Kam's Kapsules by Kam Williams
Beyond Borders (R for profanity and graphic war scenes). Globetrotting generation spanning drama about the on-again, off-again romance between a peripatetic philanthropist (Angelina Jolie) and the international relief worker (Clive Owen) she repeatedly meets with at disaster sites.
Casa de Los Babys (R for expletives and drug usage). John Sayles directs this drama about a half dozen women who venture from the U.S. to Latin America to adopt babies only to learn after their arrival that they cannot live according to local law. In English and Spanish with subtitles.
Cold Creek Manor (R for violence, expletives and sex). Dennis Quaid and Sharon Stone share top billing in this thriller about a family that moves to the country only to discover that their dream house is haunted by horrifying secrets hidden by the recently-paroled previous owner.
Duplex (PG-13 for sex, violence and profanity). A Danny DeVito directed crime comedy about a couple (Drew Barrymore and Ben Stiller) who move into the perfect N.Y.C. apartment and are told they can buy it once the little old-lady (Eileen Essell) living upstairs moves out. The overly eager pair decide to eliminate the wait by simply killing the geriatric nuisance.
Good Boy! (PG for crude humor). A sci-fi kiddie comedy starring Saturday Night Live alums Mollie Shannon and Kevin Nealon as the parents of the little boy who unknowingly adopts a dog from a planet called Sirius sent to hatch a canine plot to take over the Earth.
The Housekeeper (Unrated). Erotic escapist melodrama directed by Claude Berri (Jean de Florette) about a lonely, fiftyish classical music engineer who falls for the inept, twenty-year-old housekeeper he hires to clean the mess that has accumulated since his wife left him. In French with subtitles.
House of the Dead (R for nudity, proanity and pervasive gore). Halloween season horror flick based on the Sega video game features typical teen scream scenario. Coeds, who are drawn to an island off Florida for a techno rave party, find themselves in a high attrition situation when attacked by an army of ancient zombies who had failed to find the fabled fountain of youth there hundreds of years before.
Intolerable Cruelty (PG-13 for slight sex content, profanity and brief violence). Zany revenge comedy, courtesy of the Coen Brothers, about a ruthless divorce lawyer (George Clooney) who finds himself seduced by a satisfied client's (Edward Herrmann) vengeful ex-wife (Catherine Zeta-Jones). Big name cast includes Cedric the Entertainer, Billy Bob Thornton and Geoffrey Rush.
Kill Bill: Volume 1 (NR). Uma Thurman stars in this Quentin Tarantino crime thriller about a woman almost murdered at her own wedding who comes out of a coma after five years to embark on a bloody rampage against her would be assassins. Live action/animation mix with David Carradine, Vivica A. Fox, Daryl Hannah, Samuel L. Jackson, and Lucy Liu.
Lost in Translation (R for sex content). Drama about an over-the-hill movie star (Bill Murray), in Tokyo to tape a TV commercial, who befriends a bored housewife (Scarlett Johansson) neglected by her workaholic husband.
The Magdalene Sisters (R for cruelty, violence, nudity, sex and expletives) True tale, set in Ireland in 1964, about four wayward young women committed to a convent of sadistic nuns who strip them of their individuality by forcing them to work for free in a laundry, seven days a week.
My Life without Me (R for profanity). Morose melodrama about a 24-year-old married mother of two, with three months to live, who decides to have a fling, make tapes for her kids, and find a new wife for her hubby before she dies.
Mystic River (R for profanity and violence). Clint Eastwood directed this labyrinthine whodunit starring Sean Penn as a man whose daughter has been murdered. Kevin Bacon and Laurence Fishburne co-star as the detectives handling the investigation, and Tim Robbins surfaces as the prime suspect.
Out of Time (PG-13 for sex, expletives and brief profanity). Denzel Washington as a compromised cop with his reputation on the line after he steals some evidence money to pay for his married girlfriend's operation only to get implicated in her arson-related murder.
Radio (PG for mild epithets and adult themes). Inspirational biopic about the enduring friendship forged between a South Carolina high school football coach (Ed Harris) and the mentally retarded black man (Cuba Gooding, Jr.) he has mentored for almost 40 years.
Runaway Jury (PG-13 for violence, language and adult themes). Adaptation of the John Grisham page-turner starring John Cusack as a mysterious man who manipulates his way onto a jury as foreman. Rachel Weisz co-stars as the girlfriend go-between willing to deliver the verdict in the multi-million dollar case to the higher bidder. With Dustin Hoffman, Gene Hackman and Jennifer Beals.
The Rundown (PG-13 for violence and crude dialogue). The Rock stars in this action adventure as a brash bounty hunter venturing into the jungles of the Amazon to bring back an escaped con (Seann William Scott).
Scary Movie 3 (PG-13 for crude and off-color humor, drug references, profanity and cartoonish violence). Third installment in series spoofs Signs, 8 Mile, Harry Potter and a slew of other recent movies. No Wayans Brothers, but Anna Faris returns. Cameo heavy cast includes Anthony and Pamela Anderson, Charlie Sheen, Eddie Griffin, Queen Latifah, Simon Cowell, Leslie Nielsen, Macy Gray, George Carlin, Method Man, and many others.
The School of Rock (PG-13 for crude humor and drug references). Dark comedy with Jack Black as a down-and-out rock musician who starts substitute teaching at a posh prep school where he inspires his students to find their inner Hendrix.
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (R for gratuitous gore, profanity and drug use). Remake of the 1974 slasher flick based on the true tale of cannibal Ed Gein, the Wisconsin serial killer whose sick exploits also inspired Psycho and Silence of the Lambs. In this version, five joyriding kids, including Jessica Biel (of TV's 7th Heaven), have the misfortune of crossing the path of the gas-powered madman.
Thirteen (R for teen drug use, teen sex, suicidal tendencies and profanity). Autobiographical offering written by and starring 14-year-old Nicki Reed as a good California girl gone down a wanton path of sex, drugs, alcohol, piercings, and reckless materialism.
Under the Tuscan Sun (PG-13 for sex and expletives). Romantic comedy, loosely based on Frances Mayes' 1966 memoir, stars Diane Lane as a 35-year-old American lawyer who escapes her cheating husband by vacationing in Italy where she impulsively buys a fixer-upper and gets involved with a tall, dark and handsome stranger.
Veronica Guerin (R for violence, expletives and drug content). Tragic factual biopic recounts the life of an Irish journalist (played by Cate Blanchett) who was assassinated after writing an exposé on the drug trade in Dublin. A remake of When the Sky Falls, which starred Joan Allen as the ill-fated reporter.