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Lakeland Times, Minocqua, Wisconsin
Friday, September 13, 2019 7:20 AM
Two years ago, Stephen King’s “It” hit the big screen for the first time since its 1990 two-part mini-series adaptation with “It: Chapter One.”

When the sequel was announced for this year, I absolutely couldn’t wait to get back in the theater and see how the second half of the story came to life. (subscriber access)
  • Some movies remain timeless and get passed down from generation to generation. One such movie is Disney’s “Sleeping Beauty”. (subscriber access)
  • ‘It: Chapter Two’ a strong addition to a chilling series
    Two years ago, Stephen King’s “It” hit the big screen for the first time since its 1990 two-part mini-series adaptation with “It: Chapter One.”

    When the sequel was announced for this year, I absolutely couldn’t wait to get back in the theater and see how the second half of the story came to life. (subscriber access)
  • Retro rewind: ‘Alien’ still scares today
    “In space no one can hear you scream.” It’s a perfect blend that intrigues you, yet scares you, and it has been doing that for quite some time. “Alien” came out on May 25, 1979 and featured Sigourney Weaver, Tom Skerritt, Veronica Cartwright, Harry Dean Stanton, John Hurt, Ian Holm and Yaphet Kotto. (subscriber access)
  • ‘Dora and the Lost City of Gold’ swings in for summer fun
    One of my favorite things are movies that make me smile from start to finish. In the case of Dora the Explorer, that is exactly what she did. “Dora and the Lost City of Gold” came out on in theaters on Aug. 9 and features Isabela Moner, Eugenio Derbez, Michael Pena, Jeffrey Wahlberg, Nicholas Coombe, Madeleine Madden and Eva Longoria. (subscriber access)
  • ‘Scary Stories’ bring a thrilling new life to a popular children’s series
    When I was a kid, my first foray into horror stories was the “Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark” series by Alvin Schwartz. Over the span of three books, each containing numerous short stories, “Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark” drew substantially from folklore and urban legends to create horror stories that were still palatable for younger audiences while engaging with darker themes often seen in horror novels. (subscriber access)
  • Movie Review: ‘Fast and Furious Presents: Hobbs and Shaw’ brings the action
    Action and comedy — two things that will never let me down when I take a trip to the theater.

    “Fast and Furious Presents: Hobbs and Shaw” came out Aug. 2 and features Dwayne Johnson, Jason Statham, Idris Elba, Vanessa Kirby and Cliff Curtis. It was directed by David Leitch and written by Chris Morgan. 

    This movie pairs together two gentlemen named Luke Hobbs and Deckard Shaw who must save the world from Brixton. They find out how hard it can be to work together as they set aside their differences for the good of mankind. (Subscriber Access)
  • Movie Review: ‘Secret Obsession’ delightfully bad

    Here’s the thing. I absolutely love thrillers. I live for them. I live for the mystery, the intrigue, the pounding in your chest when you just don’t know if the hero will survive or not. 

    So, if you’re looking for an incredible thriller, I’d suggest looking elsewhere.

    But, if you’re in the mood for a movie that’s meant to be bad and entertainingly trashy, and you have an hour-and-a-half of your life you won’t miss, take the time to watch Netflix’s “Secret Obsession,” released July 18. (Subscriber Access)

  • Movie Review: ‘The Lion King’ gorgeously comes to life
    Nostalgia can be one of the great joys in life, and when you see something that brings you back to an enjoyable time in your past, it’s a lot of fun. That’s what happened when I saw “The Lion King.” (Subscriber Access)
  • ‘Point Blank’ brings enjoyable action thrills to life
    As summer reaches its peak, so do the string of action movies flooding theaters and streaming services everywhere. With action-packed, adrenaline-filled thrills, action movies tend to have that special kick which makes them enjoyable no matter the actual quality of the movie. You just sit back and watch the action fill your screen. (Subscriber Access)
  • Movie Review: ‘Spider-Man: Far From Home’ spins into success
    Vacations are usually super fun. A time to relax and be with those you love. When something goes wrong, everything changes and the fun can momentarily go away.

    “Spider-Man: Far From Home” came out on July 2 and features Tom Holland, Samuel L. Jackson, Jake Gyllenhaal, Zendaya, Jacob Batalon, Cobie Smulders, JB Smoove, Martin Starr, Angourie Rice, Jon Favreau and Marisa Tomei. 

    It was written by Chris McKenna (II) and Erik Sommers and was directed by Jon Watts. 

    This story takes place after “Avengers: Endgame” and sees Peter Parker going on vacation with his classmates. Among those are his friends Ned and MJ. But soon catastrophe breaks out and it is up to Spider-Man, with the help of Nick Fury, to save the world and protect his friends. (Subscriber Access)
  • This past weekend “The Conjuring” movie franchise added another horror film to its repertoire with “Annabelle Comes Home,” a sequel to the 2013 film “Annabelle” and the 2017 film “Annabelle: Creation.” (Subscriber Access)
  • Movie Review: ‘Toy Story 4’ delivers heart-warming movie
    A trip to the theater is one of my most favorite and cherished traditions. You never know what type of experience awaits you. After seeing “Toy Story 4,” I had another life-long memory. (Subscriber Access)

  • Movie Review: ‘Rocketman’ impresses with honest, heartfelt tribute to Elton John
    Few things beat a good movie on the weekend. Whether it be at home on a streaming service or right in the theater itself, a captivating movie can really turn your week around. (Subscriber Access)
  • One of my favorite parts of summer is going to the movie theater. There is nothing better than going to a big movie, getting a soda and stuffing your face with popcorn. “Godzilla: King of the Monsters” is that perfect summer movie and was released May 31. (Subscriber Access)
  • Could you fall in love with the one who got away, if given the second chance?

    Netflix’s new romantic comedy, “Always Be My Maybe” dives into the question of second chances and the familiar story of the love that got away. (Subscriber Access)
  • Movie Review: ‘Aladdin’ dazzles and delights once again
    The diamond in the rough. These are words I never thought I would hear on the big screen until Disney brought “Aladdin” alive in their newest live-action film. (Subscriber Access).
  • Guilt manifests in‘1922’
    As far as horror movies go, especially ones adapted from Stephen King’s works, Netflix’s “1922” plays the long-haul as a grim slow-burn thriller that unsettles rather than startles through jump scares as it takes its viewers on a disturbing journey into a man’s hysteria and guilt. (subscriber access)
  • What happens when you combine Pokémon, action and humor in one movie? You get a movie that is fast-paced and well worth a trip to the theater.

    “Pokémon Detective Pikachu” came out in theaters on May 10 and features Ryan Reynolds as Detective Pikachu, Ken Watanabe, Justice Smith, Kathryn Newton, Bill Nighy, and Suki Waterhouse. It was directed by Rob Letterman. (subscriber access)
  • “To All the Boys I Loved Before” is a Netflix Original film adapted from the 2014 young adult novel of the same name by Jenny Han and tells the story of Lara Jean (Lana Condor), a high school student who manages her crushes by writing letters to them before locking them away in a box in her closet. (subscriber access)
  • There have been movies defining generations for years. “Citizen Kane” in the ’40s, “Psycho” in the ’60s, “Jaws” and “Star Wars” in the ’70s, “Jurassic Park” in the ’90s and “Lord of the Rings” in the 2000s. Now in 2019 there is a movie which stands up with all of them in “Avengers: Endgame.” (subscriber access)
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