Cinema

Kam’s Capsules

Ant-Man and the Wasp (PG-13 for action and violence). 20th movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe series has superhero Ant-Man (Paul Rudd) joining forces with the Wasp (Evangeline Lilly) to embark on an urgent mission to unearth some big secrets from their past. With Michael Douglas, Michelle Pfeiffer, Michael Pena, Laurence Fishburne, T.I. “Tip” Harris, and Bobby Cannavale.

Blindspotting (R for sexual references, drug use, brutal violence, and pervasive profanity). Dramatic comedy set in a gentrifying San Francisco Bay Area where two lifelong friends’ — one black (Daveed Diggs) and one white (Rafael Casal) — friendship is tested after the former sees a Caucasian cop (Ethan Embry) gun down an unarmed African American on the street. Cast includes Nyambi Nyambi, Tisha Campbell-Martin, and Wayne Knight.

Boundaries (R for profanity, sexual references, drug use, and nude sketches). Dramatic comedy about a single mother (Vera Farmiga) who has to drive cross-country to relocate her estranged father (Christopher Plummer) with the help of her son (Lewis MacDougall) after the rebellious father is kicked out of his retirement home for selling marijuana. Support cast includes Christopher Lloyd, Peter Fonda, and Bobby Cannavale.

The Catcher Was a Spy (R for sexuality, violence, and profanity). Paul Rudd plays major league baseball player Moe Berg (1902-1972) in this biopic about his double life during World War II. Cast includes Paul Giamatti, Jeff Daniels, Connie Nielsen, and Sienna Miller.

Deadpool 2 (R for sexual references, graphic violence, brief drug use, and pervasive profanity). Eleventh movie in Marvel Comics’ X-Men series finds the title character (Ryan Reynolds) forming a team of superheroes to protect a young mutant (Julian Dennison) who is being hunted by a time-traveling cybernetic soldier (Josh Brolin). With Morena Baccarin, Zazie Beetz, and T.J. Miller.

The Equalizer 2 (R for profanity, drug use, and pervasive graphic violence). Denzel Washington reprises the title role in this thriller as a retired CIA agent who tracks down the rogue spies responsible for a colleague’s (Melissa Leo) murder. With Bill Pulman, Pedro Pascal, and Orson Bean. 

The First Purge (R for pervasive profanity, disturbing violence, sexuality, and drug use). Prequel to the horror trilogy finds America’s test of a pilot program allowing a night of lawlessness in one community going awry when violence spreads like wildfire across the entire nation. Ensemble cast includes Marisa Tomei, Melonie Diaz, Lexi Scott Davis, Luna Lauren Velez, and Y’lan Noel.

Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation (PG for action and rude humor). Third movie in the animated series finds Dracula (Adam Sandler), daughter Mavis (Selena Gomez), and the rest of the family embarking on a luxury cruise for monsters where the Count falls head-over-heels for the ship’s mysterious captain (Kathryn Hahn). Voice cast includes Mel Brooks, Keegan-Michael Key, Kevin James, Steve Buscemi, Andy Samberg, David Spade, and Chrissy Teigen.

Incredibles 2 (PG for action and brief mild epithets). Animated sequel finds the Parr family and sidekick Lucius Best (Samuel L. Jackson) joining forces to defeat a villain (Bill Wise) who is hatching a plot to hypnotize humanity. Voice cast includes Craig T. Nelson, Holly Hunter, Catherine Keener, and Isabella Rossellini.

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (PG-13 for scenes of peril and intense violence). Fifth movie in the horror series finds Owen (Chris Pratt) and Claire (Bryce Dallas Howard) leading a rescue team back to the abandoned dino theme park to save the prehistoric creatures from extinction when a dormant volcano on the island threatens to erupt. Cast includes Jeff Goldblum, Rafe Spall, Justice Smith, BD Wong, James Cromwell, and Daniella Pineda.

Leave No Trace (PG for mature themes). Family drama about a father (Ben Foster) and teen daughter (Thomasin Harcourt McKenzie) who live off the grid in a forest outside Portland, Oregon until they’re discovered by the authorities and placed under the care of social services. With Jeff Kober, Dale Dickey, and Dana Millican.

Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (PG-13 for suggestive material). Sequel, set five years after the events of the original and inspired by the musical featuring the songs of ABBA, finds a pregnant Sophie (Amanda Seyfried) on the Greek isle of Kalokairi where she’s forced to take risks like her mother (Meryl Streep) did when she was about the same age. With Lily James, Pierce Brosnan, Colin Firth, and Cher.

Ocean’s 8 (PG-13 profanity, drug use, and suggestive content). Distaff spinoff of the famed crime caper franchise finds Danny Ocean’s estranged sister (Sandra Bullock) masterminding a $150-million jewel heist in New York City by an all-female gang. A-list cast includes Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway, Mindy Kaling, Olivia Munn, Rihanna, Dakota Fanning, Helena Bonham Carter, Katie Holmes, Serena Williams, and Kim Kardashian.    

RBG (PG for mature themes and mild epithets). Biopic chronicling the career of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Featuring commentary by Gloria Steinem and Nina Totenberg. 

Sicario: Day of the Soldado ( R for profanity, graphic violence, and bloody images). High-body count, border war sequel finds CIA Agent Graver (Josh Brolin) and undercover operative Alejandro Gillick (Benicio del Toro) re-teaming to take on drug cartels smuggling terrorists and undocumented aliens into the U.S. With Isabela Moner, Catherine Keener, and Jeffrey Donovan. In English and Spanish with subtitles.

Skyscraper (PG-13 for action, violence, and brief profanity). Thriller, set in Hong Kong, starring Dwayne Johnson, a disabled war veteran who is a security expert, who is suspected of setting the world’s tallest building on fire. He has to catch the terrorists responsible, while simultaneously saving his family that is trapped on the top floor of the towering inferno. With Neve Campbell, Pablo Schreiber, and Noah Taylor.

Sorry to Bother You (R for sexuality, graphic nudity, pervasive profanity, and drug use). Comedy, set in Oakland, about a telemarketer (Lakeith Stanfield) who enjoys material success after discovering the key to powercalling, much to the chagrin of his performance artist/political artist girlfriend (Tessa Thompson). With Armie Hammer, Forest Whitaker, Patton Oswalt, Danny Glover, Terry Crews, Steven Yeun, and Omari Hardwick.

Tag (R for pervasive profanity, crude humor, sexuality, drug use, and brief nudity). Comedy based on the real-life competition among a quintet of lifelong friends (Jon Hamm, Ed Helms, Hannibal Buress, Jake Johnson, and Jeremy Renner) who have been playing an elaborate version of the children’s game tag for the past 30 years. Supporting cast includes Rashida Jones, Isla Fisher, Leslie Bibb, and Brian Dennehy. 

Three Identical Strangers (PG-13 for mature themes). Documentary about the deep secret revealed when triplets — who were separated at birth and adopted by different families — were reunited at the age of 19.

Uncle Drew (PG-13 for profanity, suggestive material, and brief nudity). NBA star Kyrie Irving has the title role in this comedy about an elderly street legend who coaxes a bunch of his elderly buddies out of retirement to form a ba00ketball team to compete in Harlem’s Rucker Park Tournament. Cast includes Shaq, Tiffany Haddish, Lil Rel Howery, Reggie Miller, Chris Webber, Nate Robinson, Lisa Leslie, Mike Epss, and J.B. Smoove.

Unfriended: Dark Web (R for profanity, sexual references, and disturbing violence). Horror sequel about a young man (Colin Woodell) who was terrorized online by the mysterious owner of a laptop he took from a lost-and-found. With Rebecca Rittenhouse, Betty Gabriel, Chelsea Alden, and Andrew Lees. 

Whitney (R for profanity and drug content). Biopic that paints a warts-and-all portrait of Whitney Houston (1963-2012) that probes deeper than the sensational tabloid stories. Featuring rare, archival footage of her husband Bobby Brown, their late daughter, Bobbi Christina, and her mother, Cissy Houston.

Won’t You Be My Neighbor? (PG-13 for profanity and mature themes). Retrospective revisiting the life, philosophy, and legacy of Fred Rogers (1928-2003), the host of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, the syndicated TV series for preschoolers which ran on PBS for over three decades. Featuring appearances by his wife Joanne, Yo-Yo Ma, and Joe Negri.