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‘The Good Dinosaur': Jurassic lark

‘The Good Dinosaur’ 3.5 stars Starring (voices): Jeffrey Wright, Frances McDormand, Raymond Ochoa, Sam Elliott, Steve Zahn, Anna Paquin, AJ Buckley and John Ratzenberger Rating: PG, for dramatic intensity Although endearing, Pixar’s newest suffers from awkward plotting By Derrick Bang Enterprise film critic Time and again, the folks at Pixar have demonstrated a talent for […]

‘Spotlight': The Fourth Estate rules!

‘Spotlight’ Five stars Starring: Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton, Rachel McAdams, Liev Schreiber, Brian d’Arcy, Stanley Tucci, John Slattery, Jamey Sheridan, Billy Crudup and Len Cariou Rating: R, for profanity, sexual candor and dramatic intensity Investigative reporters shine in mesmerizing, factual drama By Derrick Bang Enterprise film critic Crusading newspaper journalists have been a cinema staple ever […]

‘The 33′: Buried beneath clichés

‘The 33′ Three stars Starring: Antonio Banderas, Rodrigo Santoro, Juliette Binoche, Lou Diamond Phillips, Mario Casas, Cote de Pablo, Juan Pablo Raba and Tenoch Huerta Rating: PG-13, for dramatic intensity and brief profanity Memorable mining accident is ill-served by this feeble drama By Derrick Bang Enterprise film critic The 2010 Copiapó mining accident, which trapped […]

‘The Peanuts Movie': Good grief!

‘The Peanuts Movie’ Five stars Starring: Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Linus, Lucy, Schroeder, Franklin, Peppermint Patty, Marcie, Pig-Pen and the rest of the gang Rating: G, and suitable for all ages Beloved comic strip makes a fabulous return to the big screen By Derrick Bang Enterprise film critic It’s truly amazing. Philippe Petit’s 1974 wire-walk between […]

‘SPECTRE': Return of the über-villain

‘SPECTRE’ Four stars Starring: Daniel Craig, Christoph Waltz, Léa Seydoux, Ralph Fiennes, Andrew Scott, Naomie Harris, Ben Whishaw, Monica Bellucci, Dave Bautista and Rory Kinnear Rating: PG-13, for action violence Solid 007 adventure cleverly assembles previous plot threads By Derrick Bang Enterprise film critic This likely is obvious, but it bears mention anyway: Christoph Waltz […]

‘Truth': None to be found

‘Truth’ Three stars Starring: Cate Blanchett, Robert Redford, Dennis Quaid, Topher Grace, Elisabeth Moss, Stacy Keach, Bruce Greenwood, John Benjamin Hickey, Dermot Mulroney and Noni Hazlehurst Rating: R, for profanity Cate Blanchett shines in otherwise flawed slice of journalistic history By Derrick Bang Enterprise film critic This film is quite intriguing, in part because its […]

October 30, 2015 | Posted in Movies | Tagged ,

‘Steve Jobs': A bruised Apple

‘Steve Jobs’ 3.5 stars Starring: Michael Fassbender, Kate Winslet, Seth Rogen, Jeff Daniels, Michael Stuhlbarg, Katherine Waterston, Makenzie Moss, Ripley Sobo and Perla Haney-Jardine Rating: R, for profanity and dramatic intensity Pseudo-biopic is short on historic accuracy By Derrick Bang Enterprise film critic The ensemble cast is strong, impeccably directed and well-suited to each role. […]

October 23, 2015 | Posted in Movies | Tagged ,

‘Bridge of Spies': Riveting Cold War thriller

Four stars Starring: Tom Hanks, Mark Rylance, Amy Ryan, Alan Alda, Scott Shepherd, Mikhail Gorevoy, Sebastian Koch, Dakin Matthews, Will Rogers Rating: PG-13, for war violence, dramatic intensity and fleeting profanity Tom Hanks shines in this fascinating account of U.S./Soviet brinkmanship By Derrick Bang Enterprise film critic Atticus Finch lives. Harper Lee is known to […]

October 16, 2015 | Posted in Movies | Tagged ,

‘He Named Me Malala': Girl on a mission

‘He Named Me Malala’ Four stars Starring: Malala Yousafzai and her family Rating: PG-13, for grim images and dramatic intensity Absorbing documentary is an insightful portrait of a modern heroine By Derrick Bang Enterprise film critic The original plan, as envisioned by producers Walter Parkes and Laurie MacDonald, was to turn Malala Yousafzai’s saga into a […]

October 09, 2015 | Posted in Movies | Tagged ,

UCD engineering grads launch peer-to-peer study app

Every day, in various classes, numerous students struggle with the material, desperately wishing for one-on-one assistance. Those same classes also contain plenty of people who thoroughly understand the subject matter … not to mention the hundreds of campus-wide students who sailed through such courses during previous quarters. Wouldn’t it be wonderful, thought Ben Holmquist and […]

October 13, 2015 | Posted in UC Davis | Tagged ,

‘The Walk': Not a single misstep

‘The Walk’ 4.5 stars Starring: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Ben Kingsley, Charlotte Le Bon, Clément Sibony, César Domboy, James Badge Dale, Steve Valentine. Rating: PG, for minor profanity and chaste nudity   Fact-based drama is a captivating ride By Derrick Bang Enterprise film critic And I worried that this film might be dull. The saga of Philippe Petit’s […]

October 02, 2015 | Posted in Movies | Tagged , ,

‘The Intern': Definitely one to hire!

‘The Intern’ Four stars Starring: Robert De Niro, Anne Hathaway, Rene Russo, Andrew Rannells, Adam DeVine, Zack Pearlman, Jason Orley, Christina Scherer, Anders Holm and JoJo Kushner Rating: PG-13, for suggestive content and brief profanity Talented cast makes the most of this droll, perceptive comedy By Derrick Bang Enterprise film critic I love it when a […]

September 25, 2015 | Posted in Movies | Tagged ,

‘Black Mass': Nightmarish deal with the devil

‘Black Mass’ Four stars Starring: Johnny Depp, Joel Edgerton, Benedict Cumberbatch, Rory Cochrane, Jesse Plemons, David Harbour, Kevin Bacon, Dakota Johnson, Corey Stoll and Julianne Nicholson Rating: R, for brutal violence, profanity, sexual candor and drug use Strong performances highlight this disturbing, fact-based crime drama By Derrick Bang Enterprise film critic Lie down with dogs, […]

September 18, 2015 | Posted in Movies | Tagged ,

‘The Visit': Make other plans

‘The Visit’ One star Starring: Olivia DeJonge, Ed Oxenbould, Deanna Dunagan, Peter McRobbie and Kathryn Hahn Rating: PG-13, for violence, nudity, mild profanity and disturbing thematic material So-called chiller is a dull, dumb disaster in every respect By Derrick Bang Enterprise film critic That’s it: No more movies by M. Night Shyamalan. I’m done. He […]

September 11, 2015 | Posted in Movies | Tagged ,
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