Cinema

Kam’s Capsules

The Aftermath (R for sexuality, nudity, violence, and some disturbing images). Adaptation of Rhidian Brook’s best-seller of the same name, set in the ruins of Hamburg in 1946, chronicling the tensions which arise when a German widower (Alexander Skarsgard) with a troubled daughter (Flora Thiemann) is forced to surrender his mansion to the British colonel (Jason Clarke) in charge of rebuilding the city. With Keira Knightley, Fionn O’Shea, and Kate Phillips. (In English and Russian with subtitles.)

Amazing Grace (G). 1972 concert flick featuring Aretha Franklin performing gospel songs with the choir of the New Bethel Baptist Church in Watts. With Clara Ward, Bernard Purdie, the Reverends James Cleveland and C.L. Franklin, and Rolling Stones Mick Jagger and Charlie Watts.

Ask Doctor Ruth (Unrated). Reverential retrospective chronicling the career of Holocaust survivor-turned-celebrated sex therapist Dr. Ruth Westheimer.

Avengers: Endgame (PG-13 for action, violence, and profanity). 22nd and final installment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe series finds the surviving Avengers joining forces with their superhero allies to mount one last stand in defense of the planet. Co-starring Brie Larson, Paul Rudd, Josh Brolin, Chris Hemsworth, Tessa Thompson, and Robert Downey Jr.

Breakthrough (PG for peril and mature themes). Adaptation of Joyce Smith’s (Chrissy Metz) faith-based memoir about reviving her drowned son (Marcel Ruiz) via a combination of divine intervention and state-of-the-art medical care. Cast includes Josh Lucas, Topher Grace, and Mike Colter.

Captain Marvel (PG-13 for action, violence, and brief suggestive language). 21st installment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe stars Brie Larson in the title role as a former fighter pilot turned superhero who finds herself at the center of the maelstrom when a galactic conflict erupts on Earth between two alien races. Cast includes Samuel L. Jackson, Gemma Chan, Annette Bening, and Djimon Hounson.

A Dog’s Journey (PG for peril, rude humor, and mature themes). Heartwarming family tale about a stray dog that touches the lives of all the strangers it meets. Staring Dennis Quaid, Betty Gilpin, and Josh Gad.

The Hustle (PG-13 for profanity and crude sexuality). Crime comedy ostensibly based on Bedtime Story (1964) and revolving around low-brow (Rebel Wilson) and high-class con artists (Anne Hathaway) who join forces to fleece a naive young billionaire (Alex Sharp) of his fortune. With Tim Blake Nelson, Meena Rayann, and Ingrid Oliver.

The Intruder (PG-13 for violence, terror, sexuality, profanity, and mature themes). Suspense thriller about a young married couple (Megan Good and Michael Ealy) who buy their dream home only to discover that the deranged seller (Dennis Quaid) won’t leave the property. Supporting cast includes Alvin August, Lili Sepe, and Joseph Sikora.

John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum (R for profanity and pervasive violence). Third installment of the action-fueled franchise finds Keanu Reeves returning as an assassin with a $14 million bounty on his head and on the run from a gang of blood-thirsty hitmen. With Laurence Fishburne, Halle Berry, and Ian McShane.

Long Shot (R for graphic sexuality, racist profanity, and drug use). Charlize Theron and Seth Rogen co-star in this romantic comedy about a free-spirited journalist who falls for one of the most powerful women in the world. With Ice Cube, Andy Serkis, and Ravi Patel.

The Mustang (R for profanity, violence, and drug use). Rehabilitation drama about a convicted felon (Matthias Schoenaerts) who is given a shot at redemption when he is placed in a horse training program run by a no-nonsense vet (Bruce Dern). With Jason Mitchell, Connie Britton, and Josh Stewart.

Penguins (G). Ed Helms narrates this nature documentary chronicling a young male penguin’s quest to build a nest and to find a life partner.

Pokemon Detective Pikachu (PG for action, peril, rude and suggestive humor, and mature themes). Kid-friendly whodunit finds a wisecracking Pikachu (Ryan Reynolds) teaming with the 21-year-old son (Justice Smith) of his partner in order to solve the veteran detective’s mysterious disappearance. Voice cast includes Bill Nighy, Kathryn Newton, and Ken Watanabe.

Poms (PG-13 for profanity and sexual references). Female empowerment comedy about a resident of a retirement community (Diane Keaton) who recruits a few fellow geriatrics to form a cheerleading squad. Co-starring Pam Grier, Jacki Weaver, and Rhea Perlman.

Red Joan (R for brief sexuality and nudity). Political biopic about Joan Stanley (Judi Dench), a British bureaucrat recruited by the KGB in the thirties to steal nuclear bomb secrets for the Soviet Union. With Sophie Cookson, Tom Hughes, and Laurence Spellman

The Sun Is Also a Star (PG-13 for profanity and suggestive content). Romance drama about a teenage girl who falls in love with a boy of her dreams on the same day her family is supposed to be deported from New York City. Co-starring Yara Shahidi and Charles Melton.

Tolkien (PG-13 for war violence). Nicholas Hoult portrays J.R.R. Tolkien in this biopic chronicling the fellowship the legendary fantasy writer forged with prep school classmates during his formative years. With Lily Collins, Colm Meaney, Patrick Gibson, and Anthony Boyle.

UglyDolls (PG for action and mature themes). Animated musical comedy, based on the plush toys of the same name, finds the ostracized underdogs embarking on an epic journey during which they discover that you don’t have to be perfect to be amazing or loved. Voice cast includes Nick Jonas, Kelly Clarkson, Janelle Monáe, and Pitbull.

Wild Nights with Emily (PG-13 for sexuality). Molly Shannon plays Emily Dickinson (1830-1886) in this biopic exploring her longtime relationship with her sister-in-law (Susan Ziegler). With Amy Seimetz, Brett Gellman, and Jackie Monahan.