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Kam’s Kapsules: Weekly previews - 07/21/2011

  • Written by Tri-State Defender Newsroom
“Captain America: The First Avenger,” “Friends with Benefits” and a number of independent and foreign films by Kam Williams
Special to the Tri-State Defender

For movies opening July 22, 2011

BIG BUDGET FILMS

“Captain America: The First Avenger” (PG-13 for intense sci-fi violence) Marvel Comics adaptation revolving around the patriotic exploits of a soldier-turned-superhero (Chris Evans) who, with the help of his trusty sidekick (Sebastian Stan), comes to the aid of the Allies during World War II when a Hitler henchman (Hugo Weaving) bent on world domination develops a top secret weapon. With Derek Luke, Tommy Lee Jones, Stanley Tucci, Natalie Dormer and Toby Jones.

“Friends with Benefits” (R for violence and brief sexuality) Mila Kunis and Justin Timberlake co-star in this romantic comedy about a couple whose agreement to share intimacy with no expectations does nevertheless lead to relationship complications. Cast includes Woody Harrelson, Emma Stone, Richard Jenkins, Patricia Clarkson, Jenna Elfman and Andy Samberg with cameos by Jason Segel, Rashida Jones and Shaun White.
 
INDEPENDENT & FOREIGN FILMS

“Another Earth” (Unrated) Redemption drama about an MIT student (Brit Marling) and an accomplished composer (William Mapother) whose paths cross in tragic fashion on the very same night of the discovery of a mirror planet populated by duplicates of every human on Earth. With Jordan Baker, Flint Beverage and Robin Taylor.

“Fire in Babylon” (Unrated) Politically-tinged, sports documentary featuring file footage from the Seventies and Eighties as well as recent interviews with members of the post-colonial, West Indian cricket team, which was forced to endure racist taunts while playing on tour around the world, including in South Africa during the reign of the Apartheid regime.

“A Little Help” (R for sexuality, profanity and drug use) Bittersweet dramedy about a dental hygienist (Jenna Fischer) who suddenly finds herself resorting to lies to provide for herself and her 12-year-old son (Daniel Yelsky) in the wake of her philandering husband’s (Chris O’Donnell) untimely death. With Kim Coates, Ron Leibman, Lesley Ann Warren and Rob Benedict.

“The Myth of the American Sleepover” (Unrated) Coming-of-age drama focusing on the fates of four teens (Claire Sloma, Marlon Morton, Amanda Bauer and Brett Jacobsen) looking for love and romance around suburban Detroit on the last weekend of summer before going back to school. With Amy Seimetz, Narisa Suzuki and Jade and Nikita Ramsey.  

“Sarah’s Key” (PG-13 for mature themes and disturbing images) Holocaust drama, set in present-day Paris, about an investigative journalist’s (Kristin Scott Thomas) research of the story of how the family of a 10-year-old girl (Melusine Mayance) was torn asunder by the roundup of Jews in occupied France during World War II. With Karina Hin, Sarah Ber and Kate Moran. (In French and English with subtitles)

“Singham” (Unrated) Bollywood crime caper about the showdown between the sheriff of Shivgad (Ajay Devgan) and the powerful mobster (Prakash Raj) who has recently arrived in the quiet, tiny town. With Kajal Aggarwal, Sonali Kulkarni and Sachin Khedekar. (In Hindi with subtitles)


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