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Kam’s Capsules

Addicted (R for nudity, profanity, graphic sexuality, and drug use). Screen adaptation of Zane’s book about a successful businesswoman (Sharon Leal) who repeatedly risks losing her family and career in the pursuit of forbidden pleasures. Cast includes Boris Kodjoe, Tasha Smith, Tyson Beckford, and William Levy.

Alexander and the Terrible Horrible No Good Very Bad Day (PG for crude humor, reckless behavior, and mild epithets). Disney adaptation of the children’s book of the same name about a calamitous day in the life of an overwhelmed 11-year-old (Ed Oxenbould). With Steve Carell, Jennifer Garner, and Dylan Minnette.

Annabelle (R for terror and disturbing violence). Prequel to The Conjuring about a husband (Ward Horton) who comes to regret buying a cursed antique doll for his pregnant wife (Annabelle Wallis) and unborn daughter. With Alfre Woodard, Eric Ladin, and Brian Howe.

The Best of Me (PG-13 for sexuality, violence, brief profanity, and drug use). Romance drama based on the Nicholas Sparks bestseller of the same name about the reunion of a couple of high school sweethearts (James Marsden and Michelle Monaghan) for the first time in years when they return to their hometown for a friend’s funeral. With Liana Liberato, Luke Bracey, and Caroline Goodall.

The Book of Life (PG for mild action, rude humor, mature themes, and scary images). Animated adventure about a young man (Diego Luna) who finds himself torn between fulfilling his family’s expectations and following his heart. Voice cast featuring Zoe Saldana, Channing Tatum, Christina Applegate, Ice Cube, Danny Trejo, Ron Perlman, and Cheech.

The Boxtrolls (PG for action, peril and mild crude humor). Animated fantasy about an orphan (Isaac Hempstead-Wright) raised in a cave by trash collecting trolls targeted by an evil exterminator (Ben Kingsley). Voice cast includes Elle Fanning, Tracy Morgan, Toni Collette, Simon Pegg, and Nick Frost.

Dear White People (R for profanity, sexuality, and drug use). Satire following the diverging fates of four African American students (Tyler James Williams, Brandon P. Bell, Tessa Thompson, and Teyonah Parris) attending an Ivy League college where a riot breaks out in the wake of a ghetto-themed, blackface party thrown at a lily-white fraternity house. With Kyle Gallner, Dennis Haysbert, and Peter Syvertsen.

Dracula Untold (PG-13 for intense violence, disturbing images, and some sensuality). Horror movie about the Transylvanian prince (Luke Evans) who would one day morph into a mythological demon with an unquenchable thirst for human blood. With Dominic Cooper, Sarah Gadon, and Charles Dance.

The Equalizer (R for graphic violence, sexual references, and pervasive profanity). Denzel Washington stars in the title role of this screen version of the 80s TV series about a retired spy turned hardware store clerk who reluctantly starts moonlighting as crime fighting vigilante in Boston. With Chloe Grace Moretz, Martin Csokas, Bill Pullman, and Melissa Leo.

For No Good Reason (R for profanity, drug content, and sexual images). Reverential documentary about Ralph Steadman, the British cartoonist best known for his collaborations with the late journalist Hunter S. Thompson. Featuring file footage plus appearances by Johnny Depp, Terry Gilliam, and Jann Wenner.

Fury (R for sexuality, graphic violence, grisly images, and profanity). Brad Pitt stars in this World War II film, set in Germany in April 1945, as the hard-nosed commander of a Sherman tank leading an urgent rescue mission behind enemy lines. With Shia LaBeouf, Logan Lerman, Michael Pena, and Scott Eastwood. In English and German with subtitles.

Gone Girl (R for profanity, gruesome violence, graphic sexuality. and nudity). Screen adaptation of the Gillian Flynn bestseller of the same name about a man (Ben Affleck) who becomes the prime suspect in the mysterious disappearance of his wife (Rosamund Pike) who vanished on their 5th anniversary. Cast includes Tyler Perry, Neil Patrick Harris, and Sela Ward.

