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 Kam’s Capsules

300: Rise of an Empire (R for sexuality, nudity, profanity, and pervasive violence). A sequel, set in 480 B.C., finds triumphant King Xerxes (Rodrigo Santoro) now leading the Persian army against forces led by Greek General Themistocles (Sullivan Stapleton) in an epic naval showdown over Athens. With Eva Green, Lena Headey, and Hans Matheson.

Afflicted (R for profanity and violence). Horror film about two best friends (Clif Prowse and Derek Lee) whose vacation of a lifetime far from home morphs into a never ending nightmare when one becomes infected with a mysterious disease which slowly starts to consume his entire body. Co-starring Baya Rehaz.

Captain America: The Winter Soldier (PG-13 for gunplay, pervasive action, and intense violence). Sequel pits the Marvel Comics superhero (Chris Evans) against a new nemesis, a Russian assassin (Sebastian Stan) wreaking havoc in Washington, D.C. Cast includes Scarlett Johansson, Robert Redford, Samuel L. Jackson, Anthony Mackie, and series creator Stan Lee.

Cesar Chavez (PG-13 for profanity and violence). Biopic pays tribute to the life of the soft spoken, Chicano labor leader (Michael Pena) who dedicated his career to securing a living wage for migrant farm workers. Supporting cast includes John Malkovich, Rosario Dawson, and America Ferrera.

Divergent (PG-13 for intense violence, mature themes, and some sensuality). Futuristic science fiction, set in a utopian society where people are segregated by personality, and anyone who fails to fit into one of five groups is condemned to death. Starring Shailene Woodley, Kate Winslet, Mekhi Phifer, Ashley Judd, Zoe Kravitz, Theo James, and Maggie Q.

Dom Hemingway (R for nudity, sexuality, violence, drug use, and pervasive profanity). Jude Law plays the title character of this crime comedy as a just-paroled safe cracker who’s determined to collect a bonus from his mob boss (Demian Bichir) for not snitching on him while behind bars. With Richard E. Grant, Emilia Grant, and Kerry Condon.

Draft Day (PG-13 for brief profanity and sexual references). Kevin Costner stars in this football film as the Cleveland Browns’ general manager is determined to turn the franchise around after 13 years of bad luck with the help of this year’s number one draft pick. Cast includes Jennifer Garner, Terry Crews, Frank Langella, Sam Elliott, Chadwick Boseman, Denis Leary, Ellen Burstyn, Rosanna Arquette, and Sean “Puffy” Combs.

God’s Not Dead (PG for mature themes, brief violence, and an accident scene). Drama about a college freshman (Shane Harper) who finds his faith challenged by a philosophy professor’s (Kevin Sorbo) pressure to embrace atheism in order to receive a passing grade. Featuring Dean Cain, Jim Gleason, and Willie Robertson.

The Grand Budapest Hotel (R for profanity, sexuality, and violence). Comedy, directed by Wes Anderson, chronicling an accommodating concierge’s (Ralph Fiennes) exploits at a legendary European hotel during its heyday in the 30s prior to the outbreak of World War II. Cast includes Owen Wilson, F. Murray Abraham, Jude Law, Bill Murray, Willem Dafoe, Tilda Swinton, Edward Norton, Tom Wilkinson, Harvey Keitel, Adrien Brody, Jason Schwartzman, and Jeff Goldblum. In English and French with subtitles.

The Lunchbox (PG for smoking and mature themes). Drama, set in Mumbai, about how a mistaken meal delivery leads to the courting of a neglected housewife (Nimrat Kaur) by a grieving widower (Irrfan Khan). Support cast includes Denzil Smith, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, and Nakul Vaid. In Hindi and English with subtitles.

Mr. Peabody & Sherman (PG for mild action and rude humor). Animated adventure about a brilliant beagle inventor (Ty Burrell) who makes his mark on iconic moments in history when he travels back in time via Wayback Machine with his pet boy (Max Charles). Voice cast includes Ariel Winter, Mel Brooks, Stephen Colbert, Dennis Haysbert, Leslie Mann, Allison Janney, and Stanley Tucci.

