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For movies opening July 17, 2015

 

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

 

Movies Opening This Week, Kam's Kapsules, July 17, 2015, Big Budget Films, Independent & Foreign Films


For movies opening July 17, 2015

 
BIG BUDGET FILMS      

Ant-Man (PG-13 for violence) 12th installment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe series stars Paul Rudd in the title role as an incredible, shrinking super-hero whose strength is inversely proportionate to his size. Plot revolves around his planning a heist with the help of his mentor (Michael Douglas) in order to save the world. Cast includes Evangeline Lilly, Corey Stoll, T.I., Michael Pena, Bobby Cannavale and Wood Harris.

Irrational Man (R for profanity and sexuality) Woody Allen directed this midlife crisis drama about a jaded, just-dumped, philosophy professor (Joaquin Phoenix) looking for a fresh start at a small Rhode Island college where he proceeds to get involved with a student (Emma Stone) as well as the wife (Parker Posey) of a faculty member. With Betsy Aidem, Ethan Phillips, Joe Stapleton and Jamie Blackley.   

Trainwreck (R for nudity, profanity, drug use and graphic sexuality) Romantic comedy about a reporter (Amy Schumer) who reconsiders her reluctance to commit to a relationship when she finds herself falling for the charming doctor (Bill Hader) she’s been assigned to write an article about. Ensemble cast includes Colin Quinn, Tilda Swinton, John Cena, LeBron James, Daniel Radcliffe, Marisa Tomei, Method Man, Amar’e Stoudemire, Matthew Broderick, Marv Albert and Vanessa Bayer.   


INDEPENDENT & FOREIGN FILMS

Alleluia (Unrated) Suspense thriller revolving around a seductive womanizer (Laurent Lucas) who enters an unholy alliance with a lonely widow (Lola Duenas) after they share a very passionate, one-night stand. With Helena Noguerra, Edith Le Merdy and Anne-Marie Loop. (In French with subtitles)

Bonobos: Back to the Wild (Unrated) Endangered species biopic about Claudine Andre (Rebecca Hall), the renowned primatologist who has dedicated her career to saving the Congo’s Bonobo apes. Co-starring Luke Evans and featuring an appearance by Andre herself.

Boulevard (R for profanity and sexuality) The late Robin Williams stars in the out-of-the-closet drama as a banker in a marriage of convenience tempted to leave his wife (Kathy Bates) of 26 years for a handsome male prostitute (Roberto Aguire) he picks up on the street. With Bob Odenkirk, Giles Matthey and Eleonore Hendricks.

Caffeinated (Unrated) Java documentary highlighting the role coffee plays in cultures all around the world. (In English, Italian, Spanish and Korean)

A Hard Day (Unrated) Korean crime thriller about a police detective (Sun-kyun Lee) who is accused of corruption, served divorce papers, learns of his mother’s death, and is involved in a fatal hit-and-run accident, all within a 24-hour period. With Jin-woong Jo, Dong-Young Kim and Jeong-geun Sin. (In Korean with subtitles)

Lila & Eve (R for violence and profanity) Revenge thriller about a grief-stricken mother (Viola Davis) who tracks down her son’s drive-by killers on the advice of another mourning mom (Jennifer Lopez) she meets at a support group. Support cast includes Yolonda Ross, Shea Whigham and Aml Ameen.

The Look of Silence (PG-13 for mature themes) Justice delayed documentary follows the search by siblings who survived the Indonesian genocide for the men who killed their brother. (In Indonesian with subtitles)

Mr. Holmes (PG for mature themes, disturbing images and smoking) Ian McKellen plays Sherlock Holmes in this murder mystery, set in 1957, which finds the  aging sleuth attempting to solve an unsolved case with the help of his housekeeper’s (Laura Linney) precocious young son (Milo Parker). With Hiroyuki Sanada, Hattie Morahan and Colin Starkey as Dr. Watson. (In English and Japanese with subtitles)

Safelight (R for profanity and sexual references) Romance drama, set in the Seventies, about a couple of teens (Juno Temple and Evan Peters) who embark on a road trip to photograph lighthouses located along the California coast. Co starring Kevin Alejandro, Meaghan Martin and Christine Lahti.

The Stanford Prison Experiment (R for profanity, sexual references and abusive behavior) Psychological thriller inspired by the 1971 study conducted by Professor Philip Zimbardo (Billy Crudup) in which college students were enlisted to serve as guards and inmates in a mock penitentiary. Featuring Ezra Miller, Olivia Thirlby and Tye Sheridan.

Entertainment

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

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Books

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

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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

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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

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Business

Charity Begins at Home

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Travel

Exploring the Holidays Around the Globe

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