Thursday, July 12, 2018

Kam's Kapsules for movies opening July 20, 2018

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Weekly Previews That Make Choosing a Film Fun  
by Kam Williams


OPENING THIS WEEK


WIDE RELEASES

Blindspotting (R for sexual references, drug use, brutal violence and pervasive profanity) Buddy dramedy set in a rapidly-gentrifying, San Francisco Bay Area where a couple of lifelong BFFs', one black (Daveed Diggs), one white Rafael Casal), friendship is tested after the former sees a Caucasian cop (Ethan Embry) gun down an unarmed African-American on the street. Cast includes Nyambi Nyambi, Tisha Campbell-Martin and Wayne Knight.

The Equalizer 2 (R for profanity, drug use and pervasive graphic violence) Denzel Washington reprises the title role in this revenge thriller as a retired CIA Agent-turned-vigilante tracking down the rogue spies responsible for a colleague's (Melissa Leo) murder. With Bill Pulman, Pedro Pascal and Orson Bean.

Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (PG-13 for suggestive material) Long-awaited sequel, set five years after the events of the original and inspired by the jukebox musical featuring the songs of ABBA, finds a pregnant Sophie (Amanda Seyfried) on the Greek isle of Kalokairi where she's forced to take risks like her mother (Meryl Streep) did around the same age. With Lily James, Pierce Brosnan, Colin Firth and Cher. 

Unfriended: Dark Web (R for profanity, sexual references and disturbing violence) Stand-alone horror sequel revolving around a young man (Colin Woodell) terrorized online by the mysterious owner of a laptop he took from a lost-and-found. Rebecca Rittenhouse, Betty Gabriel, Chelsea Alden and Andrew Lees.


INDEPENDENT & FOREIGN

Damascus Cover (R for profanity and violence) Espionage thriller, based on Howard Kaplan's best seller of the same name, about an Israeli spy (Jonathan Rhys Meyers) sent on a dangerous mission to smuggle a chemical weapons scientist and his family out of Syria. With Olivia Thirlby, Jurgen Prochnow and the late John Hurt.

Generation Wealth (R for nudity, graphic sexuality, disturbing images and drug use) Spoiled rotten documentary indicting the children of the rich and famous for their unchecked greed, materialism and conspicuous consumption. Featuring Limo Bob, Florian Homm and Tiffany Masters.

McQueen (R for nudity and profanity) Reverential retrospective chronicling the rise and untimely demise of British fashion designer Alexander McQueen (1969-2010), a revealing rags-to-riches story recounted by his close friends and relatives.

The Rise of Eve (Unrated) Feminist documentary chronicling the oppression of women around the world over the ages, touching on issues ranging from sexual harassment to misogyny in music to honor killings.

Teefa in Trouble (Unrated) Ali Zafar plays the title character in this romantic comedy as a mob enforcer who travels from Pakistan to Poland to kidnap a crime boss' (Javed Sheikh) daughter (Maya Ali) for another gangster (Mehmood Aslam) only to fall head-over-heels in love with her. With Nayyar Ejaz, Asma Abbas and Tom Coulston. (In Urdu with subtitles)

The Third Murder (Unrated) Courtroom drama revolving around a prominent lawyer's (Masaharu Fukuyama) defense of a convicted murderer (Koji Yakusho) accused of another homicide. Cast includes Suzu Hirose, Mikako Ichikawa and Izumi Matsuoka. (In Japanese with subtitles)