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Kam’s Capsules

As Above, So Below (R for terror, graphic violence, and pervasive profanity). Horror film, set in the catacombs beneath Paris, about a team of American archaeologists who unwittingly unleash dormant demons while exploring the uncharted subterranean maze. Co-starring Ben Feldman, Edwin Hodge, and Perdita Weeks.

Boyhood (R for profanity, sexual references, and teen drug and alcohol abuse). Drama, shot in Austin, Texas over the course of 12 years, tracing the life of a toddler (Ellar Coltrane) well into his teens. Written and directed by Richard Linklater, and co-starring Patricia Arquette, Ethan Hawke, and Lorelei Linklater. In English and Spanish with subtitles.

Calvary (R for profanity, sexual references, drug use, and brief violence). Psychological drama, set in a tiny seaside town in Ireland, about a Catholic cleric (Brendan Gleeson) who finds his life threatened during confession by an anonymous parishioner who was raped as a child by a pedophile priest. With M. Emmet Walsh, Chris O’Dowd, Kelly Reilly and Domnhall Gleeson.

Dolphin Tale 2 (PG for mature themes). The sequel chronicles more true stories from the annals of Florida’s Clearwater Marine Aquarium. Cast includes Harry Connick, Jr., Ashley Judd, Morgan Freeman, and Kris Kristofferson.

The Drop (R for graphic violence and pervasive profanity). Screen adaptation of Animal Rescue, the Dennis Lahane short story about a lonely bartender (Tom Hardy) who launders cash for local mobsters only to become the focus of the police investigation in the wake of a robbery gone wrong. With Noomi Rapace, John Ortiz, and the late James Gandolfini.

The Giver (PG-13 for action, violence, and mature themes). Adaptation of Lois Lowry’s Newbery Award winning children’s novel about a teen (Brenton Thwaites) who becomes disillusioned when he learns the truth about his utopian environment when he becomes the protégé of the one person (Jeff Bridges) who is living there who is aware of the existence of pain, sadness, war, and other woes. Cast includes Meryl Streep, Katie Holmes, Odeya Rush, Taylor Swift, and Alexander Skarsgard.

Guardians of the Galaxy (PG-13 for profanity, action, and intense violence). Tenth movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe series about an American pilot (Chriss Pratt) who teams with an outfit of extraterrestrials in order to defend the universe against a diabolical villain (Lee Pace) who has a twisted religious agenda. Cast includes Bradley Cooper, Vin Diesel, Zoe Saldana, Djimon Hounsou, Glenn Close, John C. Reilly, and Benicio Del Toro.

Hector and the Search for Happiness (R for profanity and brief nudity). Screen version of the Francois Lelord best seller about an eccentric psychiatrist (Simon Pegg) who embarks on a solo trip around the world in search of the secret to true happiness in order to help himself as well as his miserable patients. With Rosamund Pike, Stellan Skarsgard, Toni Collette, Christopher Plummer, Jean Reno, and Ming Zhao.

The Hundred-Foot Journey (PG for mature themes, mild epithets, violence, and brief sensuality). Oscar nominee Lass Hallstrom directed this adaptation of Richard C. Morais’s bestseller about an immigrant family who opens an Indian restaurant in a quaint village in the south of France, much to the chagrin of the proprietor (Helen Mirren) of a bistro down the street. Cast includes Om Puri, Manish Dayal, and Charlotte Le Bon. In English, French, and Hindi with subtitles.

The Identical (PG for smoking and mature themes). Drama about the diverging fates of twins (Blake Rayne), separated at birth, one of whom becomes a pop star after being raised by their parents (Brian Geraghty and Amanda Crew), while the other fails to fulfill his potential after being adopted by a domineering minister (Ray Liotta) and his deferential wife (Ashley Judd). With Seth Green, Danny Woodburn and Joe Pantoliano.

If I Stay (PG-13 for sexuality and mature themes). Chloe Grace Moretz stars in this adaptation of the Gayle Norman bestseller of the same name as a comatose cellist who experiences an out-of-body experience after a car accident leaves her suspended in limbo between life and death for 24 hours. With Mireille Enos, Stacy Keach, and Jamie Blackley.

