Cinema: Kam’s Kapsules
12 Years a Slave (R for violence, torture, sexuality, nudity, and ethnic slurs). Adaptation of the autobiography of the same name chronicling the ordeal of a black man (Chiwetel Ejiofor) born free in New York who was kidnapped and sold into bondage in the Deep South. Cast includes Brad Pitt, Michael Fassbender, Paul Giamatti, Benedict Cumberbatch, Paul Dano, and Quvenzhane Wallis.
All Is Lost (PG-13 for brief profanity). Robert Redford stars in this seafaring adventure about an ancient mariner’s solo voyage across the Indian Ocean which turns into a desperate struggle for survival when his yacht collides with a shipping container adrift on the high seas.
Bad Grandpa (R for profanity, crude humor, graphic sexuality, nudity, and brief drug use). Comedy featuring hidden cameras and Johnny Knoxville as a cantankerous octogenarian who takes his impressionable, 8-year-old grandson (Jackson Nicholl) on a very eventful, cross-country road trip. With Spike Jonze, Georgina Cates, and Brittany Mumford.
The Best Man Holiday (R for profanity, sexuality, and brief nudity). Christmas sequel, set 15 years after the original, finds college pals reuniting to reminisce, find romance, and revive rivalries. Cast includes Morris Chestnut, Nia Long, Terrence Howard, Sanaa Lathan, and Taye Diggs.
The Book Thief (PG-13 for violence and mature themes). Adaptation of the Mark Zusak novel of the same name, set in Nazi Germany, about an abandoned 9-year-old girl (Sophie Nelisse) adopted by foster parents (Geoffrey Rush and Emily Watson) hiding a Jewish refugee (Ben Schnetzer) from the SS. With Kirsten Block, Nico Liersch, and Sandra Nedeleff. In English and German with subtitles.
Dallas Buyers Club (R for nudity, drug use, graphic sexuality, and pervasive profanity). Film recounting Texas electrician Ron Woodroof’s (Matthew McConaughey) real-life struggle to survive with the help of experimental medications after being diagnosed with HIV and given just 30 day to live. With Jared Leto, Jennifer Garner, Griffin Dunne, and Steve Zahn.
Delivery Man (PG-13 for profanity, sexuality, drug use, mature themes, and brief violence). Vince Vaughn plays the title character in this comedy as a slacker who finds himself the subject of a class-action paternity suit filed by dozens of the children he fathered anonymously years earlier through a sperm bank. With Chris Pratt, Bobby Moynihan, and Cobie Smulders.
Free Birds (PG for action, rude humor, and scenes of peril). Animated family comedy about a couple of squabbling turkeys (Owen Wilson and Woody Harrelson) who put aside their differences to travel back in time in order to get turkey taken off the Thanksgiving menu. Voice cast includes Amy Poehler, Keith David, and George Takei.
Frozen (PG for action and mild rude humor). Disney animated adventure about a fearless princess (Kristen Bell) who embarks on an epic journey with a gruff mountain man (Josh Gad) in order to reverse the curse of eternal winter accidentally inflicted upon the kingdom by her queen-to-be sister (Idina Menzel) with cryogenic powers. Voice cast includes Ciaran Hinds, Jonathan Groff, and Edie McClurg.
Gravity (PG-13 for intense peril, disturbing images, and brief strong profanity). Science fiction thriller about a veteran astronaut (George Clooney) and a medical engineer (Sandra Bullock) on her first mission who find themselves in a race against time when they’re left suspended in space with limited oxygen after satellite debris destroys their rocket ship during a spacewalk. With Ed Harris, Amy Warren, Basher Savage, and Paul Sharma.
Homefront (R for graphic violence, drug use, pervasive profanity, and brief sexuality). Sly Stallone wrote the screenplay for this adaptation of the Chuck Logan novel of the same name about a DEA Agent (Jason Statham) who retires to a quiet town for the sake of his family only to have their lives turned upside-down by a ruthless meth dealer (James Franco). With Winona Ryder, Kate Bosworth, Izabela Vidovic, and Omar Benson Miller.
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (PG-13 for profanity, intense violence, frightening images, mature themes, and a suggestive situation). Second movie in the series based on the Suzanne Collins trilogy finds triumphant survivors Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) and Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) enjoying a victory tour before being drafted to compete in another death match, this one comprised entirely of former Hunger Games winners. With Liam Hemsworth, Jack Quaid, Woody Harrelson, Stanley Tucci, Lenny Kravitz, and Donald Sutherland.
Inside Llewyn Davis (R for profanity and some sexual references). Oscar Issac plays the title character in this Coen Brothers musical drama, set in Greenwich Village in 1961, chronicling a week in the life of a struggling folk singer. With Justin Timberlake, Carey Mulligan, and Max Casella.
Last Vegas (PG-13 for profanity and sexuality). Comedy about four BFFs who venture to Vegas to throw a bachelor party for the last single guy (Michael Douglas) in their aging rat pack. Co-starring Robert De Niro, Morgan Freeman, Kevin Kline, 50 Cent, Mary Steenburgen, and Michael Ealy.
Nebraska (R for profanity). Road trip drama about a father (Bruce Dern) and son (Will Forte) who travel from Billings, Montana to Lincoln, Nebraska to claim the prize money in a million-dollar sweepstakes. With Stacy Keach, June Squibb, and Bob Odenkirk.
Oldboy (R for nudity, profanity, graphic sexuality, brutal violence, and disturbing images). Spike Lee directed this remake of the Korean revenge thriller about an advertising exec’s (Josh Brolin) quest for vengeance after being kidnapped and held hostage for 20 years. With Samuel L. Jackson, Elizabeth Olsen, Sharlto Copley, and Michael Imperioli.
Out of the Furnace (R for profanity, drug use, and graphic violence). Crime thriller about a just-paroled ex-con (Christian Bale) who ventures from the Rust Belt to the Northeast to rescue a younger brother (Case Affleck) who’s gotten mixed up with mobsters. Cast includes Forest Whitaker, Woody Harrelson, Zoe Saldana, Willem Dafoe, and Sam Shepard.
Philomena (PG-13 for profanity). Dame Judi Dench portrays the title character in this drama as a woman who, with the help of a reporter (Steve Coogan), embarks on a search for her son (Harrison D’Anmpney) whom she’d been forced to surrender for adoption a half-century earlier. With Mare Winningham, Sophie Kennedy Clark, and Barbara Jefford.
Thor: The Dark World (PG-13 for suggestive content and intense violence). Eighth film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe series finds Thor (Chris Hemsworth) in an epic battle with a primeval race of demonic elves led by a revenge-minded madman (Christopher Eccleston) with a grudge to settle. Ensemble includes Natalie Portman, Anthony Hopkins, Idris Elba, Stellan Skarsgard, Tom Hiddleston, Renee Russo, Kat Dennings and Ray Stevenson.