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1-4-2013: Kam's Kapsules: Weekly Previews That Make Choosing a Film Fun

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For movies opening January 4, 2013

BIG BUDGET FILMS

Texas Chainsaw 3-D (R for grisly violence and pervasive profanity) 7thinstallment of the enduring horror franchise finds an unsuspecting heiress (Alexandra Daddario) travelling to a tiny Texas town to take possession of the mansion she has just inherited only to discover a bloodthirsty madman (Dan Yeager) lurking in the shadows. With Trey Songz, Tania Raymonde and Scott Eastwood (Clint's son).

INDEPENDENT & FOREIGN FILMS

56 Up (Unrated) 8th episode of director Michael Apted's periodic documentary interviewing the same set of Brits every 7 years since they were 7 years of age.

All Superheroes Must Die (Unrated) Action thriller about four superheroes (Lucas Till, Jason Trost, Sophie Merkley and Lee Valmassy) who are abducted by their archenemy (James Remar) and stripped of their powers before being forced to fight to save a town of innocent civilians. Support cast includes Nick Principe, Sean Whalen and Brian Taylor.

A Bottle in the Gaza Sea (Unrated) Unlikely romance drama about the love which blossoms between a 17 year-old Jew (Agathe Bonitzer) and the 20 year-old Palestinian (Mahmoud Shalaby) who finds her message in a bottle seeking to make sense of a terrorist bombing in Jerusalem. With Hiam Abbass, Riff Cohen and Abraham Belaga. (In Hebrew, Arabic and French with subtitles)

A Dark Truth (R for violence and disturbing images) International thriller about a retired CIA Agent-turned-political talk show host (Andy Garcia) who is enlisted by a corporate whistleblower (Deborah Kara Unger) to help expose her company's cover-up of a massacre in an Ecuadoran village. With Eva Longoria, Forest Whitaker and Kim Coates.

My Brooklyn (Unrated) Kelly Anderson directed this class-conscious documentary chronicling the racial tensions which surfaced in her neighborhood as a consequence of gentrification.

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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