Kam's Kapsules by Kam Williams
The Adventures of Shark Boy & Lava Girl in 3-D (PG for mild action and rude humor). Robert Rodriguez (Sin City) wrote and directed this escapist adventure about an unpopular 10 year-old (Cayden Boyd) who creates a couple of imaginary friends to deal with his loneliness. With David Arquette and comedian George Lopez.
Brothers (R for nudity, profanity and violence) Sibling rivalry is at the center of this family drama about a previously irresponsible drifter who turns a new leaf by caring for his sister-in-law and her two daughters after his soldier brother disappears in Afghanistan. In Danish with subtitles.
Cinderella Man (PG-13 for profanity and graphic boxing violence). Ron Howard and Russell Crowe (A Beautiful Mind) reunite for this Depression-era bio-pic about the life and times of the legendary Jim Braddock, an unemployed New Yorker who turned to boxing to feed his family. With Renée Zellweger as his wife, Craig Bierko as title fight opponent Max Baer, and acclaimed character actor Paul Giamatti.
Crash (R for sex, expletives, and violence). This slices-of-lives melodrama revolves around an assortment of social issues faced by an ethnically-diverse set of strangers who cross paths by chance in the wake of a car accident. Cast includes Sandra Bullock, Don Cheadle, Brendan Fraser, Tony Danza, Thandie Newton, Matt Dillon, Jennifer Esposito, Terence Howard, Ryan Phillippe, Ludacris, Keith David, Larenz Tate, Loretta Devine, and Nona Gaye.
Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room (Unrated). Comic documentary takes a close look at CEO Ken Lay and explores the story behind the collapse of his once high-flying company's stock.
The Honeymooners (PG-13 for sexual innuendo and crude humor). Black-face remake of the TV series has Cedric the Entertainer as bus driver Ralph Kramden, Mike Epps as sewer worker Ed Norton, Gabrielle Union as Alice, and Regina Hall as Trixie. Plot revolves around hapless Ralph and Ed's never-ending series of ill-fated get-rich-quick schemes.
Ladies in Lavender (PG-13 for brief profanity). Dames Judi Dench and Maggie Smith share the title role in this costume drama, set in England in 1936, about a couple of spinster sisters living in seclusion in a seaside Cornish cottage whose peace and quiet is disturbed when a wounded Polish violinist floats in with the tide and triggers a round of sibling rivalry.
Layer Cake (R for brutal violence, nudity, sex, profanity, and illegal drug use). Crime comedy, adapted from the J. J. Connolly novel of the same name, about a coke dealer (Daniel Craig) who is seduced out of retirement by his ex-girlfriend (Sienna Miller).
The Longest Yard (PG-13 for crude and sexual humor, profanity, violence and drug references) Adam Sandler stars in this remake of the 1974 Burt Reynolds' romp about a pro quarterback behind bars who leads a rag-tag team of fellow convicts in a game of football against their prison guards. Cast includes comedian Chris Rock, gangsta' rapper Nelly, SNL's Tracy Morgan, NFL alums Brian Bosworth, Michael Irvin and Bill Romanowski. And Burt returns, but in a different role.
Lords of Dogtown (PG-13 for drug use, underage alcohol abuse, premarital sexuality, violence, profanity and reckless teen behavior). Seventies docu-drama recounts the exploits of the street kids from Los Angeles who revolutionized skateboarding by bring an array of vertical surfing moves to a previously horizontal sport. With Johnny Knoxville, Heath Ledger, and America Ferrara.
Madagascar (PG for crude humor, mild epithets and mature themes) Animated family adventure about four animals raised in captivity at New York's Central Park Zoo who escape but end up crated and carted off to Africa where they have to fend for themselves in the wild. Starring Ben Stiller as a lion, Chris Rock as a zebra, David Schwimmer as a giraffe, and Jada Pinkett-Smith as a pregnant hippopotamus. Supporting voice cast includes Cedric the Entertainer and Andy Richter.
Mad Hot Ballroom (PG for mature themes). Dance documentary retraces the inspirational rise of eleven year-old New York City public school kids from humble circumstances who master the tango, fox trot, rumba, swing, and merengue in preparation for the annual, citywide competition.
Mr. & Mrs. Smith (PG-13 for sexual content, expletives, and intense violence). Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie share the title roles in this crime thriller about a seemingly sedate, suburban couple who are unaware that they are both assassins and under contract to kill each other. Support cast includes Vince Vaughn, Angela Bassett, Kerry Washington, and Keith David.
The Perfect Man (PG for suggestive content). Romantic comedy with Hilary Duff as a match-maker who pairs up her recently-divorced mom (Heather Locklear) with a charming secret Internet admirer. Hi-jinks galore ensue, since this cyber Mr. Right's missives are all a product of the concerned daughter's imagination.
Saving Face (R for sex and expletives). A comedy about a forty-something widow (Joan Chen) who shows up at her lesbian daughter's (Michelle Krusiec) doorstep after being shunned by the rest of the family for getting pregnant out of wedlock. In Mandarin and English with subtitles.
The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants (PG-13 for sensuality, profanity, and mature themes). Coming-of-age film, based on the Ann Brashares novel of the same name, follows the trials and tribulations of four 16 year-olds forced to spend their first summer apart. Featuring Amber Tamblyn, America Ferrara, Blake Lively, and Alexis Bledel as the jeans-sharing life-long friends.
Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith (PG-13 for sci-fi violence and intense images) The curtain comes down on the prequel trilogy with this third installment which ends exactly where the original George Lucas adventure began. Jedi Knight Anakin Skywalker (Hayden Christensen) must morph into Darth Vader and turn on Obi Wan-Kenobi (Ewan McGregor). Returning cast members include Natalie Portman and Samuel L. Jackson.