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Kam's Kapsules by Kam Williams

Capote (R for violence and profanity). Philip Seymour Hoffman handles the title role of this bio-pic about the period in author Truman Capote’s life when he was researching the events surrounding the 1959 murders in Kansas which were the subject of his award-winning best seller In Cold Blood. Co-starring Catherine Keener as Harper Lee.

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.

Doom (R for profanity, gore, and graphic violence). Futuristic action oriented sci-fi, based on the computer game Doom III, revolves around the plight of a squad of Space Age Marines marooned on Mars where they find themselves quarantined at a remote research station after a scientific experiment goes horribly wrong. Set in 2145, with The Rock in familiar role as tough-as-nails sergeant.

Dreamer (PG for brief profanity). Kurt Russell and Dakota Fanning team up in this real-life tale about a down-on-his-luck horse trainer whose precocious young daughter inspires him to rehabilitate a once-promising thoroughbred with a broken leg rather than send the horse to the glue factory. With Elizabeth Shue, Kris Kristofferson, and Luis Guzman.

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.

Good Night, and Good Luck (PG for adult themes and brief profanity). George Clooney wrote, directed and co-stars in this fifties docu-drama, shot in black & white, which revisits CBS journalist Edward R. Murrow's (David Strathairn) determination to expose the overzealous efforts of the House Un-American Activities Committee as a witch hunt, despite being called a Communist by Senator Joe McCarthy. With Patricia Clarkson and Jeff Daniels.

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.

The Legend of Zorro (PG for profanity, peril, violence and suggestive scenes). Antonio Banderas and Catherine Zeta-Jones return for this swashbuckling sequel set in San Francisco. Now, as Mr. & Mrs. Zorro, the masked Mexicans carve "Z"s while matching wits with a diabolical Frenchman intent on exploiting California's poor people.

North Country (R for violence, profanity, and scenes of sexual harassment). Based on the best seller Class Action: The Story of Louise Jensen, Charlize Theron stars in this fictionalized account of a true tale of female empowerment as a fed-up physically and mentally abused mineworker who, in 1984, won a landmark sexual harassment lawsuit.

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.

Prime (PG-13 for sexual content, risqué dialogue, and profane language). Uma Thurman plays a 37 year-old photographer reeling from her recent divorce who falls for the 23 year-old son (Bryan Greenberg) of her psychiatrist (Meryl Streep) in this mismatched-couple comedy set in Manhattan.

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.

Saw II (R for gore, grisly violence, terror, profanity, and drug use). High body-count sequel to original horror film has serial killer Jigsaw locking eight strangers in a room from which they must escape before the release of a noxious nerve gas. With Donnie Wahlberg as the detective out to crack the case.

Shopgirl (R for sex and expletives). Adapting his own novella of the same name, Steve Martin stars in this romantic comedy as a wealthy, worldly-wise older man who finds himself in a love triangle with a cute, Saks Fifth Avenue cashier (Claire Danes) torn between him and a broke slacker (Jason Schwartzman) her own age.

The Squid and the Whale (R for sex and expletives). Dysfunctional family drama, set in Brooklyn in 1986, focuses on the emotional fallout visited upon the 12 and 16 year-old sons of an unhappily married couple (Laura Linney and Jeff Daniels) going through a messy divorce.

Stay (R for profanity and disturbing images). Psychological thriller about the efforts of an Ivy League professor to prevent one of his students from committing suicide. Cast includes Ewan McGregor, Ryan Gosling, Naomi Watts, Kate Burton, Bob Hoskins, Janeane Garofalo.

Two for the Money (R for sex, violence, and profanity). Psychological crime thriller about a clairvoyant, former football star (Matthew McConaughey) who teams up with a high-rolling, Manhattan-based bookie (Al Pacino) until he tires of the manipulation and takes to his boss' wife (Rene Russo).

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.

The Weather Man (R for sexual content and free-flowing profanity). Nicolas Cage stars in this midlife crisis comedy as a popular Chicago television personality debating whether to relocate to New York in the wake of a difficult divorce, his dad's illness (Michael Caine), and a host of ongoing issues with his ex-wife (Hope Davis) and children. Cameos by Bryant Gumbel, Ed McMahon, Cristina Ferrare, and Wolfgang Puck.


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