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him. The whole of the film is lesser than the sum of its parts due to deficits of ambition, invention and commitment. You may feel at times like you’re in a writer’s room hearing jokes pitched rather than enjoying a final draft. In the deficit column, MacFarlane puts famous friends to waste in tee-hee cameos or underwritten parts, even as he struggles to hold the screen in his first oncamera leading role. The real stars here are the Monument Valley scenery, Theron and Harris, who demonstrates his comic Midas Touch by making funny gestures and funnier noises between limp lines of dialogue. Rated R for crude and sexual content,

language, some violence and drug content. One hours, 56 minutes. — P.C.


Sometimes Adam Sandler works for others and makes an interesting and sophisticated film. Mostly, though, he churns out branded “Adam Sandler comedies,” in which he doubles as both producer and star. One of the latter, “Blended” is shamelessly, relentlessly crass and/or manipulative, wholly commercial and utterly conventional. But established formula endures because it works with audiences who don’t mind a cinematic Happy Meal. Sandler plays Jim, a widower and clueless single father to three daughters, whom he has languishing in dowdy “pageboy Prince Valiant” haircuts and unflattering polo shirts and sweat-

CITY OF MOUNTAIN VIEW NOTICE OF JOINT PUBLIC HEARINGS OF THE FOLLOWING GOVERNMENTAL AGENCIES TO REVIEW THE FISCAL YEAR 2014-15 PROPOSED ANNUAL BUDGETS, PROPOSED WATER, WASTEWATER AND SOLID WASTE TRASH AND RECYCLING RATES AND VARIOUS CITY FEES: · CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF MOUNTAIN VIEW · BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF THE MOUNTAIN VIEW SHORELINE REGIONAL PARK COMMUNITY · BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF THE CITY OF MOUNTAIN VIEW CAPITAL IMPROVEMENTS FINANCING AUTHORITY Notice is hereby given that Tuesday, June 17, 2014 at the hour of 6:30 p.m. or as soon thereafter as the matter can be heard in the Council Chamber, 500 Castro Street, Mountain View, has been set as the time and place for a public hearing to receive citizen input and written protests from owners or tenants of property located within the City regarding the proposed increases to water, wastewater and solid waste trash and recycling rates. Utility customers objecting to the proposed utility rates may file a written protest with the City Clerk to be received on or before the close of the public hearing on June 17, 2014, which will be tabulated at the public hearing. No utility rate protests submitted by e-mail will be accepted. Notice of this public hearing was previously provided in accordance with Article XIII(D) Section 6 of the California State Constitution. The notice of public hearing and proposed utility rates can be found at: civica/filebank/blobdload.asp?BlobID=12013 Notice is also given that Tuesday, the 17th day of June, 2014 at the hour of 6:30 p.m. or as soon thereafter as the matter can be heard in the Council Chamber, has been set as the time and place for a public hearing and adoption to receive citizen input on the use of funds for the Fiscal Year 2014-15 Proposed Budget; on the use of funds for the Fiscal Year 2014-15 Capital Improvement Program; and on various proposed City fees. If you are unable to attend the budget public hearing but would like the City Council, Boards and staff to know your views, please send a letter to the City Council, P.O. Box 7540, Mountain View, California 94039, or an e-mail to city.clerk@ on or before Friday, June 13, 2014. Copies of the Fiscal Year 2014-15 Proposed Budget, supporting documentation for proposed water, wastewater and solid waste trash and recycling rates and various City fees will be available for review by 8:00 a.m. on Friday, June 13, 2014 at City Hall in the City Clerk’s Office, 500 Castro Street, 3rd Floor, Mountain View, Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., and during public hours at the Mountain View Public Library, 585 Franklin Street, Mountain View. The budget document and related reports will be available by 8:00 a.m. on Friday, June 13, 2014 at http://laserfiche. Dated this 28th day of May, 2014. Patty J. Kong Finance and Administrative Services Director


