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'Kingsman: The Golden Circle' sequel not as good as first

"Kingsman: The Golden Circle" is the sequel to the surprise hit from 2015. It succeeded mostly due to its subversive, irreverent spin on the genre.

September 29, 2017 | By Justin Hall Movie critic | Things to Do


'Mother!' may leave you in awe, or not, it's different

"Mother!" is a movie that, well, it's about, well...

September 22, 2017 | By Justin Hall Movie critic | Things to Do


Remake of 'It' lives up to the hype

It is the highly anticipated remake of Stephen King's bestseller that became a popular miniseries and now it's getting the big screen treatment 27 years after its initial release. Coincidence? Maybe, maybe not. All I will say is that it's an adaptation that lives up to the hype, will satisfy hardcore fans, and maybe create new converts.

September 15, 2017 | By Justin Hall Movie critic | Things to Do


'Leap' falls short of animated hope

"Leap!" is a late summer entry that doesn't provide anything really memorable for its 89-minute runtime. Instead, it follows a trend of animated movies that have mediocre animation, uninteresting voiceover work and a story that is harmless and predictable from beginning to end.

September 01, 2017 | By Justin Hall Movie critic | Things to Do


'The Hitman's Bodyguard' misses its target

"The Hitman's Bodyguard" is a pretty standard buddy action comedy that is almost passable. Almost.

August 25, 2017 | By Justin Hall Movie critic | Things to Do


'Annabelle: Creation' provides creepy end to summer

"Annabelle: Creation" serves as a prequel of a prequel in "The Conjuring" universe.

August 18, 2017 | By Justin Hall Movie critic | Things to Do


Ft. McAllister sets paddle to island for eclipse

Fort McAllister State Park is planning a paddle to Shark Tooth Island on Monday, Aug. 21, to enjoy the day with hot dogs and cold drinks while watching the solar eclipse.

August 12, 2017 | Special to the News | Things to Do


'The Dark Tower' is not worth climbing

"The Dark Tower" is based on Stephen King's popular, best-selling series and it's a misfire, both literally and figuratively.

August 11, 2017 | By Justin Hall Movie critic | Things to Do


Lip sync battle fights Alzheimer's

Station Exchange Senior Care and Flashbacks will have a lip sync battle to end Alzheimer's from 6 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 24, at Flashback's. There will be food, drinks, raffles prizes and plenty of music. The event will raise money for the Alzheimer's Association.

August 10, 2017 | Special to the News | Things to Do


'Atomic Blonde' doesn't blow up Theron's image

"Atomic Blonde" stars Charlize Theron in another action role and just like in "Mad Max: Fury Road" and "The Fate of the Furious," she continues to prove why she's the modern queen of female action heroines with this stylish, violent spy thriller.

August 04, 2017 | By Justin Hall Movie critic | Things to Do


'Dunkirk' continues director's record of hits

Christopher Nolan is the only filmmaker in the world who has an impeccable track record, and his latest effort is no exception.

July 28, 2017 | By Justin Hall Columnist | Things to Do


New 'Planet of Apes' movie is good; idea getting old

"War for the Planet of the Apes" marks the third installment of this rebooted franchise, and it's a threequel that culminates the series in an intense, emotionally charged fashion.

July 21, 2017 | By Justin Hall Movie critic | Things to Do


Cast makes 'Spider-Man: Homecoming'

"Spider-Man: Homecoming" marks the third reboot of the beloved web-crawler. It is fast-paced, funny and entertaining from start to finish, only a slight position behind the 2004 Tobey Maguire sequel.

July 14, 2017 | By Justin Hall Movie critic | Things to Do


'Despicable Me 3' lives down to its name

Like "Cars 3," "Despicable Me 3" somewhat proves there's not much gas left in the tank.

July 07, 2017 | By Justin Hall Movie critic | Things to Do


Latest 'Transformers' flick needs to be last

"Transformers: The Last Knight" marks the fifth installment in director Michael Bay's franchise and what a surprise, this movie is just as dumb, loud, idiotic and incomprehensible as the rest of the sequels.

June 30, 2017 | By Justin Hall Movie critic | Things to Do


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'Blade Runner 2049' improves on original

It's been 35 years since Ridley Scott's "Blade Runner" debuted, going from commercial disappointment to cult following to sci-fi classic.

October 13, 2017 | By Justin Hall Movie critic | Things to Do


Cruise returns to form in true 'American Made'

"American Made" is based on a true story. If we didn't know it was true, we would have a hard time believing a lot ...

October 06, 2017 | By Justin Hall Movie critic | Things to Do


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