Wednesday, August 1, 2007

Kam's Kapsules: Weekly Previews That Make Choosing a Film Fun

by Kam Williams

For movies opening August 10, 2007


Daddy Day Camp (PG for bodily function humor and mild epithets) Eddie
Murphy, Steve Zahn and the rest of the of the original cast has been
replaced for this sequel to Daddy Day Care about the comedy-of-errors which
ensue when a couple of fathers (Cuba Gooding, Jr. and Paul Rae) find
themselves over their heads trying to maintain order at a summer camp run a

Rush Hour 3 (PG-13 for nudity, profanity, sexuality, and slapstick violence)
Chris Tucker and Jackie Chan are teamed up again for another go-round as
mismatched detectives, this time to take on a gang of Chinese mobsters
operating in Paris. Cast includes Max von Sydow, Julie Depardieu, Roman
Polanski and Vinnie Jones.

Skinwalkers (PG-13 for sexuality, profanity and intense violence) Horror
flick follows the efforts of the mother (Rhona Mitra) of an almost 13
year-old boy (Matthew Knight) to protect her half-breed son from the two
warring wolf packs coveting the superhuman powers he‚s about to inherit in
fulfillment of an ancient prophecy.

Stardust (PG-13 for fantasy violence and risqué humor) Enchanting fairy
tale, based on the Neil Gamain best seller of the same name, revolves around
a young man (Charlie Cox) who sets of in search of a shooting star after the
prettiest girl (Sienna Miller) in town promises to marry him if he‚s
successful in that quest. Star-studded cast includes Oscar-winner Robert De
Niro, nominees Peter O‚Toole, Michelle Pfeiffer and Ian MCKellen, plus
Claire Danes, Ricky Gervais and Rupert Everett.


2 Days in Paris (Unrated) Romantic comedy about a French photographer (Julie
Delpy) and an American designer (Adam Goldberg) living in NYC who decide to
vacation in Paris to rekindle the passion in their relationship only to have
the plan derailed by the presence of her intermeddling parents and the
resurfacing of her still flirtatious ex-boyfriends. (In French and English
with subtitles)

Chak de India (Unrated) Against-the-odds, sports drama starring Shahrukh
Khan as a disgraced field hockey player who returns to the sport to coach
the women‚s team representing India in the World Cup competition in
Australia. (In Hindi with subtitles)

Crossing the Line (Unrated) Bamboo Curtain documentary uncovers the curious
case of James Joseph Dresnok, a U.S. Army deserter PFC who defected to North
Korea in 1962, marrying there and raising three kids there for over forty
years while performing in propaganda films for the Communist regime. (In
Korean and English with subtitles)

Dans Paris (Unrated) Dysfunctional family dramedy, unfolding around Paris
over the course of one very eventful day during the Christmas season,
examines the emotions of grieving parents (Guy Marchand and Marie-France
Pisier) coming to grips with their daughter‚s suicide while trying to
cheer-up a depressed son (Romain Duris) and to keep tabs on their other boy
(Louis Garrel) who‚s frittering away the hours chasing women. (In French
with subtitles)

Descent (Unrated) Rosario Dawson stars in this psychological thriller about
a crushed college coed determined to exact a measure of revenge on the creep
(Chad Faust) who brutally date-raped her. With a cameo by Isabel Dawson,
Rosario‚s mother, as a bartender.

Naming Number Two (PG for smoking, sensuality, mature themes, mild epithets,
and brief violence) Set in the Fiji islands, this intergenerational drama
stars Ruby Dee as an aging, widowed matriarch who has summoned her dispersed
relatives together for a family reunion and a traditional feast during which
she plans to pick her successor.

Rocket Science (R for sex and expletives) Coming-of-age comedy, about a
nerdy stutterer (Reece Thompson) who joins his high school‚s debating team
and develops a crush on the team‚s attractive captain (Anna Kendrick).

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