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4-12 Kam’s Kapsules

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Kam’s Kapsules:
Weekly Previews That Make Choosing a Film Fun
by Kam Williams
For movies opening April 12, 2013

BIG BUDGET FILMS

42 (PG-13 for epithets, ethnic slurs and mature themes) Civil rights drama chronicling Jackie Robinson’s (Chad Boseman) historic breaking of baseball’s color barrier in 1947 upon being signed to a major league contract by the Brooklyn Dodgers’ general manager, Branch Rickey (Harrison Ford). With Nicole Beharie, John C. McGinley and Lucas Black.

Scary Movie 5 (PG-13 for profanity, drug use, cartoon violence and crude humor) Latest installment of the horror spoof franchise revolves around a happily-married couple (Ashley Tisdale and Simon Rex) with a newborn who suddenly find themselves stalked by a diabolical demon. Ensemble cast includes Charlie Sheen, Lindsay Lohan, Mike Tyson, Terry Crews, Bow Wow, Katt Williams, Heather Locklear, Darrell Hammond and Jasmine Guy.

INDEPENDENT & FOREIGN FILMS

American Meat (Unrated) Solutions-oriented documentary examining the state of the U.S. meat business from the point-of-view of farmers working in the industry.

The Angel’s Share (Unrated) Ken Loach directed this bittersweet tale of redemption, set in Scotland, about a petty criminal (Paul Brannigan) who promises to turn over a new leaf after his girlfriend (Siobhan Reilly) has a baby. With John Henshaw, Gary Maitland and Jasmin Riggins.

Disconnect (R for sexuality, profanity, violence, graphic nudity and teen drug use) Serendipitous cyber thriller exploring themes ranging from bullying to the invasion of privacy from the perspective of people desperate to make a human connection in today’s totally wired world. Starring Jason Bateman, Paula Patton, Hope Davis and Kasi Lemmons.

Into the White (R for profanity) Strange bedfellows saga, set in Norway during World War II, about five, downed fighter pilots, three German, two British, who team-up to survive the harsh elements in the wilderness. Cast includes Rupert Grint, Florian Lukas, David Kross, Stig Henrik Hoff and Knut Joner. (In English, Norwegian and German with subtitles)

It’s a Disaster (R for profanity, sexual references and drug use) Apocalyptic comedy about four couples who get together for Sunday brunch only to find themselves stuck together in a house as the end of the world approaches. Featuring America Ferrara, Julia Stiles, David Cross, Rachel Boston and Jeff Grace.

Not Today (PG-13 for mature themes) Faith-based drama about a spoiled-rotten rich kid (Cody Longo) who comes to appreciate his many blessings while vacationing in India where he witnesses the sex-trafficking of lower caste girls. With John Schneider, Walid Amini, Cassie Scerbo and Justin Baldoni. (In English, Hindi and Telugu)

Paris-Manhattan (Unrated) Romantic romp, set in Paris, revolving around a lonely, Woody Allen-obsessed pharmacist (Alice Taglioni) whose frustrated father (Michael Aumont) tries to play matchmaker by introducing her to a burglary alarm technician (Patrick Bruel). Support cast includes Marine Delterme, Louis-Do le Lencquesaing and Marie-Christine Adam, with a cameo by Wood Allen. (In French with subtitles)

This Ain’t California (Unrated) Cold War documentary highlighting the exploits of a trio of popular skateboarders who had their heyday in East Germany back in the Eighties. (In German with subtitles)

To the Wonder (R for nudity and sexuality) Terrence Malick directed this romance drama, set in Oklahoma, about a couple (Ben Affleck and Olga Kurylenko) whose relationship is on the rocks, with him taking up with a childhood friend (Rachel McAdams) while she cries on the shoulder of a Catholic priest (Javier Bardem) questioning the wisdom of his vow of celibacy. With Charles Baker, Romina Mondello and Darryl Cox. (In English, French, Spanish and Italian with subtitles)

Entertainment

Best Picture Nominated WWII Biopic Arriving on DVD

  Hacksaw Ridge DVD Review by Kam Williams Best Picture Nominated WWII Biopic Arriving on DVD     Desmond Doss (Andrew Garfield) was born in the Blue Ridge Mountains where he was raised as a Seventh-day Adventist. Devoutly religious, he followed his faith's literal interpretation  of the 10 Commandments, including the 5th's dictate that "Thou shalt not kill." So, when he rushed to enlisted in the Army right after the Japanese sneak … [Read More its Good for You.....]

