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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

Joseph Fiennes Stars in Biblical Epic Revisiting the Resurrection

  Risen DVD Review by Kam Williams Joseph Fiennes Stars in Biblical Epic Revisiting the Resurrection A fundamental tenet of Christianity is the belief that Jesus rose from the dead three days after being crucified. And His Resurrection is celebrated each spring on the holy day known as Easter. Directed by Kevin Reynolds (Waterworld), Risen is a New Testament epic which revisits that miraculous event from a novel perspective, that of Clavius (Joseph Fiennes), a … [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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