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For movies opening May 8, 2015

 

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Kam’s Kapsules:

Weekly Previews That Make Choosing a Film Fun

by Kam Williams

For movies opening May 8, 2015

Kam's Kapsules, Weekly Previews, Movies opening May 8, 2015

 

BIG BUDGET FILMS

 

Hot Pursuit (PG-13 for sexuality, profanity, violence and drug use) Road comedy about a straitlaced police officer (Reese Witherspoon) who ends up on the run from mobsters and crooked cops after being assigned to protect the widow (Sofia Vergara) of a recently-deceased drug kingpin. With John Carroll Lynch, Matthew Del Negro and Richard T. Jones.

 

 

INDEPENDENT & FOREIGN FILMS

 

5 Flights Up (PG-13 for profanity and naked images) Slice-of-life drama, set in Brooklyn, revolving around the trial and tribulations of a retired couple (Morgan Freeman and Diane Keaton) being pressured by their niece (Cynthia Nixon) to sell the rundown home they’ve shared for the past 40 years. With Carrie Preston, Miriam Shor and Alysia Reiner.

 

1001 Grams (Unrated) Poignant character study about a nerdy Norwegian (Ane Dahl Torp) who is shaken out of her comfort zone after crossing paths with a fellow scientist (Laurent Stocker) while attending a seminar in Paris. Cast includes Stein Winge, Hildegun Riise and Didier Flamand. (In Norwegian, French and English with subtitles)

 

The D Train (R for nudity, graphic sexuality, profanity and drug use) Unlikely-buddies comedy about a social zero’s (Jack Black) desperate attempt to convince his high school’s boy most likely (James Marsden) to attend their 20th reunion. With Kathryn Hahn, Jeffrey Tambor and Russell Posner.

 

Hunting Elephants (Unrated) Israeli crime comedy, set in Jerusalem, about a trio of revenge-minded retirees (Sasson Gabai, Patrick Stewart and Moni Moshonov) who hatch a plan to rob a bank with the help of a precocious 12 year-old (Gil blank).  Support cast includes Yael Abecassis, Tzvika Hadar and Moshe Ivgy. (In Hebrew and English with subtitles)

 

I Am Big Bird (Unrated) Reverential retrospective covering the enduring career of Carroll Spinney, the 81 year-old puppeteer who has played Big Bird on Sesame Street since 1969. Featuring commentary by Frank Oz, Sonia Manzano and the late Jim Henson.

 

Maggie (PG-13 for profanity, mature themes and disturbing images) Abigail Breslin stars as the title character in this post-apocalyptic thriller, set in the Midwest, as an ill-fated teen whose dad (Arnold Schwarzennegger) stands by her side after she’s infected with the deadly virus sweeping the nation that slowly turns its victims into cannibalistic zombies. Cast includes Joely Richardson, Laura Cayouette and Denise Williamson.

 

Noble (PG-13 for violence, sexuality and mature themes) Deidre O’Kane handles the title role in this biopic about Christina Noble, the Irish spinster who, in 1989, founded an orphanage in Vietnam for hundreds of homeless kids roaming the streets of Ho Chi Minh City. With Sarah Greene, Gloria Cramer Curtis and Brendan Coyle.

 

Piku (Unrated) Deepika Padukone plays the tile character in this dysfunctional family drama, set in West Bengal, about an unmarried architect burdened by having to juggle her career and the demands of her hypochondriacal father (Irrfan Khan) Featuring Amitabh Bachchan, Moushumi Chatterjee and Raghuvir Yadav. (In Hindi with subtitles)

 

Playing it Cool (R for profanity and sexuality) Romantic comedy revolving around a perennial loser at love (Chris Evans) who finally meets the woman of his dreams (Michelle Monaghan) only to learn that she’s already engaged to be married. Supporting cast includes Luke Wilson, Aubrey Plaza, Topher Grace and Ioan Gruffudd.

