Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Kam's Kapsules: Weekly Previews That Make Choosing a Film Fun

OPENING THIS WEEK
Kam's Kapsules:
Weekly Previews That Make Choosing a Film Fun
by Kam Williams
For movies opening October 22, 2010


BIG BUDGET FILMS

Hereafter (PG-13 for mature themes, disturbing images and brief profanity) Clint Eastwood directs this otherworldly drama about three haunted souls whose lives serendipitously intersect, an American blue-collar worker with psychic powers (Matt Damon), a French tsunami survivor (Cecile De France) and a British schoolboy (Frankie McLaren) grieving the death of his twin brother (George McLaren). Cast includes Jay Mohr, Richard Kind and Tex Jacks.

Paranormal Activity 2 (R for profanity and brief violence) Found-footage horror flick about an ill-fated family that set up security cameras all around their new home in the wake of what they believed to be a series of break-ins. With Katie Featherston and Gabriel Johnson.


INDEPENDENT & FOREIGN FILMS

BearCity (Unrated) Homoerotic comedy chronicling the explicit misadventures of a tight-knit group of gay friends who spend an eventful weekend cruising gay clubs in Manhattan. Ensemble cast includes Joe Conti, Gerald McCullouch and Brian Keane.

Boxing Gym (Unrated) Two-fisted documentary examines the sport of pugilism as practiced by amateur sparring partners from all walks of life who train inside the proverbial squared circle at a gymnasium located in Austin, Texas.

The Company Men (R for profanity and brief nudity) Downsizing drama about the fallout visited upon a trio of fired corporate executives (Ben Affleck, Chris Cooper and Tommy Lee Jones) and their families following a restructuring by a conglomerate as a cost-cutting measure. With Maria Bello, Craig T. Nelson and Kevin Costner.

Inhale (Unrated) Medical thriller about a desperate couple (Diane Kruger and Dermot Mulroney) willing to do anything to find an organ donor for their daughter (Mia Stallard) whose lungs are both failing. Supporting cast includes Sam Shepard, Rosanna Arquette and Jesus, Jr.

Kalamity (R for sexual references, violence and pervasive profanity) Psychological thriller about a heartbroken man (Nick Stahl) who returns to his hometown after being dumped by his lover (Beau Garrett) only to discover that his best friend (Jonathan Jackson) has recently started behaving very strangely.

Knucklehead (PG-13 for crude humor, profanity and violence) Crime caper about a con artist (Mark Feuerstein) indebted to the mob who dupes a na├»ve gentle giant (Paul Wight) into participating in a get-rich quick scheme to raise the money he desperately needs. Cast includes Dennis Farina, Bobb’e J. Thompson and Margo Swisher.

The Portuguese Nun (Unrated) Redemption drama about a French actress (Leonor Baldaque) recovering from a failed affair with her married co-star who becomes intrigued by the nun (Ana Moreira) she finds praying in the chapel where she’s shooting her next movie. (In Portuguese and French with subtitles)

Punching the Clown (Unrated) Road comedy about a traveling troubadour (Henry Phillips) living in his car who crisscrosses country playing satirical, protest songs at sold-out gigs in the American heartland until a slip of the tongue circulated by tabloid journalists leaves him unfairly labeled a neo-Nazi.

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