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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

Dax Shepard and Michael Pena Co-Star in Raunchy Revival of Classic Cop Series

  Chips Film Review by Kam Williams Dax Shepard and Michael Pena Co-Star in Raunchy Revival of Classic Cop Series Whenever a classic television series is made into a movie, the buzz always seems to be about whether the screen version will be a creative variation on the theme or merely a campy, cornball, take-the-money-and-run ripoff trading in familiar formulas and shopworn cliches. After all, for every inspired adaptation like Batman … [Read More its Good for You.....]

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

2017 Hobbies That Bring You Serenity

  2017 Hobbies That Bring You Serenity by Amy Lignor   Origami. Memory albums. Quilting. What do these have in common? Well, at one point or another in time, they have represented the “hottest” hobbies in the United States. Taking up hobbies are not only a fun thing to do for the “artistic/creative” type, but they also help to reduce stress. Even the AMA has cited the fact that taking up a hobby can produce a calming environment … [Read More its Good for You...]

Outdoors

The Versatile Ballyhoo

  The Versatile Ballyhoo By Capt. Gus Cane When targeting reef and offshore gamefish, the versatile ballyhoo is an excellent bait choice. Fished whole or cut into chunks, ballyhoo will entice everything from snapper to dolphin to blue marlin. It’s readily available, either live or frozen, and can be rigged in a variety of ways. Although common in subtropical waters around the globe, the Florida Keys is where ballyhoo first made an … [Read More its Good for You...]

Sports

Will NASCAR Theatrics Bring Back Viewers?

  Will NASCAR Theatrics Bring Back Viewers? by Amy Lignor   For any of the millions who once watched ABC’s Wide World of Sports and heard the words “the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat,” they remember the footage of a skier’s crash when it came to the “agony” side of things. Everyone knew that sight was a fact – a video that was absolutely real. Nowadays, however, it seems that more and more sports are “making up” shots that … [Read More its Good for You...]

Business

How Are Retail Sales in 2017?

  How Are Retail Sales in 2017? E-Commerce Reigns by Amy Lignor   Despite consumer uncertainty, as well as a very sluggish beginning to 2017, the U.S. retail sales industry is projected to increase 4% this year. Headlines show that many retailers and companies posted “soft” holiday sales to end 2016, which caused some notable retailers to either cut jobs or close stores as a result. However, when it comes to 2017, the National … [Read More its Good for You...]

Travel

Where to Vacation? Go Big or Stay Home!

  Where to Vacation? Go Big or Stay Home! by Amy Lignor   We speak about luxury vacations, budget vacations, vacations that are fun for the kids, and many more areas of travel at this time of year. But there is also a category that many do not touch upon because they “assume” it is far too difficult for those on a budget to be able to enjoy these jaw-dropping wonders. However, whether you are a backpacker looking to “become a … [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...]