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pants. As a teenager, Hilary (Bella Thorne) suffers these indignities the worst, with teen boys constantly mistaking her for a bro. Tween Espn (Emma Fuhrmann) — named after the cable sports outlet — communes constantly with “Invisible Mommy,” and Lou (Alyvia Alyn Lind) earns her keep as a cornucopia of cuteness and emotional truth-telling. The film opens with Jim botching a date with divorcee Lauren (Drew Barrymore). She’s got two hellion sons who are rebelling against their neglectful father (Joel McHale) and mom’s tight reign. Why, those boys need a father! Those girls need a mother! Those singles need each other! These two wacky families find themselves on a collision course when they accidentally wind up sharing a South African vacation package and bond over safaris and tribal dancing. Surprisingly, “Blended” is not one of Sandler’s most racially offensive movies. Yes, it uncritically accepts the cartoon tourist-trap resort version of Africa, but there are such resorts, and folks enjoy their theme-park attractions just like the ugly Americans in this movie do. As always, Barrymore proves extremely appealing — she’s far better than her material — and Sandler can do his laconic comedy and mawkish melodrama in his sleep. “Blended” could be so named because it purees your brain for two hours. Sure, you could do better with your hard-earned cash. But you’ll receive no judgment here. Rated PG-13 for crude and sexual content, and language. One hour, 57 minutes. — P.C.


The best superhero movies in some way work against the grain, like Christopher Nolan’s Batman movies (Gothic films grounded in an urban crime aesthetic and global socio-politics) or Bryan Singer’s X-Men films, which draw on a constellation of interesting characters and play on a scale epic not only for action but in cultural, political and historical implications. “X-Men: Days of Future Past,” restores Singer to the director’s chair of the franchise he launched with 2000’s “X-Men.” A loose adaptation of the comic book story by Chris Claremont and John Byrne, the film wields time travel as the last hope for mutants, in 2023, facing a holocaust from the high-powered robotic Sentinels. A small band of survivors — including Professor X (Patrick Stewart), Magneto (Ian McKellen) and Storm (Halle Berry) — resolve to use the powers of Kitty Pryde (Ellen Page) to send the consciousness of Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) back into his 1973 body. Then, Wolverine will seek out the younger Charles “Professor X” Xavier (James McAvoy) and Erik “Magneto” Lehnsherr (Michael Fassbender) and enlist their help to stop Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence) from assassinating the creator of the Sentinels, Bolivar Trask (Peter Dinklage), inadvertently ensuring his work gets fasttracked. It’s OK — take a deep breath. One of the miraculous strengths of the new film is its coherence once it gets rolling. With its high-stakes story and large cast of characters, the film keeps up its momentum with ease, with plenty of humor balancing the darkness. But what makes “X-Men: Days of Future Past” more than just a sciencefiction action flick is the past-present poignancy, indulging everyone’s fantasy of telling a younger self what he or she needs to hear. Rated PG-13 for sequences of intense sci-fi violence and action, some suggestive material, nudity and language. Two hours, 11 minutes. — P.C.

