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4-19 Kam’s Kapsules

OPENING THIS WEEK Oblivion-movie-poster

Kam’s Kapsules:
Weekly Previews That Make Choosing a Film Fun
by Kam Williams

For movies opening April 19, 2013

BIG BUDGET FILMS

Oblivion (PG-13 for violence, nudity, sexuality and brief profanity) Post-apocalyptic sci-fi thriller about an ex-Marine (Tom Cruise) with the fate of humanity in his hands in the wake of a war with extraterrestrials which devastated the planet. Cast includes Morgan Freeman, Olga Kurylenko and Melissa Leo.

INDEPENDENT & FOREIGN FILMS

Ain’t in It for My Health (Unrated) Reverential rockumentary about Levon Helm, the late drummer, lead singer and founding member of The Band. Featuring appearances by Billy Bob Thornton, Libby Titus and Larry Campbell.

Errors of the Human Body (Unrated) Psychological thriller, set in Dresden, revolving around a research scientist (Michael Eklund) who becomes the first victim of a newly-created lethal virus as the result of a lab accident. With Karoline Herfurth, Tomas Lemarquis and Rik Mayall.

Filly Brown (R for profanity, violence and drug use) Musical drama about a struggling hip-hop artist (Gina Rodriguez) trying to rap her way out of the barrio who finds herself facing a dilemma when a record producer (Pete Herrera) offers to sign her to a contract if she compromises her heartfelt feminist values. Supporting cast includes Lou Diamond Phillips, Edward James Olmos and Jenni Rivera.

Girl Rising (PG-13 for mature themes and disturbing images) Female empowerment documentary about nine women from different countries who found fulfillment after overcoming everything from child slavery to arranged marriages.

Herman’s House (Unrated) Unlikely-buddy documentary chronicling the long-distance friendship forged via phone calls and correspondence between a female, Stanford University grad and a Black Panther with a life sentence kept in solitary confinement for over 40 years.

Home Run (PG-13 for mature themes) Prodigal Son saga about a disgraced pro baseball player (Scott Elrod) with an alcohol abuse problem who returns to his hometown to rehab. There, he cleans up his act with the help of his estranged childhood sweetheart (Dorian Brown) and rekindles his love for the game while coaching a rag-tag team of Little Leaguers. With James Devoti, Nicole Leigh and Drew Waters.

In the House (R for profanity and sexuality) Screen adaptation of “The Boy in the Last Row,” Juan Mayorga’s play about a high school student (Ernst Umhauer) whose essays about a classmate’s (Batien Ughetto) family come to impress his jaded literature teacher (Fabrice Luchini). With Kristin Scott Thomas, Emmanuelle Seigner and Yolande Moreau. (In French with subtitles)

The Lords of Salem (R for profanity, drug use, disturbing violence, frontal nudity, and graphic sexuality) Rob Zombie wrote and directed this horror flick starring his wife (Sheri Moon Zombie) as a radio DJ who unwittingly unleashes demonic forces by playing vinyl records from a mysterious box sent to the station. Featuring cult film favorites Dee Wallace (The Howling), Patricia Quinn (The Rocky Horror Picture Show) and Ken Foree (Dawn of the Dead).

OCONOMOWOC (Unrated) Dysfunctional family comedy about a confused man (Brendan Marshall-Rashid) who moves back home with his alcoholic mom (Deborah Clifton) to go into the T-shirt business. With Anndy Gillies, Andrew Rozanski and Cindy Pinzon.

Entertainment

Best Picture Nominated WWII Biopic Arriving on DVD

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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...]