Kam's Kapsules by Kam Williams
Broken Flowers (R for profanity, drug use, and nudity). Bill Murray stars as an aging Don Juan who embarks on a cross-country trip tracking down his ex-lovers after he receives an anonymous letter informing him that he has a son. Cast includes Sharon Stone, Tilda Swinton, Jessica Lange, Frances Conroy, Julie Delpy, Chloe Sevigny, and Jeffrey Wright.
Capote (R for violence and profanity). Philip Seymour Hoffman handles the title role of this bio-pic about the period in author Truman Capote’s life when he was researching the events surrounding the 1959 murders in Kansas which were the subject of his award-winning best seller In Cold Blood. Co-starring Catherine Keener as Harper Lee.
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.
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.
Flight Plan (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 40 Year-Old Virgin (R for profanity, drug use, and pervasive sexual content). Comedian Steve Carrell enjoys his first title role as a nerdy nice guy egged on by a Greek chorus of co-workers determined to find a female willing to seduce him. With Catherine Keener as the ultimate object of his affection.
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.
Grizzly Man (R for profanity). Nature documentary revisits the ill-fated attempt of animal advocates Timothy Treadwell and Amie Huguenard to prove that Alaskan grizzly bears are people, too.
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.
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.
Junebug (R for sex and expletives). Cross-cultural, dysfunctional family drama about an Outsider Art dealer (Embetrh Davidtz) from Chicago who challenges the status quo while visiting her in-laws in North Carolina.
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.
The Man (PG-13 for profanity, crude language, and violence). Samuel L. Jackson and Eugene Levy are in this comic crime caper about a federal agent who tries to find his partner's murderer with the assistance of a nerdy salesman who talks too much.
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.
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.
Transporter 2 (PG-13 for sex, expletives, partial nudity, and intense action sequences). Jason Statham reprises the title role as a retired special forces operative for hire. Here, the mercenary's task is to rescue two young brothers from a prominent Miami family who have been kidnapped and injected with a potentially-deadly virus.
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.
Valiant (G). Disney animated adventure, set during World War II, about an undersized, but brave pigeon (Ewan McGregor) who joins the Resistance and plays a pivotal role on D-Day, ferrying messages for the Allies. British production includes voicework by Ben Kingsley, Jim Broadbent, John Cleese, Tim Curry, Rupert Everett, John Hurt and Hugh Laurie.