Cinema

Kam’s Capsules

American Assassin (R for torture, profanity, brief nudity, and pervasive graphic violence). Thriller about a 23-year-old (Dylan O’Brien), grieving for his fiancée killed in a terrorist attack, who is recruited by the CIA’s deputy director (Sanaa Lathan) and teamed with a veteran agent (Michael Keaton) to apprehend a mysterious madman (Taylor Kitsch) trying to start World War III. With Charlotte Vega, Chris Webster, and Buster Reeves.

Annabelle: Creation (R for horror violence). Tale of demonic possession about a dollmaker (Anthony LaPaglia) and his wife (Miranda Otto) who open their home to a nun (Stephanie Sigman) and several orphans only to have them terrorized by one of his creations (Samara Lee). With Talitha Bateman, Lulu Wilson, and Kerry O’Malley.

Brad’s Status (R for profanity). Ben Stiller plays the title character in this comedy as a man who finds himself reevaluating his career choices when he accompanies his college-bound son (Austin Abrams) on a tour of schools in the Boston area. Supporting cast includes Michael Sheen, Jenna Fischer, Luke Wilson, and Jemaine Clement.

Dunkirk (PG-13 for intense battle scenes and some profanity). World War II movie recreating the evacuation of over 300,000 Allied soldiers from the shores of France after they were surrounded by the Nazi army. Ensemble cast includes Tom Hardy, Kenneth Branagh, Cillian Murphy, Mark Rylance, Fionn Whitehead, Aneurin Barnard, Barry Keoghan, and Harry Styles. In English, French, and German with subtitles.

The Emoji Movie (PG for rude humor) Animated movie about an over-enunciating text message emoji (T.J. Miller) who embarks on a quest for a filter that will limit him to one facial expression, just like his parents (Steven Wright and Jennifer Coolidge). Voice cast includes James Corden, Anna Faris, and Maya Rudolph.

Good Time (R for violence, drug use, sexuality, and pervasive profanity). Crime drama about a mobster’s (Robert Pattinson) efforts to spring his brother (Ben Safdie) from jail after a botched bank robbery. With Buddy Duress, Barkhad (“I’m the Captain  now!”) Abdi and Jennifer Jason Leigh.

The Hitman’s Bodyguard (R for graphic violence and pervasive profanity). Comedy about a bodyguard (Ryan Reynolds) who helps an assassin (Samuel L. Jackson) negotiate a gauntlet on his way to the Hague where he will testify at the International Court of Justice. Co-starring Gary Oldman, Salma Hayek, and Élodie Yung.

Home Again (PG-13 for sexuality and mature themes). Dramatic comedy about a recently-separated mother of two (Reese Witherspoon) who relocates to Los Angeles where she rents her carriage house to three aspiring filmmakers (Nat Wolff, Pico Alexander, and Jon Rudnitsky), only to have her husband (Michael Sheen) show up unannounced. With Lake Bell, Candice Bergen, and P.J. Byrne.

It (R for violence, profanity, and bloody images). Adaptation of the Stephen King bestseller set in Maine in the summer of 1989 where seven ostracized ’tweens join forces to exact revenge on the shape-shifting monster (Bill Skarsgard) that is terrorizing their hometown. Ensemble cast includes Jaeden Lieberher, Jeremy Ray Taylor, Sophia Lillis, Finn Wolfhard, and Wyatt Oleff.

Leap! (PG for action and impolite humor). Animated adventure about an 11-year-old orphan (Elle Fanning) living in Brittany who runs away to Paris with a friend (Nat Wolff) to pursue her lifelong dream of becoming a prima ballerina. Voice cast featuring Mel Brooks, Carly Rae Jepsen, and Maddie Ziegler.

Logan Lucky (PG-13 for profanity and crude comments). Oscar winner Steven Soderbergh (Traffic) comes out of retirement to direct, shoot, and edit this comic crime movie about two brothers (Channing Tatum and Adam Driver) who hatch a plan to pull a heist at the Charlotte Motor Speedway during NASCAR’s Coca-Cola 600 car race. Ensemble cast includes Daniel Craig, Hilary Swank, Seth MacFarlane, Katie Holmes, Dwight Yoakam, and Riley Keough.

Marjorie Prime (Unrated). Lois Smith plays the title character in this science fiction movie as an 86-year-old woman who hires a computer service to live out her days with a holographic projection of a younger version of her late husband (Jon Hamm). Featuring Geena Davis, Tim Robbins, and Stephanie Andujar.

Maudie (PG-13 for mature themes and brief sexuality). Sally Hawkins portrays Maud Lewis in this biopic, set in Nova Scotia in the ’30s, chronicling overcoming the rheumatoid arthritis that had crippled her since childhood to become one of Canada’s most celebrated folk artists. Supporting cast includes Ethan Hawke, Kari Matchett, and Zachary Bennett.

Menashe (PG for mature themes). Menashe Lustig plays the title character in this drama, set in the heart of New York City’s Hasidic community, about a grieving widower’s struggle to raise his son (Ruben Niborski) in the wake of his wife’s untimely death. With Yoel Weisshaus and Meyer Schwartz. In Yiddish with subtitles.

Mother! (R for sexuality, nudity, profanity, and disturbing violence). Oscar nominee Darren Aronofsky (Black Swan) wrote and directed this thriller about a couple (Jennifer Lawrence and Javier Bardem) whose domestic tranquillity is disrupted after they allow some uninvited guests (Ed Harris and Michelle Pfeiffer) into their country home. With Brian Gleeson, Domhnall Gleeson, and Amanda Chiu.

Spider-Man: Homecoming (PG-13 for action, violence, profanity and suggestive comments). Tom Holland has the title role in this remake of the Marvel Comics series in which Peter Parker is living with his Aunt May (Marisa Tomei) and attending high school in Queens while being mentored by Tony Stark (Robert Downey, Jr.) until it’s time to morph into his superhero alter ego to engage a new nemesis (Michael Keaton). With Gwyneth Paltrow, Jon Favreau, Zendaya, Donald Glover, and Tyne Daly.

The Trip to Spain (Unrated). Third film in the culinary series has comedians Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon cracking jokes while traveling around Spain sampling the local cuisine.

Tulip Fever (R for nudity and sexuality). Drama, set in 17th century Amsterdam, about an artist’s (Dane DeHaan) passionate affair with a married woman (Alicia Vikander) whose portrait he’s been commissioned to paint. With Christoph Waltz, Zach Galifiniakis, and Dame Judi Dench.

Viceroy’s House (Unrated). Hugh Bonneville plays Lord Louis Mountbatten in this historical drama, set in New Delhi in 1947, recounting how the Viceroy of India oversees the country’s transition to independence. Co-starring Gillian Anderson, Michael Gambon, and Simon Callow.

Wind River (R for profanity, rape, graphic violence, and disturbing images). Thriller about a rookie FBI agent (Elizabeth Olsen) who teams with a veteran game tracker (Jeremy Renner) to solve a murder after a body is discovered in the woods on an Indian reservation. With Graham Greene, Judith Jones, and Jon Bernthal.