Kam's Kapsules by Kam Williams
The Amityville Horror (R for violence, terror, sex, expletives, and drug use). This remake of the 1979 horror movie is again based on the Jay Anson best seller about a family which moves into a house on Long Island not knowing that it is haunted by the ghosts of people murdered there many moons ago.
The Ballad of Jack and Rose (R for sex, expletives, and drug use). Daniel Day-Lewis and Catherine Keener star in this coming-of-age drama as single parents living on a secluded island in the Pacific Northwest who fall in love and blend their families with unexpected consequences for the kids.
Beauty Shop (PG-13 for frank sex chat, drug use, and profanity). Queen Latifah reprises the role of Gina in this spin-off of Barbershop 2. Now, the sassy, opinionated hairdresser has relocated from Chicago to Atlanta where she opens her own salon which is soon filled with colorful patrons and employees who are also inclined to speak their minds. Cast includes Djimon Hounsou, Kevin Bacon, Ice Cube, Andie MacDowell, Alicia Silverstone and Della Reese.
Born into Brothels (Unrated). Oscar-winning documentary examines the grim prospects of the children of Calcutta's prostitutes, social pariahs condemned from birth by India's caste system. Filmmakers become personally involved during the course of the shoot, going to unusual lengths to extricate the kids from their dire straits.
The Chorus (PG-13 for sex, expletives, and violence). Uplifting melodrama, set at a French boarding school in 1948, chronicles the efforts of a devoted music teacher (Gerard Jugnot) to rehabilitate his juvenile delinquent students by inspiring them to appreciate the transformational power of song. In French with subtitles.
Downfall: (Unrated). Set in 1945, this World War II drama humanizes Hitler to present a sympathetic portrait of the Führer and his Nazi minions as the Allies closed in during the Third Reich's final days. In German and Russian with subtitles.
Fever Pitch (PG-13 for crude humor, sexual humor, and sensuality). The Farrelly Brothers adapted this romantic comedy from the Nick Hornby novel of the same name about a die-hard Boston Red Sox fan (Jimmy Fallon) whose girlfriend (Drew Barrymore) has no idea what she's in for.
Guess Who (PG-13 for sex-related humor). Bernie Mac stars in this role-reversed, romantic comedy remake of Guess Who's Coming to Dinner as an overprotective father upset when his daughter (Zoe Saldana) brings home her white fiance (Ashton Kutcher) for the first time.
Ice Princess (G). Michelle Trachtenberg stars in this Disney family fare as an awkward ugly duckling whose dreams of blossoming into a figure skater are being smothered by an overbearing mom (Joan Cusack) only interested in turning the brainy teen into a Harvard-bound bookworm.
Melinda and Melinda (PG-13 for drug use and sexual themes). This bifurcated tale directed by Woody Allen presents two movies in one, a comedy and a drama spontaneously spun by playwrights sitting in a coffee shop. Radha Mitchell stars as the woman at the center of both stories, Will Ferrell as the self-psychoanalyzing Woody substitute, with Amanda Peet, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Chloe Sevigny, and Josh Brolin among the supporting cast.
Millions (PG for some sensuality, mild epithets, scenes of peril, and adult themes). Modern fairy tale about a couple of recently-orphaned brothers, aged 7 and 9, who go on a silly spending spree after a suitcase full of stolen cash falls from the sky only to learn that all the money in the world can't buy happiness.
Miss Congeniality 2: Armed & Fabulous (PG-13 for sex-related humor). Sandra Bullock reprises her title role for more madcap exploits as tomboy FBI Agent Gracie Hart, back on the job to crack the case of the kidnapped beauty pageant-winner (Heather Burns) and emcee (William Shatner). With Treat Williams and Regina King, and cameos by Regis and Joy Philbin and Dolly Parton.
Off the Map (PG-13 for nudity and mature themes). Joan Allen, Sam Elliott, and Valentina de Angelis star in this dysfunctional family drama, set outside Taos, about the struggles encountered by a 12 year-old girl in dealing with her depressed father and nudist Earth mother while living on a farm without such basic modern conveniences as electricity and indoor plumbing.
The Pacifier (PG for violence, crude humor, and mild epithets). Vin Diesel plays Mr. Step-Mom in this kiddie comedy about a Navy Seal assigned to protect the five uncontrollable children of a government scientist assassinated while working on a top secret project.
Robots (PG for mild epithets and suggestive humor). The filmmakers who brought us Ice Age fast-forward to the future for this computer generated animated adventure about the attempt of a diabolical corporation to frustrate the efforts of a boy genius (Ewan McGregor) to program all robots for good. Voicework includes Mel Brooks, Halle Berry, Robin Williams, Drew Carey, D. L. Hughley, Greg Kinnear, Jennifer Coolidge, Carson Daly, Conan O'Brien, Amanda Bynes, Stanley Tucci, Jamie Kennedy, and Paul Giamatti.
Sahara (PG-13 for violence). Matthew McConaughey stars in this buried treasure adventure, based on the Clive Cussler novel of the same name, as an explorer who sets out for Africa in search of a long-lost Civil War battleship said to have sunk with a booty of priceless coins.
Sin City (Unrated). Mickey Rourke stars in this crime drama as a streetfighter who goes on a rampage on the seamy side of town in search for the murderer of a woman (Jaime King) with whom he had shared a one-night stand.
Walk on Water (Unrated). Espionage thriller, set in Berlin, about a homophobic Israeli spy on the trail of an 80 year-old Nazi who has second thoughts about assassinating the war criminal after befriending his gay grandson. (In German, Hebrew, and English with subtitles)