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 Kam’s Capsules

Are You Here (R for sexuality, nudity, profanity, and drug use). Comedy about a couple of lifelong friends (Owen Wilson and Zach Galifianakis) who return to their hometown so one of them can collect an inheritance from his recently deceased, estranged father. Featuring Amy Poehler, Edward Herrmann, and Jenna Fischer.

Boyhood (R for profanity, sexual references, and teen drug and alcohol abuse). Drama, shot in Austin, Texas over the course of 12 years, tracing the life of a toddler (Ellar Coltrane) well into his teens. Written and directed by Richard Linklater, and co-starring Patricia Arquette, Ethan Hawke, and Lorelei Linklater. In English and Spanish with subtitles.

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (PG-13 for intense violence and brief profanity). Eighth movie in the science fiction series describes a burgeoning nation of genetically altered primates who are threatened by a band of humans who survived the devastating virus unleashed a decade earlier. Cast includes Gary Oldman, Keri Russell, Andy Serkis, Jason Clarke, and Judy Greer.

The Expendables 3 (PG-13 for profanity and violence). Third movie in the series finds the guys reuniting to rescue a former team member (Wesley Snipes) before squaring off with another (Mel Gibson) who has gone rogue. Cast features Sly Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Terry Crews, Jason Statham, Dolph Lundgren, Randy Couture, Kellan Lutz, and Jet Li, along with Harrison Ford, Antonio Banderas, and Kelsey Grammer.

Get on Up (PG-13 for sexuality, drug use, profanity, and violence). Chad Boseman portrays James Brown in this biopic chronicling the godfather of Soul’s rise from poverty to superstardom. Supporting cast includes Keith Robinson, Jill Scott, Viola Davis, and Octavia Spencer.

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.

Hercules (PG-13 for sensuality, pervasive violence, partial nudity, and brief profanity). Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson follows in the footsteps of Ferrigno, Schwarzenegger, and Reeves as the latest incarnation of the Greek legend. This episode, set in 1400 B.C., finds the muscle-bound demigod and five faithful companions hired by the King of Thrace (John Hurt) and his daughter (Irina Shayk) to subdue a tyrannical warlord. With Rebecca Ferguson, Ian McShane and Joseph Fiennes.

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.

Into the Storm (PG-13 for profanity, sexual references, and scenes of intense peril and destruction). Found footage thriller about some storm chasers and thrill-seekers who get more than they bargained for when they decide to film a tornado bearing down on a tiny town in Middle America. Co-starring Matt Walsh, Arlen Escarpeta, Richard Armitage and Sarah Wayne Callies.

Land Ho! (R for profanity, sexual references, and drug use). Comedy about a couple of geriatric buddies (Paul Eenhoorn and Earl Lynn Nelson) who venture to Iceland to recapture their youth in a bawdy adventure of a lifetime. With Alice Olivia Clarke, Karrie Crouse, and Elizabeth McKee.

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.

Lucy (R for sexuality, disturbing images, and graphic violence). Scarlett Johansson stars in the title role of this science fiction adventure, set in Taipei, as an unwilling drug mule who morphs into a merciless, revenge-minded warrior after inadvertently developing superhuman powers. Cast includes Morgan Freeman, Analeigh Tipton, and Min-sik Choi.

Magic in the Moonlight (PG-13 for smoking and a suggestive comment). Woody Allen wrote and directed this comedy, set on the French Riviera in the Roaring Twenties, about a British illusionist (Colin Firth) hired to expose a conniving clairvoyant (Emma Stone) staying at the estate of a wealthy family. Cast includes Hamish Linklater, Marcia Gay Harden, Jacki Weaver, and Eileen Atkins.

A Most Wanted Man (R for profanity). Screen adaptation of the John le Carré espionage thriller of the same name, set in Hamburg, Germany, about a Chechen Muslim (Grigoriy Dobrygin) seeking political asylum who might be a radical Islamist. Featuring Rachel McAdams, Willem Dafoe, Robin Wright, Nina Hoss, and Philip Seymour Hoffman.

Planes: Fire & Rescue (PG for action and peril). Animated sequel finds crop duster-turned-air racer Dusty (Dane Cook) joining forces with a team of smoke-jumping helicopters and all-terrain vehicles to fight a massive forest fire. Voice cast features Stacy Keach, Brad Garrett, Cedric the Entertainer, Ed Harris, Teri Hatcher, Regina King, Jerry Stiller, and Anne Meara.

The Purge: Anarchy (R for profanity and graphic violence). Serendipitous horror sequel follows the members of a quintet’s (Frank Grillo, Carmen Ejogo, Zach Gilford, Kiele Sanchez, and Zoe Soul) struggle to survive on the annual national holiday during which crime is legal, even murder. Cast includes John Beasley, Michael K. Williams, Justina Machado, and Jack Conley.

Sin City: A Dame to Kill For (Unrated). The sequel, based on the second book in Frank Miller’s series of graphic novels, finds the denizens of the seedy metropolis crossing paths with some unsavory characters. Cast includes Josh Brolin, Mickey Rourke, Jessica Alba, Rosario Dawson, Bruce Willis, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Dennis Haysbert, Ray Liotta, and Lady Gaga.

Step Up All In (PG-13 for profanity and sensuality). The 5th movie in the street dance series is about a Los Angeles crew which ventures to Vegas to enter a competition where the winning team will land a lucrative pro contract. Cast includes Ryan Guzman, Briana Evigan, Adam G. Sevani, and Stephen Boss.

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.

What If (PG-13 for profanity, sexuality, and partial nudity). Romantic drama about a medical school dropout (Daniel Radcliffe) who develops feelings for his best friend (Zoe Kazan) despite the fact that she lives with her longtime boyfriend (Rafe Spall). With Megan Park, Adam Driver, and Mackenzie Davis.

When the Game Stands Tall (PG for mature themes, brief smoking, and one scene of violence). Sports story movie recounting the real-life exploits of Bob Ladouceur (Jim Caviezel), the legendary coach of the De La Salle High Spartans, the football team he turned from perennial also-rans into gridiron titans with a record setting, 151 game winning streak. With Laura Dern, Michael Chiklis, Ser’Darius Blain, Stephan James, and Alexander Ludwig.