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Kam’s Capsules

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.

The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Them (Unrated). Final installment of the trilogy, set in New York City, about the trials and tribulations of a young couple (James McAvoy and Jessica Chastain) struggling to save their marriage in the wake of a tragedy. Ensemble cast includes Viola Davis, William Hurt, Isabelle Huppert, and Bill Hader.

Dolphin Tale 2 (PG for mature themes). The sequel chronicles more true stories from the annals of Florida’s Clearwater Marine Aquarium. Cast includes Harry Connick, Jr., Ashley Judd, Morgan Freeman, and Kris Kristofferson.

The Drop (R for graphic violence and pervasive profanity). Screen adaptation of Animal Rescue, the Dennis Lahane short story about a lonely bartender (Tom Hardy) who launders cash for local mobsters only to become the focus of the police investigation in the wake of a robbery gone wrong. With Noomi Rapace, John Ortiz, and the late James Gandolfini.

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.

The Giver (PG-13 for action, violence, and mature themes). Adaptation of Lois Lowry’s Newbery Award winning children’s novel about a teen (Brenton Thwaites) who becomes disillusioned when he learns the truth about his utopian environment when he becomes the protégé of the one person (Jeff Bridges) who is living there who is aware of the existence of pain, sadness, war, and other woes. Cast includes Meryl Streep, Katie Holmes, Odeya Rush, Taylor Swift, and Alexander Skarsgard.

Guardians of the Galaxy (PG-13 for profanity, action, and intense violence). Tenth movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe series about an American pilot (Chriss Pratt) who teams with an outfit of extraterrestrials in order to defend the universe against a diabolical villain (Lee Pace) who has a twisted religious agenda. Cast includes Bradley Cooper, Vin Diesel, Zoe Saldana, Djimon Hounsou, Glenn Close, John C. Reilly, and Benicio Del Toro.

Hector and the Search for Happiness (R for profanity and brief nudity). Screen version of the Francois Lelord best seller about an eccentric psychiatrist (Simon Pegg) who embarks on a solo trip around the world in search of the secret to true happiness in order to help himself as well as his miserable patients. With Rosamund Pike, Stellan Skarsgard, Toni Collette, Christopher Plummer, Jean Reno, and Ming Zhao.

The Hundred-Foot Journey (PG for mature themes, mild epithets, violence, and brief sensuality). Oscar nominee Lass Hallstrom directed this adaptation of Richard C. Morais’s bestseller about an immigrant family who opens an Indian restaurant in a quaint village in the south of France, much to the chagrin of the proprietor (Helen Mirren) of a bistro down the street. Cast includes Om Puri, Manish Dayal, and Charlotte Le Bon. In English, French, and Hindi with subtitles.

If I Stay (PG-13 for sexuality and mature themes). Chloe Grace Moretz stars in this adaptation of the Gayle Norman bestseller of the same name as a comatose cellist who experiences an out-of-body experience after a car accident leaves her suspended in limbo between life and death for 24 hours. With Mireille Enos, Stacy Keach, and Jamie Blackley.

Let’s Be Cops (R for profanity, violence, drug use, sexuality, and graphic nudity). Crime comedy about pals (Damon Wayans, Jr. and Jake Johnson) who are pretending to be police officers at a costume party who later become entangled in a real life web of intrigue involving mobsters and crooked detectives. With Andy Garcia, Angela Kerecz, and Nina Dobrev.

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.

No Good Deed (PG-13 for violence and profanity). Crime thriller about a charming stranger (Idris Elba) who terrorizes a stay-at-home mom (Taraji P. Henson) and her kids after gaining entry to their home by claiming to have car trouble. With Kate del Castillo, Leslie Bibb, and Henri Simmons.

The November Man (R for rape, profanity, sexuality, nudity, graphic violence and brief drug use). Cat-and-mouse espionage thriller about a retired CIA Agent (Pierce Brosnan) who comes out of retirement to protect a valuable witness (Olga Kurylenko) to war crimes from his former protégé (Luke Bracey) gone rogue. With Will Patton, Eliza Taylor, and Caterina Scorsone.

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. Ensemble cast includes Bill Night, Imelda Staunton, Paddy Considine, Andrew Scott, and Dominic West.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (PG-13 for violence). This adaptation of the comic book series finds the anthropomorphic protagonists (Alan Ritchson, Noel Fisher, Jeremy Howard, and Pete Ploszek) rising from New York City’s sewers to fight their archenemy (William Fichtner) and his army of ninjas, with the help of an intrepid, young reporter (Megan Fox). Cast includes Whoopi Goldberg and Will Arnett, with voicework by Johnny Knoxville and Tony Shalhoub.

This Is Where I Leave You (R for profanity, sexuality, and drug use). Dysfunctional family 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.

The Trip to Italy (Unrated). Road-oriented sequel to The Trip takes the two BFF foodies (Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon) on a six-city tour to sample the cuisine at leading restaurants all around Italy. With Rosie Fellner, Claire Keelan and Marta Barrio.

A Walk Among the Tombstones (R for profanity, brief nudity, disturbing images, and graphic violence). Liam Neeson stars in this adaptation of Lawrence Block’s novel about a New York Police Department cop who became a private eye and was hired by a drug dealer (Dan Stevens) to track down the mobsters responsible for his wife’s (Razane Jammal) murder. With Maurice Compte, Patrick McDade, and Laura Birn.