The Judge (R for profanity and sexual references). Crime drama about a big city lawyer (Robert Downey, Jr.) who returns to his tiny Indiana hometown for his mother’s funeral only to end up defending his estranged father (Robert Duvall) accused of murder by an overzealous prosecutor (Billy Bob Thornton). With Vera Farmiga, Dax Shepard, and Leighton Meester.

Kill the Messenger (R for profanity and drug use). Jeremy Renner delivers an Oscar-quality performance in this true tale recounting the valiant effort of an intrepid journalist to expose the CIA’s role in infesting inner city neighborhoods across the country with crack cocaine. Cast includes Ray Liotta, Barry Pepper, Tim Blake Nelson, Andy Garcia, Oliver Platt, Rosemarie DeWitt, Michael Sheen, Robert Patrick, Paz Vega, Michael K. Williams and Mary Elizabeth Winstead.

Love Is Strange (R for profanity). Drama about a gay couple (John Lithgow and Alfred Molina) who finally get married after four decades together only to have to separate when they lose their home. With Marisa Tomei, Cheyenne Jackson, and Charlie Tahan.

The Maze Runner (PG-13 for mature themes, intense violence, and disturbing images). Adaptation of James Dashner’s novel of the same name about a teenager (Dylan O’Brien) who wakes up with amnesia and finds himself trapped in a giant maze with 60 other boys suffering from memory loss and a girl (Kaya Scodelario) with telepathic powers. Cast includes Aml Ameen, Will Poulter, Ki Hong Lee, Dexter Darden, and Blake Cooper.

My Old Lady (PG-13 for mature themes and sexual references). Dramatic comedy about a down-and-out New Yorker (Kevin Kline) who inherits a Paris flat occupied by a mother (Maggie Smith) and daughter (Kristin Scott Thomas) with a secret connection to his recently deceased father. Support cast includes Elie Wajeman, Dominique Pinon, and Stephane Freiss.

Ouija (PG-13 for disturbing violence, frightening images, and mature themes). Horror film about a tight knit group of teens who unwittingly awaken a dormant dark force when they decide to investigate the mysterious murder of a friend who perished right after recording herself playing a board game. Cast includes Olivia Cooke, Ana Coto, Daren Kagasoff, Bianca Santos, and Douglas Smith.

Pride (R for profanity and brief sexuality). Historical drama recounting real events unfolding in the United Kingdom during the summer of 1984 when a group of gay activists rallied to the side of striking coal miners. Cast includes Bill Night, Imelda Staunton, Paddy Considine, Andrew Scott, and Dominic West.

The Skeleton Twins (R for profanity, sexuality, and drug use). Drama about estranged fraternal twins (Kristen Wiig and Bill Hader) who are inspired to repair their damaged relationship after cheating death on the same day in separate incidents. With Luke Wilson, Ty Burrell, and Boyd Holbrook.

This Is Where I Leave You (R for profanity, sexuality, and drug use). Drama/comedy based on the Jonathan Tropper best-seller about a grieving Jewish widow (Jane Fonda) who prevails upon her children (Jason Bateman, Corey Stoll, Adam Driver, and Tina Fey) to remain in town to sit shiva for a week in accordance with the last wish of their dearly-departed father. With Kathryn Hahn, Dax Shepard, Abigail Spencer, and Rose Byrne.

Tracks (PG-13 for mature themes, partial nudity, disturbing images and brief profanity). Screen adaptation of the Robyn Davidson (Mia Wasikowska) travelogue about her 1,700-mile trek across the Australian desert from Alice Springs to the Indian Ocean, accompanied only by her dog and four camels. With Adam Driver, Emma Booth and Jessica Tovey.

The Two Faces of January (PG-13 for smoking). Adaptation of the Patricia Highsmith’s bestseller of the same name, set in Athens in 1962, about a couple of American sightseers (Viggo Mortensen and Kirsten Dunst) who, against their better judgment, help their tour guide (Oscar Isaac) cover up a murder. With Daisy Bevan, David Warshofsky, and Ozan Tas. In English, Turkish, and Greek with subtitles.

Whiplash (R for profanity and some sexual references). Princeton bred Damien Chazelle wrote and directed this semi-autobiographical drama which won both the Audience Award and Grand Jury Prize at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. 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.