Cinema

Kam’s Capsules

20th Century Women (R for sexuality, nudity, profanity and brief drug use). Movie about female empowerment, set in Santa Barbara during the summer of 1979 about the exploration of love and freedom by a landlady (Annette Bening), one of her tenants (Greta Gerwig), and her teenage son’s (Lucas Jade Zumann) BFF (Elle Fanning). With Billy Crudup, Alia Shawkat and Alison Elliott.

Beauty and the Beast (PG for action, peril, violence, and frightening images). Emma Watson and Dan Stevens co-star as the title characters in this musical adaptation of the French fairy tale about a young woman taken prisoner by a monstrous, young prince. Supporting cast includes Luke Evans, Kevin Kline, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Stanley Tucci, Aundra McDonald, Ian McKellen, Josh Gad, and Emma Thompson.

Before I Fall (PG-13 for mature themes, bullying, sexuality, violent images, profanity, and underage drinking). Adaptation of Lauren Oliver’s young adult novel of the same name about a recently-deceased teen (Zoey Deutch) who is afforded an opportunity to relive her last day on Earth over and over until she untangles the circumstances surrounding her death in a tragic car accident. Cast includes Liv Hewson, Logan Miller, and Jennifer Beals.

The Belko Experiment (R for profanity, sexual references, drug use, and gory violence). Thriller set inside a locked corporate office in Bogota, Columbia where 60 American employees are directed via intercom by an anonymous voice to participate in a grisly game of kill or be kiled. Ensemble cast includes Melonie Diaz, John C. McGinley, Tony Goldwyn, and Adria Arjona.

Chips (R for crude humor, graphic sexuality, nudity, violence, drug use, and profanity). Dax Shepard wrote, directed, produced, and co-stars in this comedic screen version of the 70s TV series about the exploits of two California Highway Patrol officers (Shepard and Michael Pena). With Adam Brody, Kristen Bell, Vincent D’Onofrio, Maya Rudolph, and Jane Kaczmarek.

Get Out (R for violence, profanity, bloody images, and sexual references). Thriller about a black college student (Daniel Kaluuya) who goes home with his white girlfriend (Allison Williams) to meet her parents (Catherine Keener and Bradley Whitford) only to uncover the suburban town’s sordid history of a series of disappearances of African-American males. Supporting cast includes Lakeith Stanfield, Caleb Landry Jones, and Erika Alexander.

Hidden Figures (PG for mature themes and mild epithets). Adaptation of the Margot Lee Shetterly best seller describing the exploits of three unsung African American heroines (Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, and Janelle Monae), NASA mathematicians who played pivotal roles in America’s success against Russia in the space race. Cast includes Kevin Costner, Kirsten Dunst, Jim Parsons, and Mahershala Ali.

I Am Not Your Negro (PG-13 for profanity, mature themes, violent images, and brief nudity). Civil rights documentary, narrated by Samuel L. Jackson, examining James Baldwin’s views on race in America as expressed in an unfinished manuscript entitled, Remember This House. Featuring archival footage of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Malcolm X, and Medgar Evers.

John Wick: Chapter Two (R for profanity, brief nudity, and pervasive violence). Keanu Reeves reprises the title role in this thriller when the former hitman is forced out of retirement to take on the world’s deadliest assassins. Featuring Laurence Fishburne, John Leguizamo, Bridget Moynahan, and Lance Reddick.

Kedi (Unrated). Documentary about the millions of cats who have been allowed to roam free around the city of Istanbul for thousands of years. In Turkish with subtitles.

Kong: Skull Island (PG-13 for action, intense violence, and brief profanity). Remake of the King Kong series, set in 1971, about an ill-fated expedition to an uncharted Polynesian island inhabited by a horde of monsters led by a giant ape. Ensemble cast includes Samuel L. Jackson, Brie Larson, John C. Reilly, John Goodman, Corey Hawkins, and Tom Hiddleston.

La La Land (PG-13 for profanity). Damien Chazelle (Whiplash) directed this homage to Hollywood musicals set in present-day Los Angeles about an aspiring actress (Emma Stone) and a jazz musician’s (Ryan Gosling) whirlwind romance. With J.K. Simmons, John Legend, and Rosemarie DeWitt.

Land of Mine (R for violence, profanity, and grisly images). World War II drama, nominated for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar, recounting how Denmark forced thousands of German POWs to defuse millions of land mines buried on its beaches during Nazi occupation. Co-starring Roland Moller, Mikkel Boe Folsgaard, and Louis Hoffmann. In Danish, German, and English with subtitles.

