Kam’s Kapsules January 14, 2011: Weekly Previews That Make Choosing a Film Fun

For movies opening January 14, 2011

Big Budget Films

The Dilemma is a strange buddy comedy. Vince Vaughn plays a confirmed bachelor who agonizes over whether to tell his best friend, played by Kevin James, whose wife, played by Winona Ryder he caught cheating with Channing Tatum, a young stud. The big name supporting cast includes Queen Latifah, Jennifer Connelly and Amy Morton. The Dilemma is rated PG-13 for sexuality and mature themes.

The Green Hornet Seth Rogen stars in this action hero adaptation based on the Thirties radio show. The heir of a media empire secretly moonlights as The Green Hornet, the crime-fighting vigilante. He and Jay Chou, as his trusted employee, trained in the martial arts have amazing adventures. Casr includes Cameron Diaz, Christoph Waltz, Tom Wilkinson and Edward James Olmos. The Green Hornet is rated PG-13 for violence, profanity, sexuality and drug use.

Independent & Foreign Films

Barney’s Version Screen adaptation of Mordecai Richler’s picaresque novel of the same name featuring Paul Giamatti in the titular role as a heavy-drinking, cigar-smoking, politically-incorrect, TV producer doing his best to reflect upon his life despite the limitations of advanced Alzheimer’s. With two-time Academy Award-winner Dustin Hoffman and nominee Minnie Driver. Barney’s Version is rated R for profanity and some sexuality.

Breaking and Entering Guinness Book documentary chronicling the exploits of assorted endurance enthusiasts as they endeavor to break world records in everything from juggling to cycling to catching grapes to twirling hula hoops. Breaking and Entering is unrated.

Every Day (R for profanity, sexuality and drug use) Midlife crisis comedy, set in NYC, about a miserable couple (Helen Hunt and Liev Schreiber) in a sexless marriage dealing with a host of issues ranging from depression to adultery. With Brian Dennehy, Carla Gugino and Eddie Izzard. Every Day is rated R for profanity, sexuality and drug use.

Hood to Coast Track and field documentary tracks the fate of four teams competing in the world’s longest relay race, a grueling, 197-mile test of endurance featuring thousands of entrants. Hood to Coast is unrated.

I’m Dangerous with Love Detox documentary about Leisure Class lead singer Dmitri Mugianis’ miraculously beating his 20-year, heroin addiction with the help of Ibogaine, an experimental drug illegal in the U.S. but available in a clinic in Amsterdam. I’m Dangerous with Love is unrated.

Petition People’s Court documentary exposing flaws in China’s dysfunctional legal justice system where citizens frequently find themselves frustrated for years by unnecessary delays due to government bureaucracy. Petition, in Mandarin with subtitles, is unrated.

Plastic Planet Eco-documentary examining how humans’ increasing dependency on plastic over the past century has come to imperil the health of both people and the environment. Plastic Planet, in English, Italian, German and Dutch with subtitles, is unrated.

Repo Chick Action comedy revolving around a disinherited debutante (Jaclyn Jonet), forced to fend for herself for the first time, who ends up saving the day with the help of her entourage when terrorists threatening to wipe out Los Angeles steal a trainload of guided missiles. Cast includes Rosanna Arquette, Chloe Webb and Karen Black. Repo Chick is unrated.

A Somewhat Gentle Man Scandinavian crime comedy about a recently-paroled hit man (Stellan Skarsgard) who has a hard time juggling the competing demands of his gang, his ex, his girlfriends and a snitch, when he emerges from prison a mellow fellow following a dozen years behind bars for murder. With Bjorn Floberg, Kjersti Holmen and Aksel Hennie. A Somewhat Gentle Man, in Norwegian with subtitles, is unrated.

A Useful Life Nostalgic romantic comedy, set in Montevideo, Uruguay, about a melancholy, movie theater manager (Jorge Jellinek) who falls in love with a law professor (Paola Venditto) attending a screening at his struggling art house. A Useful Life, in Spanish with subtitles, is unrated.