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Kam’s Capsules

The Age of Adaline (PG-13 for a suggestive comment). Romantic fantasy about a reclusive spinster (Blake Lively), born at the dawn of the 20th century, who starts dating a charismatic philanthropist (Michael Huisman) without letting him know she hasn’t aged a day in 80 years. Plot thickens during a weekend with his parents (Harrison Ford and Kathy Baker) when her big secret is suddenly put in jeopardy. With Ellen Burstyn, Amanda Crew, and Anjali Jay.

Child 44 (R for violence, profanity, disturbing images, and a sex scene). Screen adaptation of Tom Rob Smith’s bestselling political thriller of the same name, set behind the Iron Curtain in 1953, about a disgraced Soviet spy (Tom Hardy) who joins forces with his wife (Noomi Rapace) and an army general (Gary Oldman) to track down a pedophilic serial killer preying on young boys. With Joel Kinnaman, Charles Dance, Paddy Considine, and Victor Cassel.

Clouds of Sils Maria (R for profanity and graphic nudity). Drama about an actress (Juliette Binoche) who agrees to portray an older character in the revival of the play that made her famous decades earlier in the starring role. Ensemble cast includes Chloe Grace Moretz, Kristen Stewart, and Lars Eidinger. In English, French, German, and Swiss German with subtitles.

Cinderella (PG for mature themes). Lily James stars as the title character in this live-action version of the classic fairytale about an abused orphan who, with the help of her fairy godmother (Helena Bonham Carter), escapes the clutches of her wicked stepmother (Cate Blanchett) and wins the heart of handsome Prince Charming (Richard Madden). With Stellan Skarsgard, Derek Jacobi, and Hayley Atwell.

Danny Collins (R for profanity, nudity, and drug use). Al Pacino plays the title character in this fact-based tale of an aging rock star who decides to clean up his act and reconnect with his family after rereading a 40-year-old letter sent to him by John Lennon. With Jennifer Garner, Christopher Plummer, Annette Bening, Bobby Cannavale, and Melissa Benoist.

Desert Dancer (PG-13 for mature themes, violence, and drug use). True tale, set in Iran, about a young rebel (Reece Ritchie) who risked persecution by founding an underground dance company in a country where dancing is strictly forbidden. Co-starring Freida Pinto, Nazanin Boniadi, and Tom Cullen.

Furious 7 (PG-13 for pervasive violence and mayhem, suggestive content, and brief profanity). The latest movie in the series features recently deceased Paul Walker’s final screen appearance as a crew of mercenaries comes out of retirement to match wits with a vengeful assassin (Jason Statham). Cast includes Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Ludacris, Dwayne Johnson, Jordana Brewster, Kurt Russell, and Djimon Hounsou.

Get Hard (R for graphic nudity, drug use, pervasive profanity, sexuality, and crude humor). Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart co-star in this comedy about a millionaire convicted of tax evasion who hires an ex-con to prepare him for life behind bars. With T.I., Craig T. Nelson, Alison Brie, and Edwina Findley Dickerson.

Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem (Unrated). Ronit Elkabetz portrays the title character in this Israeli drama as a miserably-married woman dependent upon a rabbi’s approval for a divorce from her reluctant spouse (Simon Abkarian). With Menashe Noy, Sasson Gabai, and Rami Danon. In Hebrew, Arabic, and French with subtitles.

Home (PG for mild action and rude humor). Animated film about a huggable fugitive from a distant planet (Jim Parsons) who forges an unlikely friendship with an innocent, young Earthling (Rihanna) on a quest of her own. Voice cast includes Steve Martin, Jennifer Lopez, and Matt Jones.

Insurgent (PG-13 for sensuality, pervasive violence, intense action, mature themes, and brief profanity). Second installment of the science fiction series based on Veronica Roth’s best-selling Divergent trilogy. Sequel finds the intrepid heroine (Shailene Woodley) confronting her demons while continuing the fight against an unholy alliance posing a threat to what’s left of society. Ensemble cast includes Theo James, Naomi Watts, Kate Winslet, Zoe Kravitz, Miles Teller, Ashley Judd, Octavia Spencer, Maggie Q, Janet McTeer, and Mekhi Phifer.

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.

The Longest Ride (PG-13 for battle scenes, sports action, sexuality, and partial nudity). Screen adaptation of the Nicholas Sparks bestseller about a star-crossed couple (Britt Robertson and Scott Eastwood) whose paths intersect with a geezer (Alan Alda) who is given to reminiscing while waiting to be rescued from a car wreck. With Oona Chaplin, Gloria Reuben, and Lolita Davidovich.

Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 (PG for mild violence). Kevin James reprises the title role in this slapstick sequel which finds the hapless hero on vacation in Vegas with his college bound daughter (Raini Rodriguez) until he instinctively jumps into action when duty calls. With Neal McDonough, Nicholas Turturro, and Loni Love.

The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (PG for mild epithets and suggestive material). Dame Judi Dench, Bill Nighy, Celia Imrie, Maggie Smith, Penelope Wilton, and Dev Patel reprise their roles in this sequel which finds the proprietor (Patel) of India’s preeminent Old Folks Home pursuing his dream of opening another boarding house. Additions to the cast include Richard Gere, Tamsin Grieg, and David Strathairn.

True Story (R for profanity and disturbing material). Fact-based story about a disgraced New York Times reporter’s (Jonah Hill) investigation of the jailed murder suspect (James Franco) who had assumed his identity while on the run from the FBI. With Felicity Jones, Gretchen Mol, and Betty Gilpin.

Unfriended (R for violence, sexuality, teen drug and alcohol abuse, and pervasive profanity). Horror film about six teens who find themselves terrorized over the internet by a stranger seeking vengeance for a classmate shamed into killing herself a year earlier. Ensemble cast includes Cal Barnes, Matthew Bohrer, Courtney Halverson, Shelley Hennig, Renee Olstead, and Will Peltz.

The Water Diviner (R for violence and disturbing images). Russell Crowe directed and stars in this historical drama about an Australian farmer searching in Turkey for his three sons who disappeared in the Battle of Gallipoli. Cast includes Isabel Lucas, Olga Kurylenko, and Megan Gale. In English, Turkish, Greek, and Russian with subtitles.

While We’re Young (R for profanity). Comedy about a childless married couple in their mid 40s (Ben Stiller and Naomi Watts) whose relationship ends up in crisis after they befriend a much younger couple (Amanda Seyfried and Adam Driver). Cast includes Charles Grodin, Maria Dizzia, and Dree Hemingway.

Woman in Gold (PG-13 for mature themes and brief profanity). Helen Mirren plays the title character in this courtroom drama recounting an elderly Holocaust survivor’s attempt to recover a priceless family heirloom stolen by the Nazis during World War II. With Ryan Reynolds, Katie Holmes, Elizabeth McGovern, and Frances Fisher.