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For movies opening January 24, 2014

 

OPENING THIS WEEK

Kam’s Kapsules:

Weekly Previews That Make Choosing a Film Fun

by Kam Williams

BIG BUDGET FILMS

 

I, Frankenstein (PG-13 for intense fantasy and pervasive violence) Adaptation of Mary Shelley’s monster classic re-imagined as a dystopian tale revolving around a reanimated corpse (Aaron Eckhart) caught up in a clash between demons and gargoyles. Cast I-Frankenstein-2014-Movie-Banner-Posterincludes Bill Nighy, Miranda Otto and Yvonne Strahovski.

 

 

INDEPENDENT & FOREIGN FILMS

 

Aatsinki: The Story of Arctic Cowboys (Unrated) Lapland documentary chronicling a year-in-the-life of a family of reindeer herders. (In Finnish with subtitles)

 

Enemies Closer (R for sexuality, drug use, profanity and graphic violence) Action thriller about an ex-Navy SEAL (Tom Everett Scott) who joins forces with his mortal enemy (Orlando Jones) in order to avoid the clutches of a ruthless drug cartel searching for a missing shipment. With Jean-Claude Van Damme, Linzey Cocker and Zahary Baharov. (In English and French with subtitles)

 

Gimme Shelter (PG-13 for violence, profanity, drug use and mature themes) Coming-of-age drama about a troubled runaway (Vanessa Hudgens) who escapes her abusive mother (Rosario Dawson) to search for the long-lost father she’s never known (Brendan Fraser) only to end up pregnant in a homeless shelter. With James Earl Jones, Dascha Polanco and Stephanie Szostak.

 

Knights of Badassdom (R for violence, sexuality, drug use and pervasive profanity) Horror comedy about a motley group of live-action role play gamers’ fight for survival after inadvertently summoning a demon from the depths of Hell. Co-starring Peter Dinklage, Steve Zahn and Summer Glau.

 

Life Is Strange (Unrated) Post-World War II documentary examining the struggle for self-identity experienced by Jewish survivors displaced by the Holocaust.

 

Mercedes Sosa: The Voice of Latin America (Unrated) Reverential biopic examining the enduring legacy of Mercedes Sosa (1935-2009), aka La Negra (“The Black One”), the Argentine folk singer who pioneered a progressive brand of music that inspired political upheavals in Portugal, Spain and South America. Featuring Milton Nascimento, Elba Bustelo and Luz Casenave. (In Spanish with subtitles)

 

Run & Jump (Unrated) Family drama, set in County Kerry, Ireland, about an anxious housewife’s (Maxine Peake) effort to rehabilitate her 38 year-old husband (Edward MacLiam) after a debilitating stroke with the help of a reassuring American doctor (Will Forte). With Sharon Horgan, Clare Barrett and Ciara Gallagher.

 

Stranger by the Lake (Unrated) Sexplicit homoerotic thriller revolving around a couple (Pierre Deladonchamps and Christophe Paou) enjoying a passionate, summertime affair at a secluded lakeshore in southern France who suddenly find themselves the prime suspects in the murder of an acquaintance (Francois Renaud Labarthe) also frequenting the popular, gay pickup spot. With Mathieu Vervisch, Gilbert Traina and Jerome Chappatte. (In French with subtitles)

 

Visitors (Unrated) Dialogue-free documentary, shot in black & white by Godfrey Reggio (Koyaanisqatsi) and scored by Philip Glass, insinuating that humanity has become increasingly mesmerized by technology.

 

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Entertainment

Abductee Seeks to Escape Kidnappers in Mindbending Sci-fi Thriller

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Books

Cop under Fire

  Cop under Fire Moving Beyond Hashtags of Race, Crime and Politics for a Better America by Sheriff David Clarke, Jr. with Nancy French Foreword by Sean Hannity Worthy Publishing Hardcover, $21.99 272 pages ISBN: 978-1-617-95857-1 Book Review by Kam Williams “David Clarke refuses to bow a knee to political correctness, and he refuses to give his party over to the hands of black activists whose politics would destroy America. … [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

Make Way for Dulé!

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Outdoors

Cajun Baby chooses Skeeter for a reason

  Cajun Baby chooses Skeeter for a reason By Craig Lamb Cliff Crochet, known on the pro bass tour as the Cajun Baby, has a lot to be proud of besides his south Louisiana roots. In Cajun country, boats are part of life, either for a livelihood or connection to the outdoors for recreation with friends and family. Crochet quote about Cajun roots. Crochet's resume includes 9 Top 10 finishes, three appearances in the Bassmaster Classic, and a … [Read More its Good for You...]

Sports

“Sin City” Becomes Acceptable?

  “Sin City” Becomes Acceptable? by Amy Lignor   So…what changes will occur if an NFL team hits Las Vegas? Not many, actually. Perhaps more of the ‘contract money’ will be lost considering the blackjack tables ARE right in the vicinity; however, NFL owners seem just fine with the fact that the Raiders will once again wave good-bye to their “Nation” and relocate to Sin City. But when you look at the news headlines, the NFL has and … [Read More its Good for You...]

Business

Buying & Selling: Learning the Art of the Tag Sale

  Buying & Selling: Learning the Art of the Tag Sale by Amy Lignor   When people speak about making a few extra bucks, there is more than one way to skin a cat these days. Perhaps you’re trying to save up for a vacation for the family to take this summer. Perhaps you are looking for collectibles to invest in. Oddly enough, many people do not realize what, exactly, was in Great Grandma’s house when she passed on to a happier place. … [Read More its Good for You...]

Travel

Vacations…Underground

  Vacations…Underground by Amy Lignor   There are millions of spots to visit and sites to see around the world when it comes to vacation time; however, there are also those you can’t necessarily “see.” In this world of digital technology and highly imaginative architecture that creates buildings that are higher and more “glitzy” than ever before, it is important to remember that in ancient times, people were building “down.” Various … [Read More its Good for You...]

Green Living

Creating the Perfect Vegetable Garden

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