Movie review: 'Trolls' 

Only if you're up for a visit to Funkytown should you partake in the candy-colored, pop-filled world of Trolls. Directed by Mike Mitchell (Sky High) and Walt Dohrn, and based on the wildly popular dolls dating back to the '60s, the animated fairy tale/jukebox musical (*** out of four; rated PG; in theaters nationwide Friday) is populated by a gaggle of crazy-haired folks who are all about singing and dancing, hold insane raves in the forest and scream "YOLO!" at the top of their lungs. Like a bag of Skittles come to life, there's more sugar and style to Trolls than substance - with the exception of a "Find your own happiness" theme - but you'd be hard-pressed to keep from smiling throughout the trippy dance sequences and clever banter in this feel-good confection. Unlike the online haters who've taken the name, these Trolls are here for the party. The biggest buzzkill: the ogre-like Bergens, who can only feel good after they eat a Troll. Princess Poppy (chirpily voiced by Anna Kendrick) is an adorably excitable girl who doesn't worry much about the Bergens and instead focuses on hug time and scrapbooking. Most everybody shares her vibe except for Branch (Justin Timberlake), a snarky and rather gloomy Troll who's the outcast. Instead of crooning Earth, Wind & Fire like his fellow Trolls, he spends time in his underground bunker waiting for the Bergen-mageddon. The evil Bergen Chef (Christine Baranski) finds the Trolls' home and nabs a bunch to make a meal and get in the good graces of young King Gristle (Christopher Mintz-Plasse). Poppy and Branch are the unlikely rescue team formed to go find them, and while they don't get along at first, some revelations - and a side mission to give Bergen scullery maid Bridget (Zooey Deschanel) a makeover - let them see they're better friends than frenemies. The soundtrack is full of top 40 tracks and medleys, so be prepared for the cheeriest take ever on Simon & Garfunkel's The Sound of Silence. Most fly by as filler but there are several standouts: The Bergens lurch along to a winningly depressing version of Gorillaz's Clint Eastwood, Bridget channels Lionel Richie for a heartbreaking Hello, and Poppy and Branch deliver an emotional showstopper when they duet on Cyndi Lauper's True Colors. The original tunes are outstanding as well. No need to go on more about Timberlake's ubiquitous, earwormy single Can't Stop the Feeling but even better is Kendrick's Get Back Up Again. The sweetness can be a bit much at times - case in point, a Troll that passes glitter instead of gas. But you can't fight the overwhelming sense of fun and lightness, one that little kids will especially adore (though they may hide their eyes during some of the Bergen attacks). Just surrender to the heartwarming sentiment and witty cleverness as these little guys try to give Trolls a good name again.... read more
1. marraskuuta 2016 21:24:35 Categories: USA TODAY

'Hacksaw Ridge': Film review 

It has taken decades for Hollywood to get around to making a movie about World War II hero Desmond Doss, but it hasn't been the industry's fault. Doss, the first conscientious objector to receive the Medal of Honor for bravery in battle, did not want his story told on the screen and resisted all studio attempts - including those from Darryl F. Zanuck and others - to turn it into a film about his heroic efforts in saving 75 men during the ferocious fight for Hacksaw Ridge.... read more
1. marraskuuta 2016 21:24:33 Categories: Deadline

The protests against the Dakota Access pipeline, by the numbers 

Los Angeles Times
For months, protesters have stood in the path of an oil pipeline that is under construction near the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation, which straddles North and South Dakota. The Standing Rock Sioux tribe has opposed the construction of the Dakota Access pipeline since it was first...... read more
1. marraskuuta 2016 21:24:30 Categories: Los Angeles Times

What happens to the White House social media accounts after Obama leaves? 

CBS News
The peaceful transition of power from one president to the next is among the most important features of American democracy. But what about the first-ever digital transition?... read more
1. marraskuuta 2016 21:24:29 Categories: CBS News

Ammon Bundy: "We will continue to stand" 

Associated Press
The leader of a federal wildlife refuge takeover in Oregon says his group will "continue to stand" after he and six others were acquitted last week of charges in the case.... read more
1. marraskuuta 2016 21:24:27 Categories: Associated Press

Trump wields 'Obamacare' as weapon in Pa. 

