Thursday, July 2, 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 July 10, 2009





Bruno (R for profanity, sexuality, pervasive crude humor and graphic nudity) Borat’s Sacha Baron Cohen is back with another shockumentary, this time posing as a flamboyant, gay, Australian fashionista primarily to expose a series of unsuspecting foils as homophobes. With cameo appearances by Eminem, Snoop Dogg, Sting, Elton John, Bono, Slash, Ron Paul and Paula Abdul.


I Love You, Beth Cooper (PG-13 for profanity, crude humor, sexuality, violence, drug use and teen drinking) Romantic comedy about a nerdy, high school grad (Paul Rust) who gets the surprise of his life after proclaiming his love an attractive classmate (Hayden Panettiere) during his valedictory speech when she shows up at his door hot-to-trot that very night. Supporting cast includes Lauren London, Maggie Ma and Alan Ruck.  





Blood: The Last Vampire (R for graphic violence) Horror flick, set in Japan in the Seventies, about a mysterious vampire (Gianna Jun) with a magic sword who is called upon to save the day when an American Air Force base is invaded by a race of evil, shape-shifting demons. Cast includes Koyuki, Alison Miller and Liam Cunningham.


Deadgirl (Unrated) Suspense thriller about a couple of juvenile delinquents (Shiloh Fernandez and Noah Segan) who cut class to break into an abandoned mental hospital where they discover the body of a naked woman (Jenny Spain) who has been strapped to a gurney and covered in plastic.


Humpday (R for graphic sexuality, pervasive profanity and a scene of drug use) Buddy comedy about a couple of straight best friends (Mark Duplass and Joshua Leonard) who decide to make an amateur gay porn flick together on a mutual dare during a drinking binge. With Alycia Delmore, Lynn Shelton and Trina Willard.   


Lake Tahoe (Unrated) Minimalist Mexican drama, set in a coastal town on the Yucatan Peninsula, revolving around a 16 year-old boy’s (Diego Cataño) attempt to cope with the sudden death of his father. (In Spanish with subtitles)


Soul Power (PG-13 for mature themes and brief profanity) “Rumble in the Jungle” documentary, set in the Congo in 1974, revisits the three-day music festival leading to the historic Ali-Foreman heavyweight championship bout. Features concert performances by James Brown, The Spinners, the Crusaders, B.B. King and Miriam Makeba.


Yoo-Hoo, Mrs. Goldberg (Unrated) Aviva Kempner (The Life and Times of Hank Greenberg) directs this bio-pic chronicling the career of radio and television pioneer Gertrude Berg (1899-1966), star and scriptwriter of a popular sitcom called The Goldbergs. Includes appearances by Norman Lear, Sara Chase and Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

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