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For movies opening October 9, 2015

 

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

by Kam Williams

Kam's Kapsules, October 9, 2015, Weekly Previews, Movies

For movies opening October 9, 2015

BIG BUDGET FILMS

Pan (PG for mature themes, mild epithets, action and violence) Levi Miller plays the title character in this prequel to Peter Pan, a fantasy adventure about a 12 year-old orphan spirited away to Neverland, a magical kingdom where he is fated to find his destiny. With Hugh Jackman, Rooney Mara, Garrett Hedlund and Amanda Seyfried.

Steve Jobs (R for profanity) Michael Fassbender portrays the late Apple founder in this warts-and-all biopic spanning the critical period from 1984 to 1998 highlighting the Machiavellian CEO’s drive to gain a competitive edge in technological innovation. Cast includes Seth Rogen, Kate Winslet, Jeff Daniels, Katherine Waterston and Michael Stuhlbarg.

The Walk (PG for mature themes, peril, brief nudity, drug references, smoking and mild epithets) Historical drama, set in Manhattan in 1974, recreating daredevil Philippe Petit’s (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) high-wire walk between the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center. With Ben Kingsley, Charlotte Le Bon, Ben Schwartz and James Badge Dale.

INDEPENDENT & FOREIGN FILMS

Big Stone Gap (PG-13 for brief suggestive material) Romantic comedy, set in Appalachia in 1978, revolving around a shy and retiring spinster (Ashley Judd) who finds herself being courted by several suitors when a surprising secret about her long-lost father surfaces. Ensemble cast includes Whoopi Goldberg, Patrick Wilson, Jane Krakowski, John Benjamin Hickey and Jenna Elfman.   

Breaking Through (Unrated) Coming-of-age drama about a Youtube dance sensation’s (Sophia Aguiar) attempt to balance sudden fame and her authentic identity before she loses everything she cares about. Co-starring Julie Warner, Jay Ellis and Robert Roldan.    

A Faster Horse (Unrated) Reverential documentary chronicling America’s love affiar with the Mustang, the crown jewel of the Ford Motor Company fleet, from its introduction in 1964 to its recent redesign earlier this year.

The Final Girls (PG-13 for profanity, drug use, violence, sexuality and crude humor) Horror comedy revolving around the grief-stricken daughter (Taissa Farmiga) of a recently-deceased scream queen (Malin Akerman) who is magically transported into her mom’s most memorable movie where she ends up on the run from a deranged maniac (Dan Norris) while having to fend off the unwanted advances of young alpha males with raging hormones. With Alia Shawkat, Alexander Ludwig and Nina Dobrev.   

The Forbidden Room (Unrated) Undersea adventure about a lumberjack (Roy Dupuis) who mysteriously materializes aboard a submarine stuck on the bottom of the ocean with a cargo of unstable explosives. Featuring Charlotte Rampling, Geraldine Chaplin, Clara Furey, Mathieu Amalric and Udo Kier.

In My Father’s House (R for profanity) Prodigal father documentary chronicling Grammy-winning rapper Rhymfest’s reunion with the deadbeat dad who abandoned him at an early age.

Knock Knock (R for nudity, profanity, disturbing violence and graphic sexuality) Home alone horror flick about a happily married man (Keanu Reeves) who comes to regret allowing a couple of stranded damsels-in-distress (Lorenza Izzo and Ana de Armas) enter the house while his wife (Ignacia Allamand) was away for the weekend. With Aaron Burns and Colleen Camp.

The Prime Ministers: Soldiers and Peacemakers (Unrated) Israeli documentary examining the legacies of Levi Eshkol, Golda Meir, Yitzhak Rabin, Menachem Begin and Shimon Peres administrations  as seen through the eyes of Yehuda Avner who served in each of their administrations.

Reversion (Unrated) Sci-fi thriller about the daughter (Aja Naomi King) of a high-tech billionaire (Colm Feore) who starts wondering about the accuracy of her memories of her late mother after she’s kidnapped by a stranger (Jeanette Samano) with a hidden agenda. With Gary Dourdan, Amanda Plummer and Lela Rochon.

(T)error (Unrated) Whistleblower featuring a former FBI informant’s scathing indictment of the Bureau’s use of illegal surveillance and interrogation tactics during a counterterrorism sting operation.

Winter on Fire (Unrated) Ukraine documentary revisiting the events surrounding the 2013 revolution leading to the coup d’etat ousting President Viktor Yanukovich.(In Ukrainian, Russian and English with subtitles)

Entertainment

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Books

Recovering the Self Journal Offering Giveaway of New Issue on Goodreads

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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

Dennis “Spanky” Hill Named the 2016 Recipient

  Dennis “Spanky” Hill Named the 2016 Recipient of the Perpetual Gulf Legends Award   Child actor Spanky McFarland brought laughter, energy, compassion and devoted friendship to the beloved Our Gang comedy films in the 1930s. Now, 80 years later, another Spanky is being honored for the same wonderful traits, with marinas and tournament weigh scales replacing Hollywood sets.   In a special ceremony at the captain’s meeting for this year’s Blue Marlin Grand … [Read More it Good for You...]

Outdoors

Dennis “Spanky” Hill Named the 2016 Recipient

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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

Calling All Entrepreneurs: Creating “Buzz” For Your Brands

  Calling All Entrepreneurs: Creating “Buzz” For Your Brands by Amy Lignor   This is 2016. This is an election year. “Shark Tank” is a top show on television. And more than ever people want to be entrepreneurs; be in business for themselves and make some money. But even after all this time in the computer-age, entrepreneurs are finding it difficult to see the ‘niches’ they can get into to build their brand so that all consumers know who they are and why their … [Read More its Good for You...]

Travel

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