Cinema

Kam’s Capsules

Annabelle: Creation (R for horror violence). Tale of demonic possession about a dollmaker (Anthony LaPaglia) and his wife (Miranda Otto) who open their home to a nun (Stephanie Sigman) and several orphans only to have them terrorized by one of his creations (Samara Lee). With Talitha Bateman, Lulu Wilson, and Kerry O’Malley.

Atomic Blonde (R for sexuality, nudity, graphic violence, and pervasive profanity). Cold War thriller, set shortly before the fall of the Berlin Wall, about an MI6 agent (Charlize Theron) sent to Germany to solve the murder of a fellow spy. Cast includes James McAvoy, John Goodman, Eddie Marsan, and Toby Jones.

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.

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

The Dark Tower (PG-13 for action, gun violence, and mature themes). Adaptation of the Stephen King science-fiction thriller about an 11-year-old adventurer (Tom Taylor) who slips into another dimension where he witnesses a showdown between an evil sorcerer (Matthew McConaughey) and a gunslinger (Idris Elba) defending the universe from extinction. Supporting cast includes Abbey Lee, Dennis Haysbert, and Jackie Earle Haley.

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.

Detroit (R for graphic violence and pervasive profanity). Two-time Oscar-winner Kathryn Bigelow (The Hurt Locker) directed this documentary drama, set in Detroit, portraying the ’67 riots through the prism of the sadistic police interrogation of suspected snipers. Co-starring John Boyega, Anthony Mackie, Will Poulter, Jacob Latimore, and John Krasinski.

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.

The Emoji Movie (PG for rude humor) Animated movie about an over-enunciating text message emoji (T.J. Miller) who embarks on a quest for a filter that will limit him to one facial expression, just like his parents (Steven Wright and Jennifer Coolidge). Voice cast includes James Corden, Anna Faris, and Maya Rudolph.

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 Glass Castle (PG-13 for profanity, smoking, and mature themes). Brie Larson stars in this adaptation of Jeanette Walls’s best-selling memoir of the same name about being raised in a dysfunctional family by an artist (Naomi Watts) and an alcoholic (Woody Harrelson). Cast includes Sarah Snook, Josh Caras, and Max Greenfield.

The Hitman’s Bodyguard (R for graphic violence and pervasive profanity). Comedy about a bodyguard (Ryan Reynolds) who helps an assassin (Samuel L. Jackson) negotiate a gauntlet on his way to the Hague where he will testify at the International Court of Justice. Co-starring Gary Oldman, Salma Hayek, and Elodie Yung.

An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power (Unrated). Al Gore picks up where he left off in this cautionary documentary warning of the havoc being wreaked around the planet as a consequence of climate change. Featuring commentary by Presidents Obama and Trump.

Kidnap (R for violence and scenes of peril). Suspense thriller about a single-mom (Halle Berry) who becomes a vigilante after her young son (Sage Correa) is abducted by kidnappers. With Lew Temple, Dana Gourrier, and Chris McGinn.

Landline (R for sexuality, profanity, and drug use). Comedy, set in Manhattan in 1995, about two sisters (Jenny Slate and Abby Quinn) who spy on their father (John Turturro) whom they suspect of cheating on their mother (Edie Falco). With Jay Duplaa, Finn Wittrock, and Ali Ahn.

Logan Lucky (PG-13 for profanity and crude comments). Oscar-winner Steven Soderbergh (Traffic) directs, shoots and edits this comic crime caper about two brothers (Channing Tatum and Adam Driver) who hatch a plan to stage a robbery at the Charlotte Motor Speedway during NASCAR’s Coca-Cola 600 car race. Ensemble cast includes Daniel Craig, Hilary Swank, Seth MacFarlane, Katie Holmes, Dwight Yoakam, and Riley Keough.

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.

Menashe (PG for mature themes). Menashe Lustig is the title character in this drama, set in New York City’s Hasidic community, about a grieving widower who is struggling to raise his son (Ruben Niborski) alone after his wife’s untimely death. With Yoel Weisshaus and Meyer Schwartz. In Yiddish with subtitles.

The Nut Job 3: Nutty by Nature (PG for action and rude humor). The animated sequel has Surly the squirrel (Will Arnett) and Buddy (Tom Kenny) joining forces with other animals to prevent their crooked mayor (Bobby Moynihan) from paving the park to build an amusement park. Voice cast includes Maya Rudolph, Jackie Chan, Katherine Heigl, and Jeff Dunham.

Patti Cake$ (R for crude sexual references, drug use, pervasive profanity, and a brief nude image). A movie set in Lodi, New Jersey, about a rapper’s (Danielle Macdonald) quest for superstardom. With Bridget Everett, Siddharth Dhanajay, Mamoudou Athie, and Cathy Moriarty.

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.

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.