Kam's Kapsules by Kam Williams
Around the World in 80 Days (PG for violence, crude humor, and language). Jackie Chan plays in a film loosely-based on the Jules Verne novel-turned-screen classic which swept the Oscars in 1957. Set in the 19th Century, the makeover recasts Jackie's character as a jewel thief rather than a servant of British inventor Phileas Fogg (Steve Coogan) and creates a role for Cecile De France.
The Day after Tomorrow (PG-13 for scenes of intense peril). Special effects driven disaster epic with Dennis Quaid as a scientist with 48 hours to save the planet after the cataclysmic change which has shifted the Earth's climate from global warming to the brink of another Ice Age.
Dodgeball (PG-13 for profanity and rude, sexual humor). Underdog sports flick about a bunch of average Joes who take on a dodgeball team sponsored by the corporate fitness chain threatening to turn their local gym into its next the franchise. With Ben Stiller and Vince Vaughn.
Fahrenheit 9/11 (R for profanity, violence, and disturbing images). Oscar winner Michael Moore's controversial documentary damning the Bush administration's handling of the war on terror.
Garfield (PG for brief profanity). The wisecracking orange tabby created by cartoonist Jim Davis in 1978 finally makes his way to the silver screen for an animated adventure. Bill Murray provides the voice for the fat furry feline and the rest of the cast includes Jennifer Love Hewitt, Mo'Nique, Brad Garrett, Jimmy Kimmel, Nick Cannon, and Debra Messing.
Gloomy Sunday (Unrated). Romance drama, set in the 30s, about the sticky love quadrangle which unfolds at a Budapest nightclub when the half-Jewish owner, his piano bar keyboardist, and an occupying Nazi customer all fall in love with the same waitress. In German with subtitles.
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (PG for frightening images, creature violence, and mild epithets). Third installment in J.K. Rowling's chldren's series has hero Harry (Daniel Ratcliffe) and his Hogwarts classmates on the run from a renegade wizard (Gary Oldman) who has escaped from prison after being convicted of murder.
The Mother (R for graphic sexuality, profanity, and drug use). Erotic drama, set in London, about a 65 year-old grandmother who embarks on a passionate fling with a married man half her age, knowing that he's already having an affair with her own daughter.
Napoleon Dynamite (Unrated). Coming-of-age comedy about a weird teen being raised by his uncle and grandmother in rural Idaho where his commitments to dancing and to the path of the ninja have left him socially-isolated.
The Notebook (PG-13 for brief nudity and some scenes of sexuality). Adapted from the Nicholas Sparks novel of the same name, the film revolves around a cardiac patient's (James Garner) reminiscences about the World War II era start of his 60-plus year relationship with his high school sweetheart (Gena Rowlands) who is now suffering from Alzheimer's in a nursing home.
Saved! (PG-13 for profanity and themes involving teen sexuality, pregnancy, and smoking). Dark teen farce about a girl at a Baptist high school who finds herself ostracized after she beomes pregnant.
Shrek 2 (PG for crude and sexually suggestive humor, and a drug reference). Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy, Cameron Diaz, John Lithgow, and Conrad Vernon lend their voices to another animated adventure about the ornery ogre with a donkey (Murphy). The sequel has Princess Fiona (Diaz) taking her new hubby (Myers) home to meet her disappointed parents (Julie Andrews and John Cleese).
Spider Man 2 (PG-13 for stylized action violence). Tobey Maguire reprises his title role as Marvel Comics' Superhero, this time to save the planet from the dastardly designs of a mad scientist known as Dr. Octopus (Alfred Molina). Also returning are Kirsten Dunst, James Franco, Ted Raimi, Elizabeth Banks, and Bruce Campbell.
Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter... and Spring (R for graphic sexuality). Coming-of-age drama about a boy raised in a temple as a Buddhist monk who abandons his ascetic lifestyle to indulge his carnal yearnings for a sickly girl who visits the monastery in search of healing. In Korean with subtitles.
The Stepford Wives (PG-13 for expletives, sex content, and mature themes). Remake of the 1975 film based on the Ira Levin best seller about a suburban town whose eerily-subservient housewives seem a little too plastic and too perfect to be believable. Nicole Kidman, Bette Midler, Glenn Close, and Faith Hill appear as spouses of Matthew Broderick, Jon Lovitz, Christopher Walken, and Matt Malloy, respectively.
Strayed (Unrated). This World War II tale of survival, set in 1940, traces the desperate plight of a quartet of Parisian refugees (a widow with her two young kids and a 17 year-old stranger) who flee to the forest to escape from the Nazis. In French with subtitles.
Super Size Me (Unrated). Muckraking documentary written by, directed by, and starring New York University film school graduate Morgan Spurlock, in which he exposes the unhealthy side of junk food by eating only at McDonald's for a month.
The Terminal (PG-13 for profanity and drug references). Stephen Spielberg directs Tom Hanks in this romantic comedy about a refugee from Eastern Europe, escaping civil war in his homeland, who is denied entry into the U.S.A. because his country no longer exists. Unable to clear customs, the immigrant makes friends and finds love in a New York City airline terminal.
Two Brothers (PG for mild violence). Wildlife epic, set in Cambodia in the 1920s, traces the adolescent ordeals faced by a couple of sibling tigers, separated as cubs, after one is trained as a circus performer while the other is trained to kill.
White Chicks (PG-13 for profanity, drug use, crude and sexual humor). Wayans Brothers crime comedy, directed by Keenan, starring Marlon and Shawn as FBI agents, who pose undercover in drag and whiteface as the Wilton sisters, a couple of rich, young hotel heiresses.