The Last of Robin Hood (R for profanity and sexuality). Biopic about Errol Flynn’s (Kevin Kline) scandalous affair with Beverly Aadland (Dakota Fanning), the 15-year-old ingénue he dated for a couple of years with her mother’s (Susan Sarandon) approval until dying in her arms in 1959. With Max Casella, Bryan Batt, and Matt Kane.

Let’s Be Cops (R for profanity, violence, drug use, sexuality, and graphic nudity). Crime comedy about pals (Damon Wayans, Jr. and Jake Johnson) who are pretending to be police officers at a costume party who later become entangled in a real life web of intrigue involving mobsters and crooked detectives. With Andy Garcia, Angela Kerecz, and Nina Dobrev.

Love Is Strange (R for profanity). Drama about a gay couple (John Lithgow and Alfred Molina) who finally get married after four decades together only to have to separate when they lose their home. With Marisa Tomei, Cheyenne Jackson, and Charlie Tahan.

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.

A Most Wanted Man (R for profanity). Screen adaptation of the John le Carré espionage thriller of the same name, set in Hamburg, Germany, about a Chechen Muslim (Grigoriy Dobrygin) seeking political asylum who might be a radical Islamist. Featuring Rachel McAdams, Willem Dafoe, Robin Wright, Nina Hoss, and Philip Seymour Hoffman.

No Good Deed (PG-13 for violence and profanity). Crime thriller about a charming stranger (Idris Elba) who terrorizes a stay-at-home mom (Taraji P. Henson) and her kids after gaining entry to their home by claiming to have car trouble. With Kate del Castillo, Leslie Bibb, and Henri Simmons.

The November Man (R for rape, profanity, sexuality, nudity, graphic violence and brief drug use). Cat-and-mouse espionage thriller about a retired CIA Agent (Pierce Brosnan) who comes out of retirement to protect a valuable witness (Olga Kurylenko) to war crimes from his former protégé (Luke Bracey) gone rogue. With Will Patton, Eliza Taylor, and Caterina Scorsone.

Search Party (R for drug use, sexuality, graphic nudity, and pervasive profanity). Comedy about two buddies (T.J. Miller and Adam Pally) who come to the rescue of a just-dumped groom-to-be (Thomas Middleditch) left naked in the middle of the Mexican desert. Featuring J.B. Smoove, Lance Reddick, and Alison Brie.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (PG-13 for violence). This adaptation of the comic book series finds the anthropomorphic protagonists (Alan Ritchson, Noel Fisher, Jeremy Howard, and Pete Ploszek) rising from New York City’s sewers to fight their archenemy (William Fichtner) and his army of ninjas, with the help of an intrepid, young reporter (Megan Fox). Cast includes Whoopi Goldberg and Will Arnett, with voicework by Johnny Knoxville and Tony Shalhoub.

This Is Where I Leave You (R for profanity, sexuality, and drug use). Dysfunctional family drama/comedy based on the Jonathan Tropper best-seller about a grieving, Jewish  widow (Jane Fonda) who prevails upon her children (Jason Bateman, Corey Stoll, Adam Driver, and Tina Fey) to remain in town to sit shiva for a week in accordance with the last wish of their dearly-departed father. With Kathryn Hahn, Dax Shepard, Abigail Spencer, and Rose Byrne.

The Trip to Italy (Unrated). Road-oriented sequel to The Trip takes the two BFF foodies (Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon) on a six-city tour to sample the cuisine at leading restaurants all around Italy. With Rosie Fellner, Claire Keelan and Marta Barrio.

A Walk Among the Tombstones (R for profanity, brief nudity, disturbing images, and graphic violence). Liam Neeson stars in this adaptation of Lawrence Block’s novel as a New York Police Department cop who became a private eye and was hired by a drug dealer (Dan Stevens) to track down the mobsters responsible for his wife’s (Razane Jammal) murder. With Maurice Compte, Patrick McDade, and Laura Birn.

When the Game Stands Tall (PG for mature themes, brief smoking, and one scene of violence). Sports story recounting the real-life exploits of Bob Ladouceur (Jim Caviezel), the legendary coach of the De La Salle High Spartans, the football team he turned from perennial losers into gridiron titans with a record-setting, 151-game winning streak. With Laura Dern, Michael Chiklis, Ser’Darius Blain, Stephan James, and Alexander Ludwig.