Cinema

Kam’s Capsules

Aquaman (PG-13 for action, violence, and some profanity). Jason Momoa stars as the legendary DC character in this origins tale which finds the reluctant superhero forced to face his destiny as king of Atlantis in order to defend the underwater kingdom and the rest of the planet from his power-hungry half-brother (Patrick Wilson). With Amber Heard, Willem Dafoe, Dolph Lundgren, Djimon Hounsou, and Nicole Kidman.

Ben Is Back (R for drug use and pervasive profanity). Lucas Hedges plays the title character in this coming-of-age drama about a troubled teen who arrives home unexpectedly on Christmas Eve after running away from a drug treatment center. With Julia Roberts, Courtney B. Vance, and Kathryn Newton.

Bumblebee (PG-13 for action and violence). Spinoff of the Transformers franchise revolving around the adventures of a young autobot (Dylan O’Brien) resuscitated by an 18-year-old (Hailee Steinfeld) after being found battle-scarred and broken in a junkyard along the California coast. Cast includes John Cena, Angela Bassett, Len Cariou, and Justin Theroux.

A Dog’s Way Home (PG for peril, mild epithets, and mature themes). Adaptation of W. Bruce Cameron’s best-seller of the same name about a pet pooch (voiced by Bryce Dallas Howard) that embarks on a very eventful, 400-mile journey after being separated from her owner (Jonah Hauer-King). With Ashley Judd, Edward James Olmos, and Alexandra Shipp.

Escape Room (PG-13 for profanity, peril, terror, violence, and suggestive material). Psychological thriller revolving around six strangers forced to survive by their wits after becoming ensnared in a deadly trap beyond their control. Co-starring Debra Ann Woll, Tyler Labine, Taylor Russell, Logan Miller, Niki Dodani, and Jay Ellis.

The Favourite (R for profanity, nudity, and graphic sexuality). Olivia Colman portrays Queen Anne (1665-1714) in this biopic revolving around the bitter battle between the Duchess of Marlborough (Rachel Weisz) and a servant (Emma Stone) for the frail monarch’s friendship and affections. With Emma Delves, Faye Daveney, and Paul Swaine.

Green Book (PG-13 for violence, mature themes, profanity, racial slurs, smoking, and suggestive material). Unlikely-buddies dramedy, set in the sixties, about the friendship forged between a black classical pianist (Mahershala Ali) and his white chauffeur (Viggo Mortensen) driving around the Deep South during Jim Crow segregation. With Linda Cardellini, Don Stark, and P.J. Byrne.

The Grinch (PG for brief rude humor). Animated adaptation of Dr. Seuss’ children’s classic about a bad-tempered grouch (Benedict Cumberbatch) who masquerades as Santa Claus in order to steal Christmas. Narrated by Pharrell, and featuring the voicework of Rashida Jones, Angela Lansbury, and SNL’s Kenan Thompson.

Holmes & Watson (PG-13 for violence, profanity, sexuality, drug references, and crude humor). Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly co-star as Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson, respectively, in this crime comedy which finds the legendary sleuths trying to stop archrival Moriarty (Ralph Fiennes) from assassinating Queen Victoria (Pam Ferris). With Rebecca Hall, Hugh Laurie, Steve Coogan, and Kelly Macdonald.

If Beale Street Could Talk (R for profanity and sexuality). Adaptation of James Baldwin’s classic novel, set in Harlem, revolving around a pregnant teenager’s (Kiki Layne) efforts to free her fiancé (Stephan James) falsely accused of rape. With Regina King, Teyonah Parris, and Colman Domingo.

Mary Poppins Returns (PG for mature themes and brief action). Emily Blunt assumes the title role in this musical sequel which finds the magical nanny reunited with the now-grown Michael (Ben Whishaw) and Jane Banks (Emily Mortimer) in the wake of a family tragedy. With Lin-Manuel Miranda, Colin Firth, and Meryl Streep.

Mary Queen of Scots (R for violence and sexuality). Saoirse Ronan plays the title role in this costume drama based on John Guy’s best-selling biography chronicling the charismatic monarch’s turbulent reign. With Margot Robbie, Gemma Chan, and David Tennant.

The Mule (R for brief nudity and sexuality, and pervasive profanity). Clint Eastwood directed and stars in this crime thriller about a broke World War II vet who unknowingly agrees to transport $3 million in cocaine across Michigan for a Mexican drug cartel. Ensemble cast includes Bradley Cooper, Michael Pena, Laurence Fishburne, Alison Eastwood, Taissa Farmiga, and Dianne Wiest.

On the Basis of Sex (PG-13 for profanity and suggestive content). Courtroom drama revisiting a groundbreaking sex discrimination case argued by Ruth Bader Ginsburg (Felicity Jones) early in her legal career. With Kathy Bates, Sam Waterston, Armie Hammer, and Justin Theroux.

Ralph Breaks the Internet (PG for action and rude humor). Buddy sequel, set six years after the original animated adventure, finds Ralph (John C. Reilly) and BFF Vanellope (Sarah Silverman) embarking on a desperate quest in search of a replacement steering wheel for a broken video game. Voice cast includes Gal Gadot, Jane Lynch, and Ed O’Neill.

Replicas (PG-13 for violence, disturbing images, mature themes, nudity, and sexual references). Sci-fi thriller about a biologist (Keanu Reeves) willing to violate his scientific ethical principles to resurrect his family after a tragic car accident. Cast includes Alice Eve, Thomas Middleditch, and Emjay Anthony.

Second Act (PG-13 for profanity and crude sexual references). Fish-out-of-water comedy about a 40-year-old sales clerk (Jennifer Lopez) who lands a dream job she isn’t qualified for with help of a doctored resume. Cast includes Milo Ventimiglia, Vanessa Hudgens, and Charlyne Yi.

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (PG for action, violence, mature themes, and mild epithets). Animated reboot of the Marvel Comics franchise revolving around the adventures of a friendly neighborhood Spider-Man (Shameik Moore) from Brooklyn, who is a half-black/half-Puerto Rican teen. Voice cast includes Mahershala Ali, Hailee Steinfeld, Lily Tomlin, Nicolas Cage, Zoe Kravitz, and Chris Pine.

The Upside (PG-13 for drug use and suggestive content). English language remake of The Intouchables, the 2011 French dramedy inspired by the real-life relationship of a paralyzed billionaire (Bryan Cranston) and the ex-con (Kevin Hart) he hires as a live-in caregiver. With Nicole Kidman, Julianna Margulies, and Aja Naomi King.

Vice (R for profanity and violent images). Christian Bale portrays Dick Cheney in this seriocomic biopic recounting the ambitious politician’s career from Beltway bureaucrat to the most powerful vice president in U.S. history. Featuring Amy Adams as Lynne Cheney, Sam Rockwell as President George W. Bush, Tyler Perry as Colin Powell, and Steve Carell as Donald Rumsfeld.

Welcome to Marwen (PG-13 for violence, profanity, mature themes, disturbing images, and suggestive content). Fact-based drama about a cross-dresser (Steve Carell) left with amnesia after a violent bias attack who tries to recover his memory by building a miniature World War II village in his backyard. Support cast includes Janelle Monae, Leslie Mann, Diane Kruger, and Eiza Gonzalez. (In English, French, and German with subtitles).