The ViewPoint

Capsule reviews of feature films

Capsule reviews of feature films

September 1, 2016


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The Philadelphia Inquirer (TNS) BAD MOMS. 2.5 stars. Mila Kunis stars as a stressed-out working mother who teams with two similarly overtaxed women (Kristen Bell, Kathryn Hahn), rebelling against a hissy PTA prez (Christina Applegate) in a mildly amusing, moderately raunchy, mostly schematic comedy f...

Movie review: ‘9th Life of Louis Drax’ is more sinister than it first seems

Movie review: ‘9th Life of Louis Drax’ is more sinister than it first seems

September 1, 2016


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By Cary Darling Fort Worth Star-Telegram (TNS) “The 9th Life of Louis Drax” begins as if it’s going to be a sweet children’s film about the goofy life of an accident-prone 9-year-old boy. Events that should have killed him don’t, and he seems untroubled by all of his near-death experienc...

Harley Quinn vs. Holtzmann? The Ghostbuster emerges with smarts, grace

Harley Quinn vs. Holtzmann? The Ghostbuster emerges with smarts, grace

August 23, 2016


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By Michael Phillips Chicago Tribune (TNS) If the summer 2016 movie season entered an Olympics sprint against previous summer movie seasons, it’d be struggling for bronze. And we’d cut to a commercial before the end of the race, going by the NBC playbook. This nervous, tired summer movie season...

‘Don’t Breathe’ is a must-see to be believed

‘Don’t Breathe’ is a must-see to be believed

August 23, 2016


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By Katie Walsh Tribune News Service (TNS) 2016 has been a banner year for excellent horror films, which seems at times appropriate, given the horrors of this calendar year — shootings, war, natural disaster, an unprecedented presidential campaign. When it feels like the world is going to hell in...

‘Don’t Breathe’ is a must-see to be believed

‘Don’t Breathe’ is a must-see to be believed

August 23, 2016


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By Katie Walsh Tribune News Service (TNS) 2016 has been a banner year for excellent horror films, which seems at times appropriate, given the horrors of this calendar year — shootings, war, natural disaster, an unprecedented presidential campaign. When it feels like the world is going to hell in a ha...

Tribeca Film Festival: ‘Abortion: Stories Women Tell’ gets personal — on each side of the debate

Tribeca Film Festival: ‘Abortion: Stories Women Tell’ gets personal — on each side of the debate

May 3, 2016


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By Lisa Fung Los Angeles Times (TNS) NEW YORK — Te’Aundra was 19, working two waitressing jobs and attending community college when she got the news: She had received a basketball scholarship to Kentucky State University. Her life was about to change. So she quit her jobs, gave 30-day notice on her a...

‘Jungle Book’ adds to box-office streak

May 3, 2016


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By Tre’vell Anderson Los Angeles Times (TNS) LOS ANGELES — For the third straight week, Disney’s “The Jungle Book” bested all others at the box office, pushing its worldwide gross to almost $700 million and continuing a hot streak for the Burbank entertainment giant. The studio’s retell...

Animal activists brace for ‘Finding Dory’ impact on tropical fish

April 28, 2016


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TNS NEWSFEATURES By Paul Brinkmann Orlando Sentinel (TNS) ORLANDO, Fla. — Animal welfare activists and pet shop owners fear a wave of interest in tropical fish and the possible decimation of key species after the June release of Disney Pixar’s “Finding Dory.” The cartoon movie is a sequel ...

Melissa McCarthy’s ‘The Boss’ edges ‘Batman v Superman’ at box office

April 12, 2016


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By Josh Rottenberg Los Angeles Times (TNS) LOS ANGELES — In this weekend’s photo-finish box office race, Melissa McCarthy showed Batman and Superman who’s boss — but just by a nose. McCarthy’s R-rated comedy “The Boss” opened at the top spot with an estimated $23.48 million in the U.S...

‘Batman v Superman’ expected to dominate at box office again

‘Batman v Superman’ expected to dominate at box office again

March 30, 2016


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By Ryan Faughnder Los Angeles Times (TNS) Warner Bros. Entertainment’s DC Comics film strategy faces another important test as “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” enters its second weekend at the box office. The Zack Snyder-directed action movie, starring Ben Affleck and Henry Cavill, is expecte...

Nicholas Sparks makes serious ‘Choice’

Nicholas Sparks makes serious ‘Choice’

February 11, 2016


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By Rick Bentley The Fresno Bee (TNS) LOS ANGELES — Nicholas Sparks has his brother to thank for his book “The Choice,” which has been turned into a feature film. When the author, who has done more for romance than Cupid, was coming up with the idea about a mismatched couple who deal with big and sm...

Dana Fox created smart story with ‘How To Be Single’

Dana Fox created smart story with ‘How To Be Single’

February 11, 2016


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By Rick Bentley The Fresno Bee (TNS) Producer-writer Dana Fox has a different philosophy than some of her peers when it comes to creating entertainment. She doesn’t believe movie fans are stupid. “Moviegoers are very astute and that’s why you have to be smarter when writing scripts and you...

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