Trump is hoping concerns about Obamacare can cure political problems in the key state of Pennsylvania. ... read more
1. marraskuuta 2016 21:24:26 Categories: USA TODAY

North Korea preparing for another ballistic missile launch, sources say 

FOX News
North Korea is preparing to launch another intermediate-range ballistic missile in the next 24 to 72 hours, two U.S. officials with knowledge of the latest intelligence assessment tell Fox News.... read more
1. marraskuuta 2016 21:24:24 Categories: FOX News

Housing market: Why Gen Y should buy now 

ABC News
Amid the emotional debate around property bubbles and unaffordable housing, there are sound financial reasons to become a home owner.... read more
1. marraskuuta 2016 21:08:23 Categories: ABC News

French club blocks Genia's Wallaby release 

French powerhouse Stade Francais has reportedly denied Will Genia a release to play for the Wallabies against Wales in Cardiff.... read more
1. marraskuuta 2016 21:08:22 Categories: AAP

Father of coma boy says attackers must make first move if they seek forgiveness 

Manchester Evening News
His reaction is why? He has never hurt anybody and can't understand why they would come up to him while he is lying on the ground, and potentially kill him, says victim's dad.... read more
1. marraskuuta 2016 21:08:20 Categories: Manchester Evening News

Things to do in Manchester this weekend: November 4 - 6 

Manchester Evening News
Make the most of your Manchester weekend as November starts with a bang... read more
1. marraskuuta 2016 21:08:18 Categories: Manchester Evening News

Bonfire Night 2016 in Greater Manchester: Everything you need to know about bonfires and fireworks displays 

Manchester Evening News
Fireworks displays 2016 near me in Manchester, Heaton Park, Salford, Stockport, Trafford, Tameside, Bury, Bolton, Oldham, Rochdale or Wigan... read more
1. marraskuuta 2016 21:08:16 Categories: Manchester Evening News

Stockport fireworks displays and bonfires 2016 

Manchester Evening News
Organised events are taking place around the borough... read more
1. marraskuuta 2016 21:08:14 Categories: Manchester Evening News

Jury told man accused of murder of vulnerable charity worker lived with his body for four days 

Manchester Evening News
Anthony Bennett is accused of murdering Joseph O'Hanlon and causing 90 separate injuries... read more
1. marraskuuta 2016 21:08:13 Categories: Manchester Evening News

Welcome to the new-look Manchester Evening News website 

Manchester Evening News
The M.E.N. has had a revamp - here's what's changed... read more
1. marraskuuta 2016 21:08:11 Categories: Manchester Evening News

Reported abduction of teenage girl in Oldham triggers police investigation 

Manchester Evening News
GMP say they were told a girl aged 17 was grabbed and bundled into a silver car on Monday... read more
1. marraskuuta 2016 21:08:10 Categories: Manchester Evening News

A traditional Victorian Christmas market is coming to Greater Manchester 

Manchester Evening News
Complete with Penny Farthings, Dickensian characters and a fun fair... read more
1. marraskuuta 2016 21:08:08 Categories: Manchester Evening News

Look: All the winning pictures for the 2017 Manchester Evening News calendar 

Manchester Evening News
All the votes have been counted and we've selected the pictures that you chose as your favourites for each month... read more
1. marraskuuta 2016 21:08:07 Categories: Manchester Evening News

Anthony Bennett admits killing Rochdale ex-charity worker Joseph O'Hanlon after changing plea at last minute 

Manchester Evening News
Joseph O'Hanlon was found with 90 injuries after suffering a horror attack. Anthony Bennett has now admitted murder... read more
1. marraskuuta 2016 21:08:05 Categories: Manchester Evening News

Killer battered charity worker to death then slept in his bed for four days 

Manchester Evening News
Joseph O'Hanlon's body lay in the living room of his flat... read more
1. marraskuuta 2016 21:08:03 Categories: Manchester Evening News
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