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3-15 Kam’s Kapsules

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Kam’s Kapsules:
Weekly Previews That Make Choosing a Film Fun
by Kam Williams
For movies opening March 15, 2013

BIG BUDGET FILMS
The Call (R for violence, profanity and disturbing content) Crime thriller about a veteran 911 operator (Halle Berry) who gets a shot at redemption when she’s forced to confront a killer from her past after taking a call from a desperate kidnap victim (Abigail Breslin). With Morris Chestnut, Michael Imperioli, David Otunga and Michael Eklund.

The Incredible Burt Wonderstone (PG-13 for profanity, sexuality, dangerous stunts and a drug-related incident) Buddy comedy about a pair of successful Las Vegas magicians (Steve Carell and Steve Buscemi) whose breakup because of ego problems makes way for the rise of a talented competitor (Jim Carrey) performing outrageous stunts on the street. Ensemble cast includes Alan Arkin, Olivia Wilde, James Gandolfini, Brad Garrett and Jay Mohr, with cameos by David Copperfield, CNN’s Erin Burnett and MSNBC’s Richard Wolffe.

INDEPENDENT & FOREIGN FILMS

Blancanieves (PG-13 for violence and sexuality) Silent version of a classic fairy tale, set in the 1920’s, reimagines Snow White (Angelina Molina) as a bullfighter being rescued from a wicked stepmother (Maribel Verdu) by a half-dozen, tiny toreadors. Ole, Sneezy! With Pere Ponce, Daniel Gimenez Cacho and Macarena Garcia. (In Spanish with subtitles)

Clip (Unrated) Rebel without a cause saga, set in the suburbs of Belgrade, revolving around a wayward teen (Isidora Simijonovic) who copes with her horrible home life by drinking, doing drugs and have sex with a disrespectful classmate (Vukasin Jasnic). With Sanja Mikitisin, Jovo Maksic and Monja Savic. (In Serbian with subtitles)

Crazy & Thief (Unrated) Surreal fantasy, set in Brooklyn, about a 7 year-old girl (Willa Vy McAbee) who takes her 2 year-old brother (John Huck McAbee) on a search for a time machine located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Support cast includes Gregory Cook and Graham Stanford.

From Up on Poppy Hill (PG for mature themes and incidental smoking) Animated family adventure, set in 1964, about a group of school kids’ attempt to save their clubhouse from a wrecking ball to make way for the Tokyo Olympics. With voice work by Gillian Anderson, Masami Nagasawa and Keiko Takeshita. (In Japanese with subtitles)

Ginger & Rosa (PG-13 for profanity and disturbing material involving teen sexuality, drinking and smoking. Elle Fanning and Alice Englert co-star in this coming-of-age drama, set in London in 1962, revolving around the test of two teens’ lifelong friendship at the dawn of the Sexual Revolution. Cast includes Annette Bening, Oliver Platt and Christina Hendricks.

I Killed My Mother (Unrated) Canadian wunderkind Xavier Dolan wrote, directed and stars in this semi-autobiographical, dysfunctional family drama about a gay teenager’s strained relationship with his single-mom (Anne Dorval). With Francois Rimbaud, Suzanne Clement and Patricia Tulasne.

K-11 (Unrated) Jailhouse drama about a powerful record producer (Goran Visnjic) who awakens behind bars after a drug-induced blackout to find himself sharing a cell with a transsexual diva (Kate del Castillo), a transgendered teen (Portia Doubleday) and a predatory child molester (Tiny Lister). Support cast includes Jason Mewes, P.J. Byrne and D.B. Sweeney.

My Amityville Horror (Unrated) “I Survived” documentary featuring Daniel Lutz’s account of the host of horrors which terrified his family in 1975 before inspiring a best-selling book and a hit film franchise.

Philip Roth: Unmasked (Unrated) Reverential retrospective about the life and career of the legendary author of “Portnoy’s Complaint,” including interviews with the Pulitzer Prize-winner, as well as reminiscences by Mia Farrow, Jonathan Franzen and Martin Garbus.

Reality (Unrated) Fact-based tale about a fishmonger (Aniello Arena) who supplements his modest salary by pulling off scams with his wife (Loredana Simioli) until he develops an obsession with becoming a reality show contestant. With Nando Paone, Nello Iorio and Nunzia Sciano. (In Italian, Neapolitan, Latin and English with subtitles)

Reincarnated (R for profanity, sexuality and pervasive drug use) Rastafarian mockumentary has Snoop Dogg traveling to Jamaica where he changes his name to Snoop Lion before trying to reignite his career as a reggae artist. Featuring appearances by Dr. Dre, Bunny Wailer and Damian Marley.

Spring Breakers (R for profanity, nudity, drug use, graphic sexuality and pervasive violence) Crime comedy about four, bored college coeds (Vanessa Hudgens, Selena Gomez, Ashley Benson and Rachel Korine) who become beholden to a drug dealer (James Franco) when he bails them out of jail after a restaurant robbery gone-bad. With Heather Morris, Cait Taylor and Lauren Vera.

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