Friday, August 29, 2014
YOLO COUNTY NEWS
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‘The Incredible Burt Wonderstone’: Hey, presto!

“The Incredible Burt Wonderstone” 3.5 stars Starring: Steve Carell, Steve Buscemi, Jim Carrey, Olivia Wilde, Alan Arkin, James Gandolfini, Jay Mohr, Mason Cook, Luke Vanek Rating: PG-13, for profanity, sexual candor, fleeting drug content and dangerous stunts Comic talents unite for an amusing poke at showcase magicians By Derrick Bang Enterprise film critic Las Vegas […]

‘This Is 40′: Fractured family frolic

“This Is 40″ 3 stars Starring: Paul Rudd, Leslie Mann, Megan Fox, Jason Segel, Graham Parker, Chris O’Dowd, Albert Brooks, John Lithgow Rating: R, for crude humor, sexual candor, pervasive language and drug use Exaggerated farce displays some insight amid considerable blue humor By Derrick Bang Enterprise film critic Some perceptive truths about marriage, mid-life […]

‘Hotel Transylvania’: Monster Mash

“Hotel Transylvania” Four stars Starring (voices only): Adam Sandler, Andy Samberg, Selena Gomez, Kevin James, Fran Drescher, Steve Buscemi, Molly Shannon, David Spade, CeeLo Green, Jon Lovitz Rating: PG, for mild rude humor and some scary images Funniest sight-gag I’ve seen in years: The Invisible Man attempting to convey a clue during a spirited round […]

‘Celeste and Jesse Forever’: Love lies bleeding

“Celeste and Jesse Forever” 3.5 stars Starring: Rashida Jones, Andy Samberg, Ari Graynor, Emma Roberts, Chris Messina, Rebecca Dayan, Elijah Wood, Will McCormack Rating: R, for profanity, drug use and sexual candor If art truly imitates life, then — based on the evidence of recent films such as this one, “Lola Versus” and “Ruby Sparks” […]

‘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 […]

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days — More underdog hijinks

3.5 stars; rated PG, and needlessly, for mild rude humor STARRING: Zachary Gordon, Steve Zahn, Robert Capron, Devon Bostick, Rachael Harris, Peyton List, Grayson Russell, Karan Brar, Laine MacNeil By Derrick Bang Enterprise film critic Few things are dependable in Hollywood, but the movie adaptations of Jeff Kinney’s “Wimpy Kid” books are a welcome exception. […]

‘Rock of Ages’: Somewhat chipped

‘Rock of Ages’ 3.5 stars Starring: Diego Boneta, Julianne Hough, Tom Cruise, Alec Baldwin, Russell Brand, Paul Giamatti, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Malin Akerman, Mary J. Blige Rating: PG-13, and quite generously, for sexual content, lewd behavior, profanity, revealing clothing and nonstop alcohol abuse This film is a shotgun wedding of “Moulin Rouge” and “The Rocky Horror […]

‘The Intouchables’: Guaranteed to touch your heart

‘The Intouchables’ Four stars Starring: François Cluzet, Omar Sy, Anne Le Ny, Audrey Fleurot, Clotilde Mollet Rating: R, for profanity and drug use On June 27, 1993, Philippe Pozzo di Borgo — fifth son of Duke Pozzi di Borgo, and acting director of France’s Pommery Champagne — was seriously injured while paragliding. The accident broke […]

‘Men in Black III’ — Still well-suited

“Men in Black III” Four stars Starring: Will Smith, Tommy Lee Jones, Josh Brolin, Jemaine Clement, Michael Stuhlbarg, Emma Thompson Rating: PG-13 for sci-fi action violence and some disgustingly unpleasant monsters Ten years may have passed, but nothing has changed: same gonzo hardware; same outrageous — and dangerous — aliens; same giddy Danny Elfman score; […]

‘Dark Shadows’: A toothless remake

“Dark Shadows” Three stars Starring: Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer, Helena Bonham Carter, Eva Green, Jackie Earle Haley, Chloë Grace Moretz, Bella Heathcote, Jonny Lee Miller Rating: PG-13, and somewhat generously, for comic horror violence, profanity, drug use and considerable sexual candor The casting is divine, the one-liners are appropriately snarky, and Johnny Depp’s slow takes […]