Kam’s Kapsules Movies Opening September 5, 2014

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But Always (Unrated) Written and directed by Snow Zou, But Always is a romantic drama about childhood sweethearts (Nicholas Tse and Yuanyuan Gao), raised in Beijing, who go their separate ways only to fall in love all over again a decade later when their paths cross in New York City. Where they must decide between a past love or a future love. With Lam Suet, Qin Hao, Du Haitao and Luo Shi. (In Mandarin with subtitles)

Falcon Rising (R for sexuality and pervasive profanity) Falcon Rising was written by Y.T. Parazi and directed by Ernie Barbarash. Michael Jai White stars as the title character of this revenge thriller, set in Brazil, as an ex-Marine suffering from PTSD who travels to the slums of Sao Paulo to find the attackers who left his sister (Laila Ali) for dead.In the process discovering an underground world of prostitution, drugs, and police corruption ruled by the Japanese mafia. Support cast features Neal McDonough, Lateef Crowder and Hazuki Cato.

Frontera (PG-13 for rape, violence and brief profanity) Written by Michael Berry and Louis Moulinet and directed by Michael Berry. Neo-Western about a pregnant undocumented alien (Eva Longoria) held for ransom by the corrupt coyotes she hired to sneak her into New Mexico where she hopes to come to the assistance of her murder suspect husband (Michael Pena). With Ed Harris, Amy Madigan and Kristen Rakes. IMDB users have given this movie a 6.5/10 rating and 81% of 882 Rotten Tomatoes users would like to go see this movie.

God Help the Girl (Unrated) This is a Musical drama, screenplan and direction by Stuart Murdoch. The drama unfolds in Scotland over the course of the summer. It revolves around an anorexic aspiring songwriter (Emily Browning) who escapes from a rural mental hospital to find fame and fortune in the city of Glasgow. There, she meets two other musicians each at crossroads of their own. Co-starring Olly Alexander, Hannah Murray and Pierre Boulanger. Rotten Tomatoes critics gave this movie 20 fresh reviews out of 27 and 76 percent of the users want to go see this movie.

Gringo Trails (Unrated) Eco-expose’ examining the negative impact of tourism around the planet in places as far a field as the Bolivian jungle to the party beaches of Thailand, and from the deserts of Timbuktu, Mali to the breathtaking beauty of Bhutan, GRINGO TRAILS traces stories over 30 years to show the dramatic long-term impact of tourism.

The Identical (PG for smoking and mature themes) Coming-of-age drama about the diverging fates of twins (Blake Rayne), separated at birth, one, who becomes a pop star after being raised by their parents (Brian Geraghty and Amanda Crew), while the other fails to fulfill his potential after being adopted by a domineering minister (Ray Liotta) and his deferential wife (Ashley Judd). With Seth Green, Danny Woodburn and Joe Pantoliano. 76 percent of 1,990 Rotten Tomatoes users would like to see this film

Innocence (Unrated) Romantic fantasy revolving around a 16 year-old enrollee (Sophie Curtis) at an exclusive, Manhattan prep school run by a coven of witches who preserve their youth by drinking the blood of virgin students. Co-starring Kelly Reilly, Graham Phillips and Linus Roache. IMDB users have given this movie a 7.0/10 rating.

Keep on Keepin’ On (Unrated) Reverential biopic about 93 year-old jazz legend Clark Terry, trumpeter and flugelhorn pioneer who played with everyone from Duke Ellington to Count Basie to Dizzy Gillespie to Quincy Jones.Beautifully nostalgic with a reverence for the importance of finding your own sound, Keep On Keepin’ On celebrates an iconic musician.

Kelly & Cal (Unrated) Tale of forbidden love about a middle-aged housewife (Juliette Lewis) suffering from post-partum depression who gets a new lease on life from a secret romance with the paraplegic teen (Jonny Weston) living next door. Cast includes Josh Hopkins, Cybill Shepherd, Lucy Owen and Lusia Strus. IMDB has given this movie a 6.6/10 rating with seven critic reviews.

Last Days in Vietnam (Unrated) Rory Kennedy (daughter of Ethel and Robert) directed this documentary chronicling the chaotic final days of the fall of in Saigon. American soldiers and diplomats confront the same moral quandary: whether to obey White House orders to evacuate U.S. citizens only or to risk treason and save the lives of as many South Vietnamese citizens as they can. IMDB useres have given this movie a 8.1/10 rating.

Levitated Mass (Unrated) “How did they do that?” documentary detailing the installation of a dangling 340-ton granite boulder wedged over a walkway in the L.A. County Museum by Michael Heizer as a work of art.

The Longest Week (PG-13 for smoking and sexuality) Romantic dramedy about a spoiled-rotten, 40 year-old playboy (Jason Bateman) who steals his BFF’s (Billy Crudup) girlfriend (Olivia Wilde) after being disinherited and evicted from his posh bachelor pad by his filthy-rich divorcing parents. With Jenny Slate, Barry Primus and Tony Roberts.

Memphis (Unrated) Atmospheric character study about a modern-day pied piper (Willis Earl Beal) who wanders around the city of Memphis amassing a motley following while singing the blues. Cast includes Constance Brantley, Larry Dodson, Devonte Hull and Lopaka Thomas.

Naked Opera (Unrated) Dying wish documentary about a gay sugar daddy with a terminal illness whose porn star boy-toy helps fulfill his last request by staging an all-nude production of his favorite opera, Don Giovanni. (In German, French, English, Italian and Luxembourgish with subtitles)

The Rule (Unrated) Inspirational documentary about the over-achieving students at St. Benedict’s Prep, a Catholic school in Newark, New Jersey whose mostly black and Latino graduates enjoy a nearly 100% college acceptance rate.

Wetlands (Unrated) Romantic dramedy about a sexually-adventurous 18 year-old girl (Carla Juri) who bonds with her male nurse (Christoph Letkowski) after a shaving accident lands her in the hospital. With Marlen Kruse, Meret Becker and Axel Milberg. (In German with subtitles)

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