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.

Assassin’s Creed (PG-13 for intense action and violence, mature themes, and brief profanity). Science fiction adventure about a career criminal (Michael Fassbender) who discovers he’s descended from a long line of assassins before taking on his ancestors’ ancient adversaries. With Marion Cotillard, Jeremy Irons, Brendan Gleeson, Michael Kenneth Williams, and Charlotte Rampling.

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.

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.

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.

Live by Night (R for sexuality, nudity, graphic violence, and pervasive profanity). Ben Affleck adapted, directed, and stars in this prohibition era movie based on Dennis Lehane’s bestseller about the wayward son of a Boston police chief (Brendan Gleeson) who moves to Tampa where he becomes a notorious rum-runner and bootlegger. Featuring Scott Eastwood, Zoe Saldana, Elle Fanning, Sienna Miller, and Chris Cooper.

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.

Moana (PG for peril, scary images, and mature themes). Animated adventure about a Polynesian teenager (Auli’i Cravalho) who embarks on a dangerous mission across the Pacific Ocean to save her people with the help of a legendary demigod (Dwayne Johnson). Voice cast includes Rachel House, Temuera Morrison and former, NFL player Troy Polamalu.

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.

Passengers (PG-13 for sexuality, nudity, action, and peril). Outer space adventure about two astronauts (Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt) who struggle to survive aboard a rocket ship headed to a distant planet after their hibernation pods open 90 years prematurely. With Laurence Fishburne, Andy Garcia, Fred Melamed, and Michael Sheen.

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.

The Resurrection of Gavin Stone (PG for mature themes). Film about a washed-up Hollywood child star (Brett Dalton) who pretends to be a Christian in order to land the role of Jesus in a mega-church’s annual Passion Play production and ends up finding faith in God. With Neil Flynn, D.B. Sweeney, and Anjelah Johnson-Reyes.

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.

Silence (R for disturbing violence). Adaptation of the Shusaku Endo novel of the same name, set in the 17th century, about two Portuguese priests (Andrew Garfield and Adam Driver) who travel to Japan to search for their missing mentor (Liam Neeson). With Ciaran Hinds, Issei Ogata, and Nana Komatsu. In English and Japanese with subtitles.

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.

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.

Underworld: Blood Wars (R for sexuality and graphic violence). Kate Beckinsale reprises her lead role in this fifth film in the goth horror series in which the heroine hybrid is attempting to end the eternal war between werewolves and vampires. With Theo James, Tobias Menzies, and Lara Pulver.

Why Him? (R for profanity and pervasive sexuality). Comedy about an overprotective father (Bryan Cranston) who schemes to sabotage his daughter’s (Zooey Deutch) relationship with a Silicon Valley billionaire (James Franco) during a campus visit when the boorish boyfriend plans to propose. With Megan Mullally, Keegan-Michael Key, Cedric the Entertainer and Adam Devine, with cameos by Elon Musk, Kiss’s Gene Simmons, and Peter Criss.

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.