Wednesday, April 21, 2010

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 April 30, 2010


Furry Vengeance (PG for crude humor, mild epithets and smoking) Eco-friendly, revenge comedy, set in rural Oregon, about a greedy real estate developer (Brendan Fraser) who gets what’s coming when the creatures living in the forest learn about his heartless plans to pave over their peaceable kingdom in order to make way for a mammoth housing development. Cast includes Dr. Ken Jeong, Brooke Shields and Angela Kinsey.

A Nightmare on Elm Street (R for profanity, terror, disturbing images, and graphic bloody violence) Jackie Earle Haley assumes the role of disfigured Freddy Krueger in this remake of the classic slasher flick about a serial killer who stalks a group of suburban teens in order to kill them one-by-one in their sleep. With Rooney Mara, Katie Cassidy and Thomas Dekker.


Dirty Hands (Unrated) Redemption documentary revolving around Korean-American, con man David Choe, the schizophrenic graffiti artist who bottomed out behind bars before turning his life around to sell paintings to corporate sponsors like Nike for millions of dollars.

Ghost Bird (Unrated) Endangered species documentary chronicling how ornithologists flocked to a tiny town in Arkansas in the wake of a supposed sighting there of a giant, ivory-billed woodpecker thought to extinct.

Harry Brown (R for sexuality, drug use, pervasive profanity and graphic violence) Revenge flick about a recently-widowed, law-abiding senior citizen (Michael Caine) who morphs into a crime-fighting vigilante after the street gang that murdered his best friend (David Bradley) gets off with a slap on the wrist. Cast includes Emily Mortimer, Iain Glen and Charlie Creed-Miles.

The Human Centipede: First Sequence (Unrated) Euro-horror flick about a couple of spoiled American girls (Ashley Williams and Ashlynn Yennie) vacationing alone in Germany whose rental car breaks down in the forest where they fall into the clutches of a retired surgeon (Dieter Laser) who once specialized in separating Siamese twins. Now, the diabolical doc hatches a plan to make a human centipede by sewing his helpless kidnap victims one behind the other together in mouth-to-anus fashion. (In English, German and Japanese with subtitles)

Mercy (Unrated) Scott Caan wrote and stars in this romance drama as a writer who doesn’t believe in love until he falls for a critic (Wendy Glenn) he meets at the launch party of his latest novel, despite the fact that she trashed the book. Cast includes Dylan McDermott, Bre Blair and Troy Garity.

Please Give (R for nudity, profanity and sexuality) New York City comedy about the a couple in crisis (Catherine Keener and Oliver Platt) trying to work on their relationship while dealing with the demands of the cranky tenant next-door (Ann Morgan Guilbert) being looked after by two grown granddaughters (Rebecca Hall and Amanda Peet). With Elisabeth Keener, Elise Ivy and Lois Smith.

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