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Lakeland Times, Minocqua, Wisconsin
Friday, September 15, 2017 2:14 AM
Let me start off this review by revealing the following bit of information: I'm a big fan of Stephen Edwin King.
  • Let me start off this review by revealing the following bit of information: I'm a big fan of Stephen Edwin King.
  • First of all, let me say I've heard or read several negatives from different people about the film "Dunkirk," which opened to wide release July 21.
  • Another blockbuster, another attempted franchise starter.

    But instead of just franchises, nowadays studios are clinging to the shared universe concept brought on by Marvel in 2008 with "Iron Man." Personally, it never seemed like a good idea because eventually you'll end up contradicting things and digging a hole too deep to get out of.
  • Tell me if this sounds familiar: a bunch of undead people search for a treasure on an island which can't be found to free them from a curse. Oh, and they can't step on dry land.
  • In a genre favorite to filmmakers and storytellers alike, World War II is a stomping ground for stories, particularly involving the Holocaust. But in a medium where so many of those stories have been told, it's not often we are treated to fresh tales, which is where "The Zookeeper's Wife" comes in.
  • Oh, man. I had so much anticipating for this film.

    And oh, man, is it so much of a let down, to put it politely.

    "The Circle" holds an extremely relevant story to today's world - that of constant connectivity with everyone else around us through technology. On some levels, we're already there. People use their phones, computers, any screen for the majority of their day.
  • Rain Man

    Starring Dustin Hoffman and Tom Cruise, this Hollywood hit focuses on the relationship between a self-centered man and his brother who is known to be an autistic savant.
  • 'Life' entertains without bringing new stakes
    Space exploration has always been one of the most fascinating things to me. The travel, discovery and seeing new worlds for the first time. While everyone went nuts for like two days over New Horizons reaching Pluto in 2015, I had been following the mission since it launched nine years earlier.
  • As one of Disney's most famous musicals, it'd be hard to find someone who didn't know a song from 1991's "Beauty and the Beast." Whether it be the opening song 'Belle,' Lumière's 'Be Our Guest," or even the titular song 'Beauty and the Beast,' at some point you're likely to have seen at least part of the film.
  • "Manchester" doesn't live up to Oscar success
    In one of the most hyped films before the Oscar season, "Manchester by the Sea" was talked about for months before its release. There are reasons backing this all up, namely the performances. But ultimately, it doesn't strike me as something overachieving of its intentions.
  • "Lion" proves that home is never lost
    Could you imagine being lost and not knowing where you family was?

    Could you imagine being lost in India, 1600 kilometers away from home, not speaking the same language at five years old?
  • "Logan" gives Wolverine heartfelt sendoff
    2029.

    Nearly all mutants in the world have died out.

    Save three.

    Wolverine, Charles Xavier and a mutant who can track other mutants called Caliban.
  • It's been another great year of films in 2016. From small indie films to large blockbusters superhero flicks, I've seen more than my fair share and eventually found what I consider to be the ones that stand out above the rest.
  • A modern musical. If you had said that kind of film would be made in 2016 and pretty much own the film world for the last two months, I would've though you were crazy.
  • In the first anthology film in the "Star Wars" franchise, a lot rides on "Rogue One" to succeed. And it's easy to say that it will.
  • 'Arrival' astounds with surprisingly simply goal
    Typically when you think of alien invasion films, you expect a war film on some level. But when Canadian director Denis Villeneuve ("Prisoners," "Sicario") thinks of one, it's vastly different.
  • 1942.

    Casablanca.

    During the height of World War II, we meet a pair of spies, one male, Canadian, and one female, French, tasked with assassination the German ambassador to Morocco. Having never met before, the two carry out the task, falling for each other along the way. (subscriber access)
  • Casting is still the greatest part of any of the "Potter" films, and "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them," which came out Friday, is no exception. Every character and actor matching is as if they were bred for each other.
  • Just when you thought Marvel couldn't add anymore elements to their already stacked palette, they throw "Doctor Strange" at us. (subscriber access)
  • "Let me get one more."

    And he definitely got more.

    "Hacksaw Ridge" follows Desmond Doss during World War II, where Doss became the first person to receive the Medal of Honor while being a conscientious objector, refusing to harm another person.(subscriber access)
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