Kam's Kapsules by Kam Williams
The Constant Gardener (R for sex, expletives, nudity, and violent images). Adaptation of the John le Carre best seller of the same name stars Ralph Fiennes as a British diplomat determined to solve the mysterious murder of his wife (Rachel Weisz), an activist attorney whose body was found in a remote region of Kenya.
Corpse Bride (PG for scary images and mild epithets). Tim Burton directs this stop-action, animated adventure, set in the 19th century, about a young man (Johnny Depp) who ends up married to a zombie (Helena Bonham Carter) instead of his fiancée (Emily Watson) after playfully slipping a wedding ring onto a rotted finger he finds in the forest.
Cry Wolf (PG-13 for violence, terror, disturbing images, sex, expletives, and a drug reference). Horror film about a group of students at a prestigious prep school whose make believe game about a serial killer being on the loose turns terrifyingly real. Cast includes Jon Bon Jovi and Anna Deavere Smith.
Everything Is Illuminated (PG-13 for sex, expletives, disturbing images, and violence). Elijah Wood stars in this roots saga, written and directed by Live Schreiber, as an American Jew who ventures to a Ukranian village to find the woman who saved his grandfather from the Holocaust.
The Exorcism of Emily Rose (PG-13 for mature themes, disturbing images, and intensely scary sequences). Flashback fright film revisits the events of a real-life 1976 case of a 19 year-old epileptic misdiagnosed as possessed by the devil. Laura Linney stars as the lawyer representing the priest (Tom Wilkinson) on trial for negligent homicide.
Flightplan (PG-13 for violence and intense tension). Jodie Foster stars in this claustrophobic thriller about a grieving widow whose daughter (Marlene Lawston) mysteriously disappears at 30,000 feet in the air during their flight from Germany back to the United States.
The Gospel (PG for suggestive materials and mild epithets). Musical tale of redemption about a sinner (Boris Kodjoe) who abandons Atlanta and his Christian family to find for fame and fortune as an R&B singer. Prodigal Son returns when he learns that his father (Clifton Powell) is terminally-ill. Featuring spiritual soundtrack by Kirk Franklin and performances by Yolanda Adams, Martha Munizzi, Delores ‘Moms' Winans, and Fred Hammond. Cast also includes Nona Gaye, Tamyra Gray, and Keisha Knight-Pulliam.
The Greatest Game Ever Played ( PG for brief profanity). Historical docudrama recounts the heroics of 20 year-old, golfing star Francis Ouimet (Shia LeBeouf), an amateur from the working-class who, in 1913, against seemingly insurmountable odds, defeated defending British champ Harry Vardon (Stephen Dillane) in the U.S. Open.
A History of Violence (R for brutal violence, graphic sexuality, nudity, profanity, and drug use). David Cronenberg directs this crime thriller about a happily-married pillar of a small Midwestern community (Viggo Mortensen) who lands the unwelcome attention of some out-of-town mobsters (William Hurt and Ed Harris) after he single-handedly thwarts a robbery of his diner by slaying a couple of cold-blooded killers.
In Her Shoes (PG-13 for sex, expletives, and mature themes). Oscar-winner Curtis Hanson (L.A. Confidential) directs this adaptation of the Jennifer Weiner best seller of the same name about the sibling rivalry which separates a couple of sisters, one, a successful Philadelphia lawyer (Toni Collette), the other, an illiterate, irresponsible party girl (Cameron Diaz). With Shirley MacLaine as the girls' long-lost, grandmother who does her best to mend the rift via reconciliation at a family reunion.
Into the Blue (PG-13 for intense violence, drug use, sex content, and profanity). Action adventure about deep sea divers in search of buried treasure from a shipwreck who find themselves caught up with a drug cartel after finding illegal contraband from a sunken airplane. With Paul Walker, Scott Caan, Jessica Alba, and Josh Brolin.
Just Like Heaven (PG-13 for sexual content). Romantic comedy, set in San Francisco, based on the Marc Levy novel If Only It Were True. Mark Ruffalo stars as a lonely architect who finds himself falling for the ghost of the doctor (Reese Witherspoon) who last lived in his apartment. With Donal Logue and Ben Shenkman.
Lord of War (R for sex, expletives, drug use, and graphic violence). Nicolas Cage handles the title role, here, as a gunrunner at the top of his game who entertains second thoughts about his line of work while being chased by an Interpol Agent (Ethan Hawke). Supporting cast includes Bridget Moynahan and Jared Leto.
Oliver Twist (PG-13 for disturbing images). Roman Polanski directs 25th adaptation of the Charles Dickens Victorian classic about the misadventures of an orphan-turned-thief (Barney Clark) kicked to the curb after asking for a second-helping of gruel who ends up in the clutches of a sinister thief (Ben Kingsley) in charge of a gang of children he trained as pickpockets. With Harry Eden as the Artful Dodger.
Proof (PG-13 for sex, expletives, and a drug reference). Gwyneth Paltrow stars in the adaptation of the Pulitzer Prize-winning play of the same name as the daughter of a brilliant but mentally-ill mathematician (Anthony Hopkins). With the help of one of her father's students (Jake Gyllenhaal), she tries to deal with the possibility that she might have inherited his insanity.
Roll Bounce (PG-13 for profanity and crude humor). Rapper Bow Wow stars in this retro comedy, set in the Seventies, about a posse of roller skating enthusiasts who venture into another neighborhood to pursue their favorite form of recreation after the closing of the local rink. With Mike Epps and Chi McBride.
Separate Lies (R for expletives and sexual references). Enveloping drama about a British solicitor (Tom Wilkinson) who finds himself increasingly enmeshed in a messy, moral morass after agreeing to help his adulterous wife (Emily Watson) and her just-discovered lover (Rupert Everett) cover-up their drunk-driving accident that caused a man's death.
Serenity (PG-13 for intense violence and sexual references). Science fiction film based on the short-lived, Fox-TV series Firefly. Set 500 years in the future, this apocalyptic adaptation revolves around the efforts of the crew to survive aboard a spaceship captained by a veteran (Nathan Fillion) from the losing side of an intergalactic war.
The Thing about My Folks (PG-13 for profanity and some sexual references). Paul Reiser and Peter Falk star in this bittersweet comedy about a father and son who make the most of the male bonding opportunity which arises after dad’s wife (Olympia Dukakis) of almost 50 years disappears, leaving behind only a vague note posted on the refrigerator.
Thumbsucker (R for drug and alcohol use, teen sexuality, profanity, and a disturbing image). Lou Taylor Pucci stars in this humorous adaptation of the Walter Kim novel about the efforts of a 17 year-old social outcast to break free of an embarrassing habit. Cast includes Keanu Reeves, Tilda Swinton, Vince Vaughn, Benjamin Bratt, and Vincent D'Onofrio.
An Unfinished Life (PG-13 for profanity and domestic violence). Jennifer Lopez stars as a desperate mother who, daughter in tow, seeks refuge from an abusive boyfriend (Damian Lewis) at the Wyoming ranch of her estranged former father-in-law (Robert Redford). With Morgan Freeman in a familiar role as the wise, old sidekick.
Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were Rabbit (G). Another stop-action animated feature from the British who brought us Chicken Run five years ago. Already the subject of three short cartoons, this first full-length feature chronicles the efforts of a humane pest controller and his loyal pet dog to find the beast which has been ravaging their town's vegetable gardens. With voicework by Peter Sallis, Ralph Fiennes and Helena Bonham Carter.