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For movies opening October 30, 2015

 

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

by Kam Williams

Kam's Kapsules, Weekly Film Previews, October 30, 2015, Foreign & Independent Films, Big Budget Films
For movies opening October 30, 2015

BIG BUDGET FILMS

Our Brand Is Crisis (R for profanity and sexual references) Dirty tricks dramedy inspired by the documentary of the same name about an American political consultant (Sandra Bullock) coaxed out of retirement in 2002 to run the reelection campaign of the President of Bolivia (Joaquim de Almeida). With Billy Bob Thornton, Anthony Mackie, Louis Arcella and Scoot McNairy. (In English and Spanish with subtitles)

Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse (R for violence, gore, sexuality, graphic nudity and pervasive profanity) Horror comedy revolving around a trio of BFF boy scouts (Tye Sheridan, Logan Miller and Joey Morgan) who join forces to save their hometown during an invasion by a horde of zombies. Cast includes David Koechner, Cloris Leachman and Patrick Schwarzenegger.

INDEPENDENT & FOREIGN FILMS

The Armor of Light (PG-13 for mature themes and brief profanity) Pro-life documentary about an anti-abortion Evangelical minister who comes to question the wisdom of his pro-gun stance in the face of the proliferation of Stand Your Ground laws. Featuring commentary by Lucy McBath, the mother of an unarmed black teen shot to death at a gas station for refusing to turn down the volume on his car radio.

Bare (Unrated) Out-of-the-closet drama, set in Nevada, about a young woman (Dianna Agron) who leaves her boyfriend (Chris Zylka) for a drifter (Paz de la Huerta), drugs and a new line of work as a stripper. With Louisa Krause, Mary Price Moore and Travis Hammer.

Burnt (Unrated) Culinary dramedy about a disgraced Parisian chef’s (Bradley Cooper) attempt to restore his reputation in London with the help of an attractive assistant-turned-love interest (Sienna Miller). With Omar Sy, Uma Thurman, Emma Thompson and Alicia Vikander.

Carter High (PG-13 for profanity, suggestive material and mature themes) Fact-based sports saga, set in Dallas in 1988, recounting the rise and fall of a high school football team which won the Texas state championship only to have nine players subsequently commit a string of armed robberies. Co-starring Vivica A. Fox, Charles S. Dutton, Reginald C. Hayes and Marcus M. Mauldin.

Love (Unrated) Romance drama revolving around an American film student (Karl Glusman), living in Paris with an unstable girlfriend (Aomi Muyock), who comes to regret inviting their attractive neighbor (Klara Kristin) to share a menage a trois. With Ugo Fox, Juan Saavedra and Aaron Pages. (In English and French with subtitles)

Making Rounds (Unrated) Healthcare documentary chronicling the old-school bedside manner of a couple of hands-on doctors making life and death decisions for cardiac patients in the critical care unit of NYC’s Mount Sinai Hospital.   

Marshland (Unrated) Crime thriller, set in Spain in 1980, revolving around a couple of big city detectives (Javier Gutierrez and Raul Arevalo) sent from Madrid to a  tiny town in the country to catch the serial killer responsible for a string of grisly murders of young women. Cast includes Maria Varod, Perico Cervantes and Jesus Ortiz. (In Spanish with subtitles)

The Wonders (Unrated) Coming-of-age dramedy, set in Tuscany, about a troubled teenager (Luis Huilca) whose arrival disrupts the idyllic home life of the  beekeepers who take him in just as a camera crew arrives to film them for a reality TV-show. With Monica Bellucci, Alba Rohrwacher, Maria Alexandra Lungu and Sam Louwyck. (In Italian, French and German with subtitles)

Entertainment

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Books

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Art

The Day After the Day Of

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Castles in America

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Lifestyle

Paging Norman Rockwell

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Outdoors

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Sports

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Business

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Travel

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