Cinema

Kam’s Capsules

47 Meters Down (PG-13 for bloody images, intense peril, and brief profanity). Harrowing tale of survival about two sisters (Mandy Moore and Claire Holt) vacationing in Mexico whose scuba diving adventure turns into a desperate fight for their lives when their cage drops to the ocean floor, leaving them surrounded by great white sharks and with less than an hour of oxygen. Featuring Matthew Modine, Yani Gellman, and Santiago Segura.

Baby Driver (R for violence and pervasive profanity). Ansel Elgort has the title character in this crime comedy about a music-loving getaway driver pressured by a powerful crime boss (Kevin Spacey) to participate in an ill-fated bank heist. With Jamie Foxx, Jon Hamm, Lily James, Big Boi, and Flea.

Beatriz at Dinner (R for profanity and a scene of violence) Salma Hayek portrays the title character in this comedy as a Mexican masseuse who is invited to join a wealthy client’s (Connie Britton) family for supper when her car won’t start following a treatment. With John Lithgow, Chloe Sevigny, and Jay Duplass.

The Beguiled (R for sexuality). Sofia Coppola won best director at Cannes for this movie, a remake of Clint Eastwood’s Civil War film about Southern belles competing for the affections of a Union soldier (Colin Farrell) who was wounded and abandoned by his unit. Ensemble cast includes Nicole Kidman, Elle Fanning, and Kirsten Dunst.

The Big Sick (R for profanity and sexual references). Romantic comedy recounting the real-life courting by a Pakistani stand-up comedian (Kumail Nanjiani as himself) of a fan (Zoe Kazan). Supporting cast includes Ray Romano, Holly Hunter, and SNL’s Aidy Bryant.

Cars 3 (G) Third movie in the animated auto series has Lightning McQueen (Owen Wilson) relying on the skills of a talented young mechanic (Cristela Alonzo) to compete against a new generation of blazing-fast racers. Voice cast includes Kerry Washington, Chris Cooper, Bob Costas, Tony Shalhoub, Nathan Fillion, and Larry the Cable Guy.

Despicable Me 3 (PG for action and rude humor). Fourth movie in the animated series (if you include Minions) finds Gru (Steve Carell) facing his most formidable foe ever, an ex-child star (Trey Parker) still obsessed with the character he played back in the 80s. Voice cast includes Kristen Wiig, Miranda Cosgrove, Jenny Slate, Julie Andrews, and Russell Brand.

Dunkirk (PG-13 for intense battle scenes and some profanity). World War II movie recreating the evacuation of over 300,000 Allied soldiers from the shores of France after they were surrounded by the Nazi army. Ensemble cast includes Tom Hardy, Kenneth Branagh, Cillian Murphy, Mark Rylance, Fionn Whitehead, Aneurin Barnard, Barry Keoghan, and Harry Styles. In English, French, and German with subtitles.

Girls Trip (R for pervasive profanity, crude humor, coarse dialogue, drug use, and brief graphic nudity). Dramatic comedy about four college classmates (Jada Pinkett Smith, Regina Hall, Queen Latifah, and Tiffany Haddish) who reunite for the first time in years to attend the Essence Festival in New Orleans. With Larenz Tate, Kate Walsh, and Mike Colter, and with cameo appearances by Mike Epps, Common, Ne-Yo, and Mariah Carey.

The Hero (R for drug use, profanity, and sexuality). Sam Elliott stars as the title character in this portrait of an aging star of Westerns who finds himself facing his mortality after being diagnosed with cancer. Supporting cast includes Nick Offerman, Katharine Ross, and Laura Prepon.

The House (R for sexual references, drug use, violence, brief nudity, and pervasive profanity). Comedy about a married couple (Will Ferrell and Amy Poehler) who open an illegal casino in their basement after bankrupting their daughter’s (Ryan Simpkins) college fund. With Jeremy Renner, Nick Kroll, and Allison Tolman.

Maudie (PG-13 for mature themes and brief sexuality). Sally Hawkins portrays Maud Lewis in this biopic, set in Nova Scotia in the 30s, about how she overcomes the rheumatoid arthritis that had crippled her since childhood to become one of Canada’s most celebrated folk artists. Supporting cast includes Ethan Hawke, Kari Matchett, and Zachary Bennett.

Spider-Man: Homecoming (PG-13 for action, violence, profanity, and suggestive comments). Tom Holland assumes the title role in this film of the Marvel Comics series that finds Peter Parker living with his Aunt May (Marisa Tomei) and attending high school in Queens while being mentored by Tony Stark (Robert Downey, Jr.) until it’s time to morph into his superhero alter ego to engage a new nemesis (Michael Keaton). With Gwyneth Paltrow, Jon Favreau, Zendaya, Donald Glover, and Tyne Daly.

Transformers: The Last Knight (PG-13 for action, violence, profanity, and sexual innuendo). Fifth movie in the science fiction series in which Cade (Mark Wahlberg) leads the defense of the planet in humanity’s showdown with an army of alien autobots. With Gemma Chan, Isabela Moner, Laura Haddock, Anthony Hopkins, Stanley Tucci, and John Goodman.

War for the Planet of the Apes (PG-13 for action, violence, mature themes, and disturbing images). This capstone to the popular primate trilogy pits Caesar (Andy Serkis) and the simians against an army of humans led by a ruthless colonel (Woody Harrelson) in a showdown that will determine the fate of both species once and for all. With Steve Zahn, Terry Notary, and Judy Greer.

Wish Upon (PG-13 for profanity, violence, disturbing images, and mature themes). Horror film about a mysterious music box that grants a grateful 17-year-old’s (Joey King) wishes, including money, love, and popularity. Unfortunately, she has no idea that her good fortune comes with a deadly price. Co-starring Ryan Phillippe, Ki Hong Lee, and Mitchell Slaggert.

The Women’s Balcony (Unrated). Tale of female empowerment, set in Jerusalem, about the women of an Orthodox congregation’s attempt to derail their new rabbi’s (Avraham Aviv Alush) plan to implement traditional gender roles at the synagogue. With Oma Banai, Yafit Asulin, and Sharon Elimelech. In Hebrew with subtitles.

Wonder Woman (PG-13 for action, violence, and suggestive content). Latest version of the DC Comics superheroine. Set during World War I, the Amazon warrior princess (Gal Gadot) is rescuing a downed American pilot (Chris Pine) and accompanies him to London where she joins the fight on the side of the Allies. Cast include Robin Wright, Danny Huston, and David Thewlis.