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Kam’s Capsules

American Sniper (R for graphic violence, sexual references, and pervasive profanity). Clint Eastwood directed this adaptation of the best-selling memoir by Navy Seal Chris Kyle (Bradley Cooper), the most successful sniper in the history of the U.S. military. With Sienna Miller, Luke Grimes, and Jake McDorman.

Birdman (R for sexuality, brief violence, and pervasive profanity). Dramatic comedy about a washed up matinee idol’s (Michael Keaton) attempt to stage a comeback on the Broadway stage. With Emma Stone, Naomi Watts, Edward Norton, and Zach Galifianakis.

Black or White (PG-13 for profanity, fighting, and mature themes involving drugs and alcohol). A drama about the bitter custody battle between a black grandmother (Octavia Spencer) and a white grandfather (Kevin Costner) over their motherless, biracial granddaughter (Jillian Estell). With Anthony Mackie, Andre Holland, Gillian Jacobs, and Jennifer Ehle.

The DUFF (PG-13 for profanity, partying, pervasive sexuality, and crude humor). Mae Whitman plays the title character in this comedy as a homely teen upset about her reputation around school as her pretty, and supposedly best friends’ (Skyler Samuels and Bianca Santos) “Designated Ugly Fat Friend.” Cast includes Bella Thorne, Allison Janney, Romany Malco, Robbie Amell, and Dr. Ken Jeong.

Fifty Shades of Grey (R for profanity, graphic sexuality, nudity, and perverse behavior). Screen adaptation of E.L. James’ steamy romance novel about the adventures of a literature student (Dakota Johnson) under the spell of a wealthy businessman (Jamie Dornan). Supporting cast includes Jennifer Ehle, Luke Grimes, and Rita Ora.

Focus (R for profanity, sexuality, and brief violence). Will Smith stars in this crime caper about a con man who meets his match when he falls for a femme fatale (Margot Robbie) trying to bilk the same billionaire (Rodrigo Santoro) in Buenos Aires. With BD Wong, Gerald McRaney, and Laura Flannery.

Hot Tub Time Machine 2 (R for pervasive profanity, incessant sexuality, crude humor, graphic nudity, violence, and drug use). Science fiction sequel, set a decade in the future, finds buddies Jacob (Clark Duke) and Nick (Craig Robinson) getting back into the hot tub to travel back in time to undo pal Nick’s (Rob Corddry) murder at the hands of an unknown assassin. With Chevy Chase, Adam Scott, Gillian Jacobs, Thomas Lennon, and Kellee Stewart.

The Imitation Game (PG-13 for sexual references, mature themes, and smoking). Historical biopic about Alan Turing (Benedict Cumberbatch), the British cryptologist who helped the Allies defeat the Nazis by cracking the Enigma Code, only to be prosecuted and chemically castrated following World War II for being gay. With Keira Knightley, Matthew Goode, and Mark Strong.

Jupiter Ascending (PG-13 for violence, partial nudity, and some suggestive content). Mila Kunis stars as the title character in this futuristic science fiction film as a humble housekeeper who learns from an intergalactic emissary (Channing Tatum) that she’s actually an alien aristocrat and the heir apparent to planet Earth. With Eddie Redmayne, Terry Gilliam, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, and James D’Arcy.

Kingsman: The Secret Service (R for profanity, sexuality, and graphic violence). Espionage thriller based on The Secret Service, a comic book series about a suave veteran spy (Colin Firth) who recruits a promising young protégé (Taron Egerton) to help thwart a twisted tech billionaire’s (Samuel L. Jackson) diabolical plot. With Michael Caine, Mark Hamill, Sophie Cookson, and Mark Strong. In English, Arabic, and Swedish with subtitles.

McFarland, USA (PG for violence, mild epithets, and mature themes). Kevin Costner stars in this true story, set in 1987, about a high school track coach who transforms his underachieving cross-country team into championship contenders after recruiting some fleet-footed Latino students. Ensemble cast includes Maria Bello, Hector Duran, Daniel Moncada, Vincent Martella, and Carlos Pratts.

Mr. Turner (R for sexuality). Timothy Spall plays the title role in this historical biopic chronicling the last 25 years in the life of J.M.W. Turner (1775-1851), the eccentric English artist primarily known for painting landscapes. With Paul Jesson, Dorothy Atkinson, and Marion Bailey.

Paddington (PG for mild action and rude humor). An adventure about a British family that befriends a talking bear from Peru (Ben Whishaw) who’s on the run from a cold-hearted taxidermist (Nicole Kidman) determined to put him on display at London’s Natural History Museum. Cast includes Sally Hawkins, Jim Broadbent, Julie Walters, and Hugh Bonneville.

Seventh Son (PG-13 for intense violence, frightening images, and brief profanity). Screen adaptation of The Last Apprentice, Joseph Delaney’s fantasy epic about a righteous knight (Jeff Bridges) who, with the help of a young apprentice (Ben Barnes), attempts to thwart an evil witch (Julianne Moore) bent on world domination. Cast includes Djimon Hounsou, Alicia Vikander, Antje Traue, and Olivia Williams.

The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water (PG for mild action and rude humor). Screen adaptation of the animated TV series finds everybody’s favorite, sea-dwelling invertebrate (Tom Kenny) coming ashore with his friends to retrieve a stolen recipe from a dastardly pirate (Antonio Banderas). Voice cast includes Bill Fagerbakke, Rodger Bumpass, Thomas F. Wilson, and Slash.

Still Alice (PG-13 for mature themes, brief profanity, and a sexual reference). Julianne Moore portrays the title character in this poignant portrait of a linguistic professor suffering from early onset of Alzheimer’s disease. With Alec Baldwin, Kristen Stewart, Kate Bosworth, and Hunter Parrish.

The Theory of Everything (PG-13 for suggestive material and mature themes). Bittersweet biopic focused on the relationship of physicist Stephen Hawking (Eddie Redmayne) and wife Jane Wilde (Felicity Jones), the friend of his sister (Charlotte Hope) whom he met while they were students at Cambridge in the 60s. With Emily Watson, Charlie Cox, and Simon McBurney.

Timbuktu (PG-13 for violence and mature themes). Oscar nominated drama (Best Foreign Film category) about the occupation of Timbuktu in 2012 by Islamic jihadists known as the Ansar Dine. Starring Ibrahim Ahmed, Abel Jafri, and Toulou Kiki. In French, Arabic, Bambara, English, and Songhay.

The Wedding Ringer (R for crude humor, pervasive profanity, coarse sexuality, and brief graphic nudity). Kevin Hart stars as the title character in this romantic comedy as a faux Best Man hired by a socially awkward groom-to-be (Josh Gad). With Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting, Alan Ritchson, Catherine Chen, Nicky Whelan, Olivia Thirlby, and Cloris Leachman.

Whiplash (R for profanity and some sexual references). Princeton resident Damien Chazelle wrote and directed this semi-autobiographical drama which has been nominated for 5 Oscars, including Best Picture. 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.