Cinema

Kam’s Capsules

A Bad Moms Christmas (R for crude humor, graphic sexuality, drug use, and pervasive profanity). Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell, and Kathryn Hahn reprise their roles in this sequel that finds underappreciated and overburdened friends struggling to measure up to the expectations of their visiting mothers (Christine Baranski, Cheryl Hines, and Susan Sarandon) at Christmastime. With Jay Hernandez, Peter Gallagher, and Wanda Sykes.

Blade Runner 2049 (R for violence, profanity, nudity, and sexuality). Science-fiction sequel about a Los Angeles Police Department officer (Ryan Gosling) assigned to save humanity during an alien invasion while searching for a predecessor (Harrison Ford) who’s been missing for three decades. With Robin Wright, Wood Harris, and Jared Leto.

Daddy’s Home 2 (PG-13 for profanity and some suggestive material). Mark Wahlberg and Will Ferrell reprise their roles as a father and stepfather respectively in this sequel which has the two competing for their kids’ affections at Christmastime. With John Lithgow, Mel Gibson, John Cena, and Linda Cardellini.

The Florida Project (R for disturbing behavior, sexual references, drug use, and pervasive profanity). Drama, unfolding during an eventful summer, describing the adventures of a mischievous 6-year-old (Brooklyn Pierce) and her playmates who are growing up in the shadow of Disney World. With Willem Dafoe, Bria Vinaite, and Valeria Cotto.

Geostorm (PG-13 for action, violence, and scenes of mass destruction). Apocalyptic thriller describing the catastrophic climate change which ensues in the wake of a man-made effort to engineer the weather via satellites in response to global warming. Ensemble cast features Gerard Butler, Ed Harris, Abbie Cornish, Andy Garcia, Mare Winningham, and Jeremy Ray Taylor.

Happy Death Day (PG-13 for violence, terror, profanity, crude sexuality, and drug use). Horror film about a college coed (Jessica Rothe) who is forced to relive the Friday the 13th on which she was murdered over and over until she figures out her killer’s identity. Featuring Israel Broussard, Ruby Modine, and Rachel Matthews.

Jigsaw (R for profanity, torture, and graphic violence). Eighth movie in the Saw horror series finds serial killer John Kramer (Tobin Bell) resurfacing a decade after his supposed demise to embark on yet another reign of terror. With Callum Keith Renniw, Matthew Passmore, and Mandela Van Peebles.

Justice League (PG-13 for action and violence). Batman (Ben Affleck) and Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot) are inspired by Superman’s (Henry Cavill) altruism when he recruit Aquaman (Jason Momoa), The Flash (Ezra Miller), and Cyborg (Ray Fisher) to save the planet from a threat posed by a new nemesis (Ciaran Hinds) with an army of extraterrestrial minions. Cast includes Amy Adams as Lois Lane, Jeremy Irons as Alfred the Butler, and J.K. Simmons as Commissioner Gordon.

The Killing of a Sacred Deer (R for sexuality, profanity, graphic nudity, and disturbing content). Thriller about a renowned heart surgeon (Colin Farrell) who is forced to make a tough decision about a sinister teenage orphan with a developmental disorder (Barry Keoghan). With Nicole Kidman, Alicia Silverstone, and Raffey Cassidy.

LBJ (R for profanity). Woody Harrelson plays Lyndon Baines Johnson in this biopic about the early months of his presidency when he took the reins of power in the wake of the assassination of JFK (Jeffrey Donovan). Featuring Michael Stahl-David as RFK, Jennifer Jason Leigh as Lady Bird, and Judd Lormand as Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara.

Loving Vincent (PG-13 for violence, mature themes, sexuality, and smoking). Robert Gulaczyk plays Vincent Van Gogh in this biopic exploring the eccentric artist’s life and mysterious death. With Saoirse Ronan, Chris O’Dowd, and Jerome Flynn.

Murder on the Orient Express (PG-13 for violence and mature themes). Director Kenneth Branagh also stars as the legendary Inspector Poirot in this adaptation of Agatha Christie’s classic whodunit about 13 strangers stranded on train with a killer in their midst. A-list cast includes Oscar winners Judi Dench and Penelope Cruz, as well as nominees Michelle Pfeiffer, Willem Dafoe, Johnny Depp, and Branagh.

Only the Brave (PG-13 for mature themes, profanity, sexual references, and drug use). A profile of the Granite Mountain Hotshots, the elite team of fire jumpers that lost 19 members in an Arizona wildfire in June of 2013. Co-starring Jennifer Connelly, Josh Brolin, Miles Teller, Jeff Bridges, and Andie MacDowell.

Roman J. Israel, Esq. (PG-13 for violence and profanity). Denzel Washington is the title character in this drama about an idealistic attorney who is pressured to compromise his values after his law partner (Colin Farrell) suffers a heart attack. With Carmen Ejogo, Shelly Hennig, and Nazneen Contractor.

The Star (PG for mature themes). A parable about a donkey (Steven Yeun), a dove (Keegan-Michael Key), and a lamb (Aidy Bryant) who were the unsung heroes in the stable on the very first Christmas. Co-starring Gina Rodriguez as Mary, Zachary Levi as Joseph, and Christopher Plummer as King Herod. Support cast includes Tyler Perry, Mariah Carey, Ving Rhames, Anthony Anderson, Tracy Morgan, Joel Osteen, and Oprah.

Thank You for Your Service (R for sexuality, drug use, graphic violence, brief nudity, and pervasive profanity). Adaptation of Pulitzer Prize-winner David Finkel’s bestseller about some Iraq War veterans suffering from PTSD as they adjust to civilian life after returning to the States. Ensemble cast co-stars Miles Teller, Keisha Castle-Hughes, Amy Schumer, Haley Bennett, and Kate Lyn Sheil.

Thor: Ragnarok (PG-13 for violence, intense action, and suggestive material). Seventeenth movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe series where the Norse superhero (Chris Hemsworth) squares off against The Incredible Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) in a race against time to save civilization from a new nemesis (Cate Blanchett). Ensemble cast includes Tom Hiddleston, Idris Elba, Jeff Goldblum, Anthony Hopkins, Benedict Cumberbatch, Tessa Thompson, and Karl Urban.

Tyler Perry’s Boo 2! A Madea Halloween (PG-13 for profanity, scary images, sexual references, and drug use). Tyler Perry’s back in drag as a sassy granny for another round of Halloween hijinks at a campground haunted by ghosts and goblins. Supporting cast includes Cassi Davis, Patrice Lovely, Lexy Panterra, and Diamond White.

Victoria and Abdul (PG-13 for profanity and mature themes). Adaptation of Shrabani Basu’s bestseller describing the friendship forged between an aging Queen Victoria (Judy Dench) and her 24-year-old Indian servant (Ali Fazal). With Eddie Izzard, Olivia Williams, and Michael Gambon. In English, Hindi, and Urdu with subtitles.

Wonder (PG for bullying, mild epithets, and mature themes). Adaptation of A.J. Palacio’s bestseller about a disfigured 5th grader’s (Jacob Tremblay) adjustment to junior high after being home-schooled by his mother (Julia Roberts) all his life. With Owen Wilson, Mandy Patinkin, and Sonia Braga.

Wonderstruck (PG for smoking and mature themes) Adaptation of Brian Selznick’s illustrated children’s novel that has two storylines unfolding 50 years apart and each about a youngster trying to unravel a mesmerizing mystery. Starring Oakes Fegley, Millicent Simmonds, Julianne Moore, and Michelle Williams.