Cinema

Kam’s Capsules

The 5th Wave (PG-13 for violence, destruction, profanity, mature themes, and brief teen partying). Science fiction thriller set on a planet overrun by aliens. The film is about a teenager’s (Chloe Grace Moretz) desperate attempt to save herself and her little brother (Zackary Arthur) with the help of a stranger (Evan Roe). Ensemble cast includes Liev Schreiber, Ron Livingston, Gabriela Lopez, Maria Bello, Maika Monroe, and Matthew Zuk.

13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi (R for profanity, pervasive violence, and bloody images). Documentary drama revisiting the events surrounding the September 11, 2012 terrorist attack on the U.S. embassy in Libya which claimed the lives of Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans. Starring Toby Stephens, John Krasinski, and Freddie Stroma.

45 Years (R for profanity and brief sexuality). Drama about a couple (Charlotte Rampling and Tom Courtenay) whose 45th anniversary party plans are jeopardized by the discovery of the corpse of his girlfriend missing for over 50 years. With Geraldine James, Dolly Wells, and Hannah Chalmers.

Anomalisa (R for profanity, graphic sexuality, and nudity). Adult animated adventure about an author (David Thewlis) who is unable to connect with other people until he hits it off with a stranger (Jennifer Jason Leigh) he meets on a business trip. Additional voices supplied by Tom Noonan.

The Big Short (R for nudity, sexuality, and pervasive profanity). Adaptation of the Michael Lewis best seller of the same name about a quartet of stock market contrarians (Christian Bale, Ryan Gosling, Steve Carell, and Brad Pitt) who accurately predicted the global financial collapse of 2008. With Marisa Tomei, Melissa Leo, and Finn Wittrock.

The Boy (PG-13 for violence, terror, and mature themes). Thriller about an American nanny (Lauren Cohan) who arrives in England and finds that she’s been hired to care for a life-sized porcelain doll owned by a couple (Jim Norton and Diana Hardcastle) who are grieving the loss of a young son. Supporting cast includes Ben Robson, James Russell, and Rupert Evans.

Brooklyn (PG-13 for a sex scene and brief profanity). Romance drama, set in the 50s, about a homesick immigrant to the U.S. (Saoirse Ronan) who finds herself torn between a suitor (Emory Cohen) she meets in New York and another (Domnhall Gleason) she left behind in Ireland. With Julie Walters, Jim Broadbent, and Michael Zegen.

Carol (R sexuality, nudity, and brief profanity). Cate Blanchett plays the title character in this romance drama, set in New York City in the 50s, as a woman in the midst of a bitter divorce who becomes smitten with a department store clerk (Rooney Mara) she meets while buying a Christmas present for her daughter (Kk Heim). With Sarah Paulson, Kyle Chandler, and Jake Lacy.

The Danish Girl (R for sexuality and nudity). Transgender biopic, set in Copenhagen in the 20s, recounting the pioneering procedure undergone by Lili Elbe (Eddie Redmayne), one of the first recipients of a sex-change operation. With Alicia Vikander, Amber Heard, and Matthias Schoenaerts.

Deadpool (R for sexuality, graphic nudity, graphic violence, and pervasive profanity). Ryan Reynolds plays the Marvel Comics antihero in this movie about a Special Forces mercenary left mutated by a proverbial medical experiment that went horribly wrong. With Ed Skrein, Karan Soni, and Michael Benyaer.

Dirty Grandpa (R for profanity, drug use, nudity, and pervasive crude humor and sexual content). Robert De Niro plays the title character in this comedy about a retired Army general who embarks on a road trip to Florida with his grandson (Zac Efron) during spring break. With Aubrey Plaza, Zoey Deutch, and Dermot Mulroney.

Fifty Shades of Black (R for crude sexuality, graphic nudity, coarse humor, and pervasive profanity). Spoof of Fifty Shades of Grey featuring Marlon Wayans as a kinky tycoon who seduces a naive college student (Kali Hawk) into a sordid, sadomasochistic relationship. With Jane Seymour, Mike Epps, and Fred Willard.

The Finest Hours (PG-13 for intense peril). Seafaring tale of survival, set off the coast of Cape Cod in 1952, recounting the real-life ordeal of the crew of an oil tanker taking on water during one of the worst nor’easters ever to hit New England. Ensemble cast includes Chris Pine, Casey Affleck, Ben Foster, and Eric Bana.

