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For movies opening January 3, 2014

 

OPENING THIS WEEK

Kam’s Kapsules:

Weekly Previews That Make Choosing a Film Fun

by Kam Williams

 

BIG BUDGET FILMS

 

Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones (R for violence, drug use, graphic nudity and pervasive profanity) Fifth installment in the horror franchise finds partygoers being pursued by supernatural forces while trying to save a pal (Andrew Jacobs) with a mysterious bite mark. With Richard Cabral, Molly Ephraim and Katie Featherston.

 

 

INDEPENDENT & FOREIGN FILMS

 

The Best Offer (R for sexuality and graphic nudity) Romance drama about an auctioneer (Geoffrey Rush) who falls head over heels for the reclusive heiress (Sylvia Hoeks) who hires him to handle the sale of her family’s art collection. Cast includes Jim Sturgess, Donald Sutherland and Philip Jackson.

 

Beyond Outrage (R for profanity, graphic violence and brief sexuality) This grisly sequel to Outrage (2010) is a high body-count crime thriller in which an outnumbered police detective (Fumiyo Kohinata) cleverly instigates a bloody turf war between two rival gangs so that they destroy each other for him. With Takeshi Kitano, Ryo Kase and Shun Sagata. (In Japanese with subtitles)

 

Interior. Leather Bar. (Unrated) James Franco and Travis Matthews co-wrote, co-directed by and play themselves in this sexually-explicit docudrama reimagining the 40 minutes of lost footage deleted from the homoerotic classic Cruising (1980). Supporting cast includes Val Lauren, Christian Patrick and Brenden Gregory.

 

Jamesy Boy (Unrated) Fact-based tale of redemption about a teenaged gang member (Spencer Lofranco) who turns his life around jamesy-boy-poster02while behind bars with the help of a convicted murderer mentor (Ving Rhames). With James Woods, Vera Farmiga, Mary-Louise Parker and Taboo.

 

Open Grave (R for profanity, disturbing violence and graphic images) Murder mystery about an amnesia victim (Sharlto Copley) who wakes up in a pit of dead bodies with no idea who he is, how he got there, or who the killer is. With Joseph Morgan, Erin Richards and Thomas Kretschmann.

 

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Entertainment

Oscar Isaac and Christian Bale Co-Star in WWI Docudrama

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Books

Book of Black Heroes

  Book of Black Heroes Political Leaders Past and Present by Gil L. Robertson, IV Foreword by Myrlie Evers-Williams Just Us Books Paperback, $12.95 80 pages ISBN: 978-1-933491-21-9 Book Review by Kam Williams “The first African-American political leaders began to serve following the Civil War...Known as Reconstruction, this period … [Read More its Good for You...]

Art

The Day After the Day Of

  The Day After the Day Of by Paul Ilechko   The sky sheds its tears. This morning is the morning of the day after. The day of mourning, the day after the day of. I beseech the sky to shed tears in order to wash away the tears on my face.   This is […]

Real Estate

Real Estate: Refinancing Rates on the Rise in 2017

Real Estate: Refinancing Rates on the Rise in 2017 by Amy Lignor   The term ‘meteoric rise’ usually applies to something fun. Think: A Hollywood actor who has been ‘discovered.’) Unfortunately, when it comes to this article, ‘meteoric rise’ is something that will not bring a smile to one’s face. To put it simply, if you wish to … [Read More its Good for You...]

Lifestyle

Healthy Living: The Cellphone Guide

  Healthy Living: The Cellphone Guide by Amy Lignor   Much like the political realm, there will always be debates and disagreements when it comes to the technological realm—especially when it comes to your health versus the almighty cellphone. Now, it is a fact that communication in the 21st century literally brought about a … [Read More its Good for You...]

Outdoors

Choosing Binoculars for the Ultimate 2017 Hunt

  Choosing Binoculars for the Ultimate 2017 Hunt   Any hunter will tell you the most important choices to make when going for that ultimate successful hunt comes from the little things. Yes, the guns, the location for the hunt, the … [Read More its Good for You...]

Sports

Esports on a Meteoric Rise in 2017

  Esports on a Meteoric Rise in 2017 by Amy Lignor   Okay…we all know that football is America’s favorite sport. Or…is it? NASCAR has a wide following. People still love to go to the ballpark in the lazy summer days to watch a … [Read More its Good for You...]

Business

Is Social Media Still Growing?

  Is Social Media Still Growing? by Amy Lignor   It was in 1999, Bill Gates wrote a book titled, “Business @ the Speed of Thought.” Within these pages, the man who became the computer world’s wizard made massively bold predictions … [Read More its Good for You...]

Travel

Vacation Locations: Knowledge is Fun Too!

  Vacation Locations: Knowledge is Fun Too! by Amy Lignor   Most children (and adults, too) will either roll their eyes or sigh when, while speaking about vacation locations, the word “learning” just happens to be mentioned. Yes, it … [Read More its Good for You...]