Cinema

Kam’s Capsules

20th Century Women (R for sexuality, nudity, profanity, and brief drug use). Movie 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) friend (Elle Fanning). With Billy Crudup, Alia Shawkat, and Alison Elliott.

The Bye Bye Man (PG-13 for terror, violence, sexuality, bloody images, mature themes, profanity, partial nudity, and underage alcohol abuse). Horror film about a supernatural demon (Doug Jones) unwittingly unleashed by three college students (Douglas Smith, Lucien Laviscount and Cressida Bonas) after they moved into an old mansion located off-campus. Cast includes Faye Dunaway, Carrie-Anne Moss, and Cleo King.

A Dog’s Purpose (PG for peril and mature themes). Three time Oscar nominee Lasse Hallstrom directed this adaptation of W. Bruce Cameron’s novel with the same name about a dog (Josh Gad) that uncovers the meaning of life with the help of a series of owners. With Dennis Quaid, Peggy Lipton, and Britt Robertson.

Elle (R for violence, profanity, rape, brief graphic nudity, disturbing sexuality, and grisly images). Thriller about a business executive’s (Isabelle Huppert) attempt to track down the stranger who raped her in her own home. With Laurent Lafitte, Anne Consigny, and Charles Berling. In French with subtitles.

Fences (PG-13 for profanity, mature themes, and sexual references). Denzel Washington and Viola Davis co-star in this adaptation of August Wilson’s Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize winning play about the struggles of an African American family living in Pittsburgh in the 50s. With Mykelti Williamson, Jovan Adepo, Stephen Henderson and Russell Hornsby.

The Founder (PG-13 for brief profanity). Michael Keaton impersonates Ray Kroc in this biopic about the businessman who purchased an innovative burger joint from the McDonalds brothers (Nick Offerman and John Carroll Lynch) and turned it into a fast-food empire. Support cast includes Laura Dern, Patrick Wilson, and Linda Cardellini.

Gold (R for sexuality, nudity, and profanity). Drama about a down-on-his-luck businessman (Matthew McConaughey) who joins forces with a geologist (Edgar Ramirez) to search for gold bullion in the jungles of Borneo. With Bryce Dallas Howard, Stacy Keach, and Bruce Greenwood.

Hidden Figures (PG for mature themes and mild epithets). Adaptation of the Margot Lee Shetterly best seller describing the exploits of three African American unsung 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.

Jackie (R for profanity and brief graphic violence). Natalie Portman plays Jackie Bouvier Kennedy in this intimate portrait of the First Lady in the days following the assassination of JFK (Caspar Phillipson). Co-starring Peter Sarsgaard as Bobby Kennedy, Gaspard Koenig as Teddy Kennedy, and John Carroll Lynch as LBJ.

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.

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.

Manchester by the Sea (R for sexuality and pervasive profanity). Drama about a janitor (Casey Affleck) who becomes the guardian of his teenage nephew (Lucas Hedges) after the untimely death of his older brother (Kyle Chandler). With Gretchen Mol, Michelle Williams, and Heather Burns.

Monster Trucks (PG for action, peril, rude humor, and brief scary images). Action adventure about a mischievous teen (Lucas Till) who forges an unlikely friendship with the subterranean creature that hangs out under the hood of his homemade jalopy. With Jane Levy, Rob Lowe, Barry Pepper, Danny Glover, Amy Ryan, and Thomas Lennon.

Moonlight (R for sexuality, drug use, profanity and brief violence). Story, set in Miami, about a young, gay black man’s (Ashton Sanders) struggle with his sexuality while growing up in a tough, inner-city ’hood. With Mahershala Ali, Andre Holland, Naomie Harris, Janelle Monae, Shariff Earp, and Duan Sanderson.

Patriots Day (R for violence, grisly images, drug use, and pervasive profanity). Thriller about the manhunt for the radical Islamists (Alex Wolff and Themo Melikidze) who were responsible for the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing. Co-starring Mark Wahlberg, John Goodman, Michelle Monaghan, Kevin Bacon, and J.K. Simmons.

Resident Evil: The Final Chapter (R for pervasive violence). Science fiction horror serie’s last movie was written and directed by Paul W.S. Anderson and stars his wife, Milla Jovovich. The post apocalyptic adventure shows the heroine forming an alliance with the handful of human survivors for one last stand against the undead. With Ali Larter, Iain Glen, Williams Levy, and Ruby Rose.

Rings (PG-13 for violence, terror, mature themes, drug use, and sexuality). Prequel to The Ring, about a young couple (Alex Roe and Matilda Anna Ingrid Lutz) who, against their better judgment, decide to explore an urban legend about a videotape that kills its viewers a week after they watch it. Cast includes Aimee Teegarden, Johnny Galecki, Laura Wiggins, and Vincent D’Onofrio.

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (PG-13 for violence and extended action sequences). Intergalactic epic about a rebel soldier (Felicity Jones) who was recruited to lead a band of heroes on a mission to steal the design for the Empire’s weapon of mass destruction, featuring Forest Whitaker, Diego Luna, Mads Mikkelsen, Jiang Wen, Alan Tudyk, and Donnie Yen.

Sing (PG for rude humor and mild peril). Animated musical about an optimistic koala bear’s (Matthew McConaughey) attempt to save his struggling theater by staging a singing competition for a menagerie of animals. Voice cast includes Reese Witherspoon, Seth MacFarlane, Scarlett Johansson, Jay Pharoah, and John C. Reilly.

Sleepless (R for graphic violence and pervasive profanity). Thriller, set in Las Vegas, about a corrupt cop (Jamie Foxx) who has less than 24 hours to rescue his son (Octavius J. Johnson) who was kidnapped by mobsters. Ensemble cast includes Gabrielle Union, Dermot Mulroney, Young Jeezy, T.I., and Michelle Monaghan.

The Space Between Us (PG-13 for profanity and brief sensuality). Science fiction adventure about a boy born on Mars (Asa Butterfield) who travels to Earth to find the father he’s never known and the girl (Britt Robertson) he met online. With Gary Oldman, Janet Montgomery, BD Wong, and Carla Gugino.

Split (PG-13 for violence, profanity, disturbing behavior, and mature themes). Horror film, directed by M. Night Shyamalan, about three teenage girls (Haley Lu Richardson, Jessica Sula, and Anya Taylor-Joy) who were kidnapped by a maniac (James McAvoy) who has 24 personalities. Supporting cast includes Kim Director, Brad William Henke, and Betty Buckley.

xXx: Return of Xander Cage (PG-13 for sexuality, profanity, and violence). Third movie in the series has the extreme sports athlete-turned-spy (Vin Diesel) come out of exile to lead a team on a mission to disarm a madman (Donnie Yen) who is wielding a devastating weapon of mass destruction. With Samuel L. Jackson, Toni Collette, and Tony Jaa.