NMOVIECRITICS S.T.- Susan Tavernetti, P.C. Peter Canavese, T.H.-Tyler Hanley

NMOVIETIMES A Million Ways to Die in the West (R) ((1/2 Century 16: 9:15, 10:45 a.m., 12:05, 1:35, 2:55, 4:25, 5:45, 7:20, 8:45 & 10:10 p.m. Century 20: 11:25 a.m., 12:45, 2:15, 3:40, 5:05, 6:35, 8, 9:30 & 10:45 p.m. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (PG-13) ((1/2 Century 20: Fri: 12:25, 3:45, 7:15 & 10:25 p.m. Sat: 3:45, 7:15 & 10:25 p.m. Sun: 10:35 a.m., 7:15 & 10:25 p.m. Belle (PG) ((1/2 Century 20: 6:45 & 9:20 p.m. Guild Theatre: Fri: 4:30 p.m. Sat-Sun: 2 & 4:30 p.m. Century 20: 10:45 a.m., 1:35, 4:20, 7:20 & Blended (PG-13) (1/2 10:10 p.m. (No 10:45 a.m., 1:35 on Sat) Chef (R) Century 20: 11:20 a.m., 2:10, 5, 7:45 & 10:30 p.m. Palo Alto Square: 1:15, 4:10, 7:15 & 10 p.m. (No 10 p.m. on Sun) Edge of Tomorrow (PG-13) Century 16: 9, 11:45 a.m., 2:30, 5:15, 8, 10:45 & 11:40 p.m. In 3D at 10:20 a.m., 1:05, 3:50 & 9:45 p.m. Century 20: 11:35 a.m., 2:20, 5:05, 7:55 & 10:45 p.m. In 3D at 10:45 a.m., 12:30, 1:30, 3:15, 6 & 8:50 p.m. In XD at 4:10, 7:15 & 10:10 p.m. The Fault in Our Stars (PG-13) Century 16: 9:10, 10:10, 11:10 a.m., 12:10, 1:10, 2:10, 3:10, 4:10, 5:10, 6:10, 7:10, 8:10, 9:10, 10:10, 11:10 p.m. & midnight. (No 11:10 p.m. or midnight on Sun) Century 20: 10:55, 11:50 a.m., 12:50, 1:50, 2:50, 3:50, 4:45, 5:50, 6:50 & 7:40 p.m. The Gay Divorcee (1934) (Not Rated) Stanford Theatre: Wed 7:30 p.m. Thu 7:30 p.m. 7:30 p.m. Godzilla (PG-13) ((1/2 Century 16: 9:35 a.m., 12:50 & 7:05 p.m. In 3D at 4 & 10:05 p.m. Century 20: 11:05 a.m., 4:55 & 10:45 p.m. In 3D at 2 & 7:55 p.m. Sat 11:05 a.m., 4:55 & 10:45 p.m. The Grand Budapest Hotel (R) ((( Aquarius Theatre: 1, 3:30, 6 & 8:30 p.m. (No 1 p.m. on Fri) Holiday Inn (1942) (Not Rated) Stanford Theatre: Sat-Sun: 5:35 & 9:25 p.m. Ida (PG-13) Palo Alto Square: 1, 3:10, 5:15, 7:30 & 9:45 p.m. (No 9:45 p.m. on Sun) The Immigrant (R) Century 16: Fri-Sat: 10:30 a.m., 1:20, 4:15, 7:30 & 10:25 p.m. Sun: 7:30 & 10:25 p.m. Century 16: 9:40 a.m., 12:20, 3:05, 5:40, Maleficent (PG) (( 8:20, 10:50 & midnight. In 3D at 11 a.m., 1:40, 4:20, 7 & 9:40 p.m. Century 20: 10:20, 11:55 a.m., 12:55, 2:30, 3:25, 5:10, 6, 7:50, 8:30 & 10:25 p.m. In 3D at 4:20, 7:05 & 9:35 p.m. In XD at 10:40 a.m. & 1:25 p.m. Million Dollar Arm (PG) ((( Century 16: 10:15 a.m., 1:15, 4:15, 7:20 & 10:15 p.m. Century 20: 10:50 a.m., 1:45, 4:45, 7:40 & 10:35 p.m. Neighbors (R) ((1/2 Century 16: 9:25 a.m., 12, 2:35, 5:05, 7:45 & 10:15 p.m. Sat 9:25 a.m., 12, 2:35, 5:05, 7:45 & 10:15 p.m. Century 20: 11:45 a.m., 2:25, 5:15, 8:05 & 10:30 p.m. (No 11:45 a.m. on Sat) Night Moves (R) Century 16: 11:05 a.m., 1:55, 5, 7:50 & 10:35 p.m. Palo Alto (Not Rated) Guild Theatre: 7 & 9:30 p.m. Rio 2 (G) (( Century 20: Fri & Sun: 10:40 a.m., 1:15 & 4 p.m. Sat: 4 p.m. Roberta (Not Rated) Stanford Theatre: Fri: 5:35 & 9:25 p.m. The Rocky Horror Picture Show (R) Guild Theatre: Sat: Midnight. Swing Time (Not Rated) Stanford Theatre: Fri: 7:30 p.m. Three Little Words (1950) (Not Rated) Stanford Theatre: Sat-Sun: 3:40 & 7:30 p.m. Words and Pictures (PG-13) Aquarius Theatre: 1:30, 4:15, 7 & 9:55 p.m. (No 1:30 p.m. on Fri) X-Men: Days of Future Past (PG-13) (((1/2 Century 16: 9:05 a.m., 12:15, 3:40, 7:10, 10:20 & 11:45 p.m. In 3D at 10:40, 2, 5:20 & 8:40 p.m. Century 20: 10:25 a.m., 1:25, 4:25, 7:30 & 10:40 p.m. In 3D at 12:05, 3:10, 6:15 & 9:15 p.m. (No 12:05 & 3:10 p.m. 3D on Sat; No 12:05 p.m. 3D on Sun) -Skip it --Some redeeming qualities ---A good bet ----Outstanding

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Mountain View Voice June 6, 2014 section2  
Mountain View Voice June 6, 2014 section2