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Lakeland Times, Minocqua, Wisconsin
Friday, December 6, 2019 7:20 AM
I love a good, dramatic action movie as much as the next person, but sometimes, a more subtle, slightly more unnerving film can be just as impactful.

For me, “Low Tide” harmonized a coming-of-age film with a dark and compelling film about a friend group and a hidden treasure. (subscriber access)
  • Movie Review: ‘Booksmart’ gets an A+ for a 
refreshing and endearing coming-of-age tale
    Movies about the high school experience typically attempt to encapsulate the experience through drawing on the feelings of wanting to belong and find our place in a world that feels huge, scary, and imposing.

    “Booksmart,” released in 2019, draws on those same feelings of friendship and the desire to belong while forging your own path in a creative and fresh way. (subscriber access)
  • Movie Review: ‘Uncut Gems’ an uneasy, fun thriller
    Rarely are there movies that make me feel a little uneasy. In the case of “Uncut Gems,” it spins that feeling into a good movie. (subscriber access) 
  • Movie Review: 'The Meg’ takes a big bite out of the shark movie genre
    In the wake of Steven Spielberg’s “Jaws” on modern cinema came a litany of shark films recycling the same themes and motifs in increasingly frustrating, and often insulting, ways until the already limited genre became fraught with terrible movies. (subscriber access)
  • It’s time to end. I may not have been alive for all the movies, but “Star Wars” has had a big impact on my life. The final chapter of the saga came out last Friday. (subscriber access)
  • Movie Review: ‘6 Underground’ succeeds as a high-intensity action thriller
    There’s a phrase I reserve for action films that I yanked from another film I really enjoy, and it goes something along the lines of “a no-holds barred, adrenaline-filled thrill ride.”

    If there ever was a film that was exactly that, a no-holds barred, adrenaline filled thrill ride, it would be “6 Underground.” (subscriber access)
  • Movie Review: ‘Knives Out’ an entertaining mystery
    Sometimes I go to the movies and get surprised in a good way. Whether it was a wrong perception or a terrific performance, I like getting surprised in a good way. That is what happened when I went to see “Knives Out.” (subscriber access)
  • ‘Low Tide’ an impactful coming-of-age tale
    I love a good, dramatic action movie as much as the next person, but sometimes, a more subtle, slightly more unnerving film can be just as impactful.

    For me, “Low Tide” harmonized a coming-of-age film with a dark and compelling film about a friend group and a hidden treasure. (subscriber access)
  • Movie Review: ‘Frozen II’ a wonderful, wintry experience
    As the holiday season continues, there is no better movie to watch and cozy up with than “Frozen II.” (subscriber access)
  • A true act of goodwill always spark another.

    This is just one of the many quotable themes at the heart of Netflix’s most recent — and first animated — original movie “Klaus.” (subscriber access)
  • Somewhere under the sea lies music, dreams, life, adventure and magic. 

    Disney’s “The Little Mermaid” celebrates its 30th anniversary this year. It came out Nov. 17, 1989 and features the voices of Jodi Benson, Samuel E. Wright, Pat Carroll, Christoper Daniel Barnes, Jason Marin, Buddy Hackett, Kenneth Mars and Rene Auberjonois. (subscriber access)
  • Movie Review: ‘Fractured’ succeeds with wild twists

    This past weekend was a perfect one for a movie. With temperatures unfortunately beginning to drop and snow beginning to fall, there’s nothing quite like wrapping yourself in a blanket and settling in for a movie.

    “Fractured” is a Netflix Original that was released Oct. 11 starring Sam Worthington and Lily Rabe. (subscriber access)

  • Movie Review: ‘Maleficent: Mistress of Evil’ dazzles, but falls short

    Disney’s newest live-action movie came in the form of one of the ultimate Disney villains of all time.

    “Maleficent: Mistress of Evil” came out on Oct. 18 and stars Angelina Jolie, Elle Fanning, Michelle Pfeiffer, Sam Riley, Imelda Staunton, Juno Temple and Harris Dickinson. (subscriber access)

  • Movie Review: ‘Zombieland: Double Tap’ brings new life to an undead world
    It’s been 10 years since audiences first caught a glimpse of Zombieland, a post-apocalyptic world where a mutated virus triggered a zombie epidemic that rendered the United States a barren wasteland of survivors and zombies, and now, audiences have a chance to return. (subscriber access)
  • ‘The Addams Family’ delivers a good message
    Halloween is a great time to watch scary movies and other spooky, holiday-themed movies. To get in the spirit, I went to see “The Addams Family.” (subscriber access)
  • Movie Review: King and Hill deliver with ‘In the Tall Grass’
    If a good, old-fashioned scare is what you’re looking for this Halloween season, you might want to take a pass on “In the Tall Grass,” the Netflix Original adaptation of Stephen King and son, Joe Hill’s novella of the same name. (subscriber access)
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