Muppets Most Wanted (PG for mild action). Animated adventure set in Europe where the Muppets unwittingly become embroiled in a jewel heist hatched by a Kermit the Frog look-a-like (Steve Whitmore). Voice cast includes Tina Fey, Ricky Gervais, and Ty Burrell, with cameos by Lady Gaga, Sean Diddy Combs, Celine Dion, Zach Galifianakis, Josh Groban, Tony Bennett, Usher, and Salma Hayek.

Need for Speed (PG-13 for nudity, crude humor, reckless driving, and disturbing crashes). A thriller, inspired by the video game of the same name, about a recently paroled street racer’s (Aaron Paul) attempt to even the score with the wealthy business partner (Dominic Cooper) who had framed him for manslaughter. With Imogen Poots, Michael Keaton, and Scott Mescudi.

Noah (PG-13 for violence, suggestive content, and disturbing images). Russell Crowe plays the title character in Darren Aronofsky’s (Black Swan) intriguing reinterpretation of the Biblical parable about a righteous patriarch recruited by God to build an ark in the face an impending flood. Co-starring Emma Watson, Jennifer Connelly, Anthony Hopkins, Ray Winstone and Nick Nolte.

Non-Stop (PG-13 for sensuality, profanity, intense violence, and drug use). Action thriller about a federal air marshal (Liam Neeson) who springs into action aboard a transatlantic flight from New York to London after receiving text messages threatening to kill a passenger every 20 minutes until a $150 million ransom is deposited into an offshore account. Cast includes Julianne Moore, Lupita Nyong’o, Nate Parker, and Anson Mount. In English and German with subtitles.

Oculus (R for terror, violence, disturbing images, and brief profanity). Supernatural thriller about a woman’s (Karen Gillan) effort to exonerate her brother (Brenton Thwaites) of their father’s (Rory Cochrane) killing by proving that the perpetrator was actually an evil spirit that had inhabited their home. With Katee Sackhoff, James Lafferty, and Garrett Ryan.

On My Way (Unrated). Road drama about an aging businesswoman (Catherine Deneuve) who embarks on a cross-country trip with her grandson (Nemo Schiffman) to escape both a failing restaurant and relationship. With Gerard Garouste, Mylene Demongeot, and Claude Gensac. In French with subtitles.

The Railway Man (R for disturbing violence). Fact-based story recounting the attempt by a former POW (Colin Firth), with the help of his wife (Nicole Kidman), to track down the Japanese officer who had tortured him during World War II. Co-starring Stellan Skarsgard, Jeremy Irvine, and Tanroh Ishida.

Rio 2 (G). Animated adventure finds Blu the macaw (Jesse Eisenberg) and his brood on an expedition to the rainforest where he’s confronted by his revenge-minded nemesis, Nigel the cockatoo (Jemaine Clement), and company. Voice cast includes Anne Hathaway, Bruno Mars, Jamie Foxx, Leslie Mann, Tracy Morgan, George Lopez, Leslie Mann, and will.i.am.

Rob the Mob (R for sexuality, drug use, and pervasive profanity). Crime caper about a couple (Michael Pitt and Nina Arianda) who stumble upon something unexpected at an underground club in the process of attempting to fleece the mafia. Support cast features Ray Romano, Andy Garcia, and Griffin Dunne.

Sabotage (R for sexuality, nudity, drug use, gory violence and pervasive profanity). Action thriller starring Arnold Schwarzenegger as the commander of an elite DEA task force which finds itself being taken down one-by-one by a ruthless drug cartel.  With Sam Worthington, Terrence Howard, Olivia Williams and Harold Perrineau.

Le Week-End (R for profanity and sexuality). Romantic drama about a British couple’s (Jim Broadbent and Lindsay Duncan) return to Paris decades after their honeymoon there with hopes of rejuvenating their stagnant marriage. With Igor Gotesman, Olivier Audibert, Jeff Goldblum, and Etienne Dalibert.