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July 26 2013, Weekly Previews That Make Choosing a Film Fun

 

OPENING THIS WEEK

Kam’s Kapsules:

by Kam Williams

For movies opening July 26, 2013

 

 

BIG BUDGET FILMS

 

The Wolverine (PG-13 for sexuality, profanity and intense violence) Sixth installment in Marvel Comics’ X-Men franchise, set in Japan, finds Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) stripped of his invincibility and locked in a life or death battle with a mysterious figure from his past (Hiroyuki Sanada) whose daughter (Tao Okamoto) is his current love interest. With Famke Janssen, Will Yun Lee and Brian Tee.

 

The To Do List (R for profanity, graphic dialogue, pervasive sexuality, crude humor, and teen alcohol and drug abuse) Aubrey Plaza stars in this coming-of-age comedy about a Miss Goody Two-Shoes who decides to lose her virginity over the summer before she goes off to college. Cast includes Bill Hader, Andy Samberg and Christopher Mintz-Plasse.

 

INDEPENDENT & FOREIGN FILMS

 

Blue Jasmine (PG-13 for profanity, sexuality and mature themes) Cate Blanchett stars in the title role of this dysfunctional family drama, directed by Woody Allen, about a neurotic, New York City socialite prompted by a life crisis to travel from New York to San Francisco to reconnect with her long-estranged sister (Sally Hawkins). Ensemble cast includes Alec Baldwin, Andrew Dice Clay, Louis C.K., Peter Sarsgaard and Bobby Cannavale.

 

Breaking the Girls (Unrated) Complicated crime thriller about a couple of college coeds (Madeline Zima and Agnes Bruckner) who enter a pact to murder each other’s enemies. Featuring Sam Anderson, Shawn Ashmore and Shanna Collins.

 

Drug War (Unrated) Explosive crime thriller, set in Tianjin, China, about a convicted meth dealer (Louis Koo) who fingers members of his former drug cartel in order to avoid the death penalty. With Sun Honglei, Haung Yi and Li Jing. (In Mandarin with subtitles)

 

Frankenstein’s Army (R for profanity, graphic violence and grisly images) Found footage horror flick about a battalion of Russian soldiers assaulted by an army of Nazi zombies created in a lab by a mad scientist (Karel Roden) and unleashed by Hitler in a last gasp to win World War II. Co-starring Joshua Sasse, Robert Gwilym and Alexander Mercury.

 

Neander-Jin (Unrated) Screwball comedy with a Freudian twist about a young woman (Sarah Muelhause) whose search for the perfect mate ends when she crosses paths with a 10,000 year-old Neanderthal Man (Jon Chardiet). Supporting cast features Milton Welsh, Rick Zieff and Norbert Alich.

 

The Time Being (Unrated) Suspense drama revolving around a struggling artist (Wes Bentley) who tries to save his marriage by taking job doing The-Time-Being-1surveillance work for a reclusive millionaire (Frank Langella) with a hidden agenda. Cast includes Sarah Paulson, Corey Stoll and Ahna O’Reilly.

 

Entertainment

Justice Denied Documentary Chronicles Racist Targeting of Chinese-American Bank

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Books

Rising Star: The Making of Barack Obama

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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

Stunning Stenberg!

  Amandla Stenberg The “Everything, Everything” Interview with Kam Williams Stunning Stenberg! Amandla Stenberg first gained recognition for her role as Rue in The Hunger Games, alongside Jennifer Lawrence, Liam Hemsworth and Josh Hutcherson. After the success of that film, Amandla earned the 2012 Teen Choice Award with Jennifer for Best Film Chemistry. She was also nominated for NAACP Image and Black Reel Awards for that … [Read More its Good for You...]

Outdoors

Finding Bass During a Mixed Spawn Season

  Finding Bass During a Mixed Spawn Season Yamaha Pro Mark Davis Offers Two Solutions For Catching Bass This Spring Warmer-than-normal winter temperatures have shuffled bass spawning schedules on many lakes throughout the country this spring, but Mark Davis has seen it before, and the veteran Yamaha Pro knows just how to approach the problem. “With the milder winter, bass began spawning much earlier than usual this year so when a … [Read More its Good for You...]

Sports

A Sport Where You Feel the Thrill Without Going to the Extreme

  A Sport Where You Feel the Thrill Without Going to the Extreme by Amy Lignor   There are many sports “fanatics” out there who literally dive head-first into an extreme sport in order to get their adrenaline pumping – taking on a sport that comes hand-in-hand with a monumental amount of risk. But for those who are not interested in being scared to death, yet wish to feel the thrill, data has shown that zip lining has become the … [Read More its Good for You...]

Business

The Hottest Locales for Small Business in the U.S.

  The Hottest Locales for Small Business in the U.S. by Amy Lignor   No, Silicon Valley is not being replaced. However, with the Kauffman Foundation releasing its annual Startup Activity Index last week showing, in detail, trends in U.S. business startups for 2017, it was revealed that California has been booted out of first place. The top spot for new businesses to be built and thrive in the United States has been taken over by the big, … [Read More its Good for You...]

Travel

Once Upon a Time Vacations

  Once Upon a Time Vacations by Amy Lignor   Whether you are a lover of history or you simply have the “Beauty & the Beast” obsession – which, according to movie revenue data, millions all over the world are suffering from – just think how amazing it would be to stay in an actual castle. We already know what the beauty would be from the female perspective, but when it comes to the gentlemen out there, just think about how much … [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...]