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Kam’s Capsules

The Judge (R for profanity and sexual references). Crime drama about a big city lawyer (Robert Downey, Jr.) who returns to his tiny Indiana hometown for his mother’s funeral only to end up defending his estranged father (Robert Duvall) accused of murder by an overzealous prosecutor (Billy Bob Thornton). With Vera Farmiga, Dax Shepard, and Leighton Meester.

Kill the Messenger (R for profanity and drug use). Jeremy Renner delivers an Oscar-quality performance in this true tale recounting the valiant effort of an intrepid journalist to expose the CIA’s role in infesting inner city neighborhoods across the country with crack cocaine. Cast includes Ray Liotta, Barry Pepper, Tim Blake Nelson, Andy Garcia, Oliver Platt, Rosemarie DeWitt, Michael Sheen, Robert Patrick, Paz Vega, Michael K. Williams and Mary Elizabeth Winstead.

The Maze Runner (PG-13 for mature themes, intense violence, and disturbing images). Adaptation of James Dashner’s novel of the same name about a teenager (Dylan O’Brien) who wakes up with amnesia and finds himself trapped in a giant maze with 60 other boys suffering from memory loss and a girl (Kaya Scodelario) with telepathic powers. Cast includes Aml Ameen, Will Poulter, Ki Hong Lee, Dexter Darden, and Blake Cooper.

Men, Women & Children (R for profanity and pervasive graphic sexuality). Dramatic comedy about a group of teens dealing with the ways in which the internet affects their relationships, self-images, communications, and love lives. Cast includes Adam Sandler, Jennifer Garner, Emma Thompson, J.K. Simmons, Dennis Haysbert, Rosemarie DeWitt, Judy Greer, and Ansel Eigort.

My Old Lady (PG-13 for mature themes and sexual references). Dramatic comedy about a down-and-out New Yorker (Kevin Kline) who inherits a Paris flat occupied by a mother (Maggie Smith) and daughter (Kristin Scott Thomas) with a secret connection to his recently deceased father. Support cast includes Elie Wajeman, Dominique Pinon, and Stephane Freiss.

Nightcrawler (R for violence, profanity, and graphic images). Jake Gyllenhaal stars in the title role of this thriller as a freelance journalist caught in a cutthroat competition covering the crime beat in Los Angeles. With Rene Russo, Bill Paxton, and Ann Cusack (Sister of John and Joan).

Ouija (PG-13 for disturbing violence, frightening images, and mature themes). Horror film about a tight knit group of teens who unwittingly awaken a dormant dark force when they decide to investigate the mysterious murder of a friend who perished right after recording herself playing a board game. Cast includes Olivia Cooke, Ana Coto, Daren Kagasoff, Bianca Santos, and Douglas Smith.

Pride (R for profanity and brief sexuality). Historical drama recounting real events unfolding in the United Kingdom during the summer of 1984 when a group of gay activists rallied to the side of striking coal miners. Cast includes Bill Night, Imelda Staunton, Paddy Considine, Andrew Scott, and Dominic West.

St. Vincent (PG-13 for sexuality, profanity, smoking, mature themes, and substance abuse). Bill Murray plays the title role in this comedy as an alcoholic misanthrope who befriends the pint-sized son (Jaeden Lieberher) of the divorcee (Melissa McCarthy) next door. With Naomi Watts, Chris O’Dowd, and Terrence Howard.

Whiplash (R for profanity and some sexual references). Princeton bred Damien Chazelle wrote and directed this semi-autobiographical drama which won both the Audience Award and Grand Jury Prize at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. The drama is about the strained relationship of a promising young jazz drummer (Miles Teller) and his perfectionist studio band teacher (J.K. Simmons). With Melissa Benoist, Paul Reiser, and Austin Stowell.