It's a peculiar bit of Hollywood logic, having the two guys who wrote "The Hangover" write and direct a movie called "Bad Moms." As if by some transitive property of film comedy, their having written a smash hit of men being oblivious, immature and reckless somehow makes Jon Lucas and Scott Moore the ideal candidates to explore the difficulties modern mothers face to balance conflicting responsibilities with the need to remain individualized people too.
THE BFG. 3 stars. Steven Spielberg's supersized dream of a movie, adpated from the Roald Dahl children's book about a little orphan girl and the Big Friendly Giant who takes her away. Newcomer Ruby Barnhill and Oscar-winner Mark Rylance star, and even if the story takes some silly turns, there is magic here - on a very large scale. PG (scary images) - Steven Rea
On Jan. 27, 2015, director Paul Feig posted four photos on his Twitter account: head shots of Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon, and Leslie Jones. A few hours later, he sent out a follow-up tweet: "In other news, #Ghostbusters will be hitting theatres July 22, 2016. Save the date!"
Two summers ago, the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge took the internet by storm, raising millions for a disease that, before all those dousings, mostly flew under the radar. ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease, strikes roughly 6,000 Americans per year. For those people, and their families and friends, it's a nightmare diagnosis; a disease that, generally over a few years, robs one of the ability to move, to eat, to speak and ultimately to breathe.
There's a scene halfway through "Bad Moms," wherein a PTA meeting full of suburban moms turns into a full-on frat house-style rager. Moms in sweater sets, khakis and sensible sneakers chug liquor straight from the bottle, make out, huff whippets, crash tricycles and urinate on lawns, all in glorious slow motion, hair and spittle flying to a pulsing pop beat. It's featured heavily in the trailer for the film, and is the best scene in the movie. Bad mothers? Shut your mouth.
"Breaking a Monster," director Luke Meyer's insightful and disturbing documentary about the music business, opens with a home video from 2010 showing two boys jamming out in a basement den. Tiny-looking kids with their big instruments, singer-guitarist Malcolm Brickhouse and drummer Jarad Dawkins look awfully goofy as headbangers.
Having made a triumphant trilogy of thrillers in "The Bourne Identity" (2002), "The Bourne Supremacy" (2004), and "The Bourne Ultimatum" (2007), Matt Damon announced that he was moving on. He joked that if he ever returned to the character of the rogue CIA assassin, the film should be called "The Bourne Redundancy."
Set in wintry 1945 Warsaw and based on true incidents, Anne Fontaine's "The Innocents" is a moving study of what happens to the faithful when God's plan suddenly seems impossible to follow. In its early scenes, a young French Red Cross doctor named Mathilde (Lou de Laage) is summoned to a rural convent after a frantic nun, Sister Maria (Agata Buzek), pleads with her for help. Upon arriving, Mathilde finds a nun in painful labor - and others in advanced pregnancy. They have endured, explains one haltingly, "an indescribable nightmare," after a horrific Red Army occupation of the convent some months earlier.
Lance Hayes, who directed "King Kung Fu," reminisces about the film shot and edited entirely in WIchita in the 1970s and '80s. All clips used by permission of Walterscheid Productions. (Matt Riedl/The Wichita Eagle)
Looking back on Wichita-made "King Kung Fu"
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