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6-21 Kam’s Kapsules

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

For movies opening June 21, 2013

BIG BUDGET FILMS

Monsters University (G) Disney animated adventure, a prequel set about a decade before the events of Monsters, Inc., finds polar opposite Mike (Billy Crystal) and Sully (John Goodman) pledging the same fraternity and majoring in scaring. Voice cast includes Steve Buscemi, Helen Mirren, Sean Hayes and Bobby Moynihan.

World War Z (PG-13 for violence, disturbing images and frightening horror fare)

Screen adaptation of Max Brooks’ apocalyptic novel about a globetrotting, United Nations investigator (Brad Pitt) who rises to the occasion in the face of a zombie pandemic that’s toppling governments and threatening humanity with extinction. With Mireille Enos, Daniella Kertesz, David Morse, Matthew Fox and Fana Mokoena.

 

INDEPENDENT & FOREIGN FILMS

The Attack (R for profanity, violence and brief sexuality) Middle East drama, set in Tel Aviv, revolving around a celebrated Arab surgeon (Ali Suliman) who discovers a shocking secret about his wife (Reymond Ansallem) in the wake of a terrorist bombing. With Evgenia Dodena (In Arabic and Hebrew with subtitles)

The Bling Ring (R for profanity, sexual references, drug use and underage alcohol consumption) Sofia Coppola co-wrote and directed this true tale about a gang of computer-savvy teenagers who embark on a crime spree burglarizing the homes of Hollywood stars by using the internet to monitor the celebrities’ whereabouts. Featuring Emma Watson, Katie Chang, Leslie Mann and Israel Broussard.

Downloaded (Unrated) Build a better mousetrap documentary exploring the impact that the downloading revolution has had on fans, recording artists and the music industry. With appearances by rocker Henry Rollins, producer Chris Blackwell and attorney Lawrence Lessig.

A Hijacking (R for profanity) Hostage drama about the tension which unfolds when a gang of Somali pirates demands a multimillion dollar ransom after commandeering a cargo ship on the high seas. Starring Pilou Asbaek, Soren Malling and Dar Salim. (In Danish, Swedish and English with subtitles)

Maniac (Unrated) Grisly remake of the 1980 horror flick about a psychotic serial killer (Elijah Wood) who scalps his victims and uses their hair to cover the heads of mannequins in his shop. Support cast includes America Olivo, Nora Arnezeder and Liane Balaban.

Rushlights (R for violence, profanity, sexuality and drug use) Romantic road romp about a couple of young lovers (Josh Henderson and Haley Webb) who travel from California to Texas to file a false claim for a dead friend’s inheritance. With Beau Bridges, Aidan Quinn and Jordan Bridges (Beau’s son).

This Is Martin Bonner (Unrated) Paul Eenhoorn stars as the title character of this unlikely-buddies drama about a newcomer to Reno, Nevada who forges a friendship with a recent parolee (Richmond Arquette) he helps while volunteering at a non-profit charity. With Sam Buchanan, Robert Longstreet and Demtrius Grosse.

Three Worlds (Unrated) Good Samaritan drama about the effort of a hit-and-run accident witness (Clotilde Hesme) to inform the victim’s (Rasha Bukvic) widow (Arta Dobroshi) of the identity of the drunk driver (Raphael Personnaz). Ensemble includes Reda Kateb, Alban Aumard and Adele Haenel. (In French with subtitles)

Unfinished Song (PG-13 for crude gestures and sexual references) Bittersweet British dramedy about a grumpy, grieving widower (Terence Stamp) who gets a new lease on life after taking his recently-deceased wife’s (Vanessa Redgrave) place in the church choir. Support cast includes Gemma Arterton, Christopher Eccleston and Anne Reid.

Entertainment

Blake Lively Shines as Surfer Stranded in Shark-Infested Waters

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Books

Richards Rocks!

  Sandra L. Richards The “Rice & Rocks” Interview with Kam Williams Richards Rocks! The American-born daughter of Jamaican immigrant parents, Sandra L. Richards is the author of “Rice & Rocks.” She hopes that her debut picture book will serve as an educational resource for families seeking to teach their children the value of their heritage and the importance of cultural diversity. Sandra completed both her undergraduate and … [Read More its Good for You...]

Art

More Than a Score

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Real Estate

New Home Sales Jump in April

  New Home Sales Jump in April By Burt Carey Sales of new homes hit their highest rate since 2008 in April, according to the Commerce Department’s U.S. Census Bureau. April sales increased 16.6 percent over March figures, which correlates to a seasonally adjusted rate of 619,000 home sales projected for the year. The median price of those new homes was $321,000, the highest median price ever recorded. That’s up 9.7 percent … [Read More its Good for You.....]

Lifestyle

Richards Rocks!

  Sandra L. Richards The “Rice & Rocks” Interview with Kam Williams Richards Rocks! The American-born daughter of Jamaican immigrant parents, Sandra L. Richards is the author of “Rice & Rocks.” She hopes that her debut picture book will serve as an educational resource for families seeking to teach their children the value of their heritage and the importance of cultural diversity. Sandra completed both her undergraduate and … [Read More its Good for You...]

Outdoors

230 LXF from Tidewater Packs A Punch in a Small Package

  230 LXF from Tidewater Packs A Punch in a Small Package By Ted Lund Are you looking for a family-friendly center console that’s got the luxury of a larger boat in a smaller package? Then look no further than the 230 LXF from Tidewater. The 23-foot, center console has the same features as the rest its large LXF brothers, including comfortable full upholstery, stainless steel cup holders. And a newly-designed console with glove box and … [Read More its Good for You...]

Sports

There Are Superheroes Among Us

  There Are Superheroes Among Us by Amy Lignor   This story truly proves that a superhero does not require a cape, tights, or the ability to fly. In a world where all headlines seem to be centered around who shot who, who is being put upon, who’s “getting away with it” – all the way to who is getting divorced and who may or may not be kneeling at NFL games – negative stories seem to be the only ones covered anymore by the media. … [Read More its Good for You...]

Business

Scholastic Announces Sales of More Than 3.3 Million Copies of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

  Scholastic Announces Sales of More Than 3.3 Million Copies of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts One and Two New York, NY (August 10, 2016) — Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts One and Two script book, the eighth Harry Potter story by J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany, and Jack Thorne, published in the U.S. and Canada by Scholastic has sold more than 3.3 million copies in North America to date.Scholastic announced a first printing … [Read More its Good for You...]

Travel

Vacation Time Has Turned “Spooky”

  Vacation Time Has Turned “Spooky” by Amy Lignor   Myths and legends, both spooky and surreal, are becoming the subject of many books and newspaper articles lately. And the location of many, oddly enough, happen to be in the Southwest. It used to be that a nice white sandy beach was the one place we yearned to go on vacation to get away from it all. Now, however, people are searching for places to travel where legends still exist, and … [Read More its Good for You...]

Green Living

Doing Our Part

  Doing Our Part by Amy Lignor   There are books being published as of late – wonderful books telling the stories of amazing wildlife rescues, as well as neighborhoods and communities across the U.S. that have taken on projects to save the wildlife in their own surrounding areas.   We always talk about these “success stories,” yet never actually give information on exactly how these “problems” turned into “victories.” … [Read More its Good for You...]