 

Preggoland (Unrated) Midlife-crisis dramedy about a 35 year-old single woman (Sonja Bennett) who pretends to be pregnant in order to fit in with girlfriends who are already mothers. Co-starring Laura Harris, James Caan, Danny Trejo and Lisa Durupt.

 

Saint Laurent (R for frontal nudity, graphic sexuality, profanity and pervasive substance abuse) Warts and all biopic chronicling the turbulence in the life of Yves Saint Laurent (Gaspard Ulliel) during the decadent decade (1967-1976) when the French fashion icon was at the peak of his career. With Jeremie Renier, Louis Garrel and Lea Seydoux. (In French and English with subtitles)

 

The Seven Five (R for pervasive profanity, grisly images and drug use) Cop gone bad documentary about Michael Dowd, the rogue NYPD officer who robbed drug dealers of cocaine and hundreds of thousands of dollars during a 12-year reign of terror that started in the late Eighties.

 

Skin Trade (R for nudity, profanity, drug use, pervasive violence and disturbing sexuality) Revenge-fueled action thriller about a NYPD detective (Dolph Lundgren) who ventures to Bangkok to track down the mobster (Ron Perlman) who murdered his wife (Tasya Teles) and young daughter (Chloe Babcook). Featuring Michael Jai White, Tony Jaa and Celina Jade.

Entertainment

Disaster Flick Revisits Coast Guard 1952 Rescue off Cape Cod

  The Finest Hours DVD Review by Kam Williams Disaster Flick Revisits Coast Guard 1952 Rescue off Cape Cod    On February 18, 1952, one of the worst nor'easters in history hit New England. In fact, the roiling waters off Cape Cod were so severe that a couple of oil tankers totally split in half. While the SS Fort Mercer was able to issue an urgent S.O.S., the SS Pendleton's fore section was swallowed too quickly by the ocean to broadcast a distress call. The … [Read More its Good for You...]

Books

From #Black Lives Matter to Black Liberation

  From #Black Lives Matter to Black Liberation by Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor Haymarket Books Paperback, $17.95 286 pages ISBN: 978-1-60846-562-0 Book Review by Kam Williams “The eruption of mass protests in the wake of the police murders of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, and Eric Garner in New York City have challenged the impunity with which officers of the law carry out violence against Black people and punctured the illusion of a postracial America. The … [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

Aspiring Singer Talks about Transformation into Youtube Sensation with Help of Secret Admirer/Music Producer

  Princess Shaw The “Presenting Princess Shaw” Interview with Kam Williams Aspiring Singer Talks about Transformation into Youtube Sensation with Help of Secret Admirer/Music Producer Born and raised in Chicago, 39 year-old Samantha Montgomery moved to New Orleans in 2006. By day, she works as a caregiver for the elderly and, by night, she fearlessly performs as Princess Shaw online and at local open mics. Inspired by her personal joy and pain from past and … [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

NFL Awards Super Bowls to Atlanta, Miami, Los Angeles

  NFL Awards Super Bowls to Atlanta, Miami, Los Angeles By Burt Carey Are you ready for some expensive football? Make that billions. The National Football League on Tuesday awarded Super Bowls to three cities that have invested – or will invest – billions of dollars upgrading or building new stadiums in the years 2019, 2020 and 2021. Atlanta’s new $1.4 billion stadium will open in 2017, just two years before the city hosts its third Super Bowl. Miami is … [Read More its Good for You...]

Business

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...]

Travel

Celebrate 100 Years of the National Park Service

  Celebrate 100 Years of the National Park Service By Burt Carey God bless America, Land that I love,  Stand beside her and guide her  Thru the night with a light from above;    From the mountains, to the prairies,  To the oceans white with foam,  God bless America,  My home, sweet home.  God bless America,  My home, sweet home.   When he wrote the lyrics to God Bless America in 1918 and revised them in 1938, Irving Berlin … [Read More its Good for You...]

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