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‘Mistress America': Lunatics in charge

‘Mistress America’ 2.5 stars Starring: Greta Gerwig, Lola Kirke, Matthew Shear, Jasmine Cephas-Jones, Heather Lind and Michael Chernus Rating: R, for profanity Chaotic ensemble piece wanders in too many directions By Derrick Bang Enterprise film critic Noah Baumbach’s films are like Off-Broadway plays. The settings are stage-y, the atmosphere mannered and theatrical; all conversations are […]

‘The End of the Tour': Authors in crisis

‘The End of the Tour’ Four stars Starring: Jason Segel, Jesse Eisenberg, Mamie Gummer, Mickey Sumner, Joan Cusack, Anna Chlumsky, Ron Livingston Rating: R, for profanity and sexual candor Brief snapshot of celebrated writer makes an engaging drama By Derrick Bang Enterprise film critic Hyper-awareness and second-guessing are the absolute death of joie de vivre; when […]

‘The Man from U.N.C.L.E.': Vintage spyjinks

‘The Man from U.N.C.L.E.’ 3.5 stars Starring: Henry Cavill, Armie Hammer, Alicia Vikander, Elizabeth Debicki, Sylvester Groth, Luca Calvani and Hugh Grant Rating: PG-13 for action violence, suggestive content and partial nudity The classic TV series may be a memory, but this re-boot has its charms By Derrick Bang Enterprise film critic Having so successfully […]

‘Shaun the Sheep': Lamb on the lam

‘Shaun the Sheep’ Four stars Starring: Shaun, Bitzer, Slip, Timmy, Trumper, Shirley, The Farmer and a lotta sheep Rating: Needlessly rated PG, for no particular reason British animated TV star makes a delightful leap to the big screen By Derrick Bang Enterprise film critic I’ve eagerly awaited this film since it was announced in early […]

‘Rogue Nation': Solid Cruise control

‘Rogue Nation’ 3.5 stars Starring: Tom Cruise, Simon Pegg, Jeremy Renner, Rebecca Ferguson, Alec Baldwin, Ving Rhames, Sean Harris, Simon McBurney, Jens Hultén Rating: PG-13, for dramatic intensity and action violence   Newest ‘Mission’ action saga should keep fans happy While not quite the exhilarating thrill ride of 2011’s “Ghost Protocol,” which so spectacularly revived […]

July 31, 2015 | Posted in Movies | Tagged ,

Almonds contribute little to carbon emissions, UCD study finds

Almonds, vilified during the current drought for being one of California’s thirstier crops, have a surprisingly small carbon footprint compared to other nutrient-rich crops, reports a team of researchers at UC Davis and UC Agriculture and Natural Resources. The findings are important for evaluating the environmental impact of California-grown almonds, which make up 80 percent […]

July 29, 2015 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

‘Paper Towns': Things aren’t as they seem

‘Paper Towns’ Four stars Starring: Nat Wolff, Cara Delevingne, Austin Abrams, Justice Smith, Halston Sage and Jaz Sinclair Rating: PG-13, for mild profanity, partial nudity and teen sexuality John Green’s young adult novel makes a smooth transition to the big screen By Derrick Bang Enterprise film critic “Paper Towns” comes from the pen of best-selling […]

July 24, 2015 | Posted in Movies | Tagged ,

‘Trainwreck': Not a total disaster

‘Trainwreck’ 3.5 stars Starring: Amy Schumer, Bill Hader, Brie Larson, Colin Quinn, Tilda Swinton, LeBron James, John Cena, Ezra Miller, Dave Attell, Vanessa Bayer and Mike Birbiglia Rating: R, for strong sexual content, profanity, nudity and brief drug use Amy Schumer’s uneven jump to the big screen has its moments By Derrick Bang Enterprise film […]

July 17, 2015 | Posted in Movies | Tagged ,

‘Minions': Banana-rama!

‘Minions’ Four stars Starring (voices): Sandra Bullock, Jon Hamm, Michael Keaton, Allison Janney, Jennifer Saunders, Geoffrey Rush, Steve Coogan and Pierre Coffin Rating: PG, and too harshly, for cartoon action and occasional rude humor   Beloved blobby lackeys score in their own wacky adventure By Derrick Bang Enterprise film critic Thrusting supporting players into their […]

July 10, 2015 | Posted in Movies | Tagged ,

‘Terminator Genisys': Out of time

‘Terminator Genisys’ 2.5 stars Starring: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jai Courtney, Emilia Clarke, Jason Clarke, J.K. Simmons, Matt Smith and Byung-hun Lee Rating: PG-13, for relentless sci-fi violence and gunplay, partial nudity and fleeting profanity Fifth franchise entry makes a muddle of the entire series By Derrick Bang Enterprise film critic Not since the original five-cycle “Planet […]

July 03, 2015 | Posted in Movies | Tagged ,

‘Me and Earl and the Dying Girl': A celebration of life and love

‘Me and Earl and the Dying Girl’ 4.5 stars Starring: Thomas Mann, Olivia Cooke, RJ Cyler, Nick Offerman, Jon Bernthal, Connie Britton, Molly Shannon and Katherine C. Hughes Rating: PG-13, for dramatic intensity, occasional coarse language and fleeting drug content   Solid acting and writing anchor this superb teen dramedy By Derrick Bang Enterprise film […]

June 26, 2015 | Posted in Movies | Tagged ,

‘Inside Out': An animated masterpiece

‘Inside Out’ Five stars Starring (voices): Amy Poehler, Phyllis Smith, Kaitlyn Dias, Richard Kind, Diane Lane, Kyle MacLachlan, Mindy Kaling, Bill Hader and Lewis Black Rating: G, and suitable for all ages Clever writing and note-perfect voice talents highlight this savvy glimpse of our inner selves By Derrick Bang Enterprise film critic Sheer genius. After […]

June 19, 2015 | Posted in Movies | Tagged ,

‘Jurassic World’ could have been dino-might

‘Jurassic World’ 3.5 stars Starring: Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Irrfan Khan, Vincent D’Onofrio, Nick Robinson, Ty Simpkins, Omar Sy, Katie McGrath and Judy Greer Rating: PG-13, for intense sci-fi violence and peril   Action-packed sequel is marred by some extremely dumb characters By Derrick Bang Enterprise film critic We never learn. Which is a […]

June 12, 2015 | Posted in Movies | Tagged ,

Story of musical legends captivating, touching

‘Love & Mercy’ Four stars Starring: John Cusack, Paul Dano, Paul Giamatti, Elizabeth Banks, Jake Abel, Kenny Wormald, Brett Davern, Graham Rogers and Bill Camp Rating: PG-13, for dramatic intensity, profanity and drug use   Strong performances anchor this mesmerizing account of The Beach Boys By Derrick Bang Enterprise film critic Brian Wilson’s life story […]

June 05, 2015 | Posted in Movies | Tagged ,
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