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Movie review: Hit-and-miss 'Bad Moms' tries to offer Mila Kunis and Co. a good night out

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.

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Capsule reviews of feature films

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

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Movie review: 'Gleason' a remarkable look at ex-NFL player's battle against ALS

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.

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Movie review: 'Bad Moms' is a shoddy mess that rings hollow

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.

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Movie review: 'Jason Bourne' falls flat

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."

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Movie review: 'An indescribable nightmare' leads to a crisis of faith in 'The Innocents'

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.

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Off-duty corrections officer shoots man with knife

And off-duty corrections officer with the California Department of Correction and Rehabilitation shot a man brandishing a knife at Costco on Thursday, July 28. Video by Erin Tracy and Andy Alfaro.
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Off-duty corrections officer shoots man with knife

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Closing Ceremonies for 39th Girls Junior America's Cup Team Matches

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Golden Valley opens Ceres health center

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Grass fire burns up to Highway 99