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Kam's Kapsules: Weekly Previews That Make Choosing a Film Fun

For movies opening August 15, 2014

8/13/2014, 10:47 a.m.
The Expendables 3 (PG-13 for profanity and violence) Third installment in the high-impact franchise finds the guys reuniting to rescue ...

BIG BUDGET FILMS

The Expendables 3 (PG-13 for profanity and violence) Third installment in the high-impact franchise finds the guys reuniting to rescue a former team member (Wesley Snipes) before squaring off with another (Mel Gibson) who has gone rogue with malevolent intentions. Beefcake cast featuring Sly Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Terry Crews, Jason Statham, Dolph Lundgren, Randy Couture, Kellan Lutz and Jet Li, along with Harrison Ford, Antonio Banderas and Kelsey Grammer.

The Giver (PG-13 for action, violence and mature themes) Adaptation of Lois Lowry’s Newbery Award-winning children’s novel about a teen (Brenton Thwaites) who becomes disillusioned upon learning the truth about his supposed utopia upon becoming the protégé of the one person (Jeff Bridges) living there aware of the existence of pain, sadness, war and other woes. Ensemble includes Meryl Streep, Katie Holmes, Odeya Rush, Taylor Swift and Alexander Skarsgard.

Let’s Be Cops (R for profanity, violence, drug use, sexuality and graphic nudity) Crime comedy about pals (Damon Wayans, Jr. and Jake Johnson) pretending to be police officers at a costume party who later become entangled in a real life web of intrigue involving mobsters and crooked detectives. With Andy Garcia, Angela Kerecz and Nina Dobrev.

INDEPENDENT & FOREIGN FILMS

Abuse of Weakness (Unrated) Catherine Breillat wrote and directed this semi-auto-biopic about a filmmaker (Isabelle Huppert) who finds herself manipulated by a cruel con artist (Kool Shen) after suffering a stroke. With Laurence Ursino, Christophe Sermet and Ronald Leclercq. (In French with subtitles)

Coldwater (Unrated) Harrowing nightmare chronicling the mistreatment of juvenile inmates at a privatized prison located in the California wilderness. Starring P.J. Boudousque’, James C. Burns, Chris Petrovski and Octavius J. Johnson.

Dinosaur 13 (PG for mature themes, mild epithets and brief smoking) Archeology documentary about a dig in the South Dakota Badlands, led by paleontologist Peter Larson, which unearthed the bones of the biggest Tyrannosaurus Rex ever found.

Fort McCoy (R for violence) Fact-based World War II saga, set in Wisconsin in the summer of ‘44, about a barber (Eric Stoltz) who set up shop nearby a U.S. Army base also serving as a German POW camp. Co-starring Kate Connor, Camryn Manheim, Seymour Cassel, Brendan Fehr and Andy Hirsch.

Frank (R for profanity and some sexuality) Musical comedy about an aspiring musician (Domhnall Gleeson) with second thoughts after joining a rock band whose mysterious lead singer (Michael Fassbender) wears a bubble-head mask, 24/7. With Maggie Gyllenhaal, Scoot McNairy and Tess Harper.

Jake Squared (R for profanity) Elias Koteas stars as the title character of this romantic dramedy about a 50 year-old loser at love who decides to make a movie about his life in order to figure out why he’s screwed up every romantic relationship he’s ever had. Cast includes Virginia Madsen, Jennifer Jason Leigh and Kevin Railsback.

Life after Beth (R for violence, sexuality, nudity, brief drug use and pervasive profanity) Horror comedy about a grief-stricken guy (Dane DeHaan) who gets more than he wished for when his recently-deceased girlfriend (Aubrey Plaza) comes back to life as a man-eating zombie. Supporting cast includes John C. Reilly, Anna Kendrick, Paul Reiser, Molly Shannon and Cheryl Hines.