Google+

Movies opening January 9, 2015

OPENING THIS WEEK

Kam’s Kapsules:

Weekly Previews That Make Choosing a Film Fun

by Kam Williams

For movies opening January 9, 2015

 

 

Blog_The-MoviesBIG BUDGET FILMS

 

Inherent Vice (R for profanity, violence, sexuality and graphic nudity) Five-time Oscar-nominee Paul Thomas Anderson (There Will Be Blood, Boogie Nights and Magnolia) wrote and directed this adaptation of the Thomas Pynchon best-seller of the same name about a private eye’s (Joaquin Phoenix) attempt to solve the mysterious disappearance of an ex-girlfriend (Katherine Waterston) and her billionaire boyfriend (Eric Roberts). Ensemble cast includes Owen Wilson, Reese Witherspoon, Josh Brolin, Maya Rudolph, Benicio del Toro and Jena Malone.

 

Selma (PG-13 for violence, disturbing images, and brief profanity) Civil Rights Era saga, directed by Ava DuVernay, chronicling the historic march led by Dr. Martin Luther King (David Oyelowo) credited with pressuring Congress to pass the Voting Rights Act of 1965. With Carmen Ejogo, Cuba Gooding, Jr., Tom Wilkinson, Tim Roth, Martin Sheen, Giovanni Ribisi, Common and Oprah.

 

Taken 3 (PG-13 for brief profanity and intense violence) Third installment in the frenetic franchise finds retired CIA agent Bryan Mills (Liam Neeson) on the run from the authorities while trying to clear his name after being unfairly accused of murdering his wife (Famke Janssen). Co-starring Maggie Grace, Forest Whitaker, Jonny Weston and Dougray Scott.

 

The World Made Straight (R for violence, drug use, sexual references and profanity) Adaptation of the Ron Rash novel of the same name, set in the Seventies, about a troubled young man (Jeremy Irvine) eager to escape a rural Appalachian community stained by the legacy of a Civil War massacre. With Haley Joel Osment, Minka Kelly and Steve Earle.

 

 

INDEPENDENT & FOREIGN FILMS

 

Beloved Sisters (Unrated) Incestuous romance drama about a couple of aristocratic siblings (Hannah Herzsprung and Henriette Confurius) who opt to share when they both fall in love with poet, philosopher and playwright Friedrich Schiller (Florian Stetter). With Claudia Messner, Ronald Zehrfeld and Maja Maranow. (In German and French with subtitles)

 

Black November (Unrated) Eco-thriller about a Nigerian community that takes on corrupt politicians and a multinational oil corporation in order to protect itself from spills and over-drilling. With Mickey Rourke, Wyclef Jean, Anne Heche, Kim Basinger and Akon.

 

Dark Summer (Unrated) Haunted house horror flick about a home alone teenager (Keir Gilchrist) who finds himself spooked by a plethora of paranormal phenomena while grounded for cyber-stalking a classmate (Grace Phipps) he has a crush on. With Maestro Harrell, Peter Stormare and Stella Maeve.

 

It’s All So Quiet (Unrated) Poignant character study about a closeted farmer’s (Jeroen Willens) struggle with his sexual identity and the meaning of life while caring for his bedridden father (Henri Garcin). Cast includes Wim Opbrouck, Martijn Lakemeier and Lies Visschedijk. (In Dutch with subtitles)

 

Farewell Herr Schwarz (Unrated) Winner of the Best Documentary Prize at the Haifa International Film Festival, this cinematic journey about the Holocaust and buried family secrets illustrates how it is never too late to reclaim one’s heritage. (In Hebrew, German and English with subtitles)

 

Ode to My Father (Unrated) Coming-of-age saga revolving around a Korean War refugee’s (Jeong-min Hwang) attempt to provide for his mother (Young-nam Jang) and younger siblings as promised his dearly-departed dad.  With Yunjin Kim, Dal-su Oh and Mi-ran Ra. (In Korean with subtitles)

 

Predestination (R for violence, profanity, nudity and sexuality) Ethan Hawke stars in this sci-fi thriller loosely based on “All You Zombies,” the Robert Heinlein short story about a bartender who travels back in time to thwart a terrorist attack. Support cast includes Noah Taylor, Sarah Snook and Elise Jansen.

 

Preservation (Unrated) Hunters become the game horror flick about a woman (Wrenn Schmidt) whose hunting trip in the woods with her husband (Aaron Staton) and brother (Pablo Schreiber) turns into a harrowing nightmare when they awaken to find their belongings stolen and their foreheads ominously marked with a big “X.” With Cody Saintgnue, Nick Saso and Michael Chacon.

