Thursday, February 5, 2009

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 February 13, 2009


Confessions of a Shopaholic (PG for mature themes and mild epithets) Isla Fisher stars in the title role of this family comedy based on Sophie Kinsella’s best seller of the same name about a financial advice columnist who finds herself swimming in debt due to her addiction to the latest fashion. Cast includes Hugh Dancy, Joan Cusack, John Goodman and Krysten Ritter.

Friday the 13th (R for gory violence, graphic sexuality, profanity and drug use) Remake of the high attrition-rate horror classic about a psycho (Derek Mears) whose killing spree ruins the weekend getaway of a group of young friends staying at a secluded, lakeside camp located deep in the woods. Ensemble includes Amanda Righetti, Travis Van Winkle, Danielle Panabaker, Aaron Yoo and America Olivio.

The International (R for violence and profanity) Action thriller about an Interpol agent (Clive Owen) who teams up with a Manhattan district attorney (Naomi Watts) to follow the money in a high-stakes chase around the globe to uncover corruption inside one of the world’s most powerful banks. With Armin Mueller-Stahl, Jay Villiers and Ulrich Thomsen.


As Seen through These Eyes (Unrated) Holocaust documentary, narrated by Maya Angelou, analyzes works of art created by concentration camp victims at Auschwitz.

The Caller (Unrated) Multi-layered mystery about a corporate whistleblower (Frank Langella) who hires a private eye to protect him from hired killers out to silence him. With Laura Harring, Anabel Sosa and Chandler Williams.

Gomorrah (Unrated) Episodic Mafia saga, set in Italy, takes an unromantic look at today’s Cosa Nostra from the diverging perspectives of five mob families. Cast includes Salvatore Abruzzese, Italo Renda and Vincenzo Altamura. (In Italian, Mandarin and French with subtitles)

Great Speeches from a Dying World (Unrated) Homeless in Seattle documentary chronicles the misfortunes of ten, substance-abusing hobos over the course of a year during which they learn to recite soliloquies made famous by Shakespeare, JFK, Sojourner Truth and John Donne.

Two Lovers (R for profanity, sexuality and drug use) Romance drama, set in Brooklyn, about a suicidal bachelor (Joaquin Phoenix) who lands in a love triangle with his equally-unstable neighbor (Gwynneth Paltrow)) and the supportive friend (Vinessa Shaw) of the family his parents (Isabelle Rossellini and Moni Moshonov) would prefer for him to date.

Under the Sea 3d (G) Jim Carrey narrates this documentary examines the impact of global warming on the coastal regions of Australia, New Guinea and elsewhere in the Indo-Pacific region.

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