10-26 Kam's Kapsules: Weekly Previews That Make Choosing a Film Fun
By Kam Williams
For movies opening October 26, 2012BIG BUDGET FILMS
Chasing Mavericks (PG for mature themes and perilous action sequences) Overcoming-the-odds sports saga recounting the real-life adventures of an aspiring teen surfer (Jonny Weston) who enlists the assistance of a local legend (Gerard Butler) to train for one of the biggest waves on the face of the Earth. With Elisabeth Shue, Abigail Spencer and Scott Eastwood (son of Clint).
Cloud Atlas (R for violence, profanity, sexuality, nudity and drug use) Ensemble drama based on David Mitchell's sci-fi novel of the same name illustrating how people's actions have long-term consequences which reverberate across time and space like a ripple on a pond. A-list cast features Oscar-winners Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Susan Sarandon and Jim Broadbent, as well as, Hugh Grant, Keith David, James D'Arcy and Hugo Weaving.
Fun Size (PG-13 for profanity, partying, crude humor and suggestive material) Road comedy revolving around a disobedient teen's (Victoria Justice) frantic search for the missing little brother (Albert Nicoli) she irresponsibly allowed to go trick-or-treating alone so she could attend a Halloween party being thrown by the boy of her dreams (Thomas McDonnell). With Chelsea Handler, Johnny Knoxville and Jane Levy.
Silent Hill: Revelation 3-D (R for gory violence, disturbing images, brief profanity and momentary nudity) Horror sequel finds the sleepwalking heroine (Adelaide Clemens) again plunged into an alternate dimension after being plagued by nightmares on the eve of her 18th birthday. With Carrie-Anne Moss, Radha Mitchell, Sean Bean and Malcolm McDowell.
INDEPENDENT & FOREIGN FILMS
The Black Tulip (Unrated) Afghan drama about a pro-Western family which ends up targeted by the Taliban after opening a coffeehouse where women are treated as equals and are welcome to read feminist poetry onstage. Starring Haji Gul Aser, Sonia Nassery Cole and Walid Amini. (In Dari, Pashtu and English with subtitles)
Citadel (Unrated) Primal horror flick about an agoraphobic father (Aneurin Barnard) who enlists the assistance of a vigilante priest (James Cosmo) to rescue his baby daughter from the clutches of the same hooded gang that had murdered his wife (Amy Shiels). With Jake Wilson and Wunmi Mosaku.
The Loneliest Planet (Unrated) Romance drama about the strains placed on the relationship of an engaged American couple (Gael Garcia Bernal and Hani Furstenberg) backpacking across Eastern Europe after their guide (Bidzina Gujabidze) proves to be more heroic at a moment of crisis than the hapless hubby-to-be.
Long Shot: The Kevin Laue Story (Unrated) Hoop dreams documentary recounting the efforts of a 6'10"-tall center to become the first, one-armed, NCAA college basketball player.
Orchestra of Exiles (Unrated) Holocaust documentary recounting the heroic exploits of Polish violinist Bronislaw Huberman who rescued some of the world's greatest musicians from the Nazis en route to creating the Israeli Philharmonic. Featuring commentary by Joshua Bell, Itzhak Perlman and Zubin Mehta.
The Other Son (PG-13 for violence, drug use and brief profanity) Mistaken identity drama, set in Israel, about a Jewish soldier (Jules Sitruk) and a Palestinian med student (Mehdi Dehbi) whose lives are suddenly turned upside-down after one discovers genetic proof that they were switched at birth. With Pascal Elbe, Emmanuelle Devos and Areen Omari. (In Hebrew, Arabic, French and English with subtitles)
Pusher (R for nudity, violence, graphic sexuality, heavy drugs use and pervasive profanity) English-language remake of the 1996 Danish crime thriller of the same name about a drug pusher (Richard Coyle) whose life spirals out of control over the course of one very eventful week. Cast includes Bronson Webb, Mem Ferda and Paul Kaye.
The Revisionaries (Unrated) Flat Earth Society documentary chronicling a Bible-thumping Creationist's re-election campaign for chairman of a very influential Board of Education.
The Sessions (R for graphic sexuality, frontal nudity and frank dialogue)
Fact-based drama recounting the plight of a paralyzed polio victim (John Hawkes) who seeks his parish priest's (William H. Macy) approval of his plans to hire a sex surrogate (Helen Hunt) to lose his virginity. With Moon Bloodgood, Adam Arkin and Rhea Perlman.
The Zen of Bennett (Unrated) Reverential biopic taking a look at the creative process of the legendary Tony Bennett with the help of colleagues like Lady Gaga, John Mayer and Andre Bocelli, as the soulful jazz singer turned 85.
Kam Williams is a syndicated film and book critic who writes for 100+ publications. He is a member of the New York Film Critics Online, the African-American Film Critics Association, and the NAACP Image Awards Nominating Committee. Contact him through NewsBlaze. Read more reviews by Kam Williams.
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