Cinema

Kam’s Capsules

A.X.L (PG for action, peril, suggestive material, mild epithets, and mature themes). Science-fiction adventure about the friendship between a kindhearted loner (Alex Neustaedter) and the top secret robotic dog he finds hiding in the desert. With Becky G, Ted McGinley, and Thomas Jane.

Alpha (PG-13 for intense peril). Ice Age tale of survival about the unlikely friendship between a lone wolf abandoned by its pack and an injured young man (Kodi Smit McPhee) separated from his tribe. With Leonor Varela, Jens Hulten, and Natassia Malthe.

BlacKkKlansman (R for pervasive profanity, racial epithets, disturbing violence, sexual references, and mature themes). John David Washington is the title character in Spike Lee’s Cannes Grand Prize-winning adaptation of African American detective Ron Stallworth’s memoir about infiltrating the Ku Klux Klan in 1979. With Adam Driver, Laura Harrier, Topher Grace, Harry Belafonte, Alec Baldwin, and Corey Hawkins.

Christopher Robin (PG for action). Ewan McGregor handles the title role in this musical fantasy revolving around Winnie the Pooh’s (Jim Cummings) pal’s return as an adult to the forest which captured his imagination as a child. With Hayley Atwell, Brad Garrett, Toby Jones, and Sophie Okonedo.

Crazy Rich Asians (PG-13 for profanity and suggestive content). Adaptation of Kevin Kwan’s semi-autobiographical bestseller of the same name about the hostility encountered by a Chinese-American college professor (Constance Wu) when she accompanies her wealthy boyfriend (Henry Golding) to Singapore for his best friend’s (Chris Pang) wedding. Cast includes Gemma Chan, Michelle Yeoh, Dr. Ken Jeong, and Awkwafina. In English and Mandarin with subtitles.

Eighth Grade (R for profanity and sexuality). Dramatic comedy about a tormented 13-year-old’s (Elsie Fisher) disastrous last week of middle school. With Josh Hamilton, Emily Robinson, and Missy Yager.

The Happytime Murders (R for crude humor, graphic sexuality, drug use, and pervasive profanity). Comedy about two private eyes, one human (Melissa McCarthy) and one puppet (Bill Barretta), who grudgingly join forces to find the serial killer targeting cast members of a popular puppet show from the 1980s. Cast includes Maya Rudolph, Elizabeth Banks, and Joel McHale.

Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation (PG for action and rude humor). Third movie in the animated series finds Dracula (Adam Sandler), daughter Mavis (Selena Gomez), and the rest of the family embarking on a luxury cruise for monsters where the Count falls head-over-heels for the ship’s mysterious captain (Kathryn Hahn). Voice cast includes Mel Brooks, Keegan-Michael Key, Kevin James, Steve Buscemi, Andy Samberg, David Spade, and Chrissy Teigen.

Kin (PG-13 for violence, intense action, suggestive material, alcohol abuse, profanity, and mature themes). Science-fiction thriller about a recently-paroled ex-con (Jack Reynor) who ends up on the run from the feds with his adopted teenage brother (Myles Truitt), a vengeful criminal (James Franco), and a horde of otherworldly soldiers. Cast includes Carrie Coon, Zoe Kravitz, and Dennis Quaid.

Leave No Trace (PG for mature themes). Family drama about a father (Ben Foster) and teen daughter (Thomasin Harcourt McKenzie) who live off the grid in a forest outside Portland, Oregon until they’re discovered by the authorities and placed under the care of social services. With Jeff Kober, Dale Dickey, and Dana Millican.

Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (PG-13 for suggestive material). Sequel, set five years after the events of the original and inspired by the musical featuring the songs of ABBA, finds a pregnant Sophie (Amanda Seyfried) on the Greek isle of Kalokairi where she’s forced to take risks like her mother (Meryl Streep) did when she was about the same age. With Lily James, Pierce Brosnan, Colin Firth, and Cher.

The Meg (PG-13 for action, peril, profanity, and bloody images). Science fiction thriller about a deep sea diver (Jason Statham) recruited by a research scientist (Winston Chao) to rescue the crew of a disabled submarine on the ocean floor that is being circled by a 75-foot long, prehistoric shark thought to be extinct. With Bingbing Li, Rainn Wilson, Ruby Rose, and Jessica McNamee.

Mile 22 (R for graphic violence and pervasive profanity). Thriller starring Mark Wahlberg as the leader of a tactical CIA team assigned to extract an asset with valuable information (Iko Uwais) from a foreign country before the enemy closes in on him. With John Malkovich, Ronda Rousey, and Lauren Cohan. In English, Russian, and Indonesian with subtitles.

Mission: Impossible — Fallout (PG-13 for violence, intense action, and brief profanity). Sixth movie in the series has CIA agent Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) and company in a race to prevent a global catastrophe after failing to apprehend a maniacal madman (Sean Harris). With Ving Rhames, Simon Pegg, Angela Bassett, Alec Baldwin, Henry Cavill, and Michelle Monaghan. In English and French with subtitles.

Operation Finale (PG-13 for mature themes, disturbing images, and some profanity). Historical drama recreating the top secret Israeli mission led by Mossad agent Peter Malkin (Oscar Isaac) to Argentina to capture Nazi fugitive Adolf Eichmann (Ben Kingsley), the architect of the Holocaust. With Melanie Laurent, Nick Kroll, and Joe Alwyn. In English and Spanish with subtitles.

Puzzle (R for profanity). Drama about a housewife (Kelly Macdonald) who gets a new lease on life when she develops a passion for solving jigsaw puzzles. With Irrfan Khan, David Denman, and Myrna Cabello.

RBG (PG for mature themes and mild epithets). Biopic about the career of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Featuring commentary by Gloria Steinem and Nina Totenberg. 

Searching (PG-13 for profanity, sexuality, drug references, and mature themes). Whodunit about a desperate father (John Cho) who searches his missing 16-year-old daughter’s (Michelle La) laptop computer for clues to her sudden disappearance. With Debra Messing, Joseph Lee, Alex Jayne Go, Megan Liu, and Sarah Sohn.

Slender Man (PG-13 for profanity, terror, disturbing images, crude sexual references, and mature themes). Adaptation of the internet legend about a stalker with a featureless face (Javier Botet) who is responsible for the mysterious disappearance of countless kids. Co-starring Joey King, Jaz Sinclair, Taylor Richardson, and Talitha Bateman.

Three Identical Strangers (PG-13 for mature themes). Documentary about the deep secret revealed when triplets — who were separated at birth and adopted by different families — were reunited at the age of 19.

Won’t You Be My Neighbor? (PG-13 for profanity and mature themes). Retrospective revisiting the life, philosophy, and legacy of Fred Rogers (1928-2003), the host of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, the syndicated TV series for preschoolers which ran on PBS for over three decades. Featuring appearances by his wife Joanne, Yo-Yo Ma, and Joe Negri.

Ya Veremos (PG-13 for suggestive content and some profanity). Drama, set in Mexico, about an adolescent (Emiliano Aramayo) upset about his parents’ (Mauricio Ochmann and Fernanda Castillo) impending divorce and who suddenly has to undergo an operation to save his eyesight. Supporting cast includes Erik Hayser, Paco Rueda, and Ariel Levy. In Spanish with subtitles.