Kam's Kapsules by Kam Williams
Corpse Bride (PG for scary images and mild epithets). Tim Burton directs this stop-action, animated adventure, set in the 19th century, about a young man (Johnny Depp) who ends up married to a zombie (Helena Bonham Carter) instead of his fiancée (Emily Watson) after playfully slipping a wedding ring onto a rotted finger he finds in the forest.
Domino (R for nudity, sexuality, graphic violence, profanity, and drug use). Bio-pic about the life of Domino Harvey (Keira Knightley) who abandoned a promising career as a Ford model to become a bounty hunter. Jesse Pate plays her father, Oscar-nominated actor, Laurence Harvey (The Manchurian Candidate), while the big-name cast also features Christopher Walken, Macy Gray, Mo’Nique, Delroy Lindo, Lucy Liu, Mickey Rourke, Jacqueline Bisset, Dabney Coleman, and Jerry Springer.
Elizabethtown (PG-13 for sex and expletives). Ostensibly inspired by Garden State, Oscar-winner Cameron Crowe (Almost Famous) wrote and directed this comedy about the unexpected romance which develops between a suicidal shoe designer (Orlando Bloom) and the supportive stewardess (Kirsten Dunst) he meets en route to his father’s funeral. Back cast includes Susan Sarandon, Alec Baldwin, and Jessica Biel.
Everything Is Illuminated (PG-13 for sex, expletives, disturbing images, and violence). Elijah Wood stars in this roots saga, written and directed by Live Schreiber, as an American Jew who ventures to a Ukranian village to find the woman who saved his grandfather from the Holocaust.
Flightplan (PG-13 for violence and intense tension). Jodie Foster stars in this claustrophobic thriller about a grieving widow whose daughter (Marlene Lawston) mysteriously disappears at 30,000 feet in the air during their flight from Germany back to the United States.
The Fog (PG-13 for violence, disturbing images and brief sexuality). Horror film starring Selma Blair (Scream 2, Hellboy) set in an isolated, California coastal community suddenly haunted by the ghosts of the sailors who had perished in a shipwreck there 100 years earlier.
The Gospel (PG for suggestive materials and mild epithets). Musical tale of redemption about a sinner (Boris Kodjoe) who abandons Atlanta and his Christian family to find for fame and fortune as an R&B singer. Prodigal Son returns when he learns that his father (Clifton Powell) is terminally-ill. Featuring spiritual soundtrack by Kirk Franklin and performances by Yolanda Adams, Martha Munizzi, Delores ‘Moms' Winans, and Fred Hammond. Cast also includes Nona Gaye, Tamyra Gray, and Keisha Knight-Pulliam.
The Greatest Game Ever Played ( PG for brief profanity). Historical docudrama recounts the heroics of 20 year-old, golfing star Francis Ouimet (Shia LeBeouf), an amateur from the working-class who, in 1913, against seemingly insurmountable odds, defeated defending British champ Harry Vardon (Stephen Dillane) in the U.S. Open.
A History of Violence (R for brutal violence, graphic sexuality, nudity, profanity, and drug use). David Cronenberg directs this crime thriller about a happily-married pillar of a small Midwestern community (Viggo Mortensen) who lands the unwelcome attention of some out-of-town mobsters (William Hurt and Ed Harris) after he single-handedly thwarts a robbery of his diner by slaying a couple of cold-blooded killers.
In Her Shoes (PG-13 for sex, expletives, and mature themes). Oscar-winner Curtis Hanson (L.A. Confidential) directs this adaptation of the Jennifer Weiner best seller of the same name about the sibling rivalry which separates a couple of sisters, one, a successful Philadelphia lawyer (Toni Collette), the other, an illiterate, irresponsible party girl (Cameron Diaz). With Shirley MacLaine as the girls' long-lost, grandmother who does her best to mend the rift via reconciliation at a family reunion.
Into the Blue (PG-13 for intense violence, drug use, sex content, and profanity). Action adventure about deep sea divers in search of buried treasure from a shipwreck who find themselves caught up with a drug cartel after finding illegal contraband from a sunken airplane. With Paul Walker, Scott Caan, Jessica Alba, and Josh Brolin.
Just Like Heaven (PG-13 for sexual content). Romantic comedy, set in San Francisco, based on the Marc Levy novel If Only It Were True. Mark Ruffalo stars as a lonely architect who finds himself falling for the ghost of the doctor (Reese Witherspoon) who last lived in his apartment. With Donal Logue and Ben Shenkman.
Oliver Twist (PG-13 for disturbing images). Roman Polanski directs 25th adaptation of the Charles Dickens Victorian classic about the misadventures of an orphan-turned-thief (Barney Clark) kicked to the curb after asking for a second-helping of gruel who ends up in the clutches of a sinister thief (Ben Kingsley) in charge of a gang of children he trained as pickpockets. With Harry Eden as the Artful Dodger.
The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio (PG-13 for profanity, disturbing images, and adult themes). Julianne Moore stars in this true story, set in the fifties, as a jingle-writing housewife who figured out how to feed her 10 kids on 25 words or less. Expanded cast includes Woody Harrelson, Laura Dern and Nora Dunn.
Proof (PG-13 for sex, expletives, and a drug reference). Gwyneth Paltrow stars in the adaptation of the Pulitzer Prize-winning play of the same name as the daughter of a brilliant but mentally-ill mathematician (Anthony Hopkins). With the help of one of her father's students (Jake Gyllenhaal), she tries to deal with the possibility that she might have inherited his insanity.
Separate Lies (R for expletives and sexual references). Enveloping drama about a British solicitor (Tom Wilkinson) who finds himself increasingly enmeshed in a messy, moral morass after agreeing to help his adulterous wife (Emily Watson) and her just-discovered lover (Rupert Everett) cover-up their drunk-driving accident that caused a man's death.
Serenity (PG-13 for intense violence and sexual references). Science fiction film based on the short-lived, Fox-TV series Firefly. Set 500 years in the future, this apocalyptic adaptation revolves around the efforts of the crew to survive aboard a spaceship captained by a veteran (Nathan Fillion) from the losing side of an intergalactic war.
The Thing about My Folks (PG-13 for profanity and some sexual references). Paul Reiser and Peter Falk star in this bittersweet comedy about a father and son who make the most of the male bonding opportunity which arises after dad’s wife (Olympia Dukakis) of almost 50 years disappears, leaving behind only a vague note posted on the refrigerator.
Thumbsucker (R for drug and alcohol use, teen sexuality, profanity, and a disturbing image). Lou Taylor Pucci stars in this humorous adaptation of the Walter Kim novel about the efforts of a 17 year-old social outcast to break free of an embarrassing habit. Cast includes Keanu Reeves, Tilda Swinton, Vince Vaughn, Benjamin Bratt, and Vincent D'Onofrio.
Waiting (R for crude and sexual humor, profanity, and drug use). Coming-of-age comedy, set at Shenanigans, a mythical chain restaurant where a young waiter (Ryan Reynolds) is re-evaluating his career options after being stuck in a dead-end job for four years. With Ana Faris, Chi McBride and Luis Guzman.
Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were Rabbit (G). Another stop-action animated feature from the British who brought us Chicken Run five years ago. Already the subject of three short cartoons, this first full-length feature chronicles the efforts of a humane pest controller and his loyal pet dog to find the beast which has been ravaging their town's vegetable gardens. With voicework by Peter Sallis, Ralph Fiennes and Helena Bonham Carter.