Thursday, April 24, 2014
YOLO COUNTY NEWS
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‘Beautiful Creatures’: A sumptuous charmer

“Beautiful Creatures” 3.5 stars Starring: Alden Ehrenreich, Alice Englert, Jeremy Irons, Viola Davis, Emma Thompson, Emmy Rossum, Thomas Mann Rating: PG-13, for carnal behavior, violence and occasional profanity Popular teen-lit series makes a thoroughly absorbing jump to the big screen By Derrick Bang Enterprise film critic Fantasy fans mourning the departure of the Harry Potter […]

‘Wreck-It Ralph’: a sweet surprise

Arcade characters get into all sorts of trouble while ‘invading’ other games ‘Wreck-It Ralph’ Four stars Starring (voices): John C. Reilly, Sarah Silverman, Jane Lynch, Jack McBrayer, Alan Tudyk, Mindy Kaling Rating: PG, for kid-level rude humor and mild action/violence I haven’t had this much fun since 1988’s “Who Framed Roger Rabbit” blended classic Disney […]

‘Ruby Sparks’: Fantasy with a whimsical glow

“Ruby Sparks” Four stars Starring: Paul Dano, Zoe Kazan, Chris Messina, Annette Bening, Antonio Banderas, Steve Coogan, Elliot Gould, Alia Shawkat Rating: R, for profanity, sexual candor and brief drug use Fresh, provocative concepts are one of cinema’s great treasures: unexpected delights — often in quiet, unassuming packages — that catch our fancy because they […]

‘Beasts of the Southern Wild’: Imagination run amok

“Beasts of the Southern Wild” Four stars Starring: Quvenzhané Wallis, Dwight Henry, Levy Easterly, Gina Montana, Lowell Landes, Pamela Harper Rating: PG-13, for dramatic intensity, child imperilment, disturbing images, brief profanity and fleeting sensuality “In a million years, when kids go to school, they’re gonna know that there was a Hushpuppy, and she lived in […]

‘The Dark Knight Rises’: Opulent and ominous

‘The Dark Knight Rises’ 4 stars Starring: Christian Bale, Tom Hardy, Anne Hathaway, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Gary Oldman, Marion Cotillard, Michael Caine, Morgan Freeman Rating: PG-13, and somewhat generously, for intense sequences of violence and action, along with some sensuality and fleeting profanity Unlike the cinematic Superman — always portrayed as the true-blue Boy Scout, as […]

‘The Amazing Spider-Man’: Keeps on swinging

 ‘The Amazing Spider-Man’ Four stars Starring: Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Rhys Ifans, Denis Leary, Martin Sheen, Sally Field, C. Thomas Howell Rating: PG-13, for action violence I dunno about the rest of you, but if a geeky, under-nourished kid in my high school class suddenly made an impossible, ceiling-scratching leap to slam-dunk a basketball with […]

‘Brave’: Loses its way

‘Brave’ 3.5 stars Starring (voices only): Kelly Macdonald, Billy Connolly, Emma Thompson, Julie Walters, Robbie Coltrane, Kevin McKidd, Craig Ferguson Rating: PG, and somewhat generously, for rude humor and considerable scary action All Pixar animated films are lush, impeccably mounted productions — every backdrop fine-tuned to the height of available imaging technology, every scene timed […]

‘The Avengers’: Well-assembled

“The Avengers” Four stars Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Tom Hiddleston, Samuel L. Jackson, Clark Gregg, Gwyneth Paltrow Rating: PG-13, for intense sci-fi action and violence No doubt about it: This is Whedon season. A few weeks ago, Josh Whedon helped redefine the entire horror movie […]