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Friday, November 22, 2019 7:20 AM
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)
  • 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)
  • Retro rewind: ‘Toy Story 2’ stands the test of time
    Sometimes a sequel can be just as good, if not better than the original. In the case of “Toy Story 2,” it absolutely knocks it out of the park. (subscriber access)
  • ‘Hustlers’ impresses while bringing the disturbing true story to life
    In 2015, an article titled “The Hustlers at Scores,” published on The Cut, detailed the story of four strippers who, following the economic crash of 2008, began a lucrative side business of drugging wealthy Wall Street businessmen and committing credit card fraud, effectively robbing them of thousands of dollars.

    “Hustlers,” written and directed by Lorene Scafaria, is based on the 2015 article by Jessica Pressler and follows New York-based stripper Dorothy “Destiny” (Constance Wu), who works at a strip club to help support her and her grandmother. (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)
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