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2-22-2013 Kam's Kapsules: Weekly Previews That Make Choosing a Film Fun

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BIG BUDGET FILMS

Dark Skies (PG-13 for violence, sexuality, drug use and pervasive terror) Haunted house horror flick about a happy family (Keri Russell, Josh Hamilton, Dakota Goyo and Kadan Rockett) whose serene, suburban home life is irreversibly affected by the arrival of a deadly, demonic force. Co-starring J.K. Simmons, L.J. Benet and Annie Thurman.

Snitch (PG-13 for violence and drug use) Action thriller about a desperate father's (Dwayne Johnson) infiltration of a drug cartel for the DEA in order to help his framed teenage son (James Allen McCune) avoid a ten-year prison sentence. With Susan Sarandon, Benjamin Bratt, Barry Pepper and Harold Perrineau.

INDEPENDENT & FOREIGN FILMS

11 Flowers (Unrated) Coming-of-age drama, set in rural China in the Seventies, revolving around a mischievous, 11 year-old boy (Wenqing Liu) whose fate becomes intertwined with that of a murder suspect (Zizi Wang) he finds hiding from police along a riverbank. With Ni Yan, Ni Yen and Jinchun Wang. (In Mandarin with subtitles)

Bless Me, Ultima (PG-13 for violence and sexual references) Screen adaptation of Rudolfo Anaya's haunting novel, set in New Mexico during World War II, about a mysterious medicine woman (Miriam Colon) who teaches a 6 year-old boy (Luke Ganalon) about the spirit world and about the battle between good and evil brewing in their tiny town. Supporting cast includes Benito Martinez, Dolores Heredia and Castulo Guerra.

Inescapable (Unrated) Abduction drama, set in Syria, about a Canadian immigrant (Alexander Siddiq) who returns to Damascus for the first time in a quarter century to search for his suddenly-missing daughter (Jay Anstey). With Joshua Jackson, Marisa Tomei and Oded Fehr. (In English and Arabic with subtitles)

Kai Po Che! (Unrated) Disney-produced, Bollywood adaptation of "The 3 Mistakes of My Life," Chetan Bhagat's best-selling novel, set in Ahmedabad at the turn of the millennium, about three BFFs (Amit Sadh, Raj Kumar Yadav and Sushant Singh Rajput) who start a business with the hope of finding fame and fortune. Featuring Amrita Puri. (In Hindi with subtitles)

One Life (Unrated) Ambitious eco-documentary, narrated by Daniel Craig, examining the life cycles of a menagerie of animals all over the planet.

Red Flag (Unrated) Alex Karpovsky wrote, directed and stars in this road comedy about a fledgling filmmaker who embarks on a promotional tour of his latest film with a reluctant pal (Onur Tukel) after being dumped by his marriage-minded, longtime girlfriend (Caroline White). With Dustin Guy Defa, Keith Poulson and Jennifer Prediger.

Rubberneck (Unrated) Alex Karpovsky wrote, directed and stars in this stalker thriller as a scientist who becomes increasingly infatuated with a co-worker (Jaime Ray Newman) after they share a one-night stand, despite the fact that she's clearly no longer interested. With Dennis Staroselsky, Amanda Good Hennessey and Andrew Horowitz.

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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