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5-24 Kam’s Kapsules

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

For movies opening May 24, 2013

BIG BUDGET FILMS

Epic (PG for mild action, scary images and brief rude humor) Animated fantasy about a headstrong teenager (Amanda Seyfried) who is magically shrunken and transported to a parallel universe where she is called upon to join forces with a band of diminutive warriors in an epic showdown between good and evil. Voice cast includes Beyonce’, Jason Sudeikis, Steven Tyler, Christoph Waltz, Josh Hutcherson, Colin Farrell and Pitbull.

Fast & Furious 6 (PG-13 for sexuality, profanity, mayhem, violence and intense action) Latest edition of the luxury car franchise revolves around the gang’s reuniting to help a Diplomatic Security Service agent (Dwayne Johnson) thwart a conspiracy masterminded by a mercenary (Luke Evans) specializing in vehicular warfare. Ensemble includes Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Jason Statham, Michelle Rodriguez, Jordana Brewster and Tyrese.

The Hangover III (R for sexuality, drug use, violence, brief nudity and pervasive profanity) Third offering in the road trip franchise finds the wolf pack (Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, Zach Galifiniakis and Justin Bartha) returning to Las Vegas for another raunchy round of male-bonding hijinks. With Melissa McCarthy, Dr. Ken Jeong, Heather Graham, Mike Epps and Jeffrey Tambor.
INDEPENDENT & FOREIGN FILMS

Before Midnight (R for sexuality, nudity and profanity) Minimalist drama directed by Richard Linklater with Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy reprising their roles as lovers now on vacation in Greece in this character-driven sequel to Before Sunrise and Before Sunset. With Ariane Labed, Seamus Davey-Fitzpatrick and Athina Rachel Tsangari. (In English and Greek with subtitles)

Fill the Void (PG for smoking and mature themes) Israeli drama, set in Tel Aviv, about a Hassidic bride-to-be (Hadas Yaron) who is pressured by her mother (Irit Sheleg) to break off her engagement and marry her widowed brother-in-law (Yiftach Klein) after her sister (Renana Paz) dies while giving birth to her nephew. With Hila Feldman, Yael Tal and Ido Samuel. (In Hebrew with subtitles)

A Green Story (Unrated) American Dream biopic about Van Vlahkis (Ed O’Ross), a Greek immigrant who came to the United States in the Fifties with $22 in his pocket and proceeded to build an eco-friendly business into a multimillion-dollar empire. Featuring Shannon Elizabeth, Malcolm McDowell, Roger Bart, Billy Zane and Annabella Sciorra.(In English, Greek and German with subtitles)

We Steal Secrets (R for profanity, sexuality and disturbing images) Whistleblower documentary about Wikileaks, the anti-establishment website created by free-speech firebrand Julian Assange.

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Books

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Art

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Real Estate

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Lifestyle

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Outdoors

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Sports

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Business

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Travel

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Green Living

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