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Kam's Kapsules by Kam Williams

Alien vs. Predator (PG-13 for violence, profanity, horror images, slime, and gore). Showdown sci-fi prequel pits monsters from two popular film franchises against each other. Fun starts after scientists in Antarctica disturb the ruins of an ancient pyramid packed with predators training to take on aliens. Starring Sanaa Lathan and Lance Henriksen.Anacondas:

The Hunt for the Blood Orchid (PG-13 for scary images, violence, and cursing). This high body-count sequel to the 1997 horror flick is set in Borneo where scientists searching for a rare flower which might contain the secret to the fountain of youth encounter a swarm of ferocious, man-eating snakes whose unusual strength comes from the same strain of orchid.

Before Sunset (R for expletives and sexual references) Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy both reprise their roles in this sequel to Before Sunrise (1995). Again directed by Richard Linklater, this philosophical drama has the now-married American author (Hawke) on a book tour in Paris where he re-encounters the French environmental activist (Delpy) he'd spent a stimulating day with some nine years earlier.

Benji: Off the Leash (PG for mature themes and mild epithets). Fourth film in the series started in 1974 and based on the adventures of an adorable mutt. This installment has the hound and his hirsute friend Shaggy joining forces to rescue Benji's mom from an unethical backyard breeder.

The Bourne Supremacy (PG-13 for violence, intense action and some profanity) Matt Damon, Franka Potente, Julia Stiles and Brian Cox return for a sequel to The Bourne Identity. This international espionage thriller, based on the 2nd installment in the best-selling Robert Ludlum trilogy, has hero Bourne (Damon) forced out of retirement to defuse a diplomatic crisis after he is implicated in an assassination.

Collateral (R for violence and profanity). Michael Mann directs this crime thriller about a cabbie (Jamie Foxx) who doesn't know that the customer (Tom Cruise) he's been driving around all day is a contract killer.

De-Lovely (PG-13 for sex content) Kevin Kline stars in this musical biography of composer Cole Porter which examines both the professional and unorthodox private life of the celebrated gay songwriter, who barely hid his homosexuality by marrying a sympathetic socialite (Ashley Judd).

Exorcist: The Beginning (R for violence, gruesome images, profanity, and sexual dialogue). This prequel to the horror trilogy based on the William Peter Blatty best-seller stars Stellan Skarsgard as a missionary priest who encounters Satan incarnate in 1940s East Africa. Note that this production switched directors in mid-shoot.

Garden State (R for sex, expletives, and drug use). Semi-autobiographical romance drama, written by, directed by, and starring Zach Braff about a lithium-dependent TV star, back in his hometown for the first time in 9 years to attend his mother's funeral, who meets the Jersey girl (Natalie Portman) of his dreams.

A Home at the End of the World (R for drug use, sex, expletives, nudity, and a disturbing incident). Based on the Michael Cunningham novel of the same name, this coming-of-age drama traces the unorthodox, 12-year friendship of a couple of people from Ohio from the late sixties into the eighties.

Intimate Strangers (R for sexual dialogue). Relationship drama, directed by Patrice Leconte, about a woman (Sandrine Bonnaire) who mistakes a tax attorney (Fabrice Luchini) for her new pschiatrist (Michael Duchaussoy) and proceeds to share her deep, dark secrets with the accommodating stranger. In French with subtitles.

I, Robot (PG-13 for stylized action and brief nudity). Sci-fi thriller, set in 2035, stars Will Smith as a Chicago cop assisted by a cyborg psychologist (Bridget Moynahan) trying to understand why robots have taken to killing humans.

Little Black Book (PG-13 for profanity, sexual content and off-color humor) A romantic comedy with Brittany Murphy as a snoop who sneaks into her boyfriend's Palm Pilot to contact his exes to determine whether he'll ever get over his fear of commitment.

The Manchurian Candidate (R for violence and profanity). Denzel Washington stars in this remake of the 1962 political potboiler about a brainwashed former prisoner-of-war who returns to America unknowingly programmed by the enemy. With Meryl Streep, Jon Voight, Bill Irwin, BeBe Winans, Obba Babatunde, and Al Franken.

Maria, Full of Grace (R for drug use, graphic images, and profanity). Harrowing tale about a pregnant, 17 year-old, Colombian peasant who agrees to smuggle heroin into the U.S. for a vicious kingpin in return for a big payday. In Spanish with subtitles.

The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement (G). Sequel to Disney's surprise hit of the summer of 2001 has San Francisco ugly duckling-turned-European royalty now in the mythical country of Genovia where she learns that she must marry in 30 days or lose the crown. Anne Hathaway, Julie Andrews, Hector Elizondo, Heather Matarazzo, Larry Miller, and Katherine Marshall reprise their roles.

Spider Man 2 (PG-13 for stylized action violence). Tobey Maguire reprises his title role as Marvel Comics' Superhero, this time to save the planet from the dastardly designs of a mad scientist known as Dr. Octopus (Alfred Molina). Also returning are Kirsten Dunst, James Franco, Ted Raimi, Elizabeth Banks, and Bruce Campbell.

Suspect Zero (R for violence, profanity, and nudity). Gruesome crime thriller about an FBI agent (Aaron Eckhart) on the trail of a rogue ex-agent (Ben Kingsley) who may be hunting down and slaying serial killers vigilante-style.

The Village (PG-13 for frightening situations and violence). Another creepy feature from M. Night Shyamalan set in Pennsylvania. This tale takes place in 1897 in a tiny town with a population of 60 surrounded by mythical creatures who live in the woods.

Without a Paddle (PG-13 for sex, expletives, drug use, violence, and crude humor) City meets country comedy about the backwoods woes of three buddies from Philly in the Pacific Northwest for a canoeing camping trip which goes horribly wrong. Spoof even includes cameo by Burt Reynolds.

Yu-Gi-Oh! (PG for scary combat and monster images). This full-length animated sci-fi feature, based on the Japanese, kiddie TV-series, revolves around the exploits of a teenager boy who inadvertently awakens Anubis, an ancient, evil Egyptian spirit bent on world domination.

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