug use) Romance drama about a relationship expert (Shemar Moore) who falls head-over-heels for a fellow love guru  (Nadine Velazquez) while on a publicity tour for his new book. Cast includes Kali Hawk, Michael Beach and Vanessa Bell Calloway.   

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny (PG-13 for violence and brief partial nudity) Michelle Yeoh reprises her role as a martial arts warrior in this tale of redemption revolving around a search for a legendary sword. Co-starring Donnie Yen, Jason Scott Lee, Harry Shum, Jr. and Roger Yuan.

Marguerite & Julien (Unrated) Tale of forbidden love about an aristocratic brother (Jeremie Elkaim) and sister (Anais Demoustier) who find themselves ostracized by polite society when their incestuous affair comes to light. Featuring Frederic Pierrot, Aurelia Petit and Catherine Mouchet. (In French with subtitles)

A Strange Course of Events (Unrated) Prodigal Son drama about a melancholy, middle-aged dreamer (Ori Pfeffer) who returns home to Haifa to reconcile with the estranged father (Moni Moshonov) he blamed for all his life failures. With Michaela Eshet, Bethany Gorenberg and Maya Dagan. (In Hebrew with subtitles)

Tricked (Unrated) Tale of passion and betrayal revolving around a real estate tycoon (Peter Blok) whose 50th birthday party thrown by his wife (Ricky Koole) is ruined by his backstabbing business partners (Jochum ten Haaf and Pieter Tddens) and news that one of his mistresses (Sallie Harmsen and Gaite Jansen) is pregnant. Supporting cast includes Robert de Hoog, Carolien Spoor and Ronald van Elderen. (In Dutch and English with subtitles)

Who’s Driving Doug (Unrated) RJ Mitte plays the title character in this unlikely-buddies drama as a nerdy college student who embarks on a very eventful road trip with a slacker (Ray William Johnson) and a cute classmate (Paloma Kwiatkowski) he has a crush on. With Daphne Zuniga, Shanti Lowry and Alix Elizabeth Gitter.

Entertainment

John Barrowman Thinks Casting Agents Should be Deaf, Dumb and Mostly Blind

  John Barrowman Thinks Casting Agents Should be Deaf, Dumb and Mostly Blind   By Jeremy Bamidele Science fiction, fantasy, and in lesser cases horror films have been ahead of their times in addressing social issues. This is partly due to their ability to disassociate themselves from the normalcy of reality. In fantasy, racial wars and prejudices are represented through orc vs. elves. Such disassociations allow them to seriously address issues while … [Read More its Good for You...]

Books

Blood Brothers

  Blood Brothers The Fatal Friendship between Muhammad Ali and Malcolm X by Randy Roberts and Johnny Smith Basic Books Hardcover, $28.99 392 pages, Illustrated ISBN: 978-0-465-07970-4 Book Review by Kam Williams “[This book] is the story of how Cassius Clay became Muhammad Ali and the central role Malcolm X played in his life. It is a tale of friendship and brotherhood, love and deep affection. It is also a story of deceit, betrayal, and violence--inside and … [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

The “Grand” Role

  The “Grand” Role by Amy Lignor   There are tons of parenting magazines out there that offer support, advice, and more to the expectant parent or parents. And, I think we can all agree, there are millions of people who wish to offer up advice on everything from how to treat said baby to how you should raise them, educate them, talk to them – heck, there are millions who will be more than happy to advise you on just about every aspect of your baby’s future. … [Read More it Good for You...]

Outdoors

Yamaha Propeller Selector, Endless Propeller Solutions

  Yamaha Propeller Selector, Endless Propeller Solutions   The Yamaha Propeller selection page on Yamaha’s webpage is a great tool for every boat owner as a tool not only to make sure the correct prop is on their boat but also gives the ability and freedom to change the prop with ease, depending on the application. Everyone knows the equipment used for bass fishing is not the same for chasing tuna offshore, and the same logic applies to selecting a prop. At … [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

Feds Eyeing a Crackdown on Predatory Payday Lenders

  Feds Eyeing a Crackdown on Predatory Payday Lenders By Burt Carey The federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is proposing new regulations designed to place limits on excessively high-interest loans issued by short-term lenders. The CFPB proposal would require so-called payday lenders to prove borrowers have an ability to repay a loan by the time it comes due – usually by the borrower’s next pay period – without having to renew the loan or take out a new … [Read More its Good for You...]

Travel

The New “IN” Thing Just Happens to be “UP”

  The New “IN” Thing Just Happens to be “UP” by Amy Lignor   Whether you choose South Africa or Yankee, Connecticut, the new “in” places to travel and lay your head just happen to be based on the one “resort” that Tarzan was so proud of. Yes. You guessed it…the swank, high-class, relaxing treehouse. All over the globe people have decided to sink money (a great deal of it) into creating one of the oddest choices to stay architecturally. An “odd” choice that just … [Read More its Good for You...]

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