Friday, June 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 June 12, 2009


Imagine That (PG for mild epithets and rebellious behavior) Family comedy about a financial executive (Eddie Murphy) who starts taking investment advice from his seemingly-clairvoyant, seven year-old daughter (Yara Shahidi) when his career suddenly starts to hits the skids. With Nicole Ari Parker, Thomas Haden Church, Bobb’e J. Thompson and Deray Davis.

The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3 (R for violence and pervasive profanity) Denzel Washington stars in this remake of the 1974 action thriller as the veteran NYC subway dispatcher who saves the day when a gang threatens to execute the passengers of hijacked train unless paid a mammoth ransom within an hour. With John Travolta, James Gandolfini, John Turturro and Luis Guzman.


BLAST! (Unrated) Big Bang documentary explores the tireless efforts of a globe-trotting team of astrophysicists who travel from the Arctic to Antarctica to find out exactly how life started on the planet.

Food, Inc. (PG for mature themes and disturbing images) Consumer advocate documentary exposes how America’s food supply is controlled by a handful of agri-businesses that put profits ahead of health and nutritional concerns.

Moon (R for profanity) Futuristic, sci-fi adventure about a lonely astronaut (Sam Rockwell) eager to reunite with his wife (Dominique McElligott) and daughter (Kaya Scodelario) back on Earth after living alone on the dark side of the moon for three years who comes to question the nature of his mission when a young clone of himself (Robin Chalk) suddenly materializes out of thin air.

Sex Positive (R for profanity and graphic sexuality) Bio-pic revisits the life and times of Richard Berkowitz, an HIV+ prostitute specializing in freaky fetishes who found himself ostracized by the gay community at the outbreak of the AIDS epidemic in the early Eighties just for being a safe sex advocate.

Tetro (Unrated) Intergenerational, Italian family saga set in Buenos Aires, written and directed by Francis Ford Coppola, revolving around the troubled, 17 year-old son (Alden Ehrenreich) of a celebrated, NYC symphony conductor’s (Klaus Maria Brandauer) search for his long-lost brother (Vincent Gallo) in order to work out their Oedipal issues. With Mirabel Verdu as his sib’s live-in girlfriend.

Youssou N’dour: I Bring What I Love (PG for mature themes and smoking) Concert flick chronicling the career of the Senegalese singing sensation who has managed to become Africa’s biggest pop star despite being a devout Muslim. (In French, Wolof, English and Arabic with subtitles)

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