The Last Word (R for profanity). Comedy about the friendship between an elderly control freak (Shirley Maclaine) and the truth-seeking reporter (Amanda Seyfried) assigned to write her obituary. Supporting cast includes Anne Heche, Phillip Baker Hall, and AnnJewel Lee Dixon.

The LEGO Batman Movie (PG for action and rude humor). Animated version of the video game has the Caped Crusader (Will Arnett) enlisting the assistance of Robin (Michael Cera), Batgirl (Rosario Dawson) and his butler, Alfred (Ralph Fiennes), to defend Gotham City from the Joker (Zach Galifianakis) and a host of supervillains. Voice cast includes Zoe Kravitz, Channing Tatum, Mariah Carey, Adam Devine, Conan O’Brien, and Billy Dee Williams.

Life (R for violence, terror, and pervasive profanity). Science fiction thriller describing the crew’s ordeal aboard an international space station after a microscopic organism plucked from the surface of Mars starts reproducing rapidly and morphing into a malevolent force. Co-starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Ryan Reynolds, Ariyon Bakare, Rebecca Ferguson, Hiroyuki Sanada, and Olga Dihovichnaya. In English, Japanese, and Chinese with subtitles.

Lion (PG-13 for mature themes and some sensuality). Real-life story about a 30-year-old’s (Dev Patel) search for his long-lost birth mother (Priyanka Bose) and big brother (Abhishek Bharate) in India with the help of Google Earth, 25 years after being adopted by an Australian couple (Nicole Kidman and David Wenham). With Rooney Mara, Divian Ladwa, and Eamon Farren. In English, Hindi, and Bengali with subtitles.

Logan (R for graphic violence, profanity, and brief nudity). Hugh Jackman is the Marvel Comics superhero who is a weary Wolverine withdrawn from the world and caring for an ailing Professor X (Patrick Stewart) until he is recruited by a mysterious stranger (Elizabeth Rodriguez) to come to the assistance of a young mutant (Dafne Keen) on the run from dark forces. With Richard E. Grant, Boyd Holbrook, Eriq La Salle, and Stephen Merchant.

Power Rangers (PG-13 for violence, action, destruction, profanity, and crude humor). Remake of the series finds five teens imbued with unique superpowers — Naomi Scott, R.J. Cyler, Ludi Lin, Dacre Montgomery, and Becky G — joining forces to save the planet from an evil witch (Elizabeth Banks) who has an army of militant minions. With Bill Hader, Bryan Cranston, and Sarah Grey.

The Salesman (PG-13 for mature themes and a brief bloody image). Crime thriller, set in Tehran, about an Iranian couple (Taraneh Alidoosti and Shahab Hosseini), who are appearing in a local production of Death of a Salesman, whose relationship is tested when the wife is raped right after they move into a new apartment. With Babak Karimi, Mina Sadati, and Emad Emami. In Persian with subtitles.

The Sense of an Ending (PG-13 for mature themes, a violent image, sexuality, and brief profanity). Adaptation of Julian Barnes’ bestseller about a reclusive retiree (Jim Broadbent) who is forced to face the truth about his haunted past when a long-buried secret about his first love (Charlotte Rampling) surfaces. With Emily Mortimer, Harriet Walter, and Michelle Dockery.

The Shack (PG-13 for violence and mature themes). Drama adapted from William P. Young’s bestseller of the same name about a grief stricken man (Sam Worthington) mourning the loss of a young daughter (Amelie Eve) who receives an invitation from God (Aviv Alush) to meet at the site of the murder deep in the Oregon wilderness. Featuring Octavia Spencer, Radha Mitchell, and Tim McGraw.

Slamma Jamma (PG for violence, mature themes, and mild epithets). Story about a wrongly convicted basketball star (Chris Staples) who attempts to get back on his feet after being paroled, by entering a slam dunk competition with a grand prize of $25,000. Cast includes Michael Irvin, Jose Canseco, and Michael Hardy.

A United Kingdom (PG-13 for sensuality, profanity, and ethnic slurs). Documentary drama, set in 1948, recounting the international scandal ignited by the interracial romance shared by an African prince (David Oyelowo) and a white Londoner (Rosamund Pike). With Jack Davenport, Tom Felton, Laura Carmichael, and Jessica Oyelowo.