Hail, Caesar! (PG-13 for sensuality, smoking, violence, and mild epithets). Dramatic comedy, directed by the Coen Bros and set in the 50s, about a Hollywood fixer (Josh Brolin) who comes to the rescue of a matinee idol (George Clooney) kidnapped for ransom in the middle of a film shoot. Ensemble cast includes Channing Tatum, Tilda Swinton, Frances McDormand, Scarlett Johansson, Ralph Fiennes, Jonah Hill, and Dolph Lundgren.

How to Be Single (R for sexuality and pervasive profanity). Romantic comedy about the misadventures of a newcomer to New York City (Dakota Johnson) who decides to test the Manhattan dating scene after breaking up with her college sweetheart (Nicholas Braun). Co-starring Rebel Wilson, Leslie Mann, Damon Wayans, Jr., and Alison Brie.

Kung Fu Panda 3 (PG for action and mild rude humor). Latest installment in the animated series finds Po (Jack Black) joining forces with his long-lost father (Bryan Cranston) for an adventure aimed at preventing a supernatural warrior (J.K. Simmons) from draining thousands of kung fu masters of their powers. Voice cast includes Dustin Hoffman, Angelina Jolie, Jackie Chan, Lucy Liu, Seth Rogen, and Kate Hudson.

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (PG-13 for action, violence, and brief sensuality). A parody of the Jane Austen classic in which a headstrong heroine (Lily James) finds herself being courted by an aristocrat (Sam Neill) raised from the dead during a zombie outbreak. With Jack Huston, Lena Headey, and Douglas Booth.

The Revenant (R for profanity, graphic violence, gory images, brief nudity, and a rape). Adaptation of Michael Punke’s tale of survival, set in Wyoming in 1823, about a frontiersman’s harrowing ordeal after being mauled by a bear and left to die in the wilderness by members of his hunting party. Support cast includes Tom Hardy, Domnhall Gleeson and Will Poulter. In English, French, and Native American dialects with subtitles.

Ride Along 2 (PG-13 for sexuality, profanity, violence, and drug use). Comedy about an Atlanta cop (Ice Cube) who is partnered with a rookie (Kevin Hart) who’s also his sister’s (Tika Sumpter) fiancé. The sequel finds the pair attempting to bring a Miami drug kingpin (Benjamin Bratt) to justice. With T.I., Tyrese, Olivia Munn, Dr. Ken Jeong, and Sherri Shepherd, with cameos by NBA stars Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh.

Room (R for profanity). Adaptation of the Emma Donoghue bestseller of the same name about the harrowing ordeal of a young woman (Brie Larson) and the son (Jacob Tremblay) she bore while imprisoned as a sex slave in her kidnapper’s (Sean Bridgers) backyard shed. Support cast includes William H. Macy, Joan Allen, and Amanda Brugel.

Spotlight (R for profanity, sexual references, and mature themes). Screen adaptation of the Boston Globe’s Pulitzer Prize winning investigation of the Catholic Church’s cover-up of child molestation by clergy members. Ensemble cast includes Rachel McAdams, Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton, Liev Schreiber, and Stanley Tucci.

Star Wars: Episode VII — The Force Awakens (PG-13 for violence). Director J.J. Abrams takes charge of the series for the inaugural adventure of a trilogy unfolding three decades after Return of the Jedi. This installment finds Hans Solo (Harrison Ford) and company squaring off against a new nemesis Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) and his army of evil Stormtroopers. Principal cast includes Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher as well as newcomers Oscar Isaac, Daisy Ridley, Lupita Nyong’o, and Domnhall Gleeson.

Where to Invade Next (R for profanity, drug use, violent images, and brief nudity). Michael Moore’s mocking documentary finds the inveterate iconclast mounting faux invasions of other nations in search of ways to improve the quality of life in the United States of America.

Zoolander 2 (PG-13 for brief profanity, coarse humor, crude sexuality, and a scene of violence). Ben Stiller reprises the title role in a sequel that finds the dimwitted model joining forces with his former adversary (Owen Wilson) in order to fight a new fashion industry nemesis (Will Ferrell). Ensemble cast includes Kristen Wiig, Benedict Cumberbatch, Penelope Cruz, and Olivia Munn, with cameos by Justin Bieber, Ariana Grande, Kim Kardashian, Kanye West, Lenny Kravitz, Demi Lovato, and Macaulay Culkin.

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