Books

The President’s Kitchen Cabinet

  The President's Kitchen Cabinet The Story of the African-Americans Who Have Fed Our First Families, from the Washingtons to the Obamas by Adrian Miller University of North Carolina Press Hardcover, $30.00 292 pages, Illustrated ISBN: 978-1-4696-3253-7 Book Review by Kam Williams “[This opus] vividly tells the stories of the African-Americans who worked in the presidential food service as chefs, personal cooks, butlers, stewards … [Read More its Good for You...]

Art

The Day After the Day Of

  The Day After the Day Of by Paul Ilechko   The sky sheds its tears. This morning is the morning of the day after. The day of mourning, the day after the day of.  I beseech the sky to shed tears in order to wash away the tears on my face.   This is the first day of the time after. This is the beginning of a new time, the days of pain, the days of sorrow. We are in mourning. The sky looks down and sheds its tears for … [Read More its Good For You...]

Real Estate

History Being Sold to the Highest Bidder

  History Being Sold to the Highest Bidder by Amy Lignor   For the longest time, scientists and archaeologists have been confused and bemused by various discoveries they’ve unearthed that offer little or no explanation as to the who, what, and why of the people who created these things or left them behind. Even now, in 2017, there are discoveries being studied; stories that were once legends now have actual bits of proof being found that … [Read More its Good for You.....]

Lifestyle

Trump and Traditions of the Founders

  Trump and Traditions of the Founders By Ezrah Aharone Maybe I should watch more CNN or MSNBC to be convinced since most Black people seemingly regard Donald Trump as some sort of abrupt political mutation who violates America’s traditions. What I see in Trump is “America’s traditional reflection in the mirror.” I see the exact same hardline and hostile government that the founders deliberately engineered with deep political and racial … [Read More its Good for You...]

Outdoors

Skeeter Recognized Again for Excellence in Customer Satisfaction

  Skeeter Recognized Again for Excellence in Customer Satisfaction    Skeeter, a leader in performance fishing boats, announced today from the Miami International Boat Show® that the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA®) has again recognized Skeeter with a CSI Award for excellence in customer satisfaction in the Freshwater Fiberglass Outboard Boat category. This year’s award is the fifteenth consecutive for Skeeter, an … [Read More its Good for You...]

Sports

Super Bowl LI’s Message: Patriotism

  Super Bowl LI’s Message: Patriotism by Amy Lignor   There are some people waking up this morning completely stunned. Why? Because they shut the Super Bowl off after the third quarter. They knew what was “going to happen” and had to go to work today, so why bother staying up and watching the rest of what was going to be an obvious blow-out? Besides, they had been given some memorable commercials, a great country western singer ushering … [Read More its Good for You...]

Business

Mobile Phone Forecast: Is Saturation of the Market in Sight?

  Mobile Phone Forecast: Is Saturation of the Market in Sight? by Amy Lignor   It is a fact that when people say no matter where they look – whether it be while walking down a neighborhood sidewalk, driving in their cars, shopping at the grocery store – it seems that everyone on the planet is holding a phone to their ear, or staring down at the screen in order to text, get information, search online, or watch Facebook and Twitter … [Read More its Good for You...]

Travel

It’s Time to Save for Summer Vacation!

  It’s Time to Save for Summer Vacation! by Amy Lignor   Putting the “pennies in the piggy bank” is something everyone in this world does (or wants to do) on a daily basis. But NOW is the time to take those “extra” pennies and purchase that great piggy bank that’s perhaps wearing some sunglasses, a colorful hat, some swim trunks…anything that makes that new piggy remind you of the one thing you want to do all year long – go on the … [Read More its Good for You...]

Green Living

Creating the Perfect Vegetable Garden

  Creating the Perfect Vegetable Garden by Amy Lignor   Many are still dealing with that wintery mix Mother Nature just loves to toss down from the sky this time of year. Yet, that gardener living inside the soul – the one just dreaming of the sunny skies and lazy rainy days that are must-haves in order to grow the best vegetables possible – is already jotting down the facts, tricks and tips they need to know in order to make that … [Read More its Good for You...]