Thursday, February 28, 2008

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

Kam's Kapsules:
Weekly Previews That Make Choosing a Film Fun
by Kam Williams
For movies opening March 7, 2008


10,000 B.C. (PG-13 for action violence) Peripatetic prehistoric adventure about a brave young warrior (Steven Strait) who leads a tight-knit band of brothers on an epic journey to the ends of the Earth to rescue the love of his life (Camilla Belle) from the clutches of the warlike tribe who kidnapped her during a raid of their village.

The Bank Job (R for profanity, sexuality, nudity and violence) Jason Statham stars in this action thriller about a struggling car dealer duped by a fetching femme fatale (Saffron Burrows) with a hidden agenda into hatching a plan to burglarize a London bank’s safe deposit boxes containing not only millions in cash and jewelry but a treasure trove of dirty secrets.

College Road Trip (G) Coming-of-age comedy about a high school student (Raven Symone’) whose plans for a girls-only trip visiting prospective colleges are ruined when her overbearing, police chief father (Martin Lawrence) insists on accompanying her instead.


Blindsight (PG for mature themes and mild epithets) Himalayan panoramas serve as the breathtaking backdrop for this mile-high documentary chronicling the daring assault of Mount Everest by a team of blind Tibetan students led by a blind American climber who had previously reached the peak.

CJ7 (PG for mature themes, rude humor, mild epithets and brief smoking) Sci-fi fantasy, set in China, about a cash-strapped widower (Stephen Chow) who gives his son (Xu Jiao) a toy found in a garbage dump, unaware that the mysterious orb is actually an alien with magical powers. (In Mandarin with subtitles)

Fighting for Life (Unrated) Medical miracles are the subject of this documentary presenting the Iraq War from the perspective of American doctors and nurses toiling tirelessly to save the lives of soldiers wounded on the frontlines.

Frownland (Unrated) Edgy comedy, set in NYC, about a stuttering, door-to-door coupon salesman (Dore Mann) going everywhere in a dead end job.

Girls Rock! (PG for mature themes and mild epithets) Female empowerment documentary devoted to the mega-decibel din at the Rock ‘n’ Roll Camp for Girls in Portland, Oregon where pint-sized icons of tomorrow practice, practice, practice power chords on the path to superstardom.

Married Life (Unrated) Romantic triangle thriller, set in the Forties, revolving around a middle-aged adulterer (Chris Cooper) impatient to enjoy his 30 years-younger mistress (Rachel McAdams) who opts to murder rather than divorce his wife (Patricia Clarkson). With Pierce Brosnan as the pal with possibly less than honorable intentions.

Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day (PG-13 for sexual innuendo and partial nudity) Frances McDormand stars in the title role of this romantic comedy, adapted from Winifred Watson’s 1938 novel of the same name, about an unfairly-fired British nanny who tries a new line of work as the social secretary of an American starlet (Amy Adams).

Paranoid Park (R for sexuality, profanity and disturbing images) Psychological crime saga, set in Portland, Oregon, about a teenage skateboarder (Gabe Nevins) who compounds his problems by choosing to cover-up the truth about his involvement in the death of the security guard (John Michael Burrowes) he killed accidentally.

Snow Angels (R for profanity, violence, drug use and brief sexuality) Bifurcated bittersweet drama revolving around a small town’s loss of innocence in the wake of some deadly shotgun blasts. Ensemble cast includes Kate Beckinsale, Amy Sedaris, Griffin Dunne, Sam Rockwell and Nicky Katt.

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