Wednesday, February 18, 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 27, 2009


Crossing Over (R for sexuality, nudity, graphic violence and pervasive profanity)
“Crash”-like ensemble drama chronicles the clash of cultures in L.A. resulting from the flood of immigrants attempting to attain legal status in the U.S. Cast includes Harrison Ford, Ray Liotta, Ashley Judd and Alice Braga.

Jonas Brothers: The 3D Concert Experience (G) Available in 3-D only, this Disney flick features both the performance highlights and backstage antics of siblings Nick, Joe and Kevin as the pop phenoms crisscross the country on their 2008 “Burning Up Tour.”

Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li (PG-13 for sensuality and martial arts violence) Screen adaptation of the popular video game franchise stars Kristin Kreuk as the kicking title character of an action adventure which pits the high-kicking heroine against the forces of evil in an epic showdown on the mean streets of Bangkok. Supporting cast includes Michael Clarke Duncan, Chris Klein and Neal McDonough.


An American Affair (R for profanity and sexuality) Coming-of-age drama, set in 1963 against the backdrop of the Cuban Missile Crisis, about the forbidden relationship which blossoms between a lonely 13 year-old (Cameron Bright) and the stunningly-beautiful divorcee (Gretchen Mol) who moves in next-door.

Assassination of a High School President (R for sexuality, nudity, profanity, drug and alcohol abuse, all involving teens) Irreverent teensploit set a Catholic high school and revolving around a popular senior (Mischa Barton) who enlists the help of a nerdy sophomore (Reese Thompson) to crack the case of the stolen SAT tests. Cast includes Bruce Willis, Zoe Kravitz, Melonie Diaz and Michael Rapaport.

Examined Life (Unrated) The current mindset of America is the subject of this documentary, directed by Astra Taylor, which takes a number of leading academic intellectuals like Cornel West, Peter Singer and Anthony Appiah away from academia and into the streets of America where they weigh-in on cultural issues ranging from consumerism to individualism to modern morality.

Robert Blecker Wants Me Dead (Unrated) “With friends like these” documentary about the unusual bond forged between a capital punishment advocate (Robert Blecker) and an inmate on Death Row (Daryl Holton) for murdering four of his own children.

The Trouble with Romance (Unrated) Battle-of-the-sexes drama, unfolding as a quartet of separate vignettes, dissects the assorted relationship challenges faced by four couples in crisis living in Los Angeles. With Kip Pardue and Emily Liu.

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