 

Valley of Saints (Unrated) Romance drama, set in Kashmir, about a civil war fugitive (Gulzar Ahmed Bhat) who takes temporary refuge at a seaside village only to become torn between a new life and a new love when he falls for a mysterious scientist (Neelofar Hamid) studying the lake’s pollution levels. Featuring Mohammed Afzal. (In Kashmiri with subtitles)    

 

Entertainment

medical-simulation-top-10-400.jpg

Top Ten DVD List for July 21, 2015

  This Week’s DVD Releases by Kam Williams Top Ten DVD List for July 21, 2015                        What We Do in the Shadows http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B00ZA9T4JE/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20 My Beautiful Laundrette [Criterion Collection] http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B00W6OFI9Q/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20 I, Madman http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B00VX223IQ/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20 X-Men: Days of … [Read More its Good for You.....]

Books

Emily_Woo_Yamasaki.jpg

Talking Back: Voices of Color

  Talking Back: Voices of Color Edited by Nellie Wong Red Letter Press Paperback, $15.00 240 pages, Illustrated ISBN: 978-0-932323-32-3 Book Review by Kam Williams   “As a feminist of Chinese American roots, my disrespected skin color and low-paid status as a secretarial worker shocked me into a realization that I've embraced now for many years: the knowledge that racist, sexist, anti-queer, anti-trans, anti-worker … [Read More its Good for You...]

Art

1011366_678286552239036_816189435_n.jpg

More Than a Score

  ACRONYM TO FOLLOW by Peter Brav   Finally Our Day has come There’s a Day for everything For doughnuts, siblings, eight track tapes Grilled cheese, daughters and sons to work Encouragement, Alzheimer’s Coffee, math, chewing gum Blasphemy, yo-yos And now finally One for us Truly a Day to celebrate National Don’t Shoot An Unarmed Brother Doctor King Not Seeing Progress George Orwell Laughing It Is So About the … [Read More its Good For You...]

Real Estate

Housing Sales Increase but Questions Remain

Housing Sales Increase but Questions Remain By Burt Carey   Big bankers and mortgage lenders like Bank of America and Merrill Lynch say changing demographics are fueling a first-time home buyers market in 2015 that may be short-lived. Real estate, it seems, is heating up – at least for value seekers. At the current rate, home sales are on pace to post their best year since 2007, even with increased prices. Fueling the action are … [Read More its Good for You.....]

Lifestyle

2-Chill-ery-Clinton-please-don’t-do-social-media-Will-Roberts-The-Daily-Scream.jpg

Chill-ery Clinton please don’t do social media!

  Chill-ery Clinton please don’t do social media!   I'm Will Roberts, and this is the Daily Scream! Ahhh, Here we go! Stop just stop! I just saw the video of Hillary Clinton and her coffee cup "Chill-arary Clinton she sells. If you haven't seen it, I'm hear to tell you, AVOID IT!   It just confirms that some folks should stick to two cups and a string and not mess with the new technology.  Now Hillary may be a little … [Read More its Good for You...]

Outdoors

black-legged-tick_si-11.jpg

TickEase Founder Helping Control Suburban Deer Populations

  TickEase  Founder Helping Control Suburban Deer Populations by Ted Lund Private landowners and municipalities in the suburban Metro West area of Boston area are turning to TickEase inventor and founder Dan Wolff in an effort to control exploding deer populations with hopes of controlling tick populations and their potential for spreading disease through contact with animals and humans. “We’re seeing deer densities of … [Read More its Good for You...]

Sports

download-9.jpeg

From Exile to Hall of Fame

  From Exile to Hall of Fame By Amy Lignor   The shine is back on the rose (which everyone knew it would be, eventually). Brett Favre had his time in the spotlight, his time in the shadows, and now he has come back strong to fans screaming and critics (who first cheered, then booed his career choices) now patting him on the back for his contribution to the Green Bay Packers. Of course, the Pack is certainly in a grand mood right … [Read More its Good for You...]

Business

download.png

GoPro’s Appeal Goes Global

  GoPro’s Appeal Goes Global By Burt Carey   They’re the fun little cameras used by scuba divers, bicycle riders, sky divers and other outdoor enthusiasts who want personalized video of their exploits. And after becoming a publicly traded company on the NASDAQ exchange just one year ago, the company is expanding sales in overseas markets. Worn by riders in this year’s Tour de France to create never-before-seen viewpoints, … [Read More its Good for You...]

Travel

images.jpeg

Myrtle Beach Has Something for Everyone

  Myrtle Beach Has Something for Everyone By Burt Carey   With more than 300 hotels, beach-front condos and homes for rent, 100 golf courses and 60 miles of beaches that make up the world-famous Grand Strand, Myrtle Beach plays host to millions of visitors every summer. They key word used around this South Carolina gem along the Atlantic Coast is fun. And it’s all made possible through inclusive vacation packages offered … [Read More its Good for You...]

Green Living

images-6.jpeg

The ‘Green’ World Delves into Animal Bias

  The ‘Green’ World Delves into Animal Bias   By Samantha Lewis   All headlines are packed with the horror and destruction that prejudice and violence are bringing about in the United States. People hurting people based on religion or skin color – issues that should have gone out of this country many, many decades ago. But there is also a great prejudice happening in the animal world – a bias that millions are trying to … [Read More its Good for You...]